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Cristina · Getting married on 10/25/2020
I had an appointment with Janene's Bridal Boutique this past Saturday and had a great experience. My bridal consultant was Jenna and she was super sweet and helpful. They have a huge selection of dresses and it can seem overwhelming but they had so many beautiful dresses. Although I didn't purchase a dress I had a great experience with them and have a feeling I'll be back. Thanks again!Sent on 10/21/2019
Erika Vargas · Getting married on 08/22/2020
Amazing customer service and the best inventory!
Janene's was the first out of three appointments I made for me and my crew of 8 to go wedding dress shopping. They were able to accommodate my large party, which was really rare for a bridal boutique. They have amazing designers and their dresses are all pretty affordable. Cynthia was my stylist and she was so patient and helpful. I tried on about 7-8 dresses and she never made me feel rushed. I ended up trying on a dress I loved and said "yes to the dress". I never made it to my other 2 appointments.Sent on 01/28/2020
Fast forward two days and I freaked out a bit because I was looking at photos and could see a little bit of my belly sticking out. I wasn't sure if spanx would help or if I would even be able to wear them under the lowcut dress. I also felt like I hadn't tried on enough other styles to know for sure this was the one and only dress. I called Janene's and explained my situation. The manager, Cynthia, called me back and said their goal is to make brides happy and she would be happy to hold ordering my dress so I could come back to try on other dresses. She said she'd let me use the credit towards another dress if I changed my mind. I was ecstatic! I hadn't slept well the previous two nights thinking about if I made the right choice and I was so happy they were letting me come back in.
This time I came back on a Friday afternoon with only 2 people instead of 8. I emailed them the night before my appointment letting them know about 25 styles of dresses that I liked from their various designers. I knew they didn't carry every single dress so I asked if they could pull what they had from my list. They emailed me back and let me know exactly what they had in stock and what they would pull off the rack to have ready for me to try on. I liked doing it this way instead of clipping the dresses on the racks because I could see how they fit on the body (deep V, tight on stomach, flowy, A-line, etc). Cynthia also helped explain what style a dress was once I pointed it out so I'd know if it was the type of style I liked (I wanted A-line, not too tight on the stomach). I tried on about 8 more styles and although I liked them all, I ended up falling even more in love with the original dress I picked. I said "yes to the dress" a second time and could not be happier that my mind isn't going to have doubts the next 7 months until my wedding.
A few words of advice before you go dress shopping:
-Try to make a weekday appointment if you can. The first time I went on a Saturday and their boutique was pretty packed so it was hard to look at all the dresses. The second time I went on Friday afternoon, there was nobody else in the store so I got to walk around and take my time.
-I'd recommend trying on dresses at another boutique beforehand so you know exactly what style you like for your body. I made the mistake of coming to this boutique first so I didn't have a clue what style I liked. A lot of the first couple of dresses I tried on, I decided weren't my style and didn't fit well. I would have been able to try on a lot more fitting dresses had I done my homework before.
-Before you buy your dress, look at photos and videos of yourself on someones phone. The dresses look different on camera.
-Get Cynthia as your stylist. She is super nice and very knowledgable. She was so patient with me through both of my appointments and all of my emails. I could not imagine a better stylist to help me find my perfect dress.
Thank you Cynthia and Janene's Bridal Boutique. I cannot wait to wear my dress on my wedding day!
Kelsey Morrison · Getting married on 05/02/2020
Great little shop with amazing customer service
I had such a positive, helpful experience at Janene's. I got engaged in February but had been putting off dress shopping because it was something I was really anxious about. I am plus size and I was worried about finding a dress that would fit me in all the right places, and fall within my under $2000 budget. I booked my first appointment at Janene's after reading reviews, and I gathered a few friends and my mother to join me for the process.Sent on 09/01/2019
When we got to the store, we were greeted by Cynthia who would also be my specialist for the appointment. She was so bubbly and welcoming and she could definitely tell that I was very anxious and not really looking forward to all this. She gave a tour of the dress layout and was very informative when explaining all the styles and price ranges, and let my friends and I mark the ones I wanted to try on. I told her right away that I was not interested in strapless and that it wouldn't work on my body, but she pulled one anyway and said I could always add straps. She showed me the plus size section but said I could try whatever I wanted and she would just clip the back to make it look right.
