Post # 1
I want to go shopping for a wedding dress but have no idea where to begin. I don’t really wear a lot of floor-length dresses, and never wear light colors, so I have no idea what looks good on me. Basically, I’m looking for a store that will let me try different things on but won’t pressure me to buy that day/act like I’m wasting their time. Does that store exist in the SF Bay Area? I need to get started on this but I don’t want it to be a miserable experience. I’d love to hear about good places to shop around here.
Post # 3
I wound up buying mine at Elegant Lace in San Jose- I went in twice and must have tried on 20+ dresses but my consultant was so wonderful. She was patient and never tried rushing me into a sale; best of all she listened to what I was telling her and wound up picking the perfect dress for me! They have a really wide selection of gowns and they let you pull your own gowns (which is nice at least for the first round, so the consultant can see what you like)
Trudy’s Bridal in San Jose also has a lot of really nice dresses. I didn’t have the best experience there personally but my FSIL got her dress there, and they are very popular here in the bay area.
Post # 4
I went to Novella, northbeach area, and had a really lovely experience. It was where I started and ended my dress shopping adventure. They didn’t pressure me and allowed me to start off by trying on a bunch of different styles. David’s bridal is also a good place to start since they have such a large selection.
Post # 5
There are two in the east bay that I had wonderful experiences with.
The first one was J’aime Bridal in Pleasanton. This was the first place I went to and they were so wonderful about letting me try on many different styles and with no pressure at all. The prices there were very reasonable, I think every dress was under 2000. I would highly recomend them!
The second place I would recomend is where I ended up finding my dress. It is Janene’s Bridal in Alamdeda. Again, very low pressure but they were incredible about finding dresses that I might like. My consultant had a degree in fashion so she was really able to help narrow what I liked and didn’t like about dresses. She did have me try on some crazy ones just to see what I thought. I ended up getting my dress from here as she picked out one that I totally fell in love with. It’s not one I would have picked myself but it was amazing!
Both of these places encouraged me to take pictures so see what I thought about them later. This was really useful!
Good luck and have fun!
Post # 6
I second the recomendation for Janene’s Bridal shop in Alameda. My daughter and I ended up going to 16 bridal shops, all but 4 in the bay area, and Janene’s was the best experience of all. The atmosphere was relaxed, we were made to feel very welcome and they had dresses that no one else bothered to carry. Not just the same old stuff.
I can also recommend Novelle, Bridal Galleria and Marina Morrison in SF, Haute Bride in Los Gatos, Trudy’s in Campbell and Blossoms Bridal in Dublin. We weren’t pressured to buy at any of them and everyone was friendly and helpful.
Post # 7
J’aime Bridal in Pleasanton is wonderful! I highly recommend them