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The Wedding Party

Berkeley , CA
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2612 Alcatraz Avenue , Suite #3
Berkeley, CA 94705 US (map)

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510-420-1338

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Bridal, bridesmaid, Mother-of-bride/groom attire. By appointment, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 - 6. Featuring designers such as Nicole Miller, Wtoo by Watters, Siri and Lynn Lugo.
Bridal, bridesmaid, Mother-of-bride/groom attire. By appointment, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 - 6. Featuring designers such as Nicole Miller, Wtoo by Watters, Siri and Lynn Lugo. Read less
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Who do you provide services for?
Bride, Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom

REVIEWS

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Lauren
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
I had the BEST experience with Rosie at The Wedding Party.

I visited several bridal salons in San Francisco and while I had great service at some, terrible service at others, The Wedding Party just felt like....home, ya know? The ladies that work here are perfect at what they do. They'll shimmy you into as many dresses as you want to try on, suggest that dark horse option that you wouldn't have considered, give you their honest opinion on the right dress for your shape, while giving you space to make up your own mind because well, it's your money.

I originally only visited here because they had a dress I tried on at a salon in the city for the actual list price (versus with a $500 San Francisco markup) but I wish I had made this my first stop - it's that good. All their dresses average under $2K and they have so many options that are budget friendly, and dresses that you just can't believe the price tag on. I would say their dresses run the more breezy, nontraditional, dress you can move in style versus big white puffy cupcake. Though, they have some of those, too, and can show you what they'll look like with the puffy skirt or with the puffy skirt reined in.

The shop is small but it's not limited in options, and what I loved was that it was just me and my family in the upstairs loft, no crazy bridal shop madness. We relaxed, they let me take lots of photos, and Rosie cheered when I came back a second AND third time to try on what I thought was THE dress to make sure it was really, really, really THE DRESS.

I would highly recommend The Wedding Party if you want a low key, breezy, no pressure dress shopping experience. Seriously, no judgement here if you come in with a meager budget, a host of body confidence issues, an indecisive personality, or if you're not the girly girl that just loves to try on dresses all day and then bursts into tears when you find the one. They're amazing.
I had the BEST experience with Rosie at The Wedding Party.

I visited several bridal salons in San Francisco and Read more...
I had the BEST experience with Rosie at The Wedding Party.

I visited several bridal salons in San Francisco and while I had great service at some, terrible service at others, The Wedding Party just felt like....home, ya know? The ladies that work here are perfect at what they do. They'll shimmy you into as many dresses as you want to try on, suggest that dark horse option that you wouldn't have considered, give you their honest opinion on the right dress for your shape, while giving you space to make up your own mind because well, it's your money.

I originally only visited here because they had a dress I tried on at a salon in the city for the actual list price (versus with a $500 San Francisco markup) but I wish I had made this my first stop - it's that good. All their dresses average under $2K and they have so many options that are budget friendly, and dresses that you just can't believe the price tag on. I would say their dresses run the more breezy, nontraditional, dress you can move in style versus big white puffy cupcake. Though, they have some of those, too, and can show you what they'll look like with the puffy skirt or with the puffy skirt reined in.

The shop is small but it's not limited in options, and what I loved was that it was just me and my family in the upstairs loft, no crazy bridal shop madness. We relaxed, they let me take lots of photos, and Rosie cheered when I came back a second AND third time to try on what I thought was THE dress to make sure it was really, really, really THE DRESS.

