About this Vendor

Exquisite Style, Extraordinary Experience.

It’s about beautiful surroundings. It’s about dedication to the details. It’s about exceeding expectations. It’s about luxury. At The White Dress by the shore, we re-define luxury every day with our curated collection of chic couture for brides, mothers & maids, offered in an antique home.


Wedding Categories

Bridesmaid Dresses, Flower Girl Dresses, Mother of the Bride Dresses, Shower + Party Dresses, Wedding Dresses, Dresses, Alterations, Bridal Stylists, Custom Designs, Dry Cleaning + Preservation, Private Appointments Available, Fashion


Contact Info

104 E Main St, Clinton, CT (860) 669-4596


Reviewed on 12/28/2011 Stacey S

I made the trek down to Connecticut in search for my dream dress. I had been eying it forever. As soon as my maid of honor and I walked in, we were treated so wonderfully. I worked with Kelly and she truly went above and beyond. She found my dress for me (nicknamed Courtney) and... Read More picked out several other beautiful gowns for me to try on. It was such a great experience. Even when I went to pick up my gown, everyone was so nice to work with. There were a couple stores closer to where I live that carried my dress, but The White Dress by The Shore caught my eye from the start. It was certainly well worth the drive and I can't recommend them enough. I just love the whole atmosphere of the store. Kelly if you read this, Thank You so much for all of your help and helping me find my dream dress. You are fantastic!

Found the perfect dress

Reviewed on 10/12/2013 Kelly E

Beautiful shop, women know what they are doing. My daughter knew what she wanted and they had it. When she came out in THE dress I knew it was IT. No pressure. Added things to the dress that my daughter wanted without any hassle. Offered us beverages. It took quite a long... Read More time to get her gown but worth it, she looked amazing in it.

Wonderful experience

Reviewed on 10/09/2013 Sara S

Love this place! It was the second place I went to look for a wedding dress and as soon as I walked in I knew this would be the place. Shana was the girl who I worked with and she was just awesome. I tried on many dresses, and I loved every single one I put on they have such a... Read More huge selection of gorgeous gowns, Shana did not rush me or push me like I know some places do. She made the whole experience so fun for my mom and I. And when I decided on a dress, we had some champagne! I did not do alterations here because they are a bit pricey here and I also wanted a place closer to where I live but they were so great at finding me someone. If your looking for a wonderful experience with an awesome staff this is the place to go.

Reviewed on 6/23/2017 Brittany R

LOVE this place!!! They treat you like family and like you are their only bride right from the start! They make everything so easy and stress free when it comes to finding a dress and getting alterations done on time!!! I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone!!!!!

Reviewed on 6/21/2017 Haley U

Working with the white dress was such a pleasant experience. The white dress was the first bridal salon I visited to look for a dress and I found my dream dress thanks to the bridal consultant Lauren. Every visit from there on out was amazing. The seamstress that I worked with... Read More was so sweet. After hearing experiences from friends who are married and shopped at the large bridal salons, I am so glad I chose to shop at a small business and have such an intimate and warm experience.

Reviewed on 6/20/2017 Jason W

After visiting multiple bridal shops (4 in one day!) I felt so exhausted and felt like nothing was going to fit me. Most dresses carried by other shops in the area were limited to a Size 2, especially the ones that I liked (figures). I am a size 12 in normal everyday dress size... Read More and felt like nothing would fit. Arriving at the White Dress by the Shore, my family and I were greeted by friendly staff, apple cider mimosas and the most gorgeous decor of any shop I had been to. I already knew I wanted to buy from them because I respected so many of the business choices they had made. I was sold when I tried on a dress that was a size 18 UK, which fit me perfectly as it was. It really helped me see the final product and enjoy the full experience. My consultant was Lauren and she did a fantastic job. Their seamstress, Penny, is also wonderful. I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you want a low-stress buying experience, please go visit them.

