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Lilac Dress Boutique

Alameda , CA

LOCATION

1918 Encinal Avenue
Alameda, CA US 94501 (map)
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ABOUT US

Lilac is a boutique specializing in special occasion dresses with an emphasis on contemporary and destination wedding gowns. We also carry a collection of dresses perfect for cocktail... Read more
Lilac is a boutique specializing in special occasion dresses with an emphasis on contemporary and destination wedding gowns. We also carry a collection of dresses perfect for cocktail and engagement parties, prom, rehearsal dinners and that upcoming trip or honeymoon. Nicole Miller, Siri, Lynn Lugo, Nanette Lepore, Trina Turk and Susana Monaco are just some of the designers we carry.

We bring our ten years of experience to guide you through the most important dress purchase of your life. Read less
Dress & Attire

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INFO FOR DRESS & ATTIRE

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

REVIEWS

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Mayra
Wedding:
9/27/2014
4.8/5.0
When I first visited Lilac I had already purchased a dress and was there for my best friend who, also engaged, was trying on dresses. By this point, I was having doubts about the dress I had purchased. While it was a fine dress, it was not "the dress" and I kept thinking about another dress I had tried on at another boutique. When I saw that Lilac carried the dress, I asked if I could try it on (after my best friend was done, of course. I'm not that much of a bridezilla). Once on, I knew immediately it was the one but of course wanted to think about it before I made another big purchase.

A few days later, I contacted Lilac and spoke with the owner, Pilar. She kindly explained the process, from ordering the dress to storing the dress, and answered all of my annoying questions. In a nutshell, she was absolutely wonderful! That same week I ordered the dress and two weeks later it arrived! That simple!

I can't thank Pilar and Ava enough for making this task almost too easy. I can now happily check this off my uber long list of wedding to do's.
When I first visited Lilac I had already purchased a dress and was there for my best friend who, also engaged, was trying Read more...
When I first visited Lilac I had already purchased a dress and was there for my best friend who, also engaged, was trying on dresses. By this point, I was having doubts about the dress I had purchased. While it was a fine dress, it was not "the dress" and I kept thinking about another dress I had tried on at another boutique. When I saw that Lilac carried the dress, I asked if I could try it on (after my best friend was done, of course. I'm not that much of a bridezilla). Once on, I knew immediately it was the one but of course wanted to think about it before I made another big purchase.

A few days later, I contacted Lilac and spoke with the owner, Pilar. She kindly explained the process, from ordering the dress to storing the dress, and answered all of my annoying questions. In a nutshell, she was absolutely wonderful! That same week I ordered the dress and two weeks later it arrived! That simple!

