At Luxe Bridal we do recommend appointments for bridal gowns and will give first priority to our clients with appointments. However, we will certainly do our best to accommodate those clients who feel like dropping in.
We have everything here that you need to try on gowns... bustiers, shoes, veils....!
Our wedding gown collections range from about $1,200 up to $5,000 and flower girl dresses range from $120 to $200.
All of our gowns & separates are special order, though we do sell our samples off-the-rack for bridal emergencies. Keep in mind that there is a limit to how many sizes up or down that a dress can be altered.
Yes, we list all of our designers on our website. For each of the designers listed, we carry a wide selection of styles, but we might not carry the entire line. We recommend that you follow the links on the Designers page and browse each line on the manufacturer's website. If you see something you like, give us a call and we'll tell you if we carry it in our store. Remember, even if we don't have the dress you're looking for, there may be a trunk show coming up or we can make arrangements to have the dress brought in for you!
Our sample wedding dresses are generally between size 8 and size 14. Please keep in mind that we are a small boutique and therefore it is impossible for us to stock every size and color. Fortunately, we can clip a dress to give you a good idea of how the gown will look in your size.
Usually brides shop for their wedding dress 9 months to a year before their wedding date, as many special order gowns take 4-6 months to come in. Tighter timelines can sometimes be accommodated by buying off-the-rack or by requesting a rush order. Flower girls are usually shopped for closer to the wedding because the little girls are growing so fast that they may grow out of the dress if you order too early.
After your gown has been paid for in full, we are happy to store the dress in our shop until your first fitting.
From time to time, we will borrow the rest of a designer's line for a special event called a trunk show. This gives our customers a chance to try on styles that we don't normally carry. During trunk shows we can sometimes offer a 10% savings on anything ordered from the line we're promoting. Bridal appointments during trunk shows fill up fast, so please make your appointment early.
All sales are final. Please choose carefully!
We recommend ordering your gown at least 6-9 months before your wedding. Since most gowns take about 4-6 months to come in, this leaves time for alterations and custom changes.
We can order any dress as long as we carry that designer's line. If you see a style on the designer's website that we don't carry in our shop, we may be able to borrow the dress from the designer. Otherwise, there might be a trunk show coming up where you will be able to try the dress on. All you have to do is ask!
That's okay, we'll measure you. Bridal sizes are different from other garments, so even if you think you know what size you are, we'll make sure before you order that we have all your measurements.
Most designers offer a custom "hollow to hem" measurement for an additional fee. If you're not sure what shoes you will be wearing that's ok. You can use a pair with the heel height you want and shop for your shoes later. If you find that your dress needs altering when it arrives at Luxe, we can refer you to a highly recommended seamstress in the area.
We require a non-refundable 50% deposit to order a gown. We accept Visa, Master Card, Debit, or Cash. The balance of your order is due 30 days from when your dress arrives at Luxe. All dresses must be paid for in full before alterations can begin.
Please call the boutique for information on our event planning services.
Toronto dancers Corey Crawford and Larissa Taurins-Crawford met nine years ago in high school. They married earlier this year in a gorgeous, intimate ceremony. Below, Taurins-Crawford tell the story of the couple's relationship, and shares meaningful photos from their Big Day.
I met my husband in ballet class. We were both in tights, and although it was not love at first sight, we each had a feeling that we should get to know each other better.
I wanted to go out with Corey in Grade 10. He was really not interested (more enthralled with sports and video games at the time), but through giggly note passing and many efforts on the part of my friends, he was madly pursued. This came to a harsh stop when he finally passed back a note that said âUmm . . . NO. Have a nice life.â Ouch! Luckily, high school was full of distractions, and I quickly forgot about our attempted connection.
That was, until Grade 12, when Corey sat me down in the dance hallway and told me he wanted to be with me. He had been thinking about me for the past year. We decided to be a pair a few days later, on a December afternoon in 2003.
