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Dress & Attire in Berkeley, CA,
(510) 725-7771
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 24 Reviews


    Renee

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had two apts that day, one at Emerald City Gowns, and another at a fancy boutique in SF. When we got to Emerald City, we were greeted by the nicest girl and I regret that I can no longer remember her name (She was super cute and had really curly black shorter hair). She was dressed so cute, hair and makeup done and was so happy, she seemed to really love her job. She worked with us, was super flexible and allowed me to try on anything I (or the people I was with) wanted. While there, I found the perfect gently used gown that online was $8,000, and had the most perfect embroidery lace of an $8,000 gown. Although, knowing I had the other apt, I paid a small fee to put my dress on hold and we went to SF. In this fancy boutique, the saleswoman was dressed in ripped jeans and a t-shirt, acted like we were a bother (even though we had an appointment) but whatever, I tried not to let it bother me. I tried on a few dressed, and they were all beautiful but so tight I could barely walk, never... Read more

    Zoe

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    5 out of 5
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  • After trying on dresses at three other dress shops, we finally found where we were meant to be. This bridal shop is not pretentious but it’s classy and intimate with so many options of dresses. The staff was helpful and involved but not overbearing. I found two dresses that I loved and it is staff did not seem irritated that I kept wavering between the both of them and urged me to keep trying on both. I could not be happier with my choice and I’m so grateful for this j I found two dresses that I loved and it is staff did not seem irritated that I kept wavering between the both of them and urged me to keep trying on both. I could not be happier with my choice and I’m so grateful for this shop!!

    Paloma

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    5 out of 5
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  • I went all over the SF Bay Area in search of my dream dress. I even made a consultation to come up with a custom gown when I realized that what I wanted was at Emerald City Gowns all along. I was the kind of bride who thought she knew what she wanted until I came across the dress I could actually imagine myself walking down the aisle in. Sonja helped me both of the times I came in and it is all thanks to her that I found my dress. It was fun being styled and felt good knowing the environmental impact of choosing a consignment gown. ECG also has samples for sale as well as some made to order gowns. I highly recommend a stop at this shop, especially for anyone as unsure as I was. You might be pleasantly surprised!

    Brandi B.

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    5 out of 5
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  • I went in not expecting to get anything but came out with a reasonably priced dress. It wasn't cheap but I appreciated the time and effort they put into me finding the right dress for me. Plus, they have a good variety of accessories such as belts, pins, and crowns.

    Jessica

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    5 out of 5
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  • I loved my experience in choosing my wedding dress, it was actually the 3rd dress I tried on! The ladies were so nice and sweet, and had me try on various accessories to go with my dress. They also recommended a fantastic seamstress so I could make a few alterations to the consignment gown I purchased, it is a beautiful dress and I love it as much now as the day I bought it!

    Stephanie

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    5 out of 5
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  • This is where wedding dreams are made of! I found my dream dress here. I gave them an array of dresses I was interested in and they basically brought back a variety of dresses for me to try on. They understood that the dress is so important to a bride so they took their time letting me try on dresses and even let me mull over my top two over the day so I could be sure I made the right decision. When I came back, I was able to try the dresses on again just to be extra sure. In the end, I really chose to go with Emerald City because of this was a dress worn once or twice before me. It's nice to know that the choice I was making was not only something I felt good in but also an environmentally friendly choice. Wedding gowns are often just worn once - why not make sure to reuse them so that they are used to their full potential!

    Kimberly

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    5 out of 5
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  • This store is incredible. I ended up finding an off-the-rack Martina Liana that is gorgeous. The second I put it on I took my own breath away. And the price was absolutely unbeatable. I went back 2 days later and bought it. The women who run this store are really amazing, create a fantastic experience. And they're super responsive, whenever I've called they get back to me right away. I highly highly highly recommend if you live in the Bay Area, do yourself a favor take a Saturday and go by this shop. You might just find the dress of your dreams like I did.

    Kayla

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    5 out of 5
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  • I looked everywhere to find a wedding gown. I went to big shops like David's Bridal and small independent shops all over the place. A friend recommended Emerald City and I took the drive out to Berkeley from the Sacramento area. I'd looked at their website and not seen anything really calling my name, so I'm so glad I went. I described my aesthetic and they pulled out some gowns for me. I totally swooned over one of them. It was beyond spectacular and since it was consigned, it was very affordable. I had so many compliments on my gown and am so happy I went in to see Emerald!

