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Top Tips

Top Tips

Congratulations on your engagement! Whether your engagement happened just recently over the holidays, or a little while before that, we want to welcome you to our blog, and discuss a couple of the things you’ll want to think about before making your appointments at the top wedding gown boutiques in your area.

Choosing the right wedding gown is a big decision for any bride, and it can be overwhelming trying to find the perfect dress. If you’re in the Peterborough area, there are plenty of bridal stores to choose from, each offering their own unique selection and experience. Our first piece of advice is to do your research. Above all else, you want to know that you can trust in your stylist and in the bridal boutique that will be ordering your gown. They will be taking care of you, the bride, and your wedding dress for a long time and we like to think of it as a relationship. Be sure they are knowledgeable about their designers and their gowns. More so make sure they treat you with the utmost respect and will do everything in their power to make your gown perfect. No matter your size, your budget, or the gown you’re looking for, the best bridal shop will have all the answers and be more than happy to help you.

One of the first things to consider when shopping for a wedding gown is your budget. It’s important to have a rough idea of how much you’re willing to spend before you start trying on dresses. This will help narrow down your options and make the process less overwhelming. Be honest about this with the boutiques you want to visit. Every shop has wedding gowns in a range of prices, but you do not want to fall in love with a gown that is above your budget.

Next, think about your personal style and the overall look and feel you want for your wedding. Do you envision a traditional, formal ceremony or a more relaxed, bohemian celebration? Your dress should reflect the overall tone and theme of your wedding. Your wedding gown should be a reflection of you and your personal style. It should also enhance your beauty but it should also make you feel like the best representation of yourself on your wedding day.

It’s also helpful to bring along a trusted friend or family member for support and honest feedback. Gather a few of your closest people, but also be sure that the group you brings has only your best interest at heart. The style we are looking for in your wedding gown is the one that suits you best. You are the one who has researched styles, fits, designers, and budgets. If your party has not done this with you then they are not in the same shopping space you are.

As you start trying on dresses, pay attention to how each one makes you feel. When you find the one that gives you that “I said yes” moment, you’ll know it’s the one. Be aware if your personality is one that typically has an ah-ha moment, or if you lean into your emotions when making decisions. If you are more analytical and less emotional then it might not be the ah-ha moment for you. Instead, it’s perfectly normal to find your gown based on that being the one that ticks every box for you. Or it’s the one you can picture yourself walking down the aisle in. Or it’s the one you’re sure will make your partner’s jaw drop when they see you.

Above all, remember to have fun and enjoy the experience. Finding the perfect wedding gown should be an enjoyable and memorable moment in the lead-up to your big day. Best of luck on your search and reach out to us with any questions you have! We would absolutely love to share that moment with you and be involved in your big day!

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Social Media

Social Media

Social media has revolutionized the way we shop for wedding dresses and find inspiration for our wedding day. With a simple search or hashtag, you can discover a plethora of options and styles to choose from. Here’s how to use some popular social media platforms to find the perfect wedding gown for you.


Instagram is a great place to start your search for a wedding dress. You can search for hashtags such as #weddingdress, #bridalgown, or #weddinginspo to see a variety of dresses and styles. You can also check out the accounts of bridal designers and boutiques to see their latest collections. For example, we will use #sindersbride for our past brides’ wedding photos, or #sindersbridalhouse when we want you to know that a certain gown is available in the boutique. If you find a dress you like, you can usually click on the tag or hashtag to see more dresses from that designer or collection.
One of the best things about using Instagram for your wedding dress search is that you can get a more personal look at the dresses. Many bridal boutiques and designers will post pictures of real brides wearing their dresses, so you can get an idea of how the dress looks on a real body rather than just on a model. You can also see how the dress looks in different settings, such as at the beach or in a garden, to help you envision your own wedding day. At Sinders Bridal – both the Ottawa and Peterborough locations – we have our stylists model new arrivals so that you can see what the gown will look like on a real person.


YouTube is another great resource for finding wedding dresses and getting inspiration. Many bridal boutiques and designers have their own YouTube channels where they showcase their latest collections or do dress try-on hauls. You can also find tons of wedding vlogs where brides document their dress-shopping journey and share their final dress choices. Watching these videos can give you a better idea of what it’s like to try on dresses and what to expect when you start shopping.
On our channel @sindersbridalhouse we will also walk you through the process of finding your gown, and what to expect when you arrive. We realize this can be a daunting experience for some so our hope is to ease as many nerves as we can and make you as comfortable as possible before you find your wedding gown!


Pinterest is an excellent platform for collecting and organizing all of your wedding inspiration, including dresses. You can create a board specifically for wedding dresses and start pinning dresses that you like. You can also search for specific terms such as “lace wedding dresses” or “boho wedding dresses” to see a curated selection of dresses in your desired style.
One of the benefits of using Pinterest is that you can easily see how different dresses look when paired with different accessories, hairstyles, and makeup. You can also see how different styles of dresses look on different body types, which can be helpful if you’re unsure what style will flatter your figure.
Bridal shops that are technology savvy and who have a great social media presence will also have a Pinterest page. We have found that this is the best way to let our brides know what we have in stock so in your research stage be sure to look through our Pinterest page under Sinders Bridal. You’ll see boards designated for both Ottawa and Peterborough so you will know what you can find at the location that is closest to you.
Overall, social media is a great tool for finding and getting inspiration for your wedding dress. With the help of Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest, you can easily discover a wide range of options and styles to choose from.

We love being involved with our brides right from the research and planning stages that involve our social media platforms. If you have questions or need clarification on something you see on our social DM us, text, email, or call. We would love to help.
Happy dress shopping!

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Wedding Dress Timelines

Let’s talk wedding dress timelines.

Now that we are launching into our busy season here at Sinders, we’ve had a lot of questions on timelines. So that brings forth the tell-tale question:

“When SHOULD you be starting your journey on finding your wedding gown?”

