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The other day I caught one in an endless string of wedding programs on the Style network which (in a shockingly nonjudgmental way) featured a woman who bought one dress for more than $4,000, which she then shed after an hour for one that was more than $3,000. It was easier to dance in the cheaper one, she said.

I know, I know. It’s June. The onslaught of bridal coverage is in full-on Bridezilla documentation mode and there are surely worse examples. But there are options in the greater D.C. area for the noncrazies. For example: Get a used dress!

Jacqueline Zeranski‘s consignment shop in Gaithersburg, I Do-I Do Wedding Gowns, has a goofy name but is a light in a scary tunnel. I mean, have you been in a bridal salon? These women are frightening. Jacqueline, on the other hand, is very nice and almost truthful when she sees you try on something hideous. The store’s packed with gowns that are less than a year old, starting at $300. Heck, at that price, buy two.