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5 Spots for Scoring Divine, Discounted Wedding Gowns in SF

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Embarking on the hunt for "the dress" can be an even more daunting task than embarking on the hunt for the spouse, especially when you consider the jaw-dropping price tags that accompany most of these single-use confections.

Whether you're looking for a green alternative to wedding textile waste, or you simply need a dress that matches your expensive taste without depleting your bank account, we're here to help with five local bridal shops that won't bust your budget.


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Bridal Image

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San Francisco brides turn to Bridal Image for incredible customer service and a range of dresses that won't break the bank. The staff at this Hayes Valley boutique is known for helping brides hone in on the best fits for their body types, which makes it a great first (and often last) stop when searching for "the dress."

Encore Bridal

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Encore Bridal offers new, sample, and nearly-new designer wedding dresses at discount prices. This San Francisco consignment shop only accepts pristine, dry-cleaned dresses that originally retailed for at least $2000, which means that cost-conscious brides can walk away a wedding-ready Monique Lhuillier or Vera Wang dress at a fraction of the price.

Glamour Closet

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Glamour Closet offers "boutique" dresses at outlet store prices—25 to 75 percent off retail. The shop's inventory includes showroom, floor, and runway samples from designers and salons nationwide. And philanthropic-minded brides can take heart knowing that a portion of Glamour Closet's profits are donated to find a cure for Parkinson's disease.

Novella Bridal

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This North Beach bridal boutique offer dresses from brands likes Casablanca, Essence of Australia, and Jasmine, as well as custom-made wedding gowns. If you already have a dress, but need alterations, Novella can help. The shop offers alterations for dresses purchased elsewhere.

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This 20-year-old shop focuses on the $900 to $3,500 price range, and is the exclusive San Francisco retailer for Justin Alexander Collections, Mia Solano, Sarah Danielle, and Saison Blanche. Styles tend to be more embellished, so brides looking for lace and sparkles will be right at home here.

Bridal Image

San Francisco brides turn to Bridal Image for incredible customer service and a range of dresses that won't break the bank. The staff at this Hayes Valley boutique is known for helping brides hone in on the best fits for their body types, which makes it a great first (and often last) stop when searching for "the dress."

Encore Bridal

Encore Bridal offers new, sample, and nearly-new designer wedding dresses at discount prices. This San Francisco consignment shop only accepts pristine, dry-cleaned dresses that originally retailed for at least $2000, which means that cost-conscious brides can walk away a wedding-ready Monique Lhuillier or Vera Wang dress at a fraction of the price.

Glamour Closet

Glamour Closet offers "boutique" dresses at outlet store prices—25 to 75 percent off retail. The shop's inventory includes showroom, floor, and runway samples from designers and salons nationwide. And philanthropic-minded brides can take heart knowing that a portion of Glamour Closet's profits are donated to find a cure for Parkinson's disease.

Novella Bridal

This North Beach bridal boutique offer dresses from brands likes Casablanca, Essence of Australia, and Jasmine, as well as custom-made wedding gowns. If you already have a dress, but need alterations, Novella can help. The shop offers alterations for dresses purchased elsewhere.

Paris Connection

This 20-year-old shop focuses on the $900 to $3,500 price range, and is the exclusive San Francisco retailer for Justin Alexander Collections, Mia Solano, Sarah Danielle, and Saison Blanche. Styles tend to be more embellished, so brides looking for lace and sparkles will be right at home here.