Well, the truth is – it depends.

On average, wedding dresses can take between 6-9 months to order. This is of course paired with manufacturing, shipping, receiving, customization, accessorizing and general alterations. It can result in a recommended start date of up to 12 months before your desired wedding date.

Before you hit the panic button, we are going to help break down those factors for you. That way, you can be ready to hit the ground running when the time comes.

Here are the top 7 things to consider when crafting your wedding dress timeline:

1. What is your wedding vision?

Before we get into the nitty gritty of what goes into the creation of a garment, let us first start at the beginning.

It is no surprise that the minute you become engaged, an overwhelming number of questions start to pop into your head. Some of which you might not have considered when it comes to planning a wedding.

Location. Time of year. Guest list. Theme. Wedding party. Décor.

It can be a lot to think about.

BUT – these things are all integral pieces to solidifying your wedding vision and ultimately understanding what you may be looking for in a wedding dress.

You might have always envisioned yourself in a beautiful ballgown. Or a sweeping train. Heck maybe even satin ensemble.

Will this be what you may end up falling for?

Perhaps not.

But having an idea of your likes and dislikes are a great starting point.  Especially when knowing what type of timeline you will find yourself on when shopping for your dress. And even more so if this might include customizations.

2. What is the difference in dress designers?

A large reason that we provide such a wide timeframe when talking about timelines is due to the difference in designers we carry.

Simply put, no two designers are the same.

We don’t know which wedding dress that you are likely to say ‘yes’ to. So, it is extremely difficult for us to say exactly what your timeline should look like.

Rest assured though; each designer works diligently to ensure that your gown arrives nothing short of everything you imagined!

Beyond that, our talented team of stylists are here to help make your shopping experience seamless and extraordinary!

If you have your eye on a particular designer before starting your shopping journey, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions!

3. How many appointments are too many?

Far too often, we hear of brides having gone to dozens of stores, tried hundreds of wedding dresses and feel absolutely overwhelmed with the thought of having to choose. Or, brides so overpacked with appointment after appointment, that they don’t truly get the opportunity to live in the moment when they find the gown that beats them all!

We are by no means saying that going to a few different stores is a bad idea.

In fact, we suggest selecting even 2-3 of your favourite stores to really maximize your shopping experience. Go ahead – discover your style and explore your options!

Just do not overdo it!

We promise you after dozens of dresses and multiple appointments, it will start to become much more difficult to make a confident and informed decision. Plus, if you are someone who finds it difficult making daily decisions, this fact will only be magnified when trying on an abundance of gowns.

So, when shopping for your wedding dress trust the opinions of those around you. Your entourage, your stylist and most importantly – yourself. The joy and exuberance you feel when finally putting on ‘your dress’ should not be lost in the hustle and bustle of traffic.

If you know in your heart of hearts that you want to explore your options – do it!

In fact, consider making each of your selected stores a unique destination. Each store you visit will have its’ own unique atmosphere, selection, and ambiance. So let yourself enjoy them!

Do your research ahead of time. That way, you can go into each and every appointment prepared and know that you could very well walk out with your perfect dress!

Oh, and when you are ready to make your appointment with Sinders Bridal, let us be your final destination of course ;). 

4. Are there any external factors that could be impacting the industry?

You might be thinking, what the heck does this have to do with my shopping timeline?

The answer is quite a bit.

As we have seen over these past two years, our ecosystem is fragile. From mandated closures to capacity limits, and wedding postponements to shipping delays. We can never know what the future holds for our brides or the industry. So timelines become even more important.

If you have the time – consider working some wiggle room into your timeline. We promise you, the last thing you want to be when shopping for your dress is stressed out.

Not sure if your timeline will work? Give us a call. We can help you work through your timeline and make sure you are dressed and ready for your big day!

5. What goes into making the physical wedding gown?

This might seem implied, but give yourself time when shopping. Let the magic of your dress happen. Although it is completely possible to walk out of the store with a dress in your hand – more often than not, your journey is just beginning.

In fact – your dress can take 6-9 months to make its journey from your initial deposit to walking down the aisle.

From production and manufacturing to shipping and delivery. Your wedding dress takes months before arriving back at our boutique. From there, our dedicated quality control group will receive your gown, thoroughly checking each and every aspect of your gown. From seams to clasps and intricate beadwork. It is our job to be meticulous and ensure that your gown ready from top to bottom.

Once you’ve received your call and are able to come meet your dress – it is time to prepare for alterations. Depending on the amount of customizations you have gone with, alterations can take anywhere from 3-4 months to complete.

Add in shopping for accessories and some buffer room for yourself and we have quite a timeline!

Note: It felt wrong to not mention the incredible work that also goes into our custom wedding veils. Many of our veils at Sinders Bridal are hand-made with intricate beading and matching lacework that can take upwards of 5-6 months to complete. The last thing you want is to say yes to your dress and not give yourself enough time to find your perfect veil. Keep this in mind when creating your wedding timeline.  

6. What services do your chosen bridal boutiques offer?

Understanding what services are offered at your chosen bridal boutiques can have a large influence on your timeline.

Will you have the time needed to make the decision? Are you able to bring the number of guests you desire? Do they offer alterations and customizations?

The bottom line is every bridal boutique you visit will have the bread and butter of what you’re looking for (a wedding dress). Finding the right boutiques that have the offerings you are looking for can be the difference between weeks or months added to your timeline.

For the sake of an example, let’s say you are looking for a jaw-dropping train on your wedding dress.

Now, there is an excellent selection of wedding dresses on the market today that would be the perfect selection for your wedding day! Many options can be found both in-person or online. Each can be an incredible choice that will have little impact on your shopping timeline.

However, let’s say that having this train is non-negotiable.

