Hottest 2016 bridal fashion trends

This month we’re putting the spotlight on Oscar Lili’s ‘Emily’ two-piece set which recently graced the runway at our fashion show in Edinburgh’s Mansfield Traquair. Tipped to be the hottest trend of 2016 the co-ord look is really shaking things up and we’re REALLY excited about this! We believe a bride’s bridal look should be an extension of her unique style and this trend is a breath of fresh air.

We love how Emily blends a modern chic aesthetic with a relaxed bohemian vibe. The silk satin skirt is bias cut which allows it to skim the bodyline without it being restrictive. The lace which is used features delicate beaded flowers which shimmer when the light catches them. This is a beautiful contrast to the sleek satin.

Emily is made and finished by hand in our Queen Street boutique. This ensures each piece is made with love to the highest quality possible.
Influenced by the modern women and her lifestyle, an Oscar Lili bride is confident and fashion-forward.


Take a look behind the scenes of our fashion show which took place in Mansfield Traquair. The show featured bespoke collections – Liliana Dabic Bridal Couture & new label Oscar Lili. Our wedding dresses are now available in our Edinburgh Queen Street boutique. Make an appointment with one of our bridal stylists today!


Made by hand in the heart of Edinburgh the Liliana Dabic 2016 collection features wonderfully sculpted, romantic wedding dresses. The superb quality of this bridal collection can be seen in the luxurious fabrics, pure silks, and delicate details. Look effortlessly timeless in figure flattering styles which are sophisticated and classic.

Feedback from La Novia Real Brides

Hello everyone! We hope your Monday is good and your week has started off well. Customer feedback is a big deal for us in La Novia bridal boutique. We work so closely with our clients throughout their time with us, so their thoughts and recommendations are very important.

There is no better feeling than knowing you’ve gone above and beyond expectations. We want to provide our brides with the best service we can. Knowing we’ve helped make our brides day extra special through their wedding dress is wonderful! We love when our brides take the time out from their busy schedules to leave us a review. We thought we’d share some of the highlights from the last few weeks.

Lilianna and all the girls at La Novia, a HUGE thank you for making our day so special with such a beautiful dress, it was perfect!! Will be recommending anyone that asks! Loved coming to visit for every fitting and see the dress take shape, I could not have asked for anything more stunning! Thank you! xx” Tess Wills

Getting a bespoke dress made at La Novia was one of the best decisions I made for my December wedding (sorry it has taken so long to write this, where does the time go?!), even though I had moved to Nottingham and was getting married in Wales it was absolutely worth the hassle of trips back to Edinburgh for fittings. I spent a long time looking for the perfect dress and visited A LOT of shops but nothing was quite right, Liliana was able to combine all the features I wanted with the most beautiful fabric, a lace unlike anything I had seen elsewhere. The service was fantastic, all of the staff are lovely and really know their stuff, Liliana may not be the simpering pander to the bride type you get in a lot of shops but I found that refreshing, she is honest and genuinely cares about making you look, and feel, amazing and not about selling you the most expensive dress she can and moving on to the next person. I had so many compliments on my dress and people still mention it six months after the wedding, I just wish I had a reason to wear it again! If you are considering making an appointment at La Novia I would wholeheartedly recommend that you do and, if you are starting to worry that the wedding dress you want simply doesn’t exist and contemplating a compromise, go and see Liliana first!” Helen Jerina

Liliana and the team at La Novia are absolutely amazing designers and dressmakers! I couldn’t recommend them highly enough! My Liliana Dabic dress was stunning! Brides, you need Liliana in your lives!! Xxx” Holly Lowe

Brilliant boutique, easily my favourite one I visited. The team are really friendly, welcoming and helpful and there’s a big selection of dresses from the super simple to full on wedding glitz. Liliana’s own designs are ace.” Ella Matthews

New wedding dresses arrive in La Novia

This past month has been a bit crazy, to say the least! We’ve said our goodbyes to many lovely clients. When our brides collect their wedding dress on collection day, it’s always exciting. We send our brides off with their bridal gown to celebrate one of the biggest days of their life! We really get to know our clients throughout their appointments and fittings. That’s why we love to see pictures of them on the wedding day itself, seeing the ideas they’ve discussed come to life is truly magical!

As well as being busy with clients, we’ve welcomed a few more styles into store. We’re really pleased with our collection as it’s so diverse and flexible. Our bridal designers Stella York, Miquel Suay, Pronovias and Ian Stuart each have their own flare. Whether you’re seeking a traditional look or a wedding dress which is fashion-forward we recommend booking an appointment in with one of our stylists. Call us on 0131 558 9613.

The new styles which have arrived are all completely different. Our Ready to Wear collection offers a choice of relaxed and beautiful alternatives to simplistic tradition and everything in between. For several seasons lace has been hugely popular with designers, we can thank Kate Middleton for that but this year we have noticed the introduction of soft tulle and delicate chiffon. Both fabrics are very romantic.

Heavily embellished, 1920s vintage wedding dresses have been all the rage for a few seasons now. The decadence has remained but a more subtle approach has been taken with embellishment. The lace which has been incorporated into the new bridal gowns features contemporary laser cut designs. We love this modern method, the detail created is just exquisite.

