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Clarissa

Walnut Creek , CA
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1424 South Main St.
Walnut Creek, CA US 94563 (map)

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925-930-0214

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Dress & Attire

INFO FOR DRESS & ATTIRE

Who do you provide services for?
Bride, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom
What accessories do you provide?
Hair Accessories, Jewelry, Undergarments, Veils

REVIEWS

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Kelly
Wedding:
11/3/2012
5.0/5.0
I had just visited another “bridal salon” in downtown Walnut Creek which was a huge disappointment (and another review altogether). This was my 3rd attempt at finding my dress and I was on the verge of tears, when my friend suggested we look at Clarissa’s. We called ahead to let them know we were coming, but without an appointment they said they may not have time to help us but we were welcome to look around. I walked in, and immediately was greeted by the owner. I think she could tell by the look on my face, I was not enjoying my dress shopping experience, and began to ask me what I was looking for. I described what I liked and didn’t like and she met me in the dressing room. Without me looking through the dresses, she had pulled 3 gowns that I loved (in different price ranges) and I knew the 2nd gown was MY dress. I would have never chosen this dress (key hole backs were not on my radar) on my own yet I loved it and how it looked on me.

Alterations were a breeze as well, Eugenia knows what she is doing and my dress fit perfectly. She even fixed the hole in the veil I desperately wanted that could not find anywhere else. I can’t comment on their selection (since I didn’t even browse their rack) and yes, the dresses they carry are expensive but the same designers dress is another shop is the same price (trust me, I called around to check).

Overall the experience I had was great. I did end up spending more money than I planned to spend but it was worth it.
I had just visited another “bridal salon” in downtown Walnut Creek which was a huge disappointment (and another review Read more...
I had just visited another “bridal salon” in downtown Walnut Creek which was a huge disappointment (and another review altogether). This was my 3rd attempt at finding my dress and I was on the verge of tears, when my friend suggested we look at Clarissa’s. We called ahead to let them know we were coming, but without an appointment they said they may not have time to help us but we were welcome to look around. I walked in, and immediately was greeted by the owner. I think she could tell by the look on my face, I was not enjoying my dress shopping experience, and began to ask me what I was looking for. I described what I liked and didn’t like and she met me in the dressing room. Without me looking through the dresses, she had pulled 3 gowns that I loved (in different price ranges) and I knew the 2nd gown was MY dress. I would have never chosen this dress (key hole backs were not on my radar) on my own yet I loved it and how it looked on me.

Alterations were a breeze as well, Eugenia knows what she is doing and my dress fit perfectly. She even fixed the hole in the veil I desperately wanted that could not find anywhere else. I can’t comment on their selection (since I didn’t even browse their rack) and yes, the dresses they carry are expensive but the same designers dress is another shop is the same price (trust me, I called around to check).

Overall the experience I had was great. I did end up spending more money than I planned to spend but it was worth it. Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
Loved my dress and loved the service.

They even opened the store 30 mins early on a Saturday for me so that I could squeeze in my appointment that day.

Love.
Loved my dress and loved the service.

They even opened the store 30 mins early on a Saturday for me so that I Read more...
Loved my dress and loved the service.

They even opened the store 30 mins early on a Saturday for me so that I could squeeze in my appointment that day.

