Post # 1
I know this can be kind of an overkilled topic, but I’m new to this site, and I’m still fairly new to the Sac area (been here two years, but there’s a lot of places I don’t know about). Anyways, do any of you have recommendations on what shops are great for wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses? When I google on the internet, and the google list connects the shops to the review sites on the ‘net, the reviews a lot of times say "this place sucks" and the like. SO, does anyone have any thoughts on which stores have the best selection AND customer service around the Sac/Citrus Heights/Orangevale/Folsom/Roseville/Rocklin area?
Post # 3
It depends, do you have a budget, prefer new or used? When’s the wedding?
Post # 4
I can speak about San Francisco, but not Sac. if you are interested.
Post # 5
I would totally recommend Bella Donna. its on Fulton and Marconi ( i think!). There service was great and they had a good selection (most dresses there that I tried on were between $800 and $2500). I’ve also been to House of Fashion in midtown. They had a really large selection, it was almost overwhelming in fact. Their prices had an even larger range, but my experience wasn’t quite as good. I didn’t feel as though they listened to what i wanted in a dress, although i’m sure that is specific to the person who helps you. If you are wiling to spend a bit more an a couture dress, i’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about Miosa Couture, which is also in midtown. Good Luck!
Post # 6
Hi there. I went to House of Fashion as well. In my experience, the service wasn’t terrible but it could have been better. My consultant was triple booked for my 10am appointment….and there were plenty of other brides there. She offered some decent advice that was good for a first timer but mainly her assistant helped me. I agree with Cammie, their selection is completely overwhelming especially for their size (small) store. I remember visiting the store nearly 10 years ago (Jee-bus) for prom dresses and the place looked infinitely better – no clutter – so it’s kind of sad to see it in it’s current state with racks of dresses everywhere.
With that said, you are free to roam around to look for dresses but make sure to come prepared with pictures. I suggest going on their website to see the list of designers they carry but keep in mind that some listed (like Monique Lhuillier) are not from the current collection. My experience with Bella Donna was only over the phone over a fruitless effort. GL!
Post # 7
If you’re seriously into customer service, David’s Bridal is not the way to go. Each sales personl has 2 brides at any given time and it’s crazy in there! I liked being withnother brides and seeing what they tried on, but you definitly don’t have anyone’s full and undevided attention.
Post # 8
I went to House of Fashion and wasn’t too pleased with my experience. I ordered my gown in Ivory and it came in white. The woman tried to argue with me that I said ‘white’ but I still had the receipt that clearly read ‘Ivory’. Maybe it was just my sales lady but I wasn’t happy with the customer service…
Post # 9
I haven’t started my dress shopping yet (although I swear it’s the number one question I get asked regarding the wedding planning), but I have heard nothing but good things about the House of Fashion. David’s Bridal is always good. If you want to travel up to Roseville there are some more Bridal salons there too. I know that you drive down J Street in Sacto there is another Bridal shop that I’ve always wanted to go into (and now I can, yay!), but unfortunately, I don’t know what it’s called.
Good luck!! 🙂 🙂
Post # 10
House of Fashion has an awesome inventory! When I live in Sacramento my Maid/Matron of Honor purchased her dress there after looking all over LA for it.
Post # 11
I loved Jen at Bella Donna, she was really nice and didn’t put any pressure on me at all. I found my dress there but bought it at another place so I could take advantage of a trunk sale.
Good luck and have fun! 🙂