    User5472330

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    5 out of 5
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  • What an easy and fantastic experience! Making an appointment online was a snap. I had an appointment within two weeks of when I logged in online. I was the only one in the salon so felt that I had the one on one service I desired. I started with approximately 10 dresses brought into the dressing room, chosen just for me based on the styles I was interested in. I chose the first and only dress I tried on! It fit like a glove, was exactly what I was looking for and it was beautiful. Paying was a breeze. I was in and out with the dress of my dreams!

    Shanna R.

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • I bought my wedding dress through Emerald City Gowns. (As did my friend). At first, I was only considering a new gown. This shop has both new and consignment dresses. Thus, you can get dresses that would have been thousands "brand new." But the dresses LOOK brand new and have probably only been worn once! They have dresses that are rare or no longer made. They have cleaned them all themselves. They recommend alteration options as well, which is helpful. I had gone to a few other bridal shops, including David's Bridal. The ladies at those stores often lied. Dresses that I voiced were too tight, they insisted they were the correct size. Some even got frustrated if you didn't like a specific dress. The lady that helped us at Emerald City was very kind and honest about what looks good on your specific body type. Once I tried on "the dress," I just knew it was "the one." In addition, pricing is very reasonable. Definitely recommend!

    Kimberly

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • Best Decision Ever. I spent the first part of my day at traditional bridal shop, trying on a dozen or so dresses that fit my qualifications: a classic, simple old-fashioned cut, slim silhouette, lace, off-white or champagne colored, NOT strapless or too sparkly and ball-gowny... The next stop in my search was Emerald City Gowns. I forget the name of my consultant (sorry!) but she obliged my requests at first. Many of the selections were nice, but not quite right. She convinced me to trust her as she began passing me more and more outlandish options. I went along with it. The final dress she handed me was literally the complete opposite of what I claimed to be looking for. When I walked out of the dressing room, my fiance and Maid of Honor's faces said it all. This was the one. It was stunning. And perfect. I am so glad I trusted the expertise of ECG!! There could not have been a better dress out there for me!!

    Candyce

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • I loved that I was able to view their dresses in stock on their Pinterest board, so I had a good idea what what in store in my size before going in for my appointment. The day of went well, I was able to put a deposit down to hold the dress so that I could bring my important people back with me a week later. Plus, I was able to have a week to make sure that the dress was really for me.

    Sara

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • I found my ideal gown at Emerald City Gowns after searching at a number of locations in San Francisco. I knew that I wanted a secondhand gown, so Emerald City was perfect- great quality and great selection. They post the gowns they get in on Pinterest, so keep your eyes open and make an appointments just as soon as you see one you like, otherwise it might be gone! I gave 4.9/5.0 stars for two small reasons, which should not discourage you from going there! 1.) I felt rushed towards the end of my appointment as there is only one dressing room and another appointment was coming in. This was partially my own fault and indifference- I could always have gone back. 2.) My friend and I noticed a slight discoloration on the dress, but we couldn't identify its origin. We pointed it out and received a discount, but later found a much larger stain that Emerald City Gowns hadn't noticed. So, I called them again and informed them of this stain. They were very apologetic and paid for the dry... Read more

    Jessica

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  • Emilie was very knowledgeable about different types of fabric and what could be altered easily. There was a huge selection in every price range, and it was easy to browse the selection on their Pinterest board before my appointment.

    Lia

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    4.5 out of 5
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  • I bought my wedding dress here and I really love it. I purposely visited them last because I knew that they were have a deal where if you purchase the dress at that visit you get 10% off, and I really wanted to support a business that is green (they sell sample dresses and dresses that were worn once) and in Berkeley where I live. The dress I found was perfect for what I was looking for, with ornate beading and a lacy summery feel. I saved a lot on the dress which also made it easier to afford the alterations I wanted (adding straps and sweetheart neckline). I would highly recommend Emerald City Gowns, but look around first so that you know what kind of dress you're looking for and can grab it when you find it.

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