(Closed) Advice on wedding dress shopping in Sacramento/Northern California

posted 11 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 3
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2020

since you will have to have it shipped, once you find it order it from oregon- no sales tax!

Post # 4
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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.

Good luck!!

Post # 6
2286 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
155 posts
Blushing bee

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
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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 # 11
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

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
2206 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
20 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
4 posts
  • Wedding: January 2012

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
2206 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@ 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. Embarassed

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.

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