At Sheila’s Bridal Boutique I welcome your feedback. I am always looking to improve the boutique so please leave your comments.
I was more than a little late looking for a dress, starting just 4 months before the wedding. I only went to two places - David's Bridal, and Sheila's. David's was fine and the salesgirl really tried to help, but being plus size there wasn't much int he way of options to try on. However, when I got to Sheila's, there was such a great selection and I knew that I could try on any one that I wanted to. The dress I chose ended up being the second one Sheila suggested! I was thrilled that I not only had a dress, but that I had a dress I had a WAIST in! I'm a full-on apple-shaped sized 22 and was dreading dress shopping, but Sheila made it easy and enjoyable and I'm grateful for her help and her business! I would suggest Sheila for any plus-size bride!
One of a kind!
Sheila is truly amazing at what she does. I was more than a little worried that I wouldn't be able to find a dress that made me feel beautiful. I didn't have any specific types of gowns in mind...so I was open to trying on all kinds of gowns. After talking with Sheila for a few minutes, she pulled out three dresses for me to try on...and wouldn't you know it, I liked all three...but the third dress was the "one". Thank you Sheila for making dress shopping such a great experience! I will be sure to send pictures!
Awesome customer service
When I brought my future mother-in-law to see "my dress", she had some concerns with certain alterations. Sheila was able to ease her mind (and mine). Thanks to her professionalism and tact, I'll be getting my dream dress and with the alterations desired...everyone will be happy. Thank you Sheila!
I was nervous about shopping for a wedding dress and Sheila made me feel welcomed and at ease. I would suggest to all plus size brides to visit Sheilas Bridal before deciding on a dress anywhere else. She truly cares about what you want in a dress and listens to you. She had a great selection of dresses to try that were actually my size. I find most commercial bridal shops have a select few plus size dresses. She respected my opinions and I said "YES!" to my dress! Thank you Sheila Can't wait to wear it in Aruba!
I said yes to the dress !!
Sheila had such an amazing assortment of dresses. I came in with an idea of what i wanted and she had me pick some dresses and she picked a few and i ended up choosing the dress she picked. It was absolutely stunning! It fit beautifully and i felt amazing in it. Sheila was professional and friendly and was very helpful with all of her knowledge of the dresses. I enjoyed my time spent with her, she was also accommodating. I would recommend her to all my friends and family! Thanks sheila for making my day special with such a stunning dress!!
Thank you Sheila for helping me pick out the perfect dress. It took two visits as I was stuck in two very different looks. The one I picked was perfect for the venue and my vision.
Sheilas bridal boutique was the only dress shop I went to and the experience was fantastic. She was very welcoming and patient as I tried on several dresses and let me and my family take our time choosing. I had heard horror stories of how other plus sized brides had been treated in other local bridal shops and was quite nervous to go dress shopping in general, but she made the day perfect.
I even returned a third time to pick out some jewellery.
Thanks Sheila for making dress shopping a great experience for me.
Couldn't have asked for anything more beautiful
I felt like a princess in my special. I couldn't have done it without the help of Sheila! I only went to one place to look for my dress and after the fifth dress i knew I had found the one. Sheila made the whole stressful experience great! She took the time to get to know me, my style, and what I would feel great in. I loved that she had dresses specifically for plus size woman and i didn't have to worry on whether or not the dresses would fit, i knew it would! Greatest dress shopping experience of my life!
Once I started looking for a dress I was disheartened by the selections of stores that say they have plus size but no samples to try on. One place even said "just hold up the size 16 in front of you since it won't fit". Go to see Sheila! From the moment my mother and I arrived we felt so comfortable. Our thoughts and opinions were openly received. I tried on three dresses and when I had to go back and retry the first one, it was for sure the one! Tears and all I excitedly said yes to the dress! You will too when you meet with Sheila.
I had the pleasure of meeting Sheila at a Small Business Event months before becoming engaged. I knew when I met her that if the need for a dress arose I wanted to work with Sheila. With being an older, second time bride in addition to not fitting the "teeny tiny dress mold", I had reservations about going to one of the other local bridal shops. I booked an appointment to meet with Sheila on a Saturday morning and another bridal salon the following day and brought along my step mom and daughter. Sheila suggested several beautiful gowns, helped me in and out of them and offered honest and thoughtful comments on each one. She helped me be open to ideas I thought I didn't want - with the best advice "Pick what makes you feel beautiful.....that's what is most important". I had tried on 4 dresses thinking that one of the first two would be what I'd land on. Cancelled out dress three and four then she suggested I try just one more........when I put it on I just knew it was MY dress! I cancelled my appointment for the following day and I'm so glad I did. I couldn't be happier with it or the personal service that I get with Sheila.
