Grace loves lace
When Megan Ziems founded Grace Loves Lace in 2010, she was inspired by her experience shopping for her own wedding dress: she found most dresses to be overly traditional in style, uncomfortable and unethical. Fast forward 12 years, and Ziems has 19 showrooms around the world, including the brand’s newest addition to the roster, its first location in Minnesota. Now open in North Loop, Grace Loves Lace is a dress haven for the Australian-handcrafted brand rooted in bohemian style, all designed for comfort and movement and at an accessible price point (ranging from $650 to $3,600). 224 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., graceloveslace.com
Another Nolo newcomer, Vow’d, is a sister store to women’s brand Altar’d State and is rewriting the rules of clothing shopping. The Nashville-based size-inclusive boutique, now open in the former Lappin Lighting space, says the days of long turnaround times and waiting for appointments are over – Vow’d welcomes walk-in customers and guarantees a five-to-seven-day turnaround for all dress styles, which run the gamut from romantic and rustic to modern and minimalist and are available in sizes 0-24. 222 N. 2nd St., Mpls., voudweddings.com
Three is a trend! Complementing North Loop’s multitude of bridal shops is Anna Bé, an elevated sister shop to A&Bé in Loring Park. A place for dresses of all aesthetics and a variety of price points, Anna Bé offers custom, splurge-worthy styles from high-end designers (hello, Monique Lhuillier and local hero Tara LaTour) as well as more respectful independent designers. portfolios like Watters, Eva Lendel and The Label. 120 1st Ave. N., Mpls., anna-be.com
Ivory Bridal Company.
For local wedding designer Colby John, when one door closes, another opens. Her new boutique, Ivory Bridal Co., replaces Diamond Bride and ups the ante. The special order store in St. Louis Park is home to all John’s brands – Atelier, Canvas and Unlimited – as well as collections from popular contemporary designers including Pronovias, Madi Lane and Justin Alexander Signature. The new showroom features a variety of suites available to rent for the ultimate fitting experience, such as the VIP experience with Colby John, an exclusive two-hour designer consultation, complimentary sips and a spacious showroom. private fitting for you and your crew. 4400 Excelsior Blvd., Parc Saint-Louis, ivorybridalco.com