Post # 1
Hi everyone! What was your approach when you started wedding dress shopping? Small boutique? Big salon? Find the dresses/designers you liked then called around? Etc.
I have been interested in going to BHLDN in Georgetown for awhile but maybe it would be worth checking out a bigger selection first? Any great first experiences at a specific salon in the DMV?
Post # 2
I love DC! I lived there for a little over a year and loved the city! If I was living in DC at the time of my wedding and looking for dresses I would go to BHLDN just to check it out. However, I am sure there are lots of places around DC to check out! I would go to small boutiques and also big ones too to get a variety. Dont be close minded into trying different style dresses either. Try on many different styles!
Post # 3
Like PP said, I would probably do a mix of both. Maybe start off bigger and then work your way down as you find things you like. In the DMV area I tried:
-Betsey Robinson’s Bridal Boutique in Baltimore (large selection, dresses at many price points but predominantly probably $900+)
-Love Couture Bridal in Potomac, MD (Generally higher end, but you might be able to find a good deal at one of their trunk shows. I had a good experience there)
-Ellie’s Bridal Boutique in Alexandria ($$ – I didn’t have a great experience there, though I ended up buying a dress (ha!)…which I did not wear and am still trying to sell)
-Columbia Bridal Boutique in Columbia, MD (large selection in varying price ranges. I bought the dress I ultimately wore here. Enjoyed the experience.)
Post # 4
I went to a small one first, I found I got more attention and help from the assistant there. I first tried on dresses to narrow down the silhouette I wanted. Then I went to the bigger salon, I didn’t have a very good experience at the bigger bridal salon I went to. They seemed far more pushy to get me to just buy a gown that looked ‘good enough’.
Post # 5
I started with a sample sale at Hitched in Georgetown, which was a great way to try on a bunch of different styles. Then I made two appointments in one day, one for David’s in Rockville and one for I Do I Do in Gaithersburg, which has consignment dresses. I ended up buying my dress at I Do I Do. None of my experiences were amaaaaaazing, but I had a short engagement and needed to get the job done fast and in my price range. At I Do I Do I definitely got a more unique dress at a better price (a never worn Alita Graham for more than half off) then probably anywhere else within an hours drive.
Post # 6
I didn’t shop for dresses in DC, but I’ve heard good things about Lovely Bride in Georgetown. One of my good friends found her dress there and recommended them.
Post # 7
look at a lot of dresses online first and get an idea of what you like! It is overwhelming if you have no idea what you want and they have a billion styles! I would start with a small boutique Less overwhelming and you get more attention!