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From the moment you slip into that first sample dress to your final fitting, finding a wedding gown and making it your own can be a long and emotionally-involved process. From the excitement of finding “the one” to the “what if I trip?” fears we know we’ve had ourselves, this particular adventure can be filled with ups, downs, and the occasional irrational concern.  Which is why it’s so incredibly important that you find a bridal shop with both selection and service – qualities that we think these Houston shops have in spades.

Casa de Novia Bridal Couture

Hailed as Houston’s fashion forward bridal boutique, this shop is entirely dedicated to couture bridal gowns. An exclusive list of the best names in bridal design is available at Casa de Novia, including gowns by Monique Lhuillier and Oscar de la Renta, and the shop is well known for its simultaneously elegant and relaxed approach to dress shopping.

Ivory Bridal Atelier

From the luxurious designer gowns to the personalized service, Ivory Bridal Atelier understands that finding your bridal gown is more than just a box to mark off your checklist – it is truly an experience. The boutique specializes in classic, statement-making dresses and is no stranger to couture. Upon arrival, brides are shown into oversized dressing suites with an exquisite dressing area for her and a living space for her guests. Champagne and a variety of mini cupcakes are a scheduled part of this by appointment- only affair.

Brickhouse Bridal

A mother-daughter operation, Brickhouse Bridal's focus is entirely on the bride. The shop, which got its start when owner Starla Flake was helping her daughter find a dress for her own special day, offers service and value in a boutique setting. Starla firmly believes that building a bride’s confidence is the key to finding her perfect fit, and she works to do just that by making the bridal gown experience a beautiful and comfortable one – with designer options, of course.

P.S. Don’t forget to use the best planning tools around – our wedding websites are perfect for communicating with your guests and sharing the details of your wedding day and registry.

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