Still on a high from the Royal Wedding and in full planning mode for my own nuptials, finding the dress has become a main focus and preoccupation for me. In a $60 billion dollar industry and with so many to choose from, you would think it would be easy to find – alas, I find myself still searching.
With magazines stacking up, and hours being logged on the internet, I remain wishing there was a “Coles notes” of finding the perfect dress in Ottawa (although, I must admit a part of me still enjoys the endless browsing!). If you, like me, are a bride-to-be in search for your dress, MaisonStyle is here for you with your very own Ottawa guide to bridal gown shopping.
Firstly, because gone are the days where the wedding dress was your mother’s hand-me-down-thank goodness!-let’s review the major trends for this wedding season:
1- Clean and Classic: Once again we are seeing classic, simple dresses that will never go out of style. The focus is on beautiful lines and understated textures and embellishments.
2-Flower Power: Perhaps one of my favourites, garden-inspired dresses. Monique Lhullier is the queen of this style but you’ll find similar trends by many other designers.
3- The Ball Gown: For the true Cinderellas! Unlike the traditional ball gowns, 2011 is full of organza, tulle and chiffon materials and lighter, more sophisticated style options for the dress skirt.
4- The Empire Waist/Romance Dress: Lace, taffeta, tulle, chiffon – all the fabric that will make you float down the aisle. With this style, you will also find added embellishment with beading, waist bows, and belts.
5- Lots of Leg: Perhaps the furthest departure from the traditional look would be the short, knee-length or mini white dress. I feel this would be perfectly appropriate for a cocktail reception wedding style or even better, a secondary dress for the party!
5- Ladylike Lace – Lace & lace overlay have made a huge comeback. This delicate, feminine look has become very popular amongst vintage lovers. It’s modest yet intricate and as Kate Middleton at her wedding proved, it’s no longer just for the old-fashioned bride.
Whether you’re budget allows for Vera Wang & Monique Lhullier or the more affordable options, with a little research, you CAN find them in Ottawa.
Secondly, for quick reference, I’ve compiled a list of shops based on different budgets – click here
And finally…drumroll please…I am very excited to announce that David’s Bridal is coming to Ottawa! With two stores already in the Toronto area, they are scheduled to open their first in Ottawa by year-end; word is the store will be located at the Train Yards ( just off Industrial Avenue, close to the junction of Highway 417 and the Vanier Parkway).
With the most expensive dress hitting the $1600 mark, David’s Bridal is sure to offer many beautiful options at budget-friendly prices. I, personally, am very excited to check out the Vera Wang line, White by Vera Wang, made especially for the store which means Vera style without Vera prices!
See you there ladies!
Your blogging bride-to-be,