Finally, your boo popped the question, and you are over-the-moon excited. And you should be! We know it will take a little while to stop staring lovingly at that sparkly new ring; it’s time to start the search for the perfect wedding dress. While your wedding date may seem like it’s far off, timing is everything when it comes to buying a wedding dress at our Montreal bridal boutique. Today we’re going to give you all the ins and outs of purchasing a bridal gown for your upcoming wedding. You don’t want to miss this!

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How to Start The Process of Wedding Dress Shopping?

First, things first. Before you can begin to shop for your wedding gown, you should have an idea of the style that you are looking for. Or at least know what styles you are “visually” drawn to. And of course, you also have to determine the budget, which we will review next, but you have to figure out what “wedding dress style” you want before you can set a budget.

A great place to start learning what type of wedding dress styles you like is online like on Pinterest or on Instagram. You can visit our Instagram page for inspiration and the latest trends. At Chateau Nadia, we specialize in hand-selecting exclusive gowns that will leave you breathless, have you falling in love, and saying “Yes to the Dress!” in no time. You can find a list of our wedding dress designers that we carry in the boutique here. We have gowns for the traditional bride, the minimalist, the bold, the stylish, and the free-spirited. 

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We suggest to take a look at our wedding dress designers, then schedule an appointment to fall in love with the perfect wedding dress. When determining your wedding dress style, essential things to consider are the gowns’ shape, the details (lace, florals, etc.), necklines, and overall designer style. In the wedding dress universe, each designer has their own unique personality and style that is showcased in their collections. When viewing their designs, you will quickly be drawn to some designers over others...and that’s where you start - with what you are visually drawn to.  

Another thing to consider is your timeline. Most wedding dresses are made when you buy the gown and can take up to nine months to be completed, shipped, and received by the bridal boutique. And you need to allow approximately two months for alterations, so we highly recommend that you begin shopping at least one year ahead of your wedding date. 

How to plan the budget accordingly?

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All wedding dresses may be gorgeous, romantic, and full of fairytale vibes but they are not all priced the same. Things that affect the price of a wedding gown in our boutique are; the fabric it is made from, if it is beaded, has lace or other intricate details such as belts, sleeves, removable items like trains, jackets, and even the designer that created the gown and where it was made.  

There are many wedding dress designers that are considered in the “affordable” range and others that are grouped into what is known as “Couture.” These Couture designers will always be more expensive as they use more luxurious fabrics and embellishments. 

Extra Insider Tip: Wedding dress alterations are not included in the price of your gown. So, remember to put between 150$ to 500$ to the side to cover this expense.

What to Expect on a First Wedding Dress Appointment?

Wedding dresses are our jam...actually our Universe. We live and breathe wedding dresses and can’t wait to help you find the perfect one for your magical day! And the number one thing you should expect at your first wedding dress appointment is - to find your dream dress. 

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Yes! That’s right. With our welcoming team and the widest selection of wedding dresses in Quebec, your deepest desires will be filled. We live for the fuzzy feelings and sparks when our brides fall in love with “her” gown. For us, it is not just about you buying a wedding dress at Chateau Nadia; it’s about the experience that you have, the love story you share, and your vision. 

No two appointments are the same, not even if two brides say yes to the same dress. This is what makes our hearts sing. Love is something you can never get enough of. When you schedule an appointment with Chateau Nadia, you will have a lovely, professionally trained bridal stylist to help you navigate the sea of wedding gowns. 

The Process - Share your Pinterest inspiration board or explain your vision to your personal stylist and let her do her magic. She will effortlessly present you with the most incredible wedding gowns, assist you with putting them on, and then together; you will reveal each one to your friends and family. Without you even knowing, she will be watching your reaction to each dress, listening carefully to your thoughts, and putting all the pieces together to ultimately introduce you to the perfect wedding gown. It’s an unforgettable wedding dress shopping experience. 

Let’s get started finding your dream wedding dress. Schedule your appointment today. 

How to Choose The Right People to Accompany Us On The Day of The Appointment?

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Oh, boy! This is a tough one because you never want to offend your closest family and friends. Our number one tip is to choose “only” the people that you genuinely value their opinion and know that they won’t say things to hurt you. 

Crazy, we know! But we have seen appointments where the bride leaves in tears because the friends or family they thought would be supportive were not. We suggest that you bring only 2 - 3 people that will enjoy the shopping experience, but not pressure or steer you in a direction that “they” want for your wedding dress.

You want your experience to be enjoyable and memorable. And trust us when we say, the people that come with you can make a huge impact. 

How to Choose The Perfect Wedding Dress And Be Sure That It Is The Right One?

The art of finding the perfect wedding dress lies in the communication and bridal gown shopping experience. 

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Communication is vital because it will help your bridal stylist match your vision with gowns in the store. So, of course, make sure to let her know what type of details you like. But more importantly, also let her know what you don’t like. You see, sometimes finding the perfect wedding dress is easier when your personal bridal stylist knows what you don’t like. 

When you have hundreds of wedding dresses to choose from, as we do, your stylist takes all of your information and puts the puzzle pieces together. And the result is - your dream wedding dress. 

The Experience

Sure! The selection of wedding gowns is important. But the experience that you have while shopping for your dress is just as necessary. It’s easy for you to lose focus or be preoccupied if you are having a bad experience. And this means the perfect wedding dress could slip by. Here are some tips for an enjoyable shopping experience.

  • Make sure you bring only your closest and most trusted friends or family members. 
  • Choose a bridal boutique that share the same values as you do
  • Have an open mind
  • Have fun and enjoy the moment

You will know that you found the right dress when your heart tells you. Tears don’t always come, and that’s ok. Just listen to your soul, and you will know which one is right for you.

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What Type of Accessories Goes With The Dress?

Accessories for your bridal gown are a personal choice. Some brides want the whole nine yards with veil, tiara, necklace, earrings, bracelets, etc., and others simply just want a flower in their hair. It just boils down to personal style. Here are some things to consider.

  • Veils are a tradition that goes back forever, so many brides choose to wear one (at least for the ceremony).
  • Hair accessories help to tie the entire bridal look together. Today there are many different options to choose from—dainty headbands, tiaras, crowns, hairpins, flower crowns, ribbons, and more.
  • Jewelry - again, this is a personal option. You can go all out with the glitz and glam of rhinestone jewels, elegant pearls, or nothing at all.

Don’t worry. Our team of professionally trained stylists will help you match your personal style and the style of your gown to the right accessories.

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Are you ready to be part of the #NadiaBrideClub ?

Shopping for your wedding dress is one of the most exciting experiences you will have during wedding planning. Our talented and friendly team can’t wait to join you in a carefree, fun shopping experience that will ultimately result in you finding your dream wedding dress. Let’s get started - book your appointment now. 

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