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Carine's Bridal Atelier

Washington , DC
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LOCATION

1623 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 US (map)

PHONE

202-965-4696

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ABOUT US

Our Philosophy
Carine’s Bridal Atelier highlights the artistry of design in bridal fashion, and showcases the personality of individual designers as it comes out in their gowns.... Read more
Our Philosophy
Carine’s Bridal Atelier highlights the artistry of design in bridal fashion, and showcases the personality of individual designers as it comes out in their gowns. Carine’s offers an unparallel wedding gown expertise and tailors bridal fashion to a body type, personality and destination.

When Carine began sharing her idea to designers such as Angel Sanchez, Kenneth Pool, Mellissa Sweet and Reem Acra they encouraged her and pledged their support. Currently, over 100 of the best dresses from Carine’s favorite designers are onsite at the Georgetown boutique.

The store is built to be an oasis, away from high speed life. Every bride entering will be afforded privacy by the spaciousness, a sense of calm, and personalized attention by fashion experts. The store is designed to offer a soothing experience that creates an enjoyable event to share with those most loved.

Carine’s Bridal Atelier’s mission is to provide brides with unparallel service and a customized experience. Carine’s Bridal Atelier is fashion savvy and focused on you.

Your aisle is our runway.
Carine’s Bio
Carine began her career in fashion over 10 years ago when she moved to New York City to join the design team at AEFFE (the parent company of Moschino, Jean Paul Guteiler and Alberta Ferretti). When family concerns brought her back to Washington DC, she began working with Vera Wang, and was eventually hired away to Priscilla of Boston. After local success and recognition, and as her reputation grew, she was courted to Saks Fifth Avenue in Tyson’s Corner to head the bridal salon.

Carine’s experience at other DC salons afforded her the opportunity to interface with the design community in New York City. Twice a year the industry gathers for bridal fashion week where there are fashion shows, runways, models and designer parties. Carine has attended every one, where it was her job to hand-select wedding dresses off of the runway to carry in store. Over the years she developed close relationships with some of her favorite designers, and made many friends at salons in New York City and across the country. Carine noticed that there was a big difference between the typical bridal salon in New York and the typical bridal salon in DC. New York bridal salons tended to be more sophisticated, the staff more knowledgeable (often with a background in design), and the collection of dresses larger. Carine felt that with her experience, contacts, and vision, she could bring the look and feel of a New York City salon to the Mid-Atlantic. Read less
Dress & Attire

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INFO FOR DRESS & ATTIRE

Who do you provide services for?
Bride
Which of the following services do you provide??
Alterations, Appointments Only, Sample Sales, Trunk Shows
Which of the following items do you offer?
Bridal Gowns, Hair Accessories, Jewelry, Sample Gowns, Undergarments, Veils
How often do you receive new bridal gowns?
Seasonally

REVIEWS

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Veronica
Wedding:
11/12/2016
5.0/5.0
Carine’s was the first bridal shop I visited and where I purchased my gown. Adele, my consultant, was a pleasure to work with, and I felt like she really understood my style and respected my budget. Carine is also wonderful and helped me to pick out my reception dress. Aziza, the seamstress did a phenomenal job on alterations for both dresses, and I can’t recommend her enough!
Carine’s was the first bridal shop I visited and where I purchased my gown. Adele, my consultant, was a pleasure to work Read more...
Carine’s was the first bridal shop I visited and where I purchased my gown. Adele, my consultant, was a pleasure to work with, and I felt like she really understood my style and respected my budget. Carine is also wonderful and helped me to pick out my reception dress. Aziza, the seamstress did a phenomenal job on alterations for both dresses, and I can’t recommend her enough! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
While I ended up choosing a dress from a different boutique, I cannot say enough good things about Carine's. Adeline took amazing care of me. She was incredibly knowledgable and truly listened and pulled amazing options.
While I ended up choosing a dress from a different boutique, I cannot say enough good things about Carine's. Adeline took Read more...
While I ended up choosing a dress from a different boutique, I cannot say enough good things about Carine's. Adeline took amazing care of me. She was incredibly knowledgable and truly listened and pulled amazing options. Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
10/1/2016
5.0/5.0
I purchased what I thought was "the one" from another store, only to discover the ordered dress looked nothing like I envisioned when I tried on the pinned sample size. Then I came to Carine's, and Briana was a wedding angel! She helped me find the perfect dress and far exceeded my customer service expectations. She helped reschedule my fitting when my shoes didn't arrive in time. And when I realized (too late) that I forgot to order a veil and was worried, she searched through the sample sale items to find two brand new veils that matched my dress (others had ordered them and changed their minds). She was wonderful, made the experience stress free!

