Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful times in your life. When it comes to deciding on the location, caterers, flowers, cake, decorations, colors, and everything else it can be overwhelming. And to add onto that is the stress of picking the right dress. The dress is one of the most important aspects of the wedding because it’s all about the bride. The dress must not only make the bride look beautiful but feel beautiful and that’s what makes it so difficult to find the perfect gown. The gown also has to be flattering and show off the bride’s personality and sense of style. Not to mention that it needs to satisfy the bride, as well as her mother and fiancé.
So finding the perfect dress can easily be the most stressful part of wedding preparations. There are so many styles out there that it’s hard to decide on one, because often brides like different things about each dress. But finding the right dress can be easier if brides know what type of dress they are looking for as well as the top designers.
The following ten designers are known for high fashion and the quality gowns that they make are rated as top 10 with no particular order . They exemplify the top wedding dress designers in the United States and abroad. Celebrities, socialites, and everyday Americans alike visit these stores and leave with the perfect gown. While these dresses may be expensive, they are every brides dream come true.
1. Priscilla of Boston
Since 1945 the bridal gown collection founded by Priscilla Kidder has maintained a reputation for the quality of their gowns and their service. Each gown is made by hand in Massachusetts and even though Priscilla retired in 1993, the company still creates timeless gowns. Throughout several decades famous women have worn Priscilla of Boston wedding gowns and that’s why it continues to be a bridal powerhouse. They cater to every type of bride including the traditional, luxurious, modern, and eclectic.
2. Oscar de la Renta
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Oscar studied and worked with many fashions houses in France. He started his own label in 1965 and since then has been creating bridal gowns that are both luxurious and elegant. Jenna Bush and Renee Zellweger both wore his gowns down the aisle along with many others.
3. Vera Wang
Vera Wang creates gowns that set trends for the rest of the bridal industry. Vera Wang got her start in the industry in 1989 when she was planning her own wedding. She didn’t like any of the gowns so she decided to create her own and in 1990 opened her own bridal salon. Stars that have worn her gowns on their wedding day include Chelsea Clinton, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham, Karenna Gore, Avril Lavigne, and Elin Nordegren.
Amsale Aberra was born in Ethiopia but attended school in Massachusetts. In order to save money while in college she started sewing her own clothing. This hobby soon turned into a passion and she moved to New York in order to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. What sets an Amsale gown apart from others is the quality of the material, craftsmenship, and the ability to take a classic and add modern features. Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Heidi Klum, and Lucy Liu chose Amsale.
5. Reem Acra
As a student at the American University in Lebanon, a fashion editor discovered Acra. She attended school in Paris and New York and her career officially took off in 1997 when she launched her bridal line. In contrast to other top designers, Acra offers ornate gowns that have intricate beadwork. She has designed gowns and dresses for Catherine-Zeta-Jones, Beyonce Knowles, and Angelina Jolie.
6. Monique Lhuillier
Lhuillier was born in the Philippines but went to a Swiss boarding school and eventually went to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She launched her collection in 1996 and has designed gowns for Heidi Montag, Britney Spears, Sarah Gore, Carrie Underwood, and Kristen Bell. Lhuillier knows how to use classic elements and combine it with a sexy appeal that’s fashion forward.
7. Oleg Cassini
Cassini was raised in Italy and got his introduction into fashion by his mother Marguerite who worked as a fashion designer. Cassini went on to earn numerous fashion competitions and eventually moved to America. He designed dresses for Jacqueline Kennedy and Grace Kelly.
8. Augusta Jones
Initially launched in 1999 the label focused on three basic requirements including style, flattering every shape, and affordability. Charlotte Leung and her stepmother produce beautiful bridal gowns heads the collection. The two women have received numerous awards and are regularly featured in bridal magazines.
9. Sophia Tolli
Sophia had an informal introduction and education in regards to fashion design but eventually became the head designer for Maggie Sottero. She created and launched her own collection which made her an award winner particularly in fit and construction. She makes dresses that fit into the two categories soft classic romanticism and traditional bridal drama.
10. Pnina Tornai
A leading bridal designer from Israel has only become famous in the last decade. Her gowns have corsets that give women the figure and silhouette that they want. Her gowns are very grand looking but tend to cater towards one type of bride.
Diane Johnson graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing, particularly about travel and online classes.