I would highly recommend The Wedding Party if you want a low key, breezy, no pressure dress shopping experience. Seriously, no judgement here if you come in with a meager budget, a host of body confidence issues, an indecisive personality, or if you're not the girly girl that just loves to try on dresses all day and then bursts into tears when you find the one. They're amazing. Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
The Wedding Party was a perfect fit for me: easy, comfortable, no-nonsense. I made two appointments with Clara, and she couldn't have been nicer or more genuine. Though the selection is rather modest, their dresses are beautiful and Clara helped me find one that was exactly to my taste. I also fell in love with a cocktail (really bride's maid) dress that I bought to change into for dancing. If you are looking for huge, poofy, blinged-out ball gowns this may not be the place for you, but their elegant, relatively modestly priced dresses and warm demeanor are exactly what I was looking for. I highly recommend you try them!
The Wedding Party was a perfect fit for me: easy, comfortable, no-nonsense. I made two appointments with Clara, and she Read more...
The Wedding Party was a perfect fit for me: easy, comfortable, no-nonsense. I made two appointments with Clara, and she couldn't have been nicer or more genuine. Though the selection is rather modest, their dresses are beautiful and Clara helped me find one that was exactly to my taste. I also fell in love with a cocktail (really bride's maid) dress that I bought to change into for dancing. If you are looking for huge, poofy, blinged-out ball gowns this may not be the place for you, but their elegant, relatively modestly priced dresses and warm demeanor are exactly what I was looking for. I highly recommend you try them! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
I absolutely loved this place! The Wedding Party is a small, independently owned boutique of wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses. I thought the size of the store was perfect: definitely quality over quantity here. The small collection was wonderful as it didn't lead to me getting overwhelmed, and gave the feel that the dresses had been chosen by the owners to sell. They were all beautiful, and ranged from casual to cathedral. The attendants who helped me were professional and friendly, and made me feel absolutely beautiful. Customer service here was definitely superior to any other store I visited.
I absolutely loved this place! The Wedding Party is a small, independently owned boutique of wedding gowns and bridesmaids Read more...
I absolutely loved this place! The Wedding Party is a small, independently owned boutique of wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses. I thought the size of the store was perfect: definitely quality over quantity here. The small collection was wonderful as it didn't lead to me getting overwhelmed, and gave the feel that the dresses had been chosen by the owners to sell. They were all beautiful, and ranged from casual to cathedral. The attendants who helped me were professional and friendly, and made me feel absolutely beautiful. Customer service here was definitely superior to any other store I visited. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
I found a fabulous and reasonably priced wedding dress at The Wedding Party, but even more importantly I had a wonderful experience working with both Clara and Jennifer. The Wedding Party has a carefully selected set of simple, elegant, timeless wedding dresses, and I believe they told me the aim for them to all be under $1500, with many of them far below that price point. They also carry a few SF- and US-based designers, which I think is great. I came in early on in the process and found a gown that might work, but wasn’t ready to settle on it. They didn’t pressure us at all to buy it, and allowed me to come back in a couple months later and try it on again. That was the one! They were extremely helpful and supportive, so that all my fittings went just the way you would imagine them. They also let you take photos and give you all the names and codes for dresses you liked, so you can think about them afterward. The Wedding Party is a fabulous little shop!
I found a fabulous and reasonably priced wedding dress at The Wedding Party, but even more importantly I had a wonderful Read more...
I found a fabulous and reasonably priced wedding dress at The Wedding Party, but even more importantly I had a wonderful experience working with both Clara and Jennifer. The Wedding Party has a carefully selected set of simple, elegant, timeless wedding dresses, and I believe they told me the aim for them to all be under $1500, with many of them far below that price point. They also carry a few SF- and US-based designers, which I think is great. I came in early on in the process and found a gown that might work, but wasn’t ready to settle on it. They didn’t pressure us at all to buy it, and allowed me to come back in a couple months later and try it on again. That was the one! They were extremely helpful and supportive, so that all my fittings went just the way you would imagine them. They also let you take photos and give you all the names and codes for dresses you liked, so you can think about them afterward. The Wedding Party is a fabulous little shop! Read less
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Ruth
Wedding:
6/29/2013
4.9/5.0
After dutifully allowing my mother and maid of honor to drag me to over a dozen over the top bridal shops, I basically loathed the entire process. As a last ditch effort to keep me from eloping my maid of honor took me here. Mind blown.

These ladies know their business. Everything is neat and very well managed. You make a one hour appointment for either bridal or bridesmaid dresses. They have all the samples out for you to look through. They respond very well to suggestions. Everything was transparent and low pressure, and their stuff is also much more reasonable than the glitter / bangle / sparkle everywhere else. This place is tasteful.

We got a small discount for ordering all the bridesmaids dresses and bridal gown here, but even without the discount it was cheaper than anywhere else. They recommended fantastic seamstresses, too.

The real clincher here was when we took my husband's sister. She's not the dress wearing type and has some body image issues. Clara took one look at her, picked up three dresses, and sent her off to try them on. Those three dresses became the girl's three favorite dresses of all time. No one thought we'd have to help her narrow down her options.

Clara is essentially a mindreader with good taste - exactly what you want in a dress shop.
After dutifully allowing my mother and maid of honor to drag me to over a dozen over the top bridal shops, I basically Read more...
After dutifully allowing my mother and maid of honor to drag me to over a dozen over the top bridal shops, I basically loathed the entire process. As a last ditch effort to keep me from eloping my maid of honor took me here. Mind blown.

