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!
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 Boutique, With 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:
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:
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!