I also did my alterations here, and the alteration team was fabulous as well.
I purchased what I thought was "the one" from another store, only to discover the ordered dress looked nothing like I Read more...
I purchased what I thought was "the one" from another store, only to discover the ordered dress looked nothing like I envisioned when I tried on the pinned sample size. Then I came to Carine's, and Briana was a wedding angel! She helped me find the perfect dress and far exceeded my customer service expectations. She helped reschedule my fitting when my shoes didn't arrive in time. And when I realized (too late) that I forgot to order a veil and was worried, she searched through the sample sale items to find two brand new veils that matched my dress (others had ordered them and changed their minds). She was wonderful, made the experience stress free!

I also did my alterations here, and the alteration team was fabulous as well. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Let me begin by saying that my daughter did not buy her dress here but not because she did not find a very good selection of bridal dresses to choose from and at prices that were not ridiculously expensive but because my daughter lives in New York and coming to DC for fittings would have been too complicated. I still wanted to write a review to say how impressed I was by the customer service and the many beautiful dresses that my daughter actually found there. I had already accompanied my daughter to several bridal stores in New York when she came home to DC for a long weekend. We took advantage of a few hours she had before heading back to Union Station and called Carine's to see if they could accommodate us. And they could. One of the dresses that she liked had a detail in the train that made it heavy and difficult to walk so they promised to call the designer and consult about possibly altering it. They wrote to us back and forth after consulting the designer - and unfortunately making it lighter would totally change the train which was what made the dress beautiful but Carine and Cori, in particular, were very responsive and helpful. Like I said, we ended up buying my daughter's dress in New York which made more sense considering the fittings but I was so pleased and impressed with the store that I tell all my friends with daughter's of marrying age to make Carine's a must visit in their bridal dress search.
Let me begin by saying that my daughter did not buy her dress here but not because she did not find a very good selection Read more...
Let me begin by saying that my daughter did not buy her dress here but not because she did not find a very good selection of bridal dresses to choose from and at prices that were not ridiculously expensive but because my daughter lives in New York and coming to DC for fittings would have been too complicated. I still wanted to write a review to say how impressed I was by the customer service and the many beautiful dresses that my daughter actually found there. I had already accompanied my daughter to several bridal stores in New York when she came home to DC for a long weekend. We took advantage of a few hours she had before heading back to Union Station and called Carine's to see if they could accommodate us. And they could. One of the dresses that she liked had a detail in the train that made it heavy and difficult to walk so they promised to call the designer and consult about possibly altering it. They wrote to us back and forth after consulting the designer - and unfortunately making it lighter would totally change the train which was what made the dress beautiful but Carine and Cori, in particular, were very responsive and helpful. Like I said, we ended up buying my daughter's dress in New York which made more sense considering the fittings but I was so pleased and impressed with the store that I tell all my friends with daughter's of marrying age to make Carine's a must visit in their bridal dress search. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
I loved my wedding gown search experience. My mom and best friend went with me and the staff was very accommodating. They made the whole process so easy and special. They pulled gowns that fit my requirements and I found the perfect one. I am very pleased with the fitting and alterations, too.
I loved my wedding gown search experience. My mom and best friend went with me and the staff was very accommodating. They Read more...
I loved my wedding gown search experience. My mom and best friend went with me and the staff was very accommodating. They made the whole process so easy and special. They pulled gowns that fit my requirements and I found the perfect one. I am very pleased with the fitting and alterations, too. Read less
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Tara
Wedding:
5/13/2016
5.0/5.0
I have had the absolute best experience at Carine's and specifically with Cori -- whose patience with my indecisiveness was incredible! I went specifically knowing I wanted Berta, and while I found a dress I loved, they suggested I rebook for when the Berta Trunk Show was in town a few weeks later. I AM SO HAPPY I WAITED! I found my dream dress, with the trunk show discount, and they worked with the designer to expedite my dress without the rush fee, even when we had a venue and date change. They are professional, wonderful and I wouldn't trade my experience there for anything (I tried other bridal boutiques and nothing compared). While I haven't received my dress yet (1 more month!), I would highly suggest Carine's to anyone looking for an incredible dress shopping and selecting experience.
I have had the absolute best experience at Carine's and specifically with Cori -- whose patience with my indecisiveness Read more...
I have had the absolute best experience at Carine's and specifically with Cori -- whose patience with my indecisiveness was incredible! I went specifically knowing I wanted Berta, and while I found a dress I loved, they suggested I rebook for when the Berta Trunk Show was in town a few weeks later. I AM SO HAPPY I WAITED! I found my dream dress, with the trunk show discount, and they worked with the designer to expedite my dress without the rush fee, even when we had a venue and date change. They are professional, wonderful and I wouldn't trade my experience there for anything (I tried other bridal boutiques and nothing compared). While I haven't received my dress yet (1 more month!), I would highly suggest Carine's to anyone looking for an incredible dress shopping and selecting experience. Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
4/30/2016
5.0/5.0
My experience with Carine’s could not have been better. I spent months and months looking for the perfect gown, and in the process tried on at least a dozen dresses at Carine’s alone. The girls, especially Jennifer, Briana, and Corey, became like friends because I was in there so often! I never once detected even a hint of frustration or annoyance from them. They answered my multiple emails (in which I asked for unbelievably minute details about gowns and veils) promptly and cheerfully. They ordered gowns in for me. They stayed after closing to let me keep the dress on just a few minutes longer. They even helped me FaceTime my mom who lives out of town by holding the phone and walking around the gown, answering her questions. Once I finally made a decision and ordered, the gown arrived within the time frame they gave me and was shipped to my wedding location with no problem. The selection of designers and styles was great and the frequent trunk shows really helped expand my choices. Overall great!
