Member Since: 2/12/2014
I planned to spend the weekend wedding dress shopping and made appointments at three different shops. Am I glad Katherine's was my first stop! Azam worked with me, and she was so nice and FANTASTIC at what she does. I walked in with a vague idea of what I wanted and told Azam. She asked me a few questions and then said "I have your dress." She was right! It fit me perfectly and was exactly what I wanted without me really knowing what I wanted. She brought out two other dresses for me to try, just to make sure. I'd also had my eye on one dress in particular, which she brought over for me to try on too. Nothing compared to the first one she picked out.
From the time my appointment started, I was done in 25 min and walking out with a wedding dress. Everyone at Katherine's was so nice to my mom and me and made our shopping experience incredibly fun! I cancelled the rest of my dress appointments and spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with my mom!
Member Since: 11/11/2013
I had the best experience ever at Katherine's. Azam was fantastic. I showed her some photos of what I was interested in and she knew exactly what to pull. I tried on about 4 dresses there and they were all fantastic. Great service, great prices, great experience overall. This was the second shop I visited and i ended up purchasing my dream dress from here. I'm glad i overlooked the reviews and went there myself. Every consultant there was nothing but friendly and patient. They were very helpful.
When I went back for the second time the same day Azam stopped what she was doing to pull the dress out for me again. I say bypass the reviews and go there yourself, because I'M TELLING YOU - BEST EXPERIENCE EVER!
Member Since: 6/18/2011
While I found my dress at a salon in a different city, I ordered it and did all my alterations through Katherine's. We worked with Kathleen, who is just the most fun, sweet, wonderful person to work with in creating your look for your big day! I went without a veil, but Kathleen helped me select the perfect headpiece to match my dress. We also worked with her to select my mothers dress for the wedding, as well as my bridesmaids' dresses. All turned out beautifully and Kathleen was just the best person to work with!
Member Since: 1/24/2013
I would not recommend this boutique to anyone. We made an appointment here because they were one of the few stores in the area that carried a particular dress style and designer we found online, but I'd give anything to have spent money elsewhere.
We weren't greeted when we went in, despite having an appointment, but we figured it was just typical DC area snobbery. I was taken to a back room full of bridesmaids dresses to try on the dress I wanted, we were not allowed to take any photos, and the woman left me and my mother to decide on the dress ourselves without telling us anything about the style or the fit or other dresses. I decided I wanted to buy it, so I was finally allowed to take photos and was measured for the dress. The owner herself took my measurements and told me they would order a size up to fit my bust and take in the waist.
The dress gets shipped out to the midwest where I'm at school and it's not only too short but the bust comes nowhere near fitting me. I call Katherine's and speak to Katherine herself about the poor fit and she tells me there's nothing she can do without my measurements so I send measurements and send photos, and not only did I lose weight (the dress should have been even more likely to fit) but the seamstress out here tells me that by taking it in at the waist and trying to cover the bust the dress will become even shorter (I asked for floor length). Katherine said there was nothing she could do after repeated phone calls, wouldn't take the dress back, and told me my body shape was responsible for the problem!!
My mother and I were appalled. For the amount we spent on that dress, to have it arrive so ill-fitting that it's impossible to alter and have the owner herself criticize my body and refuse to take back a dress she should never have ordered was completely unacceptable. The fit of the gown was something professionals at a nice boutique should have been able to manage.
I had to purchase a different dress, alone, out here at school, off the floor of a boutque in order to have a dress in time for my May wedding at all! Any good owner of a boutique should have known their dresses well enough to fit me for one-- I'm a size 0/2 with a D cup bust and I purchase perfectly well fitting clothing every day, it's not difficult. The dress I purchased at a much lower profile boutique out here had no trouble fitting me perfectly for a beautiful gown at half the price.
Katherine is rude, runs a business not worth the prices it holds out, and doesn't know her merchandise. Buy elsewhere and get treated the way you deserve to be, it's your big day and a snotty and unskilled vendor shouldn't have the opportunity to ruin your experience.
Member Since: 3/12/2013
Katherine's was the second dress shop I tried, and my mom and I were there for less than an hour. I appreciated their efficient help and their feedback on each dress I tried. My wedding was only five months away when I bought the dress, but they got it in about a month before the wedding and completed two fittings with minor alterations in plenty of time.
