Welcome to Alicia's Bridal & The Formal House

Alicia's Bridal and The Formal House have been the Bellingham tradition for over 50 years.

We have had the pleasure of dressing brides and grooms worldwide. We pride ourselves in providing Bellingham, Seattle, Vancouver B.C. and surrounding areas of the Northwest with the most up to date fashion trends. We search to find the most attractive designs to flatter all figures in all price ranges. Together, Alicia's offers bridal gowns in a moderate to couture selection that you can afford and The Formal House offers the only in stock inventory in the area with over 4000 tuxedos and the a great selection of the hottest new styles on the market. We also take care of the rest of your wedding party with several lines of bridesmaid dresses and mother's gowns as well.

We offer experiences, not just apparel! The perfect partners for your wedding!

Stephanie & Kenneth

July 7, 2013



Stephanie and Kenneth were married on a sunny July day in a black and white vintage glam affair that incorporated flower cannons, old family photos, and Brad Paisley tunes. Stephanie wore an ivory tulle Mori Lee ballgown with a feather bodice and jewel accent, and Kenneth, as well as the groomsmen, wore Romano tuxedos. The bridesmaids chose their own little black dresses and carried ivory bouquets to complement Stephanie's light pink one. The black and white decor in the Hotel Bellwether included frames of old family photos on the tables.


​What three words would best describe your wedding day?
So much fun!

What was the weather like?
Sunny, beautiful, and HOT during the ceremony.

What song did you play for your first dance?
"Then" by Brad Paisley.

Did you follow the old "Something old, something new"?
I used my mom’s diamond earrings given to her by her parents for her wedding to my dad 35 years ago and also incorporated the pearl necklace my grandmother wore on her wedding day by wrapping it around my bouquet. My something blue came from accents on my garter and the ‘I Do’ rhinestones on the bottom of my shoes. I counted everything else as my something new!

Was there a special unplanned moment?
I wouldn’t say it was ‘special’ but we gave our parents flower cannons to shoot off during our first kiss. Kenneth’s parents shot theirs off without a problem. My parents? They struggled with it and didn’t manage to shoot it off until we started walking down the aisle. We have a photo of them basically shooting my brand new husband in the face with flower petals!

What was one of your favorite moments of the big day?
Our first look! Getting ready in the morning seemed like it went on forever. Seeing Kenneth for the first time was so emotional and everything after that seemed to fly by.

Which vendor did you especially enjoy working with?
Alicia’s Bridal & Ever After Events (I can’t pick just one!). Alicia’s Bridal and the Formal House made dress and tux shopping easy. It was great to have all our attire needs met in one place and I was able to relax knowing the Formal House had everything in stock and would be able to fit all groomsmen and dads from out-of-area! Ever After Events made the wedding weekend super easy and enjoyable for us and our families, we didn’t have to worry about a thing and we could just focus on celebrating.

What tips would you give other brides who are planning their weddings right now?
Get a wedding coordinator. I didn’t think I needed one, but Zeina made the day absolutely easy and enjoyable. Also, it’s true what everyone says: your wedding day will fly by. Try to slow down and enjoy as much as you can- it’s over before you know it!


VENDOR LIST
Dress: A Mori Lee from Alicia's Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: I let my bridesmaids choose their own dresses, so they bought them from various places!
Tuxes/Suits: The Formal House
Venue: Hotel Bellwether
Planner/Coordinator: Ever After Events
Photographer: Courtney Bowlden
Hair/Makeup: ZaZen Spa
Flowers: Ever After Events
Music: Whatcom Sound
Catering: Hotel Bellwether
Cake: Katie’s Cupcakes

Tip of the Day

When you are picking up your bridal gown for your summer wedding bring the biggest car you own! Our gowns are pressed for pick-up and in 10ft.

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