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You are choosing the perfect gown for your wedding ceremony, but is it also the perfect choice for your wedding reception? There are two schools of thought about whether you should change into a reception dress or stay with one gown for the whole day.
The arguments for staying in one dress include cost. If you’re planning on two dresses, you’ll have to budget for them both. Another argument is that when you’ve chosen the perfect wedding dress, you should enjoy wearing it, and you won’t want to change into anything else.

Those who are in favor of a second dress will point out the practicality. A full wedding dress can look glamorous during the ceremony, but might be too much for you to dance in. As the night goes on, you might also worry about spilled drinks.
Whether you choose one dress or two, you’ll want to start by choosing an excellent Ontario bridal salon. Give us a call to find out more about what we offer.

When you walk down the aisle, your groom will see you in your wedding dress for the first time. This doesn’t mean he can’t match your style, though. If you’re choosing a formal gown, you don’t want to find him standing at the altar in khakis and a tee shirt!

There are a few ways to get him on the right track without him seeing your gown. As there isn’t any superstition about you seeing what he’s going to wear, you could even go shopping with him, directing him to what will look best next to your gown.

Another option is to send your maid of honor with him for his shopping. This gives you a bit of a surprise, but can ensure that he’s going with something appropriate.

Luckily, you’ll likely have your wedding dress picked out months before he has to begin his search. When you shop at a great bridal boutique like Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique, our experts can help you accurately describe your dress without giving everything away. This can give your groom an idea of the type of dress you’re wearing and whether he needs a tuxedo or a something less formal. To start finding your perfect wedding dress, give us a call or come by our Ontario salon today.

Your flower girl is the epitome of cuteness, and her dress should reflect this. You’ll also want her to wear something that suits your wedding’s style. Here are some tips for choosing the right flower girl dress.

  • Wedding style: A very formal wedding will require a different style than a rustic wedding. While you might want to put your flower girl in an over-the-top gown, you also want her to fit in with your style.
  • Age: Flower girls are generally under 10 years old, but you don’t want to put a 6-month-old who will be carried in the same dress as the 8-year-old who will be walking around. For older girls, make sure you choose something that they can be a kid in, and feel comfortable in.

  • Comfort: An uncomfortable flower girl can make things go very wrong. Make sure she tries on her dress ahead of time and that it’s a style she will feel comfortable in for the whole wedding. If you do want something very formal for her, consider having a less formal dress for her to change into after the ceremony.

If you’re looking for the perfect dress for your flower girl, give us a call. The wedding experts at our Ontario bridal salon can help with the flower girl and all the other members of your wedding party.

Weddings can be expensive, but the best way to budget for the cost is to know what you really are responsible for. When it comes to wedding attire, one question that many brides have is who pays for the bridesmaids’ dresses.

The etiquette of bridesmaids’ dresses can be very confusing. You’ve asked these ladies to be a part of your bridal party, so you might feel obligated to pay for the gown you’ve chosen for them. However, that isn’t necessarily the case.


If you have a large wedding budget and can afford to pay for the dresses, your bridesmaids will be sure to appreciate it. However, it is now more common to expect bridesmaids to pay for their own dresses. In fact, many will be prepared to pay for their dresses from the time you ask them to be in your bridal party.

Should you be worried about the financial stress the dresses might cause, you can work out a middle ground. Even as guests, the bridesmaids would be spending a certain amount on their outfits, so you can ask them to pay a portion of their gowns. You can also speak to them and work out a budget for each gown, just as you will for your own wedding dress!

For more advice, and to see an excellent selection of bridesmaid dresses, give us a call or stop by our Ontario bridal boutique today!

If you’re an older bride, you might wonder whether many popular wedding dress styles are appropriate for you. You’ll be happy to know there are no set rules about what an older bride can or cannot wear for their big day. We can offer some tips for finding the perfect wedding attire for you, though.

Make your dress fit your wedding. Are you using a theme that your dress can tie into? Wearing a ballgown style is fine whatever your age, but might not suit a relaxed or casual wedding.
Think about what makes you comfortable. A sure way to look bad on your wedding day is to choose something that you aren’t comfortable wearing. Whether this leads you to a more conservative style, a more relaxed style, or a more traditional style doesn’t matter, so long as you are comfortable with what you choose.
Be open to styles. Whatever your age, and whether this is your first wedding or not, do your research and be willing to try things on. Knowing what styles you like, and being willing to take the advice of your bridal consultant, can help you find the perfect gown for your wedding day.
The biggest tip we can offer to any older bride looking for the perfect wedding gown is to shop at a great Ontario bridal salon. To make an appointment or find out more about our selection, get in touch today!