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.
Venusvi Crystals Bridal Headband & Hair Vine In fact, your personal *wedding shopping guide* should include venturing outside of Woodbridge [as close as Lorton, to Alexandria or Fredericksburg for example] in order to visit a wider selection of full fledged bridal shops...
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  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.
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 with vintage style bridal jewelry.
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:
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 494-2929 or toll free at 619-4678.
Bride 2B is located at 201 Union Street, also in Occoquan, Virginia. Their number is  901-2468.
Allegra's Bridal is also in Occoquan, at 204 Ellicott Street. The zip is 22125 and the telephone number is 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:
If you are looking for bridesmaids and formal dresses by Dessy and After Six, call Katherine's Bridal Boutique in Alexandria, Virginia at 370-8922.
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 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.
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!
Do you need party or wedding shoes for children?
CJKK Bridals and Quinceañeras is located at 13412 Jefferson Davis Highway, Woodbridge, VA 22191 - Inside HI-MART Mall. They offer dresses for weddings, bridesmaids, Sweet 15 and Quinceañeras, baptisms and First Communion.
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 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 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 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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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!
When it comes to the wedding quote "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue", you can rent or borrow certain wedding accessories - even the bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses. Locally!
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.
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