It’s now peak wedding season, particularly here in the Bay Area as the weather winds its way into temperate early mornings and warm summer evenings. And it’s also peak wedding planning season for couples who are getting married not this year, but next year (or the year after).

As anyone who has ever been involved in a wedding or commitment ceremony can tell you, the wedding industry is a mammoth economy, tantamount to its very own country with its own GDP. In the interests of shop-local love, we’ve compiled a list of local Oakland (and a smattering of Berkeley- and Emeryville-based) merchants to consider patronizing as you plan your big day. Saying “I do” at an historic Oakland estate while wearing a budget-friendly vintage dress from a local retailer and an artisan ring designed by a local jeweler? Yes, please!

Of course, this list is merely a starting point and not at all comprehensive, but we’ve made an effort to showcase city gems and independent and small businesses here, many of which we at Oakland Local can happily vouch for.

Did we miss anyone that you would recommend considering? Leave a comment below!

Barbara Llewellyn Catering & Event Planning
Culinary Excellence
La Bonne Cuisine Catering & Events
Savoy Events
Verducci Event Productions
Vibrant Events

Event Magic
Mignonne Décor
Napa Valley Linens
Piedmont Party Rentals
Zephyr Tents

Crimson Horticultural Rarities
Gingerleaf Floral
Gorgeous and Green

Back to Earth Organic Catering
Beli Deli Gourmet Catering
Blue Heron Catering
Faz Oakland
Grace Street Catering
Market Hall
Roli Roti Gourmet Rotisserie
S+S Gastro Grub

Bump City Bakery
James & the Giant Cupcake
Montclair Baking
Sugar Knife Artisan Sweets
The Whole Cake

Aerialist Press
Kavamore Press
Oakland Printing Company
Olive-Route Design & Letterpress
Painted Tongue Studios
Reb Peters Press
Twig & Fig

Sara & Swingtime
Solace Trio
Synchronicity Strings

Margene’s Bridal
Recapture Vintage Bridal Couture
The Wedding Party

Adeline Jewelry
Alquimia Handmade Jewelry
Christensen Heller Gallery
Crown Nine
Keren Creations
Lemonade Handmade Jewelry
Marisa Haskell
Pavé Fine Jewelry Design
Philippa Roberts
Sarah Swell

Givaé Salon
K2 Salon & Spa
Spruce Salon & Spa

The Bellevue Club
California Ballroom
Camron-Stanford House
Chabot Space & Science Center
The Claremont Hotel
The Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
Highlands Country Club
Joaquin Miller Park
The Kaiser Center Roof Garden
Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill
Mills College
Montclair Women’s Cultural Arts Club
Oakland Museum of California
Preservation Park
Rotunda Building
Scott’s Seafood Restaurant
Sequoyah Country Club
Terrace Room
Wedgewood Metropolitan

Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Oakland Marriott City Center
The Washington Inn
Waterfront Hotel


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