Go see Sheila! Not only does she have beautiful dresses but she is lovely to work with and she will make you feel like a beautiful bride! I can't wait to wow my groom in September!
Thank you Sheila! ( photo to follow after wedding day 😉 )
Shiela's Bridal boutique is amazing. She is great. She listens to what you want and delivers! The first dress i tried on was the one ! I tried on a few after that but it always came back to that first dress! I had an amazing experience and highly recommend Shiela's Bridal boutique!
Supporter of "Dorothy"
This review is a long time coming however as my wedding was a surprise wedding I didn't want to take any chance that anyone would catch on.
My experience was amazing. Sheila is very inclusive and was thrilled to be assisting me find a dress for our special day. She quickly understood the importance of having a dress that complimented my wife's dress however did not look to matchy matchy. My wife isn't plus size and I didn't want to look like the topper of her cake. Sheila was amazing and suggested dresses I would have not otherwise tried on. I actually ended up with a dress completely different than I thought I would. Wouldn't have changed a thing.
A Five Star Experience
If you are looking for customized service that is tailored to your needs and desires in finding “the” dress, then Shelia’s Bridal Boutique is for you. Shelia’s years of customer service and bridal fashion is evident the minute you enter. The boutique is spacious, clean, professional and comfortable. There are chairs available for the guests you bring with you for dress shopping.
Shelia provides a very personal, attentive to detail and relaxed dress shopping experience. Her personality is warm, inviting, respectful, kind and she is very generous with her time and assistance. Unlike some bridal chain stores, Shelia takes the time to listen to what you are looking for, what you’ve tried on, what you like and what you don’t like. She is aware of the frustrations and pressures plus-size brides experience in trying to find “the” dress. During your shopping experience she doesn’t ever rush you. She gives you the time you need to really look at the dress and discuss what you like and don’t like. When it came down to the top two dresses for me and she saw that I was stuck trying to decide between them, she gave me all the time I needed. I never felt rushed, or pushed into choosing a dress or pushed into a sale.
When I asked her opinion she was honest, kind and genuine. I respect those qualities when making an extremely important decision. The Boutique experience is always present in the one-on-one time that you have with Shelia. In the private dressing room, Shelia takes the time to ensure that the crinoline and skirt are loose and free before standing before the mirror. Once you are standing on the platform before the mirror, she takes the time to fluff and prep the skirt of the dress all the way around so the dress truly looks its best while you view yourself in it. Her boutique lighting is soft and complimentary which really helps to view the true shades of white, ivory and the reflective beading or jewel work on the dress. There are many types of veils to try on with each dress and head pieces, tiaras, headbands to complement each.
Her collection of accessories are dreamy; it’s difficult not to want them all, as many of her pieces are timeless and classic. There is something here for every bride. Shelia has bobbi pins and scrunchies to help pull up your hair in a mock trial for trying on veils and head pieces. Having super thin hair, this was a huge advantage for me, when trying on veils and head pieces. This is a five star experience when it comes to bridal dress shopping and was well worth the drive and time spent to find my perfect dress.
Shelia was amazing. As we walked in the door she was very welcoming especially since we had a larger party. She hand picked a few dresses with consideration of my budget,and overall idea. It was the second dress that I tried on that Shelia picked and I just lit up knowing that, that's my dress.
She was very understanding and able to accommodating when I said I wanted to lose some weight. Other stores I was told just get the size you are now since every bride says they want to lose weight.
I would recommend Shelia to anyone and everyone. Amazing overall experience.
Being a plus size bride can be difficult when shopping for a dress as the boutiques just don't carry our size. Sheila has found her niche market and is the place to go for anyone looking for a plus size gown. Sheila was so patient and accommodating and I'm so happy I found my perfect dress at Sheila's!
Sheila was fantastic. She spent so much time with me and I tried on so many dresses until I found my dress.
So thankful for Sheila!
I am so happy that I found Sheila when I was searching for a plus size wedding gown. The selection at stores in Toronto was dismal and the whole process a disappointment. Enter Sheila... She was patient, had a great selection and made me feel extremely comfortable. I ended up buying the first dress she picked for me to try on. Thank you Sheila!
I got engaged in December 2014, I wasn't seriously looking for my dress when I started going to wedding shoppes as we still had lots of time until our September 2016 wedding! Well, as the saying goes "time flies by" and I needed to find my dress. I had found a few I liked from different places but each one was missing something, or if I tweaked it or changed something it could maybe work. I went to a few bridal boutiques which really discouraged me.. I found the selection very few, I am also bigger at the hips which is hard to slip into a dress and since I am claustrophobic I was certainly not putting all that material over my head! A friend that was with me that day, could see I had just about enough and suggested Sheila's. Said it was a plus size gown shoppe so I might have more luck.
