I recommend this store to anyone who is looking for a gorgeous dress. This review is long overdue. I got married on Sept. 18, 2010. Maria's Bridal Designs shop was the store where I bought my wedding dress! I have spent several months looking for a wedding dress. I was overweight and I wore a dress size 16 and sometimes 18 depending on the brand of the dress. I also had a small budget because of my financial situation at that time. My mother in law saw Maria's Bridal Designs shop and we both decided to check it out. When I first walked in and saw all the beautiful and gorgeous dresses, I thought to myself that there is no way that I will be able to find a dress for myself that would look good on me, fit me and meet my budget. As one of the employees approached me, I told her of my small budget. She said that while I may not be able to look through most of the wedding dresses, they have a bridesmaid section of dresses that they can order in white or ivory. So I started looking through the dresses they had in bridesmaid section. I was very happy in the end to find a dress that not only fit my size, but the design looked so gorgeous that in a way it made my waste look smaller. I ordered the dress and it arrived on time! I didn't have to make any alterations and fit me perfectly. The best thing about my dress was that, even though I picked it out from bridesmaid section, it looked just any other simple wedding dress. Nobody new the difference and I kept receiving compliments on my dress for weeks to come after my wedding.
Maria made my bridal dress by hand- a true haute-couture gown with the best materials and incredible attention to detail and my creative desire. I brought her 3 different Elie Saab designs I wanted represented in my wedding dress.... and she actually made a vision...a hybrid dress that is simply stunning for a fraction of the price! I cannot fathom why anyone would go buy an off the rack dress when Maria is an option...to have your own gown that is a one of a kind creation, created by the bride.. is unreal- esp in overpriced boring DC....her creation is easily the most amazing detail of the wedding.
I can't say enough good things about Maria's Bridal. From the moment we walked in, we knew we would find THE gown and have fun doing it. It's a very small salon but don't let that fool you. They have TONS of gowns to choose from. I honestly had 9 appointments with other salons, I walked into Maria's and found THE one. I had the pleasure of working with April. She's super down to earth and not at all what I expected after seeing all the over the top sales girls on all the reality bridal shows (Kleinfeld, etc). April was amazing. She never seemed bothered by my indecisions, never rushed me and always had a smile on her face. I knew I would be in good hands and I didnt feel at all like I was just a "sale" to her. I also had the pleasure of meeting with Maria a few times for the alteration itself. She knows her stuff! Super professional and very knowledgeable! I would recommend all brides to be to go here FIRST!
I can't say enough about what a great experience I had with Maria's! Maria, April, and Erica became some of my favorite people in the world! The shop is tucked away in a little shopping center in Fairfax City on Main St (236). I originally found them on the Pronovias website and I am so glad that I did! When I went in to see them the first time, I met with Erica and I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted in a dress. I had a few pictures of some dresses in the Pronovias line that I loved and Erica pulled two dresses for me. I loved the first dress, it was stunning and I almost stopped right then and there, but Erica told me to try on another dress that she thought I might like better and when I did, it was true love. It was a beautiful San Patrick dress that was so unique--it was perfect. Maria was there as well as another bride, but Erica and Maria both made me feel like I was the only bride there. The dress took forever to come in, but that was because they'd ordered it to my measurements, exactly! When it was due in, I called April at least once a day and she was very patient with my impatience!
When I went back for my fittings, Maria really pulled it out. There were only a few modifications she had to make, but with the intricacy of the lace, I can only imagine how difficult it was to make them! She did a beautiful job!
I really fell in love with all the girls there and now that my wedding is over, I miss them so much! I would recommend Maria's Bridal Design over and over again.
