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Halle Berry’s Oscar 2011 Wedding Dress Inspiration

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Did you watch the Oscars last Sunday?  We picked our fav looks from Gwenyth and Scarlett to Halley Berry, providing ideas on how you can show off these celebrity styles on your walk down the aisle (without paying the celebrity prices of course).

Asymmetrical Tulle: Halle Berry
We loved Halley Berry’s dress and whether you fancy the asymmetry or the tulle in her red carpet dress, we’ve got options for you when it comes to your wedding dress.

Left: Cymbeline Dulcine, Right: Pronovias Rialto

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A Dress for a Destination “I Do”!

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I don’t know about you, but I feel like Spring is just around the corner, and with many of my friends heading south for a bit of sun to escape these last few weeks of winter, I’ve been thinking about destination weddings.  Lo and behold, I’ve got the perfect destination wedding dress to share.

{Jenny Yoo Sasha Wedding Dress. Regularly $925 on sale for $300.}

This Size 12 Jenny Yoo Sasha wedding dress is perfect for a barefoot beach wedding. However, it’s being discontinued so now’s your chance to get this simple but stunning dress at a fabulous price.  One of our fave shops, Frocks, is selling this sample dress for just $300. With the money you’ll save, perhaps you can splurge on a special honeymoon experience! Are you planning a destination wedding? If so, what kind of dress are you planning to wear?

Until next week! 

A Red Hot Wedding Dress

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Maggie Sottero Amara Royale, regularly $998 on sale for $698

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of V-Day, I thought it would be fun to share a red hot sample wedding dress – not just because it’s a super deal, but because of its color!

This Size 8 Maggie Sottero Amara Royale wedding dress uses bold red fabric to create a unique wedding day look. It could be just the ticket for a Valentine’s Day wedding.

I’m curious…..would you wear a red dress to your wedding?

Until next week!

Eco-Chic for Less

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{Adele Wechsler Fern wedding dress, regularly $3050, on sale for $1200. Photo courtesy Adele Wechsler Design.}

Looking for ways to be more eco-conscious when it comes to your big day? This week’s sample wedding dress comes from Adele Wechsler’s eco-couture line.

Wedding dresses with texture are a big trend for this year, so this week I’m showing you how to get the trend and be eco-friendly at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »

A Red-Carpet Worthy Gown

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We’re so excited to be back guest blogging for Weddingbells!  Every week we’re going to bring you our top pick for an amazing deal on a sample wedding dress.  That’s right, the dresses we’ll showcase every week will be full of designer style, but won’t have designer price tags to match.

With awards season in full swing, our first pick had to be red-carpet worthy!

{Valencienne Mercedes wedding dress, regularly $5,200, on sale for $899. Photo courtesy Valencienne Bridal Store.} Read the rest of this entry »

Affordable Runway Trends

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Alita Graham

Alita Graham

One of the trends hitting the Fall 2010 runways is the light and airy wedding dress.  Lightweight tulle and organza as the fabrics of choice. Whether the silhouette is big and billowing or a slim sheath, brides wearing this trend will look as if they’re floating down the aisle! Get the trend for a fraction of the designer price with these save & splurge options.  Read the rest of this entry »

Dessert? Yes, Please!

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Photography courtesy of Big City Cupcakes.

Photography courtesy of Big City Cupcakes.

As any smart bride knows, there are lots of traditions associated with weddings.  One of those traditions is the wedding cake.  Do you have a big, beautiful cake, or do you just offer guests a sweet after their meal?  These days there are so many options for you depending on your style.  Whether you want to go all out with a stunning cake cutting ceremony, or you want to save on sweets, here are some tips to help you have your cake and eat it too!  Mmmmmm. Read the rest of this entry »

Designer Style, Smart Savings

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Photography courtesy Christina Gapic Photography.

Photography courtesy Christina Gapic Photography.

At SmartBride Boutique, we’re all about helping you find designer names and fabulous style for your wedding, without paying those designer prices.  This week we are sharing five Save Tips to help you get the look you want (high style!) at the price you want.

1. Loose the Extras

Sometimes you try on the dress of your dreams, only to find out the deco belt around your waist, or the beautiful shoulder sash are extra!  A friend of mine, who is getting married next year, found her dream dress and was ready to purchase, and then discovered the price increased by another $1,200 because of extra trimmings. Be aware and avoid the extra costs. Read the rest of this entry »

Finishing Your Look

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Adele cuff. Photography courtesy stelladot.com.

Adele cuff. Photography courtesy stelladot.com.

Jewellery is an important accessory to any dress.  It can complete your look, add some drama to a classic silhouette or hold special memories.  It can also push the overall cost of your dress to the limits.  After all, every smart bride knows that it’s not just the dress….it’s the undergarments, the shoes, the jewels and other accessories that make you the total package on your big day! Read the rest of this entry »

Melissa Sweet Treats

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Photography courtesy of priscillaofboston.com.

Mila. Photography courtesy of priscillaofboston.com.

Melissa Sweet is one of those coveted names in wedding gown designers, and why not? Her dresses are modern, sophisticated and always stylish! However these designer dresses also come with designer price tags to match (from $3,000 to $6,000).  If the dress is the thing you want to splurge on, I say go right ahead, it’s your special day!  However, if you like the idea of a designer dress, but want to pay a fraction of the price, these three once worn Melissa Sweet dresses are in excellent condition and come at an even sweeter price. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dress for $500 or Less!

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Photography courtesy of Palomablanca.com.
Photography courtesy of Palomablanca.com.

When shopping for my dress, it seemed everything I liked was out of my price range!  I was convinced that finding a dress that fit my body, my style, felt good and most importantly made me feel completely amazing would cost more than I was willing to spend.  If this sounds familiar, I hope to save you some stress.  This week I’m choosing to focus on four beautiful dresses in a variety of styles to show you don’t always have to sacrifice designer names and fabulous style to get the dress of your dreams for a reasonable price—in this case for $500 or less! Read the rest of this entry »

Chic Fall Centrepieces

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Photography courtesy of Trillium Floral Designs.

Photography courtesy of Trillium Floral Designs.

Do you find yourself dreaming of the glamorous floral centrepieces you see in wedding magazines?  I did.  Needless to say, once I found out how much those looks would cost I promptly discovered there are many ways you can get a similar look for less. With the help from friends at Trillium Floral Designs, I will share some tips to get the splurge look for less! Read the rest of this entry »

More Mini Madness!

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Vineyard Dress. Photography courtesy of priscillaofboston.com.

Vineyard dress. Photography courtesy of priscillaofboston.com.

In homage to last week’s Mad about Minis article I received in my inbox from the ladies at Weddingbells, I wanted to share a few more short and sexy dresses that are posted on SmartBrideBoutique.ca. Often these dresses are 50% less than retail, helping you live and breathe the ‘save and splurge’ mentality. Hope these dresses strike your fancy! Read the rest of this entry »

Blushing Bridesmaids

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Liz Dress. Photography courtesy of Girl Friday Clothing.

Liz Dress. Photography courtesy of Girl Friday Clothing.

Trying to find dresses for your bridesmaids can be a real challenge.  But remember, they are the ladies who keep you calm, cool and collected on your big day and you owe it to them to find dresses that:

a)    Look good on a variety of body types
b)   Don’t cost an arm and a leg
c)    They might actually wear again! Read the rest of this entry »

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