Meet the Maker

As some of you may have seen we had the honour to feature in last months edition of Tie the Knot Scotland, where we offered its readers a sneak peek into the world of wedding dress making at La Novia. This journey which starts from ideas, sketches and patterns and ends in the creation of made to measure dresses is what we are so passionate about.

At La Novia, we understand that choosing a bridal gown is not like your usual shopping day out- it is important to find something unique, that matches your personality and is well… perfect in every way possible! This is what we strive to achieve with our custom made collection.

During our bridal consultations we like to hear all the details- colours, venue, flowers- of the big day, so we can try and guide you in the direction of finding a wedding dress that will fit the bill, with this said, it is you lovely brides who are our biggest inspiration. Once the style of dress is chosen, we love to hear any additional ideas you may have – whether this is changing the neckline, adding sleeves, playing about with fabrics – the options are endless, we want you to be 100% happy before saying yes to the dress.

Often I come across brides who start off apprehensive about choosing certain styles – such as strapless dresses – in case they might not be supportive enough. However, by creating a dress tailored to all your specific measurements we can promise that it will fit like a glove. Attention to detail is key and we can guarantee this by not only giving brides the chance to meet the designer herself but through having our own in-house pattern-cutter, seamstress and embroider- we are with you every step of the way. Having a bespoke dress enables you, brides, to become part of the design process, guaranteeing an individual look.

We aim to make the process at La Novia as personal as possible, our bridalwear designer Liliana Dabic believes it is important to build a relationship with her customers, reassuring brides on any doubts or queries they may have concerning their future dress. We want the experience to be fun and something you look forward to coming to as much as we do! Generally, after two fittings in our Edinburgh boutique, and countless hours of work, your dress will be ready to take away..eeeek, we try and make the fittings as close to your wedding day as possible to make sure you will be looking perfect!

For us there is nothing more rewarding than seeing real brides wearing our dresses – it’s so satisfying knowing that we have been able to play a part towards what is one of the most important days in your life. To all our past brides, we have loved seeing all your gorgeous photos, future brides, we look forward to meeting you and bringing your dream dress to life!

Psst… You can read the full article featured in Tie the Knot Scotland:

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Celebrate your curves!

We are delighted to offer 15% off our stunning selection of plus size dresses. Book your appointment between Friday the 11th and Sunday the 13th of May to take advantage of this exclusive offer. Celebrate your curves!

Pssst! Here are a few of our plus size favourites:

Call us on 0131 558 9613 or drop us a mail at to book your place.

New Stella York collection just arrived!

Hello all you beautiful brides to be,

At La Novia we have a very exciting new collection launched in store. This was brought to us by the wonderful ready wear designer Stella York. With a wonderful variety of shapes, fabric and lace combinations you ladies will be stumped for choice with what this new collection offers!

Love Stella York, keep reading to find a few of our new wedding dresses.

A wonderful elegant bridal gown made up with panels creating a very sleek cut and timeless feel that we just cannot get enough of. From the fitted bodice to the fuller skirt, creating a modern twist on a classic fish tale gown. Starting off with a beautifully cut boat neckline leading into a low V back. Catching your eye from the back you have covered buttons going all the way down your dress, finishing at the end of your train. Keeping your guests gasping as you walk down the aisle. This wedding dress also comes with a belt if you want to add that bit of sparkle to your big day. A beautifully beaded belt with pearls and gems is the perfect combination piece.

Looking for a fuller fish tale dress? The Stella York 6427 could be the one. Sweetheart neckline with scalloped edging flowing into the illusion lace front. A delicate lace running along to create a beautiful boat neckline leading into an illusion lace back. Slightly off the shoulder sleeves made up of illusion lacing creates a perfect start to a wonderful silhouette. From a full lace bodice made up of beaded and non-beaded lace, disappearing into lace appliqués on the skirt and train. Are you brides intrigued yet?

Who loves a high neck? Within our new collection, we have added this high neck beauty 6404. Made up of a heavy crepe this fish tale gown is remarkably soft, giving you brides to be the best figure you could ask for. Illusion lace is in and we are loving it! With a high illusion lace neckline, following onto a full illusion lace back with covered buttons going from head to toe. Little straps are made up of the lace continuing that soft and delicate feel the gown gives off. Beaded lace bodice adding detail to this fish tale wonder. If you aren’t impressed by this dress yet then the train will blow you away. The train has been made with a sheer lace panel and scallop edging to give the wedding dress even more of a wow factor.

Something more detailed maybe? Stella York 6343 could be the one. A fitted bodice leading into the soft flow of a fishtail skirt. An allover lace fading into appliqués on the skirt, some beaded and some non-beaded. Thin lace straps with a scalloped edge soften the sweetheart neckline. On the back, you are struck by an illusion lace with cutouts. With the pearl buttons, you are looking at a modern illusion lace back. Cutouts creating a sexy vibe. This wedding dress has a full train, surrounded by the lace scalloped edge trim. Perfect for the wedding photographs!

