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Hold the Whistles: TMB’s Guide to Buying a Sample Dress!

 

We’ve got big news, ladies!

We are super excited to launch our Forever Sample Sale; meaning we will always have samples available for off-the-rack purchases all year long! Whether you’re on a tight timeline, or looking to be a bit more budget friendly on your wedding dress journey, purchasing a TMB sample is a great option!

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Now hold up ladies, don’t worry, purchasing a TMB sample is nothing like that infamous episode of Friends, you know ‘The One With The Cheap Wedding Dress’! We promise no one is hiding in the racks and there will be no Monica Gellar blowing a whistle at you!

We’ve been listening to all your questions about purchasing a sample and we are here to give you all the information you need to purchase your dream dress!

Here is the most frequently asked questions in our our TMB guide to buying a sample dress!

What is the discount on the sample dresses?

Each of our sample dresses are individually priced based on the regular price cost, condition of the dress and age of the sample! Our sample dresses range from $800 - $3000, that is 30%-80% off the regular price!

How do I purchase a sample dress?

You can book your Sample Dress Appointment with one of our TMB consultants who will help you navigate all the sample options. Your consultant will be able to help you with sizing, style and discuss potentially alterations! All samples are paid in full at the time of purchase.

What is the difference between a Sample Appointment and a Bridal Appointment?

The main differences between a Sample Appointment and a regular Bridal Appointment are:

  • To streamline the process a Sample Appointment will be 60 minutes!

  • In a Sample Appointment you will be selecting from our sample racks that are organized by size instead of designer.

  • You will be paired with a knowledgable stylist who will be able to answer your sample specific questions.

  • In a Sample Appointment, you will be trying on samples. If you are curious about our made to order dresses, you can book a follow up appointment to browse!

Can I try on sample dress in my Bridal Appointment or do I need to book a specific Sample Appointment?

Yes! During a bridal appointment you can try on any dress in the TMB Dress Loft!

If I fall in love with a sample, but still need to think about it, can TMB put it on hold for me?

We are not able to hold any samples. Samples are purchased on a first-come, first-served basis.

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What if the sample I love doesn’t fit me?

Depending on the designer and style of the dress, a seamstress can typically take in a dress 3-4 sizes and can let out a dress about 1/2 a size. We will provide you with a list of TMB recommended seamstresses to get your dress fitting you like a glove!

What condition are the sample dresses in?

At TMB, we take pride in keeping our samples in the most pristine condition possible! Having said that, some of our samples are newer than others and depending on fabric and dress design (beading, buttons, etc.) some dresses are in more pristine condition than others and the dresses are priced accordingly. Your consultant will give you suggestions on dry-cleaning options, if necessary.

How do I know which dresses in the TMB Dress Loft are samples for sale?

We have created sample racks for you to browse all the available samples for purchase! Your consultant will help you navigate the sizing and styles to find you your dream dress! If you want to take a sneak peak at all our samples, visit our TMB Sample page (starting August 1 at 1PM EST) that includes photos, sizing and specific dress details.

Have more questions about purchasing a sample dress? Feel free to email us any other questions at info@tmodernbride.com! We can’t wait to help you find your dream dress!

 

O Canada!

 

We just love our Canadian designers!

Since the very start of TMB, it has been so important to us to support our local designers and to bring you babes the most beautiful dress and accessory designs from across Canada! That is why at TMB we proudly showcase 6 Canadian designers! 

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To celebrate our great country's birthday, we’re doing a
Canada Day Weekend Giveaway!

We are giving away a Canadian-made Atelier Elise Crystal Leaves Hair Vine (rose gold) OR a $200 TMB Gift Card - you get to choose your prize, pretty friendly of us, eh?!  

So, how do you enter? Book an Initial or Second Bridal Appointment June 28-30 and come try on some beautiful dresses!

Winner will be announced July 1, 2019 on Instagram. 

