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Shopping for a wedding dress can be overwhelming, but it should also be fun — it's unlike any other shopping experience. Because we all know no one is offering you glasses of bubbly or ohhing and ahhing when you come out of the dressing room wearing a new pair of jeans.

To help the process of finding a dream dress along, we've scoured the Washington, D.C. area to bring you 18 shopping spots for bridal gowns of most any budget, from reasonable to Kim K. Click to the map to see all the options, from a salon that will let you Skype in relatives to the perfect plus-size shopping experience to where to find high-end designer fantasy gowns. Did we leave any places to shop for wedding dresses in D.C. out? Leave us a comment!


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1. Ann's Boutique

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5709 Burke Centre Parkway
Burke, VA 22015
(703) 250-3100
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At this family-run bridal salon in Burke, find gowns from designers like Watters, David Tutera Bridal, and more. Price Point: $1,000 and up. [Image]

2. BHLDN at Anthropologie

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3222 M St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007
(202) 337-1363
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To the delight of Anthro fans, the brand's bridal line BHLDN arrived in the spring as a permanent pop-up shop within the Georgetown outpost of Anthropologie. A corner of the store has been transformed into boho bride central, with flowy, vintage-inspired options and accessories like beaded sashes and veils too. And you still get the bridal store experience, with a dedicated fitting room and help from a consultant. Price point: The most expensive gown is in the $3600 range, with the popular Annabelle dress clocking in at $260. [Image: R. Lopez]

3. Diana's Couture And Bridal

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1624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-5689
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Got an idea for your dream dress and want something totally custom? Talk to Diana aka The Gown Doctor. She can design a dress from sketches based on your Pinterest pins or even recreate your mother's wedding gown. Price Point Varies due to custom nature of the gowns. [Image]

4. Ellie's Bridal Boutique

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225 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-8697
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Browse Ellie's Bridal's selection via their robust Pinterest page before you even step into the doors of the Old Town shop. Price Point: $800 to $5,000. [Image]

5. Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria

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1901B Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 683-2306
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This high-end bridal consignment boutique carries new, once-wed, and sample designer bridal gowns, and though you're scoring some savings, the atmosphere is chic. Check their constantly-updated Facebook page to see recent arrivals. Price Point: Gowns range from $1,000 to $10,000. [Image]

6. Carine's Bridal Atelier

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1726 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington DC, D.C.
(202) 965-4696
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For the bride who wants her runway moment, Carine's offers completely romantic and modern creations from top-notch designers like Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera, Temperley London, and Liancarlo. You'll find emerging designers too, like Mira Zwillinger, and top-notch customer service. Carine's is set for a big expansion, opening a two-story shop in Georgetown soon. Price point: The average dress sold in the store is about $5,000 to $5,500. A few lines, including Monique Lhuillier Bliss, start in the $2700 range.

7. Cherry Blossom Bridal

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1208 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003
(202) 544-2400
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Because brides come in all sizes, Cherry Blossom Bridal specializes in plus-size bridal gowns. Find a variety of options in sizes 12 to 28 here, and make sure to make an appointment. Price Point: Wedding gowns generally range $1,500 to $3,500. [Image]

8. Hannelore's of Old Town

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106 North Lee Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-0387
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In Old Town since 1983, Hannelore's carries designers like Claire Pettibone and Badgley Mischka. Think lots of lace, old-world glamour, and drama. Price Point: Dresses here start at $2,400 and go up to $14,000. [Image]

9. Hitched Bridal Couture

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1523 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-6162
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Beyond customer service and that gorgeous window, Hitched is just a fun place to shop for your big day. The Georgetown shop carries gowns for every type of bride from unique designers like Austin Scarlet, Anna Maier, Johanna Johnson, and Lela Rose. Upstairs, Hitched Maids stocks bridesmaids gowns and you'll find a corner dedicated to the shop's custom invites. Price Point: $3,000 to $5,000. [Image]

10. I Do I Do Wedding Gowns

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Luanne Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(240) 243-0050
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Don't mind a "nearly new" gown? Full service consignment shop I Do I Do carries an extensive selection of consigned gowns at prices up to 90% off retail. They carry new gowns as well from Casablanca, Alfred Angelo, and Allure Bridal. Price Point: From $150 for a basic sheath to $4000. [Image]

