Post # 1
I have a dilemma. My wedding will be in summer 2013 in France. In a couple of months I will move from my country to Canada, Montreal.
I don’t have a lot of choice of nice wedding dresses in my town, and what I found is Mori Lee replica dress which costs 660 CAD. It needs to be altered but it will be either included or cost me less than 100 CAD. It is not my dream dress but I like it.
My second option was to wait for my moving to Canada and get a dress in Monreal. However, I am terrified reading all the ‘wedding shop experiences’ with waiting for 4 months and getting a wrong size, or cost of alterations above 200 dollars. I am petit, 5 ft. 2″ tall, 31 – 23,5 – 35, so I am pretty sure I will need to have any dress altered.
I want a nice, tastefull dress but I am not willing to pay more than 1200 dollars in total (tax and alterations included).
Here is the dress I found (Mori Lee replica). It looks nicer on me as here the lace at the back is not tightened and does not shoow the waste.
Post # 3
@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
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
@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
OMG. Wait to get your dress in Montreal!!!!!
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! Now I am certain not to buy this dress. I will wait till moving to Montreal, doing some market research. If I don’t find any dress-of-my-dream within my budget, I consider ordering a custom-made dress from Jasmines – most of their dresses looks nicer that the one on the pictures above (and the price is lower).
Post # 8
- 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
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
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 # 11
Yep, waiting for 6 months and then having alterations is not something I want to experience. We don’t have the date for the wedding fixed yet, so time is not an issue so far.
I always wonder why the US and Canadian prices do not include the tax? It would be so much easier to make your decision seeing the final price on the sticker.
What if I go to the US (Vermont, for example), choose a dress and ask it to be shipped – will I have pay tax in this case?
Post # 12
@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