Looking to learn more about our talented Canadian designers? Here are the details on all of our Canadian designers and some of our favourite pieces:

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Anais Anette

These Ontario babes have helped put Canadian bridal fashion on the world stage with their jaw-dropping bridal gowns. Anais Anette gowns are alive with hand-stitched detailing, architectural precision and old world antiquity. We have 15 Anais Anette stunners waiting to be tried on by our TMB babes in the Dress Loft. 

TMB Favs: Annalise, Colette (with the Adelaide Overskirt), Millie 

Book your appointment!


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Atelier Elise

Located in Vancouver, BC, Atelier Elise designs couture bridal accessories for the romantic bride. At TMB we carry veils, headpieces and jewellery from the stunning Atelier Elise collections. 

TMB Favs: Delphine Circular Fingertip Veil, Crystal Leaves Hair Vine, Everthine Hair Vine

Book your appointment!


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Jackson + Grace

JACKSON + GRACE is a Toronto-based bridal collection by ANDFORLOVE Designs Inc. In their first season, the JACKSON + GRACE collection embraces the diversity between coastal and urban sensibilities with their contemporary romantic designs. We have 5 beautiful JACKSON + GRACE gowns in the TMB Dress Loft.

TMB Favs: Bowery, Tyler, Lynette

Book your appointment!


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Joanna Bisley 

Joanna designs and creates all her pieces with a  a small team in her home studio in northwest Calgary using such age old techniques as wire wrapping and silk knotting enabling her to create unique durable pieces. Joanna Bisley’s designs have a distinctively vintage and feminine aesthetic becoming a favourite with brides throughout Canada. 

TMB Favs: Trish Earrings, Peyton Earrings, Nina Drape Necklace

Book your appointment!


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Lavictoire

A Victoria-based bridal collection designed by Chassandre Lavictoire. Lavictoire dresses embody the opportunity to meld a lifetime of passion with the designers experience designing high-quality garments—creating adaptable, sustainable solutions for the challenges faced by modern brides. The TMB Dress Loft is home to 5 Lavictoire dresses.

TMB Favs: Solstice, Indigo, Bella 

Book your appointment!


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Olivia The Wolf

Based in Vancouver, Olivia The Wolf designs are inspired by nature, music and women. Olivia The Wolf pieces mix trends and techniques allowing for signature eclectic collections. At The Modern Bride, we carry beautiful headpieces and veils from the Olivia The Wolf collection. 

TMB Favs: Terra Veil, Rosalia Comb, Dakota Headpiece

Book your appointment!

 

Welcome to TMB: Savannah Miller

 

We are so excited for the newest addition to the TMB dress loft: Savannah Miller!

About the Designer

Incorporating both directional and timeless designs, Savannah Miller believes in celebrating elegance and individuality through thoughtful and unique designs for real, modern women.

Savannah Miler gowns incorporate vintage details for her styles as well as soft, romantic embroideries and bead-work that is inspired by nature.  All embroideries and bead-work are designed by Savannah, herself.

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Why TMB loves Savannah Miller

  • Modern, sleek, minimalistic

  • Daring and darling backs

  • Jumpsuit and tuxedo jacket

  • Draping, cowl details

Styles at TMB

  • Nancy

  • Blanche

  • Eve Jacket

  • Chloe

  • Lula

  • Eowyn

  • Elizabeth

  • Inca Cape

 
 

Interested in trying on one of these beauties from Savannah Miller?
Book your bridal appointment at The Modern Bride!

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Everything You Need To Know About Trunk Shows

 

Ok ladies, we are sure you've heard us chatting about Trunk Shows and kind of, sort of, wondered, "But, what exactly is a Trunk Show?” Don't worry, we've got all your Trunk Show FAQs answered below!

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What is a Trunk Show?

A Trunk Show is when a designer sends us their entire latest collection! We carry only select pieces from each designer's collection in the TMB Dress Loft, so a Trunk Show allows us to show all our TMB babes the full collection from the season!

Do all designers offer Trunk Shows?