If having a piece that’s your specific taste and style preferences is important, do not be surprised by a longer timeline. Finding that exact dress without having customization can be extremely difficult. You may find yourself at multiple appointments. With hundreds of gowns. All before realizing what you want may not exist on the market.

Enter customizations.

Customizations, although more time intensive, require skill and expertise of a dedicated team. A team who not only has familiarity with wedding dresses, but with your specific gown.

In this specific example, finding a bridal boutique that has a dedicated alterations team is important. A team experienced with the dresses can be the difference of dozens of headaches and one smooth and seamless shopping experience.  

Do your research. 

Choosing the correct stores for the experiences you want can ensure that your piece comes out as a perfect representation and reflection of who you are.

Did we mention at Sinders Bridal, you get exclusive access to Ottawa’s premiere seamstresses? 

7. Are you on a condensed timeline?

Okay, so we’ve given you what seems like a dozen reasons to give yourself as much time as possible when starting wedding dress shopping. You might be thinking, Oh crap, I do not have that much time – I will never find a dress!”.  

That is certainly not the case.

Although more often than not the dresses are ordered – that does not mean that you can’t find a dress on a tight timeline.

Maybe you chose to have a short engagement. Or something has accelerated your plans and suddenly your day is fast approaching.

Enter sample gowns.

Yes, you heard us correctly. You can buy sample gowns right off the floor and walk out of a bridal store with your dress in hand!

Okay, okay, okay.

The options when going this route might be a little more limited, but where there is a will, we will find a way! In fact, there are often hundreds of sample gowns on the floor at one time, so rest assured that your gown is out there.

Let’s get real.

What is most important is to give yourself time, and know in your heart what feels right to you. Because, we could go on and on when it comes to talking timelines.

The moral of the story is – the longer your timeline, the less stressful. In the end, it isn’t our wedding day.

But… maybe consider making us your last stop.

Have your ‘Say Yes’ moment with Sinders. 

We will be behind you every step of the way. To inform you, provide for you, cheer you on and help you thrive. From the moment you walk in the doors, to the final fitting before your big day. Because when you become a Sinders bride, you become family. Every step of your engagement!

So go out there and shine beautiful.


Until next time,

The Sinders Team


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5 things to consider when shopping for your wedding dress at Sinders Bridal

If there was ONE thing we could say that appropriately describes our feelings over opening our doors for our brides looking for their wedding dress once again… it has to be relief!

There has been so much going on here at Sinders Bridal House since we last spoke! If you are a follower of our social channels (which we hope you are ), you will know that we are thrilled to welcome you back through our doors. We can’t wait to get you back on track finding your dream wedding dress! 

Whether you are recently engaged, in the middle of your planning or are getting an early start to your dream wedding we are here for it. And for you of course!

These past few months have been some of the most unpredictable and emotional moments for us all. So many of our brides have had to postpone their special days. Our hearts continue to be with all who have been impacted, but know we are hoping that nothing but clear skies lay ahead! 

However, one thing we have been able to learn from this roller coaster is this:

Love is not cancelled. 

So, can we take a quick moment to talk about how inspiring it has been to see so many of our brides in these romantic elopements and intimate micro-weddings?

Who said smaller weddings had to be any less than perfection?! 

Certainly not us.

Anyways, before we get too far ahead of ourselves on how much we love seeing our brides get married (SURPRISE we really really love it); we wanted to let you know how things at our bridal shop may have changed since introducing new COVID-19 friendly precautions. 

So here are 5 things to consider when returning to Sinders Bridal House for your wedding dress:

1. Do your wedding dress research


You’ve made it to the first step in your wedding planning journey and that is… research. Whether this is your favourite thing to do, or the dread of your existence, research is key in understanding how your vision might best come to life.  

Have you thought about what style of wedding dress you see yourself in on your big day? Is it a sexy figure-flattering mermaid silhouette, or perhaps that statement ballgown with a hint of drama? Either way, understanding these terms opens the communication with your stylist and will be a key element in making your dress appointment run smoothly.    

If you’re having trouble getting started, or simply haven’t had a chance to look just yet – do not fret! Our team of dedicated stylists have helped hundreds of past brides find their perfect dress and are confident you can join that list! 

A great first step is to send us an email or book your appointment online!

2. Ask questions

Okay, now let’s talk about questions for a second – because everybody has them! 

Are you unsure about what wedding dress style might suit you best? Have you seen a specific dress you like online and want to know if we carry something similar? Are you hoping to confirm timelines with us so that you can keep your perfect day on track? 

Cue the Sinders team. 

Our doors might not always be open, but our entire team at Sinders are trained, passionate and enthusiastic individuals that are here as your number one resource. Picture us as your ‘bridal besties’ if you may. We LOVE helping you bring your vision to life and can promise that our team has your best intentions in mind. Because let’s face it, we want your wedding day to flow as smooth as satin ;).

Whether it be in person, over the phone, in an email or simply through our DM’s, do not fear to lean on our team for help before coming in for your appointment. Oh and if you’re looking for inspiration, check out some of our previous blogs, like ‘Expert Wedding Dress Shopping Tips’.

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3. Consider fewer visits to the shop

Now here is a relatively new ‘thing’ since adapting to new COVID-19 precautions at our bridal shop. Much like our recommended number of guests (which we will get to in a moment), you might consider limiting the number of appointments you make at our shop. And NO, it is not that we do not want you here with us… it’s quite the contrary. 

As our doors have unfortunately been closed for a large part of this year we have a growing list of brides that, like you, are looking for their wedding dress with us at Sinders. Unfortunately, this might require longer waiting times for those desired Saturday appointment times. So, making fewer visits to the bridal shop could get your dream wedding dress into your hands sooner!  

Don’t let that worry you as we still provide our same intimate and incredible service you’ve come to know from us. Plus, if you’ve followed me along this far you will know that the first two steps might very well prepare you to find ‘the gown’ on your first try! 

