Few items of clothing involve as much consideration, deliberation and frustration as wedding gowns. Finding the perfect dress in the right color, style, fit and price range can take many months, and can cause stress for all involved. There are chain stores offering cookie-cutter designs, but many brides prefer a unique gown. These Sacramento boutiques offer unique bridal attire for even the most discerning fiancée. Take a deep breath, relax and visit one of these shops so you will not have to stress about the dress.

Sparkle Bridal Couture
3200 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 538-6615
www.sparklebridalcouture.com

Brides blessed with extra curves often have trouble finding a dress that fits well and highlights their assets. Rather than trying to tailor a gown made for someone else’s body, savvy brides-to-be head to Sparkle. Specializing in sizes 14 to 30, Sparkle has around 150 couture wedding dresses that are designed to fit and flatter. These are not the same old styles created for those in the lower size ranges; these bridal gowns, made with gorgeous fabrics and a loving attention to detail, are styled to perfection for your lovely shape and dimensions. The staff is genuinely dedicated to helping you shine, and can help you choose jewelry, headpieces, veils and more to complete your ensemble.

Haute House Couture
3379 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 470-2369
www.hhcouture.com

Haute House has many wedding gowns in stock, with others available upon perusal of an in-store catalog. There is no need to wait months for your dress to arrive; even special orders generally take less than a week to come in, and expert alterations are done quickly and at a reasonable cost. Designer dresses are available in a range of styles and in sizes from small to 5-X. There are also special options for those who want a classic look, or who prefer to save money for their life after the honeymoon instead of spending a huge amount for a dress. Vintage gowns are available, as are high quality samples and beautiful, gently used bridal attire.

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Bride To Be Couture
6100 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Carmichael, CA 95608
(916) 972-8223
www.bridetobecouture.com

This is a great resource for ladies seeking chic, au courant styles for their bridal ensemble. Glamorous, feminine wedding gowns are available from Victor Harper’s collection, as are dramatic dresses, handmade with French lace and Swarovski crystal, by Olvi’s. Sensuous, elegant bridal attire from Badgley Mischka, one of Vogue’s “Top 10 American Designers,” can be found as well. If your perfect gown is in your dreams rather than in a store, meet with designer Elizabeth Galindo Roberts to create the dress to make the dream come true. The store’s owner offers personalized service and helpful suggestions on how a gown can be tailored to fit you perfectly.

Tak Company
6019 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95824
(916) 391-6700

Brides who love the shape and style of Asian and Pacific Island-style wedding apparel appreciate the selection they find at Tak Company. Bridal cheongsams, also known as qipaos, are styled to hug and accentuate the figure. Often featuring high, mandarin collars and side slits, the wedding dresses are traditionally red in color rather than the white or pale tones seen in the United States. The shop offers bridal attire in various styles, colors and lengths, and the employees are helpful and accommodating. Dresses can be tailored and altered for the perfect fit.

House of Fashion II – Outlet
3801 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 457-7618
www.hofbridal.com/outlet-store

The original House of Fashion is known to offer brides pricey gowns and rather chilly customer service, but the “outlet” provides a very different experience. The outlet wedding dresses are beautiful and well made, but the pricing is perfect for brides who love to score a good deal. Wedding attire for the bride, her mother, bridesmaids and flower girls may be customizable floor samples, one-of-a-kinds or discontinued, and the prices can be up to 80 percent off normal retail. A nice bonus is that the staff are friendly, courteous and helpful.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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