Friday, September 07, 2007

Carine's Bridal Atelier

I've already blogged about my first and second favorite bridal gown salons and next on the list is Carine's Bridal Atelier in Georgetown.

I found and tried on more dresses at this salon that fit my style then in any other bridal store in D.C. They have a great selection of elegant gowns with simple/clean lines. They have a few of the poofy princess Cinderella gowns too but most of the gowns were of a more current silhouette. So naturally I loved it. They carry Angel Sanchez , Carolina Herrera, Jenny Lee, Melissa Sweet, Platinum Collection, Pronovias, Reem Acra and St. Pucchi.

What I liked about Carine was that she wasn't afraid to give her opinion. Too many times bridal store owners and attendants try to tell you what they think you want to hear. If you like a gown then they like it. If you hate it then they hate it too. Carine had no problem saying what worked, what didn't, and why or telling you which veil looks better then the other. I highly appreciate this when trying on gowns.

This probably would have been my favorite shopping experience and I found my second favorite dress there but I gave points off only because the other bridal attendant did not seem as knowledgeable about the gowns/store as Carine. Obviously Carine is the owner so she is very knowledgeable but the other attendant was unsure about a lot of the details of the gowns (i.e. what colors they come in, what the fabrics were, how some of the dresses were supposed to fit...where certain bows should go, how some dresses should zip, etc.) She was very nice and this is no reflection on her personality but I think bridal store attendants should be very well versed on the dresses they are selling (even trying them on themselves as they come in so they understand the fit and how things should look, etc.)

Other then that I highly recommend stopping by.

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