Member Since: 4/4/2013
I made an appointment at Katherine's Bridal with high expectations given all the rave reviews on this site. Boy was I disappointed. The service was frankly not great and one of the ladies was downright rude. I specified that i wanted a strapless or illusion mermaid gown (not rocket science) and the attendant was only able to find me one gown in that style. I tried it on and it was beautiful but too heavy. When I explained to her that I liked it but couldn't move, she was openly disappointed and wasn't able to find anything else similar. To make matters worse, all the dresses were so tightly packed on the racks that when my sister and I went to look through their stock dress we couldn't even see what they had.
This alone wouldn't cause me to write a bad review since my attendant was very nice. But I while I was trying on a dress, the other woman working in the store said in a very snooty tone "uhh my bride wants that dress" while I was wearing it and proceeded to tell me to take it off. I completely understand that another bride would want to try on the same dress but the message was so poorly delivered that I wanted to leave right then and there.
In sum, I've had much better experiences at other bridal stores in the area and would suggest looking elsewhere before making an appointment at Katherine's. I would especially suggest this if you are the type of bride who likes to look through the racks to see what a store has since that was impossible at Katherine's.
Member Since: 12/25/2011
I found my gown at Katherine's Bridal Boutique three years before I was even engaged. My mother was dying from ovarian cancer when I had the idea to get my dress before it was too late. Every mother and daughter should have this experience together and I knew my mother deserved to have this precious moment with me before she passed away.
My friend called Katherine's and explained the sensitive situation. They were more than willing to be part of this moment and worked their tails off to find the perfect dress. My consultant actually found the dress I wore on my big day! It had everything I asked and was more than I could have ever have dreamed of wearing on my wedding day! I am so thankful for her expertise and knowledge of the inventory. After picking out my dress, I went on a second date with my now husband! :) He knew my plans all along and was so supportive of my decision.
After I found my dress, I made an appointment for my mother to come see me in it. Katherine's gave us the back room for privacy and jazzed me up so my mother could see her daughter as a bride. I stepped out of their dressing room only to catch my mother's eyes gazing at me in awe and pride. We were able to take pictures and spend an exceptional amount of time together enjoying this moment. I never wanted it to end because I knew it would never happen again. Katherine's staff was right there with us and also shared in the emotional moment.
My mother died 3 weeks after we bought the dress but her heart was whole and at peace after spending time seeing me as a bride. I can't thank Katherine's Bridal Boutique enough for their patience, sensitivity, and support. These pictures are beyond special to me and will forever be grateful for them for allowing us to spend this time together.
Member Since: 4/18/2012
I went to Katherine's because they carried a particular designer I was interested in. The shop is small and I wished the parking lot was bigger; but the service and staff make up for it. They were the best around price wise. I was also able to negotiate my alterations, but make sure you get that in writing! My dress arrived fast and we were able to get alterations done quickly. I wasn't disappointed.
Member Since: 12/31/2012
I bought my wedding dress from Katherine's Bridal, and Katherine and her staff made the entire experience absolutely wonderful! I went dress shopping by myself, as my family does not live nearby, but the women at Katherine's were quick to fill in as family members, as they all stood around and "oo'ed and ah'ed" at each dress I tried on. I went in with a pretty good idea as to what I wanted, and the assistants went right to work, pulling out the dresses I was describing - they did not try to get me to try on anything other than what I described, which was fabulous. They were also patient as I took my time trying to make my final decision. After I purchased my dress, I returned to Katherine's to buy my bridesmaid dresses, and again, Katherine and her staff were extremely helpful and catered to our every need. One of my bridesmaids became pregnant after we ordered her dress, but no issue was too big for Katherine's staff - they ensured we took the best route to get a dress that fit for my bridesmaid, with no hesitation at all. Katherine and her staff are professional, extremely flexible, great listeners, and they really care about their brides! I highly recommend Katherine's Bridal to all!
Member Since: 2/15/2012
This shop had the most beautiful dress I'd seen and they were able to make my dreams come true to wear it on my wedding day! Love them!
Member Since: 12/20/2010
My dress was perfect! It was the third dress I tried on in the store. The women there know what they are doing and will help you find your perfect gown! We even went back purchased all the bridesmaid dresses here. The people are wonderful and though a little expensive it's worth it. One of my bridesmaids bought her wedding dress here when she went in for her bridesmaid dress final fitting!
Only complaint is when they do get busy it is hard to keep their attention. There are times you feel a little abandonded, but it is made up for in the dresses!
