If you are a bride-to-be in Atlanta, you’re probably facing a zillion choices as you plan your event. Whether you’re going big or small, you will need something special to wear on the big day. If the big bridal stores are intimidating, we’ve found a few other options you may want to try. Definitely call ahead, as the smaller stores most likely have less options in terms of sizes and styles, so you’ll want to make sure they will fit your needs.
The Sentimentalist
1655 Defoor Ave., N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 355-7500

Krista and Gabi are the two ladies who run the Westside’s bridal shop, The Sentimentalist. They believe in simple elegance and a serene shopping experience. If you’re looking for a great American designer, this is a good place to start. Appointments are recommended during the week and required on weekends. Note: The shop does not carry bridesmaids or mother of the bride dresses.

Buckhead Bridals By Guffey’s
3340 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 873-8076

Buckhead Bridals by Guffey’s offers a lovely, posh experience right in the middle of Buckhead, by appointment only. The featured designer is Anne Barge, also based in Atlanta, so if a local touch is important to you, this is a good choice. It is conveniently located in the same building as Guffey’s, a men’s store where the guys in your party can get their tuxes and suits. The shop also regularly has trunk shows, which are a good way to get a feel for the designs available.

Bel Fiore Bridal
1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 138
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 509-7185

Bel Fiore is one of the few stores on this list that offers a wide range of sizes, so if you are not a sample size bride, this is a great place to find your dream dress. Prices generally range from $1,000 to $3,000, with some off the rack options as low as $800. Appointments are required for weekends and recommended during the week. The store is not open on Mondays, and it also offers tuxedo rentals and bridesmaid dresses.

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The White Magnolia Bridal
531 Pharr Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 623-7267

How much more Southern can it get than a bridal store called The White Magnolia, right? This shop has one location in Atlanta and two in Florida to meet the needs of the Southern bride. Visits are by appointment only and the store is closed Mondays and Wednesdays. The shop has a Pinterest page for you to get an idea of their aesthetic. Find designs from Astrid & Mercedes, Cristiano Lucci, WToo and more. Brides can also beautiful find veils and headpieces here.

Ivory Bridal And Formal
465 Blvd. S.E., Suite 102
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 890-0109

With sizes ranging from 0-28, this Grant Park boutique has something for every beautiful bride. Hours Monday-Wednesday are by appointment only, with appointment recommended for the rest of the week. Mesita and her team will give you personal attention and make sure that your experience is everything you wish. Expect a fun, girly adventure finding your dress here.

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