While not the largest state in the Union, Maryland makes a significant effort to protect its consumers. Numerous state licenses aim to shield residents from unscrupulous or irregular business practices. Accordingly, entrepreneurs will find that in many cases, they need to obtain the state's blessing in order to operate their businesses.
In Maryland, although they specialize in very special occasions, wedding and bridal shops are essentially retail operations. As such, they need the same business licenses and permits required for any other retail operation. Usually local general business licenses are required.