If you’re a bride-to-be on a budget, consider going with a preowned wedding dress instead of a fancy new frock. Consignment bridal stores carry big designers at a fraction of the cost and, here’s the thing, they’ve only been worn once or twice, so they’re still in near perfect condition. Whether you’re in the market for something vintage or a more modern silhouette, you should be able to find it at one of these stores in and around Toronto.
Here’s where to get preowned wedding dresses in and around Toronto.
The Bride’s Project (431 Broadview Avenue)
The Bride’s Project is a consignment store with a mission. It donates every dollar it earns from wedding dress and accessory sales to cancer charities, so you can really feel good about the money you’re investing in your attire. Its selection, like every second hand store, is luck of the draw, but labels like Pronovias, Maggie Sottero, Sophia Tolli and Alfred Sung aren’t strangers to its racks.
Vintage Bride (296 Concord Avenue)
If you’ve opted for a vintage theme for your big day, you’re going to need a frock that fits the bill. Lucky for you Torontonians, this Concord Avenue shop is brimming with beautiful one-of-a-kind gowns from bygone eras. Its collection includes original designs from 1867 to the early ‘90s - so you’ve got plenty of styles to choose from.
She’s So Beautiful… Consignment & Bridal (10 Charlotte Street)
The wedding dress selection at She’s So Beautiful is well worth the drive to Dundas! It has 300 dresses to choose from by big bridal designers like Sottero & Midgley, Paloma Blanca, Essence of Australia and Mori Lee at discounted prices. Bonus: it also carries bridal accessories, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride looks, and flower girl dresses, so you won’t have to make multiple trips to complete everyone’s ensembles.
Love Again Bridal Boutique (30 Dunlop Street West)
If you find yourself in Barrie (or are willing to take a bit of trip out of Toronto), stop off at Love Again Bridal Boutique. The shop carries a variety of preowned wedding dresses in just about every size, style and silhouette imaginable. Whether you’re on the hunt for a glamourous trumpet dress or an eye-catching lace number, you’ll probably be able to find it here.
Second Dance (122 St. Paul Street)
This St. Catharines boutique is definitely worth adding to your list of must-visit bridal boutiques. It carries preowned wedding dresses from brands like Pronovias, Hayley Paige and Catherine Langlois. Of course, the stock changes almost daily, but there’s always a wide range of styles, sizes and silhouettes available. P.S. it also sells accessories and shoes at discounted prices, so you don’t have to leave the boutique to complete your bridal ensemble.
Sixpence Bridal Studio (12 Eramosa Road)
Make the trip out to Guelph to see what Sixpence Bridal Studio has to offer. The preowned wedding dress shop is brimming with beautiful gowns that have only been worn once or twice. You’ll find looks by Casablanca, Stella York, Monique Lhuillier and more. If you want to know what’s coming in, give the boutique’s Instagram page a follow - it’s updated regularly.
Gown Go Round (1065 Davis Drive)
Gown Go Round, a Newmarket bridal staple, sells once worn wedding dresses, samples and sale gowns at heavily discounted prices (we’re talking up to 80% off). Inside you’ll find dresses for brides, bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-bride by luxury brands. But that’s not all! The store also offers expert onsite alterations, so you won’t have to find a seamstress or tailor.