Post # 1
I just moved to San Jose about 6 months ago and my 2 best friends are flying to see me and go wedding dress shopping… but I have NO IDEA where to go! Any suggestions? Are there any must-go places in San Fran or around the San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View area?
Post # 3
Trudy’s is cool. Go to SF and check out some bridal stores there. There’s a lot of little shops you can check out. I bought my dress at Jaime Bridal in Pleasanton, but Trudy’s in Campbell is nice because of the atmosphere and all the diff sizes. Good luck.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2010 - Radonich Ranch, Los Gatos
I second Trudy’s. But I had good success at Marina Morrison in SF (it’s expensive, but find out when they have their sample sale). Also, Glamour Closet in North Beach in SF is great-super discounted designer dresses-plus then you can go get good food after!
Post # 5
and Priscilla Of Boston!
Has anyone heard of Jewels On Pacific in Santa Cruz? I think thats the name, my friend kept telling me about this place, but I never found a website or any info other than the address, so I never went.
I ended up getting my dress at a local store even though I went to San Jose on the weekends to try on dresses, I just happened to stumble upon one weekend while in Carmel.
Post # 6
Check out Elegant Lace @ SJ…great dress selections and customer service! I went for my dress and ended up getting ALL my accessories also, without going over my budget.
Post # 7
I got my dress at Bay Area Bridal in Cupertino. They are friendly and I got to try on dresses for an extra appointment slot since the girl didn’t have an appointment after mine. I also didn’t even make an appointment and showed up with no idea what I wanted! There are a lot of options there if your budget is around 1k-2k.
Post # 8
@FutureNorris: I went to Priscilla of Boston, Elegant Lace, Trudys and Davids Bridal. Put a deposit on a dress at Trudys and decided “the one” was a White by Vera Wang at DB. I was against David’s Bridal (bad experience back in Ohio where I’m originally from), but I had great service at the San Jose store. My consultant was Megan, adorable and helpful. Best to go on a weekday when they are less crowded, I’d recommend her for sure 🙂
Post # 9
It really depends on your budget.
Marina Morrison was a total fantasy experience for me in just about every way. Their dresses start at 3K though and are mostly a lot more. Warning: be ready to fall in love with one of the beautifully displayed dresses that costs as much as a car when you walk in.
If you’re more in the $1K and under range and are looking for a simpler dress (no cupcakes or princesses here) or an awesome selection of locally designed and made silk bridesmaids dresses (Lynn Lugo and
Suri), I’ve been so, so happy with the Bridal Party in Berkeley.
Priscilla of Boston in SF was the worst shopping experience of my life. They couldn’t have been ruder or treated me worse. I wanted to cry. Their samples are positively beat to hell too.
Trudy’s is high pressure.
Gessinee in Concord has a great selection of Maggie and Pronovias as well as tons of wedding party and accessories too. Most of their dresses are in the <$1K-$3K range, but heavier on the lower end of that range. Try to go midweek if you can.
If you like their lines and can do their price range, check out local designers Jin Wang and Amy Kuschel in SF. Jin Wang sells other designers too. AK only carries her gowns.
Post # 10
Unless you look like you have boqup bucks, expect to be treated like poop at Trudys. I had an appointment and sat there for a half hour before anyone would even talk to me. Then they did shady stuff like not letting me know who the dress designer was. The girl even hid my measurements from me!
I highly suggest Elegant Lace on Blossom Hill by Almaden. It took me four appointments there to find my dress but I was treated with excellent service and not lied to!
Post # 11
I don;t know the Bay Area, but I know the city itself.
Marina Morrison– my favorite shop and where i got my dress
Jinza Couture -and- Atelier des Modistes both totally couture dresses, tied for my second favorite. my two back up, if something goes crazy wrong dresses are going to be from there (how to decide which one?)
The Bella Bride nice, mid range
La Boutique des Brides, cheap, but i had a horrible experience
Bridal Galleria — I think this was the one in the embarcadero. they have a lot of nice stuff, but honestly the consultant treated me like CRAP
The one on Brannan that I can’t remember what it’s called… Bridal Image? it is the best consultants and the best of the $200-$2000 range,mostly in the $600-$1200 range. My top pick if you can’t afford Marina Morrison
Jin Wang– nice salon. bridesmaid dresses are better than their wedding dresses, too plain for me
Amy Kuchel not my style, but great for some. couture, made in SF
Priscilla of Boston- nice. great consultants, got my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses there, too
Glamour Closet — very expensive dresses “with a sample sale every day” (they only sell samples, but they are all HIGH END.
Post # 12
PS let us know where you go!
Post # 13
I got my dress at Gesinee’s in Concord. Lots of larger size samples if you need it, and lots of dresses in the $1000 range. I bought my dress off the rack bc the sample was so new, and they pressed, cleaned and double checked every bit of the dress for free. I paid in full the same day and picked up 4 days later, ready for my tailor. Yelp had pretty bad reviews, but my friend got her dress there and recommended it to me. It was worth the 1 hour drive! I went midweek, had my consultant for 2 hours, she was totally nice and pressure-free. Great experience.
Post # 14
Where did you end up going? Any success yet?
Post # 15
Trudys totally amazing lots of great bm dresses here.
Priscilla of Boston is super snobby and didn’t know much of what they were doing.
Bridal galleria in SF small place but nice staff.
Post # 16
@DanielleZara: I went to J’aime Bridal in Pleasanton as well. I haven’t bought yet, but I had an appointment and the girl who helped me was so nice and did not pressure me at all. She was totally receptive to my request to look at long bridesmaid dresses instead of a bridal gown, and let me try on as many as I wanted (too many, in fact… by the end they were all just blurring together in my head). She was really nice in dealing with my complete cluelessness as to what I wanted.
If you’re in the East Bay I really recommend J’aime Bridal. Felt very low-key and I was the only one in the entire store (granted, it was a Wednesday evening).