11. J.Crew

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3222 M St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007
(202) 965-4090
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The only J Crew Bridal Department in the area is at the Georgetown store, so head here for classic, streamlined bridal gowns. Price Point: $595 to $2100. [Image]

12. Jeanette's Bridal

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10386 Festival Lane, Festival at Manassas Shopping Center
Manassas, VA 20109
(703) 369-1998
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If you're willing to make the drive, Jeanette's in Manassas carries bridal gowns for just about every budget. Designers include Victor Harper, Simone Carvalli, Cristiano Lucci, Marisa, and Yumi Katsura. Price Point: Gowns range from approximately $500 to $12,000. [Image]

13. Love Couture

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12500 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 610-5683
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In Potomac, Love Couture offers more than 300 gowns styles in sizes from sizes four to twenty-four. Price Point: Prices from $1,500 to $7,000. [Image]

14. Lovely Bride

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1632 Wisconsin Ave
Washington DC, D.C. 20007
(202) 735-0674
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Lovely Bride is about to celebrate its one year anniversary in Washington. The store's design is, well, lovely, with exposed brick and Pinterest-worthy details. Find traditional-with-an-indie twist creations bridal designers like Sarah Janks, Elizabeth Dye, Sarah Seven, and Anna Campbell. Price Point: $1,500 to $6,000. [Image: Adele Chapin/Racked DC]

15. Rosalin's Bridal Boutique

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706 S Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046
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On a budget and don't need hand-holding attention or anything fancy? At Rosalin's, you can roam around this tiny shop and grab gowns to try on off the rack. Reasonable bridesmaids gowns are another draw here. [Image]

16. Rizik's

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1100 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 720
Washington DC, D.C. 20036
(202) 223-4050
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Rizik's carries Jenny Packham wedding dresses and more in their bridal section. Price Point: $3,000 and up. [Image]

17. Saks Jandel

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5510 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 652-2650
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Are you a Vera bride? The bridal salon at Saks Jandel is home to celeb-favorite designers like Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, Peter Langner and J. Mendel. Price Point: $3,000 and up. [Image]

18. Soliloquy Bridal Couture

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754 Elden Street, Suite #103
Herndon, VA 20170
(571) 449-2580
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In downtown Herndon, Soliloquy is so into customer service they even will Skype in out-of-town family or friends to virtually experience bridal gown shopping. Find designers here like Sarah Seven, Heidi Elnora, Johnna Ho, and Kevan Hall. [Image]

1. Ann's Boutique

5709 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke, VA 22015
At this family-run bridal salon in Burke, find gowns from designers like Watters, David Tutera Bridal, and more. Price Point: $1,000 and up. [Image]
5709 Burke Centre Parkway
Burke, VA 22015

2. BHLDN at Anthropologie

3222 M St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20007
To the delight of Anthro fans, the brand's bridal line BHLDN arrived in the spring as a permanent pop-up shop within the Georgetown outpost of Anthropologie. A corner of the store has been transformed into boho bride central, with flowy, vintage-inspired options and accessories like beaded sashes and veils too. And you still get the bridal store experience, with a dedicated fitting room and help from a consultant. Price point: The most expensive gown is in the $3600 range, with the popular Annabelle dress clocking in at $260. [Image: R. Lopez]
3222 M St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007

3. Diana's Couture And Bridal

1624 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20007
Got an idea for your dream dress and want something totally custom? Talk to Diana aka The Gown Doctor. She can design a dress from sketches based on your Pinterest pins or even recreate your mother's wedding gown. Price Point Varies due to custom nature of the gowns. [Image]
1624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007

4. Ellie's Bridal Boutique

225 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Browse Ellie's Bridal's selection via their robust Pinterest page before you even step into the doors of the Old Town shop. Price Point: $800 to $5,000. [Image]
225 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

5. Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria

1901B Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
This high-end bridal consignment boutique carries new, once-wed, and sample designer bridal gowns, and though you're scoring some savings, the atmosphere is chic. Check their constantly-updated Facebook page to see recent arrivals. Price Point: Gowns range from $1,000 to $10,000. [Image]
1901B Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

6. Carine's Bridal Atelier

1726 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington DC, D.C.
For the bride who wants her runway moment, Carine's offers completely romantic and modern creations from top-notch designers like Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera, Temperley London, and Liancarlo. You'll find emerging designers too, like Mira Zwillinger, and top-notch customer service. Carine's is set for a big expansion, opening a two-story shop in Georgetown soon. Price point: The average dress sold in the store is about $5,000 to $5,500. A few lines, including Monique Lhuillier Bliss, start in the $2700 range.
1726 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington DC, D.C.

