Clothing, Women’s Occasion

Editors’ Choice 

Cristina’s, Andover

Standout Qualities: Cristina’s offers an impressive array of bridal designs and accessories as well as attire for bridesmaids, flower girls, and mothers of the bride and groom. 

Philosophy: From the moment you walk into Cristina’s, you will see and feel the difference. Their trained bridal consultants assist every client in making the perfect selection. With over 500 bridal gowns that range from very affordable to indulgent, they ensure every bride will find her special gown. 

What’s Unique: They work with brides and bridesmaids to help bridal parties select gowns that are flattering to every age and body type. While brides are certainly their most important clients, they pay special attention to “mother of” customers and want everyone to leave looking and feeling beautiful.

Fun Fact: Often, not only will the entire wedding party shop at Cristina’s, but guests attending the wedding will also find their “special occasion” dress or gown at Cristina’s.

1 Main St., Andover, 978-470-3956,


Readers’ Choice 

Pure Bliss, Newburyport

Standout Qualities: More bridal gowns than you can shake a stick at.

What’s Unique: Something little girls are sure to fall for—the shop can custom-order doll dresses to match flower girl dresses.

Insider Tip: Don’t wait until wedding day—this shop has an impressive selection of gowns for prom, too.

Fun Fact: Pure Bliss can also outfit men in a tuxedo or suit for the big day. Brides-to-be will be interested in their “Bubbly & Bites” appointments where the salon can be reserved for the bridal party. 

What’s new: A lot! Swoon Bridal Outlet, the sister store to Pure Bliss, recently moved to Newburyport and is now housed under one roof with Pure Bliss. A true win for anyone searching for that perfect gown.

85 Merrimac St., Newburyport, 978-462-0700,


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