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!