I recently made a list of all the dress shops that I visited and was really surprised (and a little sheepish) about how many places I had actually visited! My momma is a saint for going with me to all these places! 😀
1. J’Aime Bridal – Pleasanton, CA
Nice and clean place, I went on a Sat morning so there were three other girls trying on dresses, which I kind of liked because it took the pressure off a little bit. I appreciated that they had a lot of 800-1000 dresses. The salesgirl was pleasant.
2. Blossoms – Pleasanton, CA
They seem to do TONS of prom dress sales, so there’s always a lot of teen girls buzzing around, but I personally think that they just add to the energy, in a good way. So don’t expect a really serene environment! They have a lot of Jasmine, Casablanca, La Sposa, Mon Cheri. If you come here, they’re pretty upfront about giving you a 15% discount, so ask! I came here three times (i know…), and every saleswoman was pretty nice and unintimidating.
3. Glamour Closet – San Francisco, CA
I loved this place, and Maddie was SO nice. Surprisingly honest, she was very very patient and sincere, which I always appreciate. I think they spray the store with pixie dust or something because it always smells like rainbows and unicorns in there. One thing I ultimately was weary of was the unknown alterations costs of trying to alter a sample size down to my size. Also, they come into the dressing room with you, so make sure to wear something that you won’t be embarrassed to be seen in!
4. Sterling – Pleasanton, CA
I completely forget what brands were there, but they had quite a few dresses for ~ $550, which is nice. The salespeople are nice, but I can see where the guy there might make you feel slightly uncomfy.
5. Paris Bridal – San Francisco, CA
The woman who owns this place is very nice, and her shop is all windows and hardwood floors, so it’s lovely. It’s kind of in the boonies, but it might be worth checking out. Ask her about her sample gowns! She has some winners for $700 or so. Though I was kind of surprised how she threw her gowns around, she just toss them on the floor and behind boxes and things.
6. Jeremy’s – San Francisco, CA
At any given time, they’ll have a handful or so of bridal gowns, so it might be worth calling in to see what they have. I tried on my first Monique Lhuillier here, a really pretty sheath dress for 50 bucks that originally sold for, who knows! On a whim, I bought a dress for 39 dollars that was originally $3800, but it’s not really my style. The point is, you might find some hidden treasure here!
7. Bridal Expo – Foster City, CA
I guess this is the Bay Area’s version of Running of the Brides? Not many girls came, and nothing really too impressive here – there seemed to be tons of $249 dresses that were half off their original price.
8. David’s Bridal – Milpitas, CA
The saleswoman was okay, everything was okay, but I was a little surprised by how much some of their stuff was. I also really wasn’t a fan of wearing their gross tried on a million times heels and the gross crinoline skirt. Also, don’t give our your information! I convinced them that I’d rather not fill out the card until I actually bought something from them, and I succeeded at giving them my “sweepstakes” email, so now their horrible horrible spam just floods that account.
9. Margene’s – Oakland, CA
Vicky was really nice and very patient. A small little store, I found something that I would be okay that was $600 or so; I have no idea what brands they had. She also seemed to have lots of sample gowns upstairs.
10. Janene’s – Alameda, CA
She has a good amount of sample gowns, nice ones! The only sadness is the new sample gown prices aren’t marked on the tag, only the original pricing, so you kind of don’t know how much it will be until you ask. Also, Janene is a little blunt and very matter of fact, which I found kind of off putting because it also comes off kind of condescending.
11. Rin’s Bridal – San Carlos, CA
Lots of Pronovias and Enzoani gowns! The saleswoman was accommodating considering I had basically called fifteen minutes before to see about an appt. Their sample gowns are only 10 or 15% off the list price though, which seemed kind of meager.
12. Novella Bride – San Francisco, CA
A nice big airy dressing room! A fair amount of sample gowns, lots of Jasmine, Watters, Pronovias, and other stuff (I dun remember). Saleswoman was nice.
Haha now that I’ve looked at the list, I’m kind of embarrassed to see how many places I visited. Chalk one up for indecisiveness!