As you may know, I'm not the biggest fan of salon wedding dresses. I've figured out that, even apart from their price, they don't feel like me. There are, however, a few exceptions to that rule, and Nicole Miller is one of them. Something about the simplicity, the unfussy elegance, and the versatility of the bridal line (appropriate for the beach or the church) felt immediately yes-worthy. I also loved the fabrics and creativity with metallics, texture, and general bridalness. Once I saw the price range ($600-$1900), I decided I could afford a salon visit and I could even afford to possibly find my wedding dress here. And so, I visited the West Hollywood salon.
The Nicole Miller bridal line is ready-to-wear, which I found to be a very attractive selling point. They have none of the made-to-order-but-you-still-need-alterations BS that plagues the wedding dress industry. If you're a size 10, you order a size 10 and it arrives almost immediately (eloping and procrastinating brides take note!) The dresses also come with a built in bustles (for the dresses with trains), which is a nice little extra touch/cost-saving measure.
At the West Hollywood salon, the bridal room is in the back of the standard ready-to-wear store, so it felt like a more organic shopping experience and not like they were prepping to rip me off. All in all, it was a great morning. The bridal consultant was knowledgeable, honest, excited without being gushy or patronizing, and didn't make me feel like a cow (even though she was a size 0 herself and the Nicole Miller clientele runs tiny.) And the dresses. Oh, the dresses. I fell a little bit in love with each of them and, for the first time, I felt genuinely excited about a white wedding dress (yay!). Here were my favorite beauties from the excursion (with the official site images followed by my real-person modeling). For reference, I was either an 8 or a 10 in all the dresses I tried and needed clips on most of them:
this Steep Street shoot (via August and After) before I went into the Nicole Miller shop, I might have bought the dress on the spot, price be damned. The dress runs $1600, but I've seen it on various used dress sites for under $1000.
As for the other dresses I tried on, they either looked awful on me or I forgot to take iphone photos in the excitement. Even though I forgot photos, I'd like to give honorable mentions to two incredibly reasonably priced dresses (~$600) that I also loved. Both had the same cut in different materials. Both are strapless, but the bridal consultant showed me how easy it would be to modify either into a sweetheart neckline.
Given how much I loved all these dresses and given the reasonableness of the pricing, I left the store feeling great, knowing that I had a definite wedding dress possibility I could love at Nicole Miller. I pretty much decided that, if no other dress worked out in my search, I'd (very happily) get married in this last $600 white dress. Just knowing I had a definite wedding dress option helped calm me the heck down about my wedding dress anxiety and reminded me that yes, everything will indeed be all right.
Nicole Miller Store
8633 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Bridal by appointment only