Reviewed on 5/30/2017 Jill P

Wedding gown shopping was one of the most stressful aspects of wedding planning for me. I am not an off-the-rack size and knew it was going to be a challenge finding a gown that I loved and that looked good on my frame. After a few failed attempts elsewhere, I was able to... Read More secure an appointment at the White Dress by the Shore. I recall telling my sister/MOH that she didn't need to make the drive for the appointment as it was probably going to be another disappointment. My experience at the White Dress was anything but a disappointment. I was taken care of by Beth (owner) and Kim on my first appointment. I was swept away by all of the details to include a private salon with beautiful décor and accessory pieces to look at while I was waiting. Kim was very patient and accommodating to all of my needs and questions. I felt special, even beautiful, when we landed on the gown that I knew was for me. Beth’s expertise and amazing style allowed me to add a custom feature (sleeves) to my gown that made it the perfect selection for me. My mother and I were provided champagne to celebrate as we finalized the details of my gown order. I made several trips back to the White Dress for my fittings, jewelry selection and gown pick-up. Lauren, Shana and the other associates I encountered were all friendly, professional and always made me feel special. I even received a hand-written note from Kim after selecting my gown. While all brides will have different styles and budgets, I would recommend the White Dress by the Shore to anyone who wants to feel like a princess during their gown experience. The number of complements I received on my special day exceeded my expectations and most importantly, I took my groom’s breath away. Beth and her team at the White Dress by the Shore helped make my wedding dreams come true.

Reviewed on 5/24/2017 Tara F

I've known about The White Dress by the Shore for years, but always assumed I would be happy with a much less expensive wedding dress and therefore wouldn't be buying from them... until I fell in love with the Hayley Paige "Behati" gown and HAD TO try it on. I found out about a... Read More HP trunk show last minute and was able to make my appointment with only 2 days notice. They were able to accommodate a large group of my family and bridesmaids in the fabulous upstairs room and were incredibly friendly and helpful. My consultant pulled about 6 dresses for me - a mix of Hayley Paige gowns from the trunk show and others that they have at the shop regularly - and despite the small sample sizes not fitting my plus-size body, she was able to give me a great idea of how they would look on me in the end. Turns out the Behati gown WAS the dress for me and because of the trunk show, I got it at 10% off. The fitting/alteration process went smoothly thanks to their extended hours on Thursday evenings (but cost a bit more than I initially planned for) and I picked my dress up a few weeks before the wedding. I can't imagine having a better dress experience anywhere else - would definitely recommend this shop to anyone looking to purchase a designer gown for their big day.

Reviewed on 4/18/2017 Kristin L

The White Dress by The Shore and Callan in particular was awesome. She helped me find the perfect dress, and it was something she pulled for me based on what she knew I liked. I had visited a few other shops, but The White Dress by The Shore definitely had the most beautiful... Read More dresses. It was well-worth the ride up there!

Reviewed on 4/08/2017 Adrianna C

I am a shopper. I can shop around for hours for anything and everything. I figured that I would be shopping forever for the most important dress of my life. But, from the moment I walked into The White Dress by the Shore, I knew I had found THE PLACE. The place that I was... Read More going to find my dream gown. I just knew that this would be my last stop and that I was going to be a TWD Bride. My time spent at TWD was truly the best experience of my entire wedding planning process. I did not want it to end! I would get married again (to the same guy, of course) if it meant that I could continue shopping at TWD! From start to finish (and even afterwards), Beth and her girls went above and beyond to ensure that my vision became a reality and my wedding look was beyond perfect. My bridesmaids looked flawless, as well! I highly recommend this beautiful shop to all brides to be.

2017-04-11T08:34:39 Response from the vendor

Thank you for the kind words! We are so thrilled that you had a wonderful experience with us and that you chose to share that experience with future brides. We were honored to dress you and your maids and wish you all of the happiness... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 3/27/2017 Kayla C

I am thrilled to be a TWD bride! After another local shop dropped the ball and couldn't deliver on alterations that had been promised for the first dress I initially said "yes" to, Alexandra made both of my shopping appointments, easy, comfortable, and stress free. She truly... Read More listened to what I was looking for in a dress and nailed it, the first MWL gown I put on wound up being "the one". I already cannot wait to go back to the shop for my fittings this summer!