Cynthia was so helpful in the dressing room and asked me fun questions about my fiancé and our wedding and I started to relax a bit. The strapless boho gown she pulled was the second dress I tried on and as I was pulling it up I actually said "I love this." I was so surprised (and still am) that something completely different from what I expected would work for me looked so beautiful once it was on, and showed off my body in all the right ways. I ended up trying on all the rest of the dresses we pulled but with the encouragement of my friends and mother I decided that the strapless boho was definitely the winner.
I went to another store after just to see what else was out there and had a really disappointing experience. I called Janene's after to place the order for the dress and I am so excited!
The store has such a wide selection of styles and prices for such a small space, and it's laid out in such an organized way. Cynthia completely made the experience so much more fun and relaxing for me and I can't thank her enough. I would definitely recommend Janene's to anyone looking for a personalized, informative experience!
Adrianne · Married on 11/03/2019
Excellent all around
Walking into a bridal store can be extremely overwhelming but that was not the case for Janene’s Bridal. The team there is incredibly professional and accommodating so the scouting of dresses was actually quite easy. I had a strict budget and they made it work, and after trying on the fourth dress, “I said “yes” to the dress.” Every single detail is so thought out on their part and their scheduling and communication definitely goes unmatched. My dress was perfectly tailored and my veil suited my dress so well! They took the time to not only instruct me on how to tie the bustle but they even videoed it for me so that I had it available on my wedding day. Also, they had me walk in my dress while coaching me on how to carry my bouquet and then how to properly sit in my dress. I will never have enough words to express my gratitude for Janene’s Bridal and I know that you’ll be just as satisfied. Please take a trip to Alameda and enjoy Janene’s Bridal as you won’t be disappointed!Sent on 12/15/2019
Cassie Kolias · Married on 10/27/2019
Dress of my dreams
I am so happy that Janene's was my first stop on my hunt for a wedding dress. I had the best experience for my first appointment, and ended up choosing the sixth dress I tried on. I loved my dreamy dress and I'm so thankful to Janene's for making it a reality.Sent on 11/13/2019
Sarah Krotz · Married on 10/11/2019
Great Boutique with Lots of Options
I worked with Sutton to find my wedding dress. I honestly was just going in to have an experience with my sister and mother and ended up with great dresses to choose from and actually purchased one. Sutton was very helpful in showing me around the store and then just letting my family and me look around to pick dresses to try. She allowed me privacy to change, which I really appreciated. I ended up going over my appointment time by about 30 minutes, but she didn't rush me to make a decision at all.Sent on 03/05/2019
Kristina · Married on 08/23/2019
efficient + fun!
LOVEDDD working with Carla to find my dress (AMAZE). my family and i all chose dresses, then Carla snuck one in there and randomly hers is the one I fell in love with. Alterations were fabulous too, she is extremely efficient and gives great tips that are practical for your actual wedding day. Highly recommend Janene's. Everyone there is so great.Sent on 09/05/2019
Fannie Z · Married on 07/20/2019
Lace and tulle
I bought my dress at Janene’s bridal. It was the 6th shop I had visited, and had the most selection of all the shops I’d been to. I got to walk around and pick out which ones I wanted to try on, and my stylist selected a few for me as well. She helped me in and out of the dresses and clipped them. She also helped me narrow them down and see what they would look like with different accessories. I ended up choosing a beautiful lace v-neck dress with keyholes in the back and a-line tulle- and it was BELOW my price range! After getting home, I decided that I wanted to change the size of the dress, and emailed Janene’s, and they were able to switch the size for me right away. I then waited very patiently for what felt like the longest 5 months of my life for the dress to be made and shipped. As soon as it arrived- I went back in to try it on and it fit perfectly at the waist! I just needed the length to be taken in and a bustle. I ended up doing my alterations at another salon, since Janene’s is quite the commute from where I live. I’m so happy with how my dress turned out, and I think my groom was too :)Sent on 07/27/2019
Katie · Married on 07/13/2019
I am so happy with my wedding dress and experience. From picking out the dress to then every fitting, the team was so helpful and supportive.Sent on 07/14/2019
Annie · Married on 06/29/2019
I could not have asked for a better dress shopping experience than we got at Janene’s Bridal. Everything was perfect. Our stylist Carla, could not have been more helpful. She was patient with our large group (7 people), and gave the best suggestions/guidance/help. It was the first bridal store I've been too, but my maid of honor is in three other weddings and said this was by far the best salon she's been too. She said it has so much more selection and variety than other places she's been too. We had a great experience at Janene's and I cannot wait for my dress to come in!Sent on 09/14/2018
Natalie · Married on 05/26/2019
I had an amazing experience with Janene's Bridal, from shopping to alterations. It's a lovely shop with a huge selection and a very kind and helpful staff. Everyone who works there really knows their stuff, especially the alterations department.
