Promise...for the savvy bride closing

It is with great sadness and regret that we are writing to inform you that Promise...for the savvy bride will be closed as of Thursday, May 21st.

We have emailed all of you individually about the particulars, however, in the event that our email or communication from our designers do not reach you, we are posting all necessary information here, including contact information for all of our designers.

For ladies whose gowns are in the process of alterations and/or were stored at Promise, we apologize for telling you that construction was happening in our space, however it was done in an attempt to ensure that each of you received your gown. For the handful of you that were unable to collect your gown, we have arranged for it to be with Tania, and she will ensure safe delivery to either you or to Lana for alterations. Tania will be contacting you shortly via telephone to determine what course of action you would like to take and to coordinate the process with you.

Those with gowns on order will receive their gowns directly from the designer. We have communicated our situation to all of our designers and have provided them with all of our customers' pertinent contact and order information so that this process goes as smoothly as possible. No one will be left without their gown, veil, or bridesmaid dresses. Believe us, we would have liked nothing more than to have communicated all of this to you in person! However, due to the circumstances, we were unable to and we truly apologize for this.

All of our designers are expecting to hear from you, and some of them will be proactively emailing or calling you to assure you that all will be well and that all will proceed as scheduled regarding your order. You will pay the balance due according to your invoice (as you would have if received by Promise), and your gown and/or bridesmaid dresses will arrive safely. In case our email to you went into a spam filter or was not received, the following is the contact information for our designers:

Adele Wechsler
Issy or Jennifer
Phone: 877-264-2191 ext 222
email: issy@adelewechsler.com
Jennifer: Jennifer@adelewechsler.com

Aire Collection
Phone: 973-777-7223
email: tito.villa@exponovias.es

Coren Moore
Phone: 212-731-2017
email: sarah@corenmoore.com

Julie (She will be in the office on the 21st, but out on the 22nd for the
long weekend)
Phone: 212-731-2017

Claire Pettibone
Phone: 323-634-1929 ext. 103
email: moreen@clairepettibone.com

Jenny Yoo
Phone: 646-723-6826
email: Kerry@jennyyoo.com

Lea-Ann Belter
Karen Lackner
Phone: 440-915-3704
email: kl@lea-annbelter.com

L'ezu Atelier
Carly or Corina
Phone: 310-657-5398
email: corina@lezu.com, carly@lezu.com

Carla or Kenneth
Phone: 312-654-9078
email: info@vwidon.com

Those of you with veils on order, please rest assured that your veil has been ordered and confirmed and will ship on time. You will receive it directly from the designer. We have communicated our situation with Sandra's Designs, our veil designer, and they will ensure that you receive your veil.

We have provided Paul and Sandra with everyone's name, email, phone number, and mailing address, as well as a copy of your invoices. To receive your veil when it is ready, you may call Paul or Sandra at 630-629-2884, or email them at sandrasdesigns@juno.com. They will just need your name to identify which veil is yours. Simply pay the balance owed as detailed when you purchased your veil and it will be sent to you directly!

For those of you still in the process or beginning the process of alterations, Lana will gladly continue/begin her work, and you may contact her directly to schedule/reschedule your fitting at:

301-814-1004 (mobile) or 301-952-0544 (home).

Lana lives in Bethesda, and her address is:

Whitehall Condominium
4977 Battery Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814

Please be patient in your communication with her, and please mention that you are from Promise. We truly apologize for creating a stressful situation for you in the process of preparing your gown for your wedding, but please know that all will be well! Lana will do an excellent job!

Once your gown has been altered, we encourage you to get it spot cleaned and pressed at any of the following cleaners (don't forget to allow at least a week for this process):

Prestige Drycleaning 301-588-0333 (in Silver Spring, MD)
Imperial Gown Restoration 1-800-933-4696 (in Vienna, VA)
Parkway Drycleaning 301-652-3377 (in Chevy Chase, MD)

After your wedding, any of the above will do an excellent job cleaning and preserving your gown if you wish.

This past year has been difficult for everyone, and Promise has been no exception. When we opened our boutique 6 years ago, we had our sights set on bringing a wonderful, customer service-oriented and environmentally conscious bridal shop to the Washington, DC area. While we are proud that we achieved this, the ripple effect of the economic downturn has affected our business, and it has become clear that we must choose to close our doors to avoid negative effects to our customers, our vendors, and ourselves. We have done our best to minimize the negative effect on you, our customers, and truly wish that things could have been different.

