Weddings are a time to celebrate but there is nothing more frustrating that purchasing a formal bridesmaid dress that costs a fortune and then never wearing it again. Put the fun back in shopping for a bridesmaid dress that will not only compliment the bride but make the bridal party look fabulous at these great stores.

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Bridal & Formal Boutique
2801 Cleveland Road
Wooster, OH 44691
(330) 601-0800

Buying consignment is the new rave. Visit Bridal & Formal Boutique to witness the difference. It offers a variety of styles, colors and sizes that are bound to leave its customers exhilarated. Spend the day passing dresses back and forth until you find the perfect dress to compliment not only the bride’s vision but also the personalities of the whole bridal party without breaking the bank.

Karen Lockwood’s Affordable Bridals Inc. 
4406 Dogwood Trail
North Olmsted, OH 44070
(440) 734-2680

Since her childhood with two seamstress parents, Karen Lockwood’s life has revolved around the beauty of fabric. Lockwood’s talents are enriched by her world travels and her expertise will make shopping for bridesmaid dresses simple and keep you within budget. Don’t worry if a dress is too large or too small, Lockwood is also a seamstress and can alter any dress to make it the perfect dress.

Brides By The Falls
100 N. Main St., Suite 210
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
(440) 247-1100

Located in the heart of Chagrin Falls, this quaint boutique provides the glamorous atmosphere sought by any bride. This full service boutique offers dresses from the bride all the way down to the flower girl. Enjoy the relaxing, calmness of the educated staff and let them help relieve the stress and pressure of perfection. Offering designer dresses and are one of a kind, they offer trunk sales and special clearance items that provide an affordable choices and beautiful options.

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Dora’s Bridal & Formal 
22244 Lorain Road
Fairview Park, OH 44126
(440) 734-2247

The bridal consultants at Dora’s Bridal offer dresses that compliment anyone in the bridal party. Dora’s staff will work hard to ensure satisfaction while staying within the budget. Visit the showroom and compare the many styles and colors — and great prices.

Vintage & Vogue
7969 State Road
North Royalton, OH 44133
(440) 230-9199

Vintage & Vogue has the feeling of the past and an eye on the future. This classic consignment store carries a variety of styles and colors that will appeal to all tastes. Dazzle everyone with a gown as unique as you and your bridesmaids. Vintage & Vogue obtains gowns on a daily basis, so the selection changes daily. Tell the owner what color, style and sizes you want and they’ll let you know when it arrives. Vintage & Vogue offers a very unique and old-fashioned service. Call for personal appointments.

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