How we came to be
Before our opening, we had originally planned on only doing tuxedo rentals, but we quickly realized that our passion was in fashion.We first opened up our doors at the end of January 2014, with the vision to be a one-stop wedding shop. This concept was created to make weddings less stressful by being able to go to one store and getting everything that you could ever possibly need for your special day. Since our opening, we have been able to serve wedding parties from all over the country. Our goal is to give every customer a great experience.
"Stumbled upon this shop thanks to a friend! They were so great to work with. I had to find a dress, get it ordered, and altered for my wedding in 38 days! I was a little worried they'd think I was crazy! Not once did they make me feel like it wasn't possible. Super sweet staff and helped me and my friends get right to it. Found my perfect dress!! Thank you ladies for our help in making my big day that much more special!" - Lisa
"After stumbling upon Imperial Formal Wear on Facebook and falling in love with their dress collection, we took the short trip to Birmingham for our first stop wedding dress shopping. First off, the store was beautiful and very intimate which I loved! I tried on several gorgeous dresses; however, ending up snagging the first dress I tried on! The ladies were nothing short of wonderful, and could not have been sweeter! I was able to take home my dress and veil same day, which ended up being the easiest experience I could have ever imagined. Thank you guys so much for your kindness, I'd give you all 10 stars if I could! " - Torey
"I cannot begin to describe how AMAZING Imperial Formal Wear is. You will not leave here feeling anything less than ecstatic.
Kristina has went above and beyond with helping me find my perfect dress. They have such unique dresses here that you won't find anywhere else. I am honored to be an Imperial Bride! " -Brittany
"Imperial was the first and last stop on my search for my wedding dress. I found my dress at my very first appointment and I knew I didn't want to go anywhere else. Kristina and Allison are just the best and while they really listen to what you want, they also encouraged me to try on styles I didn't think I'd like, but I ended up loving! They have a wonderful selection, great prices and the one on one attention you get is more than I could ask for. They're so patient and make you feel like they'd help you for eight hours if you needed it. I can't say enough great things about Imperial Formal Wear, so if you're looking for your dream dress please make an appointment and go see them!" -Lindsey
It wasn't an easy task to take on, but it was so important for us to be a part of Birmingham and what is has to offer. Starting out, the beautiful spot that we are in now was not in the best of shape. After a lot of TLC, we were able to completely transform the space. Throughout the past years, we have continually added to and updated the space to make it the beautiful store that we have today! In early 2021 we opened up our newest expansion - our beautiful bridal showroom
Growing up in Birmingham, AL and working in her family's dry-cleaners in the Woodlawn community, owner, Kristina fell in love with downtown. The Woodlawn community has always felt like home, and it made sense to make it our home. Throughout our time in business, we have enjoyed watching new businesses come up around us and have seen the Woodlawn Street Market flourish! Check out our publications below!
Once Upon a Click Photography
Places to Go in Birmingham
Georgia & Southern Bridal Show Blog
Once Upon a Click Photography