About Ellebay

Located in Vancouver and with over ten years of designing dreams for brides, Ellebay is a boutique that handcrafts exquite bridal attire. From start to finish our dresses are custom designed to make you feel beautiful inside and out, preparing you for your journey as a bride.

Wedding Gown Shopping Tips

Nov 2, 2014

Who here’s heard of the slogan: “Expert advice when you need it”? I have no idea what company it’s for, but I do know that it rings true in many circumstances. When you need help for something, it’s usually wiser to approach somebody who’s good at what you need help with, rather than somebody on the same level of you.

As I grow my blog, I want to experiment with new posts about new topics.  I don’t know nearly as much as I’d like to about the world, but I definitely know a thing or two about the bridal industry. I mean, owning Ellebay certainly helps, hahaha. Some posts regarding bridal trends are definitely a possibility, but for now, I’m going to try my hand at giving applicable tips and advice.

And this brings me to the topic of this post. Allow me to present my top five tips which will make your dress buying experience as painless as possible =)


Bring no more than three people with you while dress shopping, and keep in mind that the smaller the group the better. I know it’s tempting to invite your friend and your friend’s friend and the cousin of you’re friend’s friend, but trust me- it’s not a good idea. Most bridal shops don’t have the space to accommodate large groups plus walk-ins, not to mention that an opinionated group leads to stressed brides. You want to spend your day making yourself happy, not trying to please everybody else’s specific tastes.

Though it’s always best to be open to suggestion when trying on wedding dresses, I’d definitely recommend brides to do some research on what styles they like and don’t like. Bridal consultants are helpful and very knowledgeable about their products, but they won’t be experts on you. Trying on wedding dresses is a lot more tiring than people make it out to be, especially when your trying on the heavy ones! My favourite way to compile inspiration is through a site called “pinterest”. My pinterest account is pretty unorganized, but click here for a link to it! I’ll try my best to properly update it within the week.

Try to book appointments during slow times. Weekdays are always best, but if you must do a weekend, look into going later in the day. You’ll get more attention and you won’t feel any pressure or like you’re being rushed. When it’s slow, salespeople appreciate having something to do: you help them and they will help you.

Before you purchase a dress, always take into account alteration costs. Ellebay does alterations for four of the bridal shops along Columbia Street, and we’ve seen alterations hit the $500 mark. Remember: A $600 dress is not that great of a deal when you’re spending equal amounts turning it dress into something you actually like.

I know this is the cheesiest way to end a list like this, but I’m going to do it anyways. Have FUN. Bring your favorite pair of heels, wear a cute (and strapless) bra, do a bit more to your hair/make-up than you usually do. If you feel beautiful, your beauty will shine even more as you’re trying on dresses.



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