4. Trim your list when shopping for your wedding dress

Okay. We know this is a hard one… but with COVID-19 restrictions, our store capacity continues to be limited. That means to best serve each bride, we ask that guests attending with you be limited to a select few individuals. While this might not be the best news you’ve heard, we wanted to highlight a few positives that trimming your guest list might mean for your upcoming wedding dress appointment. 

By trimming your list of friends and family members attending your dress appointment with you, there will be fewer voices in the room with you. This will allow for your stylist to help you focus on the emotions that matter most… the brides! Plus, it also means less stress and confusion for you!

Ultimately, your wedding dress appointment should be about you guessed it… you. Now, we don’t want you to cut out everyone! We are still able to welcome your party virtually – and are happy to discuss how this will work with you before your appointment. 

We promise we will still offer the same white carpet experience to your entire party – whether it be in-person or virtually! 

5. Trust your bridal stylist

Finally, our last piece of advice is to trust your stylist

Many of the women here at Sinders have been with us for over a decade! They understand exactly how to find the perfect wedding dress for your big day! We can be your cheerleader, your confidant, or your bodyguard. But most importantly… we will be your fashionista behind you the entire way. 

Not only do we know the designers like the back of our hands, we work with these wedding dresses every day! We know which dresses will give you the best support, which will hug your curves, and which will make you SHINE. 

Your wedding dress should not only embody your vision but enhance your beauty, your confidence and your style. Letting YOU be the star on your wedding day. 

Phew, that’s it – simple right? 

Before we go, let us leave you with one more thought. 

Sinders is here to build confidence with a single piece of clothing – so we can all create a positive impact on our future. It’s what we do. It’s why we are here. Now more than ever, our team is here to help you feel good about yourself and your future day. 

So, if you have any questions regarding how your shopping experience might look different with us, contact us! Do not hesitate to call, email, or DM us – heck or give us a comment below!

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Top 10 tips for beautiful beach wedding dresses


Destination weddings are a fun, relaxed alternative to traditional weddings. They combine the best of wedding celebrations and beach vacations, all with your most cherished loved ones. And like destination weddings, the choices for beach wedding dresses are more fun and laid back. Since you won’t be in a church, there are no rules with how much skin you can show. It’s also too hot on the beach to wear a formal wedding dress anyway.

While beach wedding dresses aren’t always traditional, they are still elegant. So choose to stay cool and comfortable on your big day in a beautiful beach wedding dress.

Here are the top 10 things to look for when choosing beach wedding dresses.


The fit of a wedding dress is an important consideration, no matter where you’re getting married. But for beach weddings, you have to take the heat into consideration as well.

To enjoy your special day without feeling sticky in the heat, find a dress that fits comfortably. Consider looser fits that won’t stick to your skin.

Flattering styles that will be comfortable even in the heat and humidity include:

  • A-line fit and flares;
  • Above-the-knee flounce designs;
  • Loose tea-length pencil shapes; and,
  • Short sheathes.


A comfortable beach wedding dress will also need flowy, breathable fabric. Traditional wedding dresses have heavier fabrics, such as polyester-silk or satin-silk. But beach wedding dressers will have looser fits and lightweight fabrics such as:

  • Chiffon;
  • Crêpe;
  • Cotton blends;
  • Organza; and,
  • Mesh or lace details.


There’s a good chance that your destination wedding will be in a hot, humid place by the ocean. So you have to take the high humidity into account when choosing fabrics for your wedding dress. The oceanfront humidity is not kind to some fabrics. Certain fabrics will result in a dress that becomes damaged, wrinkled, or flattened.

Comfortable, breathable fabrics that can handle moisture are ideal. And if you decide to take a stroll into the ocean for wedding photos, then you won’t cringe at the thought of ruining your beloved dress.


Shorter dresses are also ideal for wading in the ocean, walking in the sand, and feeling cooler in the heat. Full skirts and floor-length dresses are elegant. But they may impede on your fun in the sun, getting dirty or damaged in the sand and water. Shorter-length styles include streamlined, tea-length, and above-the-knee designs.


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As with long skirts, trains will also face problems on the beach. Trains don’t allow for free-flowing movement and may get muddied on the beach. They also add weight to the dress, making them seem heavier in the heat and humidity. Even when bustled, the weight is still there. So opt for another accessory for your outfit that won’t get in the way. Consider a short veil, mesh or lace details, or other lightweight-fabric details.


Even a veil may be too much for a windy oceanfront. But there are accessories that will work well both with your dress and the beach environment. Maintain comfort and convenience throughout your big day with these beach-friendly add-ons:

  • Flower crowns;
  • Headbands;
  • Jewellery; and,
  • Lace gloves.


In the tropical heat, you will want to expose as much skin as possible to cool down in the ocean breeze. Popular beach wedding dresses expose the shoulders and arms for added comfort. In the heat and humidity, the less fabric you have on, the more comfortable you’ll be.

Consider beach wedding dresses with the following styles to stay cool:

  • Halter;
  • Keyhole;
  • One shoulder;
  • Short-sleeves;
  • Strapless; and,
  • Spaghetti straps.


When travelling to your destination, make sure your dress makes it on time and in pristine condition. Do not check it with your luggage at the airport. Either carry it on the plane with you, or arrange to ship it registered and expedited to your wedding destination.

Either way, you will want a lightweight dress that is easy to ship or carry. If you choose to ship your dress, you will end up saving on shipping costs if it’s lightweight. And if you choose to travel with your dress, you will want to carry it on the plane.


After your wedding, you will may want to have your dress dry cleaned and packaged for proper storage. The cleaning and prep for storage is expensive for big dresses with delicate fabrics. But lightweight dresses with moisture-friendly materials will be easier to clean and store.


As with a comfortable fit, how confident you feel in a dress is a priority when choosing wedding dresses. You will want a dress that makes you feel beautiful so that you’ll be happy to wear it throughout your wedding day.

