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 info@lanovia.co.uk.

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 info@lanovia.co.uk to book your place. We’re excited to see you there!

Sample Sale Steal

Hello, all you lovely brides to be.

You are all very warmly invited to one of our fantastic bridal sample sales! This will take place on February the 19th 2017! With dreamy designer dresses just waiting for you to fall in love with them. A selection of bridal designers like Pronovias, Stella York, Ian Stuart and even our in-house designer Liliana Dabic. Why not come along and bag yourself that designer wedding dress you have always dreamed of! Our sample wedding dresses range from a UK 10 up to a UK 16.

At La Novia we pride ourselves on taking the up most of care to all of our dresses. Some of the samples have been tried on more than others, they may have a few minor flaws. Do not let this put you off ladies! Our very talented in-store dressmakers will do their absolute best to ensure that all of our sale gowns look as good as new!

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 dressmaking magicians will happily re-style it or alter it for you.

Thinking about the extra cost of repairs?
Included within our sale price is the dry-cleaning of the dress and any repairs that may need done. Your dream dress will be as good as new at no extra charge!

With our last few Sample sales being busy periods for us, we predict this one will be similar! The store may be bustling with brides, so our stylists may nip in and out of your appointment to help other brides. Don’t let your dream dress slip out of your hands, grab it while you can!

A few of my sample favourites include:

Yensen wedding dress- 2015 collection by Pronovias

This beautiful embossed wedding dress stands out from the crowd. With the buttoned panel at the back creating that subtle detailing. Nothing takes away from the gorgeous floral embossed pattern on the dress. The perfect ball gown for you brides!

Liliana Dabic – Mojito

Looking for something a little bit sweeter? With the sweetheart neckline, it is a very chic wedding dress. Lace detailing showing under the skirt, giving it an edge that just draws me in. Add a bolero of your choice to make the dress more personalised and change the entire look!

Evangelista – Ian Stuart

Don’t be put off by the sparkle! This amazing dress flatters the figure and shows off the curves! Beautifully slim line lace dress with a tulle overlay. With a slight gold overtone, you will be the bell of the ball in this gown.

Our sample sale appointments are very informal. Walk-ins are welcome but we are taking bookings, ensuring a fitting room space is available. We will also have a shared changing area on the day. Please note that all sample dresses are sold as seen and non-refundable.

For all enquiries call us on 0131 558 9613 or send us an email at info@lanovia.co.uk


Pop in & let the magic of the dresses speak for themselves

My name is Emma, I am currently undergoing a placement at La Novia Bridal, counting towards my degree. I study Fashion Design with Textiles at Huddersfield University and currently in my third year. Placement in La Novia Bridal boutique allowed me to experience all aspects of bridal fashion design – from sketching and sewing to the styling appointments with our brides to be. I am loving my time working with the La Novia team, learning tricks of the trade from each and every one of them.

To get myself more familiar with the bridal scene, I have been researching the trends for 2017 and put them into a blog post for you all to read. The 2017 trends reflect our collection in store very well.

Classy and Romantic, Blush is going to be that Elegantly Sexy shade up and coming this year. Perfect for modern brides wishing to make a statement.

At La Novia we are keeping up with the trends and offering you blushing brides to be a sneak-peek at our very own pink-hue Wedding Dress. Designed by our in-house designer Liliana Dabic.

Skin-baring choices are featured in store, varying from a Deep Plunge V Neck for the more daring brides, to illusion back bridal dresses. If you love the intricate lace detail flowing from the front of your bridal gown and continued onto the back without it being covered, the illusion back dresses are a perfect fit for you. Creating that modern look with skin on show, while feeling fully covered and confident. Low backs are also in brides to be so if you are not a fan of the illusion back then do not panic we have you covered!


After a more contemporary look? 
An Off the Shoulder option for brides wishing to make a slight statement. This can be created and personally adapted to the bride. A wide range of Boleros can offer this style that instantly changes a dress for a more individual look. A bolero can also provide more coverage while still showing off the beautiful cut of our gowns and the lace detailing showing upon your skin. Working closely with our Head designer it allows the brides to adapt elements, from sleeve length to the style of the boleros.


Oversized is in Girls! Get ready for the big bows attracting some attention to your Bridal Gowns. In store we can create bows to any size your heart desires. Add that couture element and twist to the traditional Wedding Dress.



Feathers are coming your way! In the form of shrugs all the way to features on your dress. You could add them onto the cuffs of a bolero for a more seasonal look in the colder months.


Big and Bold hairpieces are back in. Birdcages are making a comeback, think big, think sparkles, and think Bridal! Made in store allows them to fit your wedding dress perfectly. Look no further for that statement headpiece.

Not a fan of birdcages? Hair combs and hair-vines are also a brilliant way to add adornment into your bridal look.

Keep your eyes peeled for some spectacular trains and veils hitting the bridal scene. 3D floral, sparkles, plain edge- you name it, you’ll find it this year.

Embellished dresses strike again with 3D Floral back in for another bridal season!

Dare to try something different from the world of Bridal? High neck, Plunging neck or even a halter neck? Give it a go and fall in love with one of the new Wedding looks.


Two looks in one! What a treat for you brides to be this season! Lace overlays create the idea of two dresses in one. Classic and elegant with a couture feeling. Book an appointment with us to see it for yourself.


That classy casual feeling, Jumpsuits and separates are in! Feel comfortable and confident as you walk down the aisle in an elegant two-piece. Something a bit different for the couture bride.

Why not pop in and let the magic of the dresses speak for themselves!


Winter sample sale

Hello, all you lovely Brides to Be!


We have a selection of fabulous gowns from bridal designers Pronovias, Stella York, Ian Stuart and Liliana Dabic. It could be your chance to bag the designer dress you’ve dreamed of – at an incredible price!

All the gowns included have been tried on but are in great condition. Please note dry-cleaning and repairs are included in our sale price. We try our absolute best to ensure sale gowns look as good as new. All gowns are sold as seen and are non-refundable.

We predict our store will be bustling with brides so our stylists may nip in and out of your appointment to help others. Our sample sale appointments are very informal.

Walk-ins 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.

While you peruse the collection you can enjoy a warm mulled wine – this the season after all!

For all enquiries call us on 0131 558 9613 or drop us an email at info@lanovia.co.uk get in touch today.