THE JOURNAL

This is who will design Meghan Markle’s beautiful gown

Are you as curious as we are about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress? This is who will design Meghan Markle’s beautiful gown in our opinion. We are just days away from Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding, and everything is still shrouded in secrecy. We are still curiously awaiting who will be designing Meghan’s dress.  At Valencienne we have our picks on …

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Plus Size Wedding Dresses for the “Curvy Bride”

Let’s face it ladies, finding beautiful plus sized wedding dresses is downright impossible! Nowadays it’s pretty hard to avoid the memes, blog posts and Twitter rants talking about body image in the fashion industry. The struggle is real these days, and being part of the bridal industry we know this pressure and topic all too well!  We’ve lost count of the …

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Logistics of an Outdoor Wedding

I love to chat and get to know my brides and their families. It’s one of my favourite parts (next to dressing them in custom couture bridal of course). Recently, one of our sweet Mother of the Bride’s asked me about the logistics of planning an outdoor wedding. I knew just who to ask — Wedding Planner, Crystal Adair-Benning, of …

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NYC Shopping Spree for Inspiration & Clients

Bridal Market isn’t ALL work, work, work. In between the fashion shows and fabulousness, I take time to check in on gorgeous custom pieces being made, new fabrics, sparkling buttons and detailed lace. I use every single second in the city that never sleeps to seek out inspiration with gusto, relish in the details and design palettes of perfect handpicked …

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Bridal Market Trends for 2016

Bridal Market is a BIG deal in the wedding fashion world. It’s the spot to see and be seen for designers like yours truly. With 2016 Bridal Market being last weekend, I spent time hitting up my favourite spots and getting inspired by both our new collection (just wait for it) and others! There were some major trends hitting the …

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Wedding Jewelry & Accessories

Trunk Show Jewelry Designer :: Elsa Corsi

Meet the designer! This weekend, starting TODAY through January 17, we are pleased to announce that wedding jewelry designer, Elsa Corsi will be at Valencienne custom creating and accessorizing our gorgeous brides and their maids and moms! Elsa comes in from Vancouver where she has her own accessory shop which gives her an edge when stylizing brides. Each personal consultation …

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Walk a Mile In These Brides’ Shoes

While the gown may take the spotlight on our bride’s big day, we never underestimate the power of accessories in completing the wedding day look. Shoes literally come in every shape, size, colour and style for brides who want to truly make a statement. High Heels These are the most popular wedding day shoe by far. Most brides opt for …

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The Valencienne Experience

We are honoured to have a guest writer on our blog today, a Valencienne bride herself. In such great detail Alison has written about her very own personal experience behind the doors of Valencienne. Each and every client of ours has such a unique custom design experience and it is a privilege to be able to create not only their …

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Jewellery Designer Spotlight : Elsa Corsi

I’ve been a huge fan of Elsa Corsi and her jewellery since I first meet her a number of years ago at the Wedluxe Show. She is the incredible force and designer behind this exceptional jewellery line. We both realized  that her sparkles would compliment our Valencienne gowns beautifully and that our  store would be a great location for Elsa to host Trunk shows for Toronto Brides. Her jewel’s are meticulously made …

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Custom Bridal Couture for Mother & Bride

Every once in a while, we get to work with both a mother and her daughter that share such a love and a friendship with each other that its hard to not get caught up in there enthusiasm. This past July, Valencienne created three custom designed gowns for these two lovely ladies Kathy Roberts and her daughter Jenny. Mother of the Bride, …

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Dare To Go Bare in Toronto

I love fashion. I’ve always loved fashion. I watch red carpets like others watch baseball (Go Jays!). Earlier this year during the 2015 Met Gala I predicted the latest bridal trend – the naked gown, sheer dress, veiled couture – whatever you want to call the trend, it’s design is clearly all about showcasing the body in sheer, barely there, …

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What To Know Before You Shop For Your Wedding Gown

There are literally hundreds of articles on the internet explaining the trials and tribulations of wedding dress shopping. Some expunge about only bringing one other person to your appointment, others talk about waiting six months before your big day to even start. Malarky! As a couture bridal gown designer, I want brides to know my fool-proof plan for finding the …

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Designer, Creator and The Plus Size Brides Fairy Godmother

This is a really special blog written by a Valencienne Bride that truely captures the Valencienne experience. Here in our store our passion is to make sure that each and every single bride feels beautiful walking down the isle on the most important day of their life. If you watch any of the bridal TV shows or follow any wedding social …

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Toronto Groom Gushes Over Valencienne Bride

It’s not often we get an overjoyed Groom (in this case Eric) sharing his version of the wedding day, but for our beautiful Valencienne Bride, Elizabeth (or Beth) we couldn’t resist asking him a few questions: What was the wedding day like? It was a beautiful autumn day on September 6th, 2014. We got married outside on the patio at …

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Sherlock Holmes Meets Valencienne Couture x2

Many brides dream their whole life of their wedding and more especially, their wedding gown. It’s the thing fantasies are made of – silks, tulle, lace, fitted or ballgown. When you meet two women who never imagined they would legally wed as a same-sex couple now turned stunning brides-to-be magic happens. Alexandra & Julie are writers and artists. Their wedding …

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A “Bride Wars” Inspiration, Comes to Life at Valencienne!

We were honored to receive this blog post written by a Maid Of Honour about her sister Elissa’s Valencienne experience and her wedding day. We thank you Daniela for your candid, humorous words. You captured Elissa’s day perfectly! The Bride’s Tale…. Once I had the task of finding the perfect dress for the perfect day, I took to the streets …

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2015 Bridal Looks Inspired By The Grammys

Every year the Grammys and Academy Awards influence fashion and style. It’s no different within the bridal industry, already Valencienne is being asked for versions of the Taylor Swift gown, embellishments like Katy Perry  and plunging necklines such as Beyonce. Even not so popular gowns like Rhiannas’, people have  had negative opinion towards but there is no doubt that  that …

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Valencienne Parties until dawn at the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards

Saturday January 31st 2015, Marked the Fashion event of the year- The Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards. It was such an incredible event filled with such promise for Canadian talent, artists and designers. I felt honoured to be there and  quite proud of my 30 year contribution to Canadian fashion. I was able to spend the evening catching up with many designers and industry friends who I have …

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Miss Universe Canada 2009 Gets Married

When Mariana arrived for her appointment at Valencienne, she was  very casually dressed, wearing leggings and a loose top. She announced that she was a cousin of a previous client of mine and that she loved her cousins’ gown. She was having a very difficult time finding exactly what she was looking for and decided that custom was the way …

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New York Bridal week 2013 Trend Watch

Last week, Valencienne Bridal had their eyes set on the New York Bridal Couture show searching for what was ‘haute’ on the runways for Spring. Dozens of top designers showcased their bridal collection at the annual bridal week. Next years bridal trends are Peplums,  textured bodices and lots of tulle and the colour trend is red and Black gowns. The …

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Win Place or Show

Toronto’s latest star is our bride, Ashlee B. She’s not only a star in this blog but she is one of our brides that gave Valencienne a tremendous testimony on our video. ‘’The Making of a wedding gown’’ Shot by Andrew and Emily of Honey and Dear. Ashlee is outgoing, gregarious and full of life. When we met it was …

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Grand style and wonderful traditions

  When I was 21 I opened a bridal store named Valencienne on Bloor St.It was a store that came to be known for extremely elaborate wedding gowns and the whole store was a sea of big, no make that huge gowns, all with extraordinary details. Massive skirts, larger than life crinolines, trains that had no end, big over exaggerated …

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