Shopping for your wedding dress is no easy task, which is why we’ve created this ultimate guide to help.
There are a million things to consider when planning a wedding, and finding your dream dress is definitely high on the agenda. With so many choices available, it can feel a little overwhelming at times (hello, dress #36!). But whether you have your heart set on a specific design, or really have no preconceived idea about what you want, we’ve compiled this comprehensive list of wedding dress stores in Hong Kong to make the process a little easier for you. Expect everything from full-bodied ball gowns to intricate, beaded two-pieces. With boutique and budget options available, you’re sure to find “the one”. We recommend bringing a close friend or family member along for that trusty second opinion…happy shopping!
Le Soleil Bridal Closet is set amongst lush greenery in the heart of TST, which lends an air of tranquillity to the whole experience of choosing your dress. This cosy studio was founded by two best friends, with the aim of offering a unique collection of gowns for non-traditional brides (in as relaxing a setting as possible). It stocks a good variety of global designers including Romanzo by Julie Vino, Riki Dalal, Dreams by Lihi Hod, Eddy K and Eliza Jane Howell. You’ll be assigned your own personal bridal assistant to ensure you get the one-on-one attention you deserve. We also like that you’re encouraged to bring along close friends or family to help you make your mind up (a second opinion is always very welcome when making a decision as big as this!). Its dresses start from $20,000 to buy, or you could choose to rent one of its gowns instead (from $7,000). Don’t forget to check out its bespoke headpiece service too! By appointment only.
Choosing a wedding dress is an incredibly special occasion for every bride-to-be, so it’s really important to feel like you’re in excellent (and professional) hands. And that’s exactly what you get with The LOFT (or The Lab Of Fairy Tales). Founded and curated by experienced fashion buyer Jacqueline Au, who earned her stripes at Lane Crawford and Celine, it goes above and beyond to put a fresh spin on bridal. As you’d expect from someone with such extensive fashion expertise, the expertly curated (and quite simply, stunning) dress selection is constantly evolving! Think exclusive collaborations with emerging talents and top designers, including Alex Perry, Maticevski, Delpozo, One Day Bridal, & Costarellos. Most of the brands stocked are available in less than five places in the world! So it’s no wonder the store has received accolades from both local and international top-tier publications (including Vogue Australia, Monocle and Prestige). A highly personalised service is guaranteed as each member of The LOFT team also has a background in fashion and are all experts in their field. They’re on hand to offer invaluable advice and recommendations, ensuring you find everything you need for the big day and beyond, to make the ultimate statement for every occasion. There’s even a bespoke service with couture veil designer Daphne Newman, who can create a custom-made piece just for you. By appointment only.
We love that Paradiso Bridal recognises women come in lots of different shapes and sizes, so it’s refreshing to see it stocks gowns for those of us who are a UK size 12 (US size 8) and above. This boutique salon not only tries to cater to every size, but also to every taste (whether you’re after a classic gown, want to go full Princess or would prefer something in between). It says its brides are classic, chic and comfortable in their own skin, which is why its designer collection has been curated from all around the world. It’s worth noting this is the only shop in Asia to carry both the main and couture line from award-winning US brand Maggie Sottero. It also stocks Olympia Sposa, whose stunning gowns are 100% handmade in Italy (think lots of lace and floaty, feminine designs). Paradiso Bridal make it its mission to ensure shopping for your wedding dress is as memorable an occasion as possible! By appointment only.
Sassy Perk: If you mention that you’re a Sassy reader you’ll be able to rent a headpiece for free once you confirm your wedding gown rental.
This wedding shop has been on the scene since 2012 and in that time has cemented itself as a firm favourite with Hong Kong’s fashion-forward brides-to-be. That’s in no small part due to Miss Bride’s relaxed, low-key atmosphere, which is sure to put even the most highly strung of us at ease. But of course it’s mainly due to the selection of designers it stocks. Its buyers handpick luxurious gowns from all over the world, so you can choose from labels including Hayley Paige (we love her dreamy, romantic creations), Jenny Yoo, Alexandra Grecco, Sarah Seven and Watters . Miss Bride also recognises you’ll probably want some moral support as you make your big decision, so you can bring up to three people with you (just give them a call in advance if you intend to bring a bigger entourage). A dress rental service is also available if you’d prefer not to buy. Make sure you also check out the stylish accessories from brands like Twigs and Honey! By appointment only.
