HELP! I am clueless about dress shopping!

posted 2 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 2
3677 posts
Sugar bee

There are a couple of Brides Against Breast Cancer events not far from DC this summer:

Maybe check them out? You can find some really wonderful stuff at their events, at a good price, with the money going to support a good cause. It’s not a traditional gown-shopping venue, but I really loved going through them rather than the normal bridal-shop route.

Post # 3
497 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Miss.Pretzel:  I found JCrew, BHLDN and Nordstroms to all have several lower price point options. JCrew even does 30% off at times! I would recommend checking out their sites. Also, David’s Bridal has a line of “Collection” stores that offer higher end lines. I would check their site and see if there is one near you!

Post # 4
689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

Church Street Bridal is in Virginia somewhere…I also heard of one in West Virginia that’s worth the drive, but of course I can’t remember the name. Just kidding! It’s The Barn. Lovely Bride in Georgetown has a great selection, that’s where I got my gown 🙂



Post # 6
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Miss.Pretzel:  I don’t know what your budget is – but mine is about $2,000 and I have gone to Ellie’s Bridal in Alexandria and Lovely Bride in Georgetown (which is where I will likely get my dress) – and they had stuff in my price range (Ellie’s had more options).

Post # 7
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I second the Church Street Bridal suggestion.  I got my dress from there! 

Post # 8
650 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I don’t live in your area.  If you’re on a tight budget have you considered buying pre-owned?  I found “the dress” on craigslist.  Fit great, only neeed a few minor repairs, and the bride had already dry cleaned it after her wedding so it was spotless.  I wanted a really nice dress but couldn’t afford it.  I bought a Maggie Sottero dress that cost the original bride almost $2,000 new.  I bought it for $600 including the matching veil.  Pre-owned worked out great for me.  People keep saying I must have spend a ton $$ on my dress lol  Good Luck!

Post # 9
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

The Dress Matters is similar to Vows Bridal on TLC’s I Found The Gown.

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