South Bay Area dresses

posted 3 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 3
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17 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

There are a some stores you can try in the San Jose area. So far I tried David’s Bridal, Bay Area Bridal, Trudys, Elegant Lace Bridal. I haven’t bought my dress because I am still deciding on the dress and the wedding is in 8 months!
I liked most of the stores except David’s Bridal they have really poor customer service plus I didnt really like their dresses. I liked Trudy’s the best, they have a large selection. I know I read some comments about Trudys being a little bit more expensive than other places but they have great selection and I was comparing prices around and most dresses or designers end up costing around the same price in all stores.

Also, in terms of designers you can look into Mori Lee, Alfred Angelo, and Pronovias their dresses are not that expensive.

Good luck!

Post # 4
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251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I bought my dress at Elegant Lace in San Jose and loved them, very good selection and customer service. Allure, Maggie Sottero, and Essense of Australia were probably my favorite designers.

Watch for trunk shows to get the most out of your dress budget (usually 10% off), they come around fairly often.

Post # 7
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370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@AllyCRN:  Are you open to traveling to SF? I found mine at Paris Connection and though they didn’t offer in store alterations, they did offer a referral for a seamstress.

I also went to Novella Bridal, which I was afraid was going to be snobby but my adviser was actually really nice.

In my experience, I made appointments and it never felt crowded or crazy.

Post # 8
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251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@AllyCRN:  

Try browsing pinterest to get a feel for which designers you like =) I figured I really liked the Allure dresses, so I went in during a trunk show because then they have the whole collection, not just the handfull that the store keeps in regular stock. 

I would plan your first visit to be testing styles, so just go somewhere with a good selection of styles and designers and work from there.

As far as weekend vs weekday, if they only have 2-3 dressing rooms it will never feel busy, but somewhere like David’s Bridal will be much busier on a weekend.

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