Post # 1
I’m planning on going wedding dress shopping in February in Calgary, and I’m hoping some of you have shopped there!
Right now I’m looking at going to Frocks: http://frocks.ca/ and David’s Bridal? I have a budget of $1000-$1700 for my dress and am looking for something not too glittery/huge. Right now I like lace, but I’m not 100% set on it and really need to try on different styles to decide on something!
If anyone has any ideas on where to go or has any personal experience, please let me know!
Post # 2
I shopped at these places, http://embracefashions.com,
i had the best experience at bridal centre and embrace. I bought my dress at the bridal centre but they royally screwed up my dress during alterations and I had to take it somewhere else to get fixed!
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2016 - His parents farm
Hi! I travelled to Calgary to buy my dress!! We went to three shops.
Novia Mia bridal might have the most selection in your price range, my experience there wasn’t terrible but I left there not really pleased. I didn’t even know my attendants name!! But they have a good selection of dresses.
We also went to Pearl & Dot bridal boutique. It’s SO LOVELY there!!! They mostly have like the same stuse of dresses, a-line/sheath so if you did want to try ball gown or anything like that you definitely should book another salon too. But the girls here were seriously so amazing! So friendly, so genuinely excited for you! I had the best experience there! undortunately I didn’t but my dress there, but that didn’t take away from my experience.
I did buy my dress at Cameo & Cufflinks. We booked a private session and had the whole salon to ourselves. The girl was really informative, pulled a lot of dresses that she could see I was leaning towards. It’s a little more on the pricey side though. Hope I could help! Enjoy your time!!
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2017 - Grand Sunset Princess, Riviera Maya, Mexico
You can try “the bragging bride” its a wedding dress consignment store. It is where I plan on going! Let me know what it’s like if you do end up there! Good luck
Post # 5
Kat14: Awesome, thanks for sharing your experience!
jccountrylove: Pearl and Dot looks so nice! I am looking for that style, I don’t do sparkles or poof, though I love it on other brides, just not my style. I really like the Cameo and Cufflinks store, but I’m worried about getting swayed by a more expensive dress!
sarahabee: I love that idea, I think we’re definitely going to stop in there! I’m totally in for a great bargain and I like that you don’t have to wait for a dress to come in!
I may just start contacting stores and seeing if they will have a good selection in my price range. We only have one day so I might only be able to fit in 2-3 stores – if that. But if anyone has any further experience, I’m all ears!
Post # 6
This place is pretty great! Its in Airdrie, about 30 minutes out of Clagary. Their prices are really good too! A friend of mine found a dress she loved at David’s Bridal that was well over $1000 but got the exact same one there for $800. They open by appointmant only but I really suggest it.
Post # 7
I went to Frocks and loved it! I ended up purchasing a sample dress from them. They have a more erethreal, organic bride look. They’re more BDHLN and J. Crew then Mori Lee or Alfred Angelo. Some of their bridesmaid dresses would make beautiful wedding gowns as well so don’t rule those out.
Post # 8
jccountrylove: I’m going to Cameo and Cufflinks on Saturday 🙂 I am only going there because it’s near MEC where I need to go anyways!
I will be in Calgary on Saturday, Feb. 12th for my “real” shopping day and will be looking at many of the other places listed, just trying to some up with a game plan! I’m mostly interested in the store with a more organic look (simple, natural) but thought I might try one while I was in town anyways! I will be going to Frocks, Pearl and Dot and The Bragging Bride for sure and possibly one more on Sunday if I’m scrambling!
Post # 9
I went to the Bridal centre, Frocks and Pearl and Dot.
Bridal Centre was ok – the experience seems to depend alot on your stylist. I felt like I wasn’t being heard, but I wasn’t looking for a traditional/blingy dress, so it could be that she didn’t know what to offer me.
Frocks was awesome – the lady I worked with was not pressuring me at all, and their dresses are very nice, especially if you’re looking for something a bit simpler.
