(Closed) Consignment and Sample Dress Sources – DC

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We got ours from La Bella Bridal Boutique in Occoquan.  Even though it was quite a trek from Bethesda, it was worth it!  You can see a more complete review at this link.

Another one we went to (larger, more selection, but less personalized service) is I Do, I Do in Gaithersburg.

A third choice is St. Anthony’s Bridal.  It is a charitable organization that lends wedding and reception items to brides on an extreme budget (under $3,000).  However, regardless of your budget, they will sell you any of their gowns for $150.  Basically, the dresses are donated, so the price you pay helps to support the charity’s work.

Post # 4
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33 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

DC BRIDES: you HAVE to check out Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria!!!! 

they JUST opened this past month. the shop is GORGEOUS – not what you would expect from a consignment shop. The owner is young, and engaged herself. She was a blast to work with!!! Their whole goal is provide brides on a budget with a shopping experience like you would get at a “real” bridal salon – just because you’re trying to get a great deal on a gown doesn’t mean you should be treated like a second-class citizen 😛 SUPER refreshing. 

The gown selection isn’t very big right now, but considering they just opened, they’ve done a pretty great job. They also mentioned that they are getting new gowns in daily, and they do a gown sharing program with two other Fabulous Frocks locations in Charleston and Atlanta.  

One thing to note: the price point seems to start at $1000 – there were no gowns for less than that, and given that they don’t take in gowns that retailed for less than $2000, that makes sense. The average price point seemed to be around $2500-$3000. Keep in mind though that they only have gowns from the likes of Carolina Herrera, Ulla-Maija, Vera Wang, etc. So, if you’re thinking that consignment = dirt cheap prices, not at this shop. but if this is within your budget, the deals are great!!!! 

I can’t say enough great things! Had a fantastic experience here and will be back for bridesmaids dresses too!! (they carry Jenny Yoo – new, no consignments)

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