Hi gals! Eek, I could not be more excited to finally share my wedding dress shopping ins and outs with you! After an iffy start to dress shopping in Austin (let’s just say I had no idea what I was getting myself into!), I finally found THE bridal salon that felt right and had a selection of dresses that was definitely more suitable for my style and what I had in mind for our “big day” – at BHLDN in Houston! BHLDN is Anthropologie’s bridal boutique…hence the stunning storefront and perfectly whimsical, lovely vibe of not only the dress selections, but the decor, too. Needless to say, I felt right at home in this store!
Given that I’m in Austin, my mom and I actually made an appointment at BHLDN a few months ago and took a little weekend road trip (it’s a 3-hour drive) to stay with my aunt who lives in Galveston (a little beach city about 45 minutes from Houston) and made plans to enjoy a relaxing girls weekend together and of course, head over to BHLDN for my appointment on a Saturday afternoon. (Ps. Make your appointment weeks in advance, this store fills up quick!!). It was so nice for my aunt to come along, too, we had THE best time and our first bridal associate, Paige, was such a gem and so helpful along the way! (Seriously…get us gals sipping champagne during a sappy occasion such as wedding dress shopping = we were in for a good time, ha!). It was during this appointment that I found THE dress of my dreams – happy tears, hugs and all that good stuff ensued once I made my choice!
After trying on every style of dress in Austin, I realized my taste in wedding gowns for myself is much more minimalist and classic with a little vintage-y feel. I tried on ball gowns and I just didn’t feel “me” in them (but hey, you gotta at last try those on though, ha!). BHLDN is really the perfect store for the bride seeking a dress that’s timeless, sweet, elegant and ultra romantic – they have an array of dress options, but generally stick to a more minimal silhouette and embellish with intricate details such as beading and lace, etc. From bohemian to whimsical, there’s definitely a dress to match this particular style!
A little background info: Truth be told, before I got engaged, I never planned out what my dress would be like (true story: I created my “wedding board” on Pinterest within the past year), so I didn’t do any prior research into bridal or wedding shopping in general – thus, I had NO idea how much things cost and how quickly a wedding gown budget can be set at $1200 walking into a bridal boutique, and instantly change to $3000 after finding “the one.” In my case, I am pretty rigid about sticking to our set wedding budget, so shopping at BHLDN was a serious breath of fresh air! Honestly, I cannot stress this part enough – most of the dresses are under $1500 and by top bridal designers (y’all…a Marchesa gown for under $2,000?! Unheard of!). An affordable wedding boutique with an amazing dress selection and as pretty as this one? Now that’s tough to find! I should also mention that the sales associates don’t work on commission, so if your budget is set at $1200, they aren’t going to talk you into “needing” a gown outside your price point – and these gals are SWEET! Like, crazy adorable and kind…yes yes and more yes to that. This in itself is reason enough to make an appointment at BHLDN, in my opinion! (Can you tell I am passionate about this part? Haha! Hey, the dress shopping experience is something you want to look back and think very fondly of, so I’m happy to share any tips I can to make that happen for you!).
Phewww, now that you have some background info on the aesthetic of BHLDN and price point references, it’s time to share a peek into the BHLDN Houston storefront! I ventured back to BHLDN about a month ago to shoot some fun spring dress styles (any excuse to try on more wedding gowns…sign me up, ha!) and give you all a front row seat to all of the action when it comes to having a bridal appointment at BHLDN. So…without further ado, here it goes! 😉^^How stinkin’ cute are these dessert plates and this gold dipped cake serving set?! #majorswoon
^^Blush bridesmaid dresses in different shades – so perfect for a mix & match bridal party look!
^^If I wasn’t getting married when it’s going to be 100 degrees outside (sorry guests!), I would totally scoop this dress up for my sister (matron of honor) to wear…I fell in LOVE with this gorgeous dress! The color and detailing are magical.
