Ah the hunt for your dream wedding dress. It's one of the most exhilarating tasks of wedding planning, but as many brides to be know, this often dreamed about experience can quickly descend into stressful chaos.
The perfect dress looks and feels different to every bride, so the search for it is a personal one that can take some no time at all, whilst others look for months. Do you want a bohemian wedding dress for your festival-style wedding? Or are you looking for a classically elegant number for your church nuptials?
The choice of the dress can also come down to many more aspects than just the style too. For example, the season you're getting married in can affect the material and embellishments you may choose. The location of your venue, how much moving you're going to need to do and even if you want a lighter dress to change into for the evening (an increasingly popular option) are all things to consider.
Finding a selection of bridal boutiques you want to visit is essential for starting your search and it can be handy to stick to your local area so you can nip to the store for fittings and alterations close to the big day.
As the capital of Norfolk, Norwich is home to the county's biggest selection of bridal wear boutiques. From charming stores on the Cathedral quarter's cobbled streets to airy modern studios, you're sure to find your perfect fit.
So whether you want to shop on your own, with your bridesmaids, or are looking to take the mother of bride and mother of groom with you when you look for the dress, there's a wide range of options in this area.
1. Pure Brides
3. La Crème
8 Lower Goat Ln, Norwich NR2 1EL
Founded in 2004, Pure Brides is an award winning bridal boutique in the heart of the city. Now one of the leading bridal boutiques in the UK, they have three private rooms you can book for you and your family and friends to explore their extensive range. Committed to providing a personal and unforgettable wedding dress shopping experience, Pure Brides also stock a host of top designer dresses, so you'll be spoilt by their selection.
39 Exchange St, Norwich NR2 1DP
With 30 years of industry experience between them, Lucy and Jill, the ladies behind La Crème will give you a warm and friendly welcome while helping you hunt down your dream dress. They have a large showroom with dresses by Pronovias, Willowby By Watters, Wtoo By Watters and Envy By Phoenix, along with an open bridal suite in the back.
11 Westwick St, Norwich NR2 4TT
With a bright pink door and windows, you won't be able to miss City Brides. A warm and welcoming boutique, they have a wide selection of dress and designers to cater to many different styles. City Brides also offers payment plans to spread the cost of the dress and a plus-size wedding dress range.
The Georgian House, 42 St Giles Street, Norwich, NR2 1LW
The largest bridal boutique in Norwich, La Belle Angèle is a family-run business that launched in 2007. The beautiful Georgian building which houses the store adds a chic historical feel to your wedding dress shopping. Offering bridal gowns in boho, rustic, church, princess styles and many more, there's something for every bride to be.
27 Castle Quarter, Ground Floor, Norwich, NR1 3DD
Speaking of budget conscious brides, did you know Say Yes is the only bridal outlet in Norfolk? Offering outstanding customer service and low prices on designer bridal gowns. With wedding dresses ranging from £199-£750 in sizes 6-26, they stock both traditional dresses and those inspired by the latest trends, so it's a must-visit for anyone trying to keep the costs down on their big day.
30 Elm Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1HG
Set amongst Norwich's charming cobbled streets in the Cathedral quarter, Elm Hill Brides is an enchanting bridal boutique to search for your dream dress. Opened in 2011, its reputation is quickly growing as the go-to destination for high-quality bridal wear and accessories. They also offer frequent sample sales perfect for the budget conscious bride.
37-39 Timber Hill, Norwich, NR1 3LA
Offering a carefully curated selection of bridal, prom, and evening dresses since 1993, Prima Donna Bridal believes every woman deserves to feel special. Something unique about this boutique is The Rose Room - a bookable private space to add a little luxury to your shopping experience. With a 360° view of Norwich City, this room is the perfect spot to try on wedding dresses and for £25 per person, you can even enjoy the VIP treatment with a sweet cart, afternoon tea, and unlimited drinks.
The St, Norton Subcourse, Norwich, NR14 6RS
A few miles from the city centre, Le Jour Bridal Studio is a spacious and relaxed environment to try on wedding dresses to your heart's content. Run by Lauren and Rie, they help take the stress out of the important decision of choosing the perfect wedding dress. The studio also offers a beautiful bride stage area and coffee bar for light refreshments whilst your browse.
92-94 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4AB
Specialising in unique wedding dress styles, White Reflections is the perfect choice for brides looking for something a bit different. Bringing the wedding dress and fashion worlds together, Holly, the mastermind behind the store has handpicked some of the most beautiful and unique dresses from across the globe for you to explore.
33-35 Castle Mall Shopping Centre, Norwich, NR1 3DD
The wedding gown powerhouse which is WED2B isn't for everyone and we would recommend still trying the traditional bridal shop experience when looking for a wedding dress if you can. However for those on a budget or for those short on time, it definitely shouldn't be overlooked. With a host of styles and sizes to choose from, it is a great stop for brides to be and whilst you might not get the personal attention you do at smaller boutiques, it's still a fun visit for you and your friends and family.
There you have it, our favourite bridal boutiques in the area to help start your search for the perfect dress. It's not always the easiest task, but by visiting the right shops with warm, welcoming, and most importantly knowledgeable staff at the helm, you can cut down on the stress and just focus on the dress.