(Closed) Wedding Dress Shopping in Toronto Area

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Post # 16
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Helper bee

I just went to kleifields last week! Great service, it took a little while though for them to understand the style I wanted as I told them I loved ballgowns with bling so it took until the end, for them to get some dresses I wanted but it was good service! There wasnt a whole lot of section to look at dresses, becuase the majority is in the back and the one thing is, they only have select designers and most are definitly more expensive but a nice experience to have!

Post # 17
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Busy bee

I had a horrible experience at Amandalina’s. My budget was up to $2500 and the consultant made me feel like it was not enough for their store. She made up her mind what she thought I should wear and wasn’t willing to let me try other styles, which sucked because I really didn’t know what I was looking for at that point.

Superior Bridal in Markham was amazing. They were patient and let me try as many styles and types of gowns as I wanted. They also made me feel like they were excited for me to be there, which was a definite plus.

I also really liked Bliss Bridal in Whitby if you are in the East end. It isn’t as big as the Amandalinas or Superior but the selection was diverse and the store is adorable. They were super accommodating. Excellent customer service.

Post # 18
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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kanlink:  Didn’t like them at Felichia at alllll either. BUT, Beckers also carries the watters dresses, much better service too!

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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MeandMyLouboutins:  ya, they are awful! Lied about the pricing, pressured me into buying, did not like them ONE BIT. Shady business all around in that place.

Post # 20
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Worker bee

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mkgolden:  i have not been to the kleinfield’s in toronto but only the one in NYC. generally, their service is fine so it really depends on your budget and if there are specific dresses you are looking for that only Kleinfield’s might carry.

Diva Boutique – terrible! they sound nice and all on the phone and at the beginning. but once you realize you might not purchase from them (i didn’t end up liking the dress that was my original dream dress), their attitude changed quickly. not very helpful in bringing additional addresses.  we were going to look at the bridesmaid dresses too since we were already there and they told us we didn’t need to yet  pretty much almost pushing us out the door.  we were appalled.

Jolie Bridal – we stopped by without an appointment and the 2 ladies were helpful in suggesting some dresses even though i was going to try any on.  they let us looked around (they weren’t busy either) and generally very nice.  

Superior Bridal – never going there again!  first off, they couldn’t find the dress i specifically called ahead about (and said they have it in the store).  after i described what i was looking for and given some dress modesl so she has an idea of what i like, she (vera) brought me dresses that i hate (no, not like, nah not feeling it).  she takes forever to bring any dresses, there are times where i’m just standing there for a good 5-10 minutes to wait for her to bring another dress. she didn’t help me in and out of the dress at all – my Maid/Matron of Honor and bridesmaid had to do that for me.  the consultant literally just sits down on a chair while they help me and then joked how they make her job easier.   she didn’t bother to clip me up on dresses too big – we had to ask. the icing on the cake was that when we asked about alterations on a potential dress – she told us that the designer charges $150 just to select zipper instead of lace up corset.  it’s a LIE! i found out from other stores that this is an option from the designer without additional charge. stay away and don’t be scammed!

revival boutique – i stumbled upon this shop when i was googling for a specific dress. they mainly sell off the rack/samples so the pricing is favourable.  they do have lillian west that you can order from and the shop owner was super nice. they are in sauga

sophie’s (sauga) – it can be a bit overwhelming since there are lots of people there but they also have a bigger selection.  i loved my consultant (tanya) – easily the best consultant i have and i have been shopping in both toronto and nyc.  she listens to what you want and bring all these dress for suggestions. they don’t work off commission so she was just literally trying to help me find a dress. i didn’t end up getting anything there but she was super sweet and tell me to think about it and just contact her if i have any questions. 

ritche – i didn’t try on wedding dress there because whenever i call about a specific dress (at least 3 different ones), they never have it in the store. we did go check out bridesmaid dresses and they are your standard selection but the pricing is steep.  the girl there was not super friendly or attentive even though no one else was there beside us (middle afternoon on a random thursday). 

hope this help! best of luck with your search!

Post # 21
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m another Ferré Sposa bride. The store just oozes glamour to me, but at reasonable prices (for bridal that is). It was zero pressure, and I also liked that the prices and style names were displayed on each dress! The staff there are super fun and personable. 

I also did one appointment at Becker’s. Their selection seemed about on par, but I definitely felt more like “a number” and felt a bit rushed. They don’t label the prices and designs on the gowns, which drove me bonkers – you really have to rely on your consultant to pull dresses for you. 

If you can, I would definitely suggest shipping on a weekday. Saturdays are a bit hectic everywhere.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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mkgolden:  i would definitely go to white – what is your price range? i see you like galia lahav, i thiiiink they carry them, but i’m certain they carry inbal dror who is similar.

 a trunk show is a discount of usually 10 – 15%, but the sample sale is much more – i bought a monique lhuiller dress for 1200 and it retailed for around 3400, i forget exactly now. at the sample sale, there is only one of each gown (no ordering in etc) and that’s the one you take home, but discounts are 50% or more, often 70% or more. at a trunk sale, they would still order you a dress, do alterations for you, etc. it’s like buying the gown any other time, but with a small discount. 

it’s my understanding that they do their sample sales twice a year: once in the summer and once in the winter. i just purchased at their sample sale in early dec. they have a mailing list if you want to be notified. 

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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mkgolden:  I bought my dress at White Toronto’s June 2014 sample sale. I believe trunk shows are to showcase the designer’s latest dresses and a small discount (10%) may be offered if you buy on the spot. If you are not in a rush, I highly recommend waiting for their sample sale. If you happen to be in Montreal, you can also check out the White Montreal sample sale. Have fun!

Post # 26
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

So far I’ve tried wedding dresses at 3 different boutiques.  The first one was Kleinfeld’s and I had such an amazing time.  My consultant was very nice and helpful.  I also went to Ritche which was eh.  They don’t let you browse and they only take out dresses they think you may like.  I wanted a strapless lacey bodice with a flowy horsehair skirt and they didn’t have anything so I only tried on a few dresses there.  Lastly I went to Whites.  They were quite nice as they were able to fit me in for a walk in appointment.  In terms of the selection, it didn’t seem like a big selection unless they keep them in a back room.

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I went to Kleinfield’s in Toronto basically for the “Say Yes to the Dress” experience. The consultant I had was pretty nice, but eventually I found she got a bit bored with me, and when my hour was coming to an end, I felt like she was trying to push me out the door.

I went to a few other stores around the GTA, but I found Saratina’s (in Oakville) to be wonderful! The owners are both very friendly, knowledgable and very helpful! We just purchased 5 bridesmaids dresses from there, after I visited the store about 10 times after i kept flip flopping on the Bridesmaid or Best Man dress style and colour. I tried on wedding dresses there too, and even though the consultant I had was very helpful, I just didn’t find “the dress” there – I found three dresses that I wanted to combine different elements together, but nothing fitting my exact vision

I ended up purchasing my wedding gown at Mona Ritche in Woodbridge. When i tried on the dress, it was exactly what I wanted and I couldn’t find one flaw. I didn’t find the consultant exteremly likeable or very organized, but I loved the dress. If Saratina’s had sold the designer/dress I went with, I would  have loved to have gone with them. Not that I’ve had any major issues with Mona Ritche (yet), I just found Saratina’s to be a much nicer environment and it’s also a lot closer to my home.

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