2017-03-28T12:57:59 Response from the vendor

We are so thrilled that it all worked out and that you ended up with the gown (and boutique) that were meant to be! xoxo

Reviewed on 3/04/2017 Kate H

I loved my experience at White Dress by the Shore! I had always heard great things about them, and a good friend had the best experience, so when I knew which dress designer I wanted to go with, I was so thrilled to hear that they carried her line. The entire staff at the... Read More White Dress was so attentive and gracious throughout my entire experience- they truly made dress shopping special.

2017-03-07T12:49:20 Response from the vendor

We are so pleased that you had a great experience with us and we so appreciate your girl friend referring us! That is what friends are for :) We look forward to working with you throughout your wedding journey! xo

Reviewed on 11/24/2016 Kara P

I can't say enough about TWDBTS. From the minute I walked in to the store on my first bridal dress experience, everyone was so friendly not to mention the quaint, clean, and adorably decorated space. I was paired up with Alexandra and I immediately felt like I had known her... Read More forever. She pulled what I had envisioned from the racks but also asked if I would try a certain style because she thought it would look great and every bride needed to "just try a ballroom style dress." Willingly I satisfied her request and never once regretted the decision as that is the first dress I tried on and the dress I chose to wear on my wedding day. I did however need to think about it due to my curiosity of what other boutiques would carry. I can honestly say, after shopping around, there was no comparison. From the friendliness and professionalism, to the way the merchandise was handled with such care to the genuine and truthful opinions offered with each dress I tried on. Throughout my months of alterations, I also got to work closely with Beth. The excitement and patience that both Alexandra and Beth had at every fitting was a true testament that they love their jobs and understand the importance of making every bride feel individually special. A one stop shop, I also chose to have my alterations done in house and I can't say enough about them! Everything turned out perfectly. I can't thank the staff enough for providing me with such a perfectly well rounded experience. I wish you all many years of success!

Reviewed on 11/23/2016 Mara R

Working with the White Dress by the Shore was honestly one of the highlights of the wedding planning process for me. We were paired with Alexandra (she's the BEST) the first time we went and she then was with me the whole way through the process. The store itself is inviting and... Read More cozy, with the staff offering tea, water or coffee the minute you walk in (or course served in adorable antique cups). They have a wide enough selection that you feel you can try a multitude of styles, but its not overwhelming so you still feel calm through the process. Everything about the shopping experience was professional and flawless, all the way down to the hand written thank you note that I received after visiting. After purchasing my dream dress, we booked alterations with Penny. Let me just say, Penny is a genius and really goes above and beyond to make your dress perfect. I wasn't really sure what to do with my bustle, not liking the English or the French and the next time I returned, Penny had dreamt of a way to make it work. I ended up with a half English, half French bustle that was so incredibly perfect. I would HIGHLY recommend this shop to anyone looking for their perfect gown.

Reviewed on 11/18/2016 Jessica B

From the moment I walked into The White Dress by The Shore, I knew I was going to be getting my dress there. Absolutely everything about this boutique is perfect, from the beautiful gowns, to all the sparkling accessories, even the design of the store(I felt like I was walking... Read More into what inspires Pinterest boards...perfect in detail). Not only is the boutique and their collections beautiful, but everyone who works there, from associates to the owner, Beth is beyond helpful, patient, and kind. You can tell they love what they do! After my first appointment, I had several dresses I loved, but didn't have the one. I was a little disappointed, but Molly who was helping us was amazing, she was so patient, calm, and encouraging. My family brought me to a few other bridal shops, and none compared to The White Dress by The Shore. After trying on many different styles, I went back with a few more ideas of what I wanted, and I found the one!! Again Molly was fantastic, and was able to help me find my accessories as well I can't say enough great things about them, it feels like you are joining a little family. My girls also got their dresses from here, and they were stunning! They were so helpful, with organizing each of my girls getting their dress, which wasn't an easy task with them being spread through out the country. One of my maiden's also fell in love with The White Dress by The Shore, and got her dress here shortly after our wedding!! It's truly a one stop shop, they were so helpful through out the entire process. Shana, Alexandra, and Lauren were a phenomenal help as well, and I'm so appreciative to them for making me feel perfect for our special day!!

