There are several ways to buy your wedding dress, but we think the classic bridal boutique experience is particularly special. That's why we went on the hunt for the best wedding dress shops in Manchester.

If you're focusing your dress search on the Northern Powerhouse, we don't blame you. Manchester is known for its sense of style - and why should it be any different when it comes to wedding fashion? We've found the bridal boutiques you need to know about in the city itself and Greater Manchester. Of course, you don't need to live in the area to visit these shops - find a lovely hotel and turn your shopping trip into a weekend getaway! As with all bridal boutiques, you'll need to make an appointment.

The most important thing is to keep an open mind. The staff at wedding dress shops are style consultants with years of fashion expertise, so it's worth considering their suggestions. You may have your heart set on fabulous fishtail wedding dresses, for example, but then you could try on a totally different style and fall in love. Have fun - and happy shopping! 


1. The Case of the Curious Bride, Sale

This bridal boutique prides itself on doing things differently. To start with, the designers they've chosen are very cool and not necessarily those you've heard of, including Sadoni, Katya Katya and Rembo Styling. Their dress selection covers a wide range of looks, from pretty boho to clean-lines minimalist. And in line with their focus on making the dress shopping experience relaxed and enjoyable, The Case of the Curious Bride offers Tea Party Appointments, which involve delicious cakes and lashings of fizz!

Key designers: Sadoni, Katya Katya, Lusan Mandongus, Rembo Styling & Johanna Hehir

Price range: £500 - £2,000

Address: 3-7 Tatton Road, Sale, M33 7EB

2. The White Closet, West Didsbury

The White Closet Manchester is a must-try if you're looking for chic, catwalk-inspired styles. They have a carefully curated collection of dresses from leading global designers. We particularly like the fact that they offer one-and-a-half hour appointments - you don't want to feel rushed when you're trying on wedding dresses! - as well as styling appointments to help you choose your accessories. There's also a bridesmaid suite, so you can all get your outfits together.

Key designers: Halfpenny London, Charlie Brear, Jesus Peiro, Emmy Mae & Newhite

Price range: £1,500 - £6,000

Address: 204 Burton Road, West Didsbury, M20 2LW

3. Fairytale Brides, Whitefield

Fairytale Brides stocks wedding dress designers known for their glamorous styles, from Hayley Paige to Justin Alexander, so you're in for a treat if you want a show-stopping design. There's also a range of bridal accessories to finish your look.

Key designers: Hayley Paige, Justin Alexander, Lillian West, Essense of Australia & Martina Liana

Price range: Enquire with boutique

Address: 147 Bury New Road, Whitefield, M45 6AA 

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4. Jeravida Bridal Boutique, Swinton

This family-run bridal boutique prides itself on its welcoming atmosphere, with a space designed to make brides feel special when trying on dresses. Jeravida Bridal also has Dessy bridesmaid dresses, so you can get your wedding party kitted out in high style, too.

Key designers: Casablanca, British Bridal, Venus, White One

Price range: Enquire with boutique

Address: 214B Folly Lane, Swinton, M27 0DD

5. Jean Jackson Couture, Northern Quarter

Fashion-conscious brides, we've found your dream boutique! The range at Jean Jackson Couture runs through boho, sleek and show-stopping, but what every design has in common is a catwalk-inflected, contemporary aesthetic. Located in Manchester's buzzing Northern Quarter, the shop offers private appointments with two guests or, if you need more opinions, group appointments with up to four guests.

Key designers: Rue de Seine, Laudae, Truvelle, Rish Bridal & Lovers Society

Price range: £1,550 - £3,450

Address: 5q Turner Street, M4 1DN

6. Bride by Swarbricks, Middleton

Bride by Swarbricks has an inclusive range of dresses to try on, running from 10 to 28 (they can order in gowns from 6 to 32). In addition to the main lines, they also have a sample collection, which is worth checking out if you're looking for a designer bargain.

Key designers: Pronovias, Sophia Tolli & Sincerity Bridal

Price range: £700 - £2,500

Address: Three Arrows, Middleton Road, Heaton PArk, M24 4GY 

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7. The White Gallery, Ramsbottom

The White Gallery in Ramsbottom stocks some fabulous designers, from the glamour of Justin Alexander to the contemporary-boho of Zavana Bridal. As well as bridalwear, they stock bridesmaid designs, including Hayley Paige and Pia Michi.

