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Best Wedding Stores In Los Angeles For The Vintage Shopper

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First comes love, and then comes the love for your wedding dress. As for most brides-to-be, your wedding day isn't only about the perfect bouquet, the bridesmaid dresses or the décor. The big day is all about the bride and an exquisite wedding gown. Not all brides are enchanted with the hottest trends from the runway, some are into classic styles from an era long gone. Known for its couture bridal shops, Los Angeles is also a destination for finding vintage wedding dresses that will turn heads as you walk down the aisle.

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Bride Boutique
1282 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90026
(909) 684-6451

Open by appointment only, Bride Boutique is an under-the-radar gem for finding retro gowns that express your true wedding fantasy. Bride Boutique owner and curator Maria Luciana Diaz has extensive knowledge in helping each bride find her ideal wedding gown. The bridal shop features nostalgic styles, dashing indie designers and one-of-a-kind custom dresses. Bride Boutique is not about breaking the bank, as Diaz' mission is for every bride to leave her store with a stunning, affordable wedding gown that will take guests' breath away. For appointments, email

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Glamour Closet
8340 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 938-2000

Shopping for a wedding dress can be overwhelming, but walk right into Glamour Closet, no appointment is necessary, and you will be whisked away into a world of vintage couture. From designers including Romona Keveza, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Pronovias and Enzoani, Glamour Closet offers a variety of wedding gowns that will cater to all budgets. With prices up to 75-percent off retail prices, the vintage, bridal salon is a refreshing experience for young brides as the shop's fashion-savvy staff provides a one-on-one shopping experience without the pressure or time commitment of making an appointment. In addition, Glamour Closet puts emphasis on the importance of creating awareness about Parkinson's disease, and each year, a portion of the store's profits are donated to finding a cure.

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Unique Vintage
2013 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 848-1540

If your fairytale wedding features vintage silhouettes a la 'The Great Gatsby' or 'Downton Abbey,' then Unique Vintage is the bridal shop for you. Highlighting retro fashions for all parts of your life, Unique Vintage has an exceptional array of wedding dresses that are evocatively feminine and classic in the era you desire. What started out as an online clothing store, the now 4,000-square-foot fashion hub will satisfy your 'Mad Men' cravings with gowns, shoes and handbags. On frequent speed dial for Hollywood's television and film executives, Unique Vintage has outfitted cast members for 'Pretty Little Liars,' True Blood,' 'Glee' and 'American Horror Story,' as well as A-listers Elle Fanning, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Zooey Deschanel and Terri Hatcher.

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Paper Bag Princess
8818 W. Olympic Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 385-9036

Television fashion guru Elizabeth Mason, owner of the Paper Bag Princess, offers a wide selection of wedding gowns including rare, one-of-a-kind designs from her Private Vintage Couture Collection. The Paper Bag Princess carries the leading collection of vintage bridal dresses from timeless designers such as Adrian, Irene, Ceil Chapman, Helen Rose, Howard Greer, Travilla and Don Loper. In addition, brides-to-be can also choose a Hollywood glamour classic from her selection of Chanel, Dior and Balenciaga gowns. Brides are encouraged to look at the Paper Bag Princess website to peruse the dazzling collection. Each of the dresses shown can also be recreated to fit brides of all shapes and sizes.

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Paris 1900
2703 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 396-0405

When you step into Paris 1900's vintage boutique, you will immediately be carried away to an era when quintessential glamour was the epitome of every soiree. This is the bridal shop for the gal that is looking for a unique wedding gown with delicate details and feminine silhouettes. The shop offers wedding dresses that are fully restored from 1900s-1930s, gowns that are modern but incorporate vintage lace and some that are new but inspired by eras long ago. In addition, brides can also purchase wedding day accessories including headpieces, tiaras, antique lace veils and beaded purses. When shopping at Paris 1900, the old wives' tale of 'something old…' goes a long way.

Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at

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