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Margene's Bridal

Oakland , CA
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3612 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610 US (map)

PHONE

510-451-3555

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ABOUT US

For over forty years, Margene's clients have benefited from her skills in interpreting and modifying designs and styles to suit the individual's taste, figure, and budget. Under her... Read more
For over forty years, Margene's clients have benefited from her skills in interpreting and modifying designs and styles to suit the individual's taste, figure, and budget. Under her expert guidance, a sketch, pattern, or photograph evolves into a uniquely individual garment that will bring years of pleasure. You'll no longer have to compromise on a dress, or coat that isn't exactly what you want - fabric, color, style, and fit will all suit you to a "T". When you consider the number of "compromise" purchases that have been relegated to the back of your closed because you weren't happy with them, you'll realize that Margene's custom tailoring can actually save you money!

Whether you start with the pattern - the fabric - or the special occasion that demands a special dress - Margene's Bridal offers the expert advice and workmanship to achieve the perfect result.

Experience you can rely on:
The U.S. Commerce Association's "Best of Oakland 2009" Award winner Yelp's "People Love Us on Yelp" Award winner
Over 40 years in the custom tailoring business. Accredited by The State of California - Standard Designed Teaching Credential in Adult Education, Sewing and Related Technologies. Accredited by The California Community Colleges in Design, Textiles, Textile Services and Related Technologies. Sewing instructor on a private basis since 1969. Sewing instructor in public schools since 1974. Certified by White and Elna sewing machines.
Book your appointment or call 510-451-3555 today and find out just how affordable custom tailoring can be! Click for a coupon to get 10% off of any alterations

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INFO FOR DRESS & ATTIRE

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

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rebecca
Wedding:
8/2/2014
4.9/5.0
After being in other shops, I went in here on a whim and ended up buying my dress that day! The ladies were wonderful to work with and actually cared about making sure everything looked great. I also ended up buying my veil and earrings at this location as well. If you are looking for a small intimate setting then I would recommend this place for you; if you want a Say Yes to the Dress moment then no. It was perfect for me to do my fittings with a small party. Thank you ladies!
After being in other shops, I went in here on a whim and ended up buying my dress that day! The ladies were wonderful to Read more...
After being in other shops, I went in here on a whim and ended up buying my dress that day! The ladies were wonderful to work with and actually cared about making sure everything looked great. I also ended up buying my veil and earrings at this location as well. If you are looking for a small intimate setting then I would recommend this place for you; if you want a Say Yes to the Dress moment then no. It was perfect for me to do my fittings with a small party. Thank you ladies! Read less
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Olivia
Wedding:
5/31/2013
5.0/5.0
I found my amazing dress here after searching far and wide elsewhere and it was under 1000 dollars! They were wonderful with the alterations and timely.
I found my amazing dress here after searching far and wide elsewhere and it was under 1000 dollars! They were wonderful Read more...
I found my amazing dress here after searching far and wide elsewhere and it was under 1000 dollars! They were wonderful with the alterations and timely. Read less
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Dani
Wedding:
9/30/2012
4.5/5.0
After having my heart set on a $5,000 Lazaro gown;I purchased my gown at David's Bridal. It was somewhat of an impulse buy because the dress was originally $1200 & was marked down to $450. I got the dress home & just wasn't in love with it. After trying it on a million times and considering selling it & buying a new dress; I got an idea. What if I had the skirt raised and added a sash to make it look more like the Lazaro that I longed for?

So, off to David's Bridal I go... With all of my great ideas about how I'm going to make this dress awesome. The woman in alterations shuts me down. She says that it can't be done! I call another place for a second opinion; same thing. I'm no professional seamstress but I'm looking at my dress thinking, "I know this can be done!" So, I go to another place and they say, "we can do that" but estimated the cost to be about $1,000. Considering that I only spent $450 on the dress, I'm starting to think this is a bad idea.

Last shot... I take my dress to Margene's. I tell Vicki what I want & she says, "No problem, that's easy!" In her lovely accent. She quotes me about $500... Needless to say, I happily left her with my dress & smiled all the way home.

By my final fitting, the dress looked like an entirely different style. They removed the beaded belt, raised the skirt from a dropped waist to an empire, took in the bodice, reattached the beaded belt to a sash, and added ruffles to the bottom and train. I went from liking my dress to being truly excited about wearing it.