Not all designers offer Trunk Shows and/or sometimes we aren't able to receive a trunk show from every designer; however, the majority of the designers in the TMB Dress Loft do! If we cannot offer a trunk show from one of our designers we will do a Spotlight weekend promoting and specializing in a particular designer. 

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How long are Trunk Shows?

Typically, Trunk Shows run for one weekend starting Thursday through to Sunday. In some special cases, we are able to extend the trunk show to two full weekends. 

When are Trunk Shows, typically?

Our Trunk Show season is twice a year; September - November and then again in January -March. This allows us to bring in the latest season's collections for our TMB babes. Having said that, we do have some exciting trunk shows scheduled in July and August! 

Is a Trunk Show a sale?
Not necessarily, although some designers do offer incentives such as 10% off dresses purchased during the Trunk Show. The purpose of the Trunk Show is to display all the dresses from a designer’s most recent collection, which differs from a Sample Sale when dresses are on sale.

How do I know when my favourite designer is having a Trunk Show at TMB and how can I book an appointment? 

We will be releasing the schedule for all our upcoming Trunk Shows and Spotlights for the remainder of 2019 and beginning of 2020 on June 7! You can book an appointment by calling TMB or by booking online.

How can I be the first to know about Trunk Shows at TMB?
Subscribe to our newsletter below for early access to the 2019-2020 Trunk Show calendar! Appointments fill up quickly so be sure to subscribe and book your appointment early!

Have more questions? Reach out to us at info@tmodernbride.com.

 

Subscribe to the TMB Newsletter

 
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Hey babes!

We have a lot of new and exciting things happening at TMB and we want to make sure you are the first to know about all the details and developments!

Subscribe to the TMB Newsletter and never miss out on the latest from TMB. Whether you’re already a TMB babe or a future TMB bridal babe, we have something for you! Here is a sneak peek at what you can expect to see when you join:

  • Access to our latest content and events; entrepreneur panels, wedding planning workshops, fashion shows

  • Exclusive deals on dresses and accessories, available to TMB Newsletter subscribers only

  • Updates on your favourite designers and new designers arriving in the TMB Dress Loft

Subscribe below to stay in the loop!

 

Top 3 Bridal Trends from NYC & Barcelona

 

April was a world-wind of month traveling from New York City to Barcelona to find the perfect dresses to add to our TMB Dress Loft! We purchased over 50 new gowns; some have already started to arrive and all of them will be here for you by August. We are also introducing two new designers to the TMB Dress Loft: Justin Alexander and Alena Leena. We couldn’t be more excited about our newest additions and we will give you all the details when they arrive!

To get you prepared for the beautiful show-stoppers coming to TMB, we put together a list of the top three trends we saw in NYC and Barcelona!

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Top 3 Trends from 2019 NYC Spring Bridal Market

  • Sparkles - There was absolutely no shortage of sparkles adorning gowns and accessories! Expect to see delicate sparkle embellishments on sleek silhouettes.

  • Tiered Skirts - An update to the A-line; tiered skirts were everywhere! The tiered skirt gives more movement, texture and volume to your look and well, we cannot wait to see you babes in them!

  • Billow Sleeves - At Market in Fall 2018 we saw bell sleeves all over and this season designers have once again stepped up their sleeve game and are giving us perfectly tailored billow sleeves that have our romantic bride hearts aflutter! Embellishments on the billow sleeves and structured cuffs are coming to TMB!

Now, Barcelona is a whole different bridal ballpark! Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week is the world’s biggest bridal fashion week bringing together hundreds of global bridal brands to show off their latest works of art. For perspective here, Pronovias displayed 200+ dresses that took us an entire day to walk through and see! Surprise to no one, we wanted them all! But, we successfully chose over 30 new styles from Pronovias and Atelier Pronovias that we know our brides will love!