7. Cherry Blossom Bridal

1208 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC, D.C. 20003
Because brides come in all sizes, Cherry Blossom Bridal specializes in plus-size bridal gowns. Find a variety of options in sizes 12 to 28 here, and make sure to make an appointment. Price Point: Wedding gowns generally range $1,500 to $3,500. [Image]
1208 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003

8. Hannelore's of Old Town

106 North Lee Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
In Old Town since 1983, Hannelore's carries designers like Claire Pettibone and Badgley Mischka. Think lots of lace, old-world glamour, and drama. Price Point: Dresses here start at $2,400 and go up to $14,000. [Image]
106 North Lee Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

9. Hitched Bridal Couture

1523 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20007
Beyond customer service and that gorgeous window, Hitched is just a fun place to shop for your big day. The Georgetown shop carries gowns for every type of bride from unique designers like Austin Scarlet, Anna Maier, Johanna Johnson, and Lela Rose. Upstairs, Hitched Maids stocks bridesmaids gowns and you'll find a corner dedicated to the shop's custom invites. Price Point: $3,000 to $5,000. [Image]
1523 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

10. I Do I Do Wedding Gowns

Luanne Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Don't mind a "nearly new" gown? Full service consignment shop I Do I Do carries an extensive selection of consigned gowns at prices up to 90% off retail. They carry new gowns as well from Casablanca, Alfred Angelo, and Allure Bridal. Price Point: From $150 for a basic sheath to $4000. [Image]
Luanne Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

11. J.Crew

3222 M St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20007
The only J Crew Bridal Department in the area is at the Georgetown store, so head here for classic, streamlined bridal gowns. Price Point: $595 to $2100. [Image]
3222 M St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007

12. Jeanette's Bridal

10386 Festival Lane, Festival at Manassas Shopping Center, Manassas, VA 20109
If you're willing to make the drive, Jeanette's in Manassas carries bridal gowns for just about every budget. Designers include Victor Harper, Simone Carvalli, Cristiano Lucci, Marisa, and Yumi Katsura. Price Point: Gowns range from approximately $500 to $12,000. [Image]
10386 Festival Lane, Festival at Manassas Shopping Center
Manassas, VA 20109

13. Love Couture

12500 Park Potomac Avenue, Potomac, MD 20854
In Potomac, Love Couture offers more than 300 gowns styles in sizes from sizes four to twenty-four. Price Point: Prices from $1,500 to $7,000. [Image]
12500 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, MD 20854

14. Lovely Bride

1632 Wisconsin Ave, Washington DC, D.C. 20007
Lovely Bride is about to celebrate its one year anniversary in Washington. The store's design is, well, lovely, with exposed brick and Pinterest-worthy details. Find traditional-with-an-indie twist creations bridal designers like Sarah Janks, Elizabeth Dye, Sarah Seven, and Anna Campbell. Price Point: $1,500 to $6,000. [Image: Adele Chapin/Racked DC]
1632 Wisconsin Ave
Washington DC, D.C. 20007

15. Rosalin's Bridal Boutique

Falls Church, VA 22046
On a budget and don't need hand-holding attention or anything fancy? At Rosalin's, you can roam around this tiny shop and grab gowns to try on off the rack. Reasonable bridesmaids gowns are another draw here. [Image]

16. Rizik's

1100 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 720, Washington DC, D.C. 20036
Rizik's carries Jenny Packham wedding dresses and more in their bridal section. Price Point: $3,000 and up. [Image]
1100 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 720
Washington DC, D.C. 20036

17. Saks Jandel

5510 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Are you a Vera bride? The bridal salon at Saks Jandel is home to celeb-favorite designers like Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, Peter Langner and J. Mendel. Price Point: $3,000 and up. [Image]
5510 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

18. Soliloquy Bridal Couture

754 Elden Street, Suite #103, Herndon, VA 20170
In downtown Herndon, Soliloquy is so into customer service they even will Skype in out-of-town family or friends to virtually experience bridal gown shopping. Find designers here like Sarah Seven, Heidi Elnora, Johnna Ho, and Kevan Hall. [Image]
754 Elden Street, Suite #103
Herndon, VA 20170