Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We just met many new brides at the Bridal Show in St. Catharines on Sunday. Our theme was “Pink” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. In support of this Foundation, during October Marilee’s will be giving brides the opportunity to save on their bridal gown and then we will give that same amount of savings (up to $75.00) as a donation. We’re looking forward to this chance to support a worthy cause!  For more information, please visit!

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Wedding Day Emergency Kit

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Special Report: Top 10 Most Shocking, Outrageous Wedding Dress Myths

As a recently engaged bride, you have likely been exposed to a lot of information that will help you plan the perfect wedding. There are many myths and superstitions surrounding weddings which have been passed down from generation to generation. Many of the things you hear today simply aren’t true or just downright hilarious. In fact, many wedding traditions followed today are the result of superstitions created by myth and folklore (particularly surrounding avoiding bad luck and evil spirits) and the original meaning has been lost or forgotten over the years.

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Special Report: Prepare for your Perfect Wedding

We know that the choice of finding the perfect wedding gown is often overwhelming for many brides and you may have felt this way as well. It is our sincere hope that your experience at our store has been beneficial to you in your search and that you’ve felt as though you are a part of our family.

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Special Report: Find the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress!

Now that you have your dress, its time to plan a time for you and your bridesmaids to find the perfect dresses to complement yours. To help you in that quest, I’ve prepared this special report to help you know some of the best bridesmaid styles that are available and some important considerations for mixing and matching the right styles of dresses for each of your bridesmaids. I’ve also included a special coupon you can use for each of your bridesmaid dresses when you call to schedule an appointment at our store with each member of your bridesmaid party.

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Special Report: Look & Feel Georgeous on Your Big Day

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

On your wedding day, there is likely nothing more important to you than the way you’ll look and feel. As you contemplate what you want and prepare to look your bridal best, remember that the big secret to wedding day beauty is to get prepared early.

Prepare with deep conditioning treatments, facials, manicures, and trial hair sessions all done several months before your wedding day. Be sure to experiment with many different ideas before you settle on a final look. These tips will help you look picture perfect on your big day.

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Marilee’s October Newsletter

October 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Dear Friends,

As the owner of Marilee’s Bridal & Social Occasions, I have had the most exciting past few months travelling across the United States to shop for new lines of exquisite inventory for my store.  

In July, I was invited to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, to hand pick beautiful bridal gowns that are extremely exclusive and will not be sold at any other bridal stores across Canada. In September, I travelled to Dallas to make my fall selection from a fabulous European line of bridal gowns which we already carry and once again, are not sold to any other stores in Ontario.

While in Dallas, I was invited to travel to Chicago in October to see a brand new exclusive bridesmaid line that was being shown there to “Better Retailers” for the first time.  My husband, Don, and I met with the owners and the designer of the company who invited us to be their first retailer in Canada. In addition to maid’s dresses, the same company designs the loveliest line of flower girl dresses, 1st communion dresses, and girl’s special occasion dresses that I’ve ever seen.  We are proud to say that we were asked to carry this prestigious line too.

Besides the tremendous honour of being recognized as a “Better Retailer in Canada” by some of the most exclusive companies in the bridal business, we are delighted that the outcome of this for you, our customer, is that we can offer you more and more exclusive lines.  Imagine being able to shop for the bridal gown of your dreams and fashion forward maids dresses for your wedding party knowing that they won’t be sold at any other bridal shop in Ontario.

This is amazing news for new brides as we know that today’s bride wants to make her own personal statement when it comes to planning her wedding.  A cookie-cutter dress for herself or her maid on the most important day of her life just doesn’t fit her plan.  That is why we commit so much time, money, and energy into keeping Marilee’s inventory fresh and exclusive, so that Marilee’s Bridal and Special Occasions is able to fulfill every bride’s dream for individuality on her wedding day.

Yours Sincerely,

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Your Wedding Budget Planner

September 19, 2010 Leave a comment

 The average cost of an wedding in Canada today is approximately $25,000. In these economic times, you may be planning on spending more or less than this median, but regardless of the amount you will spend to celebrate your love and union, one thing is certain: A budget is critically important and sticking to it even more so. To help you plan for the wedding of your dreams, and stick to your budget, please use this wedding budget checklist to help you write out and plan your overall wedding costs.

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The Crisis in China could affect Your Wedding!

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August 12, 2010

As we feel it a necessary responsibility of all bridal stores to keep their clientele abreast of the latest happenings overseas we are providing you with the most recent notification we have received from our vendors.  

Please read below.


How will the Chinese labor shortage affect you?
Have you heard about the problems in China?
Are you waiting to order your gown until next year?
You are probably wondering how problems in China can possibly affect your wedding plans.  Well, if you are waiting to order your gown until closer to your wedding date, You Will Be Affected.  I hate to break it to you this way – but almost ALL bridal gowns and fabrics are produced in China.  The companies may be based in the US, but the gowns are not made here.  Due to a combination of factors (labor shortages, workers demanding higher pay/better working conditions and stricter scrutiny at US Customs) gowns are running behind from most manufacturers.  In fact, these companies are no longer accepting RUSH orders for gowns.
We strongly suggest that if you have intentions of purchasing a private label gown or for that matter any of the other lines we carry that you contact our store or the store you plan on purchasing from to make arrangements to get measured and place your deposits in order to secure current pricing.   
If you are waiting to order until closer to your wedding you will have longer delivery times and most importantly your gown is going to cost more.  We are beginning to receive letters from our manufacturers stating the price of goods out of China are going to increase 20-30% as soon as this month (August 2010).

Weddings are stressful enough…don’t delay in ordering your gown.  There is no need for you to pay more or be needlessly worried about its delivery.  I’ve included some links to articles regarding the situation in China: – Companies brace for end of cheap made-in-China era – Chinese Labor Shortage, U.S. Problems – Defying Global Slump, China Has Labor Shortage

If you have ordered your gown from Marilee’s I want you to know that we are tracking our orders diligently.  These issues are affecting all bridal salons and almost every manufacturer.  Feel free to contact me with any questions at 905-892-6634.

Mary Marr

**Following is a letter from a manufacturer announcing a price hike.  Letters like this one are being sent out by all wedding gown vendors including names like Maggie Sottero, Casablanca, Allure, Private Label by G, House of Wu and Melissa Sweet.

July 6, 2010
To our dear and valued customers,
Due to the recent labor crisis in China and the devaluation of foreign currencies against the Chinese Yuan, our factory finds it necessary to increase the price to cover the increase
in production costs.
Please be advised effective August 1, 2010 there will be a 20%-30% price increase across the board on all current styles prior to Spring 2011.  Please be advised that all Silk Dupioni fabric will be increased 85% due to weather conditions in India and China.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

Robin Jillian Customer Service
P.S.  Shoes and headpieces are also being affected (since all are made in the same region in China).

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4 Reasons Why an Appointment at a Bridal Salon is an Absolute Necessity to Have a Stress-Free and Relaxing Experience

Marilee’s 4 Reasons Why an Appointment (Full Article PDF)

Most bridal salons today require an appointment to try on wedding gowns.  If you are like many brides, you may wonder why this is necessary, specially since most places you shop today for things don’t require an appointment of any kind.  You might even think that setting an appointment is an inconvenience.  At our bridal salon, we have worked in both scenarios, and I want to share with you four things you may not have considered about why setting an appointment will actually make the search for your wedding gown easier and less stressful. 

 Marilee’s 4 Reasons Why an Appointment (Full Article PDF)

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