14 January 2017
Where to Buy | Wedding dress shops to suit all styles and budgets
No matter where you live across Canada, bridal salons are plentiful and varied. Even with all the choice, wedding dress shopping can still be frustrating for discerning brides looking for something unique, taking them from shop to shop.
A word from the pros: Keep an open mind! Even if you have a particular style in mind, be open to trying on different styles and don’t be afraid to ask for support. Bring friends and family to fittings and be sure to work with boutique staff who can help with time-saving recommendations.
“It's very common for a bride to think she knows exactly what she's looking for, but then fall head over heels in love with something completely different," says Emily Milardo of Vancouver’s Union Bride, "Try not to let what you think you'd always wear cloud how you feel in another style of dress. Come in with an open mind!”
Wedding Dress Salons in Canada for Various Styles & Budgets
We’ve compiled a list of various wedding dress boutique options from coast to coast, that range in price and style offerings. Start here but be sure to do your own research as every bridal boutique is different. Whether you’re looking for local designed goods, eco-friendly fabrics, beachy blues or affordable luxe, it’s very likely you’ll find it.
Union Bridal, Vancouver
Modern minimalist with a boho edge, Union Bridal provides free-spirited West Coast brides with a curated collection of gowns from around the world.
“Our collection is made up of designers from around the world who all design and produce their gowns locally to them. Our gowns span from bohemian to modern so every bride can find something uniquely her own,” says Emily Milardo, co-owner.
Union Bridal is the exclusive retailer of Anais Anette in Vancouver. Other designers include vintage loving, bohemian Daughters of Simone and the striking open backs from Katie May. Prices range from $2000 - $8000, with the majority of gowns around $3500.
Delica Bridal, Edmonton
An Edmonton favorite for brides to get their boho fix, Delica Bridal is a sister-owned, no-fuss bridal shop for both the unconventional and traditional bride. From free-spirit finds to couture tailored gowns, designers include Hayley Paige, Truvelle, Lazaro and more. Gowns priced $2,000- $8,000.
Kleinfeld Bridal Boutique, Hudson’s Bay could very well be the largest supplier of Canadian wedding dress designers in the country. The salon is 20,000 square feet of luxe picks, shoes, gifts, accessories and menswear in Toronto. Gowns are priced up to $10,000+. Brides should allow 9-12 months for dresses to arrive in store.
Three floors of Toronto’s largest selection of gowns for mothers of the bride and groom, as well as beautiful dresses for the entire bridal party and wedding guests.
The Bride Project
All dresses are donated to the Bride Project (new & used) and all profit is donated to cancer charities. Dresses are priced at about ½ the retail value and are all under $1500.
Sash and Bustle
A smaller, more intimate boutique environment, many of the wedding gown collections are exclusive to Sash and Bustle and include picks for modern-day brides such as Saja Wedding, Claire La Faye, Truvelle and Elizabeth Dye. $1800 - $6200
Revival Bridal Boutique
Designer, off-the-rack wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses with hand selected styles that are all under $2000. This is great for brides who don’t want to wait months and months for a gown.
“When shopping for a bridal gown, expect friendly faces and a personalized experience,” says Vanda Ferreira of Revival Bridal Boutique in Toronto, “Our shop is run by its young owners who are invested in their brides and want to be sure they have a great experience.”
All gowns are priced at up to 75% off the original retail price so everyday is a sample sale.
Handmade Bride, Ottawa
Handmade Bride works directly with designers to offer completely custom wedding gowns. After trying on what they have in store, you can opt to switch tops or bottoms, change necklines, change laces or fabrics, create a low back or add straps or sleeves. About $1600 – $2500. Order 9 to 12 months before wedding date.
Chester & Felicity , Halifax
Two popular bridal shops merged to create one of Halifax’s best places to find premium bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses.
ONLINE | PREOWNED & BESPOKE
Bespoke Wedding Gowns: Starkers Corsetry
Corsetiere Dianna DiNoble works with brides in-person and online to create a custom, one-of-a-kind bespoke corset gown that fits perfectly! The entire process take up to four months and although requires a little more work on behalf of the bride, is quite streamlined.
The bride sends measurements and chooses fabrics and embellishments which are crafted into a mock-up that is sent out for fit. Once this is mailed back to Dianna, she works on the finished product and sends progress photos along the way.
Gowns typically range anywhere from $850 for something more streamlined and satin to $3000 for hand woven silk, with crinolines and hand stitched beadwork. All fittings and alterations are included.
Buying, previously worn wedding dresses online is big business - one that benefits both buyers and sellers. There are several websites where you can find second hand (AKA gorgeous, expensive, gently worn yet deeply discounted) wedding gowns.
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