Celebrating Our 32nd Year!

Pennsylvania’s Largest Family Owned Bridal & Formalwear Store

History Of A Western Pa Bridal Store

History of a Pennsylvania Bridal Store

Our story began in 1991 when the Pederson family acquired Modern Bride.

The original 2,000 sq ft location opened with just two employees, 20 wedding dresses, and 25 bridesmaid dresses. Our entire first month sales was less than what we do now in an average hour. The store grew very quickly after leading to two store expansions that almost doubled our floor space. The early days weren’t without obstacles, though. The owners of Modern Bride Magazine sued us for using "their" name so we changed to MB Bride & Special Occasion around 1995. What does MB stand for? We weren't quite sure ourselves at the time but it just seemed to work. Eventually, we decided that it stands for "Most Beautiful" Bride!

History of a Pa Bridal Shop

By 2004 MB Bride prepared to keep up with its growing reputation.

The business grew to the point where customers would turn around and leave when seeing such a crowded place. So we crossed our fingers and took a much larger risk than we had ever contemplated by purchasing and renovating the old Greensburg Lumber store; a building that is eight times the size of our original store! Fortunately, the store prospered even more than planned with customers coming from other states. Our MB Prom Store was added in 2006, along with an expanded alterations department and an innovative gown storage system. In 2012 a dozen new fitting rooms were added throughout the store, the alterations department was redesigned to better serve both our customers and our expert associates. Around 2016 we got a new phone system, new computer system, and fully renovated our entire downstairs area, adding a new main desk area, revamped tuxedo store, and enlarged bridal and mothers dress departments along with new carpet throughout. In 2019 we completely renovated and expanded MB Prom with new carpet, colors, lights, added fitting rooms and new main counter area. In 2020, we added a new main counter area in our alterations department with a higher ceiling and more computers. In late 2022 we re-did our entire bridal, mothers, and maids areas with new colors, new lighting, and a clean, modern and elegant decor. We even enlarged our one-of-a-kind personal bridal showrooms! We are constantly changing for the better! 

Modern Pa Bridal Store

Today, MB Bride & Special Occasion has gained national recognition.

We now offer over 550 bridal dresses and over 800 bridesmaid dresses. Our expert bridal consultants travel to Chicago, New York, Amsterdam, London, Barcelona, and other cities at the center of the industry to meet with cutting edge designers and learn about fabrics, construction, and the newest style trends. The experts guiding your experience are even invited to critique and help create designer lines. After all, they know many of the industry’s leading designers personally.

While we look back and truly feel blessed, we also look forward to the future. We are always looking for ways to improve our business and recently have added an all new computer system including the hardware. We installed new lighting and new air conditioners. We currently have a few projects in the planning to further upgrade your experience in our store. 

While MB Bride has experienced much change in the last three decades, our commitment to our customers and our desire to lead the industry remains as strong as the day we opened our doors 32 years ago.

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Based on MANY wonderful recommendations, I bought my dress and bridesmaids dresses at MB Bride. I drove 1 hour and 10 min from the west suburbs to get there, and have never been sorry that I did.

I drove from State College and it was well worth the trip. I tried on the dress and it was exactly as I hoped for (or better!). Lynne was so gracious and helpful. I am a Customer Service Specialist for a multi-national bio-chemical company and I know great customer service when I experience it.

I just want to say that you and your staff have been exceptional in helping me make my wedding day extra special. The service was great throughout my preparations. I will definitely recommend your store!

I ordered my gown and BM dresses from MBBride and everything has been great! They have a large selection, and I really like that you can check things out on their website and send them a list of dresses you want to try on when you make your appointment.

I just wanted to thank you for being such a big help to my bridesmaids, flower girl, mother, and especially myself! You have made the process of finding my dress and coordinating everyone else's dresses easy and enjoyable!

No pressure which I really appreciated. We have been to other Bridal Shoppes and have never been treated as good as we were at MB Brides!

I bought my gown from you last year and I have never seen a better selection or have gotten a better value! MB Bride is the top of the line!

MB Bride is my vote... They have private dressing rooms with really nice lights and I wasn't pressured at all to make any decisions.

