9 Spanish Wedding Dress Designers That'll Make You Swoon
Like its culture and food, Spain's bridalwear scene is a vibrant melding of rich history and heritage with boundary-pushing creative innovation. Impeccable quality and craft reign supreme when it comes to the best Spanish wedding dress designers. Sometimes, that takes shape as pared-down simple perfection or elaborately embellished designs full of flair and passion. Minimalists and drama-loving maximalists alike are bound to be wowed by Spanish bridal designers, because they really span the gamut from awards show-worthy ball gowns to hip, totally nontraditional separates and shifts that'll make any alternative cool bride's dreams come true.
Ahead, we've rounded up 9 of the best Spanish wedding dress designers, some of which are stocked at bridal salons or available to shop online. Because truly, there's a Spanish wedding dress designer out there you're sure to be smitten by, for every sort of wedding dress aesthetic. Plus, check out even more wedding dress designers around the world, from the best of Australian bridalwear to must-follow French designers to Israel's booming bridalwear scene.
Our Favorite Spanish Wedding Dress Designers
Beautifully draped and innately cool, Cortana is known for clean lines, quietly luxurious materials and relaxed yet elegant silhouettes meant to look and feel amazing. Playful, luxurious and comfortable don't often coexist in a wedding dress—unless it's a Cortana design. Inspired by art, architecture, modern dance and nature—especially the lush beauty of her native Mallorca—Cortana designer Rosa Esteva's modern masterpieces take a contemporary and subtle approach to making a splash. Esteva and her Madrid-based team utilize gorgeous materials like luxurious silks, interesting textural contrasts, as well as pretty draping and sheer details to memorable effect–in lieu of beading, heavy lace or other embellishments typically found in bridalwear. The Spanish wedding dress designer's current collection is about striking a balance between boho and elegant aesthetics, with cool details that nod to today's trends without being faddish or costume-y, like big buoyant bows and sheer bodices. Besides bridalwear, Cortana makes equally cool resort wear for more everyday occasions (like a chic, apple green-hued bustier top, cropped wide-leg pants and long jacket, for example) plus shoes, handbags and other accessories.
How to shop: Head to Cortana's website to get in touch or make an appointment at its three locations in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona and Mallorca); U.S. stockists include The One Bridal (NYC), Wild Bride (San Francisco), Loho Bride (L.A.) and L'Fay Bridal (locations in NYC, NJ and Pennsylvania) You can also shop Cortana's resort wear directly on their website and select online retailers including Net-a-Porter.
Prices starting at: $2,300
Arguably the best-known name in Spanish wedding dresses–and a powerhouse in the global bridalwear landscape—Pronovias has been around for over a century. Designed with the elegant, beautiful, sensual bride in mind, you'll find an extensive array of silhouettes and aesthetics to choose from. Founded in Barcelona in 1922, Pronovias signatures include exquisite lacework and beading, ultra-feminine silhouettes like mermaid and ball gowns, plus glamorous details like Old Hollywood-esque draping and dramatic full skirts. Besides the company's namesake main line, there are a number of diffusion lines under the Pronovias umbrella to browse, including a Vera Wang collaboration, White One, Nicole, St. Patrick and Ladybird. With over 60 standalone stores globally and thousands of bridal salons that carry Pronovias, it's an accessible go-to for brides everywhere.
Prices starting at: $2,000
3. Rosa Clará
Barcelona-based label Rosa Clará bills its romantic designs as "the epitome of feminine elegance," served with a fresh, contemporary twist. Its "Blooming Love" 2023 collections (for its main, Couture Soft, Boheme and Gatsby lines) underscore the label's sophisticated, forward-thinking approach: Designed to "reflect a shift in bridal trends," Rosa Clará's latest dresses are all about "moving away from excessive ornamentation and remaining faithful to minimalist, elegant style" thanks to "pure lines, plain fabrics and current designs to gives brides a fresh look." That includes the pared-down glamour of an embellishment-free '70s-esque gown with long sleeves, a plunging neckline with knotted detail and high slit—or, on a different, decidedly ethereal note, a romantic tulle style with unique balloon sleeves trimmed in buttoned lace cuffs.
Prices starting at: $2,300
4. Jesus Peiro
Founded in 1988 by Jesús Diez Betriu, elegant minimalism and ethical sourcing of materials made in Spain have defined the Jesus Peiro approach to elevated, modern wedding style. With a brand philosophy focused on "a romantic, whimsical aesthetic, where quality is the number one priority from concept to collection," Jesus Peiro's head designer, Merché Segarra, has a knack for playing with texture, contrasting high-quality materials (say, crepe, tulle and silk paneling on an A-line off-the-shoulder style, or utilizing crisp taffeta mikado) to create flattering lines and interesting, subtle details instead of heavy or sparkly embellishments. Clean lines and sharp tailoring make for chic, timeless looks that feel contemporary without being overly trendy.