I can't thank Pilar and Ava enough for making this task almost too easy. I can now happily check this off my uber long list of wedding to do's. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Lilac Dress Boutique and the owner, Pilar Burlingham, were just what we needed after getting off a long plane flight in San Francisco and launching into a quick bridal dress search (1 1/2 wks.). The bride found this store and emailed Pilar. Again, Pilar quickly responded and my daughter said "we have to go here". So our first stop was this shop and WOW, how sincerely friendly and wonderful this shop is. Pilar just has a great sense about what is good. Her shop had a lot of bridal dresses (which truly surprised me) and my daughter immediately was torn between two. We returned the next day - after struggling in Nordstrom's and not liking anything - and she chose what truly was just the right dress for her. Not only that, Pilar has wonderful accessories for your hair, undergarments and my daughter also found the greatest rehearsal dinner dress there too. Pilar also has made a wonderful connection with an alterations person in Alameda and Malia May altered the dress within days. (being before and after Christmas as well). We will be going back to Lilac Dress Boutique to shop - it is a gem of a store! They made our whole family comfortable and at home.
Lilac Dress Boutique and the owner, Pilar Burlingham, were just what we needed after getting off a long plane flight in Read more...
Lilac Dress Boutique and the owner, Pilar Burlingham, were just what we needed after getting off a long plane flight in San Francisco and launching into a quick bridal dress search (1 1/2 wks.). The bride found this store and emailed Pilar. Again, Pilar quickly responded and my daughter said "we have to go here". So our first stop was this shop and WOW, how sincerely friendly and wonderful this shop is. Pilar just has a great sense about what is good. Her shop had a lot of bridal dresses (which truly surprised me) and my daughter immediately was torn between two. We returned the next day - after struggling in Nordstrom's and not liking anything - and she chose what truly was just the right dress for her. Not only that, Pilar has wonderful accessories for your hair, undergarments and my daughter also found the greatest rehearsal dinner dress there too. Pilar also has made a wonderful connection with an alterations person in Alameda and Malia May altered the dress within days. (being before and after Christmas as well). We will be going back to Lilac Dress Boutique to shop - it is a gem of a store! They made our whole family comfortable and at home. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for an elegant dress, (and don't want to look like a Disney character on your wedding day), and want great service, an easy experience, go to Lilac. The owner Pilar is friendly, down to earth, and very helpful, and the dress selection for Nicole Miller and other designers of beautiful, non-poofy dresses is great. I bought my dream dress for well under budget and Pilar helped me accessorize it to take it beyond perfect. Everyone commented on how beautiful my dress was. Go to Lilac!
If you are looking for an elegant dress, (and don't want to look like a Disney character on your wedding day), and want Read more...
If you are looking for an elegant dress, (and don't want to look like a Disney character on your wedding day), and want great service, an easy experience, go to Lilac. The owner Pilar is friendly, down to earth, and very helpful, and the dress selection for Nicole Miller and other designers of beautiful, non-poofy dresses is great. I bought my dream dress for well under budget and Pilar helped me accessorize it to take it beyond perfect. Everyone commented on how beautiful my dress was. Go to Lilac! Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
I searched and searched, up and down the bay, for a simple wedding gown and, just when I was ready to give up, I miraculously found Lilac Dress Boutique in charming Alameda. What's so special about the place? Well, before even deciding on a gown, I knew I had to buy it from Lilac Dress Boutique owner, Pilar. She patiently helped me try on gown after gown (and sometimes the same gown two or three times) until I found the perfect one for me. Then she ordered my true size, and it arrived when she said it would! If you're looking for a simple wedding gown without all the fuss, Lilac Dress Boutique is the place for you!
I searched and searched, up and down the bay, for a simple wedding gown and, just when I was ready to give up, I Read more...
I searched and searched, up and down the bay, for a simple wedding gown and, just when I was ready to give up, I miraculously found Lilac Dress Boutique in charming Alameda. What's so special about the place? Well, before even deciding on a gown, I knew I had to buy it from Lilac Dress Boutique owner, Pilar. She patiently helped me try on gown after gown (and sometimes the same gown two or three times) until I found the perfect one for me. Then she ordered my true size, and it arrived when she said it would! If you're looking for a simple wedding gown without all the fuss, Lilac Dress Boutique is the place for you! Read less
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Joanna
Wedding:
4/25/2010
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough wonderful things about Pilar and my shopping experience at Lilac. I spent an awesome afternoon with Pilar, and at the end of the day I had the perfect dress for my country-chic wedding and my -classy with a tinge of sexy- personal style.

Our wedding took place on an organic ranch in West Marin County where we used the apple orchard for the ceremony, the rose garden for the cocktail hour and the 100 year old barn for the formal sit down dinner and dancing. I needed a wedding dress that would look awesome in all three settings and move with me on the dance floor.

Pilar took one look at my 5'11, athletic and busty frame (i.e. not the easiest to fit into wedding dresses!) and knew exactly what would compliment my body type and match my wedding and personal style. I left a few and fun hours later with the receipt for the perfect wedding dress in hand. From our wedding day forward, I have been receiving compliments on my dress, and our big day was in the Spring of 2010!

If you want your wedding dress search to be fun and confidence enhancing, definitely make a point of swinging by Lilac and meeting Pilar. She is warm, welcoming and has an amazing eye for what will look good on your body type.
I can't say enough wonderful things about Pilar and my shopping experience at Lilac. I spent an awesome afternoon with Read more...
I can't say enough wonderful things about Pilar and my shopping experience at Lilac. I spent an awesome afternoon with Pilar, and at the end of the day I had the perfect dress for my country-chic wedding and my -classy with a tinge of sexy- personal style.

Our wedding took place on an organic ranch in West Marin County where we used the apple orchard for the ceremony, the rose garden for the cocktail hour and the 100 year old barn for the formal sit down dinner and dancing. I needed a wedding dress that would look awesome in all three settings and move with me on the dance floor.

Pilar took one look at my 5'11, athletic and busty frame (i.e. not the easiest to fit into wedding dresses!) and knew exactly what would compliment my body type and match my wedding and personal style. I left a few and fun hours later with the receipt for the perfect wedding dress in hand. From our wedding day forward, I have been receiving compliments on my dress, and our big day was in the Spring of 2010!