I recently ordered my wedding gown from your store, and since the service was so great, I'd like to order all of my bridesmaids gowns from your store as well.

My sister bought her dress from you in 2000. I was only 16 at the time but she had a good experience with your staff and I remember how well you worked with her, that is why your are my first stop!

I would like to mention what a wonderful job MB Bride has done with helping me with my gown and my bridal party. My expectations of a bridal shop were exceeded by far by your customer service!

We would like to sincerely thank you and your staff for everything you did to help us with our wedding attire. Most of all, thank you for your service and professionalism. It was a pleasure having the opportunity to meet and work with you and your staff!

Thank you so much for helping make our day beautiful! Everyone at MB Bride was helpful and supportive and we appreciated it.

We drove five hours to your store and enjoyed every moment spent there, received all the information that we needed!

Just a little thank you for making our day so wonderful. The gown was absolutely stunning and you were such a wonderful person to work with. I felt most comfortable working with you!

There wasn't a time when I came there that you were not busy but still handled everything in a very professional manner. I would definitely recommend your bridal shop and team of workers to others...Thanks again for everything!

Thank you for the excellent service. I am so happy with my choice of wedding gown and veiling. I could not have done it without your help. MB Bride's customer service exceeded my expectations both times I visited!

I just wanted to thank you so much for all of your help and kindness. Your knowledge and thoughtfulness of the bridal business has made this so much easier for my mom and I. Thanks for making my special day so special!

After weeks of searching for a dress that would feel like it suited my body, style and vision of my wedding...you came to the rescue! You truly have a gift! I enjoyed all of the accessories we selected together -- veil, purse, earrings, and shoes. Thank you for everything.!

I've been searching for my wedding dress for 2 months or so and have been to 5 or more stores...and none of which were as helpful as your store. I will definitely be recommending MB Bride to everyone! Thank you so for outstanding service and advice!!!.

I have recently purchased my bridal gown through you... We drove five hours to your store and enjoyed every moment spent there, with getting all the information that we needed.

I felt like a very special customer and wanted to thank you for your help! You handled everything so well, I could worry about everything else! I received so many compliments on my dress and on my mother's. Your service was excellent and everyone was so helpful and friendly!

Our wedding was beautiful. Once again, thank you for your help!

I just bought my wedding gown at MB Bride last week. They carry a lot of the top designers and have a great website. Definitely go and check it out!

We just wanted to thank you for everything! The service you provide is fantastic! You did such a wonderful job on the dresses. It was such a pleasure working with all of you!

Thank you so much for all of your help in selecting my bridal gown. After a dozen of bridal boutiques and after trying on over 100 dresses, I was able to find 'it' with your assistance! Thanks for listening -- REALLY listening!

Thank you so much for being so kind and helpful, I really appreciate the time you have spent with me. You want everything to be just perfect!  You have been so patient and honest. I am so glad I chose MB Bride and will recommend you to all of my friends!

I had a wonderful time on Sunday and I am so excited that I got the dress that I love! Everything was wonderful. I look forward to coming in for the fittings!

Thank you for all that you did to help make our wedding day a big success. The bridesmaids and ushers looked great! It was terrific working with you!

I just wanted to tell you how WONDERFUL you are to work with. I visited many bridal stores and at each store, I was not happy with the service that was provided.

I just wanted to say Thank You so very much for handling my wedding details so efficiently. I think that you are all wonderful and work nicely together as a team -- my wedding was beautiful!

I love everything you have; looking forward to buying my dress with you... I live in New York, but I'm willing to go to you to find my dress.

Just a note to thank you so much for all of your help. You were ever so patient and accommodating with every question and request. All your hard work paid off with a beautiful bride!

My daughter and all her bridesmaids have all gotten their dresses from you... YOUR STORE is THE place to go!!!

I want to say thank you for the great dress shopping experience I had at your new store! I am so thrilled with what I found and staff was a great help!

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Store hours
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 11am - 8:00pm
Tuesdays Closed
Fridays from 11am - 5pm 
Saturdays (Jan - Apr) 9:30am - 5pm; (May - Dec) 10am - 5pm
Sundays (Jan - Apr) 11am - 4pm; (May - Dec) 12pm - 4pm