Getting Married in France | The Dress


After the venue and the administrative hurdles for the civil ceremony, the next (and most fun!) step is to find that dream wedding dress for you to  walk down the aisle in.  And where better to find this dress but in Paris, right?  Well, not quite.

Dress shopping in Paris is definitely not as straightforward as one might imagine.  The concept of the one-stop-shop multi-designer warehouse shops like Kleinfeld’s in the US, really do not exist here. Instead, each designer has their own showroom where they sell their designs only.  The only exception is a store called Metal Flaque that sells designers like  Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Sadoni and Vera Wang, all in one shop in the 1st arrondissement.

Paris also has several Pronovias, locations, but their dresses can be found world wide. Some of Paris’ best local designers that might be worth checking out are Delphine Manivet for her more modern and casual designs, Laure de Sagazan for a whimsical romantic feel, Suzanne Ermann for her fun and playful dresses, or Max Chaoul’s haute couture complex creations.

All of the above designers require an appointment to visit and try on their dresses. Walk-ins are usually turned away so plan in advance!

If you are a bride that knows what she wants, a very common practice in France is to have a dress made specifically for you. This was recommended to me on a few occasions but our 6 month engagement didn’t really leave enough time. It usually takes about 6 months for a dress to be made and properly fitted before your wedding, which means you should plan for at least 7 months in advance to be sure to have the design that you want.  Laure de Sagazan makes custom dresses as well as selling her collection and other designers like Gilles Zimmer and Odile Leonard focus mainly on their robes sur-measure.


Happy dress shopping! Next on our agenda is the caterer…



  1. There are also a few places that rent out high-quality wedding dresses. I bought my dress in the US and then had the alterations done in Paris at a place called “Graine de coton”, and they had a ton of dresses for sale or for rent. They also had accessories on hand too. The owner was really nice, I would definitely recommend her store!

  2. I’ll be in Paris for 2 month next summer. I’m wondering if that will give me enough time to shop for a ready-to-wear wedding dress and arrange a fitting? It doesn’t have to be made by a French designer. Any good brand will be fine, since any brand name wedding dress is overpriced and selection is very limited. Could you please share some insights? Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Leanne,
      I think as long as you make all of the appointments in advance and plan your time wisely you should be fine. Make sure that they have you size in stock for the fitting since it can sometimes take a month or two to order it from another store. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you need more help for your stay.

    • ingrid quintero : January 19, 2017 at 3:55 am

      How did the wedding dress rental in Paris go? I am eloping in August and I am curious to see if it is a good idea to just try to find a dress the day before. I like the idea of being spontaneous, but I am also afraid to not find a wedding dress. And how much was it? I want to see if it is even worth it.

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