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Archive Bridal is a San Diego based family owned and operated company. Since its inception in 2010, Archive Bridal has been striving to be San Diego’s best bridal store offering beautiful quality designer wedding gowns and superior personal service. With an attached couture sewing studio, the store offers brides a complete one-stop shopping experience from finding the best dress, to getting the right fit, along with shopping a huge selection of bridal accessories for the perfect bridal day look.

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“At Archive Bridal our brides become part of the family. We have an amazing selection of fashionable and unique wedding gowns to choose from, but most importantly, we are with our brides every step of the way… Sharing their love story, being a happy part of their experience, that’s what really matters.”   – Paulette

What You Want to Know

To make your experience at Archive Bridal go seamless

The store is always open to walk in and shop the large selection of wedding accessories, bridal jewelry, veils, honeymoon lingerie and to view the gowns in person. For purchasing gowns an appointment is required. Bridal gown appointments are typically one hour long.

Call 760-918-1818 or email info@archivebridal.com or visit the “contact” page to book your wedding gown shopping appointment. Due to the high demand for bridal appointments and limited time slots, especially during the weekends, changes or cancellations must be made at least 2 days in advance. The showroom can comfortably seat 7 guests, however, arrangements can be made for larger parties. Clear toasting beverages such as champagne or white wine are welcome to be brought in.

VIP & special bridal party appointments can be arranged, which can include a 2 hour appointment, sweets & champagne and extended store hours. Please inquire for rates and availability by emailing info@archivebridal.com or by calling 760-918-1818

An Archive Bridal stylist is available to assist the bride in the fitting room to help properly put the gowns on. It’s best to wear comfortable undergarments (a strapless bra and underwear) and tall wedge style shoes can be helpful. In order for the stylists to guide the bride through the vast collection it will help the process to have an idea of the wedding date, location and a few pictures of style inspirations.

The wedding gowns range from $1200 – $6000, with a majority of the gowns priced within the $2000 – $3500 range. Most gowns are made to order and prices can vary based on customizations such as adding beading, extra train length, unique sizing, etc. Contact the store by calling 760-918-1818 or emailing info@archivebridal.com to inquire about a price of any specific gown.

All gowns in the store are new and available to purchase off the sales floor. Sizes in the store vary from 4 – 16. There are many creative ways to try on gowns beyond the size ranges. Most gowns can be ordered from sizes 0 – 28. Typically gowns take approximately 3 – 6 months to order, rush options are always available. A deposit of 50% down is required to place an order and can be made via cash, check or any major credit card. Brides typically shop for gowns up to 4-12 months before the wedding day.

All gowns are thoroughly inspected, steamed and placed in a complimentary wedding gown bag. Pick ups take place in the store with a stylist to go over all the details. Archive Bridal takes pride in ensuring all brides have well fitted gowns and will guide them through the entire gown fit and care process. A seamstress is readily available if any alterations are needed.

The perfect fit is just as important as finding the perfect dress. All sewing is done in house so there’s no need to stress about searching for a good seamstress. Archive Bridal is present and with the bride every step of the way, making gown purchasing a fun and memorable experience to enjoy. The stylists are familiar with sewing to answer alteration and modification questions and will be able to estimate pricing of what to expect. Alteration prices vary. Typically a bride can expect to spend $350 – 500.

Archive Bridal can “Archive” the gown after the wedding day. Archive Bridal offers an organic in-house specialty gown cleaning and preservation package for a flat fee of $250. The keepsake box will keep the precious gown safe and protected to be handed down to generations to come.

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