Weddings are among the most memorable days of a person’s life and for most brides, they not only seek happiness, they seek perfection. Washington, D.C.’s bridal shops bring style, high fashion and unique vision to a bride’s special day. Any bride would want to glow and float down the aisle taking the groom’s breath away. These bridal shops will bring the flair of style and design to the wedding; the bride and groom are responsible for bringing the love.
Diana’s Couture And Bridal
1624 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-5689
www.thegowndoctor.comWhile many brides-to-be flip through a number of bridal magazines and search bridal websites to get inspiration for the perfect dress for their special day, some brides already know what their dream dress looks like. Diana’s Couture and Bridal can create original gown designs or recreate a gown that is the same or very similar to a dress of the brides choice. If a bride wishes to replicate her mother’s wedding gown, Diana’s Couture and Bridal will work hard to fulfill the bride’s wish. Some brides want to combine styles for a unique bridal gown and owner Diana My Tran can combine elements from more than one dress to create a stunningly unique wedding gown.

Cherry Blossom Bridal
1208 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 544-2400
www.cherryblossombridal.comCherry Blossom is a specialty bridal shop that focuses on brides size 12 and up. Every bride wants to look breathtaking, but it may be challenging for a curvier bride to feel comfortable walking into a bridal shop with confidence that they will find the dress in which to say “yes.” Cherry Blossom Bridal caters to brides ranging from size 14 to 28. Designer gowns are available for brides to select from while dedicated, professional consultants provide each bride with unparalleled attention and service. Appointments are required for a consultation.

1523 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-6162
www.hitchedsalon.comWhen the anxiety of planing a wedding starts to set in, looking for a gown can send many brides over the edge with stress. Hitched aims to create a fun experience for the bride to relax and feel excited about selecting the gown they have always wanted. Childhood friends, Julia Lichtman Kepniss and Carin Rosenberg Levine, had a passion for creating unique bridal experiences for area brides. Hitched consultants carefully create a profile based on the preferences of the bride and work to help the bride find the absolutely perfect dress. When a bride makes an appointment to visit Hitched, the consultant lays out what the bride should expect in regards to ordering their gown, alterations, and the timeline from dress selection to delivery.

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Wedding Creations & Anthony’s Tuxedos
3237 P St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-5762
www.weddingcreationsdc.comThis family-owned bridal shop, opened by Ed and Gerri Solomon, has been a fixture in Georgetown for over 32 years. Beginning with bridal gown and bridesmaids dress rentals. Wedding Creations can also assist the bridal party with coordination accessories to accentuate the beauty of their gowns.The shop has expanded to to tuxedo rentals for the husbands-to-be and the men in the wedding party. Anthony’s Tuxedos was born from the need to get men a tuxedo at short notice. Anthony’s can provide tuxedo rentals in at least one hour and pride themselves on the massive stock of stylish designs available to the gentleman.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier
1726 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 965-4696
www.carinesbridal.comCarine’s Bridal Atelier specializes in creating a spectacular bridal experiences inspired by high fashion runway bridal designs.   Carine Krawiec spent years cultivating her fashion design experience in New York City. After working with high-tiered designers, like Vera Wang and companies like AEFFE (parent company of Alberta Ferretti, Moschino and Jean Paul Gaultier), Carine combine high fashion design concepts with the vision and passion of brides to create stunning gowns for their special day. Carine’s shop in Georgetown is an oasis in one of D.C.’s busiest sections of the city. Stepping into her boutique is like stepping into peaceful bridal bliss.

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Tara L. Aldridge is a native of Washington, DC, a freelance and published writer, blogger, and photographer. She is a DC Healthy Food Examiner at In 2013, Tara published her first book of poetry and currently works with young artists to help them develop their creative talents. Read more of her work at