Something That Sparkles and Something Tulle

I had the pleasure to stop by Fabulous Frocks in Alexandria. Located in the Del Ray neighborhood. This quaint shop is a must to go if you are engaged and wedding dress shopping. Great prices, amazing dresses, and my favorite part - stunning jeweled belts. Store manager Margaret, showed me around the beautiful showroom and sat down to give me her bridal shopping tips.

Tell us about Fabulous Frocks and where you are located?

Fabulous Frocks is a luxe consignment boutique selling sample, new and once-wed gowns.  We carry a wide array of designers, styles, sizes, and price points. We cater to every bride and every vision!

We pride ourselves on providing a personalized experience for each bride. Our flagship store is located in Charleston, South Carolina with the second corporate store nestled in the heart of the quaint Del Ray area of Alexandria, Virginia. In 2012, Fabulous Frocks started franchising with locations in Charlotte, Nashville, Anchorage, and most recently Shreveport.  

Come visit us! We can be found on:
1901 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA
(703) 683-2306

What should brides think about when going wedding dress shopping?

While first-time dress shopping can be overwhelming, we want our brides to relax, let us do the work and enjoy the bridal experience with family and friends! Even though most brides have been dreaming and researching about their dream dress from the moment they became engaged (or maybe even longer), we encourage brides to keep an open mind while dress shopping. You never know what you might fall in love with until you try it on! Explore different silhouettes, necklines, accessories, and materials. Also, feel free to bring a bottle of champagne with you to celebrate finding "the one"!

What are some budget tips you can recommended?

Social media can be a valuable tool to help brides keep abreast of trunk shows, sample sales and recent discounts. We use Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook regularly to stay connected to our brides and all potential brides.

We recommend preparing a gown budget before beginning shopping. Researching ahead of time for average pricing and designers offered at various boutiques allows brides to find the perfect gown at their unique price point.

Does Fabulous Frocks have any favorite places to look for wedding dress inspiration?

We are constantly inspired by the incredible gowns received from designers across the nation.  Not only are there endless designers, wedding blogs, and styled shoots, but some of the best inspiration can come from our local area. We love following other DC area wedding professionals to view their content and keep up to date on current trends. Looking at the gown as part of a larger picture allows us to draw inspiration from flowers, cakes, decor, and hair and makeup!  A few of our favorite resources range from Washington Bride and Groom to Southern Weddings Magazine. 

Who should you bring with you when going wedding dress shopping?

Every bride has different relationships that are important to her. Some brides prefer having an intimate group of just family, while others prefer the company of 4 or 5 special guests. There are even brides who prefer to shop alone and do not want to be swayed or influenced by other opinions. Facetime or Skype are great both great resources to speak with your loved ones who are far away and include them.

Want to learn more about DIY weddings? Sweet Thymes will be hosting the the DIY Wedding Conference on Sunday, November 15th. Join Sweet Thymes for a day of DIY planning and designing!