Destination weddings are all about feeling good, relaxed, and happy. Choose a dress that will make you feel great so you can have fun in the sun without worries on your wedding day.

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How to Choose a Second Wedding Dress for your Reception


Many brides dream of walking down the aisle wearing a big princess-style ball gown, but by the end of the evening, it can become extremely cumbersome and uncomfortable to move in, making it difficult to enjoy your wedding reception and dance the night away.

Or, maybe you love the idea of having both a ball gown and a sexy, mermaid dress and are struggling to choose just one. For either reason, more and more brides are choosing to purchase a second (or third or fourth) dress just for their wedding reception.

But while planning an outfit change will ensure you get the best of both worlds, finding not one, but two or more dream wedding dresses can be a bit of a challenge.



While nowadays, it seems like the majority of brides are opting for an outfit change during their wedding reception, the trend has been around for longer than you might think.

Going all the way back to the 1930s, it was common for brides to change towards the end of their wedding reception into a “Going Away Dress” for their grand exit, where they would be whisked off to their honeymoon.

This “Going Away” ensemble typically consisted of a bridal-inspired skirt and jacket.

Now fast forward to 2019, and the trend has slightly shifted, with many brides purchasing two or more vastly different gowns for both their wedding ceremony and reception.


So, you’ve already found your dream bridal gown that makes you feel your most beautiful. You might be wondering – why would you want to wear anything else on your most special day?

Here are some of the most common reasons why brides are ditching their ceremony gowns before the reception.


Just like you may want to change out of your high heels as the night wears on, you may find yourself uncomfortable during the reception if your dress is a large, ball gown silhouette with lots of heavy fabric and beading.

Or maybe you went with a slinkier silhouette with a corset back that looks beautiful, but is difficult to sit and move in.



Even if you don’t find yourself uncomfortable in your ball gown by the end of the night, dancing can still be a challenge in a big poufy gown. While dancing and twirling the night away in a sea of tulle can sound like a dream, in actuality, having so much fabric can increase your risk of people – including your groom! – stepping on the hem of your gown and tripping while out on the dance floor.


Getting married outdoors in the summertime has lots of advantages, but unless the temperature starts to dip after your ceremony, wearing a heavy gown with many layers of fabric and beading can leave you feeling sweaty and uncomfortable throughout your reception. By switching to a lighter, airier gown, you will feel so much cooler and not run the risk of overheating.


Ball gowns, and a-lines, and fit and flares, oh my! With so many options for bridal gowns these days, finding your dream dress can be overwhelming and make your head spin.

Further adding to the stress is the fact that many brides struggle to decide what they want to look like on their wedding day and whether they should go with a sexy or princessy look.

If you find yourself in this predicament, purchasing a more fitted, sexier gown for the reception will help ease any indecision you are experiencing.


If you are getting married in a church, there are often some modesty rules you have to follow. This means you will likely need to stay a bit more covered up during your ceremony by having your shoulders or arms covered and concealing cleavage.

But after your ceremony, you may want to let loose and show off your sexier side. In this case, having a second dress is a good compromise.


Now that you’ve established the fact that you’d like to purchase a second wedding dress for your reception, how do you choose which one?

Here are a few tips for finding your dream wedding dress….again.



When picking your first gown, the one thing at the top of your mind is usually finding something that makes you feel absolutely beautiful, no matter how uncomfortable it may be.

So, when searching for dress #2, you should be aiming for something you feel comfortable AND beautiful in.


Before you even start shopping for your first wedding dress, it’s important to decide early on whether or not you feel you will want a second dress for your reception to help determine your budget.

If you’ve been dreaming of huge ball gowns or a skin-tight, corseted fit and flare, you may want to search for a ceremony dress that leaves enough room in your budget for a second gown. You can also consider increasing your budget in order to afford both gowns, or find a budget-friendly reception gown that will allow you to afford your dream ceremony dress.


Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime experience, so why play it safe?

If you’re a fun bride who likes taking fashion risks, your reception dress is the perfect opportunity to show off your personality.

Don’t confine yourself to the traditional long, white gown. Try playing around with some colour and go with a blush, pale blue, silver, gold, or lavender dress, or even something more daring like black or red.


A short and sassy dress, a jumpsuit, or romper are also great options that are super trendy right now.

If you chose to remain modest for your church ceremony or to avoid offending any older family members, also don’t be afraid to unleash your sexier side for your reception. At the end of the day, your wedding is all about you and your new spouse. So, don’t hold back, and wear what makes you feel your most confident.


The highlight of any wedding reception is dancing, so if you know that you will be getting down and boogieing the night away, it’s important to have a dress that you can move in.

To make sure you actually enjoy your reception and don’t spend most of it sitting down and feeling uncomfortable, find a dress with fewer bells and whistles that will help you focus on having fun, rather than trying to maneuver in your gown.


Now that you’ve found both dresses for your wedding, the next step is to determine when you will make your outfit change. There is no set rule for this, so the decision is completely up to you.

However, a good rule of thumb for when to change from your ceremony dress into your second dress is during the cocktail hour, after you’ve finished taking photos.

But if you’d prefer to have your first dance in your ceremony gown, changing immediately after that is a good time as well.

Whether you can’t decide between two or more completely different bridal looks or you just want to feel more comfortable during your reception, choosing more than one dress is a great option to ensure you are 100% satisfied with how you look and feel on your wedding day. And when you do decide to go shopping, refer back to these tips to help find your dream bridal gowns.

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The different types of undergarments to wear under your wedding dress


With so much focus on finding your dream wedding gown, we often forget about what we need to wear underneath the dress – which is almost as important! To help you you choose the right bridal undergarments that will give you the perfect silhouette on your wedding day, we’ll provide solutions to common undergarment dilemmas and offer tips for finding the perfect bridal undergarments.