Sassy Perk: Sassy readers are entitled to two free dress trials (which usually cost $100).
Belier Design boasts a beautiful range of dresses designed by Vien Lee, a Chinese-Canadian designer who graduated in fashion design from Studio Bercot in Paris. You’ll find dresses with classic shapes and beautiful fabrics (we’re talking embroidered Shanghai silk and European laces) that are sophisticated, flattering and, best of all, wearable. You’ll also find a handy reference guide on the website detailing which type of wedding dress is best suited to your body shape. By appointment only.
Central Weddings offers a specially curated range of wedding gowns from top international designers, including brands like Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Yaniv Persy and Alessandra Rinaudo. With over ten years of experience, you can expect its knowledgeable bridal consultants to pay close attention to your needs as you search for your dream dress. If you’ve got your heart set on a specific designer, keep an eye out for its seasonal trunk shows and pop up events. They run for a limited time only and feature pieces fresh off the runway. Central Weddings also offers an exclusive collection of couture wedding gowns to rent. By appointment only.
HITCHED! Bridal is a luxury bridal boutique with a great collection of wedding gowns. Sift through its racks of chic, contemporary, edgy designs from brands like Temperley Bridal, David Fielden and Nicole Miller. Owner Dana Trang will soon put you at ease, she knows exactly what modern brides want and can offer plenty of helpful tips and advice. The store also stocks evening gowns, bridesmaid dresses and accessories. By appointment only.
Rania Hatoum, who was raised in Hong Kong, creates refined, feminine collections for brides looking for a unique twist. The influence of Rania’s half-Chinese, half-Egyptian background can be seen in her creative gowns, with her original styles successfully taking the US bridal business by storm (even catching the attention of Vogue). All body shapes are catered for, from petite brides to plus-size brides. As an in-house designer, Rania herself is available to ensure all brides get the highest level of service, with customer comfort and satisfaction the number one priority. The showroom is by appointment only.
Elysian Bridal has a collection of gowns from international designers including Claire Pettibone, Lussano Bridal, Lazaro and Estee Couture. It also stocks Crystal Design Haute Couture wedding dresses, for those who want to add a touch of sparkle to their big day. So if you’re looking for a statement gown that won’t break the bank, a visit to Elysian Bridal is a must. With its thoughtful and personalised service, you’re sure to leave the store happy! By appointment only.
The Other Half is inspired by “vintage treasures, bohemian spirit, and feminine sensibility”, so its collection features flowing drapes, daring cuts, and dazzling designs. The deeply romantic gowns are from all over the globe, with exclusive Israeli designer collections available from Netta Ben Shabu, Julie Vino, Solo Merav, Adam Zohar and new additions, Ester Haute Couture, Arava Polak and Sareh Nouri. This relaxed bridal boutique is ideal for unconventional brides looking for a modern classic finish. The elaborate collections embody a sense of sophistication, non-conformity and freedom. By appointment only.
Pier 94 believes choosing a wedding dress should be a chilled, relaxed and fun experience for brides. This store now solely stocks BECCAR gowns, which are stunning. BECCAR began as a boutique bridal design house and has grown into a global success story. Its dresses are showcased at both New York and London Bridal Week and use lace, light beading and layers to create a feminine, romantic look.
Pier 94, 7/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Road Central, Hong Kong, 2510 0288, www.facebook.com/pier94bridal/
An army of satisfied brides have employed Noel Chu’s services to create the dress of their dreams. So make sure you pay her a visit if you’re looking for a truly unique, couture experience. She uses only luxurious materials and hand-crafted embroidery, beading and lace to create her one-of-a-kind gowns. Her focus is on making the dresses completely personal to the individual. You can also choose to kit out the whole wedding party, with bespoke bridesmaid and flower girl outfits also available. By appointment only.