^^Cutest reception dress – you’ll have no problem groovin’ on the dance floor in this one! 😉
^^This store is basically a stunning museum…except you’re free to touch and try on any and everything you see! But really, the art installations on the ceiling? I die!! This is what you see when you walk into the middle of the store (there are three different parts of the boutique – the entrance where you see all of the bridesmaid dresses, the middle – this – where you’re surrounded by sitting areas and bridal accessory displays, and that gorgeous hallway that leads to the wedding gowns…)
^^Voila! The wedding gown hall. I walked through this section with my bridal associate, Sydney, and we picked out a few of my favorites to try on during my appointment. So much fun!
^^Of course, the fitting room experience is nothing short of wonderful, complete with the cutest canned champagne beverages (that come with a straw so you don’t have to ruin your lipstick, ha!).
^^I love this shot so much! Kayla perfectly captured a candid “Oooh I feel pretty!” moment and I think my face says it all! This is the Marchesa ‘Lilou’ gown, it’s actually a very light blush pink with beautiful lace detailing (tulle over lace – so as you get closer you can see the lace pattern underneath). Such a gorgeous dress and very light weight and comfortable!
^^Awkward mirror photo of me looking at myself haha, but I threw this one in here 1. so you can see the full length gown and 2. did you check out the fitting room?! The rug, mirror, light fixture – too perfect for words!
^^Sydney working her “size down” magic – if you’ve never tried on wedding gowns, prepare to be clamped all over in what appears to resemble mini jumper cables (right?! ha) but are really there to be your bff and make the dress fit as it should – these things work wonders!
^^…But then I died and came back to life in this dress. Holy mother of all gorgeousness – is this one not INCREDIBLE?! Insert all the heart eye emojis ever. Whimsical, magical, romantic, ethereal… basically the holy grail of strappy back dresses. I kind of never wanted to take this one off…! (This is the ‘Rosalind’ gown by Willow by Waters).
^^Oh ya know, champers breaks are 100% necessary. 😉
^^Sydney told me this is one of BHLDN’s most popular spring styles, and I definitely understand why! This is about as “ball-gown-y” as BHLDN gets. The detailing is just incredible and this dress definitely makes you feel like a princess. So lovely with the dainty bracelet, too! (This is the ‘Ariane’ gown by Etoile). ^^Calling all boho queens, this dress is made for YOU! Beyond comfortable and SO flattering! Would be amazing for a Gatsby themed wedding (the beadwork is tuhh die and the ombre coloring, too) and I am in LOVE with the headpiece paired with this dress. My hair is a bit of a hot mess at this point in the shoot (y’all, we worked hard that day, ha!) but you can see the general idea of where I’m going with this style. Sydney said a lot of brides that opt for this dress actually get married in Marfa, TX – how adorable is that?! (This is the ‘Cate’ gown – size up because it runs snug, I’m wearing a 4 and it fits like a 2).^^Special shoutout to my main girl Sydney for being a serious TROOPER and so patient with me and Kayla while we shot a million different looks!! She’s a super GEM and if you’re lucky enough to be helped by her, please tell you read this post!! (And also, prepare for a fabulous hour of fun and feeling crazy beautiful – she is pretty darn amazing at achieving that!!).
So there you have it, an in-depth look at the BHLDN storefront in Houston (well worth the drive, I must say) and hopefully a better understanding of what BHLDN has to offer bride-to-be’s for all their bridal and bridesmaid needs!
As you can see, I had a truly wonderful experience the first go around with my mom and aunt – so much so that I wanted head back to the store for more and feature BHLDN on my blog. When brands are good to their customers, they deserve to be loved back! I am so excited that I have this platform to share any wedding planning knowledge with fellow brides, bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-bride (their dress selection is pretty lovely for that, too!) – and I am thrilled to collaborate with BHLDN to share just how amazing this store truly is. From the dress selection, to the price points, to the wonderful sales associates, I honestly can’t say enough good things about my experience.
If you have any questions at all about BHLDN or wedding dress shopping in general, please feel free to leave a comment below! Ps. I didn’t feature my wedding gown in this post, haha! Just to let you know! 😉
PS. If you’re looking for my lace top (the one I wore in the first part of this post) you can shop it here! 😉
Photos by Kayla Snell.
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