You’ve got the groom, set the date and picked the venue. Now for a million other details like where to find bridesmaids dresses. You want a look that’s both classy and elegant but youthful, a look that will flatter different body types and stand the test of time. Here’s an update on where to find some of the best designs.

Lefty’s Bridal & Boutique
Blvd at the Capital Centre
801 E Shoppers Way
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
(301) 420-2922

Your bridal burdens will drift away when you step into the elegant salon of Lefty’s Bridal & Boutique. Established in 1986, this family owned and operated business is headed up by dynamic design duo Lefty and Tai-Rhan McBride. In the hands of these seasoned professionals, who stay current on all of the latest trends and techniques in bridal couture, you can rest assured that every option will be at your disposal. You’ll be able to choose from bridesmaid dress designs by Alfred Angelo, Bari Jay, Allure and Impressions, to name a few. A formally trained designer, Lefty has dressed celebrity clientele like Kellie Shanygne Williams of the hit ABC sitcom “Family Matters,” multimedia personality and talk show host Olivia Fox, as well as international jet-setting members of the Saudi Royal Family. She and her attentive staff will deliver that same star treatment to help you “find that dream dress,” and ensure that you and your bridesmaids look your absolute best for your special day.

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Soliloquy Bridal Couture
754 Elden Street, Suite #103
HerndonVA 20170 
(571) 449-2580

Soliloquy Bridal Couture believes that you and your bridal party should make a statement. Your bridesmaids are an extension of the theme and aesthetics of your wedding and, as such, should look their very best. That’s why the bridal salon carries the latest in bridesmaid dress designs by Lazaro, Siri and Jim Hjelm Occasions. There are also a variety of designs available for flower girls and mothers of the bride and groom. Known for its lovely atmosphere and attentive service, you and your bridesmaids will be well cared for at this professional establishment, which was voted “Best of Weddings 2014” by The Knot.

Hitched Bridal Couture
1523 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-6162

This full-service bridal boutique boasts a unique selection of gown and accessory options for you and your bridesmaids. However, Hitched Bridal Couture focuses not only on the beautiful dresses that capture the essence of your special day, but on the entire bridal experience through a special wedding resource center located right within its facilities known as The Salon at Hitched. This planning library is a “one-stop-shop” for “everything but the dress,” and provides info on vendor referrals, as well as options for things like wedding accessories, invitations, welcome bags and gifts for your guests.

Ellie’s Bridal Boutique
225 N. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-8697

Ellie’s Bridal Boutique brings brides the latest fashions in bridesmaid couture from all of the top designers. Here, you’ll find styles that include designs by Bill Levkoff, Alfred Sung, Jim Hjelm and After Six. If your bridesmaid needs alterations to her dress, not to worry. Ellie’s has a team of full-time professional tailors who specialize in bridal and formal wear and will perform all of your alterations right there on-site—no sending your pieces away and wondering how long they’ll take to come back. Ellie’s also offers an in-house gown cleaning service that can remove tough stains like makeup and red wine from just about any fabric. An added plus, the boutique also uses the preservation services of the Wedding Gown Preservation Company.

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