Thanks to shows like Say Yes to the Dress, there are a crazy high expectations when a bride goes shopping for a dress! Throw in family and weight anxiety to the mix and dress shopping has the potential to be really stressful.
I fell in love with Hayley Paige dresses on Pinterest and Say Yes to the Dress. Her fluffy, whimsical dresses suited me perfectly! The main collection was a little more than I wanted to spend on a wedding dress (Dresses start at about $5000) so I was really pleased to discover her Blush line! There are only a few wedding dress stores in the GTHA that carry her brand, and that’s what led me to the perfect dress shop.
The Modern Bride is a lovely little bridal shop in Guelph owned by a mother and daughter duo. They only do one bridal appointment at a time, so that you have a really personal experience.
You won’t find any over the top, giant ballgowns here. Everything is very tasteful for the (dare I say it?) Modern Bride. Prices average from $1000 to $8500. Designer lines include Chantel Lauren, Theia, Pronovias, Kathryn Bass Bridal and more. See all of the designers that they carry here.
Setting up an appointment was super easy. I was able to book my initial consultation, follow up consultation and dress pick up online. The Modern Bride only does one bridal appointment at a time which makes your appointment times really personal.
When I finally said yes, it was to this beautiful Halo gown from Blush by Haley Paige. I fell in love with it’s delicate lace bodice, the daring back and the fluffy layer of tulle. I especially loved how light the dress felt! It was easy to move in, and wasn’t too hot. Important for a July wedding! Everyone commented about how much they loved my dress. I’m so happy that I picked it!
The Modern Bride also carries a selection of delicate accessories. I became a little bit obsessed with rose gold while planning this wedding, and I found the perfect earrings by Sara Gabriel to match my dress!
I chose to do my alternations in house, and they were relatively affordable and well done. If that isn’t enough, The Modern Bride also has a lovely calligrapher on hand. Jess, the co-owner, has the most beautiful handwriting. She creates custom lettered signs for brides and events. She whipped up some lovely signs for my wedding! It was super convenience to be able to pick up my altered wedding dress and my beautiful signs for my wedding that week!
Aren’t they gorgeous? She can also create elegant escort cards, seating charts and more. Check out all of their services here.
The Modern Bride is located at 6 Dublin St. S Guelph, ON