Bridal Gowns and Formal Wear

How to select “The Dress”; a few words of practical advise.

Think carefully about what styles are flattering on you. Be critical and selective. Know what you like and what you don’t like before you start shopping. Don’t select a style from a bridal magazine based on how the model looks. She is paid to make that gown look great.

Keep and open mind. Even if you are sure you know exactly which style you want, there could be a dress that’s even more perfect for you. Let the sales staff make suggestions. You don’t have to accept them.

Know your budget. Have a range that you are comfortable in and decide how much wiggle room your budget has if you find a dress you love that costs a bit more than you planned to spend. Don’t get pulled into trying on dresses that are clearly out of your cost range. If you fall in love with a dress you can’t afford you risk feeling disappointed in your final choice.

Don’t be pressured into loosing weight in order to squeeze into a smaller size in time for the wedding. You don’t need the added stress and you are going to look great in the right dress no matter what your figure type.

If you want a group of friends to come along to help you look at dresses do so. If you would be much happier with just your best friend and your mom helping you, stick with that. Do what is comfortable for you.

Enjoy the process. Stop shopping before the gowns all start running together in your head. You may need more than one appointment at more that one shop to find the right dress.

Bridal Veil Fashions, Capitola. Locally owned for nearly half a century.

Katia’s Bridal, Watsonville. Rentals and sales of gowns, dresses and tuxedos for all special formal occasions.

David’s Bridal. New Styles, new looks, new colors.

Bella Mia Bride. San Jose. The attention and care you deserve.

Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier. Campbell. Excusive gowns for the couture bride.

Men’s Wearhouse, Capitola. Tuxedos and Tuxedo Rentals.

Elegant Lace Bridal and Tuxedo. San Jose. Service, selection and quality at a price every bride can afford.


Purrfect Girl, Aptos. Lingerie and unique fashions, bridal shower and bachelorette gifts.