While we wait for the rest of our designer collection to arrive, we’ll occupy ourselves by finishing the wedding dresses for our upcoming bridal fashion show.


In collaboration with Mansfield Traquair we are delighted to announce an exclusive open day wedding event. Our fashion show will unveil OSCAR LILI, each design will be showcased under the spectacular murals. Come along and experience this magical venue, on Sunday 20th of September. Open day from 11am – 5pm appointments are preferred. The fashion show will begin at 3pm.

We’re so excited to showcase our latest wedding dress designs on the catwalk and can’t wait to see you there! Please RSVP by Monday 14th September.

Something New – Stella York 2016 Collection

Happy Monday! This week we’re dedicating our ‘something new’ to our glorious new collection of Stella York wedding dresses. We love receiving our new season bridal dresses each year; it’s like Christmas! When selecting our styles we only have our brides-to-be in mind, what would they like to see hanging on our rails? This season we really wanted to add a fun, youthful vibe to our current collection. Stella York offer designer wedding dresses which are modern and sexy – perfect for brides with an edge. After receiving glowing reviews from brides over the last few years, we’re thrilled to be a stockist of Stella York once again.

Our new bridal collection features a range of wedding dresses from form-fitting mermaid styles, full ball gowns to flirty tea-lengths. Each bride’s wedding dress should make them feel the best version of themselves. With romantic lace, soft tulle, beading and delicate appliques we’re excited to see them transform. We always tell our brides to remain open-minded; it’s amazing how different a dress can look on the hanger!

Having been in the bridal business for over 20 years I understand wedding budgets can be tricky, each little thing can add up. The Stella York range offers designer quality at great value. The 2016 collection ranges from £800 – £1,500.

Liliana x

Stella York bridal range is now available in our Queen Street bridal boutique. Email us to make an appointment:

Liliana Dabic – website launch

Can you believe it’s almost the end of July? This year has flown by, it may seem even quicker for those of you planning your big day. We’ve been pretty non-stop in La Novia HQ creating and altering wedding dresses. However, September is set to be our busiest month this year – we can’t wait!

As well as adding the finishing touches to our bridal gowns, we’ve been rather busy launching a new website for our made to measure designer label ‘Liliana Dabic’.

We’re not only lucky enough to have bridal designer Liliana at the helm of our Edinburgh boutique but we’re very fortunate to stock her exclusive wedding dress collection. The collection includes around 20 dresses which are all couture. When our client places their order, their measurements are taken and the wedding dress pattern is formed using their body measurements. The beauty of Liliana’s collection is that you are able to create a gown which is unique and personal. We’re able to incorporate your ideas very easily. Each bespoke dress is made by hand in-store.

Over the years Liliana has become renowned for her attention to detail. The new website really showcases her work brilliantly. The collection features a range of silhouettes and luxurious fabrics. By using innovative cutting techniques and finishes, Liliana is able to bring a modern twist to her wedding dresses. If you are looking for high quality, look no further! ‘Only the best will do’

If you would like to arrange a styling appointment please contact us on 0131 558 9613.


We’ve got some big news to share! This week the Bridal Buyer Awards shortlist was announced and we’ve been placed as a finalist this year. We’re over the moon to be shortlisted in ‘The Best Bridal Retailer Scotland’ category.

We’d like to say a big thank you to our La Novia brides for motivating us to do our upmost best on a daily basis. We endeavour to provide a level of customer service our bride-to-be deserve, in the words of our director Liliana ‘only the best will do’. It’s an honour to help guide our lovely clients towards the perfect wedding dress and accessories. They place a massive amount of trust in our team and our skills, we truly appreciate their support.

As our team love all things bridal, it’s a fantastic achievement. We now need to keep our fingers crossed! X

What to expect at your bridal appointment in La Novia Boutique

Upon your arrival you will be greeted by your personal bridal stylist. Our bridal appointments are scheduled to last an hour. During this hour your stylist will introduce our collections and listen to your ideas. We have handpicked designers from around the world, to create a collection of wedding dresses which includes vintage laces, modern silhouettes, striking ball gowns and chic bohemian wedding dresses. Keep an open mind and try on a few different styles. Our stylists will help find gowns that compliment you and your personality; we want you to feel phenomenal!

The wedding dresses in our bridal boutique are all sample sizes. Unfortunately, we can’t carry them in every size. We will try our absolute best to make the dress look fabulous. After we’ve narrowed down your search, it’s time to accessories. Whether you fancy wearing a traditional veil, statement birdcage or simple hair comb, we have a fantastic range available for you to try alongside our wedding dresses.

Once you find ‘the one’ you will have an instant feeling of pure elation. Can you picture yourself walking down the aisle to meet the one you love? That’s when you know you have nailed it! To ensure your gown fits you perfectly we will take your body measurements, if it’s a ready wear design we will compare your measurements to the designers size chart and pick the size which matches best. If your gown is one of our made to measure wedding dresses, the measurements will form your pattern.

Many customers prefer to pop back for a second appointment to try their favourite styles on before making a decision. In this case, we will write the details of your shortlist. Purchasing your wedding dress is unlike any other shopping experience, it’s so important you make the right decision. Your dress will feature in your wedding pictures for many years to come. You have to absolutely love it!