Key designers: Justin Alexander, Anna Georgina, Wedding Societe & Zavana Bridal

Price range: Enquire with boutique

Address: 15 Bolton Street, Ramsbottom, BL0 9HU

8. The Confetti Box, Eccles

This family-run wedding dress shop combines over 30 years of bridal fashion experience with a keen eye for the latest wedding dress trends. Set over three floors of a Victorian building, The Confetti Box has a wide range of styles, and offers in-house alterations, cleaning and dress packaging for weddings abroad.

Key designers: Morilee, Maggie Sottero, Rebecca Ingram, Ronald Joyce & Victoria Jane

Price range: Enquire with boutique

Address: 19 Church Street, Eccles, M30 0DF

9. Wilderness Bride, Ancoats

The cool and eclectic area of Ancoats is home to British bridal brand Wilderness Bride. Their pared-back collections are inspired by nature, featuring both dresses and bridal separates. Designer Stephanie Mitchell started her career as a bridal stylist, so she has a strong background in making brides look - and feel - amazing.

Key designers: Collection designed in-house

Price range: Enquire with boutique

Address: AWOL Studios, Pollard Street, M4 7JA 

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10. Cheadle Bride, Cheadle

Cheadle Bride is an Essense of Australia EveryBody/EveryBride stockist - this means they have a wide range of samples available to try on in sizes 18-36, across different styles and silhouettes. To help finish your look, they also have Ivory & Co accessories and Elizabeth Dickens veils.

Key designers: Essense of Australia, Beautiful by Enzoani

Price range: £800 - £2,000

Address: 148A Turves Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 6AW

11. Agapé Bridal Boutique, Altrincham

Agapé Bridal has some seriously high-glamour designers, such as Jenny Packham and Caroline Castigliano. There's an in-house studio, so you can have your chosen gown tailored for a perfect fit, as well as tweaking the design to suit your style, whether by adding or removing sleeves, or changing the length. They also have accessories, and dresses for the bridesmaids and mother of the bride.

Key designers: Jenny Packham, Caroline Castigliano, Stephanie Allin, Savin & Temperley

Price range: £1,700 - £5,950

Address: 31A The Downs, Altrincham, WA14 2QD

12. Suzanne Neville, Altrincham

When it comes to creating a fluid, figure-flattering bridal silhouette, Suzanne Neville is ahead of the game. She has a showroom in London and also this freshly refurbished boutique in Altrincham, where you can try on her stunning designs during a personal consultation. The styles range from delicately pretty to sculptural elegance, and all dresses are created in the UK.

Key designers: In-house collection

Price range: £2,000+

Address: 11 The Downs, Altrincham, WA14 2QD

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13. La Fleur Bridal, Middleton

As well as a selection of chic wedding dresses, La Fleur Bridal offers a selection of pretty hair accessories - it's always a good idea to try your finishing touches on with the actual look! They also have bridesmaid dresses in different colours and styles.

Key designers: Blue by Madeleine Gardner, Morilee & Curvy Bride

Price range: Enquire with boutique

Address: 54 Long Street, Middleton, M24 6UQ

14. Emma Louise Bridal, Bolton

This appointment-only boutique is all about making the wedding dress experience feel special - that and finding a gorgeous gown, of course! There's an in-house alterations team to ensure a perfect fit, and you can book a styling appointment once you've chosen your dress to try on shoes, veils, jewellery and hair accessories.

Key designers: Stella York, Rosa Clará, Rebecca Ingram, Sophia Tolli & Enzoani

Price range: £899 - £2,900

Address: 41 Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 4QR

15. Rock The Frock, Stockport

This boutique was set up specifically to bring brides the very best in contemporary boho, and each wedding dress design they stock is exclusive to them. When you have your appointment, you get the whole shop to yourself, so you can relax and enjoy the experience in private.

Key designers: Otaduy, Lucy Can't Dance, MilaMira & Leanne Marshall

Price range: Enquire with boutique

Address: 38 Woodford Road, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 1PA

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