This place does everything: I bought a hair comb and necklace from them when their jewelry specialist was there. Jennifer taught me how to do a first dance spin without tearing my sleeves. They gave me an emergency kit with extra lace in case of rips. They even took a video of how to do the bustle! I couldn't believe the attention to detail they provide.
I was not prepared for how much alterations cost in general, but having this team of folks helping me was worth every penny. They were the VIPs of our team of vendors. Highly recommend!
Photo by Andrea Fong PhotographySent on 06/11/2019
Eileen · Married on 03/23/2019
Wedding dress professionals!
I visited a lot of bridal shops before finding my dress, and I now know why Janene's has such a great reputation. They have SO many dresses and styles to choose from and feature the best brands. They also have excellent customer service (shout out to Jennifer who was amazing!!) and are experts in tailoring dresses.
I found my dress - Essense of Australia D2109 - 10 months before my March 2019 wedding. I believe I was told they recommend ordering the dress 8 months in advance, which gives the designer time to custom make and ship the dress.
When I was measured for the dress, I was a bit nervous because the size they said they'd need to order for me was an 8 (because of the size of my hips), when I'm a street size 2! Apparently, this is very normal and I trusted them as the experts. When my dress arrived (about 6 months after we ordered it), my nerves were put to rest. Although the dress was too large and needed to be altered down, it wasn't comically huge or anything like that.
I had 5 fittings, in part because there were many things I wanted done to the dress beyond basic alterations, which included mermaiding (to shape the dress around my butt a bit more) and I added removable drape sleeves (Janene's helped me order matching extra lace from the designer). I was SO happy I added the drape sleeves - it elevated my strapless gown into a very elegant, off the shoulder dress. The drape sleeves were even removable so that I could take them off for my first dance (because you can't raise your arms with them on!).
The alterations and the dress turned out to be around the same price (they did warn me ahead of time of this). But, I have to say, it was totally, completely worth it. I felt gorgeous in my gown, and I never thought I'd say that! I am not someone who dreamed of her wedding day growing up, and I initially even felt a bit reluctant wearing a very traditional wedding dress, but that all changed when I fell in love with my dress and I am SO glad I wore a proper wedding dress at my wedding :).
All of the gals who work there also provided me with so many wedding day and dress-related tips. They were a wealth of knowledge. Janene's also sells bridal shoes, veils, and jewelry. Their jewelry designer was on site during one of my fittings and picked out the most beautiful and delicate drop earrings and matching bracelet at very reasonable prices. I was also able to order my floor-length veil from Janene's, which just made everything easier - they pressed the veil and I picked it up along with my dress a couple days before the big day.
Overall, I cannot recommend this shop highly enough. They are total pros. I really was dreading the dress shopping, fitting, etc. experience, and Janene's made it actually enjoyable and fun.Sent on 04/01/2019
ROMEO & STEPHANIE · Married on 02/24/2019
February 24, 2019 Wedding
First boutique I scheduled my first wedding dress shopping experience. It was recommended by my sister-in-law who lived down the street. I invited my sister, my mom, my sisters-in-law, and mother-in-law to my appointment. I loved that in the beginning of my appointment, everyone browsed through the boutique and chose dresses for me to try on. I believe I tried on over 15 dresses and luckily enough, I found THE dress! I felt that this experience was nice to share with my family. Every fitting was great as well.Sent on 03/21/2019
Nora Cook · Married on 01/19/2019
Best part of wedding planning!
