Beautiful Blooms

A wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without some beautiful blooms. Whatever season you tie the knot and whatever your culture, nationality or religion, fabulous flowers are inevitable on any wedding day.

You might fancy a bouquet that matches the bridesmaids dresses or subtly picks out the colour of the grooms tie or you might want to just go all out and have the church brimming with wild flowers of all shapes and sizes!

At La Novia we can help you match the colour of your button holes to the bridesmaids fur wraps or match your bouquet to a flower girls sash. We can also make you a beautiful headpiece with any number of stunning silk flowers to finish off a crisp white dress.

Show stopping shoes

At La Novia we not only meet all your highest expectations when it comes to buying the perfect dress but we also like to dress your tootsies to perfection too.

We have a huge variety of stunning shoes in store in a variety of sizes. From sparkling platform heels to beautifully embroidered lace kitten heels (and everything in between) we will have the perfect style and fit to get you up the isle and keep you dancing all night.

Pop in to our store on Queen street and have a look at some of our fabulously comfortable designs. We usually have a number of pairs on sale too, so you never know you might grab a bargain!

We also offer you 20% off shoes when you buy a new wedding dress from our store!

Call us now to make your appointment or pop in next time you are passing.

Escape to the sun

The days are dark and chilly and all we can think about is a nice warm hot holiday! If you fancy having your nuptials in sunnier climbs but want the perfect dress to keep you chilled out and stunning throughout, head to La Novia on Queen Street.

Many of our brides request dresses that will travel well, before they jet off to paradise to get married! At La Novia we can make you up a couture dress which will happily be packed to perfection and made from lightweight material to keep you cool in the hottest of weather. Most of our dresses are silk but as we all know man made fabrics are a lot cooler – no problemo! All our dress designs can be made up in man made fabrics and a number of the designers we stock have designs in man made fabrics too. We even stock Ella dresses, an Australian designer perfect for hot beach weddings with beautiful floaty trains and sparkly diamante’s!

Book a consultation with us today.

The vintage look

That 1950s look in all its glamorous glory is huge in 2012 both on and off the catwalk.

Retro with all its lip stained luster is a number one trend at La Novia too. We have some fabulous prom dress designs and bang on trend dropped hems. With our dress making studio only around the corner in Comiston a couture dress made to all your retro style specifications can easily be made! Whether you want bright coloured sashes nipped in at the waist or a big bow birdcage to adorn your head – we will make sure you are the queen of retro weddings!

Winter wedding wraps

You have the perfect dress, shoes and tiara all ready for your big winter wedding. But with the big chill fast approaching do you need a little something extra to keep wedding day goosebumps at bay? Why not come down to our Queen Street store and try some of our wonderful winter wraps

From Ostrich feather to bespoke boleros the girls at La Novia can find you (or make you) the perfect added extra to keep the chill out on your big day.

We have beautiful fur wraps which can be ordered in a variety of colours to suit any theme from traditional ivory to black, chocolate brown or even baby pink these stunning fur wraps will keep you cosy and looking chic all day.

Our bespoke boleros are a favourite all year round. The custom-made lace tops are sewn to look like part of the dress and can have a three-quarter length, full-length or even a cap sleeve. The boleros can have beautiful scalloped lace edging to not only match your dress but even your veil too.

Call the store or pop in to discuss these truly unique creations.

Brides look sexy in silver

The high street is awash with shimmering sliver dresses this season and bridal fashion isn’t far behind!

Catwalk designers from Moschino to McCartney have used silver metallics in their Autumn Winter shows and as this filters through to the high street it seems that the top trend this Christmas is sizzling silver.

At La Novia, we are always looking for something different and we keep one eye firmly on the catwalk to keep our creations beautifully bridal but in keeping with changes in fashion. This season is no different and La Novia has a beautiful collection of subtly silver wedding dresses to suit any shape.

Pop down to our store on Queen Street to have a look or to make an appointment simply call 0131 558 9613

Interview with Liliana Dabic

What is the business book you recommend that everyone should read?
There is no book that can tell you what to do it is intuition and self belief, with a clear goal in your head. Allow yourself to make mistakes but learn from them.

What do you think are your business strengths and weaknesses?
Being foreign is a strength but also a weakness! The strength is bringing a continental feel to my designs and way of selling but the weakness is the language barrier even though I am fluent in English.

What was the defining moment on your career path that has got you where you are now?
Loosing my previous job about 15 years ago. This gave me the drive to start out on my own.

