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7 Things Your Bridal Consultant Wants You To Know!

 

Hey lovelies! It’s us, your bridal consultants and we are ready to help you tie the knot in your dream gown - exciting, we know! But before we start popping champagne and celebrating your big day, we decided to compile a list of all the things we want you to know about shopping for you gown.

Here are 7 Things Your Bridal Consultant Wants You to Know;

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By: Tanja Helmer

1. You’re the boss

It’s appointment day! We can’t wait for you to walk through our door and introduce yourself, and the amazing people you decided to bring along with you. We love a good support system and opinions can be extremely helpful when making a tough decision. All we want you to remember is at the end of the day, you get to wear the gown and the ultimate decision comes down to what makes you feel like the fabulous bride you know you are! Today is your day and your happiness is what matter most to us. So, stay true to who you are and what you imagine yourself looking like on your magical day!

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2. You can tell us anything

Take pride in that carefully crafted and finely curated Pinterest board or photo album that you have been creating and Show. It. Off. We want to see what you have been imagining so that we can help you navigate our curated Dress Loft.

Not your first time shopping? Tell us what you have loved so far, if there is something we want to stray away from, and most importantly if there is another gown out there we are trying to top!

 

3. Talk to us about what you’re thinking throughout your appointment

We, here at TMB, vow to listen to all feedback provided by you throughout the entirety of your appointment, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, and as long as we both shall live (or at least until we find your gown) … so don’t hold back and tell us what you’re thinking! Let us know what you are liking, what you are loving, and what you think you might be missing in each dress you try on. This will help us narrow down our selection and bring you a step closer to finding your gown!

 

4. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone - but not too far

When choosing your selections from the dress loft, don’t be afraid to try things that might be a little out of your comfort zone, whether it be different style, neckline or detailing. You might find yourself surprised and loving something you weren’t sure about at first! Stepping out of your comfort zone can have its rewards as long as you feel you aren’t changing who you are. Our best advice is to stick with the one that you feel most like your gorgeous self in! Find the one that makes you feel like a glammed-up version of yourself so that when you look in the mirror you recognize the stunner staring back at you, but don’t want to look away because she is looking GOOD!!

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5. We want you to ask questions - all of them!

Feel free to pick our brains during your appointment and ask us anything! Have a question about current trends, different designers, customization options, what’s for dinner? No topic is off limits and we are happy to chat about whatever comes to mind before, throughout and even after your appointment.

6. Saying “yes” can be a different experience for everyone

So, you found your dress and felt like you just said yes to buying another pair of shoes you probably already owned; maybe you couldn’t bring yourself to shed one single tear; or maybe you and your gal gang had to use our entire box of tissues while out of nowhere emerged a string quartet to play the very song you chose to walk down the aisle to. This is why we love our brides! Everyone is different, wonderfully unique and has their own experience when celebrating finding their dress. You don’t have to have that “I’m saying yes to this dress” moment. We are extremely excited for you no matter what and can’t wait to see you walk down the aisle in it!

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7. We love our jobs, and it’s all because of you

Being surrounded by gorgeous gowns in a dreamy space is definitely a perk, but what makes us love our jobs the most is…you! We love getting to know each and every one of our TMB babes and what makes you unique! We are SO lucky we get to be apart of this process and we always have fun sharing this special experience with you and your friends and families. We can’t thank you enough for making our jobs so special!

NOW we can pop the champagne - Cheers Babes!

 

#TMBTeam: Hayley Sutherland, Administrative Manager & Bridal Consultant

 

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! We are sharing some fun facts to highlight one of our #TMBTeam members. Today, we are introducing you to our cat-loving and movie-quoting Administrative Manager & (superstar) Bridal Consultant Hayley Sutherland!

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Let’s start off with getting to know exactly who Hayley is! Tell us three things most people don’t know about you!

  1. I'm a huge movie buff, it's actually what I went to school for.

  2. I'm obsessed with my cat, Trevor. He is my son and I love him.

  3. I have traveled to Egypt and went into pyramids.

Ok, so now into the nitty gritty of your favourite bridal details! If you were to get married tomorrow, what dress from the TMB Dress Loft would you rock down the aisle?

Dylan by Alexandra Grecco; hands down! I didn’t even need to think of that. The first time I saw it, well let’s just say it was love at first sight, with the sleeves, the plunge, the applique, all of it!


What is your current favourite bridal accessory trend?

Big statement earrings! My personal favourites are Magnolia Drop Earring from a.b. Ellie!

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What about your favourite bridal gown trend you’ve seen in 2019?

I’m really digging alternative laces and long sleeves and of course, a plunging v-neck!

When you are a guest, what is your absolute favourite wedding moment?

The father/daughter dance. I could honestly not even know the father or the daughter and I would still cry. It is just such a special moment, I cry every time.

You are a bridal consultant extraordinaire (honestly, we’re not joking… read the Google Reviews about Hayley)! What is your favourite part of a bridal appointment?

There is no better moment than when the bride says YAS and everyone gets to celebrate with champagne!

Why do you love working at TMB?

Working at TMB is amazing for so many reasons. It really does feel like such an honour to be a part of all of our brides journey's to find the gown of their dreams. It's great making connections with brides during their appointments and seeing them through to the wedding date! Obviously working with an incredible team of boss babes everyday is a bonus.

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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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2019/2020 TMB Trunk Show Calendar

 

It’s finally here!

We are so excited to announce the 2019/2020 dates for all the Trunk Shows coming to TMB!

Appointment times will fill up quickly, so book for your favourite designer today!

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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!

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  • 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.