I??m sorry to report that I had a pretty crummy experience at Maria??s. I made my appointment after reading all of your reviews but seemingly, the appointment did not matter. When I arrived I was told that my appointment was changed. When I arrived back home I realized that there was no notification of that change, I thought I might have a voicemail. No, they just changed in their book; I guess when the mother and young daughter walked in looking to spend a lot on a dress. I received very little customer service while the staff exhausted themselves servicing the customer who took my appointment. When my changed ??appointment? was to begin, nothing changed. Staff continued to work with the woman and her mother who bumped me. I was given very little information save for the advice that the dresses I??d chosen were less expensive and some ??not really wedding dresses.? I assume the experience I had was driven by my desire to find a more simple styled dress. Adding insult to injury, I was told to pile the dresses that I liked together and I would get a list of those dresses so that I could look them up on-line and I guess, buy them someplace else? Three of the dresses cannot be found, style numbers don??t even come close to the style numbers used by the vendor. Sadly, after one and one half hours, I found a frontrunner and I don??t have the information. I don't know why, but Maria's was clearly not interested in having me as a customer from the moment I walked in the door. As this was my first time trying on wedding dresses, it's just making me kinda sad.
I found the wedding gown that I always wanted it about three years ago in a bridal magazine. When I saw that dress I knew that was my dream dress. I got married in September 2010. So when it came time to find the dress. I couldn??t find it any where. I called about ten bridal stores. And the last place I called was Maria??s Bridal. The dress is made by Moonlight, and every where I called they told me that the dress was too old and they couldn??t get the dress for me because it was discontinue. I could have order this dress online but that??s not what I wanted it. I wanted a dress to fit my body. When I called Maria??s Bridal, April answer the phone. I gave her the name brand and the number of the dress and she was able to give me a price for both the dress and the veil. And she also told me they could get it for me and that it was going to take about five months. And when I hard all that I was sold! I knew I wanted to get my dress from there. I made an appointment to come in Maria, April and Erika was just amazing with me. I want to say thank you for all their help. And honestly I can say this is the best are the best in what they do and will recommended it to all those ladies out there! Thank you April<3
I was referred to this salon by my friend and I am so grateful to her. I had no idea that I should have started looking for a dress at least six months before my wedding. I really had to choose on the spot and the dress had to be right. I did not want to get anything too flashy either, so the dress I got was simple, affordable, but really elegant. I got so many compliments on my wedding day! But the best feature about this salon is people that will help you. I dealt with April and Maria and they were simply wonderful: knowledgeable, helpful, and kind. I am very glad I found this place. I enjoyed every bit of my experience of dealing with Maria's Bridal and I strongly believe you will as well.
I had a wonderful experience with Maria and her staff at Maria's Bridal Designs. During my first visit, they were very welcoming and almost made me feel at home. Their one on one treatment is amazing. I went to several other places afterwards but didn't receive the same treatment and went back for my dress. From the moment I picked out my dress until the day I picked it up, I felt I was in the best hands, and I was. No complaints whatsoever, I would recommend this boutique to anyone who is going to shop for their wedding dress. Everyone had tons to say about the dress I picked! I want to thank Maria and her staff for such an amazing experience!
I would have to say, the experience I received in this place was not satisfactory. The salon is understaffed and everyone seemed to be very pushy. The selection of the dresses is rather small, and I had to rely on the tastes of a sales associate rather than going through everything myself. The salon itself is also very small and it's hard to really do anything in it, especially when several other people were in the store with me. My family was constantly bumped into and they didn't even have a place to sit down for a second. Overall, I was not impressed with the prices or anything. The store has been barely open for 2 years, I believe, even though they seems to advertise as having over 18 years of experience?? What experience? The sales associate couldn't even tell taffeta from silk. I majored in fashion marketing, so I know all the terms very well. Also, they had some problems with understanding English. It was just generally hard to get my point across. I was overall dissatisfied with the customer service.
I went to about 4 or 5 bridal salons before I found Marias. I received an email through theknot.com about free alterations, so i figured i would check it out. Maria and her associates gave me by far the best experience I could have ever asked for. They were so nice, helpful, professional, and gave me everything i wanted. I brought pictures to show what I was looking for and they immediately brought me 5 beautiful dresses. I narrowed my choice down to two. I told Maria I liked the material of one, but the style of the other. She said Its possible! She brought out some fabric and started showing me how we could change the dress to make it exactly what i wanted. The amount of work and BEAUTIFUL job Maria did on my dress is nothing short of amazing. She created a one of a kind couture dress for me that is the most beautiful dress i have ever seen. From the lace details and sholder straps, to the bustle, Maria's talents are outstanding. Words do not do justice for the breathtakingly perfect dress she created for me. Thank you Maria, April, and Erica for the wonderful and warm bridal dress experience. Maria's Bridal Design is by far the best place to buy a bridal gown, with Maria ANYTHING is Possible!!