Reviewed on 8/05/2016 Paige D

The White Dress by the Shore team was absolutely wonderful to work with. They listened carefully, and always tried to make my visions a realty. My dress required intricate alterations, and a challenging bustle, but the WDBTS team worked with me until it was just right -... Read More including at my final alterations two days before my wedding. I'd highly recommend the White Dress by the Shore team to any bride looking for a high quality dress, with high-end service. A truly wonderful experience!

Reviewed on 4/28/2016 Rachel P

I loved every moment of my experience with The White Dress by the Shore! They are a boutique bridal salon with a really personal touch. After searching high and low for gowns, I came across an Augusta Jones dress that was perfectly me. The stylist I worked with was great at... Read More suggesting different accessories and belts and managed to find one that matched the lining of the dress perfectly. They do require 4 fittings, which seems like a lot, but everyone who complimented my dress said it looked like it was made for me. I really appreciated all of the hard work and effort they put into everyone that comes in the door. You can tell that everyone here truly loves making brides feel beautiful and I'll miss stopping in their cozy store! Thank you!

LOVE them!

Reviewed on 10/14/2015 Wendy M

I was not necessarily looking forward to dress shopping. I didn't like almost every wedding dress I had seen in magazines and on TV. I was not a big and poofy type of girl, so I was unsure if I would be able to find anything I loved. We went to a few places before we went to The... Read More White Dress, and just as I expected, the gowns were all pretty, but not me. When my mom and I went to The White Dress by the Shore, as soon as I walked in I knew I was going to buy my dress that day. While they had the more traditional (beautiful) wedding dresses, they also had the more relaxed, bohemian look that was more like me. From that first appointment through my "accessories" appointment, and my final fitting, I felt so comfortable there. I never felt awkward or uncomfortable about my body or not knowing how to walk in heels. They let me feel like me and not some girl playing dress up. I am sad that I won't be able to use this vendor again (seeing as there is no longer a need for me to buy wedding dresses), but I would recommend them to everyone that I know.


Reviewed on 9/28/2015 maria s

Beth and everyone at The White Dress by the Shore was a pleasure to work with. They were very accommodating - you never felt rushed. I love the small boutique salon versus the larger salons - makes the experience so much easier.

Reviewed on 9/27/2015 Eileen C

We had an exceptional experience at The White Dress By The Shore. The owner, stylist Beth Chapman, has a deep knowledge of wedding style and was extremely helpful in guiding our decisions. Beth went above and beyond with helping me chose my dress, my bridesmaid dresses,... Read More mother of the bride dress, grandmother of the bride dress, and accessories. Beth inquired about my theme, colors, and venue to provide suggestions that would work for my vision. I would highly recommend the day of dressing service. Jessie was attentive, helpful, and made sure everything was perfect for my wedding. Thank you to the staff and owner at The White Dress By The Shore for helping make my wedding day so memorable.

Reviewed on 9/02/2015 Jennifer D

I had a great experience with The White Dress by the Shore. I went there knowing I wanted to try on a particular dress which they had. After spending more than 90 minutes between the dress I originally tried and another dress, I couldn't decide; however, Victoria (who is... Read More unfortunately no longer there) never lost patience and continued to put me in and out of the same two dresses numerous times. I left without buying anything and actually asked to have three dresses ordered so I could try them on. Victoria did this without batting a lash and when I went back to try those dresses along with the first dress I fell in love with, I decided on the first dress. We purchased from the store and when I went in to pick up my dress, we were treated to champagne along with a hair trial free of charge. It was a great experience and I would go back there in a second!

