I lived in South Provo for a while during the years when I still attended BYU. On my drive up to campus each day I would pass a Bridal store on University avenue. Every week or so there would be a new window display and every time I just loved the dress in the window. This was surprising to me. I’m not a Utah wedding dress lover. Most of the time I feel all the modest wedding dress makers of the world got together and decided that there was only one pattern that could ever work as a modest wedding dress. Perhaps some beads could be added to the neckline of one, and a drape of fabric could be added to the skirt of another, but that would be the only difference.
Now don’t get defensive here, I know that’s not completely true. But you have to admit that it’s hard to find a unique dress these days!
So anyway, back to this store on University Avenue in Provo. I’d pass it every day and think how I wished I’d noticed those window displays BEFORE I got married! When my cousin asked me to go wedding dress shopping with her I was so excited to suggest this place just so I’d have an excuse to go in and see what it’s like. I was not disappointed!
So here’s the deal. Unlike most stores that get rid of last seasons styles so they can fit in a million sizes of ‘this seasons hottest look’, Bridal Center (the store I’d been watching during all those drives to campus) keeps the old styles around from TONS of different stores. I mean, don’t get me wrong here, you’re not going to walk in there and find an 80’s wedding dress! Instead you’ll find a VARIETY of dresses that have been made and designed in the past couple years from a variety of suppliers. That means (get ready for this!) you might even find a dress that’s different than what all the other brides will be wearing on the day you get married!
I LOVED walking around their store and seeing all of the different looks that I just hadn’t seen anywhere else! Because a lot of their dresses aren’t this season’s model, they’re able to sell their dresses for VERY reasonable prices! (when I was there I saw a lot of dresses between $200-$400) And that’s not even the best part!
Each girl who works in the store is also a trained seamstress. That means that when you walk in the store someone will come help you pick out dresses and try them on. She’ll be there as you discuss what you like and dislike about each dress, so she’ll really start to learn your personal style. Then, if you find a dress that you love but the waist needs to be taken in, or you need to add sleeves, the girl who has been helping you all afternoon can be available to do any alterations you need on your dress! All of your necessary alterations will be done at their facility by a girl who knows you and what you like. What a perfect set up!
I also personally loved the book of ideas they had on how to make a dress modest. It featured before and after pictures of lots of different styles of designer dresses they had altered to make temple ready.
To my knowledge, Bridal Center does not have a website, but that shouldn’t stop you from stopping by to see what they’ve got! Here is their information!
235 N University Ave, Provo 801-375-5445
35 W Main, Lehi Utah 801- 768-9624