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WEDDING DATE:

Aug 15, 2009

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Thuy's Professional Bridal Alterations
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Thuy works from home and does such a fabulous job for a very reasonable price! She altered a friend's wedding gown beautifully and added a 20 point bustle to it that looked amazing! You could tell she is very precise, honest, and helpful. I took my wedding dress and evening gown in and she gave me an excellent quote. She also took care to make sure she did the alterations the right way, rather than cut corners like other alterations places had tried to sell me. I had previously seen reviews about her on yelp, and I was skeptical because they were all so positive. I'm not skeptical anymore because my experience with her has been fabulous so far! I would highly recommend her!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Trudy's Brides, Prom & Special Occasions
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I grew up in Campbell, and as a little girl, I would walk by Trudy's window and dream about the day that I could go there to buy my wedding dress. I remember when I first walked in when I was younger and saw the most beautiful bride trying on her dress. She stood on the pedastal against the three way mirror... glowed like mad, and it was truly what dreams were made of. When I finally did get engaged, Trudy's was one of the first places I went. I had been to Bay Area Bridal with a few friends and tried on an assortment of dresses so I had something to compare my experience with. I don't know if I had too high of expectations, but it was not at all like I imagined. While the service was great, and my bridal consultant was very kind, I felt like all of the dresses I tried on looked the same. The only dress that I did like at Trudy's however, I got at Bay Area Bridal during a sample sale for 60% off the price Trudy's quoted me. All in all though, they did give me all their attention and were not at all pushy so customer service was good. They also allowed me to take pictures while in the dress. I just wish the consultant gave me more of a selection. The only dress that I ended up liking, I picked out myself because it was sitting near the dressing room. So nothing grand, nothing bad... I really can't complain.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Bella Mia Bride
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I made an appointment on a Friday afternoon and was helped promptly. My bridal consultant was very sweet, and was able to pull dresses for me which were exactly what I explained to her. I enjoyed my experience there as compared to Trudy's (a bit dull) and Bay Area Bridal (a bit too busy) because they really made me feel like a bride and gave me a lot of attention in a subtle and respectful manner. My only complaint was the consultant was a little pushy about what extra services the seamstress could do for me (for more $$$) even though the other bridal consultant who walked by blatantly told me that I could probably just do certain things by myself without paying the extra money (i.e. taking off the crinoline on one of the dresses). The prices of the dresses seemed comparable to Trudy's and it didn't seem like they would budge on that (although I didn't really try). Also, they had a good selection of nice Bridesmaids dresses (Jim Hjelm, Dessy, etc) too. I may be coming back here to buy my BM dresses if I don't buy them off the rack.
Services used: Dress & Attire, Wedding Planning

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Best Bridal Prices
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I ordered two dresses through them, one wedding dress and one bridesmaids dress and they both came as described and one month early too! While initial communication from them was lacking with only one email confirmation after I made the order, two months later I randomly got an email in my inbox from UPS that there was a shipment for me. The dresses were clean and gorgeous when they arrived, although the packaging was nothing to write home about. All in all, the prices were great and the vendor was trustworthy. I couldn't ask for more!
Services used: Jewelry

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I love Paper and More! They are always really responsive, affordable, and fast. Plus, the quality of their products are great! They truly exemplify great customer service!
Services used: Invitations

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Danny Thomas Party Rentals
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Great rental company, smooth transaction! Everything came in time and as described. I have no complaints!
Services used: Unique Services

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Lynn's Wedding Services
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
While not exactly as was described, I was quite happy with the finished product. I used Lynn for our chair covers and head table backdrop and thought the quality of her materials were quite nice compared to others I have seen at other weddings.
Services used: Beauty & Health, Rentals & Photobooths, Flowers, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Cake

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( 1.0 / 5.0 )
This was my worst shopping experience so far. The shop was small, the customer service was rude, and they had no understanding of my taste. They also made the shopping experience a hostile and uncomfortable one by spending the majority of my time there badmouthing another bridal salon. I couldn't wait to get out of there!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I have mixed reviews on this place. I LOVED my bridal consultant, Cima. She was really sweet and chose the most amazing dresses for me to try on that suited my style really well. She was also able to find me a different array, so they all didn't look the same and I got to get a feel of different shapes and materials on my body. She was also super patient and never rushed or pressured me. I have probably tried on over 25 dresses with her, and she has never acted the least bit annoyed. I really respected her advice, as early on, she made me feel so comfortable, like a friend. If I end up buying my bridal gown here, it is only because I want to give her the commission, although I can find it online for cheaper. She told me she may be able to match other prices though, the last time I talked to her. I'm not sure if she meant only brick and mortar stores, or online sites too. I ended up coming back during one of their sample sales and picking up a dress (I'm thinking about using it for my reception). It was in good condition, and the same dress at Trudy's was over 60% more! It was also still in very good condition. The only reason I don't give BA Bridal a higher rating is because, depending on who your bridal consultant is, it could be very hit or miss. My friends also bought their dresses here and their bridal consultants were not helpful at all. Some made rude comments when the bride wanted to try on more dresses saying "I think you've already made up your mind on which dress you want, why do you want to try on any more? Don't let your friends influence you..." when we were sitting right there! They pressured to buy dresses they didn't love, did not give them a great selection to try on, and when the brides came to pick up the dresses, they were really rude. The lighting in the store was good (beading sparkles like crazy under their lighting making you feel like a princess), they had a killer selection of affordable dresses, and they allowed for you to look around but you are not supposed to take pictures while trying them on. If you tell them you've been to Trudy's to look at dresses, they'll usually give you a 10% discount off of Trudy's price, and 15% off if the dress is over $1000.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Mai's Garden
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
I met with Mai and she wasn't entirely personable but I chalked it up to all of us having bad days. She seemed very organized however and very calm. After a few weeks, I was shocked when I finally received my quote from her for day of coordination services and very very simple floral services. While I am sure she does a nice job, I don't think her price point was very realistic.
Services used: Flowers

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Quang Bui Videophoto
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
We had Quang Bui do our photos for our Vietnamese Engagement Party. He came on time, took our pictures, and helped us through the customs and traditions since both families were fairly new to the whole traditional Vietnamese wedding thing. While he isn't the most savvy photographer out there, he was very affordable and really knew his Vietnamese wedding traditions. He was worth the money in coordinating everyone in itself! He gave us all of the digital images in the end, and the photos printed out as 4x6's and placed them in an album for a very affordable price. When we went to his studio, all of his samples were from the 80s and 90s so I was really worried about the outcome but our parents insisted we have a "professional" photographer so we booked him. Suffice to say, I didn't have high expectations of him considering the price we paid, so I was pleased with the results. If photography isn't a huge priority for you but you just need someone to do the traditional Vietnamese shots, I would definitely recommend him. He was very nice, patient, and seemed very trustworthy.
Services used: Unique Services