Sheila was fantastic. First off I am not great with cats and she was not even the slightest bit hesistant with putting hers away for the time we were there. She didn't judge. As you know, trying on wedding dresses is very ummm personal, and she didn't make me feel uncomfortable or anything!! Considering it is out of her home, the selection was a pretty good range.
Needless to say, I said YES to the dress!!
While searching for plus size wedding dresses online I came across Sheila's bridal boutique in Ancaster. I couldn't believe that there was actually a plus size wedding dress store in Canada let alone just outside of Toronto. My wedding is not until 2017 but I decided why not try some on see how they look. I have a huge family and when I made this appointment a lot of people wanted to come. Our group including myself was 7 adults 2 kids and a baby. Sheila was very nice about my big entourage and very accommodating. When I first looked at all the dresses I noticed they were all so beautiful and classy and there were SOO MANY!! Sheila hand picks all the dresses in the shop and let me tell you she knows how to pick em. I ended up falling in love with the second dress I tried on even tho I wasn't planning on it!! I look forward to working with Sheila through my whole dress journey. If you are a plus size bride, who wants an all around amazing wedding dress shopping experience, you must book an appointment with Sheila's Bridal Boutique. I promise you won't be disappointed!!!! Thank you so much again Sheila!! Your the best!!!
So I was recommended to Shelia's boutique almost 2 years ago when I was starting to look for shoes for a bridal party that I was in. I actually never got a chance to get there for this purpose but we did speak through email and Shelia was more than happy to let me know that she did have styles, sizes and WIDTHS (I am a double wide foot) that I was looking for in stock and she was able to dye shoes to the grey colour that I would need.
Then about 2 months ago, I was looking with my friend for her upcoming wedding for her bridal dress. She was having a really frustrating time in all of the dress stores that we had already gone into, may it be the service or just the lack of sizes to try on. While my friend was in the change room of one of the competitors shops, very frustrated and feeling as though she had not had any luck for a long time; I decided that I was going to email Shelia and see if she by any chance had a quick appointment for us to just come and browse.
Shelia emailed me back within about 15 to 20mins and she let me know that she does have one quick opening today. She let me know that we might only be able to try on a couple of dresses but for sure to come on down and check them out. I was overjoyed by this news!!
My friend was a little skeptical when we drove up to a house being the address. However, once inside and brought to the boutique I could tell that my friend right away felt at ease. My friend explained what she wanted and just the way that she had been treated before. Shelia was so friendly and calm, she was able to pull out a few beautiful dresses.
My friend actually tried on two different ones however fell in love with the first one and had to try it on again. I saw her face light up to that "say YES to the dress moment" and she was so happy. Of course her mom needed to see it, so she made an appointment for the next day.
The next day i received the very excited text that she did pick this dress! I am so happy for her! I am soo happy that we were able to make this happen!! I am so happy that Shelia was so accommodating!!
Honestly I can't thank her enough because me and one of the other bridesmaids ended up trying on some vales for ourselves and Shelia was awesome about it! I definitely would recommend her boutique again and again!!!
Plus-size?? No problem!!! 🙂
As a typical plus-size bride, I began my wedding dress shopping a little nervous that I would have a hard time finding sample dresses to even try on. Although it ended up not being as bad as I thought it would, I was still very limited with what I could try on. One place had me put the hanger around my neck to "visualize" what the dress would look like... who would ever buy a dress that they can't even try on!! I was almost ready to "settle" for a dress that I did like, but didn't really get that feeling everyone said you will get when you find the right one. Then I heard about Sheila's.... and thank god I did! I was able to try on every single dress she had in stock, and even better, most were my size!!! It was such an amazing experience, so comfortable and laid back. So many different styles that would fit all shapes and sizes. Needless to say, I found THE dress and couldn't be any happier with it!!!! Thank you so much Sheila!!! It truly was an amazing experience! 🙂
A Must For Plus Size Brides!