My experience with Carine’s could not have been better. I spent months and months looking for the perfect gown, and in the Read more...
My experience with Carine’s could not have been better. I spent months and months looking for the perfect gown, and in the process tried on at least a dozen dresses at Carine’s alone. The girls, especially Jennifer, Briana, and Corey, became like friends because I was in there so often! I never once detected even a hint of frustration or annoyance from them. They answered my multiple emails (in which I asked for unbelievably minute details about gowns and veils) promptly and cheerfully. They ordered gowns in for me. They stayed after closing to let me keep the dress on just a few minutes longer. They even helped me FaceTime my mom who lives out of town by holding the phone and walking around the gown, answering her questions. Once I finally made a decision and ordered, the gown arrived within the time frame they gave me and was shipped to my wedding location with no problem. The selection of designers and styles was great and the frequent trunk shows really helped expand my choices. Overall great! Read less
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Tracy
Wedding:
11/21/2015
5.0/5.0
Everything about Carine's was amazing. Their dress selection is by far the best of all of the places I went (although a bit pricey). But their customer service is top notch. I had three fittings for my wedding dress, and they called me when my dress came in, when they mailed it to me, and when anything was ready (i.e. for my veil). Everyone who works their is pleasant. They balanced the personalities of my overly excited mom with my more relaxed vibe quite well. I would highly recommend anyone to this store.
Everything about Carine's was amazing. Their dress selection is by far the best of all of the places I went (although a Read more...
Everything about Carine's was amazing. Their dress selection is by far the best of all of the places I went (although a bit pricey). But their customer service is top notch. I had three fittings for my wedding dress, and they called me when my dress came in, when they mailed it to me, and when anything was ready (i.e. for my veil). Everyone who works their is pleasant. They balanced the personalities of my overly excited mom with my more relaxed vibe quite well. I would highly recommend anyone to this store. Read less
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Anna Croll
Wedding:
10/31/2015
5.0/5.0
Gaby, Gaby, Gaby Gaby!!! I cannot say more. I am fairly certain that without her I would have gray hair by now. Buying a dress is obviously stressful, especially when you are spending so much money, but Gaby was patient and honest, and very helpful. She made the process less scary and less overwhelming and she did a beautiful job at not making decisions FOR me (even when i wanted her to) rather letting me come to my own conclusions, and then confirming her agreement after the fact. I did one of the not-uncommon situations where Carine's was one of my first appointments, and then I went to everywhere under the sun including 11 appointments in NYC, 5 in Philadelphia, and almost every option in the DMV region. I found nothing and then voila! I fell in love with a brand online, Mira Zwillinger. I looked up where her designs are sold and discovered that they were at Carine's all along! AND there was a trunk show coming. They were super accommodating making me an appointment and confirming that if I made my decision that weekend, there would be no rush fee, even though i was on the borderline of it being too late. I went in on a Friday, and limited it down to three, but Gaby noticed that I was having difficulty deciding in the time parameter. She got it approved for me to return early the next morning to sleep on it, just so that I was sure, and so I did. I returned 100% sure of my choice, the Ruby. Aziza, the seamstress is fantastic - very skilled and very easy to work with. I noticed on instagram that my dress has a matching veil I did not know about, and I emailed Gaby who was able to get it for me. Aziza even sewed on a small loop so that I could wear it through my cocktail hour as well. It was a great experience and now, post wedding, I am as confident as before that it was the perfect dress.
Gaby, Gaby, Gaby Gaby!!! I cannot say more. I am fairly certain that without her I would have gray hair by now. Buying a Read more...
Gaby, Gaby, Gaby Gaby!!! I cannot say more. I am fairly certain that without her I would have gray hair by now. Buying a dress is obviously stressful, especially when you are spending so much money, but Gaby was patient and honest, and very helpful. She made the process less scary and less overwhelming and she did a beautiful job at not making decisions FOR me (even when i wanted her to) rather letting me come to my own conclusions, and then confirming her agreement after the fact. I did one of the not-uncommon situations where Carine's was one of my first appointments, and then I went to everywhere under the sun including 11 appointments in NYC, 5 in Philadelphia, and almost every option in the DMV region. I found nothing and then voila! I fell in love with a brand online, Mira Zwillinger. I looked up where her designs are sold and discovered that they were at Carine's all along! AND there was a trunk show coming. They were super accommodating making me an appointment and confirming that if I made my decision that weekend, there would be no rush fee, even though i was on the borderline of it being too late. I went in on a Friday, and limited it down to three, but Gaby noticed that I was having difficulty deciding in the time parameter. She got it approved for me to return early the next morning to sleep on it, just so that I was sure, and so I did. I returned 100% sure of my choice, the Ruby. Aziza, the seamstress is fantastic - very skilled and very easy to work with. I noticed on instagram that my dress has a matching veil I did not know about, and I emailed Gaby who was able to get it for me. Aziza even sewed on a small loop so that I could wear it through my cocktail hour as well. It was a great experience and now, post wedding, I am as confident as before that it was the perfect dress. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
10/24/2015
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Carine's. I expect that for most people the decision of where to shop for a wedding dress comes down to who carries the designers that you like and that are in your budget. That said, you will be certain to get great service if you do end up at Carine's. Her dresses do trend toward the higher end of the range. But, they are not all hugely expensive. I went to my appointment prepared to spend much more than I did and found that the perfect dress for me was in the $3,000 neighborhood. Regardless of what you spend, you will get the highest end treatment.

