The (Wedding) Gown Finder: Al Mutanabbi in Al Malaz

June, the wedding month, is over and my entry on a place where wedding gowns can be found in Riyadh is a day late (or should I say month?!). Still, weddings happen every day! Here’s an entry for women walking down the aisle soon!

Riyadh has so many areas for gowns. It’s a testament how we love events, see? And you wonder why Riyadh is sooo boring. Haha! We’ve featured a few malls before that has a lot of gown stores. Go to Al Mousa Center when you’re looking for evening gowns. Go to Makkah Souk when you’re looking for evening gowns AND wedding gowns. And go to Al Mutanabbi in Al Malaz area when looking for wedding gowns. Unlike the first two, Al Mutanabbi is not a mall, it’s a street that has wedding stores all lined up on its opposite sides. It’s a street parallel to Salah Ad Din Al Ayyubi Road (aka Siteen Street) near the Security Forces Hospital. It should be the first stop for you when you’re getting married and looking for a dress for the big day. Or maybe not, if you’re so indecisive haha!

I prodded my parents to accompany me to this wedding gown area on the second night of Ramadan. Around 9:00 pm, we were cruising along Salah Ad Din Street and wondering at the turns in the road; Siteen is now one way and there’s so many construction going on I thought my father would bail out on me (he hates traffic and waiting… who does?). We turned left in Jarir Street and Alfred, my boyfriend, who gave me the tip on this area said we should look for Koshary Express on the left and it’s the end of the Al Mutanabbi Street. And so we found it! The great thing about this area is the wide array of gown styles and designs and make that you can choose from. The bad thing about this area is the wide array of gown styles and designs and make that you can choose from! Hahah! Good luck finding the right wedding dress!

Unassuming street that has the some of the best dress stores for bride-to-bes.

Unassuming street that has the some of the best dress stores for bride-to-bes.

Look left and right and you'll see what you're looking for.

Look left and right and you’ll see what you’re looking for.

Most stores won’t let you take a picture of their dresses but I’m stubborn discreet haha that’s why I have photos of the gowns inside. I don’t have any (bad) hidden agenda in getting the photos other than to post it here in The Pink Tarha and make this street and their shops known! Also to share this information to those who will be needing it. Haha! Here are the few stores that I entered:

The first store that I entered.

The first store that I entered.

More and more stores!

More and more stores!

On the other side of the street... is this store's charisma getting into you? Haha!

On the other side of the street… is this store’s charisma getting into you? Haha!

Here there and everywhere! Where do I go next?

Here there and everywhere! Where do I go next?

There are just so many stores! To think that not all of them were open when we went (maybe because of Ramadan, there operating hours have changed). What we did is to check out the stores on the right side first then made a U-turn when we reached Al Katani Street. Then we checked out the stores on the left side. It was funny when halfway to the right side, my father already gave up! Hahah! “They’re all the same!,” he said. Hahahah! Fathers and fashion don’t mix eh. I let them just wander around on their own and stop at a bakala to buy water while I went ahead and still entered the stores:

Wow! All the white dresses!

Wow! All the white dresses!

Goodness, where do we start?

Goodness, where do we start?

I like the fullness of this circle skirt.

I like the fullness of this circle skirt.

Avoid lace at the gown's edges if you're short. It drags you down and makes you look shorter.

Avoid lace at the gown’s edges if you’re short. It drags you down and makes you look shorter.

Sweetheart necklines seem popular here.

Focus on the dresses’ details.

The amount of tulle in this place is amazing! Haha!

The amount of tulle in this place is amazing! Haha!

Veil is included.

I like the studs on this one but they’re too much for bodice.

Nakakalula ang tulle! It seems that they’re really fond of tulle. I can’t imagine how heavy these skirts are! Haha! They’re also fond of embellishments and laces. I sent these pictures to my sister and she said the designs are classc, traditional, and conservative. I can’t help but agree. These are perfect for the bride whose wedding has a theme or motif of vintage and old-fashioned style. Nothing wrong with these. You get really the value of your money with the quality and quantity of fabric and embellishments they’ll be using.

Pick your choice: mine would be the second one. I love the lace.

CHOOSE ONE! I pick the second one. I love the lace.

CHOOSE ONE: Still the second one, because the first one is not flattering to my body shape.

CHOOSE ONE! Still the second one, because the first one is not flattering to my body shape.

CHOOSE ONE: Second one, because the first one looks like icing draped on a cake, hehe.

CHOOSE ONE! Second one, because the first one looks like icing draped on a cake, hehe.

CHOOSE ONE: Hmn, neither.

CHOOSE ONE: Hmn, second. The lace looks daintier and easy on the eyes.

It’s not true though that these shops only offer traditional looking dresses. They also have gowns that feature modern cuts and folds.

And a different color other than white if you're such a modern, rebel bride.

And a different color other than white if you’re such a modern, rebel bride.

They also steer away from the ball gowns once in a while.

They also steer away from the ball gowns once in a while.

And they also pile on the stuff!

And they also pile on the stuff! (Can I have that red gown?! Gorg!)

Gowns are from SR 2000 up and they’re still negotiable. Some of them would promise to make and deliver the dress quickly but I suggest you give yourself a 3-5 months time to have your dress made so that you get the right fabric, style, and fit. Don’t rush yourself especially with your wedding gown. Budget and plan carefully. My take on a wedding gown is that I don’t want to spend too much on it. SR 1500 to SR 2000 is a good price range considering that these kinds of ball gowns would fetch 50,000 pesos when done in the Philippines. The wedding gown is also worn once for one day… why allot a lot of money for it? But if you have the budget, then go ahead and splurge! It’s your right! Haha!

Visit and take a stroll.

Visit and take a stroll.

The Al Mutanabbi Street also houses stores for little girls’ dresses (your flower girls) and also stores for customized items like mugs, shirts, pens, trophies, etc. It’s my first time in this street and I’m impressed at the diversity of stores here.

Here’s the map:

We started in Jarir Street (where Koshary Express is).

We started in Jarir Street (where Koshary Express is).

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  1. Avatar Zaini Reply

    You really like everything lace huh?

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