Best Wedding Dress Shop: A stylish respite from suburban bridal hell
5405 College Ave.
Like most aspects of wedding planning, shopping for a wedding dress is a lesson in which too many choices -- too many bland, overpriced choices -- is a very bad thing. For the most part, Soiree on College Avenue has an expensive collection of handpicked vintage clothing. But the bargains can be found in its small sampling of wedding dresses. The sizes and selection aren't huge -- most are size 6 and 8 -- but the dresses they do carry are likely to appeal to those who feel repulsed by big chain stores and poofy, run-of-the-mill dresses. From vintage lace wedding dresses to beautifully beaded, cocktail-inspired gowns by Sue Wong to simple bias-cut ivory silk sheaths tailor-made by Soiree, prices here are exceptionally modest -- from $150 to $550 to $1,200 respectively. These dresses don't stay on the rack long, so check back often -- and be confident in your purchase, as only store credit is offered for returns.