Help! Bridal Gown Stores in DC Area?? (reposting in correct place this time!)

posted 3 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I went to Rosalin’s and Katherine’s, and purchased at Katherine’s. I can give you quick-and-dirty reviews from a bride’s perspective:

Rosalin’s has huge dressing rooms where your guests can sit with you as you try on dresses. Pro: you can take pictures and you don’t have the awkward sales consultant. Con: you get naked in front of your guests.

Katherine’s: more traditional experience, sales consultant dresses you in the room and then you walk out onto the pedestal. No pictures. Warning, sales people are pushy until you purchase, but after that are sweet hearts. Their alterations lady is also great, but prices are a bit high so you have to be ready to put your foot down (nicely) and not let them trick you into overspending (on dress, veil, and alterations)

My friend who is getting married soon went to several places, and I accompanied her to Love Couture in Potomac and Rizik’s, downtown. Rizik’s probably won’t have anything in your price range – maybe a handful, if that. The people at both places were phenomenally kind!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Monk6552:  well youll love this…

i’m going on sunday. lol!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i will tell you, however, DO NOT GO TO HANNELORE’S. they’ll treat you like street trash with a $2000 budget anyway, but let me tell you even if you had the money to spend, don’t spend it there. they are horrid.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

one of those reviews is mine and one is my bride’s. we had the absolute worst time. i’m going to PM you.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I would recommend Soliloquy Bridal Couture in Herndon, VA that’s where we purchased my bridesmaids dresses. I did go to Ellie’s but to look at bridemaids dresses and when we arrived they had our appointment mixed up and thought it was a bridal dress appointment! Another place would be Jeanette’s Bridal in Manassas, VA – they have a wide selection in your range. If you’re willing to travel a little outside of the DC area, I bought my dress at Elegant Touch Bridal outside of Baltimore. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I went to Hannelore’s and didn’t think the service was bad at all. I’ve also been to Carine’s Bridal Atelier in Georgetown, Posh Bridal in Frederick, and I Do I Do in Gaithersburg. Posh and I Do will probably have something in your price range. 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I agree with the comments above about Hannelore’s.  Horrible service.  They also kept trying to sell me this 1990s style dress that they kept saying was a $6,000 dollar dress, but they’d give it to me for a, “Very deep discount.”  Well, there is a reason that dress hasn’t sold.  U-G-L-Y.  

I visited Ellie’s, and they had a decent selection, but the store itself was very cramped.  The dressing rooms were SMALL.  I also had a consultant who wasn’t very helpful or attentive, and kept trying to sell me on lace when I didn’t want it.  (The inventory at the store is mostly lace right now).

I’m not sure of your size, but there is a great little boutique bridal store on the Hill called Cherry Blossom Bridal.  They carry some larger size samples and samples that are above the bridal 10 (6) or 12 (8), but can order any size dress.  They had dresses there from a designer I hadn’t heard of (Lis Simon), and also carried allure, mori lee, and essense of austrailia.  The owner was fantastic to work with, and they had a range of dresses.  I ended up ordering my dress from them (the cost of my allure dress there was in sync with best bridal prices and was lower than every other store I had visited).  They also have a lot of experience with alterations.  I went there with my mom and sister, and it was a very intimate environment.  It made the day very special!  Their website can load a little funky, but I encourage you to check them out on facebook and in person.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

BridalBlossom:  How funny is that!?!? I originally bought my wedding dress from there until it was discontinued. Isnt Keba fantastic?? We are ordering my Fiancee’s suit from there as well. They are all great to work with!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

CocoClassic:  Yes, I love Keba!  She was so patient with me… I had a few visits because I had a tough time deciding.  (I was a bride that never had a “vision” of what I wanted my dress to look like… I just wanted to look pretty!)  I have been shouting their business name from the rooftops since I had my experience.  I quickly learned not everyone has this one-on-one type of bridal experience.  I see that we are both April brides!  Are you getting married in the area?

Post # 13
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Busy bee

Uh..I am worried about my upcoming appointment at Hannelore..I did read that they were awful and that sales people were rather rude and pushy. I should probably cancel it.. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

OmbreBee:  To be honest, I would. When I went they didnt give good service and were more concerned with chatting with one another than to help. There are several other places with great customer service that you can find in the DC area. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

BridalBlossom:  I’m glad that you found what you loved and you’re right, Keba is very patient lol. Yes, we are getting married in DC in April. Super excited and I hope the weather is beautiful BUT not during cherry blossom season.

 

 

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