Best of Boston

BEST Wedding Gowns

2008 BEST Wedding Gowns, Designer

Ana Hernandez

Boston

A well-tailored $5,000 wedding dress is one thing; an actual couture gown is quite another. Hernandez has built her considerable reputation on the latter, starting with sketches and “test garments” before she tackles the real deal. It pays off: Meticulously… read more »

2008 BEST Wedding Gowns, Affordable

Vows Bridal Outlet

Newton

It’s like the fabled/scary Running of the Brides at Filene’s Basement, minus the sleep deprivation and the catfights in the aisles. Customers are at their leisure to search through the hundreds of designer styles that Vows has on hand—Vera Wang,… read more »

2008 BEST Wedding Gowns, Preservation

Dependable Cleaners

Maybe you sipped cabernet on your wedding day—and spilled. Maybe, three years later, your stained, crumpled gown is still gathering dust in your closed. Dependable Cleaners has seen worse. There’s not an “oops” moment these pros can’t handle, and with… read more »

2008 BEST Wedding Gowns, Alteration

Best Fit

Boston

The elegantly appointed changing areas and owner Lyudmila Sletkova’s painstaking workmanship evoke a bygone era. They also ensure that, whether you’ve gone a touch brideorexic or decided to don Mom’s ’70s-era gown, Sletkova can nip your dress into shape without… read more »

2012 BEST Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaids

Bella Bridesmaid

Boston

Say so long to tired taffeta and stale silk — all the gowns at this airy boutique are fresh, modern, and completely customizable. Look for styles from LulaKate, Monique Lhuillier, and Lela Rose, plus all the accessories you need to… read more »

2012 BEST Wedding Gowns

Vera Wang

Boston

Envisioning the perfect wedding-day attire is one thing — actually finding it is another. Enter Vera Wang’s sleek Newbury Street location, which showcases a variety of the designer’s impeccably crafted gowns organized smartly by material, style, and color. Whether you’re… read more »

2011 BEST Wedding Gowns, Affordable

Vows

Watertown

We can’t think of a bigger nightmare than lining up with thousands of grabby, frantic bargain dress hunters à la Filene’s Running of the Brides. Fortunately, Vows is packed with designer gowns from the likes of Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra,… read more »

2011 BEST Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaids

Flair

Boston

You don’t want your girls in some garish getup out of 27 Dresses. Thankfully, a trip here makes finding the right dresses simple, owing to a tight selection of gorgeous (and, happily, understated) frocks from the likes of Coren Moore,… read more »

2011 BEST Wedding Gowns, Upscale

Vera Wang

Boston

A single designer is hardly right for every bride, but top-notch service, from first fitting to final alteration, is on every betrothed’s wish list. This couture retailer stocks gowns that are dreamy, feminine, and exactly what we want for the… read more »

2011 BEST Wedding Gowns, Affordable
Photograph by Scott M. Lacey

Vows

Watertown

We can’t think of a bigger nightmare than lining up with thousands of grabby, frantic bargain dress hunters à la Filene’s Running of the Brides. Fortunately, Vows is packed with designer gowns from the likes of Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra,… read more »