How do you spend your spare time?
Relaxing at the moment because we are so busy but I do love to spend my spare time being creative and making beautiful bridal jewellery.

Do you think you achieve a good work/life balance?
Not at the moment. Recently moving premises was stressful and we are still putting the final touches to the shop. I am slowly getting back to normal though.

What makes Edinburgh the best location for you to live and/or work?
The architecture and size. It is a beautiful city but also small enough to have easy access to get out into the countryside.

What is your special area of Edinburgh, or special place in Edinburgh and why?
Morningside. This is where I live and I love the greenery around that area.

What would you consider the pinnacle of your career?
Exhibiting in the London Wedding Exhibition and realising my designs are recognised nationwide. I want to eventually start mass producing my designs internationally.

Describe your typical day.
The first thing I do is go to my second shop, Dressmaking Studio 2 (which is where our dresses are actually made) in Comiston to see the girls there and talk them through the plan for the day; whether new designs need to be made up, veils to be made or alterations to be done.
Then I head to Queen Street and go through the diary for the days appointments. Once I get the daily paperwork out of the way I can help the girls with dress appointments and fittings. I still love to work in the shop and see my designs looking beautiful on our brides!

Catwalk Brides

With global fashion weeks well under way it is time to start looking at the new wedding collections for 2012. Unlike mainstream fashion’s two collections a year, wedding dress designers only exhibit one exclusive collection per annum.

At La Novia we have been working hard to secure dresses from top international designers to bring Edinburgh some of the World’s most exclusive dresses. From the extravagant to the timeless and modest; La Novia has it covered.

In terms of wedding dress fashion, La Novia believes that the right dress is paramount regardless of what is ‘in’ this season. If A-line’s ‘in’ but a fishtail fits you like a glove – then go with your heart. That said we thought we would give you some pointers as to what is top on the wedding catwalk this 2012.

From high fashion to mainstream the effects of the showstopping series Mad Men have been felt. Having been reliably informed by fashion insiders; gone are the days when we can get away with looking scruffy – uber glam is back! Bridal fashion has not escaped this year-long trend and we have seen a lot of 1950s inspiration take to the wedding catwalks.

Hemlines are hitting just below the knee and the A-Line skirt is puffing out to give that quintessentially 50s silhouette. La Novia Couture’s ‘Flower Power’ and ‘Mojito’ are perfect examples of the 1950s effect wedding dress. As well as these beautiful dresses, La Novia can design and create a dress to your exact requirements; whether you want it in this seasons ‘it’ colour – Red or a wintery plum; Liliana Dabic will be able to effortlessly create you the perfect 50s dress.

If you want to go down the more traditional route but fancy a bit of 1950s flair why not accessorise with a slick of bright red lipstick or nail lacquer. Alternatively, go for super quaffed hair or let the bridesmaids do the talking in A-line skirts or super tight figure hugging calf length pencil skirts a la Joan Harris herself!

Pay us a visit on Queen Street for a bit more inspiration!

Silk, scraps and satin

All our La Novia dresses are made in Edinburgh at our very own dressmaking studios. Our beautiful fabrics are sourced from around the world to make your wedding dress as luxurious as it should be.

But what to do with the gorgeous scraps of silk and lace we have to trim in order to fit you to perfection? Here at La Novia we have put our thinking caps on and have come up with some wonderful suggestions to put some of your excess wedding fabric to good use!

Use your little fabric off cuts to tie up the bouquets, whether there is only enough for you or for all your bridesmaids it will look even more gorgeous when the bouquet is dried!

Table decorations/seating plan
Why not adorn your seating plan or table decorations with some of your fancy lace? If it doesn’t fit into your colour scheme you could even get it dyed!

If you have any tulle from your veil left over why not make a gorgeous and sentimental present for the bridesmaids. Get the leftovers sewn into little bags and makeup lavender bags for there underwear drawers – a very ‘make do and mend’ approach to wedding gifts!

If you have got quite a bit of fabric left or just love your trim and want to buy some more why not give your wedding guests a sneaky peak. Tie or stick some lace or Tulle around your invitations to whet their appetite for the big day.

La Novia are experts when it comes to artistic flair so if you fancy something a wee bit different leave it to Liliana and she will come up with a fantastic head piece! The girls can incorporate parts of your dress to make sure you are dressed from head to toe in haute couture style!

For something a little more saucy our dressmaking studio can use the tiniest of fabric scraps to make you your very own bespoke garter. He may not notice it matches your wedding dress – but you will!