Where to Find a Gorgeous Wedding Dress

These local boutiques offer big-name designers and small-town service in advance of the big day.

Bridal Portrait.

Finding that perfect wedding dress is no easy feat for most brides. But there are several boutiques in this area that are tailored to meet your needs. Let these local shops make the search a fun and enjoyable one:

The Bridal Room

Get a custom experience at this McLean shop, where a bridal consultant will select gowns to match your specifications before your appointment. A private suite may be booked for the bridal party, for those who want to turn the try-on process into a mini fashion show. And dresses are featured from a dozen designers, including Allure Couture and Essence of Australia. // 1365 Beverly Road Suite 1, McLean

Elegance by Roya

Owner Roya Hashimi has seven years of fashion design training in Germany and owns two locations of this bridal shop, which has served the area for more than two decades. Explore designers such as Badgley Mischka, Esé Azénabor and Vera Wang, and keep your eyes peeled for trunk shows and sample sales. (Pro tip: Up to three guests may be accommodated at appointments, so choose your crew wisely!) // 1311 King St., Alexandria (Old Town) and 8075 Leesburg Pike, Vienna (Tysons)

Bride In Beautiful Dress Holding Wedding Bouquet

Ellie’s Bridal Boutique

She has studied fashion, served as a bridal consultant and even vacuumed at a gown shop. Ellie Tanner knows bridal and has run this Old Town Boutique since 1996. Choose your preferred look, from vintage to glam, and feel free to touch the merchandise (which includes gowns from Madi Lane, Pronovias and Disney Fairy Tale Weddings). // 225 N. Washington St., Alexandria (Old Town)

Global Bridal Gallery

For more than a decade, this Old Town shop has served local brides with a wide array of gowns, including looks from Madison James and Eddy K. And … they’ve got a bridal gown outlet for super shoppers on a budget. // 689 S. Washington St., Alexandria

Rosalin’s Bridal Boutique

Mother-and-sisters team Rosario Ramos, Veronica Ramos and Rosario Ulisse run this Falls Church shop, with roots in the 1980s. Designers include Maggie Sottero, Willowby by Watters and some exclusive labels. // 706 S. Washington St., Falls Church

Zoya’s Atelier

Zoya Bitici and her daughter-in-law Amy oversee this Little City boutique that offers gowns from several designers (Suzanne Neville, Jenny Packham) and bills itself as the shop “where New York style meets London attitude.” (Zoya ran a design studio in New York and Amy hails from London.) The showroom is available by appointment only, so be sure to book in advance. // 260 W. Broad St., Falls Church

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