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What to Look for When Choosing a Bridal Shop

Congratulations, you found your dream partner! Now it’s time to start shopping for your dream dress! The question is, where do you begin?

Choosing your wedding dress is one of the most important decisions you will make as a bride. All eyes are going to be on you as you make your way down the aisle to say “I do,” as you take your first dance as Mr. and Mrs., as you wave farewell to friends and family and begin your Happily Ever After. You may have been dreaming of this moment since you were a little girl, with a full vision of your bridal gown already in mind, or you may still be exploring the possibilities, perhaps even feeling overwhelmed by all of the choices that have to be made. In either case, it is important that you find the right bridal shop - and stylist - to help you find the dress of your dreams, with an experience that brings ease, joy, and excitement to the process.

We’ve put together this handy guide to help you choose the right bridal shop for you, so that you may have the most enjoyable wedding dress shopping experience possible.


Each wedding dress boutique maintains relationships with specific bridal designers to carry in their shop. In addition to researching wedding dress designers, be sure to peruse the websites and social media accounts for the Orlando bridal shops you’re considering. Take notice of the types of gowns, styles, and designers that they carry. Also be sure to look at their upcoming events to see if they have any trunk shows or other bridal events coming up. Browse the latest bridal trends and top wedding dress designers, and locate an Orlando bridal salon that carries a variety of wedding gowns for you to choose from.

At The Collection Bridal, we carry a variety of couture wedding dress designers, including Lazaro, Martina Liana, Calla Blanche, Madi Lane, Olvis, and more. We are also the exclusive Central Florida carriers for such renowned bridal designers as Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, and Stephen Yearick/YSA Makino.


“Today I had Roya helping me and she was absolutely AMAZING! She respected my budget, was very kind and just a joy to be around. It doesn’t get any better than Roya!! Thank you, Collection Bridal, for helping me find my dream dress!” - Aviles C., 5 Star Google Review

Before shopping for your wedding dress, it’s important to establish a budget. Find a happy medium that balances affordability with your dream vision of how you want to look and feel on your special day. Before booking an appointment at a bridal shop, ensure that they carry wedding gowns that will fit your budget as well as fit the standard of designers and quality that you’re desiring.

Our Orlando bridal boutique offers a range of gowns and designers, with prices beginning at $1,700+.


Location location location! Ok, so this isn’t the same as in real estate, but do consider that a bride typically has about three fittings plus the final pick-up once your wedding gown is purchased. This should be an enjoyable experience, not a big hassle. That said, the right dress is worth the extra effort if you’re shopping for a more exclusive designer.

The Collection Bridal is conveniently located in Winter Park, Florida. If you live in Central Florida, we’re an easy drive. However, even if you’re coming from a bit further away, there is plenty to see and do in the area to make your experience memorable. If you live outside of the Orlando area, plan a bridesmaids brunch or mother-daughter shopping trip along with your fitting, and make a whole fun day of it. Winter Park is home to many 5-star restaurants, unique boutiques, scenic boat and walking tours, art festivals and holiday events, and more.

Reputation & Reviews

Before choosing your Orlando-area bridal shop, be sure to read reviews, and ask around! What are most people saying about the shop? What experiences have your family and friends had? What do brides seem to like most about it based on their testimonials? What types of wedding dresses do they have?

“I recently went to The Collection Bridal to look at wedding dresses. I had been to 2 bridal shops previously and was losing hope of finding something that would give me that "bride" feeling. I worked with Melanie Madrid who quite literally made my wedding dress dreams come true. She knew what questions to ask, what would fit my body, and she was a ray of sunshine throughout the entire process. Melanie was polite, caring, and super fun to try on dresses with! I would HIGHLY recommend brides going to The Collection Bridal, and ask for Melanie!!!!! Thanks Melanie!!!” - Margaret W., 5 Star Google Review

In-House Alterations

Not all bridal shops do in-house alterations. This means you will need to find someone to take on this task for you if you end up with a wedding boutique that does not offer this service. The benefit of choosing a bridal that has its own in-house seamstress is not only convenience, but you will be working with someone who is very familiar with the specific designers and how their gowns are constructed. This can go a long way in wedding dress alterations.

Did you know that The Collection Bridal offers in-house alterations? We are here for you from start to finish, from choosing your dress to ensuring a perfect fit, and even helping you complete your look with your choice of veil, headpiece, shoes, jewelry, and other bridal accessories. “Because it’s so much more than just a dress.”


The Collection Bridal in Winter Park, Florida showcases the designs of many world-renowned wedding dress designers. With a dress for every bridal vision, body type, and budget, and expert bridal stylists to help bring your vision to life down to every last detail, we have the distinct honor of being one of Central Florida’s longest running bridal boutiques. Generations of brides - and their daughters - have graced the racks of our family-owned bridal shop in search of their dream wedding dresses.

“After visiting several bridal salons I'm so thankful that this one was recommended to me. I've had an absolutely wonderful experience with Roya!!! She's so knowledgeable, helpful, kind & very patient!!! With her guidance I found the perfect dress for my wedding day! Everyone at this salon has been very nice & I would highly recommend going there as they have a large selection of beautiful gowns. Thank you again Roya for everything!!!” - Jennifer H., 5 Star Google Review

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