Top 3 Trends from 2019 Barcelona Fashion Week

  • Black Accents - Brace yourselves ladies, black accents have popped up everywhere and we are here for it! Whether is it a lace detail or full ballgown, black is taking the bridal world by storm and you can absolutely expect to see the dark tone in the TMB Dress Loft!

  • Non-Traditional Lace - Designers are swapping traditional laces for non-traditional graphic details! This twist on tradition paves the way for unique, modern yet timeless gowns that we know our TMB babes are going to fall head over heels for.

  • Sleeves - Sleeves are here and they’re here to stay ladies! It doesn’t matter if you’re having a spring, summer, fall or winter wedding, there is a sleeve for you! Whether you want a romantic lace detailed sleeve or a opaque sleeve, Pronovias has delivered and we can’t wait to show you what we are bringing into the TMB Dress Loft!

All the new dresses are set to arrive by August! Appointment spaces will fill up quickly, so be sure to book your appointment today!

 

#TMBTEAM: Adele Gatto, Public Relations and Creative Director

 

Our team at The Modern Bride has grown and we couldn’t be more excited! This is the perfect opportunity to introduce you to all the beautiful babes who make The Modern Bride so successful! Each week we will share some fun facts to highlight one of our #TMBTeam members. Today, we are introducing you to our Public Relations & Creative Director, Adele!

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You’ve been at TMB for over a year and a half now, why do you love working at TMB? 

Every day I am surrounded by inspiring, supportive boss ladies where the main goals are to make every bride who walks through our doors know she is absolutely deserving of whatever bridal dream she envisions. Every day here is a Royal Wedding; a modern Royal Wedding, of course!

Ok so now it’s time to talk about your dream wedding! Is it happening in the spring, summer, fall or winter?
Without a doubt it will be a snow-covered, BC mountainscape, winter wedding on New Years Eve, baby!

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So if your NYE wedding was actually tomorrow, what TMB dress would you choose to get married in?

Nico by Alexandra Grecco, with a custom extended train for all the drama!

Veil or No Veil: 

This just isn’t even a debate in my opinion: veil! When are you ever going to get the chance to wear a veil again? You’ll find me walking down the aisle in a Meghan-Markle-esque veil; an absolute show stopper from Aleksa Karina or Alice & Mae!

Bridal fashions are always evolving, but what is a 2019 bridal fashion trend you are loving right now?

Higher necklines on dresses! I think there is something so regal and classic about a structured high-neckline.

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As a self proclaimed lover of all things weddings, if you had to pick, what would be your favourite part of the wedding?

Groom’s reaction to bride walking down the aisle; whether it is a grin from ear to ear or, my personal favourite, a groom brought to tears! Call me old-fashioned, but I say skip the ‘first look’ and save the initial emotions for the walk down the aisle.

Finally, what are 3 things people may not know about you?

  1. I'm absolutely petrified of butterflies.

  2. If I didn’t already have my dream job, I’d be a sports reporter.

  3. My half-blind French Bulldog, Gordon Bombay is my world. 

 

Welcome to TMB: a.b. Ellie

 

We are so excited to announce the newest addition to the TMB accessory room: a.b. Ellie!

About the Designer

a.b. Ellie is two sisters and their mother (we love a good mother-daughter team) creating truly unique, couture bridal accessories that go beyond the dress! a.b. Ellie draws inspiration for their edgy pieces from their own family history of fashion-forward females and mixing modern and vintage to create breath-taking statement pieces.

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Why TMB loves a.b. Ellie

  • Timeless statement pieces for every bride

  • Quartz crystals and fresh water pearls

  • Crowns!

Styles at TMB

  • Botanical Hoop

  • Flora Hoop

  • Quartz Stem Drop Earring

  • Quartz Hoop Earring

  • Freshwater Pearl Hoop (Small)

  • Ivy Stem Drop Earring

  • Aster Crown

  • Diedra Belt

  • Elysee Tier Earring

  • Percy Drop Earring

Interested in trying on one of these beauties from a.b. Ellie?

Book your accessory appointment at The Modern Bride!