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Every bride dreams of finding the perfect wedding dress. The Bay Area is home to a wide variety of bridal shops able to accommodate everyone from the bride-on-a-budget to those looking to go all-out on their special day. Here we have ferreted out some of the best bridal shops around. Both hip, modern brides as well as those looking for a romantic vintage feel are sure to find the dress at one of these shops.

Bridal Gown Studio
405 N. 1st St., #211
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 320-1994

San Jose’s Bridal Gown Studio is the perfect spot to spoil the choosy bride looking to avoid an off-the-rack dress. Brides have the option of choosing a customizable gown from the store’s bridal collection, or starting from scratch with a one-of-a-kind dress designed specifically for her. Collection dresses start at $1,000, and one-of-a-kinds start at just $1,500. Each appointment includes one-on-one time with a designer to ensure the bride gets exactly the dress of her dreams.

Weddings & Dreams
40530 Albrae St.
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 438-8877

Located in Fremont, Weddings & Dreams originally started out as a tuxedo rental shop, and has since expanded to carrying a large selection of tuxes and wedding gowns, as well as bridesmaid dresses and other formal wear. Brides can look forward to top-notch customer service and non-pushy sales people willing to spend time helping to find that perfect dress. Alterations are reasonable and turn-around time expedient. Rentals are available as are plenty of wedding accessories.

J’aime Bridal
719 Main St.
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 846-8459

Over a decade old, J’aime Bridal is nestled in downtown Pleasanton. The shop specializes in affordable couture gowns, and only stocks the most recent designs. Samples are available from sizes six through 24, with over 300 styles to choose from. Appointments are required in order to try on dresses, and limited walk-in appointments are available. The shop also stocks hundreds of bridesmaid dresses in a large variety of colors.

The Wedding Party
2612 Alcatraz Ave., #3
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 420-1338

Just off of Berkeley’s College Ave., The Wedding Party caters to stylish brides looking for more hip and modern wedding gowns. The majority of samples run in the eight to 12 size range, although numerous dress orders are available up to size 24. The non-accessible bridal studio is located on the second floor, with bridesmaids dresses on the first floor. Appointments are required and photography and fiancés are welcome.

Trish Lee Bridal
323 Geary St., Suite 808
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 562-6553

San Francisco native Trish Lee has made a passion out of dress design since she was a little girl. Since 2012, Lee has been focusing on designing vintage-inspired high-quality handcrafted wedding gowns. All dresses are bespoke to best flatter brides of every size and shape. Gowns range from $2,000 to $5,000, and appointments are required.

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