I would have given them four stars because of the poor communication I experienced, their inconvenient hours for the average working person and the fact that they totally overcharged my maid of honor for her alterations but the work that they did on my gown deserves 6 stars.

They charge by the hour which is great if it doesn't take as long as planned but mine cost me about $100 more than I expected to pay. I was a little confused by the charges I received when
After having my heart set on a $5,000 Lazaro gown;I purchased my gown at David's Bridal. It was somewhat of an impulse buy Read more...
After having my heart set on a $5,000 Lazaro gown;I purchased my gown at David's Bridal. It was somewhat of an impulse buy because the dress was originally $1200 & was marked down to $450. I got the dress home & just wasn't in love with it. After trying it on a million times and considering selling it & buying a new dress; I got an idea. What if I had the skirt raised and added a sash to make it look more like the Lazaro that I longed for?

So, off to David's Bridal I go... With all of my great ideas about how I'm going to make this dress awesome. The woman in alterations shuts me down. She says that it can't be done! I call another place for a second opinion; same thing. I'm no professional seamstress but I'm looking at my dress thinking, "I know this can be done!" So, I go to another place and they say, "we can do that" but estimated the cost to be about $1,000. Considering that I only spent $450 on the dress, I'm starting to think this is a bad idea.

Last shot... I take my dress to Margene's. I tell Vicki what I want & she says, "No problem, that's easy!" In her lovely accent. She quotes me about $500... Needless to say, I happily left her with my dress & smiled all the way home.

By my final fitting, the dress looked like an entirely different style. They removed the beaded belt, raised the skirt from a dropped waist to an empire, took in the bodice, reattached the beaded belt to a sash, and added ruffles to the bottom and train. I went from liking my dress to being truly excited about wearing it.

I would have given them four stars because of the poor communication I experienced, their inconvenient hours for the average working person and the fact that they totally overcharged my maid of honor for her alterations but the work that they did on my gown deserves 6 stars.

