Holding experience above all else, our team of stylists is dedicated to each of our clients by working closely to hold your hand through this fun and wonderful process every step of the way.
With a fresh perspective to the bridal industry, The Dress Shop blends sleek minimalistic architecture of a New York gallery with the personal and individualized experience of a boutique. We are conveniently located just off of I-96 in Howell, between Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit, making us easily accessible for our clients.
The Dress Shop opened in the spring of 2014 after the renowned Crystal Gardens Banquet Center with others decided to take Howell’s wedding industry to the next level. The name for The Dress Shop remained simple like our goal from day one: it is to deliver extraordinary customer service and unsurpassed quality to every client. We accomplish this by working with the finest staff, providing excellent training and leadership opportunities and placing a value on our employees and customers.
Brides who have loved their experiences at The Dress Shop often tell us that they love:
We are open Saturdays and have late night availability during the week.
The private fitting rooms and personalized experience we offer.
The variety of styles and designs we offer by some of the top designers in the country.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need an appointment?
We can accommodate walk-ins, but do recommend setting an appointment so that we can offer you personalized service and devote our undivided attention and space to your wedding dress search. Our weekends are very busy with appointments – so please book ahead if possible.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
To protect our gowns and to give you the best possible experience, we recommend wearing only light make-up for your appointment. We offer a full range of supplies to provide the finishing touches to your gown – from undergarments to shoes to accessories. However, if you’ve already chosen specific items you would like to wear with your gown, please bring them with you.
What is the price range of the gowns and tuxedos at the Dress Shop?
We find that some brides have budgets between $800 – $1500, while others have budgets ranging from $1500 – $3000 in our store. Our bridesmaids, mothers, and formalwear gowns range from $150 – $650. Our Tuxedos range from $160 – $250.
When should I purchase my dress?
While several of our designers can accommodate rush orders for tight timelines, the average time needed to make your dress is up to six months, and most seamstresses require up to 3 months additional for alterations. We suggest ordering your dress 9-12 months prior to your wedding date so that you have the necessary time built in for fittings and styling your complete wedding day look. Don’t have that much time? Don’t panic! We have a variety of off-the-rack and rush options to help you out.
Can I bring a large party to my appointment?
We want your shopping experience to be perfect – and we believe a fun, intimate setting is the most enjoyable. Our rooms comfortably fit up to 6 people, with that being said though, we understand that sometimes it is important to the bride to bring a larger group. We can plan ahead for that – please pre-schedule an appointment with us; we may recommend a weekday appointment in order to accommodate your group and give you the best possible experience.
Do you have in-house alterations?
We have a wonderful team of seamstresses who are dedicated to tailoring your dress to you ensuring the perfect fit for when you walk down the aisle.