November 27, 2020

5 Amazing Things to Know about Bridal Shops in the World Renowned Reading Bridal District located in Cincinnati

The Reading Bridal District:

The Reading Bridal District (also known as Bridal District Ohio) is very well known in the wedding industry and attracts brides from all around the United States! It has one of the most well-known concentration of wedding businesses. It is located north of Cincinnati’s Roselawn neighborhood and west of Blue Ash. It’s easy to get to the Reading Bridal District via the Interstate 75, Ohio State Route 126, or Route 42. 

It was during the 1830 - 1880 that Reading became the largest village in Hamilton County. Their major industry was clothing manufacturing, hence why we have so many bridal stores in the district today!

Before You Visit the Reading Bridal District:

Although there are only 10,385 people (according to 2010 census) for the city of Reading, Ohio, depending on when you go, it could be crowded with limited availability without an appointment. Below are a few things to know about before heading to the Reading Bridal District so that you can make the most of your shopping experience.

Read Up on the Bridal Sales Events

Many comments, by first-time visitors to the Bridal District, mention that the brides were not prepared for upcoming sales / current sale events that are happening year round. That resulted in many bridal shops being fully booked and not able to take a bride who didn’t already have an appointment. Below is a link to the Reading Bridal District’s official event page: It’s updated but I would double check the website before your appointment. In September they host an outdoor bridal event that takes over Benson Street from Reading Road to Church Street. It’s a festival like bridal show that should not be missed! You can learn more about it on the above link. 

Weekdays have Less Traffic

If you plan to visit bridal stores, make sure to make an appointment with them prior to your visit. (Contact Blush Bridal >>). Making an appointment ensures the store is prepared to have a bridal stylist and a dressing room available just for you. 

Making an appointment solidifies that our bridal stylists are able to give you the attention you deserve as you shop for the dress of your dreams. We’ll schedule a quick phone call with you to understand your bridal gown vision for your wedding day so that we can potentially have pre-selected gowns already set aside for you to consider. Visit our "Wedding Dresses by Shape" page. - Colleen Kemp

Getting Your Steps Around Reading

Located within only a 3-block radius, you will definitely get your fair share of steps. Definitely bring comfortable shoes (easy to slip on and off), proper undergarments (to try on wedding dresses) and bring water! Bonus tip: Limit your group to 3-5 people max because some of these wedding shops are small bridal boutiques that can’t accommodate more than that. 

Read up on all the bridal district sales events

1. Known to be the largest bridal district in North America

Cincinnati Bridal District is known to be the LARGEST bridal district in North America is located in a three-block radius known as the Reading Bridal District. Not only will you find the largest selection of bridal stores, but you will find all the wedding vendors you need to plan your dream wedding. There are about 44 wedding-specific businesses in this small area. It really is a one-stop shop for brides of any budget, style and size. 

Each year the Reading Bridal District plays host to thousands of brides each year. With only about 10,000 residence in the whole city of Reading, Ohio, you can expect a short walk in between shops. As we mentioned above, it’s definitely worthwhile to book your appointments prior to visiting Reading Bridal District, so you can use your time effectively. Also, limit your bride tribe to no more than 3-5 guests, wear comfortable shoes, and undergarments, to make it easy for you to try on a variety of gowns. 


2. Bridal Shops for EVERY bride:

Since the Reading Bridal District was known for their clothing manufacturing from 1830 - 1880, RBD has some of the most sought-after bridal stores in North America. There is something for EVERY bride no matter if you are looking for discount bridal shops (Something New, Borrowed and Blue) or something more couture and romantic (Blush Bridal). Let us know if you find another noteworthy bridal store to add to our list. 

Definitely make your appointments prior to coming to the Reading Bridal District so that you can try on gowns and get all the attention you need from the bridal store staff :)

Blush Bridal Ohio

Blush Bridal, yearly voted Cincinnati’s Best of Weddings on The Knot, is a couture Bridal Boutique housed in the Love building in the acclaimed Reading Bridal District! We are a small, intimate boutique where we spend one-on-one time with each of our brides and make it our mission to find you the gown of your dreams!