They charge by the hour which is great if it doesn't take as long as planned but mine cost me about $100 more than I expected to pay. I was a little confused by the charges I received when Read less
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Mary
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
I had a wonderful experience at Margene's. Margene did a fabulous job on bustling my train which was very long. I wore an Alfred Angelo dress and the inside of the train was indigo blue. If I was every in a wedding or wanted to buy another dress for an anniversary or needed alternations I would return because Margene's provides excellent service and service with a SMILE. She always had time me.
I had a wonderful experience at Margene's. Margene did a fabulous job on bustling my train which was very long. I wore an Read more...
I had a wonderful experience at Margene's. Margene did a fabulous job on bustling my train which was very long. I wore an Alfred Angelo dress and the inside of the train was indigo blue. If I was every in a wedding or wanted to buy another dress for an anniversary or needed alternations I would return because Margene's provides excellent service and service with a SMILE. She always had time me. Read less
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Mika
Wedding:
8/8/2010
2.7/5.0
I came to Margene's about 4 months before my wedding to get an estimate on what I wanted done. Margene quoted me $120 for what I wanted. She said to come in a month before the wedding. So when I came in a month before the wedding I was shocked that the bill came to $330! I told her I purposely came in 4 months before to get an estimate and showed her the estimate that she quoted me. She told me that she didn't know how extensive the hem would be. I was very annoyed since she originally quoted me $120 and I was very upfront with what I wanted done. I felt like it was too late for me to go to any other alteration place since it was a month before the wedding so I was stuck using her. The outcome of the dress came out fine. Although there were things I wanted done and she would say that my dress wasn't perfect to begin with so that's why it turned out the way it turned out. I didn't think that was a thing to say to a bride but they ended up fixing it. All in all, if she gave me a more accurate estimate or used the estimate she quoted me, I would probably be happier with her service.
I came to Margene's about 4 months before my wedding to get an estimate on what I wanted done. Margene quoted me $120 for Read more...
I came to Margene's about 4 months before my wedding to get an estimate on what I wanted done. Margene quoted me $120 for what I wanted. She said to come in a month before the wedding. So when I came in a month before the wedding I was shocked that the bill came to $330! I told her I purposely came in 4 months before to get an estimate and showed her the estimate that she quoted me. She told me that she didn't know how extensive the hem would be. I was very annoyed since she originally quoted me $120 and I was very upfront with what I wanted done. I felt like it was too late for me to go to any other alteration place since it was a month before the wedding so I was stuck using her. The outcome of the dress came out fine. Although there were things I wanted done and she would say that my dress wasn't perfect to begin with so that's why it turned out the way it turned out. I didn't think that was a thing to say to a bride but they ended up fixing it. All in all, if she gave me a more accurate estimate or used the estimate she quoted me, I would probably be happier with her service. Read less
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ElyseandApril
Wedding:
7/10/2010
4.3/5.0
If you aren't looking for the bells and whistles while trying on a dress, and just want a competent and caring staff, this is the place. They were very helpful while I tried on dress after dress, and cried through alterations. I would recommend them again!
If you aren't looking for the bells and whistles while trying on a dress, and just want a competent and caring staff, this Read more...
If you aren't looking for the bells and whistles while trying on a dress, and just want a competent and caring staff, this is the place. They were very helpful while I tried on dress after dress, and cried through alterations. I would recommend them again! Read less
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dcrs
Wedding:
1/8/2010
5.0/5.0
Margene's Bridal made me the dress of my dreams. I could not find a "pre-made" wedding dress that totally rocked my world no matter how much I searched. I had found an evening gown that I LOVED but which only came in black. I got a recommendation to go to Margene's and they said they could re-create the black gown in white. I bought the fabric and details and they made me a gorgeous dress that I LOVE for the same amount of money that it would have cost for me to get the only other wedding dress that I was sort of considering buying. Thank God for Margene's.
Margene's Bridal made me the dress of my dreams. I could not find a "pre-made" wedding dress that totally rocked my world Read more...
Margene's Bridal made me the dress of my dreams. I could not find a "pre-made" wedding dress that totally rocked my world no matter how much I searched. I had found an evening gown that I LOVED but which only came in black. I got a recommendation to go to Margene's and they said they could re-create the black gown in white. I bought the fabric and details and they made me a gorgeous dress that I LOVE for the same amount of money that it would have cost for me to get the only other wedding dress that I was sort of considering buying. Thank God for Margene's. Read less
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Romi
Wedding:
6/7/2008
4.3/5.0
Really nice folks here! And they have a good amount of plus size gowns to try on, particularly when considering the small size of the store. I walked in expecting to find nothing, but I actually had a bunch of gowns to try.

In the end I decided that I wanted something less traditional. I ordered a bridesmaid dress in ivory, had it altered, hemmed, added a red petticoat, tried this and that, and they were enthusiastic throughout the whole process. The dress was very affordable, though admittedly the cost of the alterations was quite high. Worth it though, as my dress came in 10 days before the wedding, and there was quite a lot of altering to be done. I was not crazy about the quality of one of the alterations, but it was my own fault that I didn't really have enough time to have them keep working on it. Given more time, I am certain that they would have worked on it until I was satisfied.

On the day of the wedding, I found spots on the dress. Not sure if they were my fault or the store's. We called in the morning, and they told us to bring the dress right over. My husband drove it over and was back pretty quickly with a spotless dress. Hurrah!
Really nice folks here! And they have a good amount of plus size gowns to try on, particularly when considering the small Read more...
Really nice folks here! And they have a good amount of plus size gowns to try on, particularly when considering the small size of the store. I walked in expecting to find nothing, but I actually had a bunch of gowns to try.

In the end I decided that I wanted something less traditional. I ordered a bridesmaid dress in ivory, had it altered, hemmed, added a red petticoat, tried this and that, and they were enthusiastic throughout the whole process. The dress was very affordable, though admittedly the cost of the alterations was quite high. Worth it though, as my dress came in 10 days before the wedding, and there was quite a lot of altering to be done. I was not crazy about the quality of one of the alterations, but it was my own fault that I didn't really have enough time to have them keep working on it. Given more time, I am certain that they would have worked on it until I was satisfied.

On the day of the wedding, I found spots on the dress. Not sure if they were my fault or the store's. We called in the morning, and they told us to bring the dress right over. My husband drove it over and was back pretty quickly with a spotless dress. Hurrah! Read less
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