Where to Find the Perfect Wedding Dress in Northern Virginia

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Several bridal shops in the Arlington area offer name brands and a personal touch. (Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash)

Finding the perfect wedding dress is no small feat for most brides. But there are several shops in this area that are designed to meet your needs. Let these local stores make searching fun and enjoyable:

The bridal chamber

Get a personalized experience at this McLean boutique, where a wedding consultant will select dresses to match your specifications before your appointment. A private suite can be booked for the bridal party, for those who want to turn the fitting process into a mini fashion show. And the dresses are presented by 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 boutique, which has served the region for more than two decades. Explore designers such as Badgley Mischka, Esé Azénabor and Vera Wang, and keep an eye out for chest exhibits and sample sales. (Pro tip: Up to three guests can be accommodated on meetups, so choose your crew wisely!) // 1311 King St., Alexandria (Old Town) and 8075 Leesburg Pike, Vienna (Tysons)

Ellie’s Bridal Shop

She studied fashion, worked as a wedding consultant, and even vacuumed a dress store. Ellie Tanner knows the bride and has run this Old Town boutique since 1996. Choose your favorite look, from vintage to glamorous, and feel free to touch the merchandise (which includes dresses 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 boutique has offered local brides a wide array of dresses, including looks from Madison James and Eddy K. And…they have a wedding dress store for low-budget super shoppers. budget. // 689 S. Washington St., Alexandria

Rosalin’s Bridal Shop

Mother-sister team Rosario Ramos, Veronica Ramos, and Rosario Ulisse run this Falls Church boutique, whose roots date back to the 1980s. Designers include Maggie Sottero, Willowby by Watters, and a few exclusive labels. // 706 S. Washington St. Church of the Falls

Zoya’s workshop

Zoya Bitici and her daughter-in-law Amy oversee this Little City boutique, which stocks dresses from multiple designers (Suzanne Neville, Jenny Packham) and bills itself as the boutique “where New York style meets London attitude.” (Zoya ran a design studio in New York and Amy is originally from London.) The showroom is available by appointment only, so be sure to book ahead. // 260 W. Broad Street, Church of Falls

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