Post # 1
I am visiting my brother in Sacramento over Christmas, and am planning to do some wedding dress shopping while we are over (I live in the UK).
Any suggestions where would be a good place to start?
Dress wise, I’m plus size, and love the look of Casablanca dresses. I figure on going to David’s Bridal and Alfred Angelo but not sure apart from that.
We’ll also be in SF, and heading to las vegas so could stop somewhere on the way if anyone has any ideas!
thanks for your help!
Post # 3
since you will have to have it shipped, once you find it order it from oregon- no sales tax!
Post # 4
Are you going to have a car? There is a town between Sacramento and San Francisco on Highway 80 called Vacaville. If you get a chance, go to “Downtown Gown” and see Leanne the owner. SHE IS SO NICE.
As for bigger stores, Sacramento has the Bridal Mart and San Francisco has the Jessica McClintock store. There are also David’s locations in Sacramento as well as one in a city called Pinole which is on highway 80 towards SF.
Post # 5
yes – we’ll have a car, so we can get to places
that’s great – thanks for the help so far!
Post # 6
I live in the area and I went to Bridal Mart in Rancho Cordova (they have a pretty large selection), House of Fashion II (more limited selection but you can’t beat the price), and Alfred Angelo in Roseville which is where I bought my dress. On my list to go to (but I didn’t make it since I found the Dress) was Downtown Gowns in Vacaville. I wanted to go since they carried Maggie Sotero and Casablanca.
Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions!
Post # 7
I went to tons of places all over, and honestly the best place I liked is called Coco’s Couture. It is in Woodland, just off I-80 about half an hour outside of Sacramento. It is run by a woman named Yersinia whom I just ADORE! Best bridal consultant I could have ever met. She just bought the store (about a year ago maybe)? It was previously called Nena’s Boutique but it is right on Main Street in Woodland. I cannot recommend her enough. She carries Maggie Sottero and a few others, and she just started carring Pronovias. Of all the stores I went to, this is the one where I felt the most comfortable and it looks so teeny tiny from the front you would never believe how nice it is inside. Feel free to message me if you would like more information.
Post # 8
Try Bella Donna in Sacramento. They carry Casablanca, and I found the service to be far superior to Bridal Mart or David’s Bridal.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
I hear a lot of people trashing on House of Fashion, and granted the decor there is a bit dated but they have TONS of dresses by all kinds of designers. I bought my Jim Hjelm there, for defintely a better price than other boutiques I called (My friend also bought her Maggie Sottero there, for a way better price than she found elsewhere). If you’re looking to try on a lot of different designers, I would recommend an appointment there. It’s not fancy… but it does the job 🙂
It’s in Dowtown Sac
Post # 10
Wow – thanks for the great response everyone
that’s brilliant, loads of places to drag my SIL to!
Post # 11
I’ve to David’s Bridal twice – once to buy my dress, and once to help my mom get a dress. I was unimpressed. They pressure you SO much… It’s a wedding dress – not something you can wear again, and they just want to make the sale, not really help you. Unfortunately, I love a color that they have and have to go back for the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. 🙁
I’ve also been to House of Fashion. They’re more hands off, which I guess I prefer. 🙂
Post # 12
For future brides, I thought I would give a shout out to Miosa. You can get a couture gown, essentially, without paying for the label. It isn’t the cheapest place in town, but it is the kind of place where you get what you are paying for, as in exquisite fabrics and incredible construction.
Post # 13
UNIQUE BRIDE! They are located in Burlingame, CA (south of SF) on Howard Avenue. Out of all the bridal salons I went to, they were the most friendly, helpful, and patient. Ask for Tosca – she is amazing and so sweet. I ended up purchasing my dress from them, as did one of my close friends.
Post # 14
I loved the Miosa dresses as well! They were out of my price range ( I think they were $3,500 +). Really unqiue , fun stuff!
Post # 15
@ beehind: I did try on a few that were $2000 or under, and most are under $3000. Though I did go over budget for one of the dresses featured in their window.
What I like about them is that you pay for the workmanship and the material, not as much the label. Their simpler dresses go for less.