During my initial appointment, I appreciated that all the dresses were out where I could really see them. My consultant followed my lead on the direction of the appointment and made the whole process very comfortable. I selected a Liancarlo gown with some modifications. I assume it depends on the designer the extent to which changes can be made, but the ladies at Carine's were certainly very accommodating of them. There was also some question as to whether I needed to order extra length for the dress because I was right on the cusp of needing it. It was great to have the collective experience of the women there to make the decision.

For as positive as the rest of the experience was, the seamstress was the best part. My dress fit perfectly and lay beautifully. To make sure I was happy with the way the lace on the bodice fell, she modified my undergarment and added ribbing to the dress below my chest. This was all to correct something I most likely would have been the only one to notice.

Overall great experience.
I highly recommend Carine's. I expect that for most people the decision of where to shop for a wedding dress comes down to Read more...
I highly recommend Carine's. I expect that for most people the decision of where to shop for a wedding dress comes down to who carries the designers that you like and that are in your budget. That said, you will be certain to get great service if you do end up at Carine's. Her dresses do trend toward the higher end of the range. But, they are not all hugely expensive. I went to my appointment prepared to spend much more than I did and found that the perfect dress for me was in the $3,000 neighborhood. Regardless of what you spend, you will get the highest end treatment.

During my initial appointment, I appreciated that all the dresses were out where I could really see them. My consultant followed my lead on the direction of the appointment and made the whole process very comfortable. I selected a Liancarlo gown with some modifications. I assume it depends on the designer the extent to which changes can be made, but the ladies at Carine's were certainly very accommodating of them. There was also some question as to whether I needed to order extra length for the dress because I was right on the cusp of needing it. It was great to have the collective experience of the women there to make the decision.

For as positive as the rest of the experience was, the seamstress was the best part. My dress fit perfectly and lay beautifully. To make sure I was happy with the way the lace on the bodice fell, she modified my undergarment and added ribbing to the dress below my chest. This was all to correct something I most likely would have been the only one to notice.

Overall great experience. Read less
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Carine's Bridal Atelier responded with the following comments:

Hello, thank you so much for your wonderful words! Hearing about your experience truly means the world to us. We also appreciate you describing each step along the dress process. There are many details to consider when selecting and fitting your gown and we strive to provide the best gowns in a range of prices for each bride we help. So thank you again, our clients are why we do what we do!

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