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Best Bridal Salons in San Francisco

Our Recommended Top 12

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored San Francisco Bridal Salons on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Providers

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San Francisco, CA 94108

Why choose this provider?

Marina Morrison has provided fine wedding gowns in the San Francisco Metro area since 1985. The open showroom gallery represents over 16 prestigious European and American designers. Marina Morrison is North California’s exclusive retailer of bridal collections from Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, and Marchesa. The salon is a three-time winner of The Knot’s Best of Weddings.

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4.0
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (214)
Google
3.8 / 5 (13)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (6)

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Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Why choose this provider?

Flares bridal + formal offers a collection of bridal gowns, formal dresses, and accessories for the San Francisco Bay area. The collection includes a wide selection of worldwide bridal designers and award-winning formal designers. Past customers highly recommend Flares for a fun shopping experience and quality dresses.

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (855)

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973 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Why choose this provider?

Operating online and through its San Francisco and Los Angeles showrooms, Lace & Liberty is a bridal shop that fully customizes each collection, including individually made pieces. The company describes its aim as helping brides feel like the best version of their truest selves. It does this by inviting the bride to contribute to her dress design, ensuring that each one is unique and reflects the personality and body shape of its wearer.

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We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (85)

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San Francisco, CA 94102

Why choose this provider?

Dark Garden specializes in corsets and bridal couture for San Francisco area clients planning traditional, modern, or alternative weddings. Clients can order supportive and ready-to-wear corsets, additional ensemble pieces, and custom-designed wedding gowns. During the development of wedding gowns, the designers may take up to five fittings for ideal comfort and figure.

Reputation:

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (241)

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We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
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San Francisco, CA 94108

Why choose this provider?

Jin Wang is a bridal atelier serving the greater San Francisco area. Brides receive expert advice to choose from the wide selection of made-to-order and unique gowns in the bridal studio. Many accessories are also available, such as French lace veils, crystal earrings, and beaded belts. Jin Wang has received The Knot’s Best of Weddings award six times and was admitted to The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
5.0

Professionalism:

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
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San Carlos, CA 94070

Why choose this provider?

Rin’s Bridal has curated a diverse collection of wedding gowns for Bay area brides over the past 30 years. Appointments include a dedicated fitting room and personal consultant. Brides can also drop-in without an appointment to browse the salon’s selection. Besides wedding gowns, the salon carries dresses for bridesmaids, mother of the bride, flower girls, and evening wear. Rin’s Bridal won the Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award in 2015.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
4.0
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (268)

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Berkeley, CA 94710

Why choose this provider?

Emerald City Gowns specializes in consignment, designer samples, and made-to-order wedding gowns. Based in Berkeley, the bridal boutique has served practical green brides since 2011. Emerald City Gowns supports local businesses such as Norge Cleaners, photographer C. Bay Milne, and seamstresses Cathy Marie and Louise Austerie.

Reputation:

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4.6
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (262)
Google
4.6 / 5 (41)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (38)

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We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
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San Francisco, CA 94133

Why choose this provider?

Novella Bridal specializes in designer wedding dresses and custom made-to-measure gowns for the San Francisco area. The Novella Bridal designers have expertise making on-site alterations and personalizing both new and heirloom dresses. The collections available include prestigious designers such as Pronovias, Essense of Australia, Rosa Clara, and Aire Barcelona.

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We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (421)
Google
4.5 / 5 (67)

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We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
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Website
San Francisco, CA 94080

Why choose this provider?

Siri opened in the San Francisco Metro area almost 30 years ago as an apparel label and has since specialized in dresses for brides, bridesmaids, and mothers of the bride. The Siri collections can be found at Siri Boutique in San Francisco or trunk shows and several retail stores around the country. The boutique also features special occasion dresses, day dresses, men’s accessories, and alteration services.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
3.8
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (42)
Facebook
3.2 / 5 (12)
Google
3.5 / 5 (5)

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We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
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Website
Pasadena, CA 91101

Why choose this provider?

La Soie Bridal carries top couture designers and exclusive La Soie Private Label designs in four salon locations, serving customers in San Francisco and throughout California. Past customers highly recommend La Soie Bridal for a comfortable atmosphere, quality customer service, and beautiful selection of gowns.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (125)
Google
4.6 / 5 (14)

Website
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Why choose this provider?

Kinsley James is a couture bridal salon based in Walnut Creek and serving the greater San Francisco area. The salon’s collection features designers such as Galia Lahav, Liz Martinez, Anne Barge, and Rivini. Most of the designers work with Kinsley James to make customizations and changes suited to each bride. VIP appointments include exclusive access to the store, champagne, mimosa bar, bouquet, food or desserts, a gift for the bride, gown discount, and pre-appointment consultation with the bridal stylist.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (172)

Professionalism:

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
5.0
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933 N. LA Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Why choose this provider?

Jinza Couture Bridal creates wedding dresses that are custom designed and fitted for brides in the greater San Francisco area. Founder Jinza Jin has been a designer for over 35 years, specializing in classic styles. The salon has 15 years of experience with couture designs. Jinza Couture Bridal received The Knot’s Best of Weddings Award three times.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (94)

Professionalism:

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
5.0
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FAQs

  • Introduction

    The wedding dress is arguably one of the most important parts of the ceremony for the bride, so finding the right one can be a monumental task. Turning to the experts can be tremendously helpful, as bridal salons provide valuable services that help make the shopping experience a good one for brides and their all-things-bridal support group.

    Preparing to start shopping for that perfect wedding gown, but not sure where to start? Review some helpful information about bridal shops, wedding dress shopping, and what to expect with these bridal salon FAQs.
  • What is a bridal salon?

    Bridal salons are shops that cater to brides. They sell wedding gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses, and other bridal accessories. Most offer stylist consultations and alteration services. They often operate on an appointment-only basis, giving the bride an exclusive experience. They also have seating areas for guests of the bride, such as select family and friends.

  • Are more dads going to bridal salons with their daughters?

    Traditionally, it was common to see moms with their daughters instead of dads at the bridal salon. However, that’s been changing over the past several years as more fathers get involved earlier in the wedding planning stages. It’s now common for both fathers and mothers to accompany the bride-to-be.

  • Do bridal salons purchase wedding dresses?

    Bridal salons generally don’t buy used wedding dresses outright, but some salons accept gently used, high-quality wedding gowns on consignment. They pay the owner an agreed-upon amount after the gown sells. Contact the salon first to ask about their policies and rules regarding pre-owned dresses.

  • Do you tip at a bridal salon?

    Gratuities for the salon consultant typically aren’t required or expected. However, tipping the seamstress may be appropriate when extensive alterations are required and the bride is incredibly happy with the outcome or the vendor went above and beyond, such as completing a rush order.

  • How do bridal salons get dresses?

    Bridal shops source inventory through various methods. They may order a selection of custom gowns for brides to try on and then special order a special custom-made gown for the bride. Some salons order direct from the manufacturer or wholesaler, and many shops supplement their inventory with pre-owned dresses.

  • How many bridal salons should you visit?

    Visiting three or four bridal salons is usually sufficient. Avoid trying on too many dresses, or the experience may become confusing and overwhelming. Discuss your preferences with the stylist first and work with them to choose between four and seven dresses to try on before making a final choice.