This situation is less than ideal. We truly and deeply regret any difficulties caused. However, please know that, as the owners and staff of Promise, we are devastated, are experiencing tremendous loss ourselves, and are doing our best to get through this process with as much integrity as possible. We have done everything possible to minimize the effect on our customers, and know that while things may be unpleasant at first, all will be well, and your wedding will be wonderful!

As of today, Thursday, May 21st, Promise is officially closed, and we will not check email or voice mail at the shop.

I speak for all of us (including the incredible Tania, Kori, and Lana) when we wish all of you good fortune in your futures, and we have truly enjoyed working with you.


Jessica & Juliana
Kori, Tania, & Lana

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Lea Ann Belter 2010 Collection Preview & Trunk Show

This weekend is our Lea Ann Belter 2010 collection Preview and Trunk Show at Promise. We are one of the only boutiques in the country to host a preview of her 2010 collection at our boutique - and we are really excited!

Lea Ann's Spring 2010 collection was shown recently at Spring New York Bridal Market to rave reviews, and will be at Promise this weekend (May 1st and 2nd). Washington DC brides-to-be will be able get a sneak peek at her Spring 2010 collection, as well as some of her classic pieces. Lea Ann's Spring 2010 gowns will not be in any bridal boutiques till late summer or early fall this year - so this is a great opportunity to choose your elegant and romantic Lea Ann Belter gown!

Call 301-215-9232 or email info@promisedc.com to schedule your appointment

- Jessica

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More DCCWC Green Wedding!

The free Green Wedding given by the DCCWC was on Earth Day (this past Wednesday) and winners Dana & David had a wonderful day! The wedding was at the intimate and elegant Decatur House and planned by Katie at Elegance and Simplicity. Elegance and Simplicity also designed all the flowers. Cakes by Design created Dana and David's delicious cake, and Dana looked lovely in her Adele Wechsler gown from Promise (Carola Meyers was her makeup artist who applied a finishing touch). Adele Wechsler custom-designed the bow on back of Dana's gown to resemble a traditional bow called the korum, found on Korean wedding clothes, to honor David's Korean heritage!

Documentary Associates took all of the fabulous
pictures posted.

- Enjoy!


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DCCWC Green Wedding featured on WJLA!

Back in February, Promise participated in the DCCWC Wedding Show at the Decatur House, where Katie of Elegance and Simplicity announced the winner of a $50,000 Free Green Wedding - a total dream green wedding package including the Decatur House as the venue, the planning services of Elegance & Simplicity, catering from Avalon Caterers, music from Mydeejay.com, a free Eco Couture dress from Promise and Adele Wechsler , styling from Polished Image and Style, makeup from Carola Meyers, photography by and more!

The wedding was yesterday (on Earth Day) and Dana, the winner, wore her fabulous Adele Wechsler gown from Promise. WJLA came by and included the wedding in a feature on Earth Day!

Check out the video - the DCCWC Green Wedding is at the very end.

P.S. - the man talking about bees is Kori's husband, Nathan!

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Lea Ann Belter Spring 2010 Preview and Trunk Show!

May 1st and 2nd, Lea Ann Belter is sending Promise her newest collection shown at New York Bridal Market.

We are so excited to be one of the first boutiques in the country to have her Spring 2010 collection visit (we are 100% trying all of them on)! This is a great chance to see Lea Ann Belter's newest designs before they arrive in boutiques this fall. The collection will only be at Promise for the weekend of May 1st and 2nd - after that we will have to wait breathlessly until our own samples arrive!

Brides-to-be who choose their gown during the preview weekend will receive 10% off!

Call 301-215-9232 to schedule your appointment.

- Jessica

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New Claire Pettibone "Twilight" Gown at Promise!

Our newest Claire Pettibone gown has arrived!

Fresh from her newest "Rock n Roll Bride" collection, Twilight is at Promise!

Elegant beadwork and embroidery on charmuse, overlaid with delicate tulle and finished with a bubble hem create an ethereal and feminine silhouette.

To see Twilight or any of our Claire Pettibone gowns, call 301-215-9232!

- Jessica

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Promise with Bridal Gown Shopping Tips at District Weddings!

I was so flattered to be asked by Devon, Editor at District Weddings, to guest blog with tips on shopping for wedding gowns!

District Weddings is a great DC-based blog that focuses exclusively on local weddings, vendors, and planning advice. It is a great resource for area brides-to-be, and I am so excited to be asked for my advice!

To see the post, click here!

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