I can’t say enough good things! Enjoyable experiences, easy appointments, perfect customization. My fitting appointments were some of my best memories from wedding planning AND I felt perfect in my dress! And... removeable sleeves!? Yes!Sent on 05/21/2019
Rachel · Married on 04/28/2018
I was married last Saturday in my wedding dress from Janene's. The dress was a Maggie Sotero stunner and I loved it. It was unique and beautiful and perfectly tailored.Sent on 05/04/2018
Janine's was the second place I visited and I was a little disheartened by the first. The staff at Janene's is professional, friendly, warm, and welcoming. Janene's definitely celebrates women and their staff make all women feel gorgeous and special.
The fittings gave me confidence and let me "get to know" my dress. I worked with Suton (sp?) and even with Janene herself on occasion. They were fabulous and I loved sharing stories with both of them. They also listened to my questions regarding alterations and gave me suggestions without pressuring me.
Huge thanks to Janene's for helping me make memories that will last a lifetime. Love you ladies!
Amberlee · Married on 10/27/2017
This review is way overdue, but I could't let it go without writing one. I came to Janene's Bridal in December of 2016 for my third and final appointment with my mom, two aunts, and my little cousin with me. The woman who was assigned to our group was so good - I believe her name was Tammy. She let us look around and pick out some dresses that I would like to try on, and she even pulled some herself. While in the dressing room she would give me pep talks and kept telling me that my opinion is really the only one that matters and to not get overwhelmed. She made me feel like everything was going to be okay. I tried on a few dresses and none of them were it and everyone agreed. Then Tammy went back and pulled another dress that looked nothing like what I had ever envisioned and convinced me to try it on. I walked out and stood on the podium, looking in the mirror and tears came to my eyes. I had never felt more beautiful or bridal.
I later tried on the dress again and could feel the tears welling up in my eyes - this was my dress. I didn't want to take it off. I probably stood there for a good ten minutes just looking at it and feeling so pretty. So we bought it that day (on no tax day - lucky us!)
All of the dress fittings that followed were so nice, the ladies that helped me were wonderful - throughout the months of getting the dress fitted, teaching me how to walk in it, teaching my cousins how to bustle the back for the reception - it was all such a pleasant and exciting experience. I cannot recommend Janene's Bridal Boutique enough. If you're in the area and looking for your dress for your big day, I suggest making an appointment and checking it out for yourself. You can read in more detail here: https://asimplyinspiredlife.com/2018/02/22/saying-yes-to-the-dress/Sent on 02/22/2018
Carolyn · Married on 09/16/2017
I have only good things to say about Janene's! First of all, I love that they are responsive via phone and email. It makes planning and organizing so much easier. I went dress shopping with my best friend about 11 months before the wedding. I knew I wanted long, ivory, and lace with a low back. I tried on a number of dresses at a range of stores - all the way from David's Bridal to fancy boutiques. I really lucked out, because I fell in love with a Stella York dress with crocheted lace that was on the less expensive end of my budget. This worked well, since Janene's was able to customize the dress so that it was exactly what I wanted. The alterations weren't cheap, but they were worth it. They made several changes, including changing the shape of the low back, adding lace to the spaghetti straps, adding buttons down the back, and adding a bustle. Jennifer worked closely with me throughout several appointments, and each time I went in it felt like I was visiting with a friend. She helped me take pictures, made suggestions when I asked, and really guided me through the process. I loved all of the alterations! I was flying across the country to get married in Upstate NY, so Janene's also helped me package the dress and gave me care instructions so that it made it without issue.Sent on 01/07/2018
Brianna · Married on 08/21/2017
I was SO in love with my dress! Sheryl is absolutely amazing and I 100% recommend this shop for your special day. They are willing to work with their customers on anything and everything to make sure you get exactly what you dreamed of!Sent on 08/22/2017
Tina · Married on 07/29/2017
Ladies, if you need a wedding dress in the bay area, Janenes is the place to go! My consultant Tammy was incredible, and did 3 appointments with me until I found my perfect dress. They have an amazing selection and are just wonderful.Sent on 12/01/2016