Undergarments may seem like an afterthought, but they really are important. They have the power to completely alter your silhouette, provide support when needed, and help you look your absolute best in your gown.

Most brides imagine themselves wearing a beautiful lingerie set under their wedding dress, however, something more comfortable and practical that will give you a streamlined silhouette and won’t show under your gown is often a better way to go.



We hear this question a lot. Whether there are concerns of modesty or needing support, the question of whether to wear a bra with your wedding dress is an incredibly common dilemma for brides.

The beauty of wedding dresses is that in most cases, you do not need to wear a bra. Many dresses are designed with built-in cups or can be customized during alterations to add more support. This is great for dresses that are low cut and/or backless that would not be able to hide a bra.

However, that’s not to say that you can’t wear a bra under your gown. If you feel you need the extra support and your dress will conceal a bra, then you can absolutely wear one. It’s all about finding what makes you feel most comfortable.


While many fitted gowns are structured to create a beautiful silhouette, you may find that you’d like things smoothed out a bit more. In this case, shapewear or seamless nude underwear can help smooth everything out so there are no bumps or visible panty lines.



If you’ve chosen a fitted gown, shapewear is a great way to ensure everything is smooth and seamless.

If your dress is snug around your hips and thighs, look for shapewear that starts at your natural waist and extends just above the knees.

Just remember that if you do decide to wear shapewear under your gown, you will need to bring it with you to every fitting as it can have a significant impact on the fit of your dress.


If your dress is slightly sheer or slinky, a slip will provide a smooth canvas and ensure no undergarments are showing.


If your dress doesn’t have a built-in corset, but you’d like to get the cinched in effect that one provides, a custom-fitted corset is a great way to achieve the silhouette that you want. However, also keep in mind that comfort is incredibly important on your wedding day and that you don’t want anything standing in the way of enjoying your wedding and dancing the night away.


If you’ve had your heart set on a beautiful piece of lingerie for your wedding night, that’s okay too. Just be sure that it’s in a lighter colour so that it won’t be visible and detract away from your beautiful dress. Try to stay away from black, red, or bright colours unless you’ve gone with a non-traditional coloured gown.


If you’re wearing a backless dress but need more support than just cups alone can offer, there are backless bras on the market that can help.


Every bride needs a great pair of seamless nude underwear that will appear invisible under your wedding dress. We promise you’ll thank us later.



When shopping for your wedding dress, don’t be afraid to ask your bridal stylist what types of undergarments you may need for a particular dress. Your stylist will know which dresses have elements like built-in corsets or cups, and which ones can be customized during alterations.


If you have a good idea of the style of dresses you’ll be trying on and know what type of undergarments you will need, bring these to your initial shopping appointment and all subsequent fittings. This includes nude underwear, a strapless nude bra, or shapewear if you plan to wear it.


Around 80% of women wear the incorrect bra size, so if you do plan to wear a bra under your wedding dress, be sure to get properly fitted at a lingerie store so that it not only fits perfectly but is comfortable and looks great under your dress.


While every bride wants to look beautiful on their wedding day, it’s also important that you are comfortable as well. Throughout your wedding day, you will be on your feet a lot, from walking down the aisle to greeting guests, dancing, and eating. So, you want to make sure that you are going to enjoy the festivities, and not spend the whole night feeling miserable and uncomfortable. Make sure that your undergarments aren’t too tight and constricting and allow you to sit and move around comfortably.

The takeaway here is that wedding dresses and undergarments go hand in hand, so it’s important to factor this in when shopping for gowns and planning your head-to-toe bridal look. When in doubt, plan for comfort and practicality. And of course, ask your bridal stylist for recommendations. Because with the right pair of undergarments, your bridal look will come together flawlessly, so you can feel nothing but confident while walking down the aisle.

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Understanding the most common wedding dress styles and silhouettes



Wedding dress shopping is tricky enough, but when you aren’t sure of what dress styles or silhouettes you want for your big day, it can start to make your head spin.

From romantic to vintage, boho, and classic, there are so many styles of bridal gowns on the market, but what do they all mean, and how do you know which one lines up with your personal style?

To help give you a better understanding of wedding dress styles and silhouettes, we’ll explain the most common bridal styles and provide tips to help you determine what your bridal style is.



Relaxed and flowy, and a little bit sexy, boho gowns are a perfect fit for carefree brides looking for something airy and comfortable yet funky and non-traditional.

Recommended Designers: All Who Wander, Essence of Australia


Do you dream of lace, sweetheart necklines and flowy tulle skirts? A romantic style gown may be perfect for you. Romantic gowns are sweet and elegant while still being princessy and glamourous, without too much sparkle and drama.

Recommended Designers: Essence of Australia, Stella York, and Christina Wu


Whether it’s a huge ball gown or a fitted dress with a dramatic overskirt, princess gowns have one thing in common: luxurious fabrics, big skirts, intricate beading, and romantic glamour. With a big, glittering ball gown, you can make all your fairy tale dreams come true.

Recommended Designers: Eddy K, Stella York, Christina Wu


Classic gowns are simple and elegant, with clean, crisp silhouettes, and buttery fabrics like satin and silk. Rather than beaded, shimmering fabrics and big skirts, a classic style favours more understated, elegant silhouettes so that all eyes are on you, and not just your gown. Think old Hollywood glamour and timeless beauty.

Recommended Designers: Stella York, Eva Lendel


Show off your curves in a daring, sexy wedding dress with sheer fabric, a figure-hugging silhouette, and plunging neckline. Whether you decide to go all out with a sparkling beaded number or choose a more understated style, you’re bound to turn heads and feel unbelievably confident in a sexier gown.

Recommended Designers: Essence of Australia, Wonà Concept


Do you feel like you were born in the wrong era and dream of open keyhole backs, soft lace, pearls, and classic sleeves? A vintage-inspired gown may be for you.