If you want to see the beautiful dress Maria made, just look at my profile picture!
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I??m not the type of person to write reviews online and I??ve actually never written one, but I couldn??t believe that anyone would write a bad review about Maria??s?clearly this Julie M. either wrote the review for another store or works for one of Maria??s competitors.
My experience with Maria??s was unbelievable! I knew nothing about wedding dresses, but the attendants were so helpful and taught me everything I needed to know. They were very friendly and really cared about my big day. I was really impressed with their customer service and the fact that they didn??t pressure me to buy anything. And Maria?..she is fantastic.....she is probably the best thing a bride could ask for?.she will do anything for you?and I mean ANYTHING to get the dress to be perfect!!! Her experience and dedication really shows!!!
Regarding the actual store, it is definitely not smelly and it is not any smaller than the other stores I went to around the area. They were all about the same size, or smaller, except for the White Swan which was 2 levels?.but I wouldn??t recommend going there?..THAT was a terrible experience! Apparently they only do ??appointments only?, yet when I got there, there was NO ONE in the store and they barely let me try on some dresses?..and barely paid attention to me...and now that I think about it?I think the manager??s name was Julie?..hmmm.
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I highly recommend Maria's Bridal Designs to every bride that want a high level in customer service, and the best prices ever.
They didn't pressure me to purchase a dress, like other stores do in the area. They were incredibly patient. They let you try on every dress in the store if you desire. The people were outstanding, the dresses were outstanding and I looked amazing! The dress was made just for me.
Maria You are the Best,,,,,,
I vote off that one negative comment made! I have visited quite a few shops and this one was the only one in which I could of hung out in all day and not feel pressured. I was immediatley greeted and helped every step of the way. I was only looking for bridesmaid dresses and my bridesmaids recieved the same treatment as if they themself were brides. Excellent. They were easy to talk to and didnt treat me like just another sale. Although I didnt purchase my gown there, it was the only shop that left a lasting impression! I would without a doubt recomend it to every bride I know!
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Of all the shops we went to, this was the best experience we had. As soon as we walked in the door we were greeted and shown gowns that were exactly what we were looking for.
Maria and her assistant, Erica, gave us the time and personal attention every bride should have. They made us feel as though our fast-approaching wedding date was their priority. We can't say enough about our amazing experience.
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I LOVE Maria's <3
I went to several different dress shops in the Northern Virginia area before going to Maria's. This is THE PLACE to go for elegant wedding dresses at the best price. I also went to White Swan down the road and had a HORRIBLE experience. I was afraid to speak to the owner because she was so bossy and mean. Buying a wedding dress should be afun and pleasant experience and Maria knows how to make you feel like a princess. She walked me through every step of the way and offered the best price. I bought the same dress for a few hundred dollars cheaper than anywhere else. She was able to have my dress "rushed" in order for me to have my dress in time for my destination wedding. Maria customizes everything and personally alters the dress herself. She even made a custom birdcage veil to match my dress. I can't say enough great things about Maria's bridal shop and the great service I received from everyone. I really never write reviews but I wanted to get the word out because I don't think it is fair for me to keep this a secret.
I was sure my dress searching process would be as hectic as I always heard it is. Fortunately for me Maria's Bridal was my first stop. And luckily i found my dress right away. Their selection of bridal dresses is full of taste and will meet any bride's demands whether its regarding make color or style that fits any body or shape.
After i picked my dress it had to be altered. Maria did such a remarkable job that if you see my dress now you would swear that it has never been touched or altered in anyway. The dress I chose was a size 10 and I'm a size 2.
Everyone there was so friendly and helpful they were even willing to come to work on a Sunday to make sure I got my dress on time since I was in a hurry. I was so at ease all the time. I couldn't have wished for a better experience.
