About The Brides' Project
The Brides’ Project is an organization that supports cancer charities by selling beautiful wedding gowns. In operation in 2004, the Toronto-based business donates all profits to help find a cure for cancer. To date, The Brides’ Project has raised over $800,000. Not only do they give back, but their bridal collections are just as amazing!
The business was created by Helen Sweet, who came up with the idea after planning a budget-conscious wedding alongside seeing her loved ones being affected by cancer. Sweet dedicates this project to the many survivors and ones lost to the battle of cancer. The organization houses over 500 dresses, with two-thirds that are previously loved and one-third that are donated by salons once they are discontinued each year. Helen is also a licensed officiant in the Province of Ontario who has performed over 700 wedding ceremonies.
The business offers a number of high-end designer dresses. These include (but not limited to!) the following:
Also available is a selection of ethnic attire that includes Chinese, Korean, and Indian/Bengali pieces. Also available are redesigned gowns by Samantha of Sparkle & Pomp.
The Brides’ Project sells shoes, winter wraps, jewelry, belts, petals, pillows, custom made veils, and headpieces. Customers must make an appointment to try on dresses and veils to ensure that every piece is in high quality for every bride, but the store is a self-service environment.
Appointments only, sample sales
Bridal belts, bridal gowns, garters, hair accessories, jewellery, plus size gowns, sample gowns, shoes, veils
Under $500, $500 - $999, $1000 - $2499
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Samantha, Married on 03/11/2018
I was very excited when I found out about The Brides Project and what they do. I found a beautiful dress, actually a couple of them and had to choose!!! The volunteers truly care about you finding something that makes you feel amazing, and you don't feel the sales pressure that you would elsewhere. I went in with an open mind for style as their stock changes constantly and am happy to say that they had a great selection. Sadly, Cancer has touched my life On many occasions. I have lost some very dear people to me, and proud to say I have some strong survivors in my life. My mom and my mother in law being 2 of them. Being able to help such an amazing cause, and wearing that on my wedding day made me feel better than I could have imagined. Thank you Brides Project for all you do, you guys are amazing!! I can't wait to donate my dress back for another bride to love.
Amy Lee, Married on 06/08/2017
I loved buying my dress at The Bride's Project. I heard about the organization and was hoping to find something I liked there and I found something that I LOVED! I highly recommend this wonderful place!
I went to The Bride's Project twice and had a great experience each time. There is a good selection of dresses and accessories, but you'd also need a bit of luck and possibly a few trips as new dresses arrive all the time. The first visit I did not end up finding my dress but my friend did! She found a beautiful lace dress for $600, and it was exactly what she was looking for. Inspired by my friend's find, I decided to go by myself the second time. I found my dress! A beautiful Mori Lee dress for $650 ($734 with tax) (I looked online afterwards and the original cost was $1551). The staff and volunteers were so nice and attentive, they were always available to help bring dresses and to take pictures for me, they went above and beyond. The prices can't be beat, and it is for a great cause so it's a win-win. Something to keep in mind is that most dresses will require dry cleaning and some alterations as the dresses are off the rack, so that will be an addition of $150-200+ for dry cleaning, and more for alterations. The Bride Project referred me to someone for the dry cleaning and alterations, and she's a great lady too!
The volunteers at the Bride's Project definitely made my shopping excursion a stress free and easy process. They were knowledgeable about their stock, about what alterations could be done to different dresses to make them more in line with my vision for my dress, and at the end of my hour appointment were as happy as my mother and I were to have found my dress. This self-serve, non-commission, warm and welcoming environment was exactly what I hoped it would be and I'm so happy that the money I spent on my dress will go to help people struggling to survive their fight with cancer. I will be telling everyone about this great shop and my wonderful experience there.
I was so happy with my experience at Brides Project. It was recommended by a friend who also got her dress there.
During the appointment I felt so comfortable - it was low pressure, which is a huge deal for me.
I tried on a ton of dresses and found one that was awesome. The bonus, the price was right and I got to feel good about where the money from the dress went.
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