6 Bridal Shops in Charleston, SC for Every Style and Budget

Shop for your gown surrounded by Southern charm.
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Carli Brennan
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Carli Brennan
The Knot Fashion Contributor
  • Carli writes freelance fashion articles for The Knot.
  • Prior to The Knot, she was the style section editor at Her Campus Media and launched the Fashion Institute of Technology chapter of Her Campus.
  • Carli’s passion for the wedding industry stems from her time as a bridal consultant and her previous internship in a bridal showroom.
Updated May 28, 2024

The charm and history of the Holy City make it a magical place to plan a wedding. The bridal shops in Charleston, South Carolina are filled with beautiful gowns, so you're sure to say yes to the dress in this city. If you're not sure where to start your search, that's where we come in. Doing your research and even asking for wedding dress advice from trusted friends and family is a great way to get an idea of what you're looking for before you start shopping for a wedding dress. Determining important factors like which wedding dress designers you love and researching the cost of a wedding dress are great preliminary steps to set you up for success.

A great resource to start your research is The Knot Vendor Marketplace, where you can search for bridal salons in your area. You can even choose to filter by dress types, if they offer other services like alterations and more. Plus, you can read reviews from real brides. Charleston brides, sit back and relax as you get a glimpse into some beautiful Charleston bridal shops loved by countless brides before you.

Emily Kotarski Bespoke Bridal Design

Charleston brides looking for a unique dress for their wedding day will love Emily Kotarski Bespoke Bridal Design. Owner Emily Kotarski started her formal design education at Parsons the New School for Design. Later, while working in a bridal boutique, she noticed a white space in the market for brides seeking custom gowns while still having a wonderful boutique experience. She was inspired to start her own bridal salon, where she and her team of talented designers will work with you to bring your wedding dress vision to life. You and your guests can come into the salon and try on dresses you can choose, or the team can work with you to design a custom dress from scratch. A member of The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame, it's no wonder Charleston brides love their experience at Emily Kotarski Bespoke Bridal Design.

Review Spotlight: "There is something magical about wedding dresses but it is even more magical to have a dress that has been handcrafted just for you. Emily truly is a master at her craft. Walking down the aisle in an EKB custom gown was absolutely perfect and made me feel like the most beautiful bride. The look of my groom's face when he saw what Emily and I designed was priceless. The entire design process was so much fun and Emily has a true gift to make you feel so comfortable in a dress that is uniquely you. Her attention to detail is unparalleled and her ability to create a wedding gown that makes you feel beautiful and confident is incredible. I had the best experience and I am so happy to be an EKB bride!" —Emily M., The Knot Vendor Marketplace

Maddison Row South

Located in "the hub of Southern charm," Maddison Row South is a beloved wedding dress boutique in a historic 1850's home in downtown Charleston. The team at Maddison Row South believes that dress shopping should be a celebratory experience which is why they treat every bride like a friend. Sip on champagne while their seasoned team helps guide you to your perfect wedding dress. They carry well known designers such as Matthew Christopher and Ivy & Aster, as well as some exclusive collections such as Amsale Little White Dress, Carol Hannah, Legends by Romona Keveza and more. Notably, Maddison Row South was named one of the top 50 bridal salons in the United States by Brides Magazine and even earned the title of top bridal salon in Charleston for four consecutive years in Charleston Living magazine.

Review Spotlight: "Maddison Row is the shop to go if you want to have the magical wedding dress shopping/designing experience that every girl dreams about. Michelle Is absolutely amazing and treated me as if I were royalty. She guided me through the process of creating the gown of my dreams. It was truly a pleasure purchasing my dress from this shop and my wedding dress is the most beautiful gown I have ever seen, much less had on my body. Thank you Michelle and Roberta for your attention and professionalism. Much love, Sarah" —Sarah G., The Knot Vendor Marketplace

Gown Boutique of Charleston

Located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Gown Boutique of Charleston has been servicing brides for over 15 years. With the largest selection of gowns in Charleston, you'll be able to try on multiple styles and shapes until you find the dress that's right for you. "Owning a wedding dress boutique was a lifelong dream for founder Janet, who used to draw pictures of gowns as a teenager." Janet and her expert team will help you to feel your most confident as they guide you towards your dream dress. Once you say yes, it's time to pop the confetti, pour the champagne and start celebrating! Gown Boutique of Charleston is the exclusive Charleston retailer for Essense of Australia, Martina Liana and Stella York. They also carry a range of bridal accessories, such as jewelry, veils and belts.

