Arguably, the dress is the most important thing to a bride, aside from marrying the person of her dreams of course! The world boasts so many creative minds that finding a bespoke wedding designer is as easy as pie.
We encourage brides to take a step away from established brand names and look for local designers who manufacture on a much smaller scale. We love supporting small businesses so you won’t see the industry’s iconic names like Vera Wang and Galia Lahav on our list. They are deserving of all of their status, but we’re focusing on smaller, less well-known designers this time around.
Here’s our list of our favorite wedding dress and bridalwear designers in the United States!
A. B. Ellie is a mother, daughter, and daughter trio who create dresses for romantics, bad-asses, and everyone in between! Their dresses are handmade to order at their St. Paul’s studio in Minnesota. In design terms, the team at A. B. Ellie aspires not to follow trends, but to create timeless pieces that will be as chic now as they will be in 50 years.
price range: 2 000 – 4 000$
Based in New York, Cuccilelli Shaheen was founded in 2016 by creative partners Anthony Cucculellii and Anna Rose Shaheen. This creative duo met while working at Diane Von Furstenburg’s West Village studio and their professional synthesis started from there. Their bridal designs are intricate, daring, and unique, while still being tasteful, elegant, and stylish. The new line, Alucinato, features bold patterns and intricate beadwork on dresses suitable for every style of bride and type of wedding.
price range: 5 000 – 18 000$
Danielle Frankel finds endless inspiration in celebration. Danielle Hirsch, the lead designer, creates designs that fuse traditional and modern aesthetics to create iconic pieces that appeal to a bride’s wildest desires. Proudly made in New York’s Garment District, dresses from Danielle Frankel combine intricacy with simplicity to create an unexpected take on bridalwear.
price range: 3 000 – 10 000$
Elizabeth Fillmore designs pieces for the sexy, feminine, romantic, poetic, confident, and modern kind of bride. On her website, she says “My designs are for an ever-evolving client that grows as fashion changes, whilst remaining effortlessly elegant.” Her new collection, Bijoux, features beaded tulle, silk and satins to create an ethereal vision. Pops of lace, feathers, and differing dress lengths and necklines, Bijoux is a modern work of art.
price range: 3 000 – 4 000$
The Halston label was founded by Roy Halston Frowick and expanded in 1966 to include clothing. Halston has come to be regarded as one of the cornerstone American fashion brands. While most may not associate the Halston brand name with bridalwear, their collections often feature architectural white dresses that are perfect for a bride searching for a dress without the sparkle. Halston designs dresses in a way that allows the construction of the dress to shine, rather than covering it with lace and jewels.
price range: 400 – 1 400$
Yet another designer that works beyond the boundaries of bridal fashion is Jonathan Simkhai. While his ready-to-wear collections are coveted across the fashion world, his White Dress Edit illustrates how skilled he is at fusing sensuality and strength into one garment. The White Dress Edit features suits for the daring bride, satin dresses for the classic bride, lace creations for the bohemian bride, and daring designs for the edgy bride.
price range: 400 – 800$
Ethically made in California, KAMPERETT is a modern womenswear label created by Anna Chiu and Valerie Santillo. Their design aesthetic is a combination of effortless chic and femininity. They design pieces for the modern discerning woman. Anna and Valeria work with silk, satin, and organza for their bridal looks and the end result is a collection that feels soft and feminine while still communicating confidence and a self-assured sensuality that every bride wants on their wedding day.
price range: 400 – 1 900$
KHAITE is primarily a ready-to-wear women’s fashion line that was designed to reimagine the classic American sportswear aesthetic for the twenty-first century. The company was founded in 2016 by Catherine Holstein and while they do not design bridal collections, some of their designs would work wonderfully at a wedding celebration. To name just a few, the Oma dress in cream, the Marca dress in ivory, the Lynette dress in panama, the Apollo dress in cream, and the Rova dress in white sequin are all beautiful options for a wedding.
price range: 800 – 3 000$
Designed by Meredith Stoecklein, LEIN Studio specializes in impactful pieces. The LEIN Studio offering may not be as vast as some of the other designers on this list, but they embody the ‘quality over quantity’ debate. The latest LEIN Studio design the Wool Button Mini Dress is perfect for nostalgic brides who want a classic, fashion-forward aesthetic fused with a modern and chic design. The mini length makes the dress unique and the impactful buttons down the front speak to a 1950s classic inspiration. Worn with a bridal headband and a fascinator veil, the Wool Button Mini Dress is the epitome of what it means to be a modern nostalgic bride.
price range: 1 000 – 2 000$
Markarian was founded in 2017 by Alexandra O'Neill. Named after the Markarian galaxies, O'Neill’s pieces are made to order and thoughtfully designed to create as little waste as possible. Since its creation in 2017, Markarian has quickly become a well-respected brand worn by a range of celebrities including Lizzo, Kate Hudson, Kerry Washington, and Priyanka Chopra. Markarian’s bridal offerings feature a range of hemlines, silhouettes, fabric choices, and embellishments. Here you’ll find floral appliqué mini dresses, scalloped white lace wedding coats, sequin and feather wrap dresses, and bridal separates. A Markarian bride is a fashion-forward individual who aspires to be anything but ordinary.
price range: 2 000 – 9 000$
As a designer of ‘fashion art to wear,' creator Toni Maticevski has created a brand that speaks to a vision of feminine desires and beauty. To Toni, fashion is not simply what you wear, but who you become and how you see yourself when you wear something you love. MATICEVSKI bridal designs do not feature lace, embroidery, or embellishments, but instead, use the highest-quality fabrics to allow the natural female form to shine.
price range: 1 000 – 3 000$
NDS the label
According to the website, NDS the Label stands for “meticulous craftsmanship, striking details, modern silhouettes, and elevated fabrics”. This is evident in their designs. The brand was founded by Nadia Bundziak from Ukraine, and she has built the brand’s reputation ever since. Nadia’s designs fuse structure with fluidity and feminine with masculine to create an unapologetic line of exquisitely designed bridal pieces. We love the touches of glamor and sparkle as seen in the fingerless gloves with jewel and pearl embellishments and the bandeau corset with crystal chain detailing.
price range: 800 – 1 500$
The designer behind the NEWHITE brand is Juliette Kim. With a passion for creating modern bridalwear for a new generation of brides, Juliette’s vision for bridalwear stems from cutting-edge construction. NEWHITE does bridal differently. The NEWHITE team believes that the shopping experience should be as special as the dress itself which is why they offer innovative solutions for their custom-made styles. Juliette uses premium fabrics and traditional tailoring to create works of fashion art.
price range: 1 000 – 4 000$
Reev Bridal creates minimalist and modern dresses, capes, separates, and jumpsuits for the perfect bridal look. The designs combine an unconventional style which is softened by clean lines, refined silhouettes, and a fusion of modern and nostalgic. Reev Bridal’s charms sit in the smaller details. We love the button detailing on the Mathilde dress, the exposed boning on the Gaia dress, the draped sleeves and open back of the Sophie dress, and the figure-hugging design of the Aurora dress.
price range: 800 – 1 700$
Sarah Seven’s Before line features bridalwear that celebrates the best attributes of any bride. Whether it’s a figure-fitting bridal suit that you’re searching for, a classic midi dress with a pop of sex appeal, or a daring backless jumpsuit, Before by Sarah Sevens has what you’re looking for. The Before line also features a range of bridal accessories designed to perfectly accompany your chosen Before by Sarah Seven bridalwear design. This accessory line includes beautifully crafted veils, expertly tailored capes, and exquisitely designed earrings.
price range: 700 – 1 500$