The Sentimentalist is a designer and vintage bridal shop in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood. We are a small, family-owned business that strives to offer a unique collection, beautiful space, and low-pressure, high-customer service experience. We work with small, independent North American designers who tend toward a vintage, bohemian, and slightly alternative aesthetic.
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Krista is a tea-drinking, heirloom-shopping lady versed in all things Atlanta, etiquette, and lovely. Born, raised, and married in the shop’s neighborhood, she is a naturally sentimental gal who holds dear her family, home, and grade-school sweetheart. After a career in nursing and a lifetime of being everyone’s go-to tastemaker, she found her fit in the finery of bridal fashion.
Gabi is a peach with time spent on the West Coast, planning parties and playing with wedding dresses. After learning from the best with Portland’s sweetest bridal boutique and favorite planning group, Gabi was excited to move home and bring some of her favorite independent designers with her. She has an eye for fit, a tendency for vintage, and a passion for color. She believes in lipstick, soul food, and old trucks, and she just loves helping brides find their perfect dress mate.
Both ladies have a soft spot for all things antiquated and for this fine city.
Our specialty is helping you find your perfect wedding dress. We have curated a collection of dresses by designers we love and are here to help you create your personalized wedding look. Our staff is highly trained to assist you in finding options to fit your specific style, timeline, and budget. We are pros at getting creative and staying supportive.
We are stellar at pairing the perfect accessories with your dress and are also happy to consult on hair, makeup, and bridal party styling.
Our complimentary consultations provide an intimate, unparalleled dress shopping experience within a peaceful, beautiful space. We offer a safe and relaxing environment for our kind of bride.
Tea is served daily. Krista’s special punch and blueberry scones are occasionally known to make an appearance on weekends.
Yes, we require appointments. We are a small shop and provide limited and highly customized consultations for the bride who is knowledgeable about our unique collection, price-point, and special order process. You may make an appointment by calling us at 404 355 7500 or emailing email@example.com.
We sell designer, made-to-order wedding dresses and bridal accessories. Our small, curated collection styles tend to be more romantic, soft, and vintage inspired. No big ballgowns or trumpet style dresses here! We also carry a limited vintage collection and sometimes sell our samples.
Our dress prices average between $2,000 and $3,000. We usually have a handful of samples for sale off-the-rack at a discounted price. And our vintage collection is all under $500.
All of the dresses in our shop that you will be trying on are samples. Once you have selected a dress, we take your measurements and work with you in choosing the best size for you. We then order your specific dress and have it shipped to our shop. Alterations are to be expected. We do not offer alterations, but we will refer you to our favorite local alterations specialists.
We strive to carry sample sizes that will work for most brides, but samples rarely fit perfectly. We have our own arsenal of tricks and tools to help provide an idea of how the dress will look in your size. Most of our samples are between a size 6 and 10, usually fit most brides between size 0 and 18, and can usually be ordered up to a size 18. A few of our designers carry plus sizes or can have a custom pattern made. This can sometimes result in a custom pattern fee—just a heads-up! We currently have about half a dozen plus size samples and are expecting another half a dozen to arrive by Fall 2017. We have also expanded our number of samples in sized 12-16, which can be easily fit to surrounding sizes.
We only carry a selection of samples from each of our designers, but we can special order any dress from our designers’ available collections. Just call or email us if you are looking for a specific dress. In select cases, we can request that a dress be sent with the next trunk show or loaned to us for your appointment at a minimum $100 fee. We are also specially trained for and knowledgeable about building custom looks with our current collections. We offer multiple color options and carry separates lines and interchangeable styles.
Our designers’ production times take anywhere between 3 to 5 months. A few designers carry stock and can have your dress to us in just a few weeks, and several of them offer rush services for a fee. We will help you find the best options for your wedding date, provide you with an estimated ship date, and keep you updated along the way.
Our little shop is designed to offer an intimate shopping experience, so it’s best to bring a small, supportive party. Because our space is limited, we wouldn’t recommend bringing more than 4 people. If you are traveling with a large group or need special assistance, call ahead of time and let us know.
During a trunk show, we host a designer’s full current collection for a weekend. This gives brides the chance to try different styles from their favorite designer and gives us the chance to try out new pieces or new collections in our store. During a trunk show weekend, discounts are typically extended for any of the featured designer’s pieces. Brides are not limited to trunk show styles and may shop our entire collection during their appointment.
Do Your Research
Explore our website a bit and take a look at our designers’ websites. Browse our Pinterest gallery of styles and our Instagram for pictures of our real brides, sentimental styles, photo shoots, and special events.
We suggest going light on the makeup, tanner, and jewelry before trying on our pretty white dresses. We usually prefer to have you try on dresses without a bra, but sometimes a strapless bra can be helpful. Heels aren’t necessary and easier left off.
Bring a small but great team. A small, supportive group of family and friends is best for accomplishing a pleasant and productive appointment.
Keep An Open Mind
We always recommend trying on more than less. If anything catches your eye, try it on! You will learn more about what you really want by trying on several styles and keeping an open mind. The dress you fall in love with might not have been what you had in mind, and that only makes it extra special.
We’re also really good at creating custom looks, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask!
We've been featured in the following places. Click on an article to read more.< >
Occasions Magazine: Weddings
Modern Luxury Brides
Buffy Dekmar: Atlanta Creates
Modern Luxury Bride: Fall/Winter 2013
Blue Eyed Yonder
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1655 Defoor Ave. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318
We are located directly next to the Waffle House (fancy!) at the corner of Howell Mill Rd. and Defoor Ave. You can turn into our parking lot directly after the shop or at the next side street, Springer St.
Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 6pm
Sunday 12pm to 5pm
By Appointment Only