Love. Read less
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Kristen and Dave
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
I Love Clarissa's!! It was first and only place I looked for dresses. Amy is the one who picked my dress for me. She listened to what I wanted and brought me a dress I never thought about and, it was the one! Everyone is so friendly and make you feel like you have known them for years. They also helped pick a beautiful dress for my mom. These ladies know what they are doing and I highly recommend going there.
I Love Clarissa's!! It was first and only place I looked for dresses. Amy is the one who picked my dress for me. She Read more...
I Love Clarissa's!! It was first and only place I looked for dresses. Amy is the one who picked my dress for me. She listened to what I wanted and brought me a dress I never thought about and, it was the one! Everyone is so friendly and make you feel like you have known them for years. They also helped pick a beautiful dress for my mom. These ladies know what they are doing and I highly recommend going there. Read less
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Sarah Smiles
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
I love everyone at Clarissa's. They were so friendly and helpful. I first went to David's Bridal and saw a dress there I liked. Once I tried on a few dresses at Clarissa's I knew the quality was so much better. I walked into the store and thought that it was a bit small, but I said yes to the third dress!!!!I fell in love, love, love...The beaded mini pearls and crystals were amazing. My favorite part of the dress was the lace work at the bottom of my dress. It had everything you could ever want. The perfect strapless, sweetheart neckline, a-line with rousching and beautiful beading all the way down my train. I wish I could wear it again!
I love everyone at Clarissa's. They were so friendly and helpful. I first went to David's Bridal and saw a dress there I Read more...
I love everyone at Clarissa's. They were so friendly and helpful. I first went to David's Bridal and saw a dress there I liked. Once I tried on a few dresses at Clarissa's I knew the quality was so much better. I walked into the store and thought that it was a bit small, but I said yes to the third dress!!!!I fell in love, love, love...The beaded mini pearls and crystals were amazing. My favorite part of the dress was the lace work at the bottom of my dress. It had everything you could ever want. The perfect strapless, sweetheart neckline, a-line with rousching and beautiful beading all the way down my train. I wish I could wear it again! Read less
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kholdcroft
Wedding:
5/22/2010
0.5/5.0
Do not have your alterations done at Clarissa's! I spent $400 there and I had to have them redone. First Clarissa's ordered my dress too small, and instead of fixing the problem, the seamstress said that it would stretch. It did not, in fact the zipper tore out while they were forcing me into the dress (which they did not fix). The dress was too tight around the chest, but too big in the waist and hips. They did not take in the waist and so the dress was not properly supported and bunched in the middle. The dress looked awful when they were done, and I left in tears. I had to lose 10 lbs before it fit correctly; I am not a big person, and this was a lot to me, from a 6 to a 2 for the wedding, extra stress I didn't need.
It felt like they weren't listening to me. When I went in for the first fitting we discussed a bustle and left it pinned in the way it should be bustled. when I came in the second time it was bustled in a totally different way. We had discussed this type of bustle and decided that it looked bad with the way the material would hang. I don't know why they decide to change the way it was pinned, and didn't even bother calling me to say it would be different. I had the bustle completely redone by a different seamstress. She did a lot of work on my dress, correcting problems created by Clarissa's, at a much more reasonable price.
Do not have your alterations done at Clarissa's! I spent $400 there and I had to have them redone. First Clarissa's Read more...
Do not have your alterations done at Clarissa's! I spent $400 there and I had to have them redone. First Clarissa's ordered my dress too small, and instead of fixing the problem, the seamstress said that it would stretch. It did not, in fact the zipper tore out while they were forcing me into the dress (which they did not fix). The dress was too tight around the chest, but too big in the waist and hips. They did not take in the waist and so the dress was not properly supported and bunched in the middle. The dress looked awful when they were done, and I left in tears. I had to lose 10 lbs before it fit correctly; I am not a big person, and this was a lot to me, from a 6 to a 2 for the wedding, extra stress I didn't need.
It felt like they weren't listening to me. When I went in for the first fitting we discussed a bustle and left it pinned in the way it should be bustled. when I came in the second time it was bustled in a totally different way. We had discussed this type of bustle and decided that it looked bad with the way the material would hang. I don't know why they decide to change the way it was pinned, and didn't even bother calling me to say it would be different. I had the bustle completely redone by a different seamstress. She did a lot of work on my dress, correcting problems created by Clarissa's, at a much more reasonable price. Read less
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Clarissa responded with the following comments:

We take all customer concerns very seriously and appreciate kholdcroft bringing this matter to our attention. We have looked into this matter and made the necessary changes to better serve our customers.
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Mary
Wedding:
5/14/2010
4.2/5.0
My dress was beautiful and the first one I tried on. They made finding a dress really easy. It was VERY expensive for my budget and I had to pay a "rush" fee because I ordered the dress 4 months before my wedding and that wasn't enough time. The alteration was a disappointment - the slip showed below my dress. For $300 alteration fee you figured they could hem the slip too.
My dress was beautiful and the first one I tried on. They made finding a dress really easy. It was VERY expensive for my Read more...
My dress was beautiful and the first one I tried on. They made finding a dress really easy. It was VERY expensive for my budget and I had to pay a "rush" fee because I ordered the dress 4 months before my wedding and that wasn't enough time. The alteration was a disappointment - the slip showed below my dress. For $300 alteration fee you figured they could hem the slip too. Read less
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gracejennifer
Wedding:
6/28/2008
5.0/5.0
Cute little place with so many gorgeous choices..
Cute little place with so many gorgeous choices..
Cute little place with so many gorgeous choices.. Read less
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d_w
Wedding:
9/29/2007
5.0/5.0
There are not enough good things I can say about Clarissa Bridal. They truly made me feel special, important and so incredibly beautiful. I was able to get an appointment to look at dresses on the same night that I called them. I walked in with ideas of what I wanted, which they pulled off the racks for me. Then they asked if they could pull some dresses that they thought would look good on me. My mom encouraged me to be open to their ideas, so I was. Although I truly thought I wanted a very plain dress with no adornments, the dresses they pulled for me all had beading or lace. I ended up getting the first dress I tried on which had old italian lace sewn on it. I would have never imagined myself in this dress, but could not have felt more stunning. The women at Clarissa definitely know what will look good on what body type. They also knew what veil and jewelry would look good with my dress and made suggestions. At every follow up appointment for dress fittings, I was made to feel like I was the only person in their shop. I will recommend Clarissa Bridal to any one who asks.
There are not enough good things I can say about Clarissa Bridal. They truly made me feel special, important and so Read more...
There are not enough good things I can say about Clarissa Bridal. They truly made me feel special, important and so incredibly beautiful. I was able to get an appointment to look at dresses on the same night that I called them. I walked in with ideas of what I wanted, which they pulled off the racks for me. Then they asked if they could pull some dresses that they thought would look good on me. My mom encouraged me to be open to their ideas, so I was. Although I truly thought I wanted a very plain dress with no adornments, the dresses they pulled for me all had beading or lace. I ended up getting the first dress I tried on which had old italian lace sewn on it. I would have never imagined myself in this dress, but could not have felt more stunning. The women at Clarissa definitely know what will look good on what body type. They also knew what veil and jewelry would look good with my dress and made suggestions. At every follow up appointment for dress fittings, I was made to feel like I was the only person in their shop. I will recommend Clarissa Bridal to any one who asks. Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
9/1/2007
4.6/5.0
I really liked that the salon has all of their dresses out on display - it's easy to walk around and look at their selection and and pick out the dresses you want to try on. Most other salons have theirs in bags and the sales associates have to pull them for you. Their prices are comparable to most Bay Area bridal boutiques. Their service was excellent and spent more than enough time with me helping me make up my mind. A lot of other places only make one-hour appointments. They made the marks for the alterations even though I wasn't getting them done at their location as I live in Sacramento.
I absolutely loved my wedding dress!
I really liked that the salon has all of their dresses out on display - it's easy to walk around and look at their Read more...
I really liked that the salon has all of their dresses out on display - it's easy to walk around and look at their selection and and pick out the dresses you want to try on. Most other salons have theirs in bags and the sales associates have to pull them for you. Their prices are comparable to most Bay Area bridal boutiques. Their service was excellent and spent more than enough time with me helping me make up my mind. A lot of other places only make one-hour appointments. They made the marks for the alterations even though I wasn't getting them done at their location as I live in Sacramento.
I absolutely loved my wedding dress! Read less
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Jane
Wedding:
8/4/2007
3.7/5.0
All the ladies here are wonderful and thoughtful. There isn't this "salesy" and pushy attitude to have to purchase something. They take as much time with you as you need and help you through the dress selection process without being overly involved. They have a great selection and all the ladies have helpful hints as well. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a bridal gown, and not wanting to deal with the snooty and pushy sales folks in other shops.
All the ladies here are wonderful and thoughtful. There isn't this "salesy" and pushy attitude to have to purchase Read more...
All the ladies here are wonderful and thoughtful. There isn't this "salesy" and pushy attitude to have to purchase something. They take as much time with you as you need and help you through the dress selection process without being overly involved. They have a great selection and all the ladies have helpful hints as well. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a bridal gown, and not wanting to deal with the snooty and pushy sales folks in other shops. Read less
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Ashli
Wedding:
3/5/2007
4.6/5.0
My sister recommended this place to me. I have to say I was quite shocked at the high prices at first. But then I tried on a few dresses and realized that maybe it was worth it for my special occasion. The staff was quite helpful and when it came to get the fitting right, I did not have any problems with customizing a few nips and tucks here and there. The end result - a very pretty dress that fit well. Overall I would therefore recommend this place, but only if you're prepared to pay a bit extra.
My sister recommended this place to me. I have to say I was quite shocked at the high prices at first. But then I tried on Read more...
My sister recommended this place to me. I have to say I was quite shocked at the high prices at first. But then I tried on a few dresses and realized that maybe it was worth it for my special occasion. The staff was quite helpful and when it came to get the fitting right, I did not have any problems with customizing a few nips and tucks here and there. The end result - a very pretty dress that fit well. Overall I would therefore recommend this place, but only if you're prepared to pay a bit extra. Read less
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Patti Wang Cross
Wedding:
7/29/2006
5.0/5.0
Clarissa's is fabulous. They have a beautiful selection, and they treat you like a princess. I'd gone to a couple bridal-warehouse types of places, and the experience is incomparable. It's wonderful to be treated like a truly special client.

It's hard to describe Value for Budget, because their selection is not cheap, but it's great stuff. I didn't think they had much in the way of bridesmaids' dresses, but I loved the bridal selection. And the staff is great at helping you pick out something that fits your style and your body well.

The dress and alterations were not inexpensive, but I still gave them five stars on value, because I felt that it was worth it. The dress was out of my dreams, and they altered it - even with a last minute drastic weight-loss - to a perfect, worry-free fit.
Clarissa's is fabulous. They have a beautiful selection, and they treat you like a princess. I'd gone to a couple Read more...
Clarissa's is fabulous. They have a beautiful selection, and they treat you like a princess. I'd gone to a couple bridal-warehouse types of places, and the experience is incomparable. It's wonderful to be treated like a truly special client.

It's hard to describe Value for Budget, because their selection is not cheap, but it's great stuff. I didn't think they had much in the way of bridesmaids' dresses, but I loved the bridal selection. And the staff is great at helping you pick out something that fits your style and your body well.

The dress and alterations were not inexpensive, but I still gave them five stars on value, because I felt that it was worth it. The dress was out of my dreams, and they altered it - even with a last minute drastic weight-loss - to a perfect, worry-free fit. Read less
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gisella
Wedding:
10/14/2000
5.0/5.0
Fabulous customer service and exquisite dress selection! You'll feel like a princess just walking in!
Fabulous customer service and exquisite dress selection! You'll feel like a princess just walking in!
Fabulous customer service and exquisite dress selection! You'll feel like a princess just walking in! Read less
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