Wedding Dresses and Accessories
Main Office Location:
1726 Wisconsin Avenue NW 2nd Floor
Washington, District of Columbia 20007
Carine’s Bridal Atelier is a star of the D.C. bridal scene, thanks to the salon’s noteworthy sophistication and high-class customer service. With a background in the New York fashion industry that included stints with Vera Wang and Priscilla of Boston, owner Carine brings a wealth of knowledge, style savvy and enthusiasm to her Georgetown bridal boutique. She has connections with some of the industry’s top designers, and Carine keeps up with the latest bridal trends and hand-selects each wedding dress personally.
The salon itself is beautiful and welcoming, and brides are lavished with attention from their very first appointment. Consultants offer guidance in selecting the most flattering gown for a bride’s body type and personality, and also take into consideration the wedding setting. Another plus: The staff is adept at creating an atmosphere of calm, essential for a positive dress shopping experience.
At any one time, as many as 100 designer bridal gowns are on hand, as well as a bevy of veils, headpieces and tantalizing fashion accessories—just the thing to lend a dress that certain je ne sais quoi. From elegant haute couture to moderately priced wedding dresses, the lush finery has something to fulfill every bride’s wedding fantasy.
Among Carine’s most popular bridal designers are Monique Lhuillier (including the more wallet-friendly Bliss line), glamorous Marchesa wedding dresses, celebrity favorite Carolina Herrera, and the contemporary innovation of Junko Yoshioka.
Carine’s also boasts a talented seamstress, known for expert alterations and ability to do complex modifications, even under time constraints. Overall, the brides we spoke with appreciated the sincerity and expertise of the staff as much as the wide selection of dresses. “No matter what, they put me first,” says one happy bride, “which is exactly how a customer should be treated.”
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“I had a wonderful experience at Carine’s. Each time I visited Carine’s, I was greeted by name and immediately welcomed into the shop. Carine and all of her assistants are extremely nice and provided a lot of guidance throughout the whole process. They gave me great suggestions about which dresses fit the style I wanted and worked best with my body shape. They really focused on finding the dress I wanted. The personal attention they provided really made the dress buying experience much easier and more relaxed.”
“I felt that Carine’s offerings were much nicer and more stylish than those offered at the other shops. She had a wide variety of dresses in many respects: price, color (creams and whites), and style. I really appreciated having so many great options in one location.”
“My dress was a bit complex; as is my figure. I have an hourglass shape, with a large bust and a small frame. When I came in for my second fitting, the back of the bodice was not as flattering as it could have been and I was spilling over the top of my corset bra. Carine and her seamstress not only reconfigured the bra itself, but the bodice of the dress. To do that they had to stretch the fabric over two inches! This was a week prior to my wedding! Not only did they do it, they never made me feel as though the dress wasn’t going to be perfect. When I put the dress on a week later, it honestly fulfilled every dream I had for a wedding gown. It looked, fit and felt perfectly perfect! I truly do not believe any other shop in the nation would have been able to modify that dress so close to my wedding date, or work with the figure problems that arose.”
“I liked the intimate atmosphere. Carine limits her appointments to two brides at a time. This creates an intimate and relaxed atmosphere for dress shopping. I found my dress during my first visit to Carine’s. I knew I wanted a dress with straps and a sweetheart neckline, and she had just the perfect dress for me.”
“The dress came in right on schedule and I had plenty of time for my fittings. The alterations were wonderful and my dress fit like a glove. The bustle they made was beautiful and easy for my bridesmaids to create after the wedding ceremony.”
“Carine went above and beyond in caring for me and my dress. I know she treats every bride and bridal gown that way. She has my 100% recommendation.”