Maria and her staff are absolutely amazing. The first day I walked into Maria's Bridal, the attendant was extremely helpful and very eager to listen to what my needs were. Shortly after, I must have tried on ten dresses. Because I tried on so many dresses, I felt like I was going to be pressured to buy something. However, it was the total opposite. Everyone was patient and more worried about what I wanted. Lastly, their dresses are affordable and they are always willing to create the look you want for your big day. Everyone their is so nice. I can't believe someone would write something negative about this place. I would go back to Maria's if I got married a second time.
I knew when Maria's went in. My mom always said we would start there when finding my dress. I went to Maria's for my first stop of dress shopping. I have a weird shape body (doesnt everyone bride think so) but I didnt know where to start, what size to try on, the shape, ect.
Maria, April and Sara were amazing. I tried on 2 dresses finding my size, then told them what I wanted and they knew exactly what to pull. I put on two more dresses and fell in love.
They were so nice, so helpful and really wanted me to feel special for my day.
I did go to 3 other shops (just to make sure I did find the right one) ALL the other shops were rude, pushy and didnt want to make me feel special.
I took my crew(sisters, friends, aunt, and my motherinlaw) back to Maria's and didn't want to take the dress off. They were able to tell how my dress was going to be made (I had to have one made with different measurements to cover my top) they were so understanding, and did everything at the best price.
When I ordered my dress, I turned to their bridemaid dresses and ordered all 8 from them as well.
Maria is amazing. She knows exactly what she is doing. April, her second hand is just as great as Maria. You see they work as a team.
EVERY time I called (which was a lot) they knew exactly who I was.
When my dress came in(which had to be rushed best extra money I spent) April called me and said come on and lets see it on you.
I was there in less then 10 minutes and knew I made the best decision ever.
When I found Maria's, I knew I found a place that I will be going back to. I did right after my wedding, at the after party wine got on my dress (about the size of a softball) and Maria made my dress look like new :)
I tell EVERYONE to go there and talk with them. They will help you find what you want or help make it, Maria is amazing with alterations so that every bride gets her dream dress.
I would say if you dont go to Maria's you might be missing out on finding YOUR dress :)
I bought my dress at Maria's Bridal and I had a great experience working with Maria and her staff. Maria and her staff were wonderful to work with. They were so nice and friendly. They really took an interest in making sure everything turned out perfect. My dress was stunning! My dress had some color in it, and I asked Maria if she could change it to a different color. She said she could do anything, and she can! The dress was even more beautiful than I remembered when I went and tried it on for a fitting. Everyone at my wedding loved my dress! Maria's Bridal had amazing customer service and they were so easy and enjoyable to work with.
I found Maria by doing a google search and I am SO glad I did! I initially took my wedding dress that I had bought at another store to her to do just my simple alterations (take the waist in and do the bustle). From the first moment I walked in the store Maria and her staff were absolutely wonderful and very accomodating. They learn your name and make you feel like you are their most important customer everytime you walk in the door.
At my first fitting, I decided I didn't like my dress anymore because it was a halter and I felt like it was going to be uncomfortable and pulling on my neck too much. Maria walked to the back to grab some fabric and I asked one of her assistants if she thought Maria would be able to remove the halter and change it into a sweetheart neckline. Her response was "with Maria, anything is possible". Little did I know that those words would prove to be more than accurate. This was NOT a simple alteration at all on this particular dress. Not only did she have to remove the halter straps, but she also had to build the dress up a little more because it had a plunging neckline, and the dress has a lace overlay with beading so she had to add additional lace and beading. She also built in a corset that created a great hourglass shape in my fitted dress and the dress turned out absolutely amazing!
I now have a completely customized one-of-a-kind dress to wear on my special day next weekend. :-) I can not even begin to tell you how patient Maria was with me and she made sure that my dress was perfect in a very short period of time. She would not let me leave the store without reassuring me that my dress was going to be everything I envisioned it would be when I returned. I changed my mind on several occasions and she worked late to make the changes I wanted and I came back the next day and the dress was perfect.
If you need alterations or want a dress customized to be exactly what you envision your dress to be on your wedding day, I very highly recommend Maria's Bridal Designs. With Maria, anything truly is possible. She also has some beautiful dresses in her store as well.