Pearl and Dot was my favorite. The ladies there are AMAZING – so genuinely excited for you, super personable, and all round super welcoming. It feels like you’re going in to hang out at a friends house which juuust so happens to have amazing dresses for you to play with haha. Seriously, if you haven’t made an appointment, you should! I ended up buying a Truvelle gown through them and could not be happier with the process.
Post # 10
outdoorbee: another suggestion I have is Beautiful Bride. It’s down south on MacLeod Trail, but they have tons of Essence of Australia dresses that are within your budget range. It’s a small shop but it’s quite nice! I really liked some of the EoA dresses I tried on.
Frocks sounds right up your alley. I didn’t go to Pearl and Dot, but they sound great too. 🙂
Post # 11
ashmo: I was just drooling over the Truvelle gowns! Just out of curiosity, what were the price points you were seeing in Frocks and Pearl and Dot? I am just waiting to hear back if there is an appointment available now… I am the same, no bling for me!
My best friend bought her dress (Ivy and Aster Sweet Pea- which I love!) from Frocks in Vancouver.
I figured I would try a more mainstream store to begin with to see if I actually could find anything there and then I could kind of see what a few dresses look like on me (I don’t really wear dresses!) (So far looking at the Cameo and Cufflinks designers I mostly like the Stella York dresses) My Mum likes the more boutique stores so I figure I’ll take her to Frocks and Pearl and Dot for sure, and it would be nice to find something at the Bragging Bride!
Post # 12
peaseblossoms: Ohhh, thank you for the heads up! I do like those a lot! I like the Stella York ones, so the Essence of Australia ones are a given 🙂 I’ll shoot them a call or email here soon.
Post # 13
I live in Calgary and also purchased my dress in Calgary. The first place I went to was Durand Bridal as my florist recommended it, I have never heard of it so I wanted to check it out AND they had a dress I had been eye-balling online for quite some time. I really really liked Durand, my consultant was amazing and so helpful, you are allowed to browse the dresses by yourself first and they aren’t in bags. I really liked the dress I had been eye-balling but didn’t want to make a decision at the first place I went to. (I was offered a discount after my appt. as a very loud bride with a huge entourage came in early while I was there, I didn’t ask for a discount nor was I disappointed but it was very much appreciated.)
I also went to the Bridal Centre as that is where I purchased my grade 12 graduation gown. My consultant was nice but it definitely wasn’t the experience I had at Durand, the dresses are nice but they were also on the higher end of my budget.
Lastly, I went to David’s Bridal. I did not enjoy David’s at all. I got there a few minutes before my appointment time and I ended up waiting 20-30 minutes for my consultant to finally come out and grab me. I tried on a few dresses but they just weren’t right for me. My consultant also gave me dresses that I told her I didn’t think I would like and she still wanted me to try them on. Not a pleasant experience for me. I felt like I was just another sale to them.
I ended up buying my dress from Durand (the one I had really liked) and I cannot say enough about their customer service, I would highly recommend checking them out! I can also give you my consultants name if you wish to book an appointment with her. They can also work with all budgets. It is privately owned and the owner is just as amazing as my consultant, she is there throughout the whole process and is helpful with any questions you may have.
Happy Wedding Dress Shopping!!
Post # 14
Have you been to Tara’s in Cranbrook yet? That’s where I got my dress, which was actually really surprising! Check that out first! You can’t beat her prices. If you find a lower price online, she’ll match it, although for her bridal gowns I’d be pretty surprised if you did find a lower price. For reference, this is the dress I got there:
Post # 15
outdoorbee: Oooh! I love I&A!
Frocks had a few items around $1500, with most closer to $2k.
The dresses I was trying on a P&D ranged from $1400-$2800, but I had plenty to choose from. My Truvelle came to $2500 on the nose with taxes and the modifications I made. Last time I was in there, the owner was talking about possibly rotating her selection (she was hoping to have 4-5 collections, and is bringing in a couple new designers/seasons relatively soon), so you may want to ask if they’re hosting a sample sale in the near future (depending on when your wedding is, of course!)