Philly brides, rejoice! For how many years have we begged and pleaded with the bridal universe to bring us a BHLDN (the wedding-focused sister brand of Anthropologie is, after all, Philadelphia based) in our very own city? (Well, since the brand’s launch five years ago, I guess, to be exact.)
Ladies, the time has come.
Now, when you walk down the stairs inside the Walnut Street Anthropologie in Rittenhouse and turn to the left, instead of bedding, or the heavenly sale room where you used to spend your lunch hour way back in the day, you will find an in-store BHLDN boutique. Here’s the breakdown on this dreamy new spot:
- The hours are the same as the Anthropologie it lives in, and you can make your one-hour appointment online. (They have the mirrors, dressing rooms and twirling space for three brides to hunt for their dresses at the same time, though appointments are always staggered, so not fully overlapped. There’s plenty of space for all parties to spread out!) They recommend you keep your entourage to around three people (though just give them a heads up if you plan on bringing more), and they will provide the complimentary bubbly.
- The shop carries bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and ensembles for guests, as well as cover-ups, jewelry, gifts (some extra cute ones for popping the bridesmaid question to your girlfriends!), clutches, and other accessories. While there are some “take home today” pieces, most of the items in the shop—including shoes, which there are plenty of for trying-on—are sample only, so once you’ve made your selections, your consultant will see that the items are shipped to you.
- Now if you happen to attending someone’s wedding in the near future, you are welcome to pop in without an appointment to try on a few best-dressed-guest dresses—but again, you’ll probably have to order your pick (so don’t go in on a Friday before a Saturday soiree).
My bride-to-be days are well behind me, and after a visit to this new space (during which I may or may not have even twirled around in one of the prettiest frocks I’ve worn since my own wedding day), I basically wanted to move in, so I think it’s safe to say that you guys are going to like it. Below, take a peek—and then go and see it for yourself.