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Incredible Style. Exceptional Service. Formalities.

A trusted name for over 30 years.

Our Story

Formalities is a family-owned bridal and formal wear boutique in historic downtown Bemidji. Store owner and operator, Char, began her career in the early 80's as a custom bridal gown designer.

Her business grew quickly and she founded Formalities in 1987. Her eye for fashion, combined with her hard work, integrity, knowledge, skill, and love for people have made Formalities what it is today; A wonderful place where you will find fabulous gowns, and exceptional service, and you'll be treated with genuine kindness.

Every single day. It's all part of the Formalities experience. We love our customers. We love our community. We are dedicated to bringing you the very best options, giving you fantastic service, and making your day incredibly special.


Excellence - it's been our mission from the very beginning. We are dedicated to bringing you dresses with the best style, reputation, quality, and affordability. Whether your style is traditional or modern, glamorous or simplistic, we have the perfect dress for you!



The keys to a happy bridesmaid are simple: quality, fit, and affordability. We have the most fashion-forward looks for your bridal party and the best selection in the region.



Rental or purchase - we have great options available in both categories. Our consultants will guide you through the season's hottest trends to design your own unique look


Alterations And Custom Design

Alterations are a highly skilled service and are offered exclusively on Formalities dresses. This service is available on a limited basis by appointment.

Alterations And Custom Design

The Prom Shop

Our exclusive showroom is full of stunning gowns from the industry's leading designers. We offer a diverse variety of styles, sizes, and silhouettes.

The Prom Shop

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421 Beltrami Ave NW,

Bemidji, MN 56601

(218) 751-1084

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sundays: closed