The perfect summer gown 6365. With a choice of sparkle or without this dress can be personalised for you. Soft chiffon A-line dress with little cap sleeves is perfect for you brides who want a more relaxed vibe. While being relaxed this dress has a lot to offer. Illusion lace front and back with scalloped edging, a discrete sweetheart with a boat neckline made from the illusion lace, covered buttons, and a soft a delicate train. After a bit more sparkle? Why not add a thin belt and change the look of the dress?

Stella York 6303 is a ball gown. With the fuller skirt, you ladies will not be missing out on the details. Illusion lace on the front and back giving the dress little cap sleeves. A sweetheart neckline is introduced by the illusion lace. With the lace having scalloped edging it creates a softer feel. Appliqués making there way down the skirt continues the overall flow of the dress. A little sparkly belt is attached to the dress creating a focal point at the waist making your figure amazing.

Are you loving the new Stella York collection as much as we do?

Call us on 0131 558 9613 or drop us a mail at to try on your favourite dresses.


We have some pretty exciting news for you. Due to challenging weather conditions we had last week in Edinburgh, we have decided to extend our sale.

The La Novia SAMPLE SALE reopens on Friday 9th and will end on Sunday 11th of March.

Walk-ins between 10am and 4pm are welcome but we are taking bookings. A booking guarantees a fitting room space but we will also have a shared changing area on the day.

Call us on 0131 558 9613 or drop us a mail at to book your place.

Pssst! Here are a few of our sample sale favourites:





Quick tips to make your La Novia Weekend Sample Sale a success

Brides, get your diaries out! We are hosting a fabulous bridal sample sale weekend event.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to find that dream designer dress at a fraction of a price. But as with any sample sale, there are some things to keep in mind to make sure you find ‘the love at first sight’.

Before embarking on your hunt for your sale dress, it’s helpful to know what kind of look you’re after. A sample sale is not the best place if it is your first experience of trying on wedding dresses. Do some research on styles, designers and make sure to try on various styles. This will help you get an idea of what shape and style suit your figure best.

Remember that sizing “doesn’t” matter. In most cases, the dress can be altered 1-2 sizes down. If you think you have found ‘the one’ that ticks all your boxes but requires a few tweaks to make it that little bit more personal to you, our highly skilled dressmakers will happily re-style it or alter it for you. Remember it’s much easier to make a dress smaller than to go up in size.

Finally, make sure to book your appointment. A booking guarantees a fitting room space but we will also have a shared changing area on the day. You can call us on 0131 556 3445 or send us an email at

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th of March 2018

La Novia Bridal Boutique
6 York Buildings, Queen Street
Edinburgh EH2 1HY

Autumn/Winter 2017 bridal trends

The first of the Autumn/Winter 2017 bridal trends I’m going to look at is a statement back- whether it’s illusion lace, a cowl, plunge, fastening, or fabulous train it’s lovely to have a beautiful back. After all, it’s what your wedding guests will be seeing for most of your ceremony!

The wedding dress: Stella York style 6404 – this bridal gown has been one of my favourites since I first had a browse around our La Novia bridal boutique, and it features so many aspects of the statement back that it’s a great example of this 2017 trend. The ivory crepe fabric is perfectly matte and drapes well, providing a good base without distracting from the details. The back is detailed with lace, working up from where it is laid over the fabric at the hips, and spreading up the back in a symmetrical illusion. It fastens with buttons (on the lace) and a zip (on the crepe), however, the buttons continue down the centre back in a smooth line to the very end of the train. The train itself attaches below the bottom in a flattering, inverted “v” shaped seam, and is finished along the bottom with a trim of the same bold lace as the top and back.

Hair and accessories – classy up do and birdcage veil. This birdcage veil and bridal hairpiece is one of our own, with matte flowers and lace detail, embellished with pearls to compliment the wedding dress. I have chosen a birdcage, rather than a more traditional veil and bridal headpiece, and a sleek up do, to keep the focus on the statement back of the bridal gown. No hair or tulle covering it, keeping the eye on the stunning back details while adding a demure touch.

Hello beautiful brides to be!

My name is Marthe and, like Emma before me, I am a placement student from the University of Huddersfield. However, I study Costume rather than Fashion and I’m looking forward to getting some experience in the bridal industry with this slightly different perspective.

As well as getting my self-acquainted with the staff, shop, and customers, I have spent this first week researching styles trends and wedding dresses to familiarise myself with the industry and the dresses we have in stock. So, to help you, and hopefully spark some inspiration and potentially throw in a wildcard idea you hadn’t considered, I have been assembling some trend boards – highlighting a bridal trend, giving an example with one of our wedding gowns and suggesting some themes and styling to compliment it- so watch this space for up to date ideas!

I look forward to meeting all of you who come in!


Stella York Trunk Show

There’s no better way to find your Stella York wedding dress!

Join us this Easter weekend Friday 14th to Sunday 16th April 10am till 4pm for our exciting Stella York Trunk Show. All brides booked in during the event will not only enjoy 10% off all So Stella orders but will get an exclusive first look at the new collection, as well as gowns which are not usually carried in our boutique.

Our stylists will talk you through the collection and will explain the inspiration behind the designs for the ultimate bridal shopping experience.

Call us on 0131 558 9613 or drop us a mail at to book your place. We’re excited to see you there!