Review Spotlight: "I had an amazing experience with Gown Boutique of Charleston! Jasmine was incredibly attentive, they listened to my feedback and helped me pick my dream dress. As a plus size bride, dress shopping can be nerve-wracking but GBC had plenty of options and sample dresses that actually fit! I loved the atmosphere, they were welcoming and answered all of our questions. I never felt pressured or like they were trying to make a sale. Cannot recommend them enough!" —Heaven H., The Knot Vendor Marketplace

Verità. A Bridal Boutique

This Mount Pleasant bridal boutique is beloved by Charleston brides for its expansive range of affordable, fashion-forward wedding dresses. Verità truly has something for every bride, every body type and every budget. In addition to wedding dresses, they also carry bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride dresses and menswear. Owner Jessica opened the boutique in 2017 after working nearly a decade in every facet of the bridal industry, and her knowledge and experience shines through in every aspect of the business. She and her dedicated team truly treat all of their brides like friends and will make sure you get the personalized attention you need during your appointment.

Price Range: $1,200-$4,800

Review Spotlight: "This was the best wedding dress shopping experience I've ever had! Jessica was amazing at fitting me into the schedule when I had a dress emergency from another store and needed to find a dress with just a month and a half left before my wedding. She really listened to me and what I wanted and brought my vision to life. Her and another employee were so encouraging and made me truly feel like a bride. I have the most gorgeous wedding gown now because of Jessica and Verita Bridal Boutique!" —Taylor O., The Knot Vendor Marketplace

Magnolia Bride of Charleston

Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, Magnolia Bride carries some of the most elegant and well-known bridal designers out there. The charming boutique is set in a historic building dating back to 1790. Owner Lawton Ginn Yon opened her boutique with the dream that every woman would get to experience their dream wedding day within their budget. She and her team believe that you should never have to sacrifice style when choosing an affordable wedding dress. They carry beautiful off the rack dresses starting at $1,000, but most of their dresses fall in the $2,500 range. In addition to gorgeous dresses, Magnolia Bride prides itself on delivering exceptional customer service.

Price Range: $1,000-$2,500

Review Spotlight: "Finding my dress at Magnolia will forever be one of the highlights of wedding planning. I was wedding planning in the summer of 2020, and my mom was unable to come dress shopping with me in person. I found and fell in love with the dress, but was hesitant to purchase it without my mom seeing it in person first. Lawton sensed how important my mom was to me and suggested a wonderful second session to try it on again and shop for accessories/ veil/ etc. once my mom could be there in person. Her willingness to go the extra mile to make it special for me and my mom was so meaningful. She is the most upbeat and welcoming individual with a beautiful and diverse selection of dresses. The entire process was relaxed, fun and everything a girl deserves while searching for the dress." —Megan C., The Knot Vendor Marketplace

Bridals by Jodi

Bridals by Jodi has been delighting Charleston brides for 25 years by helping to make wedding dress shopping a joyous experience. Their expert team wants to make you feel comfortable and relaxed while shopping—just consider your stylist your new best friend for the day! You are welcome to bring champagne to sip on while you shop. Brides have the freedom to look around at the dress samples so that they feel like they have full visibility and control during the appointment. Once you find your dream dress, Bridals by Jodi has a tradition where brides get to take a picture with their "Down with the Gown" sign to share with all of their friends and family.

Review Spotlight: "I loved everything about my whole wedding dress buying experience here. The staff was amazing and remembered details about me every time I came in. I felt so comfortable from the dress shopping, to the fitting, right up to when I picked up my dress. It was the first dress I tried on at the first place I looked for a dress and I am beyond happy I went there. Thank you bridals by Jodi!!!" —Melissa R., The Knot Vendor Marketplace

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