Thanks so much Maria...you are one in a million!
Most wedding dresses are strapless and I was interested in a different top. Every wedding store I visited had seas of strapless gowns and so did Maria's Bridal BUT she is able to transform it into anything you want. I bought a strappless gown and Maria created a halter for me to match the dress and my style perfectly. My dress also required someone to lace up the back for me and my mom wasn't sure she could do it properly, so Maria came to help me into my gown on the day of my wedding!
Maria also provided a wonderful dress for my mom. It wasn't a typical Mother-of-the-Bride dress, but my mom looked gorgeous. The dress was sleeveless came with a shawl, but my mom felt like she needed more arm covering, so Maria designed a jacket for her from scratch. It was a gorgeous outfit that made my mom look and feel amazing.
Maria's goal is to make you look beautiful and she can create whatever is needed to make that happen. She will give you her opinions, but is very open to suggestions and will always do whatever makes the client feel most comfortable. Maria is a wonderful person and skilled designer.
My experience at Marias Bridal Boutique was a wonderful and great experience. I was so lucky that I finally got my dream dress from Maria's boutique. She is a very high professional designer so I didn't have to worry about the alterations I needed on my dress.
I highly recommend Maria's Bridal Designs.
Maria was an extremely caring person and a very professional seamstress.
Maria altered my wedding dress that was 2 sizes too big for me & it looked like it was made for me. I always felt confident that it was going to turn out perfect and I had to go back several times to get little things fixed and Maria was always willing to fix it with no complaints. Not to mention, she gave me the best quote on alterations of anyone I asked. The staff is friendly and very accomodating, unlike many other bridal shops. The level of service at this hidden gem is excellent, as is the level of skill. I would highly recommend checking this place out.
Thank you Maria & staff!!
I went to a few places to find the perfect dress before I happened upon Maria's. The shop is wonderful. Every time I came in I felt like their most important customer. Maria personally helped me find the perfect gown (Blue by Enzoani) and she did all of my alterations. Between purchasing the gown and my 2nd to last fitting, I dropped 10 pounds and 2 inches. Maria was able to alter my dress to fit me perfectly and you can't tell at all that she had to take it in so much. I would highly recommend this shop to anyone. The level of customer service, skill, hospitality and value is extremely high. Thank you Maria for everything! My wedding is in 4 days and I can't wait to wear your beautiful dress!!
I went to Maria's expecting another wedding shop with dresses in bags, unfriendly customer service, and a small selection. But I was so impressed with how they treated me and the dresses were amazing. I went by myself and was unsure about making a decision, but they didn't pressure me to purchase a dress and in the end (after two visits) I decided on my dream dress!!! Maria helped make me feel soo comfortable and was willing to make any changes that I wanted to make to the dress. I highly recommend this store if you want great service, lots of choices, and one on one attention. Shes amazing.
I found Maria's Bridal somewhat by accident, and I'm so glad I did! Maria has created an intimate and homey setting and an innovative way of displaying wedding gowns. Forget those stores with hundreds of gowns in plastic that you can barely move around to see. Maria has a large selection of gowns, each on a mannequin for display! After going to two other bridal shops and being completely frustrated, I went to Maria's and was amazed that I could look around her shop and see all of the gowns as they would look on me. It's hard to imagine how much of a difference this makes until you see it firsthand, but it's a huge difference! Maria and her very professional and lovely staff were both helpful and knowledgeable, which was especially good for me, since I am extremely indecisive! I had only my dad shopping with me, and Maria and her staff made me feel like I had a mom and sisters there with me too! The gowns there are beautiful (there were so many I liked, it was hard to decide!); of wonderful quality; and, better yet, reasonably priced! Maria said she could even make a gown from scratch for me if I didn't see anything there I liked, but I did! I was so happy with the service there that I recommended the store to a friend of mine, who is also getting married in 2009. She went there first and left with a wedding gown, bridesmaids dresses, and even shoes! I've never written a comment for anything before, so I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't feel Maria's Bridal deserves it. Try it; you won't be disappointed!!!
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