The top stores for cheap wedding dresses in Toronto are proof that you do not need to compromise style to keep your wedding on a tight budget. The dress is one of the most important wedding checklist items for the bride and choosing the perfect one can be stressful and expensive if you don't know where to look.
Fortunately, Toronto is full of great bridal stores that can help take the "ow" out of gown. From large bridal complexes to boutiques with a twist, a frugal bride can still look like a million bucks.
Here are the top stores for cheap wedding dresses in Toronto.
The Brides Project
The Brides' Project serves two very important purposes: to provide every bride with a dress within her budget, and to support cancer charities. The gowns are all donated both from previous brides and from salons, so you may just find last year's model at a great price ($100-1250, with $600 being the average). Dresses here are sold off the rack, so you are taking your dress home the same day you buy it.
Located in the heart of Corso Italia, Jolie Bridal is a family-run business specializing in affordable wedding gowns. Their gowns begin at $150 and they are known for their intimate environment and ability to make a bride feel at home. They also do in-house alterations, which adds a level of ease to the dress buying experience.
Avenue 22 Bridal
This bridal shop, open in Toronto for more than 20 years, is set to reopen in shiny new digs in the Castlefield area this spring. They carry a range of brands, with Spanish designer Pronovias among the standouts; gowns start as low as $600 and go up to $3,000.
"If you can imagine it, we have it," promise the staff at Original. With gowns beginning at $200 and a variety of over-the-top eveningwear for the non-traditional bride (including those hoping to get married in something bold and colourful), Original is a good choice for those looking for something...well, original.
Not only does Jean's Fashions have a wide range of dresses beginning in the $200s, they also have a bridal gown rental service, with informal gowns renting for $140 and formal for $300. Renting is a great option for a bride who is looking to save some money and not have to worry about cleaning or preserving the gown once it is worn. They also offer accessory rentals and all alterations are done in-house.
This Etobicoke shop is actually a fundraising initiative by the charity Windfall, which provides clothing to people in homeless and emergency shelters. Wedding dresses donated by retailers and individuals alike, in a range of sizes from 2 to 24, can be found for as low as $200.
At this miniscule shop at Avenue and Wilson, you'll likely get helped out by owner Bella herself (head upstairs and be sure to take off your shoes when you get in). Prices for her surprisingly wide array of dresses go as low as $299, with most dresses ringing in at under $1500.
Best For Bride
This homegrown chain has North York and Mississauga locations, along with shops in Hamilton and Barrie. Wedding dresses typically start at about $1,000, with price tags going as low as $99 during clearance sales; they also offer rentals at roughly 50% discount off the retail price.
Cabaret is home to a long line up of fabulous vintage couture, including the Cabaret Collection a line of amazing bridal wear for a vintage inspired look. They carry styles from the 40's, 50's and 60's with amazing details and dramatic flair. They are designed and made in Toronto and prices range from $500-1000.
Sitting closer to the middle of the pricing spectrum is this Bloordale bridal salon, which offers dresses as low as $1,000. Each spring, they offer even further discounts at their sample sale, where gowns get discounted by up to 90%.
With contributions from JH and Natalia Manzocco. Photo via Windfall Brides.
by Staff via blogTO