Our Mission

We are committed to creating life-long memories by exceeding the expectations of our brides, grooms, and those who matter most to them in the selection experience of their wedding day attire.

About Melissa


Owner, Melissa Alger

I was born and raised in West Des Moines, IA. I love this city and can’t imagine living anywhere else. My Mother and I bought this store in 2003. She retired in 2015, but both of my sisters work with me. Family is the number one thing in my life.

Let me introduce you to my family. My husband Jeff and I were married in 2002.  We had a destination wedding in Miami, FL.  My son Ashton is 15 years old. He has a sweet soul and a great imagination. He is really into computers, technology and photography. My daughter Dylan is 13 years old and keeps me on my toes. She is full of life and energy and is always making me laugh. Nya, our white Labrador Retriever, joined our family in 2012 when she was 6 weeks old. I forgot how much work a puppy can be, but the companionship is so worth it.

My children keep me busy with basketball, soccer, golf, track and cross country. My husband loves to golf, and the kids and I join him every chance we get. We are huge Iowa State fans and attend games whenever we can.

I feel so fortunate to be able to help a bride prepare for the most important day in her life. I love my job and look forward to coming to work every day. I have met so many great people and friends. I am so passionate about the bridal industry and proud to be a small business owner in West Des Moines.

I look forward to meeting you soon, be sure to ask for me when you come to visit Weddings by Design, so I can come say hello! – Melissa Alger