2008 Commonwealth Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
The exterior of this small shop fits the funky vibe of the surrounding Plaza-Midwood neighborhood, but inside, prospective brides find a huge selection of new and used wedding gowns, veils and other wedding accessories in a variety of sizes, many from top designers and still with the tags on. Gowns, tuxedos and other formal wear are available for rent. The shop’s staff, which has been helping Charlotte brides plan weddings since 1964, can help you find what you’re looking for. The House of Originals also offers low-cost printing on invitations and other wedding goods including personalized RSVP cards, napkins and matches.
4000 Margaret Wallace Road
Matthews, NC 28105
Open by appointment only, this boutique sells and consigns designer wedding apparel that is new or gently used. The ever-changing inventory includes dresses for mothers of the bride, flower girls and bridesmaids, as well as wedding dresses, jewelry, veils, tiaras and shoes, plus reception accessories such as garters, champagne toast goblets, guest books and much more. Some gowns are also available for rent. Watch for big sales that happen here several times each year.
14231 Market Square Drive
Huntersville, NC 28078
If your wedding dreams include a top-of-the-line couture gown, but your budget can’t quite swing the price tag, Fabulous Frocks may hold the answer. It carries new, “once-wed” and sample gowns from top designers, originally priced at $2,000 and up, at a 20- to 70-percent discount. A unique online “Find Your Frock” tool lets you search its stock for dresses by specific designers, or you can add your dream dress to the wish list. Owner Amanda Teague and her staff show gowns by private appointment, offering the same sort of experience you’d find at a high-quality wedding boutique. Fabulous Frocks also carries jewelry, veils, bridesmaid dresses, sashes and other accessories for your big day.
1419 East Blvd., Suite E
Charlotte, NC 28203
This bridal boutique sells gently used and sample gowns from the last three years that originally retailed for $2,000 or more. To supplement consignment items, owners Natasha Duff-Cole and Jodene Pooler have developed relationships with designers and couture showrooms around the country to sell designer samples from the previous season at 30 to 70 percent less than the original price. The pair also sells new gowns from the collections of Junko Yoshioka, Aire Barcelona, Liz Simon, Soft by Rosa Clara, Theia White and Lea-Ann Belter in the Ladies of Lineage showroom. Past season samples from these designers are available at discounted prices as well. The boutique carries larger sizes for curvier brides.
5519 Indian Trail–Fairview Road
Indian Trail, NC 28079
Located on Charlotte’s east side, Wedding Dress Me stocks hundreds of wedding gowns in all sizes, many from top designers, plus dresses for prom, mother of the bride, Quinceanera and other formal occasions. The stock here is both consignment and new, often still with tags, all discounted 50- to 75-percent off retail prices. Tuxedos are available as well, along with lingerie, slips and other undergarments, headpieces and veils, jewelry and more, all deeply discounted. Alterations are handled in house with emergency 24-hour turn-around available. Wedding gowns are shown by appointment only.
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