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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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1. Bridal Image

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515 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-4696
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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."

2. Encore Bridal

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391 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(310) 545-1409
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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.

3. Glamour Closet

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114 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 391-1515
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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.

4. Novella Bridal

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557 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA
(415) 981-9373
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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.

5. Paris Connection

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680 Eighth St., Ste. 205
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 552-9774
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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.

1. Bridal Image

515 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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."
515 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

2. Encore Bridal

391 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
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.
391 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

3. Glamour Closet

114 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
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.
114 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

4. Novella Bridal

557 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA
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.
557 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA

5. Paris Connection

680 Eighth St., Ste. 205, San Francisco, CA 94103
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.
680 Eighth St., Ste. 205
San Francisco, CA 94103