Vintage style gowns are typically lace and come in a flowy A-line or more fitted silhouette. Think of them as a modern take on your grandmother’s wedding dress.

Recommended Designers: Eddy K, Essence of Australia


The opposite of a princess gown, edgy dresses are fashion-forward styles that are anything but traditional. More reminiscent of a red carpet gown than your traditional white wedding dress, an edgy style is perfect for a bride who likes to take risks and doesn’t play by the rules.

From unique beading, funky patterns, and even coloured fabrics, don’t be afraid to take risks and stay true to yourself on your wedding day.

Recommended Designers: Tesoro, Eva Lendel


While there’s nothing wrong with showing off your curves and rocking a sexy gown on your wedding day, if you’re more of a traditional bride and would rather keep things under wraps for your future spouse, you may want to consider some more modest dress styles.

Whether it’s choosing an already modest gown or making some changes through alterations, there are plenty of modest options available to help bring your vision to life.

Recommended Designers: Christina Wu, Stella York


Similar to princess, but a bit less traditional, extravagant gowns can come in any silhouette, but tend to have one thing in common: sparkle, sparkle, and more sparkle!

With luxurious beading, shimmering fabrics, and extra-long trains, you’ll be the center of attention on your big day.

Recommended Designers: Wonà Concept, Tesoro, Eva Lendel


Similar to edgy, but with little to no semblance of a traditional bride, a non-traditional bridal look is completely out of the box. From coloured fabrics and dramatic sleeves to short dresses, capes, or even a jumpsuit or romper, the possibilities are endless.

Recommended Designers: Tesoro, Eva Lendel


Planning a small, intimate destination wedding and don’t want to feel weighed down on the beach? A simple and flowy beachy gown might be the perfect fit.

Whether it’s a light and airy lace and tulle boho dress or a dreamy Grecian goddess inspired gown, you’ll look stunning and feel comfortable in whatever beachy style you choose.

Recommended Designers: All Who Wander


Besides wedding dress styles, there are many different silhouettes to consider. Here are some of the most common silhouettes you will come across when shopping for your bridal gown.


One of the most popular silhouettes, mermaid and fit and flare gowns hug your body and flare out at the bottom. They can either be simple at the bottom or have plenty of drama.

This type of silhouette is incredibly flattering on many body types, whether you are looking for a gown to flatter your curves or give the illusion of an hourglass shape.


If a mermaid or fit and flare are too figure-hugging for your taste, but you still want something fitted with a bit of drama, a trumpet silhouette may be the perfect solution.

Fitted through the bust, waist, and hips and flaring out between your hips and knees, a trumpet silhouette highlights your figure without being too fitted and dramatic.


A column gown is sleek and streamlined, skimming straight down your body to create a fitted yet flowy silhouette.


Similar to column, a sheath gown allows you to show off your figure without any bells and whistles. With a slim silhouette that gently hugs your body and falls straight to the floor, a sheath gown is a great way to rock a fitted gown without showing off too much.


Fitted until your natural waist or hips and then flaring out dramatically into a large, full skirt, a ball gown allows you to feel like a true princess for a day.


Similar to a ball gown but with less volume in the skirt, an A-line dress is dreamy and airy. Allowing you to float down the aisle and move around comfortably, while still feeling like a princess.

Now that you have an understanding of the different dress styles and silhouettes, you’re well on your way to solidifying your bridal vision and start shopping for your perfect gown. Just remember to stay true to yourself, because no matter what gown you choose, you are going to look stunning as you walk down the aisle.

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Wedding dress shopping tips for moms-to-be!


First comes love then comes…baby? For brides who are pregnant leading up to their wedding day, this can be such an incredibly exciting time as you are accomplishing two major milestones at once. If you’re looking for wedding dress shopping tips for moms-to-be, you’ve come to the right place!

Because at the same time, wedding dress shopping for your dream gown to wear on your big day can be a bit of a challenge. Not only is your body is constantly changing, but dresses typically need to be ordered months in advance, which requires a bit of guesswork when it comes to imagining how the dress will look closer to your wedding day.

Fortunately, our bridal experts are highly experienced in working with all kinds of brides and can help you find the perfect dress that accommodates your baby bump while still making you feel like your most beautiful self. With that being said, here are our wedding dress shopping tips for moms-to-be that will help you find your perfect gown with ease.



Whether you are planning to tie the knot before or after you give birth, it’s important to start your search as early as possible.

The standard recommendation is to start looking for dresses eight to 12 months before your wedding. Since most gowns will need to be special ordered and often take up to 6 months to arrive, this will give you enough time to not only find a gown, but ensure it arrives before your wedding day with enough time for alterations.

And if you are planning on waiting until after you give birth to get married, try to schedule your appointment earlier in your pregnancy if you can, so you can best envision how you will look in the gown on your big day.


When booking an appointment to shop for wedding dresses, we tend to ask lots of questions to learn more about you, so we can best prepare for your appointment and find your perfect gown. Which is why it’s important that you let us know if you are pregnant, so we can give you lots of options when it comes to flattering fabrics and silhouettes that will accommodate your growing bump.


It’s no secret that your body changes throughout pregnancy, which means your dress will have to as well. Fortunately, you have lots of options when it comes to alterations, from a corset back to side seam or panel.

The general rule of thumb is to add one inch for each remaining month of pregnancy until your wedding day.

But because nothing is certain, time your alterations closer to your big day. Then the seamstress can alter your gown to your body to best ensure a perfect fit on your wedding day.


For any bride, it’s important to have a vision of what you want to look like. Plus have an idea of what kind of silhouette you want on your wedding day.

When you are pregnant, this means deciding early. Do you want a flowy gown that will cleverly conceal your bump? Or a more fitted dress that shows off your figure and your bump.

Deciding on what look you are hoping to achieve will help you immensely when shopping. Plus it will help you and your bridal stylist find your perfect gown more easily.


