(Closed) DC Bride – need advice on bridal salons

posted 8 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

hey! i’m a dc bride too! i’m going to hitched in 2 weeks, i’ll let you know how it goes! i’ve also got appointments at katherine’s in alexandria and j.crew in georgetown. the they have a small selection of their weddings & parties line, you can make an appointment to see what they have.

i went to rosalin’s bridal in falls church a couple days ago. they are a small boutique, run by a couple, but good for a budget-savvy bride. i couldn’t get through at hannelore’s to make an appointment, so i wouldn’t recommend it based on that alone. i also cancelled my appointment at carine’s because they don’t have anything under $2500 – and only one line that runs that low on price. my budget is $3000 tops, so i’m looking elsewhere. i’ll definitely let you know what my experiences are!

Post # 5
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I personally had a really good experience at Carine’s – Carine helped me and she was very nice and super-knowledgable.  She was also very classy when I left without buying because I wanted to keep looking.  One word of caution – most of her dresses are in the $5-$8k range.

Hitched is great – I think you will really like it.

I ended up falling in love with a Mori Lee dress and bought it at Occaisions Bridal in Camp Springs, MD.  They are totally off the beaten path, and carry lower-priced brands (lots of Mori Lee, Jasmine, Casablanca) than the Georgetown boutiques, but I absolutely LOVED my experience at Occaisions.  They were top-notch all the way.

Post # 6
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

There’s also a Vera Wang in Chevy Chase. They had samples that were priced a little under 3,000.

Post # 8
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve heard good things about I Do, I Do in Gaithersburg, but haven’t been there myself. (I live in DC but dress shopped in Michigan with my mom.)

Post # 9
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

i’ve heard good things about i do, i do also. washingtonian’s wedding site has a good rundown of bridal salons with the average price range of the dresses there. go to this link and filter by ‘bridal attire’:



Post # 10
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I Do, I Do is fantastic for selection and finding a great designer dress for a low cost (most of their dresses are consignment; most have never been worn, many still have the tags), but does not have a great bridal salon feel.  If you are trying to find a great dress, I Do, I Do is a good spot, you just might not want to go there expecting to have the whole pomp and circumstance experience.  One great thing, thoug – they will let you look through the racks yourself.

Post # 11
2 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Pink Peony: Depending on your price range, Pricilla of Boston in Tysons Corner is great & Anne’s Boutique in Fairfax. Just don’t go to White Swan. They have a horrible alterations department and charge your more so a “couture” dress when it isn’t couture.

Post # 12
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I hated many of the places around here because they were so pushy. I actually ended up really liking the people at White Swan (in Vienna) -they don’t work on commission and have lots of the dresses on mannequins so you can better see what they look like. They have dresses ranging from sale (lots under $500) to Aire Barcelona ($2,300), and lots more.

The Demetrios place in Chevy Chase was OK as well, although it would really depend on your consultant. My person wasn’t great but someone came over to help her who was fantastic. I HATED Katherine’s bridal in Alexandria. I went twice because the first time was so bad but I liked their selection. The second time was even worse. The women were extremely pushy, rude to my friends when they said they didn’t love a particular dress, and didn’t let me try on dresses I liked as they thought their tastes were better. It was a horrible experience and I really don’t recommend it.

That said, everyone has their own preferences.. It’s hard to find a good balance between dress selection and service!

Post # 13
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had a great experience at carine’s even though i ended up only getting my veil there. awful experience at hannelore’s and great experience at hitched. there is also a salon in macy’s at tysons galleria that i have walked by a number of time but never went in (i ended up getting my dress in NYC).

Post # 14
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i had a great experience at hannelores in old town alexandria (i ultimately brought my dress from there) HOWEVER do NOT by any means take your dress to be altered there. TOTAL ripoff. lol go the angie or estee route for alterations. great work!

I went to a few other places, my budget was under $3K, and stayed away from hitched due to the prices. macy’s bridal salon at tysons was good for the price (called demetrios at tysons) and the sales folks were super helpful.

my suggestion is to make appointments at the places dont just walk in to the boutiques.

are there certain designers you are looking for? that makes a difference.

Post # 15
1508 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I Liked P. Lawrence in the Kentlands in Gaithersburg. ( lots of Maggie, Jim Hejm, and Lazaro)  I DO I DO was okay, they don’t let you take pictures. Pictures were okay at P. Lawrence. I ended up buying my gown at TLC Bridal in Frederick, lovely experience and they carried Casablanca whose dresses I loved. I lived inGaithersburg at the time.  I did not like the Bridal shop that is in the town house near the Shady Grove Metro.

Post # 16
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I did a marathon on dress shopping in DC/NOVA in about a week, so yay!  And I’ve been a bridesmaid a bunch of times, so I’ve been to most in the DC area.

Jeanette’s Bridal in Manassas.  3 of my friends got their dresses there, and while they don’t have a huge stock, they are super nice and were great with coming up with different shapes.  I had a great time when I was there and my consultant was awesome  They don’t let you take pictures though.  Boo.

Blush Bridal in Gainseville, VA.  Small, but they let you take pictures.  They have closed stock though, which means you can’t go through the racks and see something that catches your eye. 

Carine’s.  Nice, but way out of my price range with most dresses costing about 4-5K.  I went on a weekday, which I would recommend as they are also small and when I went with another friend on a Saturday it was a zoo.  Especially if they are having a trunk show.

Hitched,  same as above except they don’t let you take pictures.

White Swan in Vienna, VA.  Small but all the dresses are on mannaquins.  Which helps visually, but means their stock isn’t huge. 

I’ve had a bunch of friends who went to Hannelore’s that hated it, and a bunch that loved it.  It think alot of it depends on who you get.

I Do, I Do is affordable, but you have to dig through the stock on your own.  If you are looking for a deal that’s great-but if you want the bridal salon experience maybe not the place for you.  Plus as other posters have said, they don’t let you take pictures.

Vera Wang in the Watergate.  I got a bridesmaid dress here, but my friend also got her gown here.  They didn’t let us take pictures, and it’s def costly.  Again, don’t go on a weekend.  Oh, and expect the saleswoman to check out your diamond.  I noticed they did that with a lot of the brides, and I don’t know if that affected service but there you go.

Pricilla’s of Boston.  Again, was a bridesmaid but my friend got her dress there.  I wasn’t to impressed, but I think the salesperson might have been having a bad day.

Hope that helps!

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