I had the opportunity to attend my first-ever bridal show this past weekend and it was a wonderful time! The Wedding Palace Bridal Show was a two-day event that took place in our beautiful capital at the Shaw Centre in the heart of downtown. There were over 100 exhibitors featuring a diverse selection of products and services for future brides-to-be to choose from. The Wedding Palace Bridal Show was founded in 1997 and had produced twenty-one successful shows to date, so you could only imagine how extravagant and popular it was!

Wedding Palace Bridal Show

I attended the event with my best friend and her sister, whom just recently got engaged and was looking for inspiration. Although I didn’t have anything to compare the show to, I was very excited to see the fashion show portion of the event. The fashion show showcased the latest bridal fashions from Sinders Bridal House, La Maison Bridal BoutiqueWith Love Bridal Boutique, and Juliannah’s Dress & Bridal; men’s fashion from Moores; exquisite jewellery from Jubilee Fine Jewellers; beautiful arrangements from Beaudry Flowers; and restored gowns from Browns Cleaners. Here were a few of my favorite pieces:

Ottawa Wedding Palace Show Fashion Show

I loved that each bridal boutique had pieces catered to every bride’s personality, style, or vision, while still managing to make them all different and unique from one another. If you noticed the model wearing a gown from Brown’s, the dress was actually made out of a parachute and it was a symbol of love between a soldier and the daughter of a family who took him in after being stranded. Isn’t the way the wedding dress was restored unbelievable? Loved the vintage and intimate story behind it. My personal favorite was Juliannah’s bridal collection. Every gown that walked down the runway was more beautiful than the previous and suited my taste indefinitely. Kind of worried on how I’m going to choose when I get married… thank goodness that’s not anytime soon. I already feel sorry for my bridesmaids!

Anyway, back to the show. I found that there were a lot more lace and layers incorporated into this year’s bridal-wear, where each layer added another dimension to the gown to make it pop and to create more movement and fluidity. The lace appliqués in a few of the gowns gave it a very modern look, which was a perfect go-to for those with a simpler taste. There were also a few gowns where the tulle overskirt was removable, and was even an off-white color! I guess that was one way to defy the conventional! #seeyoulaterwhiteweddinggowns! And of course, ever since the infamous gown Beyoncé wore to the Met Gala, designers had been getting more creative and pushing for the ultra-sexy sheer tops with lace appliqués covering up just the right places, or even full-on embroidered illusion bodices. My thoughts on that? I was absolutely enamored.

Besides bridal wear, there were a few other exhibitors that really caught my eye! Here were a few I wanted to highlight:

Beautiful customized cakes from Top of The Hill Bakery! They looked so nice that I wouldn't want to eat them! Oh, the struggle.
Beautiful customized cakes from Top of The Hill Bakery! They looked so nice that I wouldn’t want to eat them! Oh, the struggle.
Look at these adorable and delicated treats from Quelque Chose Patisserie! We often see couples serving desserts and treats at their receptions than wedding cakes; this is definitely a company I'd highly recommend if you love French desserts! I mean look at that macaroon tree... my mouth is already watering!
Look at these adorable and delicate treats from Quelque Chose Patisserie! We often see couples serving desserts and treats at their receptions than wedding cakes; this is definitely a company I’d highly recommend if you love French desserts! I mean look at that macaroon tree… my mouth is already watering!
We saw a lot of Beaudry's arrangements in the fashion show, but what caught my eye was their gorgeously put-together flower wall! Imagine that at your alter or head-table!
We saw a lot of Beaudry’s arrangements in the fashion show, but what caught my eye was their gorgeously put-together flower wall! Imagine that at your alter or head-table!
I was very drawn to the way Pearl Decor had set up their booth, especially the way they dressed up their chandeliers! I absolutely adored the romantic floral chandelier comprised of sweetheart and spray roses, dendrobium orchids, and hydrangeas with splashes of exquisite greenery. Combined that with glass chandeliers and mini terrariums, you had a magical and enthralling wedding waiting for you to say "I Do"!
I was very drawn to the way Pearl Decor had set up their booth, especially the way they dressed up their chandeliers! I absolutely adored the romantic floral chandelier comprised of sweetheart and spray roses, dendrobium orchids, and hydrangeas with splashes of exquisite greenery. Combined that with glass chandeliers and mini terrariums, you had a magical and enthralling wedding waiting for you to say “I Do”!
Ottawa Wedding Decor had a romantic and dreamy set-up that would take your breath away! What caught my eye were the elegant clear candlelabras paired with the ghost chairs and glass vases, which complimented beautifully with the mirrorred-decor and baby-pink napkins. It's those little details that pull the theme together! Do you feel as infatuated as I am? I sure feel like I am at a fairytale wedding hosted by Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip!
Ottawa Wedding Decor had a romantic and dreamy set-up that would take your breath away! What caught my eye were the elegant clear candlelabras paired with the ghost chairs and glass vases, which complimented beautifully with the mirrorred-decor and baby-pink napkins. It’s those little details that pull the theme together! Do you feel as infatuated as I am? I sure feel like I am at a fairytale wedding hosted by Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip!
And of course, I couldn't finish my review without highlighting one of Ottawa's newest wedding venues that will be opening this Spring! If you have heard of Ottawa, you would know instantly that she is famous for the Rideau Canal that is 202 kilometres in length, and is one of the most beautiful sights in our nation's capital. Ottawa Venues is a company I used to work for that operates over a dozen of venues across the city, with its newest being Terrance on the Canal! If you love the outdoors, the water, and our notable scenery of the Parliament and Chateau Laurier, this is definitely the venue for you! Check out some of the photos that are on their website, I guarantee you'll fall in love! Bonus? Since the company is a one-stop shop for event planning, catering, AV, and other wedding considerations can easily be taken care of!
And of course, I couldn’t finish my review without highlighting one of Ottawa’s newest wedding venues that will be opening this Spring! If you have heard of Ottawa, you would know instantly that she is famous for the Rideau Canal that is 202 kilometres in length, and is one of the most beautiful sights in our nation’s capital. Ottawa Venues is a company I used to work for that operates over a dozen of venues across the city, with its newest being Terrace on the Canal! If you love the outdoors, the water, and our notable scenery of the Parliament and Chateau Laurier, this is definitely the venue for you! Check out some of the photos that are on their website, I guarantee you’ll fall in love! Bonus? Since the company is a one-stop shop for event planning, catering, AV, and other wedding considerations can easily be taken care of!

Overall, I found the bridal show very diverse and well-planned. All the vendors were very friendly, helpful, and genuinely excited to be there. There was a well-balanced selection of each category displayed, and the services seemed to be very affordable for any budget.

I’ll admit, it did get a bit tiring at the end being asked if I was the bride or not, so perhaps it’d be cute in the future to give a veil or sash for those actually engaged so that vendors can differentiate between us! You only get married once, so might as well spend as much time dressing up a bride-to-be as you could! 😉

Can’t wait to attend the Tie The Knot show in February! Stay tuned!

Jess P

Jess P