As spring begins, it is not only a season of trees budding and flowers blooming, but also a season of dress fittings and alterations. As prom and wedding season approaches, it’s a good idea to shop early. Wichita is home to a variety of bridal and prom shops that offer designer labels, alteration and other traditional services, but it’s also got a few that take some unique approaches to the typical dress shopping experience.
Dress Gallery - A Private Experience
Dress Gallery highlights five separate, private suites. This means that each bride and her party will have a suite where they can feel comfortable. This way you don’t see any of the other brides like you might in other shops.
“It’s not like a competition with other brides,” Sale Manager Jillian Forsberg said. Dress Gallery features options for prom and bridesmaids, and even offers tuxedo rental, but the location is primarily focused on brides.
“We specialize in customer service and making the bride feel like she’s had the best possible experience finding her dress that she’s ever dreamed of,” Forsberg said. Dress Gallery carries several designer lines in the store and offers payment options that can accommodate any budget. Dress Gallery is located in Wichita’s Delano District and has been operating since 2008.
“We’re proud to be Wichitans. We’re happy to be in the Delano District for a very long time, and we encourage people to stop by and see the renovation whenever they can.”
Reni's Bridal Boutique - Plus Size Options
Reni’s Bridal Boutique has been in Wichita for 34 years, and is very experienced in finding the right dress for each bride that walks through the door.
“It’s very important that you find a dress that you like, but also a dress that fits you and your body type,” Said Tonya Lorenz of Reni’s.
The boutique carries dress sizes double zero up to 26, and has developed a niche for plus sized brides. Reni’s carries several styles in plus sizes, allowing brides to come in and actually try on their dresses rather than depending on online ordering. This way, plus size brides can actually tell how the dress fits and what style works best prior to making a purchase. According to Lorenz, some girls come into the shop under the impression that they can’t wear a certain style because of their size, and many are surprised to find just how many options they have. Additionally, Reni’s Bridal Boutique offers customizable dresses in all sizes. For example, if the bride finds a dress she loves, but would like a different neckline, Reni’s can accommodate the order through a custom designer. This kind of personalization is a new concept.
“Things are becoming what people have wanted for a long time.”
PARROT-fa-NALIA - Personalized Service
Operating for 46 years and still going strong, PARROT-fa-NALIA is obviously doing something right. This shop, which is best known in Wichita for its prom dress selection, offers unparalleled personalized customer service. Owner Nancy Bluml has established close relationship with her customers over the years, and it shows. Whether it’s a girl returning for her next prom dress, or a mom who shopped at the Parrot in the 80’s bringing in her daughter, Bluml has accumulated a wide base of repeat customers. As a result, it is not uncommon to hear PARROT-fa-NALIA customers greeted by name. Bluml works with her customers individually to help them find a dress, and then helps with any necessary alteration. The store has a friendly atmosphere, and Bluml is genuinely excited about helping girls finds the right dress.
“Every one of these girls has a story,” Bluml Said. “Every dress has a story.”
Featuring prom dresses, bridal gowns, mother of the bride dresses, tuxedos, jewelry and more, PARROT-fa-NALIA is a one-stop-shop for formal occasions.
Accent Bridal and Tux - Private Designers
Accent Bridal and Tux is a full service bridal shop featuring bridal gowns, tuxedos, bridesmaid dresses, veils, tiaras, and prom dresses. The shop is celebrating 30 years in Wichita this year, and it’s no surprise why.
“We have an incredible seamstress in fact I would testify that she is the best bridal/prom seamstress in Wichita. Our friendly staff is impeccable as far as customer service is concerned,” said Tricia Bell of Accent Bridal and Tux.
In addition to great service, Accent Bridal boasts dresses that can’t be found anywhere else.
“We have our very own private designers for wedding and prom gowns, you will not find them anywhere else in Kansas,” Bell said. This shop can take care of attire for everyone in your party, and it can accommodate every budget.
Uniquely You Bridal - Locally Stocked Inventory
Uniquely You Bridal and Tuxedo Junction have been operating in Wichita for 30 years. With inventory located right in the store, customers don’t have to worry about ordering from an out of town warehouse. This saves a lot of time between finding the right dress and actually walking out of the store with it, as you customers won't have to wait for outside delivery. Uniquely You Bridal offers a variety of dresses with prices ranging from approximately $500 to $2,000. Also offering discontinued samples at 40% off the original price the shop can accommodate a variety of budgets. Uniquely You Bridal primarily carries Maggie Sottero, Bill Levkoff and Impression gowns.