How to shop: Make an appointment at the Jesus Peiro boutique in Barcelona or one of its 5 franchise locations in Spain and Portugal, or find the brand at a wide range of stockists, including a number of U.S. retailers.
Prices start at: $3,100
Sisters Yolanda and Cristina Perez started YolanCris in 2005 with the aim of marrying traditional production methods with innovative design ideas–and nearly two decades later, that M.O. still rings true. Whimsical, romantic details including fine lace and embellishments are paired with ethereal materials throughout Yolancris' collections. Design and bridalwear are actually a family affair for the Perez sisters: their mother Mercedes, a dressmaker and bridal seamstress since 1985, taught her daughters to sew and sparked their passion for the craft. After Yolanda opened her own wedding dress shop in 2000 at just 20 years old, the siblings teamed up and officially launched their bridal label five years later and expanded into evening wear in 2008. Many celebrity cameos have ensued, including Christina Aguilera donning a Yolancris design on The Voice in 2012, and outfitting Kim Kardashian's sisters Khloé, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie in bridesmaid dresses for her 2014 wedding in Florence to Kanye West. Brides craving a slightly boho or vintage vibe that still feels thoroughly modern will find lots to love from this chic sister act.
How to shop: Book an appointment at Yolancris' two store locations (Barcelona and São Paulo) or find your closest stockist on the brand's website.
Prices start at: $3,500
6. Isabel Sanchis
Valencia native Isabel Sanchis studied art and took dressmaking classes to hone her craft—in addition to whipping up designs for close friends–before launching her eponymous label in 1990. Her couture and collection designs are rich with distinctive details, unique embellishments and even some lively pops of color. The brand slowly expanded throughout Spain in its first two decades before expanding internationally in 2010—but its design and manufacturing work still happens in Sanchis' hometown of Valencia. Lovers of luxe fabrics and incredible craftsmanship will swoon over Sanchis' 2024 collection, replete with clever, thoughtful details on otherwise sleek, clean looks. For example, subtly beaded constellation of pleats that resemble snowflakes, sequined latticework on an otherwise modest, simple high-neck long sleeve silhouette, and sparingly sprinkled plumes of feathers that give a whimsical halo or dandelion effect to a swingy tea-length style.
Prices start at: $2,500
7. Inmaculada García
Inmaculada García started her namesake label in 1993 at just 21 years old with ready-to-wear bridal designs offered in a small Barcelona shop, building on her fashion design education (which she started, quite precociously, at age 13), with her sister, who couldn't find alternatives to more traditional ball gowns on the bridal market at the time, as her very first client. The brand's beautiful creations prove romantic and ethereal vibes can happily coexist with polished, modern style, perfect for brides seeking soft, romantic look that isn't overtly princess-y. Look for hints of intricate lace trimming necklines and waistlines with a mix of floaty and sculptural fabrics in the label's latest collection, entitled "My Way."
Prices start at: $3,800
8. Hannibal Laguna
This Madrid-based designer really knows how to deliver drama: Laguna's unabashedly glamorous gowns are perfect for brides seeking red carpet vibes for walking down the aisle. Elegant A-line, mermaid and ball gown styles are full of flair, whether via an artfully draped off-the-shoulder neckline or a movement-filled skirt. Besides the scene-stealing silhouettes, intricate beading, illusion necklines and a mix of airy and luxuriously weighty fabrics make memorable cameos in the brand's designs, which are entirely sourced and produced in Spain. In addition to bridalwear, Hannibal Laguna also offers formalwear that's ideal for wedding guests and mother of the bride or groom attire, plus menswear and accessories that range from eyewear to fragrances.
Prices start at: $1,800 for made-to-order collection styles
9. Patricia Avendaño
Graceful, sophisticated gowns with standout texture and embellishments can be found in Patricia Avendaño's collections. The brand, which debuted in 2000 after Avendaño spent over a decade designing for other Spain-based bridal labels, specializes in voluminous silhouettes that have an ethereal feel instead of looking heavy or stuffy. Look for interesting touches like criss-crossed back detailing or flirty ruffled straps, or a sparkly, wide encrusted belt that spices up a demure bodice with a bateau neckline and long sleeves. Besides bridalwear, Patricia Avendaño's Party collection offers formalwear in bold jewel tones with scene-stealing touches like a sequined bodice, richly textured brocade, an ultra-high slit or chunky gold embellishments, as well as sweet pint-sized designs in its Communion collection.
How to shop: Head to the brand's website to find stockists as well as contact details for their five boutique locations in Spain.
Prices start at: $1,600