‘Tis the season! For weddings, that is. In the next couple of months, weddings will be popping up like vibrant spring flowers. And shining just as brightly will be the dresses worn by the bridesmaids in the wedding party. For the bride, the decision of what her bridesmaids will wear is almost as difficult as what she herself will don — particularly if her bridesmaids have budgets as varied as their tastes! Thankfully, there are several shops and boutiques around town to help with this decision-making process for the bride-to-be.
The Sample Rack
918 Pine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 925-2997

Brides and bridesmaids on a budget will fall in love with The Sample Rack on Pine Street. Bridal and bridesmaid gowns by popular designers start as low as $200 and sizes run from petite to plus sizes. The caveat is that the stock is small and goes quickly. If you need accessories to accompany the dresses, Carolyn Verdi Boutique is located inside. Carolyn happens to be the proprietor of The Sample Rack but also designs and creates locally made jewelry, accessories and gifts.

Bijou Bridal
102 E. Montgomery Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 642-3888

With over 10,000 square feet of retail space, Bijou Bridal has become one of the area’s top spots for bridal and special occasion gowns and dresses. Located in Suburban Square in Ardmore, this elegant boutique carries a wide selection of gowns for the entire bridal party (even flower girls) by big name designers like Belsoie, Alfred Sung, Amsale, Jim Hjelm and many more. It’s also packed with glitzy accessories and tuxedos.

Bridals by Danielle
203 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 670-9500

With an array of stunning gowns by both domestic and European designers, this tiny boutique nestled on hoppin’ South 13th Street can satisfy any bridal party and any bridal setting. Some designers include Lazaro, Anne Barge, Vera Valle, Marisa and more. Danielle often holds designer trunk shows where it will offer nice discounts on gowns purchased the day of. That’s a big plus for a wedding party on a budget.

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L & H Bridal Shoppe
9355 Old Bustleton Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19115
(215) 676-9206

L & H is located in northeast Philadelphia and has been servicing that area — as well as Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware counties — for over 50 years. It is a family-owned shop that carries not just gowns for brides, but also bridesmaids, flower girls and mothers of the bride. The expert staff also performs alterations and customizations on-site. L & H strongly recommends making an appointment prior to visiting or else you may have to put your name on the waiting list.

Priscilla Costa
2535 Huntingdon Pike
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
(215) 938-1009

Brazilian-born designer Priscilla Costa grew up in a designer family. She began by creating custom gowns for a handful of private customers. However, demand grew quickly, so she decided to open her own shop so she could accommodate more clients. She specializes in unique, one-of-a-kind to limited-edition wedding and wedding party dresses comprised of luxurious fabrics and exceptional embellishments of rhinestones, pearls and rosettes. Dresses can be purchased off the rack or by custom order at this appointment-only boutique.

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Pamela Dollak is a freelance writer covering all things Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.