Our brides love us for our knowledgeable, fun, and genuine stylists who are experts in finding your dream gown! We are also known for our exclusive designers straight from the runway. Our typical wedding gown price is $1000 - $3000.

We offer something designed for the sophisticated bride who wants a couture shopping experience in a comfortable bridal boutique. Our gowns are exclusive to us, and designed for you.

Designers that we currently feature at Blush Bridal: Justin Alexander, Lillian West, Madi Lane, Sincerity, Justin Alexander Signature, Adore by Justin Alexander, and Sophia Tolli.

Something New, Borrowed and Blue

We are Cincinnati’s bridal outlet with over 10 years of helping Brides say “Yes” for Less. We are truly a hidden gem if you are looking for the perfect gown for the perfect price. We're also known to be the hidden gem among all of the Cincinnati wedding dress shops and have had the wonderful opportunity to help hundreds of brides with finding their perfect dress!

Our focus is to cater to EVERY Bride and EVERY body. You can find ready-to-buy new and couture gowns at 30-60% off! Best of all our sizes range from 2-30.

We are Cincinnati Discount Bridal Shops leader in couture gowns at discount prices. Our inventory is constantly changing and rotating with designer gowns so we recommend that you plan a visit to our store with ample time to view our large selection of wedding dresses. We have specious fitting rooms, a relaxed atmosphere and professional stylists to help you find your perfect dress. We also have wonderful accessories, all without breaking your budget!

Love Curvy Bridal

Located in the heart of the Reading Bridal District, Love Curvy Bridal is a chic and modern bridal boutique for bride size 16-32. We provide a large selection of chic and modern styles so that you can find that perfect wedding dress. 

We are the perfect bridal store for the sophisticated bride size 16-32. We feature some of the finest and most sought after designer lines from around the world. Some of our designers include: Madison James, Allure Couture, Allure Bridals, Pronovias, Mikaella, & Lis Simon. 

You will find extraordinary ball gowns to exquisite destination gowns. Our gowns are priced to fit your budget and our stylist are here to assist you to find that perfect dress!

Geno’s Tux Plus 

For the gentlemens, Gen’s Formal Affair is your destination for the latest wedding fashions and more. You will find a large selection of designer tuxedos wedding season, proms and so much more. 

Bridal and Formal

Bridal and Formal has been help brides find their perfect dress since 1979! Our reputation is nationwide and we carry a diverse selection of wedding dresses and accessories that you can’t find anywhere else. With more than 30 top bridal designers and over 2000 different gowns to try on, you won’t leave Bridal and Formal without your dream wedding gown for your special day!


LUXEredux is a bridal designer sample boutique with high-end wedding dresses at discount prices. You’ll typically find designer dresses ay 20-80% off. You can find any dress, try it on and take them home all in one visit. Some of our designer lines include Hayley Paige, Willowby by Watters, Essense of Australia, Pronovias + so many more!

We also have locations in Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN, or Pittsburgh, PA!

Lace Bridal

Our main priority is to create a priceless shopping experience for you and help you find the perfect wedding gown for your special day. At Lace Bridal Couture, you will find a wedding gown that compliments your individual beauty and celebrates your love story. 

We hold some of the most sought-after and exclusive bridal designers lines that you can’t find anywhere else in the Cincinnati area. From timeless classics to the latest trends, you will find a large selection of styles and price points ($1000 - $5000+). 

Wendy’s Bridal

You will find a huge selection of gorgeous bridal gowns at Wendy’s Bridal! We are pretty much a one-stop shop with in-house alterations, bridal gowns of all sizes and a vast array of designer bridesmaids dresses. You can also expect our experienced bridal stylist to assist you along your shopping experience so that you find your perfect wedding gown!

White Wisteria Bridal

You will find a cheerful, enjoyable and supportive atmosphere perfect for you and your party at White Wisteria Bridal Boutique! Our owners, Rene and Nicholas, planted a Wisteria tree during their wedding ceremony to symbolize their two families coming together as one.

