Sash and Bustle is a modern bridal boutique in Leslieville, offering a very carefully curated selection of gowns that range from $1,000-$3,800. The experience is incredibly relaxed as brides are handled only one appointment at a time in this quaint shop. Gowns by Jim Hjelm, Hayley Paige, Robert Bullock and more are all available for the perusal of you and your group, allowing for an involved experience for all.
White Toronto in Yorkville is where to go when you’ve got $17,000 to drop on a wedding dress. But don’t fret, budget fashionistas – staff here are amiable to all, and can recommend dresses starting at $400. Grand change-rooms with seats for friends and champagne toasts upon purchase keep the experience celebratory. Average gown $4,500-6,000.
LoversLand is a new shop catering to offbeat brides (and the people that love them, plus all their friends). Open just a few weeks on Ossington, the romantic, relaxed store is the brainchild of three women aiming to add a sense of laid-back fun to the wedding-shopping process.
Lea-Ann Belter Bridal has moved its flagship store to the curious corner of Dundas and Broadview. I say “curious” because this the intersection is largely neglected – hardly abuzz with blushing brides or fervent shoppers. Indeed, the area is somewhat unremarkable; a bit too south to really be part of East Chinatown, slightly north of some of the Riverside charm, and too far west to be considered part of Leslieville. But hey, it’s where the streetcars turn. That’s something, at least.
Lea-Ann Belter Bridal made the move here nonetheless, leaving its former Queen East home after seven years. The bridal shop’s gowns can be found in more than 50 stores worldwide, but its flagship store is and always has been in Toronto. And as of about three weeks ago, it can now be found on Dundas East.
“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” David Viscott
Ferre Sposa is a downtown bridal boutique that carries dresses from all over the world from designers such as Pronovias, Allure Bridals, Maggie Sottero, Madison James, Casablanca and Aire by Rosa Clara. Their gowns range from just under $1000 to $4200, with the average price being $1400-$2500. The boutiques modern setting, oversized change rooms and staffs undivided attention provide brides an experience they will not forget.
The Brides’ Project, located on Broadview near Gerrard, accepts and sells used bridal gowns. With the admirable policy of contributing all profits to support cancer charities, shopping at The Brides’ Project adds a new dimension of positivity to the bridal experience. Gowns range in price from $100 to $1,250 and come from designers such as Pronovias, Maggie Sottero and Paloma Blanca.
Kleinfeld Bridal, not unlike its famous American counterpart (as seen on Say Yes To The Dress), has a significant selection of gowns at a broad range of price points starting at $1,500. The experience is a serious business here as individual consultants work with you to pull gowns from designers like Amsale, Carolina Herrera, Lazaro and the ever-popular Pnina Tornai. Dressing rooms are reasonably sized but the fun comes when you step out to your group and jump up on the pedestal to show off your gown.
Jealous Bridesmaids Bridal Studio displays photos of happy brides in the back rooms of their contemporary west-end shop. Knowledgeable staff can help select the perfect gown for a traditional, garden or destination wedding. Sample sales offer discounts up to 60%. Average gown is $1400.
Whyte Couture is a Yorkville bridal salon run by designer mother and daughter team Francesca and Jaclyn. Head here if you’re looking for a completely custom look from a team that specializes in ornate and intricate details. With each gown being a custom piece, expect prices to be reflective of that.
Felichia Bridal is an upscale bridal shop that sells wedding gowns, bridal dresses, and evening wear. Their College West location is by appointment only. Gowns and dresses range in price anywhere from $1500 to $4000.