When it comes to wedding dress shopping, finding “the one” can be a daunting prospect. Should you trust your instincts, or think outside the box? Go for what feels easy and comfortable, or hold out for more excitement?
Luckily, Portland wedding dress shops stock bridal styles ranging from Pacific Northwest bohemian to high-end couture. And no matter your budget, the city’s lack of sales tax makes it easier to find the perfect match.
In the bridal business for over 20 years, Ania prides itself serving brides of every shape and size. The dress selection ranges from independent designers to renowned ateliers, with a focus on plus-size gowns. Brides visiting this chic downtown shop are treated to full-service private dressing rooms with state-of-the art lighting and complimentary champagne. Want to bring more than five guests along? The VIB (Very Important Bride) Experience provides your party with a spacious suite, hors d’oeuvres, swag bag and premium champagne.
Gown price range: $1,000–$7,000
The English Dept.
Catering to the modern bride, intimate bridal shop The English Dept. features designs with classic lines and vintage-inspired details. Its collection of gowns and accessories showcase both local and international designers, favoring the soft-and-flowy look in a range of silhouettes. (Think more boho than ball gown.) One-of-a-kind vintage gowns are also available. Need your dress right away? The English Dept’s off-the rack section offers new or gently worn samples in a range of styles.
Gown price range: $850–$4,800 (most $1,600–$2,800)
Brides for a Cause
If you’re a socially conscious shopper, you’ll love Brides for a Cause, which raises money for women-centered charities. There are more than 1,000 dresses in stock at any time (donated by high-end salons, designers, manufacturers and individuals nationwide). Spread out with six private fitting rooms, communal seating for large parties and a waiting area for partners and kids. More than half of the gowns at Brides for a Cause are brand-new samples. Dresses are arranged by size (0-28), making it easy to narrow down your options and find “the one.”
Gown price range: $150–$1,500
No appointment required
The White Dress
Owned by husband-and-wife team Matthew and Amanda Schmalz, this elegant shop offers an extensive collection of designer dresses and accessories. Personalized service includes a sit-down consultation with a bridal stylist, followed by dress selection from the gown closets and assistance in a private suite. Many of the shop’s gowns are exclusive to The White Dress in Oregon.
Bridal gown price range: $450–$3,000
It doesn’t get much more local than this glamorous Northwest 23rd Avenue shop owned by designer Lena Medoyeff. Since 1998, the shop has offered brides unique, high-quality gowns, handmade from all- natural silk or 100% cotton and colored with natural vegetable and mineral dyes. Every dress is designed in-house and sewn in Portland with fair-trade fabrics. Renovated in August 2016, the shop features a modern, minimalist aesthetic that lets the dresses take the spotlight.
Gown price range: $950–$3,000
Divine Designs Bridal Boutique
If you’re looking for a couture salon experience, look no further than Divine Designs. Showcasing high-end designer gowns from around the world in a space reminiscent of an art gallery, the shop — open since 1999 — prides itself on its acclaimed service and quality. Every gown is exclusive to Divine Designs in Oregon and chosen for its exceptional construction, detail, fabric and styling. Reflecting “approachable couture,” these dresses blend traditional femininity with high fashion.
Bridal gown price range: $2,500–$8,500