Reviewed on 8/03/2015 Kerrianne D

Small, intimate store, that has wonderful vibes for finding your perfect dress with you favorite people surrounding you. My mother, sister, two of my bridesmaids, and I were given an upstairs private room, champagne and an absolutely wonderful bridal consultant. I feel so... Read More awful that I can remember her name right now but she was so perfect. She wasn't pushy, but she gave her honest opinion and helped so much. I found my dress in that very first appointment and purchased a beautiful Swarovski crystal belt that I put on for my reception. I also bought all my bridesmaids gifts there! They are wonderful and I would 100% recommend booking an appointment there for your wedding dress. If you purchase a dress that is designed by Modern Trousseau you also have the option to do the "Muslin" fitting. This means you get to go to Modern Trousseau and work with the seamstresses in creating your custom dress. What an experience!!!!

Reviewed on 6/26/2015 Heather F

Let me start by saying that I came here because I was looking for a sample dress. My appointment was okay. Although, we kept being moved until they finally put us in the annex building for the BM dresses. I get that we were only shopping for samples, but that is only because... Read More they didn't have any designer that could get a dress shipped in time for my wedding. However,i did find a dress I liked that was originally $2700 if ordered new and was on sale for $1600 (with an addional 15% off if I purchased it right then) I asked if they could drop the price lower and the best they could do is take $50 of the $275 cleaning fee they would charge. I left without making the purchase and found the same dress online for $900. Given that I like to support my community and buy local as much as I can, I gave them a chance to match it. They came close by charging $1200 and including the cleaning fee. After purchasing they were said they would schedule a pickup with the cleaners and the cleaners would call me to pick up directly from them. However, after 2 weeks (purchased on the 10th over the phone, called back on the 25th) I called because I had heard from no-one. They said it was at the cleaners and that the cleaners would call me. When pressed to find out when the dress was picked up they told me the 24th. So...the reason for 3 stars: 1. They said they would call to schedule a pickup with the cleaners. I don't know about you but to me that means they plan on having it picked up fairly quickly. 2. When I called I had to push them to find out when they actually had it picked up. 3. The lack of communication. If you knew the dress wouldn't be picked up for several weeks, why not let me know so I could pick it up and drop it at the cleaners. 4. The the whole experience just doesn't sit well. And worst of all, I felt like I was a bit of a bridezilla when I got mad on the phone. Why does it always seem, businesses are great until they have your money, and then don't really care what happens after that.

2015-06-26T17:10:33 Response from the vendor

Heather, We were sorry to hear that you were not happy with our service, as we strive to provide exceptional service to every bride, whether they purchase a sample gown or a $10,000 gown from us. There are a few things that we would like... Read Less Read More

Such a Special Wedding Dress Experience

Reviewed on 3/12/2015 Michelle T

White Dress by the Shore was the best wedding dress experience I had by FAR. They were so sweet and lovely and really gave me all of their attention and helped me find the perfect dress. They also have amazing sample sales and I got a beautiful Amsale dress for a fourth of... Read More the price, it was unreal. I highly recommend - these ladies are the best!

If you are looking for the perfect experience, this is the place to go

Reviewed on 2/18/2015 Sarah W

Before I start, I just have to say that I am in love with White Dress and will be bringing every engaged friend I have here. If you are looking for the perfect wedding gown shopping experience, this is the place to go. It is located in the most adorable little house and the... Read More sales girls are the most friendly people you will ever meet. I had been shopping at several other places and wanted a dress that was both classic and unique. The first dress Holly picked was MY dress. She absolutely understood the look I was going for and helped me pick out the veil and accessories. Over the fitting process, Holly would always make a point to stop in and say 'hi' and to see how the fittings were coming along. White Dress also has THE most amazing seamstress, she is a verifiable genius, which makes it easy to get your alterations done. If you are looking for the special experience and something that is a little unique, this is the place to go.


Meet The Owner

Beth Chapman

BETH CHAPMAN, owner and fashion stylist, is a veteran of the retail industry. She spent 10 years working in the corporate office of Ann Taylor, where she served as a Vice President of Merchandising. Beth’s love of exquisite fabrics and feminine details, along with her sincere desire to create a memorable shopping experience for brides, compelled her to launch The White Dress by the shore, in 2004. Her styling work has been seen in the top bridal publications in the industry and she is the co-author of The White Dress in color, an inspirational coffee table book for brides-to-be.