I always thought March madness had to do with basketball, but on the contrary it seems to be wedding fever. Wedding talk is everywhere. I love to attend weddings, though personally I chose to elope. Foregoing the pomp and circumstance of a wedding hardly ruled out needing a dress. The dress still needed signify our trek to City Hall as a special occasion. But it needed to whisper, rather than scream, bridal. I found it, finally - that's me (as a brunette) and my man. But I also found that finding a dress for your wedding - no matter how big or small - is no easy feat. Two new bridal shops opened this month giving Toronto brides-to-be more options than ever.
|My wedding day, eloping in New Orleans|
In the states, nearly every major town has a David's Bridal. It's been around for 60 years. With an extensive collection of bridal gowns ranging in price from $299 to $1,600 and sizes up to 26W David's is perfect for the bride who wants current fashions and the convenience of off the rack. Their bridal selection also includes custom lines by Oleg Cassini, Galina Signature and Vera Wang (far left, stunning!). They also feature countless party and special occasion dresses to outfit the bridesmaids and the bride for every pre-wedding function. David's Bridal inaugural Canadian locations include Mississauga (3105 Argentia Road) and Scarborough (1900 Eglinton Avenue East).
|David's Bridal selections|
For the made-to-order bride, there's Sarah Houston's new bridal boutique in Yorkville. Sarah's designs are elaborate and intricate pieces crafted from lace, satin crepe, silk chiffon and organza. Her designs are gorgeously ornate, often inspired by the exceptional artistry found in old world European architecture. Even the salon itself is elegant and romantic, and a small runway allows the bride-to-be can experience the full effect she'll have walking down the aisle.
|Sarah Houston Bridal|
"Marriage - a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters written in prose." -- Beverly Nichols
"To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the wedding cup, Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up." -- Ogden Nash