(Closed) Best for Bride?

posted 7 years ago in Toronto
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I haven’t been into Best for Bride but I know I’ve seen the store… Sorry I’m not much help there.

As far as the other stores go, Ritche is always a good bet for looking for dresses. Most people I know bought from there. There are a few stores in the same area. Also, look around on St Clair Avenue (around Avenue I think?!), there are TONS of bridal shops there. I’ve even seen a few nice ones in the lower part of Chinatown (Spadina near King).

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I bought my dress from Bridal Fraire on Spadina. I haven’t picked up the dress yet, but it is Mori Lee and I got it for a good price, including alterations.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

You may also want to try Orfus Road in Toronto. There are a few stores on the road (one that will not be named that was full of rude sales people) but the other 2 I went to were great! They have a few buy off the rack dresses that are SUPER affordable! I tried on a few that were GORGEOUS but they didn’t have any selection in my size (plus size).

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Stay the h-e-l-l away if you can!

Prices ARE great, I went to the “store” on Sheppard and have never been so grossed out. I was embarassed to meet two of my BM’s there and planned that for them. Gross gross gross. We went there with the intention to take advantage of the fact they seemed to have great selection. Not so in store -which I had emailed about to ensure the trip into Toronto was worth it.

Another store where I bought my wedding dress pricematched BFB’s great prices. I wrote a bad review on google about BFB and the manager emailed me, trying to excuse my claims, apparently the Etobicoke store is “better”, but I didn’t even consider giving them a second chance.

I wish I used google streetview to check out the area of this store before I went -it’s in the upstairs of a corner strip plaza….sketchy and gross!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

PS. Can anyone msg me the names of the Orfus Road stores that might be worthwhile for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses? We are still on the hunt!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oooh ooh! I have one I have one! *jumps up and down waving* They’re a touch removed from the city, but there’s a charity bridal shop on the east side of the city called The Brides Project where they have some awesome dresses. Some are a bit dated, but some are fabulous! Totally worth checking out.
I also stumbled into another consignment shop called Gown and Glory (appt only) near Dixie Mall (Dixie & QEW), she has AMAZING dresses, omg. I wish she had been open when I was looking for my dress!!! It’s a really sweet lady who runs it, I really enjoyed meeting her and bought a veil from her for my boudoir shoot. Highly recommend her, I couldn’t believe the dresses she had, absolutely stunning.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The Brides Project is quite good. I didn’t buy my dress there but definitely some good items. They did not have too many smaller sizes and I am really small. So that was the issue.

I have been to Best For Brides. I went to the so-called ‘nicer’ one of the locations in Etobicoke. It does not have a good selection. It definitely has a big selection. But not really what you see on their site. If you see something on the site, be sure to call and find out ahead of time if they have it.

Orfus Road has a store called ‘My White Dress’ and it’s in the same plaza as Windsor Bridal. This ‘My White Dress’ has EVERY dress for $300 or less. The selection is huge and great! I would have bought mine there, however I found one in a private sale which I wanted.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Sasha2011: That’s funny! When i went to The Brides Project they had TONS of small size dresses, but very few that were an 8-10. Just shows you how quickly stuff turns over there!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am actually a Best for Bride bride, (not necessarily a great thing).

first off the etobicoke one is better than the sheppard location.  its very hard to find dresses there as there’s just too many, so if you see something off the site, print it out and bring it with you, so they can find it for you. 

As for buying your dress there, i actually had a horrible experience.  my dress came in early but no one called to inform me.  i tried to make an alterations appointment and they scheduled me for three weeks after my dress came in, even though i was getting married in 1.5 months from the date.  i tried to explain that to them and was ignored.  Then during my first fitting the alterations lady (who is now on mat leave is my understanding) yelled at me for having my alterations done so late and that it should have been booked sooner. 

they are also not timely.  i waited about an hour before i actually got in for my alterations appointment. they also gave me the wrong time for my second alterations appointment, so i waited 2.5hours before i got in. for my third appointment, i waited half an hour before they told me the alterations were not complete and i had to be rescheduled.  this was also 1.5 weeks before my wedding date.  I was concerned my dress would not be completed so i wreaked havic on their sales manager and owner.  they promised me my alterations would be done in time for my wedding and they were.

overall if i had to do it again, i would have just gone elsewhere.  I absolutely loved my wedding dress but they caused too much of a headache and the experience of buying my wedding dress was nothing like i had ever expected.

if you are coming down I highly recommend Ritchie and Beckers Bridal on the danforth.  If you happen to be in the west end, Jealous Bridesmaids is also great.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Did you enquire as to what the rental prices are?

I know I’ve considered renting prior to purchasing my dress. I’m still not sure if I’d like to keep it, or maybe sell it. If BFB’s rental fee works out to say half of what a dress might cost you, could you not purchase a dress (from whereever!) and then sell afterwards? I know it’s a bit more hassle on paper, but after reading what Ms. Purple wrote I think you’re going to be hassled with BFB?

When we were there I forgot to note that there was a Bride trying on dresses when we were there and she was left totally alone to get her gown on and had to call for help multiple times….I felt so bad for her! I know when I dress shopped, the lady didn’t step away from outside my door when I was ready to be done up!!

Are you coming from East or West of the city? The store where I got my dress was wonderful and pricematched/then beat BFB’s price on my dress 🙂

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