Bridesmaid dress shopping doesn't have to be painful. Bella Bridesmaids is the epitome of stress-free, worry-free shopping for your ladies. Pittsburgh's own franchise sits in the heart of the South Hills and it's welcoming, colorful, girly, and chic. Step one foot inside and you’re immediately relaxed, knowing you’re in good hands. What makes Bella so awesome? Well, besides being able to please all sorts of tastes, budgets, and body types, you are also encouraged to bring along your wedding binder or inspiration from your Pinterest board. They love learning about your vision and working hard to make sure the bridesmaids’ dresses help bring it to life. Whether you have two gals or twelve, local or all over the world, Bella makes the order process quick and easy with their online form. With hundreds of fabrics, colors, and selections from the hottest designers – Adrianna Pappell, Amsale, Ivy & Aster, Jenny Yoo, and Monique Lhuillier, to name just a few – you are bound to outfit your maids in something that makes both you and them happy. If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect bridesmaid dress, do yourself a favor – make an appointment at Bella!
All photos below by Meaghan Elliott Photography
Tell me a little bit about your company!
Like many wedding pros, I have always been obsessed with weddings. I literally came out of the womb loving weddings, and this is no joke since I was born the day Princess Diana and Prince Charles were married. When it came time for me to marry my Prince Charming, I visited Bella Bridesmaids in Nashville and had a fantastic experience. When I moved to Pittsburgh, I realized the market was really missing out on some of the unique designers that Bella carries, so I decided to bring it here. I've been open since February 2013, and every day is a dream!
As the name states, we specialize in bridesmaids, although we do also offer flower girl dresses and have found gowns for moms and anyone looking for a fun party dress. We carry over 20 designers that range in style and price – we have everything from traditional to boho to glitzy! With hundreds of dresses to choose from, your personal Bella stylist is ready for anything. Whether you’re getting married in a grand ballroom or having a hoedown on the family farm, we have you covered.
What makes your store unique? Why should brides and bridesmaids shop there?
Bella Bridesmaids is the only place where the bridesmaid is the focus. During the appointment, you’ll have the undivided attention of your personal Bella stylist, a problem-solving partner in planning your wedding. Our showrooms are comfortable, stress-free zones where you can sit back, relax, and view lots of styles, fabrics, and fits that will bring your wedding to life.
Brides, moms, and bridesmaids love Bella not just because of our gorgeous dresses but also because we are sticklers for details. Wedding planning can be a crazy time for some brides, so we try to make the bridesmaids dress part of it as easy as possible! Need to add a bridesmaid? Just found out one is pregnant? All of your bridesmaids live in different states? We can help with any and all situations.
What is your ideal client like?
We love a client who has a vision for her bridal party but needs help pulling it together. Brides share their inspiration with us – maybe it's a Pinterest page, a paint swatch, or an accessory – and it's our job as the expert to guide them to styles, color, and palettes that help bring their dream to life. Mix and match? Variety of body types? Metals? Floral prints? Texture? We love clients that know their vibe and go for it. We're up for the challenge, and there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the finished product on their big day.
Do you actually like working with bridesmaids?
When I tell people the business I'm in, people often assume that it's like “Say Yes to the Dress” in here. There must be so much drama, right? The truth is 99.9% of the bridal parties we've worked with are lovely. I've been so impressed by how friendly, kind, and just plain fun Pittsburgh brides (and their bridesmaids and family) are. Many times I've wanted to hop in the car with my appointment and head off to happy hour with them. And really, sometimes I want to ask, “Can you please invite me to your wedding?! Let's be friends!”
So yes, I LOVE working with bridesmaids.
What designers and styles do you carry?
Adrianna Papell, After Six, Alfred Sung, Amsale, Bari Jay, Bill Levkoff, Dessy, Donna Morgan, Hayley Paige Occasions, Ivy & Aster, Jenny Yoo, Joanna August, Lille Couture, LulaKate, Monique Lhuillier, Nouvelle Amsale, Theia, and twobirds.
Is there a particular type of bride or bridesmaids that you appeal to?
We appeal to anyone with a bridal party, but we specifically appeal to brides that value not only our fashion expertise but also our customer service. You can order a bridesmaids dress just about anywhere these days, but you'll miss out on the experience that we can provide. Your visit with us is not just about dresses; it's also about making memories with your family and best friends. Bella brides get this and that's why we see so many of our brides (and bridesmaids!) come back to see us as part of another bridal party.
Do brides and bridesmaids need an appointment? How much time is allotted for a consultation?
Because each bridal party has the undivided attention of a personal stylist in a dedicated space, we are by appointment only. Our appointments are for one hour.
Do you offer alteration services?
We don't offer alterations, but we do have have an extensive list of talented professionals that we refer to.
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