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The Wedding Party

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

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510-420-1338

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ABOUT US

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

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Wedding:
Recently Married
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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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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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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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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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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VAtoCABride
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
I could not have asked for a better place to buy my wedding dress!! Both Clara and Jennifer was awesome and let me coming back 3-4 times to try on dresses and I also tried on a bunch of bridesmaids dresses, too, to see which ones I liked. The studio is cozy and you get really personal service. The dresses are very reasonably priced and had a wide selection of styles. They were more on the simple side, but definitely had some big poofy and dramatic ones. I went to a few places in San Francisco and besides them being WAY to expensive, the services wasn't very personal and none of them even followed up with me! Go to the Wedding Party and you'll see what I mean. Just awesome!
I could not have asked for a better place to buy my wedding dress!! Both Clara and Jennifer was awesome and let me coming Read more...
I could not have asked for a better place to buy my wedding dress!! Both Clara and Jennifer was awesome and let me coming back 3-4 times to try on dresses and I also tried on a bunch of bridesmaids dresses, too, to see which ones I liked. The studio is cozy and you get really personal service. The dresses are very reasonably priced and had a wide selection of styles. They were more on the simple side, but definitely had some big poofy and dramatic ones. I went to a few places in San Francisco and besides them being WAY to expensive, the services wasn't very personal and none of them even followed up with me! Go to the Wedding Party and you'll see what I mean. Just awesome! Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
9/23/2011
4.8/5.0
Wow! This was my first wedding dress shopping experience, and I had such a fun time! I tried on everything I wanted to try on and more. Not once did I feel rushed or sales pressure during my appointment with Clara, one of the owners, who was incredibly helpful and friendly.

All of the dresses are priced at or below $1,000, take that Kleinfelds! The catch is that they carry three designers, Nicole Miller wtoo by Waters, and a third whom I do not remember, and the designs are fairly simple, not much beading or bling here.

Clara even suggested since it was my first time trying on dresses to shop around at other stores (what?) and also come back to try the dresses I ended up liking a few times, before making my decision.

They also have a huge selection of brides made dresses, which are priced around or below $200.

After visiting three other shops, I ended up making another appointment here, only to end up buying the first dress I tried on: Dulconee by Wtoo.

The owners got my dress rushed at no extra charge so that I would have time for alterations. Highly recommend this shop to brides on a budget but still want a beautiful dress without compromising quality or style.
Wow! This was my first wedding dress shopping experience, and I had such a fun time! I tried on everything I wanted to try Read more...
Wow! This was my first wedding dress shopping experience, and I had such a fun time! I tried on everything I wanted to try on and more. Not once did I feel rushed or sales pressure during my appointment with Clara, one of the owners, who was incredibly helpful and friendly.

All of the dresses are priced at or below $1,000, take that Kleinfelds! The catch is that they carry three designers, Nicole Miller wtoo by Waters, and a third whom I do not remember, and the designs are fairly simple, not much beading or bling here.

Clara even suggested since it was my first time trying on dresses to shop around at other stores (what?) and also come back to try the dresses I ended up liking a few times, before making my decision.

They also have a huge selection of brides made dresses, which are priced around or below $200.

After visiting three other shops, I ended up making another appointment here, only to end up buying the first dress I tried on: Dulconee by Wtoo.

The owners got my dress rushed at no extra charge so that I would have time for alterations. Highly recommend this shop to brides on a budget but still want a beautiful dress without compromising quality or style. Read less
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gmorris
Wedding:
8/13/2011
5.0/5.0
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Clara at The Wedding Party. She is kind, patient, helpful, and honest. I was always extremely comfortable at the WP, and I never felt rushed to make a decision. This was especially helpful for me because my mother and sisters all live on the East Coast. Not only is Clara an expert with dresses, but she's pretty awesome at taking photos, too, which allowed me to share everything with my east coast family! I can't thank her enough for doing this for me. What a difference it made.

Clara is very helpful, and while you are with her, 100% of her attention is on you. She was always there to zip, pin, and photograph. And, when I really needed an honest opinion, she didn't hold back. Those type of thoughtful recommendations along the way are what led me to the dress I wore: Zora {WTOO by Watters}

I loved every minute I spent up in that beautiful studio. And my relationship with The Wedding Party didn't end after the purchase.. I called to consult about alterations when I needed a second opinion. This place really takes care of you, all the way to the end.

Thank you, Clara, for making it all happen!
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Clara at The Wedding Party. She is kind, patient, helpful, and honest. I was always Read more...
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Clara at The Wedding Party. She is kind, patient, helpful, and honest. I was always extremely comfortable at the WP, and I never felt rushed to make a decision. This was especially helpful for me because my mother and sisters all live on the East Coast. Not only is Clara an expert with dresses, but she's pretty awesome at taking photos, too, which allowed me to share everything with my east coast family! I can't thank her enough for doing this for me. What a difference it made.