If you want your wedding dress search to be fun and confidence enhancing, definitely make a point of swinging by Lilac and meeting Pilar. She is warm, welcoming and has an amazing eye for what will look good on your body type. Read less
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T in SF
Wedding:
2/6/2010
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough about what a great experience I had at Lilac. Pilar is nothing short of fantastic and I really appreciated her direct and genuine approach. Her selection of wedding dresses, occasion dresses and accessories/jewelry is great and Cathy, the seamstress who works with her is incredible too. I am a down to earth bride-to-be and found many of the other dress shopping experiences to be frustrating. Not with Pilar, she truly gets the experience and offers insight and opinions that I found really helpful. I enthusiastically recommend that anyone looking for a gorgeous dress and a personable experience (at good prices) try Pilar. I know I'll not only be recommending them but starting at Lilac when I need any dresses in the future.

Great work for creating an atmosphere that is helpful, on target and fun.
I can't say enough about what a great experience I had at Lilac. Pilar is nothing short of fantastic and I really Read more...
I can't say enough about what a great experience I had at Lilac. Pilar is nothing short of fantastic and I really appreciated her direct and genuine approach. Her selection of wedding dresses, occasion dresses and accessories/jewelry is great and Cathy, the seamstress who works with her is incredible too. I am a down to earth bride-to-be and found many of the other dress shopping experiences to be frustrating. Not with Pilar, she truly gets the experience and offers insight and opinions that I found really helpful. I enthusiastically recommend that anyone looking for a gorgeous dress and a personable experience (at good prices) try Pilar. I know I'll not only be recommending them but starting at Lilac when I need any dresses in the future.

Great work for creating an atmosphere that is helpful, on target and fun. Read less
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Mel H
Wedding:
2/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Finding my wedding dress couldn't have been easier or more fun! Lilac is a wonderful shop and owner Pilar extremely gracious and attentive; she showed her interest and concern for me the moment I walked in the door. With a beautiful selection of dresses and accessories, Lilac was also a great resource for other vendors (e.g. alterations--master seamstress Cathy was there to help make suggestions about the dresses I tried on--so helpful!). In the end I was SO HAPPY with my wedding gown, and amazed it all happened in a little over an hour! I look forward to future special occasions where I might need something special to wear, just so I can go back and try on dresses at Lilac.
Finding my wedding dress couldn't have been easier or more fun! Lilac is a wonderful shop and owner Pilar extremely Read more...
Finding my wedding dress couldn't have been easier or more fun! Lilac is a wonderful shop and owner Pilar extremely gracious and attentive; she showed her interest and concern for me the moment I walked in the door. With a beautiful selection of dresses and accessories, Lilac was also a great resource for other vendors (e.g. alterations--master seamstress Cathy was there to help make suggestions about the dresses I tried on--so helpful!). In the end I was SO HAPPY with my wedding gown, and amazed it all happened in a little over an hour! I look forward to future special occasions where I might need something special to wear, just so I can go back and try on dresses at Lilac. Read less
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Evash
Wedding:
10/16/2009
5.0/5.0
I love this place!
Not only did I find the perfect dresses for me and my bridesmaids, but Pilar was so helpful! She even came in on a day that she wasn't open and came to my wedding site to help all of us get dressed avec champagne. Love Pilar, love Lilac
I love this place!
Not only did I find the perfect dresses for me and my bridesmaids, but Pilar was so helpful! She Read more...
I love this place!
Not only did I find the perfect dresses for me and my bridesmaids, but Pilar was so helpful! She even came in on a day that she wasn't open and came to my wedding site to help all of us get dressed avec champagne. Love Pilar, love Lilac Read less
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Robyn
Wedding:
10/3/2009
4.6/5.0
I had an amazing experience working with Pilar. Beyond being adorable, she was more than accommodating and helpful. I brought in a photo of a dress I wanted, and she ordered it just for me--no obligation to buy! She was also helpful in finding me a coordinating wrap. I will definitely be back for other formal dress purchases (she carries an incredible selection of cocktail dresses as well)!
I had an amazing experience working with Pilar. Beyond being adorable, she was more than accommodating and helpful. I Read more...
I had an amazing experience working with Pilar. Beyond being adorable, she was more than accommodating and helpful. I brought in a photo of a dress I wanted, and she ordered it just for me--no obligation to buy! She was also helpful in finding me a coordinating wrap. I will definitely be back for other formal dress purchases (she carries an incredible selection of cocktail dresses as well)! Read less
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