Best Place to Buy the Dress You Only Wear Once

I Do I Do Wedding Gowns
15932 Luanne Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, (240) 243-0050

Spend one hour in a crowded dressing room at any David’s Bridal or one afternoon at a pretentious boutique’s high-end trunk show, and you’ll pray to whatever is holy for a third way to find The Dress. I Do I Do Wedding Gowns in Gaithersburg is the answer. Dresses, both new and on consignment, range in price from $99 to more than $5,000; most are under $1,000. The shop that began as consignment-only 21 years ago in a Potomac basement still relies on consignment for the bulk of its sales, but it’s also a full-service salon—meaning you make an appointment, you get to take your time, and it’s very likely that a lovely, unpretentious woman will help you find just what you’re looking for. You might even be able to afford it. The owner, Jacqueline Zeranski, bought her dress there nine years ago for under $400 and still stocks plenty of gowns in that price range. She doesn’t accept gowns more than two years old; most are either unaltered or altered only once. Alterations, if you choose to have them done there, are contracted through independent seamstress Dawn Brooky, who has been working with the shop for 19 years. Her prices, too, are extremely reasonable. “We think we do provide a good service to people in this area,” says Zeranski, “especially for people who have a hard time finding their price point”—and their dress.

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