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Bridal Bummer

Something blue for bridal shops in a bad economy



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    Remember that movie "Bride Wars"? Well, the fight is now over just getting a dress! ANY dress.

    Some local brides are facing a new form of stress: Bridal shops are closing their doors. Lady Hamilton Bridal Salon in Arlington sent out a notice to its brides-to-be. The subject line: We're closing at the end of July.

    "It's cutting it close," said bride-to-be Dana Haskell of Fairfax, Va. Haskell is getting married in September and she's anxious about getting her dress in time to make alterations. The good news, says shop owner Nancy Griffin, is that all outstanding merchandise will be shipped to another bridal boutique in Waldorf, Md.

    Designer bridal salon Harriet Kassman is also closing up shop. After three decades in the high-end apparel business (and the last three dealing in the white, lacy, poufy stuff as well), the owner of the ritzy Mazza Gallerie shop on Wisconsin Avenue is calling it quits. She's ready to retire, but couldn't find a buyer for the shop.

    "What did I do wrong?" said Harriet Kassman, of the upscale shop that bears her name.

    Well, Kassman can blame it on the bridal blues. Kassman said brides in past years shelled out about $3,000 for that must-have-gown. Now, they're spending half that. The proof is in the numbers -- luxury retail sales have nosedived ... right off the wedding cake.

    So now that D.C. has a lot less white satin and lace to go around, the true hardcore bridezillas are going to rule the shops. Our advice: If you end up attending Filene's Running of the Brides, wear a helmet.