These ladies know their business. Everything is neat and very well managed. You make a one hour appointment for either bridal or bridesmaid dresses. They have all the samples out for you to look through. They respond very well to suggestions. Everything was transparent and low pressure, and their stuff is also much more reasonable than the glitter / bangle / sparkle everywhere else. This place is tasteful.

We got a small discount for ordering all the bridesmaids dresses and bridal gown here, but even without the discount it was cheaper than anywhere else. They recommended fantastic seamstresses, too.

The real clincher here was when we took my husband's sister. She's not the dress wearing type and has some body image issues. Clara took one look at her, picked up three dresses, and sent her off to try them on. Those three dresses became the girl's three favorite dresses of all time. No one thought we'd have to help her narrow down her options.

Clara is essentially a mindreader with good taste - exactly what you want in a dress shop. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Before beginning the search for my dress I had heard great things about The Wedding Party, but I could have never imagined just how wonderful my experience would be! Clara & Jennifer are so warm, professional, sweet, and excellent at what they do. The selection of gowns is extensive, and I found my dream dress within a couple of minutes of walking through their doors. In addition to carrying beautiful and high quality dresses, their prices are considerably more reasonable than other Bay Area boutiques I visited. Not to mention their fantastic selection of bridesmaid dresses... I knew that I wanted to let my girls choose from a selection of styles, and Jennifer helped us to find a brand that carried the perfect color/fabric with 8 different styles for my girls to choose from! Needless to say, all of my bridesmaids found dresses that flatter each of their shapes and makes them feel beautiful! My dress arrived in plenty of time, and it was an absolute dream. Overall, everything was stress-free, organized, and fun! Love this place!!
Before beginning the search for my dress I had heard great things about The Wedding Party, but I could have never imagined Read more...
Before beginning the search for my dress I had heard great things about The Wedding Party, but I could have never imagined just how wonderful my experience would be! Clara & Jennifer are so warm, professional, sweet, and excellent at what they do. The selection of gowns is extensive, and I found my dream dress within a couple of minutes of walking through their doors. In addition to carrying beautiful and high quality dresses, their prices are considerably more reasonable than other Bay Area boutiques I visited. Not to mention their fantastic selection of bridesmaid dresses... I knew that I wanted to let my girls choose from a selection of styles, and Jennifer helped us to find a brand that carried the perfect color/fabric with 8 different styles for my girls to choose from! Needless to say, all of my bridesmaids found dresses that flatter each of their shapes and makes them feel beautiful! My dress arrived in plenty of time, and it was an absolute dream. Overall, everything was stress-free, organized, and fun! Love this place!! Read less
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Marie
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Go here first - I cannot recommend Clara and Jennifer more highly! I'd give them 6 stars or more. They really enjoy helping you find the perfect dress of your dreams and they have a lovely selection. Prices from about $700 to $1400 or so for wedding dresses. I believe this is as good as it gets unless you go to david's bridal, but the dresses here and far higher quality and the service is beyond fantastic. They have pictures of their styles online, but they range from straight evening gown shapes to a-line or trumpet....if you think you want a ball gown you may find something you like more than you expect, but I wouldn't call the selection ball gowns. They hand pick their samples and really have great taste. That said (I did not want a poofy dress), I was thrilled and on my first visit, left with about 6 dresses that I loved! Clara used binder clips to fit the dress to me, even showing me the back of my favorites. She suggested "options" for many of the dresses as well. I went back once to narrow it down and then one more time to order. I just ordered my wedding dress yesterday - for $777 with tax! Clara took so much care in measuring me and discussing the appropriate size for me to order. I'm definitely having my bridesmaids buy their dresses here too, although the b-maid dresses run about 150-400 (or more, I didn't shop those though) with most dresses being in the 250 range I think. I brought two friends each time and it was great fun! There's a reason everyone is giving the store 5 stars!
Go here first - I cannot recommend Clara and Jennifer more highly! I'd give them 6 stars or more. They really enjoy Read more...
