Wedding Shopping Guide

A Wedding Shopping Guide - Planning a wedding? This is our wedding shopping guide for Woodbridge, Virginia. When you consider the amazing numbers of retail establishments we have within the city limits, we are not blessed with a long list of dedicated bridal boutiques.

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unless you can "say yes to the dress" at David's Bridal at 14403 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192.

Located in the Potomac Festival shopping center, right next to the Ornery Beer Company & Public House, their telephone is [703] 490-8940.

Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with David's Bridal. We found perfect bridesmaid dresses and accessories at David's Bridal on several occasions.

We just wanted to see more dresses! "May I metal In Your Affair" was one of our most popular wedding dress related posts. The post featured a spectacular gold beaded gown. We've never been able to locate it but the dress displayed above proves that they do exist - even on Amazon.

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In the immediate family, one niece agonized over the perfect dress while the younger bride picked out her dress on the first shopping trip and had it hanging in the closet for months prior to the big day.

This definitely allowed her to concentrate on the planning required for her destination wedding. Both my nieces purchased their weddings gowns in bridal boutiques but my daughter found it difficult to find her perfect dress, right off the rack.

We even traveled into Maryland shopping for a dress. She eventually let it slip that she wished she could have a wedding dress which combined several looks - in other words, a custom design.

Good thing Mom sews! Grandmother contributed beautifully sheer, hand embroidered and beaded organza for the bodice. Mom contributed the many yards of silk Duchess satin and silk chiffon for the multiple layers of the full length skirt.

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You may want to consider a custom made gown but be sure to check out the incredible selection of designer models, in a full range of prices, before you tackle what could become a stressful project.

We combined several styles and sewing patterns then I set about sewing a one-of-a-kind bridal gown.

Bottom line? Sewing a wedding dress is not a quick and easy project.

You do not want to cut any corners on this special sewing project and using the best of everything, including the highest quality bridal and special occasion fabrics will repay you one hundred fold.

Don't look at this as a "how much can I save by making the dress myself?" question.

Yes, you will save on the total dollar amount but you may incur other costs if you do not have the proper tools to undertake the sewing project.

With years of experience in the custom sewing business, I had already sewn flower girl and bridesmaid dresses, as well as maid of honor and mother of the bride dresses, even a toddler sized ring bearer outfit, so I had everything in the way of sewing equipment.

I also found material at Joann Fabrics, Hancock and Minnesota Fabrics. Remember them? At one time, they had a store in Dillingham Square.

Here are some of the tools you will need:

  • A good sewing machine with a few more functions that the basic stitches, and knowledge of certain hand finishing techniques. Many sections of this project require hand sewing.
  • A large surface on which to lay out, cut and work with the fabric and pattern pieces,
  • A dress-form adjusted to the brides measurements - doubles as a "hanger".
  • Sharp scissors and high quality notions
  • A full length mirror.

We found the fabric for the bodice at G-Street Fabrics in Rockville, Maryland [they have a store in Centerville, VA] but had to order the skirt fabric online from Fishman's Fabrics in Chicago.

Do not overlook premier retailers like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus for a traditional and non-traditional style dress which could easily double as a wedding dress. Nordstrom has a "wedding shop" and carries dresses for everyone in the wedding party.

David's Bridal features their own bridal gown collection along with Oleg Cassini, Galina and Galina Signature collections. They also offer collections in women's and petite sizes - basically a fit for every size and shape.

Visit Labella Bridal & Consignment Boutique at 313 Mill Street, in Occoquan, Virginia 22125, and you may find your dream dress on consignment. They also offer bridesmaid attire, evening gowns, cocktail dresses, prom dresses and accessories. Call them at [703]494-2929 or toll free at [866]619-4678.

Bride 2B is located at 201 Union Street, also in Occoquan, Virginia. Their number is [703] 901-2468.

Allegra's Bridal is also in Occoquan, at 204 Ellicott Street. The zip is 22125 and the telephone number is [703]494-3293.

