(Closed) Buying a wedding dress in Montreal or bringing one with me

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@vesnushka:  new mori lee gowns can run as low as 600 USD and the exchange rate from CAD to USD isn’t too far off.  I would wait.  A lot of brides carry dresses on planes with them.  Myself included. 

Horror stories exist everywhere but they are no near as common as good stories.  I wouldn’t worry about that.

Post # 4
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

MTL is only 2 hours from ottawa. Theyres alot more shops there….and theyre great. Also they have a davids bridal! Super reasonable!

Post # 5
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@nibbler:  I agree with that, but Montreal also has an entire street dedicated to wedding dress stores on St. Hubert.  I never went personally, but I’ve had a few friends who found their dresses there!

Post # 6
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

OMG.  Wait to get your dress in Montreal!!!!! 

Post # 8
1647 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

Yes, wait until you get to Montreal, IMO.  I’ve been up and down St-Hubert where all the wedding shops are, I’m SURE if all else fails you can find something off the rack.  That being said, I’m buying my dress from a shop in Moose Creek, it’s like, an hour or so away from here, their prices and selection are WAY better than in Montreal.   I have about the same measurements as you, I’m 5’4″, 31, 23, 34.   I’m ordering a Sophia Tolli in size 2 because it’s the smallest they come in, and I will have to have alterations but, such is life.  

Post # 9
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I personally find most of the shops along St Hubert pretty terrible (both in quality and in service) but there are so many that you’re bound to find something you like for a price you want to pay.

Post # 10
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Honestly, I either found very nice shops with a lot of more expensive gowns (1500 and up) or stores where the quality looked pretty bad on St Hub.

In the end, I purchased my dress at david’s bridal in Burlington Vermont (the white by vera wang line). Vermont is awesome because there is no sales tax, so the dress was sticker price! Remember that it’s about 15% in Qc. The only thing about buying a dress in the US as opposed to Ontario is that you have to stay in the US for a certain amount of time before returning (I think it’s 48 hrs, but I may be wrong) if you don’t want to pay taxes on your dress when you cross the border.

When are you moving to MTL? Keep in mind that most dresses take 6-8 months to order and alter (that’s what I was told), so if you’re moving too close to the wedding, I would not wait and risk having to settle for a dress just because it can be rush ordered.

Hope that helps, and good luck!

Post # 12
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@vesnushka:  If you have an item shipped accross the border, you would still have to pay the tax. So, the best would be to go pick it up in person and stay long enough to get the exemption.

I agree about the tax, you go to pay thinking it’s one amount of money and then have to add a bunch more! For big items it can really make a difference :S

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