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

posted 10 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I realize this s old, but I would go to Carine’s and Hitched, get an idea of designers you like, then head to Church Street Bridal in Lynchburg. They sell Kleinfeld samples for $300-$500. I found them after I got my dresses, which kills me now. I wish I had found Church Stret first. I posted pictures that I took when I went there in the dress forum…

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/found-a-designer-gold-mine-today-lots-of-pics-inside

Post # 18
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50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Ive been to quite a few salons before I finally found a shop where I loved the staff AND the price. Don’t go to White Swan unless you have done your research! Most of their gowns are EXTREMELY overpriced. They give you a spill about how the dress is customized to fit, but if you know most designers, thats not really possible…the dresses are still ordered by size.  They attempted to charge me $600 more than the going rate in the area, but I must admit they were not very pushy.

 

There’s another salon in Vienna, right around the corner from there (although i can’t think of the name)…They have a SUPER small selection. The store is like a small basement. 

 

I finally purchased my dress this [email protected] Jeanette’s Bridal in Manassas. They have a selection larger than White Swan of dresses (and these are not on mannequins so there are more to choose from). I worked with a staff member named Sedera who was helpful (along with other staffing), and she calls and even sends cute little notes! And the prize was the cheapest!!!! Ive called over 7 stores in the area after White Swan and Jeanettes searching for the best bargain, and none of them had a better price!

 

I briefly stopped into I Do I Do Bridal in Rockville/Gaithersburg. They have a pretty large selection as well, and off consignment gowns! If you are on a budget, that may be beneficial!

 

Happy Hunting!

Post # 19
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50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Ive been to quite a few salons before I finally found a shop where I loved the staff AND the price. Don’t go to White Swan unless you have done your research! Most of their gowns are EXTREMELY overpriced. They give you a spill about how the dress is customized to fit, but if you know most designers, thats not really possible…the dresses are still ordered by size.  They attempted to charge me $600 more than the going rate in the area, but I must admit they were not very pushy.

 

There’s another salon in Vienna, right around the corner from there (although i can’t think of the name)…They have a SUPER small selection. The store is like a small basement. 

 

I finally purchased my dress this [email protected] Jeanette’s Bridal in Manassas. They have a selection larger than White Swan of dresses (and these are not on mannequins so there are more to choose from). I worked with a staff member named Sedera who was helpful (along with other staffing), and she calls and even sends cute little notes! And the prize was the cheapest!!!! Ive called over 7 stores in the area after White Swan and Jeanettes searching for the best bargain, and none of them had a better price!

 

I briefly stopped into I Do I Do Bridal in Rockville/Gaithersburg. They have a pretty large selection as well, and off consignment gowns! If you are on a budget, that may be beneficial!

 

Happy Hunting!

Post # 20
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50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Sorry for the double post! My computer froze

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Wow… a friend recommended Katherine’s and that’s where I ordered mine from (I loved the first one I tried on– looks like that was lucky for me considering the reviews!)… has anyone heard how their alterations are?

Post # 22
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had the worst experiences at Ellie’s. And a few years ago, I helped a friend get a dress and they were snarky and talked smack behind our backs. (They didn’t know that one of the people in our group understood their language).

I had a good experience at David’s in Springfield, but it’s a differnet type of experience than a salon. Read my earlier post for some tips. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/david%e2%80%99s-bridal-in-springfield-va-038-some-general-dress-shopping-tips

I bought my veil and Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses at the Alfred Angelo’s in Springfield. It’s next to the Border’s that is closing. They were very nice and I wish they had opened a few months earlier so I could try on their dresses.

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I bought my dress at Love Couture Bridal and loved the experience.  The ladies are so nice there, not pushy, and not disdainful of my $1500 max budget.  They found a beautiful dress within my budget and have been responsive and helpful along the way.  The first fitting is tomorrow – hurray!  Anyway, I recommended them to several friends who also bought their dresses there and everyone has had great experiences.  The shop is located in Rockville, off of 270 at the Montrose Road exit.

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@oaxaca:

how much are your alterations costing? the shop I went to wanted to charge a few hundred… is that normal??

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