Since then, we have grown up together and our relationship has grown up too. We have gone from carefree teenage dating to husband and wife over the course of the last nine and a half years. Marrying your high school sweetheart shows you just how much effort and constant transition a relationship needs, but also if cultivated lovingly, how much it can flourish and strengthen.
Our wedding was such a joy. We celebrated it with our closest friends and family in an intimate ceremony and reception at the dance school where I work, Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement. Our community made the wedding happen, working tirelessly to transform the space. We had a big potluck, dancing, and an old fashioned popcorn machine!
In the months leading up the wedding, we were close to having to postpone it as I have a chronic illness and it flared badly out of control and led to a depressive episode. I was just so sick, I could barely imagine attending my own wedding, and we were both under an extreme amount of stress due to it. However, I pulled through and a mix of adrenaline and medications allowed me to fully enjoy the day and be present. This adversity refocused the entire wedding for both Corey and I, I think for the better. All of the little concerns about decorations and guest lists and things on the periphery melted away; our only aim was to be married to each other and be with our family and friends in doing so. In the end, it became about the marriage, not the wedding, which is really is the whole point of it anyway!
Photos by AndrÃ©a de Keijzer.
After a relaxing honeymoon, a pair of English newlyweds returned home on Sunday and discovered a shocking surprise: their house had been painted pink!
The BBC tweeted this photo Tuesday of Steve and Hayley O'Rourke's home, which Steve's brother, Russell, painted in the style of Mr. Blobby, a pink polka-dotted character from the 1990's British TV show "Noel's House Party."
The BBC reported that Russell painted the house as revenge: while Russell was on his honeymoon six years ago, Steve, a builder, built a brick wall in the middle of Russell's driveway.
Pranking honeymooning newlyweds isn't as uncommon as you might think. One couple's friends filled their house with balloons while they were away in 2011!
If you're thinking of pranking your newlywed friends, check out these tips.
Click through the slideshow below to see HuffPost readers' worst wedding disasters.
The new "Bachelorette," Desiree Hartsock, stopped by HuffPost Live Monday and opened up about her dream wedding. She also discussed how long she'd wait to tie the knot if she found "The One."
"I don't put a time limit on anything," Hartsock told host Abby Huntsman. "I feel like if you know, you know. I don't think I'd need three years to wait to get married."
Watch the clip above to learn more, and to hear Hartsock describe her dream wedding. Then, click here to see the full segment on HuffPost Live. (The new season of "The Bachelorette" premieres Monday, May 27 on ABC.)
Below, TV couples who make us believe in love.
Got a passion for the environment? Put your money where your heart is and get away with your new spouse to a romantic destination where the preserving the natural surroundings is the top priority. Fortunately we live in an age where a green honeymoon can bring you back to nature without sacrificing the creature comforts of a modern resort. These four properties prove there's something enduringly romantic about the great outdoors:
Located smack-dab in the middle of a wildebeest migration path on the Serengeti, the Singita Grumeti reserve is about as far from civilization as possible. Yet the creature comforts of home remain: Its most back-to-basics experience, Singita Explore, marries fine wine and canvas tents, buffet breakfasts and African safaris. This exclusive mobile camp treads lightly over 340,000 private acres, with the dual goals of putting you in touch with the wilderness and making minimal impact on the environment. The camp, consisting of six tents and two mess halls, is almost completely solar-powered (there's one electrical outlet in the mess tent) and designed for minimal energy consumption. Attendants bring water to the camp site, where they fill up two 3,000-liter water tanks used as a bucket system to deliver water to the tents. Water for the showers is heated using a volcano pressure boiler, fueled by recycled green energy. The rugged, natural aesthetic extends to the canvas walls lining each tent, which are filled with furnishings of steel, leather, rubber and natural fabrics. Singita's stellar service has earned numerous awards and worldwide recognition, apparent from the moment your pre-ordered dietary choices are imported to your plate. It's proof that camping doesn't have to mean "roughing it."