Member Since: 7/29/2011
Katherine's is where I bought my gown as well as all my bridesmaid dresses. They had a great selection of dresses that were very unique, although the atmosphere was a little crowded and hectic at time, but the ladies were always helpful and pleasant.
Member Since: 1/14/2012
I had an excellent experience with Katherine and her staff. They helped me to find a beautiful dress that was within my budget and that made me feel fabulous and looked like a Princess on my wedding day. A good thing about this boutique is that even if it's packed, they always have the time for you. Katherine is very flexible with prices and payments and her staff make sure to space out appointments and flexibility with each Bride. They want the brides to have a great and positive shopping experience.
Member Since: 8/8/2006
Bought my dress here. It was priced a bit more than the suggested retail price, but it was a hard to find dress and I was short on time.
Member Since: 9/24/2011
What can I say, I absolutely love my dress!! I received a great service every time I went, and the alterations were awesome! I am petite, and they had no problem making all the changes! I ended up buying my veil, head piece and dress from Katherine’s!!
Member Since: 7/6/2011
In the beginning I was skeptical about the service I was (or lack of) receiving. Once Shoshanna helped me find the perfect gown...I was sold! I have yet to see the gown I wore for my day in any catalog and almost everyone said that the dress was gorgeous! It fit perfectly and the only alterations were the hem and busle. I even ordered my blusher/veil from Katherine's. I felt stunning and that's exactly what I wanted to feel on my wedding day!
Member Since: 10/9/2011
I didn't necessarily believe that I would have an "aha" moment when I found my wedding dress, but the minute I put on the dress Azam picked out for me, I knew it was exactly right. Unlike other shops I visited, Katherine's did not try to completely max out the budget I gave them. Azam immediately picked out the dress that was perfect for me, and she was incredibly accomodating throughout the ordering, alteration, and pick-up process. Be prepared, the parking lot is tiny - I always went in the middle of a week day, so it wasn't too much of an issue, but I assume it gets pretty hard to find parking on weekends. I highly recommend, though!
Member Since: 12/25/2010
The staff at Katherine’s Bridal is second to none!! I was new in town and shopping for a wedding dress alone. From the moment I walked into the bridal shop I felt like I was at home. The girls were able to find me (a plus size bride) the perfect wedding dress. They were very affordable and had a quick turnaround time on alterations. I would highly recommend Katherine’s Bridal!!
Member Since: 2/12/2012
I went to Katherine’s to look for my wedding dress with my mom and two aunts. I was never greeted and neither was my family. I was handed a card to fill out with what I was looking for and my price range. My consultant practically yelled at my family for looking at dresses on their own and insisted that they couldn’t afford the dresses they were looking at (even though I had a flexible budget). The consultant didn’t really listen to what I was looking for and insisted on putting me in dresses that I didn’t really care for. Even when I found a few dresses that I ‘liked’ but not loved she got very insulted and asked me why I didn’t like her dresses and started undressing me in the middle of the shop telling me to take her dress off! My aunt ended up finding a dress that I loved and I thought that it could be the one…….until the consultant started being extremely pushy saying if I wanted it I had to buy it today and that I needed to hurry up and decide. She then started talking badly about the other bridal shops in the area and telling us why we shouldn’t go there and that we just needed to buy the dress and hurry. At that point I was feeling so uncomfortable and pressured that I decided against the dress and left the store. I was disappointed that the appointment had gone so poorly especially after we ended up finding a dress I loved, but it all worked out in the end because the next day I found my perfect dress at another bridal shop.
Member Since: 11/27/2011
After going to 7 different dress stores in 2 days i found a few dresses i liked but nothing i loved. I walked into Katherine's for my appointment with Shanna. I told her what i like and didn't like and what was missing from the dresses i had chosen so far. She pulled 2 dresses and said i know i found the one for you. I tired the first dress on and that was it!! I walked out and my mom burst into tears!! They listen to you and what you want. They aren't just trying to sell you another dress. They truly want you to find your dress!
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Gown Collections Available
This salon carries the following collections featured on TheKnot.com. Please note that this salon may also carry others not listed here.
|Caterina||B2 by Jasmine|
|Alvina Valenta||Sweet Beginnings|
|Jade||Jim Hjelm Occasions|
|Bill Levkoff||Alvina Valenta Bridesmaids|
Our goal at Katherine's Bridal Boutique is to make your experience of purchasing a wedding gown a joyful and memorable one. Our knowledgeable staff and skilled seamstresses are dedicated to your satisfaction. Our designers can custom design the gown of your dreams and rush orders are never a problem.
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