Post # 1
I am looking to start dress shopping after the Holidays and would like some recommendations for bridal boutiques in the DC/MD/VA area, preferrably affordable ones. I do want a new dress, not a pre-owned, and my budget is $1500.
Besides the obvious David’s Bridal, I appreciate and welcome any recommendations. I am willing to drive as far as an 1h to 1h30 from D.C. whether towards VA or MD. Thanks!
Post # 2
I just got my dress at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal right outside Baltimore and I live in Northern VA. I worked with Megan and she was amazing!I got my dress for $1300 and it is a new Essense of Australia.
Post # 3
ashfromtn : You dress is beautiful! Love the details, dunno why it makes me think of snow flakes
Thank you for the recommendation, will add that boutique to my list
Post # 4
Anyone have any experience with BHLDN in D.C.?
Post # 5
I ended up getting my dress from DB online, but I did visit their Richmond store (but there are several closer to DC). Had I still been looking, White Swan in Vienna, VA was a boutique on my list to visit.
Post # 6
amazinluv : yes I had a great experience at that salon and was very close to getting my dress from there but ended up not doing so. I would definitely recommend them if you like that style of dress
Post # 7
I really liked lovely bridal in Georgetown.
Post # 8
Thank you all for your input. I am really looking forward to the dress shopping experience in January though I hope to lose 20 pounds between now and the wedding.
Do alterations tend to be expensive?
Post # 9
amazinluv : I went to Ellie’s bridal boutique (Alexandria, close to the King Street metro) and Jeanette’s Bride ‘N Boutique (out in Manassas). I ended up getting my dress at the latter, but my experience was great at both. Schelping out to Manassas was really annoying, but I loved my dress and they did such an amazing job on alterations that I didn’t feel the need to have anything done at my second fitting. I found alterations to be really expensive, but I imagine it’s because I had a lace dress and some more difficult alterations (including taking it in a good bit). At my first fitting, they pinned me up and told me the cost of alterations. They said if I lost/gained weight or needed more alterations for any reason, it would be included in that cost.
ETA: I know someone who went to the BHLDN in Georgetown and bought her dress there; she said she had a great experience.
Post # 10
Matt’s Tailor in Falls Church does custom work and alterations: http://mattstailorandtuxedo.com/home/4451404
I got my dress (for my first wedding) at Tyson’s Galleria at the Betsey Johnson store.
Post # 11
I looked at BHLDN in Georgetown and had a nice experience. I ended up buying from Elegance by Roya on King Street in old Town Alexandria. My budget was also $1500 and I bought a sample. I was choosing between 3-4 samples, all under budget and all in perfect condition. Roya did all of my alterations for $250 because it was a sample. I believe she designed the dress herself and it was real silk with some lovely beading. I think she has a $500 flat fee for alterations if you don’t purchase a sample. I was very happy! Roya was so nice and did a great job with the alterations.