Janay McCullough · Married on 06/24/2017
The only bridal salon you need to visit
Start to finish, Janene's were true professionals. Not only did I find my dress, but I also used their in house alternations and jewelry maker. I LOVE that I was able to customize my earrings and bracelet to be exactly what I wanted. The icing on the cake, though, goes out to their alterations manager, Jen. Give that girl a raise! She was so knowledgeable, and was more than willing to accommodate whatever request I had, no matter how big, how small, or how many times I changed my mind. Also, shout out to their entire alterations department, you are miracle workers! I would proudly, and confidently recommend Janene's to anyone looking for a professional experience, start to end.Sent on 02/28/2019
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Nicole · Married on 11/06/2016
Ladies, if you are looking for your perfect bridal gown, please do yourself a favor and head to Janene's!! I live in Los Angeles, and my wedding is in my hometown of Sacramento. Why go to a bridal salon all the way in Alameda? First, they have an absolutely amazing selection of bridal gowns. Second, unlike salons where you have your consultant bring you dresses to try, they actually let you walk through the store and pick out your own dresses (which I happened to prefer). Third, all their consultants are super fun and make the experience amazing. Fourth, Janene herself does your alterations in house. Lastly, the prices are super affordable and reasonable!! I spent far less than I thought I would!Sent on 06/15/2016
I would suggest going to a fancy bridal salon first and getting the experience of having a consultant bring you dresses (figure out the style and silhouettes that look best on you). Then come to Janene's and have some real fun!
The also have an absolutely amazing jewelry designer, Inna, who makes beautiful custom jewelry (and at a super duper reasonable price - seriously my jaw dropped when she told me how much the earrings and bracelet she was going to make for me would cost). If she is in the store when you are, ask to meet with her. You won't be disappointed.
Totally worth the flights and long drives to get my dress from Janene's! I wouldn't have done it any other way!
Diana · Married on 07/30/2016
Janene's is amazing! I came to the shop several years ago with a friend when she was looking for her dress - it was such a great experience, I knew I'd come back when it was time for my wedding. My initial appointment to find "the" dress was so much fun - the consultant who helped me was sweet, helpful, and really listened to what I liked as far as styles. She found my dress after really taking to heart the feedback I'd given her about other dresses, and I knew immediately that we'd found the one.Sent on 01/19/2017
All of my fitting appointments were lovely, too - Jen was very knowledgeable about the whole process and made it so much fun. I always knew what was happening with my dress and what to expect for the remaining alterations process.
I absolutely loved how my dress fit and looked on my wedding day - and I received SO many compliments on it. I couldn't have been happier with my experience, and would enthusiastically recommend any bride-to-be to go to Janene's. You won't be disappointed!
Whitney · Married on 05/21/2016
Best Customer Service! After having a fiasco and ordering a dress from another store and having it be nothing like what I tried on.. I had to start over at square one. I had been to 15 salons before I found a designer, Hayley Paige, that I was interested in and sought out Janene's as they carried this designer. They were very accommodating with appointments and helped me rush the dress of my dreams!! They worked with me to do the alterations the week of! Everything was beautiful and I ended up buying a belt and veil with them as well! Could not be happier with this vendor!Sent on 08/17/2016
Amanda · Married on 04/08/2016
I had a great experience picking a wedding dress at Janene's. I am a plus sized bride, so I was elated that they have many plus size dresses to try on. I went in for an initial trying on of many dresses, found 3 I liked, and then went back with my mom to pick one of the three. Both times they were very professional and helping.Sent on 10/20/2015
User6028757 · 2+ years ago
I had a wonderful experience at Janene's Bridal! My dress was amazing and the alterations were beautiful and meticulous. I always felt comfortable and welcomed coming into the store and all of the staff (sales, alteration) were very helpful and professional. I was kind of bummed when I finally picked up my dress because I wouldn't have any excuse to go back!Sent on 12/07/2015