Planning a wedding encompasses numerous details, from the date to location to the style. The latter, of course, includes outfitting your bridesmaids in dresses that don’t make them wish they somewhere else on the big day. Finding a dress style that compliments your bridesmaids and works with your personal style is a tall order, but luckily there are several great stores to check out around the Twin Cities to find the perfect dresses.
Wedding Shoppe, Inc.
1196 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Twin Cities-area residents know all about St. Paul bridal retailer Wedding Shoppe, Inc. The store, located in the Grand Avenue shopping district, carries a wide range of bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses, with options for every budget and style. Brands carried include After Six, Alfred Angelo, Bill Levkoff, Kennedy Blue and many more. Stop in at the store to try on plenty of styles with your wedding party and find your favorite look. Additional colors and sizes can be ordered directly through the Wedding Shoppe, and the retailer also offers alterations through its own sub-store.
720 W. Lake St., Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Transplanted native and shop owner Michelle Hanson brings all of her fashion industry experience to her Lake Street bridal shop. With a focus on great customer service, individual appointments and high-end fashion, you’re sure to find something stylish and suitable for your bridesmaids. The shop carries dresses from Amsale, Jenny Yoo, Lela Rose and Siri, among others. Shopping is by appointment, but you will be guaranteed your run of the shop as Hanson only allows one appointment per time slot.
Bride To Be Consignment
1133 Cliff Road E.
Burnsville, MN 55337
Brides (and their bridesmaids) who are on a budget will love the options provided by Bride To Be Consignment. This shop features dresses taken on consignment from area bridal parties as well as samples from local bridal boutiques. With a range of styles and prices, the store is a great stop for small bridal parties. The store only accepts styles from the last six years and requires all items are cleaned prior to drop-off. Available styles change regularly, and the store is open seven days a week.
Always & Forever
1806 Vermillion St.
Hastings, MN 55033
Relatively new on the scene, Always & Forever brings bridal fashion to the east side of the metro area and is located in downtown Hastings. Find a fashionable dress that suits your wedding’s style and your bridesmaids’ personalities from one of the many designers carried in store. Brands include Allure, Dessy, Mori Lee and Wtoo. Open Monday through Saturday, an appointment is recommended, but it’s worth the half-hour jaunt from St. Paul to visit this boutique.
1605 Main St.
Hopkins, MN 55343
Located in downtown Hopkins, Heartstrings Bridal has more than a decade of experience outfitting bridal parties in Minnesota. The store carries a great range of dresses for bridesmaids including maternity and discontinued styles for those looking for a specific need or a bargain. Brands carried include Belsoie, Mori Lee, Venus and more. The store also carries shoes and accessories, making it easy to coordinate your party. Appointments are recommended (plan on an hour for bridesmaid appointments), and the store is open Monday through Saturday.
Sassy professional by day, men’s style expert by night, Bethany Rein is a twenty-something living in Minneapolis. She loves baseball, coffee and the well-dressed male. An avid runner, Bethany also plays recreational sports with more enthusiasm than skill. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.