(Closed) NOVA/DC area dress shopping – help??

posted 7 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
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383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I had a hard time finding a good one. I ended up getting my dress at White Swan Bridal in Vienna. It’s not a really high-quality salon per-se, but the girls aren’t paid on commission which was really nice for me (not being pressured). They have some higher-end dresses (Aire Barcelona, etc…), but the majority of them are right in your price range. The dresses are all on mannequins so you can see what they look like, which I found helfpul as well.

There’s a Demetrios at Macy’s in Tyson’s Corner, and quite a few shops in Alexandria as well.

Post # 5
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383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I did – especially because I hate pushy sales people. The salon itself isn’t anything spectacular, but I liked their dresses, prices, and people. They also took a hollow-to-hem measurement, so when the dress came in it didn’t have to be hemmed or anything. If I hadn’t lost weight, it would have fit perfectly. I’ve heard mixed reviews about their alterations, though, so took it outside for those.

Post # 6
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183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@JD193:  Miss Brooch, a local Bee, did a few posts reviewing the local area shops she visited.  You can check those out:

http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/10/21/choosing-a-wedding-dress/

http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/10/22/satin-wedding-dresses-2/

http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/10/24/virginia-wedding-dresses/

   I don’t have too much experience with many local shops since I didn’t do too much shopping around..i lucked out early!  I went to David’s Bridal (in Woodbridge, VA) and actually found my dress there.  They actually had a nice dress selection. There’s also Camile LeVie/Group USA.  They sell formal wear, to include wedding dresses, bridesmaids, party dresses, etc.   They have two locations in VA…Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge and Springfield Mall, in Springfield VA. 

GOOD LUCK!!

Post # 7
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7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

A friend of mine got her gown at LeStar Bridal in Alexandria. ive been there a few times and really liked the place. There are a couple other ones in Alexandria too. I got my dress in Rockville, MD which really wouldnt be too far for you to go. The salon I went to was Bridal Images in Rockville.

http://www.lestarbridal.net/ 

http://www.bridalimages.com/

Post # 10
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31 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Hi JD193 – I live in same area and had the same problem being a transplant as well. I went to many bridal salons but ended up buying my dress at Betsy Robinson’s in Pikesville. I’m pretty sure they have dresses in your budget (I spent $2k). I would highly recommend making the trip up there.

I would also recommend Katherine’s on Duke Street in Alexandria. I tried on several gowns in the $1,500 range. It’s a small shop, but it’s tightly packed with a nice selection and I thought they were really nice; they fit me in without an appt.

I went to Hannelore’s in Old Town and wasn’t impressed. The store is old and dingy. I’m not sure exactly about their price range, but the woman who helped me was super pushy and tried to force me to try on gowns that I absolutely didn’t want (like huge ballgowns). She was definitely annoying, but if they carry gowns in your price range then it might be worth a visit since they have a big selection.

I also visited Distinctive Designs in Rockville. They have a huge selection of dresses in your price range. I have a friend who bought her gown there and was very happy.

I made an appointment at Ellie’s in Alexandria, which I had heard good things about, but ultimately canceled the appt after I found my dress at Betsy’s.

My colleague bought her dress at I Do I Do! in Gathersburg and loved it. And I have another friend who bought her dress at Claire Dratch in Bethesda.

Lastly, I also went to White Swan. I think everyone is different and probably has different expectations of a bridal salon/experience, but I can tell you that the minute I walked in I wanted to leave. I probably should have left immediately, but felt guilty because I had made an appt. So I stayed and tried on 2 gowns that I had no intention of buying. I found the service really lacking (I didn’t realize they didn’t make commission, but that makes sense); they basically put me in a very tiny dressing room and left me to put myself in the gowns. And overall I thought the quallity was lacking and the gowns overpriced for the material.

I hope this helps! It looks like we’re in the same area so feel free to PM if you have any other questions about resources in the area.

Post # 11
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383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think it really depends on what you´re looking for in the experience. I personally hated Katherines because the sales people pushed me to buy every dress I tried on (even the ones that were hideous), and made me try on the ones they liked rather than what I wanted. They had a beautiful selection of dresses (especially Watters),  but the experience ruined it for me. I liked the dresses enough that I went twice hoping it was just my sales lady, but had the same experience each time. And I prefer putting on the gown myself rather than someone putting it on for me, so I think that was part of why I have the preferences I do. It just depends on what you’re looking for 🙂

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Alfred Angelo’s in new in Springfield. Behind the mall, along the same side of the street as Best Buy- It’s behind an Italian restaurant (don’t remember name) Good luck!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I hated Katherine’s too! They treated me horribly because my budget wasn’t sky high. She picked out two dresses for me, I asked if there were any more and she basically walked away. I’ve been to Le Star, White Swan and Alfred Angelo and they all had better service than Katherine’s.  AVOID!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh P.S. I had amazing customer service at Ellie’s! Love love love!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have to second Ellie’s – they were fantastic there! 🙂

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