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Say 'Yes to the Dress' at I Do I Do Bridal

Potomac Lifestyle sits down with boutique owner, Leanne Robey, to discuss her shop's resounding success.

Article by Marie Wood

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Potomac Lifestyle

In the not-so-distant past local brides-to-be used to love the personal attention and wide variety of gowns they could find at Claire Dratch, Saks Jandel, and Rizik’s. Alas, those stores have all closed in recent years leaving brides with fewer small, boutique bridal stores to visit.

However, one of the remaining options definitely worth visiting is I Do I Do Bridal in Gaithersburg. Satisfied patrons call it “a hidden gem” with its convenient location just outside of DC. We sat down with boutique owner, Leanne Robey, to discuss her shop's resounding success.

Potomac Lifestyle: What do you think makes I Do I Do Bridal special?

Leanne Robey: We work to offer our prospective brides and any family members they bring with them a special experience they will remember. We don’t consider ourselves to be just another bridal salon and we’re not an assembly line. Our lead consultant, Tracy, has been here for more than five years and works with her customers to make their shopping experience as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. To Tracy, the customer’s feedback is something she really listens and responds to. We also have a seamstress available to make necessary alterations.

PL: How does your merchandise compare to big chain stores and extremely exclusive stores?

LR: I would describe us as a bridge between the chain stores and exclusive salons that only sell couture gowns. We offer a selection of off-the-rack and special-order gowns ranging in price from $1,200 to $2,500.

PL: Do you only sell bridal gowns?

LR: No, we also sell styles for mothers of the bride and mothers of the groom and flower girls, as well as headpieces, veils, and jewelry. Some customers will buy our gowns for black tie, formal events as well.

PL: Can anyone walk in and try on gowns?

LR: We require appointments to best serve our customers. Because our salon has limited seating we can accommodate the bride and a maximum of four guests. Appointments can be made on our website.

PL: What choices do you offer in wedding gowns?

LR: We offer an extensive collection of new, special order, and off-the-rack wedding gowns. Popular special-order gowns include dresses by Justin Alexander, Rebecca Ingram by Maggie Sottero, Sophia Tolli, Casablanca Bridals and Adriana Alier.

PL: How far ahead of their weddings should brides begin shopping for gowns?

LR: The ideal time to start shopping for a bridal gown is at least nine months to a year before the wedding day.

We’d love to help you find the perfect dress for your special day!

I Do I Do Bridal 15932 Luanne Drive, Gaithersburg, Md.; call or text 240-243-0050;; open every day except Tuesday; visit for appointments.

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