Bridal Bouquet: Wellesley Collage
Visiting Wellesley, home to a fabulous collection of great stores and the nation's most famous women's college, is a treat anytime.
Visiting Wellesley, home to a fabulous collection of great stores and the nation's most famous women's college, is a treat anytime. But for brides-to-be, the town has stylish boutiques, a cutting-edge spa, tasty cakes, and more—plus gowns by big-name designers at big-time discounts.
Vera Wang. Christian Dior. Amsale. Carolina Herrera. Find these fantasy-worthy labels and many others at Designer Bridal (269 Washington St.), where you can select from all new gowns at up to 80 percent off retail prices.
Continue the fashion quest at Hazel & Grace (254 Washington St., Wellesley Hills), where you could easily find your rehearsal dinner ensemble, whether you want a sexy slip dress for a seated dinner or perfectly faded designer denim for a beach clambake.
Make an appointment at Ardan MedSpa + Salon (72 Central St.) for highlights, a makeup lesson, practice chignon, massage, facial, night out with your bridesmaids, or laser hair removal—all handled deftly in a sleek, luxe setting.
Pick up gifts for your attendants (or pick your own wedding gifts from the assortment of artisan-crafted home accessories) and browse modern pearls and other bridal jewelry at the Gifted Hand (32 Church St.).
Stop in for a flower consultation at Winston Flowers (31 Central St.). The local chain is second to none when it comes to creating consistently stunning bouquets and arrangements—and being aware of the hottest (but never, ever garish) European trends in floral design.
Invite creativity as you take care of all your stationery needs—from save-the-dates to place cards—at Papers & Presents (87 Central St.), where traditional white and ivory stock from the likes of Vera Wang mingles with colorful and unique offerings from Claudia Calhoun and Écrie.