You’ll find high-end designer gowns with custom-fit options at Designer Bridal Room. Its large showroom has plenty of choice, with Jenny Packham, Pronovias, Atelier Pronovias, Elie by Elie Saab and Lazaro among the brands on offer. So whether you’re going vintage or more haute couture, there are plenty of contemporary designs you’ll be tempted to snap up. By appointment only.
The Wed Genie began life as a pop-up bridal salon in Sheung Wan, with a focus on independent emerging wedding dress designers. Its collection has been specifically curated with contemporary brides in mind, offering designs that are not overly traditional, from labels including Cortana Bridal from Barcelona, Leanne Marshall from New York, Trulace Artistry from Jakarta and Sun Yu Hong from Taiwan. The idea is all about finding the perfect balance between unique and approachable. The majority of the collection is made-to-order but you can also pick off the rack at a discounted price. By appointment only.
Vivian worked in New York under Vera Wang herself and returned to Hong Kong with a passion for designing, bringing the city her very own collection of exquisite bridal and evening gowns. She offers a ready-to-wear service, a collection service from $28,000 (where you can make minor customised changes to the ready-to-wear collection) and also a custom design service from $70,000 (which is a six-step process beginning with an initial consultation). Her one-of-a-kind-pieces are sure to make a profound and lasting impression. By appointment only.
Trinity Bridal only carries international labels, so you can expect quality craftsmanship from leading designers, including Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab, Galia Lahav and Mira Zwillinger. Each season, its buyers make a point of meeting with the designers of the fashion houses it stocks to ensure its collection reflects the latest bridal trends. It prides itself on offering a truly personalised service, so appointments are recommended.
Trinity Bridal, 8/F, W Place, 52 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2978 3987, www.trinitybridal.com.hk
This popular boutique stocks a wide range of high-end gowns from international designers, including La Sposa, Rosa Clara, Lusan Mandongus and Nicole Sposa. It also stocks headpieces and a good choice of pretty belts (if you want to add some extra detail to plainer dresses). DBR’s consultants work hard to make sure you’re completely satisfied throughout every step of the process. By appointment only.
Anovia sits on “wedding dress street” in Kowloon (a.k.a. Kimberley Road). Its offers three collections (Luxe, Grace and Gaiety) and its designs vary from the minimalist to the dramatic. Think everything from mermaid gowns with long sweeping trains, to princess gowns with embroidered bodices. It also stocks ball gowns in different hues, ideal for non-traditional brides looking to add a splash of colour into the mix. By appointment only.
A one-stop shop for all things wedding related, Cocoon Bridal’s in-house designers offer custom-made gowns, designed to show off a bride’s personality and style. The boutique also offers shoes and accessories, as well as photography, hair and makeup services for your special day (if you’re getting married in Hong Kong!). And, if your groom is hunting for something appropriate to wear, Cocoon Bridal does tuxedos too!
See more places to buy wedding dresses here:
LMR Wedding, The Wedding Gown, Cecilia Yau Weddings, Vis a Vis Bridal, Mariée Bridal Couture, Audella Bridal House, or Kimberley Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. For more affordable options online, check out Reformation, ASOS, Whistles, Ted Baker or Next.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2014, with help from Sandra Chau, and was most recently updated on 16 May, 2019 by Team Sassy.
Featured image courtesy of Wild Heart Visuals via The Wed Genie, image 1 courtesy of Le Soleil Bridal Closet, image 2 courtesy of The Loft Bridal, image 3 courtesy of Paradiso Bridal, image 4 courtesy of Miss Bride Wedding Shop, image 5 courtesy of Central Weddings, image 6 courtesy of Rania Hatoum via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of The Other Half via Facebook, image 8 courtesy of Noel Chu Atelier, image 9 courtesy of The Wed Genie via Instagram, image 10 courtesy of Trinity Bridal via Instagram, image 11 courtesy of Anovia via Instagram.