The Wisteria is a symbol for:

–  Good Luck, especially for the start of a business or a new marriage.

– Expressing your affections after meeting someone special for the first time.

– Serious devotion to a cause or another person.

Bellissima Veils & Headpieces

At Bellissima, you are going to find the veil or headpiece of your dreams! Our designer of over 29 years will help you make your wedding day amazing with our extensive in-stock selection as well as custom designs and heirloom repurposing. 

We meet with you one-on-one to create custom accessories that effortlessly complement your dress and bring out your inner beauty. Come in with an idea of what you like and leave with a masterpiece that you can’t find anywhere else!

3. The Annual Reading Bridal Show

Not everyone knows about this and if you’re reading this article, try to make it to this spectacular bridal show hosted by the Reading Bridal District! This is an outdoor bridal show with Benson Street completely closed down for vendors to put up their booths lining the street. You’ll see a lot of brides and their entourage shopping, planning, enjoying live music, DJs and drinking. 

Don’t forget to participate in their large raffle that will be drawn at the end of the night with spectacular prizes, such as: Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaid dresses, discount on wedding planning services, etc. A bridal show hosted by the renown Reading Bridal District will not disappoint!

4. The All-in-One Wedding Experience

Beautiful Memories Wedding & Event Planning - Wedding Planning

Created in 2007 by owner Melissa Lohr who turned her passion into her full-time profession. She has been taking the stress out of the wedding planning experience for over 12 years!

Melissa will help you organize and creatively plan your wedding at the same time keeping it in your budget. With you relationships and expertise in the wedding industry, you can be sure to get the best value for your budget in creating your dream wedding. Melissa is also a wedding officiant who is known to create a highly personalized ceremony for each couple.

Everlasting Sounds - DJ

We have a team of professional DJs who have played at some of the most notable and memorable events. You can trust us when we say that your dance floor will be packed when the time comes. With a diverse musical tastes and styles, we will cater to all your guests needs and requests!

Vonderhaar’s Catering 

We have a variety of menu items to cater to any occasion.

With Vonderhaar’s Catering, you can be a guest at your own event. We provide full service catering services to weddings, rehearsals dinners, corporate events and private parties. We are known for our spectacular food, attention to detail and professional staffing for any event. 

Reading Floral Boutique - Florist

Reading Floral Boutique is a family owned, full-service floral shop that has been in business for over 23 years. Owners Kathy and Debiie have been a resident of the valley for most of their lives. They pride themselves on extraordinary quality and floral designs for weddings and enjoy working with couples and their families on their big day. 

Images by Daniel Michael - Wedding Photography 

Driven by the opportunity to capture one-in-a-lifetime wedding experiences, Images by Daniel Michael is a group of professional wedding photographers who help their clients capture they most important day!

Beyond our wedding photography services, we offer destination photography, engagement sessions, high school senior portraits and family photography. We make it easy and fun so that you can enjoy the moment.

5. Love Blooms (Cincinnati Love Building)

Known as the “Love Building”, this mural marks the eastern entrance to the Reading Bridal District. Designer Elizabeth Hatchett blended the traditional wedding lace patterns with bold typographic styles. The concept is referencing the adage “something old, something new” where you see both timeless features (the handcrafted wedding lace) and modern (the bold typography). L-O-V-E accurately describes the romantic love of the Bridal District Shoppers and provides a warm message for the whole community at Reading. 

This building houses our very own Blush Bridal

Address: 11 Benson Street, Reading, OH 45215

Read more about this masterpiece:


Not only does the Reading Bridal District provide you with everything you need to plan your dream wedding, the community also has beautiful artwork, an annual bridal show and all the amazing deals you can’t find anywhere else. If you take a look at any of the resident vendor reviews, you won’t find anything less than 4 stars on Google. Review our tips before making a trip down here and you won’t be disappointed! 

Blush Bridal is here to serve you. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment today!

Additional Reading:

5 Amazing Things to Know about Bridal Shops in the World Renowned Reading Bridal District located in Cincinnati >>

2022 Guide to the Reading Bridal District >>

10 Cincy Bridal Shops that We Love >>