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Q: What should a bride look for in a bridal shop? (store set-up, lighting, etc.)

Brides should look for a reputable bridal shop which offers a variety of styles, complete services such as alterations and one stop shopping, for veils, and accessories. You may also want to ask friends for recommendation.

Q: What store policies are important? (payment plans, fittings, etc.)

Appointments ensure you will get all the time and attention you need. 60% deposit to order - do not pay in full until your gown arrives at the store, or payment plans. Read the contract carefully and be aware of cancellation policy.

Q: What gown shape/style would you recommend for each of these body types, and why?

Petite - Sheath, A-line, Strapless, Empire Waist. It's best to keep it simple and avoid big ball gowns that might look like they're wearing you!
Tall - Sheath or A-lines with a fitted bodice, halter or open neckline to accentuate your collarbone.
Pear-shaped - Strapless a-line, strapless ball gown to accentuate your top half and cover your bottom half
Hourglass - depending if you want to hide your curves or accentuate them. Fitted bodice w/ a-line or full skirt.
Full-figured - A-line, ball gown with v-neckline and/or basque waist for slimming effect.
Thin - Sheath, mermaid, slim a-line
Broad-shouldered - Expose your shoulders with halter or off the shoulder neckline with narrow bodice

Q: What are the latest trends in bridal fashion?

Dropped waist
Empire waist
Light fabrics (taffeta, tulle)
Sweetheart neckline
Draping/ruched fabric
Mermaid/trumpet silhouette

Q: What gown shades look best on pink, yellow, olive, and dark skin tones?

Yellow - Diamond White
Olive - Diamond White, Ivory
Dark - Diamond White/Ivory (However this also depends on hair colour)

Q: How should a bride calculate her dress budget?

Normally 12-15% of the wedding budget should be budgeted for the wedding gown.

Q: When is the best time to go?

Must order 6-9 months ahead of wedding. Shopping during the week is usually preferred since weekends are often very busy.

Q: What are your prices of the gowns?

Our wedding gowns range from about $760 to $5000. We carry a great selection of gowns to accommodate any budget.
Bridesmaid's dresses range from $200 to $400.
Ladies dresses range from $300 to $800.
Evening/ Formal dresses range from $500 to $1000.

Business Hours

Monday to Wednesday: 9:30 to 5:30
Thursday: 9:30 to 8:00
Friday to Saturday: 9:30 to 5:30
Sunday: by appointment only
Evening appointments are also available.

Driving Directions

From the 401, exit and take highway 115. Take the The Parkway/Sir Sandford Fleming Drive exit from ON-115 N. Continue on The Pkwy. Take Clonsilla Ave and Charlotte St to George St N

Contact us

Phone: 705.874.1900
Fax: 705.874.1915
E-mail: antoinetteinc@hotmail.ca
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367 George St. N.
Peterborough, ON