Often, we feel we need to conceal a baby bump, but that doesn’t always need to be the case.

If you’ve always dreamed of a sexier fit and flare gown, don’t feel you need to avoid this style because you are pregnant. At the end of the day, it’s important to find a gown that makes you feel most confident and beautiful. So, don’t be afraid to break the mold and wear something that highlights your bump. Just be sure to avoid stiffer fabrics like satin or taffeta, and instead look for a fabric that has a bit of stretch to it.

Your bridal stylist can recommend fabrics that will be the most comfortable.

Because contrary to what you may have heard, pregnancy doesn’t limit you to drapey goddess style dresses or poufy ball gowns that hide your figure.


If you are on the fence about which size will best fit your body in 6+ months, it’s best to follow the golden rule by always, always, ALWAYS sizing up.

Remember, it’s much easier to alter a larger gown to fit smaller than it is to make a too-small gown larger.


It’s no secret that women’s bodies go through a lot during pregnancy. We’re basically superheroes! But that doesn’t mean you need to tough it out on your wedding day and sacrifice comfort to look beautiful.

Remember that you will be wearing your bridal gown for many hours. It’s important that you not only look your best, but you feel it too.

Be sure to ask your bridal stylist about which fabrics and silhouettes will be most comfortable. Or, consider purchasing a second, more comfortable gown to change into for the reception.

No matter what style or silhouette you go with, and what stage of pregnancy (or postpartum) you’re in when you get married, the most important thing is that you look and feel like your most beautiful self and that you radiate joy and beauty.

So, don’t worry about finding a gown you feel is appropriate. Focus on wearing what makes you happy and will help create perfect memories of your big day.

That’s a wrap! Thanks for checking in on our wedding dress shopping tips for moms-to-be!

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Turn heads in a sexy wedding dress


It’s fair to say that sexy, sensual, and even provocative wedding dresses are in. These glamourous, scintillating gowns are a popular alternative to traditional looks and styles. Showing a bit more skin and highlighting curves, a sexy wedding dress give brides an opportunity to show off their beauty, feeling desirable and confident on their big day.

Too risqué? Don’t worry, these dresses aren’t going to shock (unless that’s what you’re going for). After all, a bit of mystery goes a long way towards creating a sexy look.

If you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a few tips to help you find a sexy dress so you look stunning on your wedding day… without ruffling any feathers.



Traditional gowns aren’t for everyone. If you feel awkward in one, don’t second-guess it. This is your big day, after all, and who knows your style better than you? That said, sometimes, to find a look that suits you, you have to be willing to take a risk and try new things.

These sexy gowns might feel a bit scandalous at first. Go with it! If you’re trying to relax and find the fun in your search, grab something that truly pushes the envelope and try it on to break the ice. While it might not be what you’re looking for, taking a chance when trying on these gowns can help you get a little more comfortable embracing your sexier side.

And who knows – you might just find something you like!


What is your favourite part of your body? Your back, chest, rear, chest bones, legs, or heels? Find a dress that accentuates your features. Whether it’s through detailing, embroidery, a neckline, a cut, a backless dress, or a dress that hugs your curves, when you look your best, you’re going to feel your best.


The best way to look and feel sexy in a dress is by feeling comfortable. You don’t want a dress that is too tight and restricts movement while you’re dancing and greeting guests. A stiff bride that can’t move might not be the most alluring or sexy of looks, so make sure you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing – because you’re going to be wearing it all day!


This is where fittings come in. Don’t forget – you’ve got several dress fittings leading up to your big day, and your final fitting guarantees that your dress fits perfectly.

When choosing a dress, make sure to wear the right bra for the style, and check for gaping, especially on backless dresses.

Some gowns come with padding in the bra area, but you might also want to wear a strapless, backless, or multi-way bra for added support. Silicon stick-on bras are another option for support in dresses that don’t suit regular bras.

While trying on dresses, sit down, bend forward, backwards, and side to side. Keep an eye out for fabric gaping at the sides. Although showing off some skin is sexy, side boob and nip slips might be too much.


While some dresses may be too sexy for you, you can find a balance between sexy and classy. A sophisticated, elegant look can be pulled off with a combination of dress, hair, makeup, and accessories. Instead of pairing dramatic hair and makeup with an ultra-sexy dress, try understated hair and makeup for a balanced look.

And remember, nothing’s sexier than confidence and leaving something to the imagination. So flaunt a dress that makes you feel amazing.



A backless dress can be sexy and elegant, especially with a long skirt. How far down you go with the seam is up to you. The deeper the plunge, the racier the dress.


A plunging V-shaped neckline is daring and sexy. These work well with long, form-fitting dresses, like mermaid dresses.


These necklines show off the shoulders and a modest amount of the chest and back. For some, that’s the right amount of sexy.


For a fun alternative to full gowns, crop top wedding dresses show off the midriff and curves. These dresses allow for various mix and match options for the top and skirt. Long-sleeved and short-sleeved crop tops go well with long skirts. And high necklines suit these tops as well.


Sexy doesn’t have to be about showing off skin. Dresses that hug your figure, showing off your body’s silhouette are just as sexy. But if do you want to show some skin, a long form-fitting mermaid dress with a low back and neckline is elegant and seductive.


Thigh-high slits, both single and double, have made their way to sexy wedding dresses. There are even slits that go up to the hip. How high you go is up to you. Slits are a great way to show some leg without baring all.


Barely-there or illusion panelling uses nude fabric on the bodice, giving the illusion that the bride is barely covered. Sheer panelling is also popular, using strategically-placed sequins, lace, and floral details to maintain some modest covering.

No matter how much (or how little) skin you choose to show off, you can look sexy and classy on your big day. Find a dress that makes you happy, comfortable, and confident. And if you turn heads while leaving something to the imagination, then you’ve done well finding that perfect sexy wedding dress.