Wind (And Star) Power
For two weeks in January, Sundance Resort is teeming with moviegoers, actors and filmmakers. The rest of the year it's a quiet, back-country luxury hideout with sweeping views of the Wasatch Mountains. Year-round, the resort is buying up wind power at a rapid pace -- more than 2.7 million kilowatt-hours of wind-generated electricity each year, enough to offset 100 percent of its energy use. Sundance ditched Butch Cassidy to partner with Renewable Choice, whose renewable energy credits (RECs) are third-party certified by Green-e Energy. Ever since Robert Redford purchased the property in 1969, other various "green" practices have been enforced. Currently, we're fans of the organic soap, which is made on-site. The one-bedroom cottages are a warm respite from the winter cold, but you might want to splurge on one of Sundance's luxury mountain homes. These 2-, 3-, 4- or 7-bedroom cabins come with a full kitchen, deck, hot tub and game room, and a private butler, chef or nanny upon request.
The best ideas stand the test of time: The uniquely designed dome lodges at EcoCamp Patagonia are inspired by the Kaweskars, a group of nomadic Patagonian inhabitants who roamed the Torres del Paine region of Chile as early as the 15th century. Their circular huts were as easy to break down as to build up, and so are the semi-spherical structures currently dotting the Estancia Cerro Paine -- the only private property in Torres del Paine National Park. (The whole EcoCamp packed up and moved here in 2005.) The certified eco-friendly accommodations are as cozy as they are carbon-free. A wood-burning stove, hot shower and dining room with delicious food and wine blows away anything you experienced in summer camps as a kid. An ideal combination of adventure with a romantic getaway or honeymoon. Confidential tip: Plan ahead for a back-to-basics experience. Electricity is limited and only available to guests for charging camera batteries and laptops, not for using hairdryers. Solar energy is most efficient during the off-peak summer season.
Go Green Down Under
The marriage of a resort and the untouched outback sets the stage for every wedding at Australia's Capella Lodge. Located on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island two hours from Sydney, an idyllic setting is guaranteed because no more than 400 people are allowed on the island at a time. Revegetation of two acres of land surrounding the lodge are ongoing, in which endemic species are planted to prevent erosion. Naturalist guides on site provide expert interpretive experiences for guests, building awareness of the natural environment. Solar glazing captures sunlight and stores natural heat, and there's no air conditioning in the nine suites -- made possible (and comfortable) by a subtropical climate. If you want to feel "at one" with your significant other and nature, this is the place. Rare birds, plants, geology and marine life are everywhere. Seventy-five percent of the island is preserved through a permanent park, including a rainforest and a pristine beach that's perfect for exchanging vows.
Central Park just got a whole lot more romantic.
In a video posted to YouTube and Facebook Monday, New Yorker Carl Marucci proposed to his boyfriend, Drew Marsenison, in Central Park with the help of a flash mob to Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years."
Marucci wrote on YouTube that on May 11, he asked his mom to take Marsenison to Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. After they arrived, the flash mob broke out. Marucci joined Marsenison during the performance to watch; then, the dancers surrounded the couple and Marucci popped the question.
"In front of all these people, I'm going to put it all out there. I love you so very much," Marucci said. "With every fiber of my being, Andrew Francis Marsenison, will you marry me?"
Amid the cheers of onlookers, Marsenison offered a very emotional "yes."
Watch the proposal in the video above.
If you liked that proposal, you'll love Tim and Bennie's recent "Single Ladies" flash mob proposal in San Francisco. Another flash mob broke out in the Google London office in April when a Google employee popped the question to his boyfriend.
Watch 10 more flash mob proposals in the slideshow below.
At Luxe Spa it's all about the little things that make a big difference. Our attention to detail is evident in everything we do. Our professional and courteous staff will ensure that every visit to Luxe Spa is relaxing and memorable. From our plush pedicure chairs to our exquisite manicure bar you will discover an experience like no other. We offer a wide range of esthetic and hair services, and can customize a variety of packages for special occasions. We look forward to serving you!
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