No matter what side of the aisle you’re on when it comes to bridal fashion (traditional or modern), there’s a Washington, D.C. salon that will get your vote. Find the dress of your dreams from top designers like Marchesa, or opt for a completely custom gown that’s inspired by a family heirloom. The capital city is even home to a “Project Runway” alum ready to dress you in a playful design.
Ahead, discover the best bridal salons in Washington, D.C.
Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Carine's Bridal Atelier stands by their motto “your aisle is our runway” by being the only salon in D.C. to offer the crème de la crème of Fashion Week famous designers like Carolina Herrera and Monique Lhuillier. Even the head seamstress comes from the high fashion world; she previously worked at Vera Wang for 25 years and now works on the second floor of this salon dedicated to alterations.
From the actual gown, right down to the accessories, everything at Nazemi Bridal is custom made. Not only will the seamstresses ensure every detail is perfect, but also that it’s functional. “My dress was heavily beaded, so I was a little worried,” said one bride. “They crushed it. I was able to party all night without tripping or any malfunctions.” This peace of mind comes at a bit of a steep price, but you’ll know your dress couldn’t be more perfect on your big day. Now that’s priceless.
Elaya Vaughn Bridal by Kate Pankoke
“Project Runway” All-Star Kate Pankoke is at the helm of amazing bridal salon Elaya Vaughn, which exclusively creates made-to-order gowns. Her motto is to give every bride a couture experience without the price. You’ll get personal attention from the award-winning designer from start to finish. “Kate warmly greeted us and kept the champagne flowing the entire appointment,” said one bride. “And then the day after the appointment she followed up by email with the details of the dress I liked the most and the design alterations we talked about.” While every gown is custom, come here if you’re looking for a more playful, modern design.