Go here first - I cannot recommend Clara and Jennifer more highly! I'd give them 6 stars or more. They really enjoy helping you find the perfect dress of your dreams and they have a lovely selection. Prices from about $700 to $1400 or so for wedding dresses. I believe this is as good as it gets unless you go to david's bridal, but the dresses here and far higher quality and the service is beyond fantastic. They have pictures of their styles online, but they range from straight evening gown shapes to a-line or trumpet....if you think you want a ball gown you may find something you like more than you expect, but I wouldn't call the selection ball gowns. They hand pick their samples and really have great taste. That said (I did not want a poofy dress), I was thrilled and on my first visit, left with about 6 dresses that I loved! Clara used binder clips to fit the dress to me, even showing me the back of my favorites. She suggested "options" for many of the dresses as well. I went back once to narrow it down and then one more time to order. I just ordered my wedding dress yesterday - for $777 with tax! Clara took so much care in measuring me and discussing the appropriate size for me to order. I'm definitely having my bridesmaids buy their dresses here too, although the b-maid dresses run about 150-400 (or more, I didn't shop those though) with most dresses being in the 250 range I think. I brought two friends each time and it was great fun! There's a reason everyone is giving the store 5 stars! Read less
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Rebecca
Wedding:
8/12/2012
5.0/5.0
This is a truly outstanding bridal boutique! After successfully helping my sister find a beautiful dress last year, The Wedding Party was the only place we considered going to this year for my wedding. We worked closely with Jennifer to find the absolutely perfect dress. Jennifer met with me numerous times, helped me find an elegant and gorgeous dress, and worked to accommodate my dress preferences (we even ordered the dress without some sequins). Jennifer took into account my budget and showed me every option without any pressure to go with the more expensive dresses. I had a wonderful experience with the Wedding Party and I would recommend it to anyone.
This is a truly outstanding bridal boutique! After successfully helping my sister find a beautiful dress last year, The Read more...
This is a truly outstanding bridal boutique! After successfully helping my sister find a beautiful dress last year, The Wedding Party was the only place we considered going to this year for my wedding. We worked closely with Jennifer to find the absolutely perfect dress. Jennifer met with me numerous times, helped me find an elegant and gorgeous dress, and worked to accommodate my dress preferences (we even ordered the dress without some sequins). Jennifer took into account my budget and showed me every option without any pressure to go with the more expensive dresses. I had a wonderful experience with the Wedding Party and I would recommend it to anyone. Read less
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NEABrown
Wedding:
5/28/2012
5.0/5.0
The ladies at the wedding party are great! I love that they have simple yet fun and stylish dresses that don't break the bank. The bridal dresses are very reasonably priced, although the bridesmaid dresses are a little pricey. I love that Clara and Jennifer give you their undivided attention without feeling pushy at all. I have visitied the Wedding Party on numerous occasions (for my wedding as well as a few of my friends') and have had a great experiece each time. Everyone I have referred has also raved about how wonderful it is!
The ladies at the wedding party are great! I love that they have simple yet fun and stylish dresses that don't break the Read more...
The ladies at the wedding party are great! I love that they have simple yet fun and stylish dresses that don't break the bank. The bridal dresses are very reasonably priced, although the bridesmaid dresses are a little pricey. I love that Clara and Jennifer give you their undivided attention without feeling pushy at all. I have visitied the Wedding Party on numerous occasions (for my wedding as well as a few of my friends') and have had a great experiece each time. Everyone I have referred has also raved about how wonderful it is! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Being able to shop for a dress a the Wedding Party was a treat! I felt beautiful and special the entire time, in part because of of the special attention given to my group. I loved being able to try on anything in the store, and to be able to touch and feel everything, and feel like I was in control. They staff was extremely helpful and attentive, showing us what sleeves might look like, or what it would look like with a veil. They were happy to try a dress with a different belt, or anything else that we might have thought of. All of their dresses were reasonably priced, and beautiful. The staff offered suggestions of things to try on that were maybe not the the top on our list, and let us go back to try things on so that the final decision could be made. There was never pressure to buy something or make a decision, and lots of support. This is truly a special place to be able to try on dresses.
Being able to shop for a dress a the Wedding Party was a treat! I felt beautiful and special the entire time, in part Read more...
Being able to shop for a dress a the Wedding Party was a treat! I felt beautiful and special the entire time, in part because of of the special attention given to my group. I loved being able to try on anything in the store, and to be able to touch and feel everything, and feel like I was in control. They staff was extremely helpful and attentive, showing us what sleeves might look like, or what it would look like with a veil. They were happy to try a dress with a different belt, or anything else that we might have thought of. All of their dresses were reasonably priced, and beautiful. The staff offered suggestions of things to try on that were maybe not the the top on our list, and let us go back to try things on so that the final decision could be made. There was never pressure to buy something or make a decision, and lots of support. This is truly a special place to be able to try on dresses. Read less
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