The Best Places to Buy a Bridal Gown in Vancouver
Whether your wedding is happening in a few days, couple of weeks or years from now, you’ll need a dress that will satisfy how you feel inside and project your confidence to the watching world. You deserve to be deliriously happy on this special occasion and we all know that what you will be wearing will be on the internet forever. Whether you are getting hitched locally, flying off for a destination wedding or doing it up civilly at city hall, let your personal style and flare show by heading to one of these places to buy a bridal gown in Vancouver:
Truvelle in Gastown
At Truvelle, all the gowns are made-to-order and incredibly in demand for their uniqueness. The gowns are confident, unconventional, modern and made in mind for a woman who does not want ‘the dress’ from the magazines. Their workspace in Gastown is working towards a Zero Waste policy and the average wait time is 4-6 months but can ne created as a ‘rush order’ in as little as a few weeks.
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Cache Couture Atelier in South Granville
Home to internationally renowned, adored, and highly desired labels such as Elie Saab and Paloma Blanca, Cache also carries a curated selection of their own gorgeous gowns and is also able to dress your partner impeccably.
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Tiffany Bridal on East Hastings
Tiffany is probably the most affordable boutique on this list for up-to-date gowns from dozens of respected lines, including Madeline Gardner and Vizcaya. This boutique also offers a wide range of orderable gowns in classic to modern styling, a full plus-size selection, a constantly updated sale section for immediate purchases and no appointment is necessary. Walk in and start a conversation with the sales associate about what will work for you and your bridal party, and start pulling.
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Bisou Bridal in Olympic Village
Stockist for a selection of the forerunners in bridal – Lazaro, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier – Bisou caters to the woman with impeccable taste who wishes to make the ultimate statement with her dress, her day, her life. Whether you are looking for a wedding gown that is the epitome of romanticism or definition of opulence, Bisou is definitely where you should start your journey.
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Something Blue Vancouver in the Armoury District
If you are looking for a dress that is designed and handcrafted in Vancouver with the utmost luxurious silks and intricate laces, check in with SBV. Their styles appear classic but as you look closer, little details and quirkiness will catch your eye. The ‘Made to Love’ collection could almost be described as ‘modern yet casual’ with a lifespan long past your wedding day if you are willing to make a few alterations.
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Clara Couture on Burrard
With over 15 years in couture bridal experience, Clara is definitely doing it right and staying on top of their market. Their sale area carries a sample selection with up to 50% off and showcases diverse designers such as Mikaella, Kitty Chen Couture and Pronovias. Appointments are made by request as the core staff travel frequently to scour seasonal bridal markets for the latest trends and styles.
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Blush Bridal & Special Occasions in Yaletown
This ‘no-shoe’ salon is highly respected by the industry and the Canadian press as being the best at their business. The boutique hosts trunk shows, sample sales and bridal events throughout the year which can be a budget savers dream if you are on top of your planning. Stocking Vera Wang, Hayley Paige, Nicole Miller and Sareh Nouri, we would suggest wearing your Chanel flats as the cobblestones in Yaletown are hard to maneuver in Louboutin and the ticket price may cause a fainting spells.
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Kathryn Bass Bridal in Mount Pleasant
Having studied at the Helen Lefeaux School with follow-up studies at LaSalle College in Montreal, designer Kathryn Bass has returned to Vancouver and now operates her own custom atelier. She creates dresses that tickle the hearts of romantics in the city. Her process consists of five steps, starting with a consultation and sketching, and ends with a beautiful unique dress that you have had a hand in creating. Personalized service at its best.
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Jason Matlo Atelier in Gastown
Another Helen Lefeaux School graduate, Jason designed his first wedding dress for Canadian television’s sweetheart Gabrielle Miller. His atelier is located in Gastown, amidst the chic shops and visits are by appointment only. The bridal gowns are either bespoke or from the current collection which are developed in conjunction with his Chef d’Atelier, Wen-chee Liu.
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On the horizon: the Laudae bridal collection is technically launching Summer 2016, but those heading to Eco Fashion Week will be able to preview this edgier, dare we say it punk’ier, wedding dress line geared towards the bride who lives in the moment and is not only romantic, but takes no prisoners.
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Helen Siwak is the driving force behind lifestyle blog EcoLuxLuv and Editor-in-Chief of BLUSH Vancouver Magazine. She is also freelance contributor numerous publications including DailyHive (formerly VancityBuzz) and Vancouver correspondent for Retail-Insider. Follow her on IG: @HelenSiwak.