Post # 1
Hey all! Im new to the hive here! Im from Calgary, alberta area(well a little north). No wedding date yet,(he has to propose first) and I’m trying to get a head start on dress shopping, as I like being well prepared!
i am wondering if any of you bees have suggestions As to which shops in Calgary and area have great dresses for slightly discounted rates?! Thanks all!
Post # 3
I can’t help with your question, sorry, but I thought I’d give you a little *bump* anyway to see if any other bees can. Hope someone can help you!
Post # 4
Hey! I’m just a wee bit north of Calgary also!
I was going to buy a gown from tulle and taffeta in Airdrie, then I found one at cameo and cufflinks ( staff was really pushy though) and ultimately I got my gown at the bridal center, they were they only Maggie Sottero retailers near by since I fell In love with her gowns!
I will say so far they have been great! The alrterations people have been iffy… But the manager we are now dealing with has been fabulous!
Post # 5
I’m in Edmonton but I’m looking to try on dresses too! I’m not the type to do the tears so I think I’ll just have to keep trying. Might even do a road trip with my Maid/Matron of Honor if it’s worth it:)
Post # 6
I went to the Bragging Bride in Calgary. It’s a bridal consiegnment store! There were alot of dresses that were super hidious but I found the perfect one for me at a great price!
Also had an awesome experience at Mena’s bridal. Her prices are average around the 1500 mark and she has alot of blue by Enzoani dresses that are georgeous. I actually just walked in with a friend on a whim, and she took one look at me and had me try one of the dresses on that she picked. I felt sooo goood in it, and she was great. I would have bought it but wanted to check the consiegnment place first and found something just as wonderful for half the price.
Post # 7
When I was a little girl I always wanted to buy my dress from ethos of 17th ave – they always have dresses in the window over the street. Surprisingly, their pricing is pretty decent for a high end store, they have a whole range with affordable dresses.
I think Camoe & Cufflinks was closing when I went there earlier this summer, the selection was terrible and they were very pushy.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
The Bridal Centre has really good service, it’s a full service salon but their prices are high and they remove the dress labels and won’t tell you the designer or dress style until you purchase. The dress I bought from another store was $400 MORE at The Bridal Centre.
Ethos had lots of dresses and way better prices. And they keep the tags on and let you take photos unlike TBC.
Bridal Fashion Group on 16th Ave NE near Deerfoot had a shit ton of dresses. In lots of sizes. But, they are all from a “private designer” – they are all china replica dresses. They are good to visit to try on styles though.
Do you have any designers you’re interested in? What’s your budget?
I bought a Maggie Sottero in Lethbridge at Bella Fiore and I had an awesome experience.
Post # 9
I would say to avoid the Bridal Centre. Maybe I had a bad sales rep, but all of the dresses she brought me were out of my price range and I didn’t like any of them.. at all!! I didn’t really feel comfortable or welcome when I was shopping there. I felt rushed, and left totally disappointed.
I bought my dress at Ethos in Edmonton and it was amazeballs. I am sure Ethos in Calgary would be wonderful as well, better prices and way less strict on service. You can flip through all of their stuff and pick whatever you want to try on! It was so much fun being there!
Post # 10
I bought my dress from Ethos, they were really wonderful! My Sales lady Grace actually picked my dress. She’s really knowledgeable, and it was $1500 under my budget! It was nice that they didn’t try to oversell or only recommend the expensive. She just picked out dresses that suited me. I got to pick out what I wanted, even dresses that were just for fun. Over all super amazing!!! And like the crazy bride that I am, they let me come in and try the sample on again! (Not totally crazy, I wanted to see what it would look like with different veil lengths so I could order one)
I recommended Ethos to my girlfriend who is also getting married next summer, she had a smaller budget, and they worked really well within those parameters, she also bought her dress there.
So far, Ethos has been amazing!
Hopefully the delivery and alterations go the same way! Fingers crossed!
Post # 11
I can’t recommend Ethos… when I first got married I bought my dress at 22, my parents paid for it and I had an unlimited budget (ended up paying just under $9,000) for it. The sales rep at Ethos kept saying I was too young and wasn’t interested in helping me at all.
I ended up getting my dress custom made from a company in the US.
Post # 12
I had a horrible experience at Taffeta and Tulle. The owner treated me like an idiot because it was one of the first dress shops I’d been to, so I didn’t know all the lingo. She also insulted my height (I’m 5.4, not sure what the problem is?) She was then a complete b*tch to me when she realized I wasn’t liking any of her dresses and that I probably wasn’t going to buy anything.
I bought my dress from a small boutique called Novia Mia. The owner was fantastic.