About Savvi Formalwear and Bridal - Raleigh, NC

Savvi Formalwear and Bridal is a nationwide and locally owned with a staff representing over 26 years of experience. We take great pride in helping brides in the Raleigh and Triangle find the perfect look for their special day. We offer wedding gowns, bridesmaid and prom gowns for purchase. We also offer complementing, designer tuxedos available for rent or purchase.

Our wedding gowns are available for purchase from $500 - $2,200 and we carry a unique line of accessories to complement your look. A full range of gown sizes are available to ensure you will be able to see yourself in it.

We encourage you to make an appointment for your bridal gown purchase. We are a one of kind experience where you can be assured of privacy in a relaxed, enjoyable buying experience. Bridal consultations generally last an hour to an hour and a half.

Savvi Store

If you're looking for the most enjoyable gown selection experience and customized service, you will not want to miss us, we are worth the drive. We serve Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas.

Bridesmaids will enjoy special savings as well as your groom and all his groomsmen. We carry bridesmaid dresses 6-28W. Unparalleled service, exceptional selection and knowledgeable staff ensure you are in good hands. We offer your groom a free try on, there is no need to select your tuxedo styles from a catalog when you can look, feel and see the difference in a Savvi tuxedo.

Our Savvi Team

Meet our Savvi team that provides a beyond-wonderful experience for you.

Denise Maeyaert

Denise Maeyaert - Owner

Well-equipped with a social work degree, Denise owns the most-successful independently owned bridal and formalwear store in North Carolina. She knows her business is both social & fun to work. After growing up in a small town in Minnesota, Denise found her way into a part time job in Raleigh 20 years ago selling and renting tuxedos and suits for a new, small business. Denise found out that she was the very best at what she did and greatly enjoyed it.

Savvi Store

Fast forward, Denise purchased Savvi and expanded the store to offer designer wedding gowns, bridesmaid gowns and prom gowns. Now in her third, larger location in Raleigh's Pleasant Valley Promenade at 6220 Glenwood Avenue, the award-winning business has had great success with the help of her great staff, who have a combined experience of 27 years. Seasonally, Savvi Prom – with locations in area malls – offers a curated selection of designer prom gowns straight from the New York runway.

"Great staff, huge selection, and beautiful store. I mostly work with Denise, who is wonderful, but all of the staff members are very helpful and friendly! I have ordered my gown, bridesmaids dresses, and the tux's from Savvi! Would not consider going anywhere else." – Amanda, Greenville, WeddingWire

Jennie Harke

Jennie Harke - Special Events Coordinator

Jennie worked with Savvi Formalwear & Bridal in High School and college. She and her husband, Michael, have been friends since ninth grade. They went to N.C. State together, graduating just prior to their wedding in 2001. Together they have a daughter and son in elementary school. She is talented in all crafts & loves decorating, so weddings are a perfect fit. She knows this is the best job ever and enjoys being a part of the moment when a woman finds her perfect gown!

"I loved Savvi! Everyone was so nice and very helpful. My consultant was Jennie and she was great! She took her time through our appointment and was very helpful. I worked with multiple employees during my several visits there and everyone was wonderful. The prices are great and the dress selections are beautiful!" – Katie S.


Leslie Stephens - Style Consultant

Leslie studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and enjoys trivia and movies. She's worked on an archaeological dig in Lebanon for the past two summers as a conservator. Leslie enjoys her work at Savvi and looks forward to helping brides style their complete wedding. If you can stump Leslie on Lebanon trivia there is a special in store gift for you.

"We had the best time at Savvi. Leslie was the perfect consultant and couldn't have been any better. The selection was amazing and my niece found exactly what she was looking for. It was a great experience all around. I would not hesitate to return or recommend this shop." – Lara, Fayetteville

Ashley Bubenik

Laconya Turner - Style Consultant

Laconya is a sweet southern belle and goes by LC. Originally from Arkansas, she came to Raleigh to attend St. Aug's University in 2005 and graduated with a degree in Physical Education. She decided to make Raleigh her home and became a proud mother to a beautiful and creative little girl. She also met the man of her dreams here. LC believes that God and family are everything. On March 22, 2015, Austin Turner, now her husband, decided to change her life for eTURNERty. While planning for her wedding in 2015, she became fascinated with all the wedding glamor and glitz, said "yes to the dress" and joined Austin at the altar. LC loves fashion and does some modeling herself. If you enjoy laughing and shedding those tears of bridal bliss, LC would love to style you and your wedding party for your wedding day.

"The people at Savvi are great. We've told everyone we know to get their tuxedos from there." – Dorothy G., The Knot

Ashley Bubenik

Ashley Bubenik - Style Consultant

Ashley graduated from O'More College of Design for Fashion Design in Nashville, TN. While living in New York City, she completed two internships with designers and moved on to become an assistant designer. Ashley has recently moved back to the Raleigh area to be closer to family and help brides share that special moment.

"Savvi Formalwear & Bridal were a joy to work with! They were patient in my search for a wedding dress, and as it was ordered, kept me informed of its status. When it arrived, a small detail was slightly off – instead of just giving it to me as is, they sent it back to the dressmaker and had that detail fixed. Such a great experience!" – Fuquay Varina, NC, Wedding Wire


Kristen Gilyard - Style Consultant

Kristen Gilyard joined our team over a year ago to assist with all things wonderful about Savvi prom. An incredibly well-dressed, poised Senior at Broughton High School, she excels at styling prom goers in our designer prom gowns and tuxedos. Away from Savvi, she enjoys her computer, sewing and language comprehension skills. Kristen is amazed at all the educational benefits she garners at Savvi Prom and Savvi Formalwear & Bridal. It's a fun part time job.

Isabella Galanos

Isabella Galanos - Style Consultant
Isabella has been with Savvi for 2 years. What a great addition! Comfortable, confident and poised you will benefit by Isabella’s expertise to make you look perfect. Isabella is a Sanderson Senior and plans to attend college in the Fall.