(Closed) Good Bridal Salon in DC/MD area?

posted 12 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 17
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I recommend HItched, Carrine’s in DC /georgetown and Katherine’s in VA. I had great experiences at all of them ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 18
3315 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We tried I Do, I Do, but actually did much better at La Bella Bridal Boutique in Occoquan.  La Bella has sample and consignment gowns as well as new ones.  It’s a smaller place, so we got the undivided attention of the consultant, Ellalynne, for the entire time we were there, both times.  And she has an amazing eye for what will work.  My fiancee and I were able to get coordinating gowns and veils there.  And even though we are quite dissimilar in appearance (starting with I’m 5’9" and she is 5’1"), the gowns she picked out for each of us complemented each of us magnificently.  And both of our gowns were under $500.

Post # 19
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I wuld highly recommend M’Jourdelle in Towson (north of baltimore) — even if you’re not close, its worth the drive.  The shop is tiny and crowded but they have a really nice selection, especially in your price range.  And they are one of the few area stores that carries La Sposa. ๐Ÿ™‚  Try to get one of the owners, Linda or Delia, when you go.

I also visited Bridals by Elena, and they are very nice, but way overprice their gowns.  ($1400 for a Maggie Sottero you can find elsewhere for $110, etc).

Post # 20
507 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

The Bridal Boutique in Columbia had a very nice selection with some very affordable dresses when I went there about a month ago (one of the dresses I tried on was a gorgeous Alfred Angelo sheath/mermaid at around $500), and I think they were supposed to get new styles soon too, and the attendants were very nice and friendly.

Bridals by Elena in Severna Park had a lot of dresses too but they were a bit pricey. If you’re looking for Pronovias there’s Juliet’s Bridal in Parkville (northeast of Baltimore) and Distinctive Designs Bridal in Rockville (this is where I bought my Pronovias gown; some of their dresses were a bit on the pricey side, but I got my dress during a trunk show so I got a discount).

Post # 21
423 posts
Helper bee

Hi!!  I got my dress at Jeanette’s Bride & Tux in Manassas VA.  They have a huge selection of dresses in different price ranges.  My dress is a Casablanca which I read is one of the best quality for the money you pay.  I paid under 700 for my dress ๐Ÿ™‚  Here’s a picture!


Post # 22
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Definitely second the Hitched (in Georgetown) recommendation.  The girls are amazing, and they have a wonderfully edited set of dress selections. The best!

Post # 23
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Promise for the savvy bride is okay if you’re looking for a non-ballgown dress and they do have sample sales.

Carines is having a sample sale on June 21 and I believe the filenes in DC is having ROTB in July. 

One more general tip for anyone shopping in DC: if you go to the Vera Wang at Saks Jandel and try on a sample dress, WAIT to buy. From monitoring Bridepower.com I’ve noticed they sell their samples to that site, which translates to at least 1000 in savings. I literally just bought my dress this way today ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 24
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Promises is apparently closed as of 5/21:

Final Vows
There will be no more Promise for the Savvy Bride. We recently heard that the Bethesda boutique closed as of May 21. We loved their designer selection (Adele Weschler, Claire Pettibone, among others). The boutique did post an extensive note on its blog, advising customers of how to proceed if their gowns were being ordered or were in the process of alteration.
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