Archive | September, 2012

DC-Area Bridal Salons Under $2000

29 Sep

When I searched for bridal gowns, I had the hardest time finding a list of salons in the Washington DC area that sold gowns under $2000, preferably under $1500 (I just couldn’t live with myself if I paid more than this for a dress that I wear only once).   After much research I finally came up with my own list and would love to share it with you.   The following are a list of salons that have reasonably priced gowns:

  • Alfred Angelo in Springfield, VA.   I ended up buying my gown here.
  • Katherine’s Bridal in Alexandria.  This had my second choice dress.  Beware:  they won’t let you take pictures which was important to me since I wanted to see how I looked in photos with the dress on.
  • Ellie’s Bridal Boutique in Alexandria, VA
  • Moni’s Bridal Boutique in Manassas, VA.
  • Jeanette’s Bridal in Manassas, VA.
  • David’s Bridal in Rockville, MD.
  • The Bridal Boutique in Columbia, MD.  Not great for beach brides since most of their dresses are pretty heavy.  However, a large selection of gowns.
  • Bobbie’s Bridal in Fairfax, VA. – I didn’t find anything here for me, but other ladies may find dresses here.
  • Rosalin’s Bridal in Falls Church, VA.
  • Distinctive Designs Bridal in Rockville, MD.  – This one was far for me but it was my favorite of all the salons.  Absolutely great salon.  I love the layout.  Beware:  they won’t let you take pictures which was important to me since I wanted to see how I looked in photos with the dress on.
  • Pattrapon Bridal in Kensington, MD.  Cute neighborhood especially if you love antiques.

DC Fall Festivities

21 Sep

Fall may be the best season in DC for festivals and activities.  There is just so much going on!  The following is a quick list of some of my favorite festivals/activities in DC in September and October. Please add any other festivals you think of in the comments section.  Please note I will do a later post on Halloween festivities!

Happy Fall!

Adam’s Morgan Day – September 9 (PASSED – sorry!)

H Street Festival – September 15  (PASSED – sorry!)

Fiesta DC – September 23

WalkingTown & BikingTown DC – September 24 – October 1

Turkish Festival – September 30

Mount Vernon Wine Festival & Sunset Tours – October 5-7

Virgin Mobile FreeFest – October 6

Taste of Bethesda – October 6 (see my post about last year’s Taste of Bethesda)

Columbia Heights Day – October 6

Taste of DC – October 6 – 8 (see my post here about last year’s Taste of DC)

Cirque du Soleil’s Totem – now until October 7

Maryland Renaissance Festival – now until October 21

CourtneyMara.com is Returning Soon!

16 Sep

Dearest friends, family, and fans:   Stay tuned to CourtneyMara.com because the site is returning from summer vacation!   The rest of the year should be filled with some more great travel pieces by Courtney Mara and our great guest bloggers.  Please stay tuned!