The Handmade Bride opened in 2013 with a mission to offer exclusively handamde wedding dresses and accessories to the creative and independently minded brides of Ottawa. The shop’s owner, Meaghan Brunetti, left her office job to pursue her passion of working with people and beautiful things. To her, its a dream and a pleasure to help women find the right dress for their figure and play with silks and laces all day long!
“Your wedding is the ultimate opportunity to express your personality and your relationship, the dress really helps set the tone for your wedding and helps pull all the details together.”
Having been forced to turn to online shopping for the right elements for her own wedding, she decided that the tactile and social experience of shopping with loved ones was lost in this digital world.
“The designers I carry make each dress by hand — that’s a criteria — most are involved in the design process. If another fabric is needed, they find it for us!”
The shop, a former art gallery, maintains the minimalist yet warm decor of a gallery complete with original art painted by the team. She carries 7 super talented independent Canadian wedding dress designers who all create all their gowns in studio.
“There are ethical reasons for doing it this way and it mirrors what our generation values. By taking the dress out of the factory and into the design studio, it allows us to control the quality of the fabrics, fit and cut, not to mention it supports an almost entirely women owned small business industry in our own country!”
The search for the perfect dress is no longer a manhunt, it’s a love story. The Handmade Bride boutique offers a relaxed environment full of inspiration and design-focused yet understated wedding dresses and accessories. Clients are part of the process by working with the expert staff in customizing current bridal trends to create an heirloom dress handmade just for them.
“I want each dress to have a story, not something someone in a factory overseas has made a million times. A wedding dress is special, its an heirloom that should be kept for a hundred years.”
Love it? Then we would love to spend some time with you shopping for your wedding dress! You can book your appointment online anytime.