Venturing outside Woodbridge, we have the Dreams Boutique, Inc. at 8998-D Lorton Station Blvd, (703)339-6626, in Lorton, Virginia 22079. The boutique features dresses, accessories and the following designers:

  • Mori Lee
  • Justin Alexander
  • Mia Solano
  • White One by Pronovias
  • Jordan
  • Bari Jay
  • Bill Levkoff

If you are looking for bridesmaids and formal dresses by Dessy and After Six, call Katherine's Bridal Boutique in Alexandria, Virginia at [793]370-8922.

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Ah...but where will the groom and grooms men find their attire?

S&K is gone...We used their store in the mall for both proms and weddings. Unfortunately, the Men's Wearhouse and Tux located next door to David's Bridal in Potomac Festival, has disappeared - almost overnight. There is another location in the Smoketown Station Shopping Center, at 2784 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge, VA 22192. Their telephone is [703]491-5606.

Store Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday 9:30 am to 6 pm; Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.

Don't forget to check tux rental possibilities in Manassas, Lorton, Springfield, and into Alexandria.

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Wedding Shopping Guide: Bridal Footwear

Are you dreaming of the perfect wedding day? There is so much involved in getting thing just right!

Of all days, THIS is the day to have a stunningly gorgeous dress, the most amazing bridal shoes and all of the details nailed down to perfection. When you are ready to find great tips and info about high fashion bridal footwear and even dyeable wedding shoes, dive into the pages of this high-fashion wedding shoes website!

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Do you need party or wedding shoes for children?

Quinceañeras

CJKK Bridals and Quinceañeras is located at 13412 Jefferson Davis Highway, Woodbridge, VA 22191 - Inside HI-MART Mall. They offer dresses for weddingsbridesmaids, Sweet 15 and Quinceañeras, baptisms and First Communion.

Bridal Services

Kara Allan and Associates, LLC is a full service style concierge that provides professional luxurious on-location bridal hair and makeup services. Contact them at P.O. Box 6384, Woodbridge, VA 22195 and call them at [703]344-7345.

Makeup By Marie Webb has a Woodbridge address but a Maryland telephone number! For rates and booking availability, contact Marie with your wedding date and time. The number is [301]302-1312.

Here is another idea. Are you considering a rental? Carmen's Bridal Rental and Sales, is located at 1835 University Blvd. Suite 214 in Hyattsville, MD 20783 Map (a little more than 32 miles from Woodbridge). Their number is [301]445-7519. They offer a wide choice of designers to fit a variety of budgets, whether you want to buy or rent.

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Wedding Photography

Our opinion? Do not cut corners when it comes to wedding photos...

They are for a lifetime so select a photographer you are not only comfortable with but one who takes the style of photos you would like.

We've seen the digital albums, the printed albums and variations thereof - we preferred the actual prints which you can order in a variety of sizes.

We selected a photographer who basically was part of the wedding party, a "guest" who took photos of every aspect of the big day - from dressing the bride to the getaway.

Ren Rasmussen, a wedding and lifestyle photographer, comes highly recommended!

Wedding Shopping Guide: Rental Services

When it comes to the wedding quote "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue", you can in fact rent or borrow certain wedding accessories - even the bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses.

Why not consider "borrowing" those expensive extras or the dress itself? Something Borrowed NY ships anywhere in the United States and with added charges - all over the world.

Wondering how to rent a wedding dress? It is easier than you might think.

Many businesses offer to find the perfect dress for you and also give you the opportunity to rent either your wedding dress or list a bridesmaid dress as available for rental.

Wedding Shopping Guide: Catering, Speeches & Toasts

Do you have to give a speech? Wondering what to say and how to say it? Check out the selection of professionally written speeches and toasts for every member of the wedding party! 

Good food is an important part of engagements parties and wedding receptions. Looking for catering specialists?  Be sure to review the services offered by Saint Germain Catering®.

Wedding Favors

Looking to match a color theme with unique wedding candy? Try DIY weddings favors such as Jordan almonds, jelly beans and M&M's in assorted colors as well as gold and silver. You can also opt for the traditional and elegant wedding mints.

The Fall season is one of the most beautiful seasons to have a wedding. The colors and elements of fall in itself are beautiful but adding them to a magical once in a life time event, along with fall and autumn wedding favors...is priceless.

The best thing about fall wedding centerpieces is that it can be all natural and could even be found in your backyard. With a little imagination and creativity, creating a fall wedding centerpiece will not hurt the couple's wedding budget.

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