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Guide to the Ultimate Wedding Dress Shopping Weekend

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If you’re a bride-to-be planning to make the trip to our Columbus bridal boutique, you want to make the most out of your time here! Whether you’re making a day trip or taking a mini vacay with your besties, keep scrolling for our itinerary of things to do around La Jeune Mariee!

Stay at Hotel LeVeque

Hotel Leveque is a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Columbus that blends historical details with modern, curated amenities. They offer guests a sophisticated and luxurious stay, complete with their signature starry turn down service and on-site restaurant and bar, known for their craft cocktails and elegant French cuisine.

Drinks + bites at High Bank Distillery

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A local favorite, High Bank Distillery is the perfect option for brunch, lunch or dinner before / after your appointment. Their craft cocktails have won best in Columbus four years in a row, and their seasonally-inspired menu has something for everyone! The cherry on top? It’s in walking distance from LJM!

Shopping in the Short North

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Known as the ‘art + soul’ of Columbus, the Short North is a historic arts district outside of downtown and close to LJM! Local boutiques, restaurants and galleries line High Street, providing a lively and walkable area to shop and dine. A few of our favorite [and woman-owned!] boutiques in the Short North are Ladybird, Vamp Official, Pivot + Rowe!

Candle making at Penn + Beech

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What better way to preserve the memories from your wedding dress shopping weekend than with a custom candle scent? Penn + Beech is located in the bustling Short North, a short drive away from La Jeune Mariee, and gives their guests a one-of-a-kind candle making experience! Their team guides you through the process, making it simple and fun to create your own candle that’s ready the same day.

Blowout Bar

While you’re in town, treat yourself to a fresh blowout at the Blowout Bar. While they have a few locations in the Columbus area, their Grandview location is closest to La Jeune Mariee! Book it for after your appointment to celebrate, or if you have an afternoon slot, get your hair done before wedding dress shopping, to truly envision your full wedding day look!

Coffee at Stauf’s

Stauf’s is a community staple in Grandview Heights, the suburb that houses LJM! Grab breakfast and a coffee before your appointment, or stop by for lunch after saying YES. Other local spots surround Stauf’s, perfect for a shopping stroll after you grab a bite!

Jeni’s Ice Cream

A fellow Columbus-based and woman-founded business, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream knows how to do ice cream right! They also have a few Columbus locations, the closest to LJM being Grandview, Short North + North Market. You can’t go wrong with any of their flavors, but we love a theme, so we recommend Wedding Cake!

Movie + drinks at Grandview Theatre and Drafthouse

Another local favorite in Grandview Heights, the Grandview Theatre and Drafthouse is an independent movie theater + bar. It’s the perfect spot to support local + see that new movie you’ve been wanting to catch, with a cocktail in hand of course!

Blooms + butterflies at Franklin Park Conservatory

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For our plant-loving brides, you don’t want to miss the stunning Franklin Park Conservatory! The conservatory houses 4 different biomes and a variety of greenhouses, all filled with gorgeous and unique blooms. If you visit during the warm months, you’ll also get to see the butterflies in the butterfly exhibit and walk the dreamy gardens throughout the grounds. Not only is Franklin Park Conservatory a gorgeous place to spend an afternoon, it’s also one of our favorite Columbus wedding venues!

Mani / pedi at W Nail Bar

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Another woman-owned business that we love to support is W Nail Bar! They’re an all-natural nail salon, committed to providing the cleanest and safest techniques for your manicures and pedicures. While their Short North location is closest to LJM, they have a few other Columbus locations, too!

Jazz at Ginger Rabbit

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If you’re looking for a truly unique Columbus experience, check out Ginger Rabbit! Another Short North gem, Ginger Rabbit hosts live jazz performances Tuesday – Saturday. They have an indulgent and unforgettable menu of bites, and house-made cocktails, the perfect way to end the night after finding your dream dress!

Now that you’re ready to plan your wedding dress shopping weekend in Columbus, let’s secure your bridal appointment! Tap the link below to view upcoming availability and snag your spot!

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