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One of the biggest parts of any bride’s wedding planning is finding the perfect dress. This can be a challenge for any woman, but some styles will flatter your shape more than others. Being prepared to narrow the search down can be a huge help and save you lots of frustration.

Essence dress

Dress by Essence

If you have great legs, consider a dress that shows them off. Cocktail length dresses are more popular than ever, and many designers are including at least one shorter skirt in each collection. Another leg-revealing trend is the waterfall skirt, with a shorter hemline in the front and a longer train behind.

For well-toned arms, you don’t need to go completely sleeveless to show them off. Sleeves with slits, lace sleeves, and short sleeves can all flaunt your arms. A sleeveless or strapless dress can also be worn with an armband, giving a bit of bling to your best asset.

Whatever your shape or style preference, we’re happy to help you find the perfect dress for your wedding. Get in touch today to get more great advice on finding your ideal wedding gown.

An article I wrote for Today’s bride magazine recently stressed to brides the importance of buying their gowns from either the dress designer’s own website or from a high street wedding store where you can physically SEE and FEEL your dress.

This is because there is an increasing number of counterfeit sites duping brides into buying something that looks like the Real McCoy but when it arrives is sadly very much inferior. Many of these sites are from overseas-based suppliers (particularly in China and other parts of the Far East).

The scams have gotten so bad that the wedding industry, represented by
ABPIA , has recently lodged a complaint against 50 such alleged counterfeiters and piracy websites in a New York court. It was filed on behalf of more than 20 of the top manufacturers including Maggie Sottero, Mon Cheri, Mori Lee and Essence of Australia.

Really, as I mentioned at the start of this article, the only way to guarantee good workmanship in a gown which also comes in the fabric you were promised, is to do business with a registered wedding trader in a store which stocks designer gowns.

To find your dream wedding dress come and see us at Amanda-Lina’s in Toronto.

Amanda-Lina’s will be showing a range of accessories, tiara’s and a huge selection of dresses from a variety of designers (all available in-store) at the Spring 2013 NATIONAL BRIDAL SHOW, Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto from January 25-27, 2013.

Maggie Sottero – Adeline

Top-name designers are available at the show at great sale prices, with up to 70% off at Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique bridal gown sale. Top designers at the show include:

Maggie Sottero
Sottero & Midgley
Ronald Joyce
Victoria Jane
Martina Liana
Angelina Faccenda
Demetrios for Ilissa
Essense of Australia
Mori Lee
Private Label by G
Paloma Blanca
Sophia Tolli
Blue by Enzoani
private brands

Times are:

Friday January 25: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday January 26: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday January 27: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Fashion shows are Friday – 7:30pm; Saturday – 2pm & 6pm; Sunday – 1pm & 4pm

The National Bridal Show is Toronto’s longest running bridal show and connects Toronto area brides and grooms with wedding professionals from across Ontario. The Show brings all the resources together under one roof to help couples save time and money while planning their wedding.

Florists, designers, caterers, event venues, dj’s, photographers and cake designers are just some of the exhibitors on show. For more information on the Show visit:

For more information see Amanda-Lina’s in Toronto.

Here at Amanda-Linas we’re giving brides who missed the first preview in November, a second chance to get an extended look at some stunning Maggie Sottero bridal gowns with a dedicated Trunk Show from 17-20 January.

Maggie Sottero – Selina

As one of the most popular bridal gown manufacturers world-wide a Maggie Sottero Trunk Show is expected to bring in brides near and far so we’d advise an early booking. After all, Maggie is well-known for their excellent gown fitting process as well as construction and hand-sewn Swarovski crystal embellishments.

Maggie Sottero – Adeline

Maggie Sottero – Symphony

If you’re keen on attending this event then you’ll need an appointment which can be booked on tel: (905) 265 8707

Maggie Sottero – Lorie

Meanwhile, we’re appearing at the National Bridal Show in Toronto from Jan 25 to 27 so why not come and see us there?

Get help with organizing your wedding dress and accessories on your big day from Amanda-Linas right here in Ontario.

From jeweled designs to ornate bodies and scalloped edges, this year’s wedding dress trends have a definite glamorous feel about them. 2013 is all about glamour and, dare we say, a little bling…

Maggie Sottero – Adeline

Maggie Sottero – Chadley

The very seductive keyhole back is right on trend, too, as is a mix of Chantilly lace, billowing clouds of tulle and pretty lace. How romantic in the extreme!

Maggie Sottero – Lorie

Maggie Sottero – Selina

And how we love the oh-so-sexy illusion neckline. That touch of see-through lace will always be a winner with us here at Amandalinas.

Maggie Sottero – Symphony

What’s that – you love the peplum? Yes, we know, for some figure’s it’s just fantastic. We like it too and are glad to see it’s mellowed slightly and gone a bit looser. We’re all happier with that!

Despite what others are reporting the vintage and boho look is still in. If you want leaves, butterflies and have a hankering to parade down the aisle barefoot then we’re right behind you. It’s your day honey!

Yes, we announced this sale in our December 21st blog post, but thought that we’d mention it again. After all, it is our BIGGEST BRIDAL BLOWOUT SALE with discounts up to 80%..and starts Thursday!

The sale hours are: Thursday, January 3rd; 12:00-9:00 p.m., Friday, January 4th; 12:00-9 p.m., Saturday, January 5th; 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., & Sunday, January 6th; 11:00 a.m.-5 p.m.

Some of the designers include: Maggie Sottero, Pronovias , Sottero and Midgley, Ronald Joyce, Victoria Jane, Martina Liana, Angelina Faccenda, Demetrios for Ilissa, Essence of Australia, Mori Lee, Private label by G., Paloma Blanca, Sophia Tolli, Casablanca Bridal, Blue by Enzoani, private brands, plus many more…

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