Clara is very helpful, and while you are with her, 100% of her attention is on you. She was always there to zip, pin, and photograph. And, when I really needed an honest opinion, she didn't hold back. Those type of thoughtful recommendations along the way are what led me to the dress I wore: Zora {WTOO by Watters}

I loved every minute I spent up in that beautiful studio. And my relationship with The Wedding Party didn't end after the purchase.. I called to consult about alterations when I needed a second opinion. This place really takes care of you, all the way to the end.

Thank you, Clara, for making it all happen! Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Clara was amazing - she really understood our groups vibe - not fussy, but definitely looking to have fun! The dresses are not overly glittery or gaudy which was right up my alley, found several that would have done the trick, but was so excited to see what I dreamed my dress would be like on the rack! They were super easy to work with, and knew to send me home with swatches. Clara also didn't push paying for the entire gown in full - a sign of someone who really cares about her customers! Thanks, Wedding Party!
Clara was amazing - she really understood our groups vibe - not fussy, but definitely looking to have fun! The dresses are Read more...
Clara was amazing - she really understood our groups vibe - not fussy, but definitely looking to have fun! The dresses are not overly glittery or gaudy which was right up my alley, found several that would have done the trick, but was so excited to see what I dreamed my dress would be like on the rack! They were super easy to work with, and knew to send me home with swatches. Clara also didn't push paying for the entire gown in full - a sign of someone who really cares about her customers! Thanks, Wedding Party! Read less
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frogprincess88
Wedding:
5/30/2010
5.0/5.0
Wonderful! A little pricey, but you will get something that your girls will want to wear again and looks AMAZING in photos!
Wonderful! A little pricey, but you will get something that your girls will want to wear again and looks AMAZING in Read more...
Wonderful! A little pricey, but you will get something that your girls will want to wear again and looks AMAZING in photos! Read less
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TraciNicole
Wedding:
5/1/2010
4.9/5.0
I LOVED working with the ladies at The Wedding Party! They were so great to work with and the dresses at their shop are amazing! When I made my appointment (which be sure to do, because you cant just drop by and browse, but it is great because you have the whole shop to yourself and their full attention) they described the style of their dresses (not poofy, princessy, but simple and elegant) and it fit what I was looking for. They do not have an overwhelming selection like those big warehouse places, but I found many that I wanted to try on that were in my price range (tried to stay under $1,000). I loved every one I put on, but then I found "The One"! Their stuff is great because it is simple, but you can find some beautiful embelishements and detail on them. The customer service was fantastic as well. They also have bridesmaid dresses, but I found those to be a bit on the pricier side. Overall a great experience!
I LOVED working with the ladies at The Wedding Party! They were so great to work with and the dresses at their shop are Read more...
I LOVED working with the ladies at The Wedding Party! They were so great to work with and the dresses at their shop are amazing! When I made my appointment (which be sure to do, because you cant just drop by and browse, but it is great because you have the whole shop to yourself and their full attention) they described the style of their dresses (not poofy, princessy, but simple and elegant) and it fit what I was looking for. They do not have an overwhelming selection like those big warehouse places, but I found many that I wanted to try on that were in my price range (tried to stay under $1,000). I loved every one I put on, but then I found "The One"! Their stuff is great because it is simple, but you can find some beautiful embelishements and detail on them. The customer service was fantastic as well. They also have bridesmaid dresses, but I found those to be a bit on the pricier side. Overall a great experience! Read less
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Pauline
Wedding:
9/15/2009
5.0/5.0
Excellent service!!!!Very professional and great sales !They have beautiful dresses there... After going to several places, I found my dress there, and it was not hard to fall in love with it... Really nice place to pick your dress and very friendly people...
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Excellent service!!!!Very professional and great sales !They have beautiful dresses there... After going to several Read more...
Excellent service!!!!Very professional and great sales !They have beautiful dresses there... After going to several places, I found my dress there, and it was not hard to fall in love with it... Really nice place to pick your dress and very friendly people...
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doublehoney
Wedding:
8/1/2009
5.0/5.0
I had done a lot of online research before going to the Wedding Party and I had a clear vision of the dress that I wanted. I knew I didn't want the typical big white heavy wedding dress and I was not interested in going to the kind of bridal salon where someone might say "You look like a princess!" My co-worker had recommended the Wedding Party & gushed about how wonderful Clara was when she bought her wedding dress. And she was right. Clara is fantastic in all ways. When I called to make an appointment, Clara answered and we were able to find a time that would work perfectly with my busy schedule. And when I showed up with a friend who was also interested in looking at dresses, Clara generously extended our time to let my friend try on a number of gowns as well. When my friend was considering a gorgeous dress that would need tricky alterations, Clara offered to let her take it to a tailor to see if the alterations could be done. If they couldn't, my friend would bring the dress back. Who does that? Amazing. For me, Clara understood immediately what I was looking for and picked out 4 or 5 dresses for me to try on, all in my price range. I had been kind of dreading the trying on process bec. I'm a size 16 (& a 38DD) and I know that most sample dresses are MUCH smaller than that. However, Clara had larger samples that I actually