Being asked to serve as a bridesmaid in a wedding can be an honorable but expensive role. Between the dress, alterations, shoes, gifts, hair, makeup and travel expenses, the average cost of being a bridesmaid is nearly $1,700, according to WeddingChannel.com. Thanks to the city's great bridal boutiques and unique shops, however, there are options to help you look like a fashionista while shopping like a recessionista — all without sacrificing style or quality. Whatever your bridesmaid budget, you can save, spend or splurge on your bridesmaid dress at these five bridal boutiques located throughout the Pittsburgh region.
450 Cochran Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Bridal Beginning's competitively priced bridesmaid dresses mean you're sure to find the perfect bridesmaid dress you're searching for at a price that fits your budget. An extensive collection of dresses from designers like Bill Levkoff, Dessy and Simone Carvelli also ensures that you'll score a stylish dress in a variety of sizes, colors and lengths. In addition to a stunning selection of bridesmaid dresses, Bridal Beginning houses a full-service alteration department so you can be certain you'll receive the most customized, professional attention and customer service. Bridal Beginning is a recipient of The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013.
384 Carol Ave.
Bridgeville, PA 15017
Babette's of Bridgeville is your one-stop shop for gorgeous bridesmaid dresses from designer collections like Alexia, Bella by Venus and Love by Enzoani. For nearly 30 years, Babette's has been among Pittsburgh brides' top choices thanks to its unbeatable prices, accommodating consultants and top-notch formalwear and bridal gowns. With two floors of dress styles ranging from conservative and classic to sassy and extravagant, your bridesmaids are guaranteed to find a style and fit that suits their personality and body type. Consider bringing along other members of the wedding party, including the Flower Girl and mother of the bride and groom to try on Babette's selection of mother's formal and flower girl dresses.
Sorrelle Bridal Salon
1855 W. Chestnut St.
Washington, PA 15301
Forget the idea that your bridesmaids' dresses have to be some awful combination of pink, taffeta and puffy sleeves that your girls wouldn't be caught dead in after the wedding. Your bridesmaids will actually want to wear the dresses they purchase from Sorelle Bridal Salon, especially when they see the swoon-worthy selection from the Disney Fairy Tale Wedding collection and Bari Jay. Bridesmaids rave about the helpful salespeople who spend quality time getting to know the style and needs of each individual wedding party in the private bridal dressing room, which helps them to select dresses that will make your bridesmaids look and feel amazing. Sorelle Bridal Salon is located just minutes from downtown Washington.
1700 Monongahela Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Dress shopping with your bridesmaids is supposed to fun and relaxing and that's the basis for your bridesmaid dress shopping at Candalina Brides. This bridal fashion boutique promises a stress-free shopping experience without pushy bridal consultants and high prices, which brides and bridesmaids alike appreciate. More than 10 different bridesmaid dress designers, like Pretty Maids and Social Bridesmaids, are available priced from $150 to $300. Ask about Candalina Brides' bridal party discounts to see how you can save even more on your bridesmaids' dresses.
1054 Herman Road
Bulter, PA 16002
Although Arnella's Bridal is located about one hour north of downtown Pittsburgh, bridesmaids from all over western Pennsylvania agree it's worth the drive to browse the store's outstanding collection of bridesmaid dress. This Butler-based store caters to your bridesmaids' individual styles and can offer suggestions based on body type and fashion preference to help them find their dream dress. Arnella's Bridal provides free alterations on all bridesmaid dresses purchased in-store and also carries a variety of accessories, shoes and jewelry to make completing your wedding party's style simple.
Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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