Finding the perfect wedding dress aka “the dress” is an important part of the wedding planning process. For many women they have dreamt of this moment since they were little girls, and if you are unsure there are bridal consultants available to help find the best fit. Some of the best bridal shops in Connecticut offer unique experiences that will make each bride feel as special as they deserve. More stores have also increased their stock of sample plus size gowns so that every bride has the opportunity to try on the dress of their dreams.
Mariella’s Creations
2192 Silas Deane Highway
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 529-8558

If you’re looking for personal attention make an appointment at Mariella’s Creations in search of your dream dress. The staff at Mariella’s Creations makes every bride that walks through the door feel special with their private consulting. Separate from the normal flow of customers, brides will go upstairs to a quiet atmosphere and private changing rooms. Schedule an appointment for private bridal consulting by calling their number. Your bridal party and mother of the bride or groom dresses can be also be purchased here.

The White Dress By The Shore
103 E. Main St.
Clinton, CT 06413
(860) 669-4596

When imagining The White Dress By The Shore the word whimsical comes to mind. It is a quaint shop in an antique Connecticut home along the shore. Bridal collections they carry include Haley Paige, Jenny Yoo, Anne Barge, Augusta Jones, and Romona Keveza Legends among others. For the ultimate bridal experience ask about the white carpet appointment. This exclusive bridal experience shuts down the store for only you along with champagne, snacks, photography of your special bridal shopping day, and consultation.

Lucille’s Bridal Shop
236 Boston Post Road
Orange, CT 06477
(203) 795-0546

Lucille’s Bridal Shop is a local favorite. So much so that it was voted Best of New Haven Living and Weddingwire Couples’ Choice Award in 2014. As a bride you want your wedding day to be perfect. With that comes an expectation you’ve dreamed of your entire life; finding “the dress”. The last thing you want to worry about is fitting into the sample size dresses in bridal stores. An advantage to shopping at this local bridal shop is their increase in plus size dress samples in 2015. Bridal collections carried at Lucille’s includes Maggie Sottero, Stella York, Ella Rose, and Kenneth Winston.

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Bridal Bliss
116 S. Main St.
Cheshire, CT 06410
(203) 250-3390

When you walk into Bridal Bliss you’ll find a place of comfort. It is a family run business and the only one in the town of Cheshire, Connecticut. Their dresses are affordable but classy and beautiful. They pride themselves on customer care and making your bridal dress experience one to remember. It is a one stop shop at Bridal Bliss. A bride and her wedding party can have her shopping needs met including the bridal gown, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses, mother of the bride and groom dresses, accessories, and even tuxedo rentals. Check their website for trunk shows throughout the year on dresses, veils, and accessories for reduced prices.

The Plumped Serpent Bridal
295 Post Road E.
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 226-9868

What an eloquent establishment at The Plumped Serpent Bridal. Don’t let the atypical name throw you off. Their customer service and dresses are an added bonus to your bridal dress shopping experience. The staff understand the whole package and that the perfect dress is just part of the shopping experience, that brides value the experience itself. Unlike other bridal shops, The Plumped Serpent Bridal is open on Sundays. The only day they are closed is Tuesday. Bridal collections offered at the shop include but are not limited to Carline Castigliano, Anne Barge, Modern Trousseau, and Bliss Monique Lhuiller. They also offer 3 hour private bridal consulting appointments for an additional fee.

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