could fit into! It was not only painless, but actually fun! For a bit I considered a dress that, in a duchess satin (which was nearly the opposite of what I originally wanted), would have been a few hundred dollars out of my price range. Clara showed me less expensive fabric options to make that dress workable. I wound up going with another dress, which I absolutely love and wish I could wear everyday. Throughout the process, Clara was sweet, generous, honest, and down-to-earth. When I would call, she knew immediately who I was. After I had chosen the dress that day, she told me that since my wedding was about a year away, I could and should wait another 4 or 5 months to order it. I was astounded, since I was expecting her to "close the deal" right then. But I went on my way, and paid for the dress when I ordered it months later. When it came in, she explained the details of the alterations that should be done and gave me honest advice about places to take it. Those details helped me when I had to explain to the seamstress what needed to be fixed AFTER they had supposedly taken care of those issues. Basically it boils down to the fact that Clara is a gem and the Wedding Party is like a calm island in the crazy storm of wedding industry insanity!
I had done a lot of online research before going to the Wedding Party and I had a clear vision of the dress that I wanted. Read more...
I had done a lot of online research before going to the Wedding Party and I had a clear vision of the dress that I wanted. I knew I didn't want the typical big white heavy wedding dress and I was not interested in going to the kind of bridal salon where someone might say "You look like a princess!" My co-worker had recommended the Wedding Party & gushed about how wonderful Clara was when she bought her wedding dress. And she was right. Clara is fantastic in all ways. When I called to make an appointment, Clara answered and we were able to find a time that would work perfectly with my busy schedule. And when I showed up with a friend who was also interested in looking at dresses, Clara generously extended our time to let my friend try on a number of gowns as well. When my friend was considering a gorgeous dress that would need tricky alterations, Clara offered to let her take it to a tailor to see if the alterations could be done. If they couldn't, my friend would bring the dress back. Who does that? Amazing. For me, Clara understood immediately what I was looking for and picked out 4 or 5 dresses for me to try on, all in my price range. I had been kind of dreading the trying on process bec. I'm a size 16 (& a 38DD) and I know that most sample dresses are MUCH smaller than that. However, Clara had larger samples that I actually could fit into! It was not only painless, but actually fun! For a bit I considered a dress that, in a duchess satin (which was nearly the opposite of what I originally wanted), would have been a few hundred dollars out of my price range. Clara showed me less expensive fabric options to make that dress workable. I wound up going with another dress, which I absolutely love and wish I could wear everyday. Throughout the process, Clara was sweet, generous, honest, and down-to-earth. When I would call, she knew immediately who I was. After I had chosen the dress that day, she told me that since my wedding was about a year away, I could and should wait another 4 or 5 months to order it. I was astounded, since I was expecting her to "close the deal" right then. But I went on my way, and paid for the dress when I ordered it months later. When it came in, she explained the details of the alterations that should be done and gave me honest advice about places to take it. Those details helped me when I had to explain to the seamstress what needed to be fixed AFTER they had supposedly taken care of those issues. Basically it boils down to the fact that Clara is a gem and the Wedding Party is like a calm island in the crazy storm of wedding industry insanity! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
I found my wedding dress here and have since taken all my engaged friends.
I loved that they carried local designers and the dresses were more elegant that poofy. Everyone I've worked with is super helpful and willing to accommodate just about any situation. It is a small shop though so be sure to make a reservation well in advance.
I found my wedding dress here and have since taken all my engaged friends.
I loved that they carried local designers Read more...
I found my wedding dress here and have since taken all my engaged friends.
I loved that they carried local designers and the dresses were more elegant that poofy. Everyone I've worked with is super helpful and willing to accommodate just about any situation. It is a small shop though so be sure to make a reservation well in advance. Read less
Services Used: Dress & Attire
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
I am one of those brides who can't make up their mind and commit to a dress. After visiting about 6 or 7 different bridal salons and viewing hundreds if not thousands of dresses online I finally found the The Wedding Party. I wanted to save money, but I would have paid more for the "perfect dress" so I had visited high end and value shops but everything about The Wedding Party was just right. It is quaint, cute and intimate. I loved their dress selection (hardly anyone carries a wide selection of Nicole Miller dresses, which I ended up buying) and the owner is sooo sweet. I felt NO pressure to buy after my first visit which probably helped me WANT to buy from them. I have already recommended them to every bride-to-be I've met!
I am one of those brides who can't make up their mind and commit to a dress. After visiting about 6 or 7 different bridal Read more...
I am one of those brides who can't make up their mind and commit to a dress. After visiting about 6 or 7 different bridal salons and viewing hundreds if not thousands of dresses online I finally found the The Wedding Party. I wanted to save money, but I would have paid more for the "perfect dress" so I had visited high end and value shops but everything about The Wedding Party was just right. It is quaint, cute and intimate. I loved their dress selection (hardly anyone carries a wide selection of Nicole Miller dresses, which I ended up buying) and the owner is sooo sweet. I felt NO pressure to buy after my first visit which probably helped me WANT to buy from them. I have already recommended them to every bride-to-be I've met! Read less
Services Used: Dress & Attire

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