Before I started looking for a wedding dress, I really didn't think it would be that hard, especially living in a huge city like Toronto. Given that I'm a plus sized 18 bride who is fiercely determined not to settle for any dress, and I embrace my body, I didn't imagine that it would be that difficult. Fast-forward 5 bridal dress stores in Toronto and a few typical plus size bride experiences later (when the store advertises as plus size and only has 3 gowns for you to try on, and asks you to squeeze into dresses too small), I finally decided to make the trip out to Ancaster to Sheila's Bridal Boutique. I really wish in hindsight that I had visited Sheila's store first, instead of wasting my time at a whole bunch of other stores. Not only is Sheila patient, warm and professional, but she aims to find you a dress that makes you feel beautiful, and doesn't pressure you in any way to make a decision on the spot. She had so many dresses and styles to try on (all in sizes that I could fit into!) and the prices were so reasonable. This was by FAR, the best experience I had shopping for a wedding dress. Not only was my appointment personalized and focused, but Sheila found me the perfect wedding gown when I didn't think I would ever find it (the very last gown she pulled for me to try on!). Needless to say if you are a plus sized bride in Toronto, the GTA or anywhere in Ontario, you must make the trip to Sheila's Bridal Boutique in Ancaster... the drive is worth it, you'll be glad you did, and chances are you are going to find that perfect dress! Thank you Sheila!!
#1 Plus-Size Dress Boutique!!
Being bigger my whole life, I have dreaded dressing up. You see the tv shows of brides finding their perfect dress, and to be honest, I never really believed it. Until I met Sheila and had my first (and last) wedding dress experience.
Since I'm super self-conscious about my body, I tend to be very picky about what I wear. Sheila made me very comfortable, could tell when I wasn't pleased with what I was wearing, and would also offer an honest opinion when asked for one. After seeing what I was liking and didn't like, she led me to my dress! I put it on, and had one of those "tv moments", and cried, said "yes to the dress".... the whole nine yards. I am still pleased with the dress and how accommodating Sheila has been.
For anyone in the market for a wedding dress or even wedding accessories, look no further! Sheila is a "fairy god mother" in disguise!
Thank you Sheila for all you have done for me! For that, I am forever grateful.
Worth the drive!!!! All Plus-size brides need to try!
I would firstly like to say I had an absolutely amazing time shopping for dresses at Sheila’s. Due to my body shape and size I was nervous to look for a wedding dress. Right away Sheila was very attentive to my needs and what I was looking for. She pulled some amazing dresses and for the first time I LOVED the way my body looked in a dress! I ended up buying the first dress I tried on (I did try on about many others just to be sure 🙂 ). Throughout the whole process I felt very comfortable. Sheila was incredibly patient and very helpful in the decision making process. In the end I found the most amazing dress. I cannot thank Sheila enough!!!!!
I have a very challenging figure as I am only 4 foot 10" and plus sized. Sheila listened to the things I liked in other dresses and found me the perfect dress first try (of course I tried on five more that also looked and felt amazing). I tried 3 other Bridal shops and none compared to the level of excellence Sheila provides. If you go to Sheila's Bridal you will find the dress of your dreams at a price that is incredible given the quality of the products and friendly service she offers. I could not have had a better experience. Thank you Sheila!!!!!!
What was supposed to be one of the best times of my life, I was dreading the dress shopping experience. From the second I met Sheila at the Wedding Show in Hamilton, I knew she was God sent! She gave me hope and assured me that she would be able to help me find my perfect dress without feeling self conscious, and she did just that! She was wonderful and had a large variety of dresses that I could actually fit into to try on! So in one trip I bought my perfect dress, veil, head piece and fur jacket, all at a great price! I can't thank you enough for making this a wonderful experience that I will never forget!
A must for all full size brides!
I have to say I was dreading going wedding dress shopping. From my years of watching Say Yes to the Dress and other bride shows, I had visions of being stuffed into one of the shops few big dresses and having to choose which one looked less hideous. My friend found Sheila's Bridal Boutique online so I decided she would be our first stop. Being from Toronto, it was a bit of a drive, but decided to make a day of it. Not having much faith, I booked an appointment at Davids Bridal for a few hours after. First off, just walking in, I felt immediately at ease. Sheila is such a wonderful, welcoming woman. She pulled out 5 dresses for me to try on and all but one could have been "my" dress. They were gorgeous! And not just a dress in a large size. They looked hand picked to make a plus size bride look beautiful! Needless to say, I purchased everything, dress, veil, hairband, and earrings as everything was very well priced as well as beautiful. For someone who was dreading their dress shopping, I had the most amazing experience and it was all thanks to Sheila and her dresses. Sheila's Bridal Boutique is a must for all plus size brides! It doesn't matter how far away you live, make the trip, it is so worth it! Thank you Sheila!
Sheila made my experience a life-changing one!
I am a young bride and I have spent my entire life trying to "fit in" (pun intended) with society's idea of beauty. In my 22 years it seems I have yet to succeed in that... I went about dress shopping prepared to be disappointed. Prepared to be stuffed into a poofy, shapeless, lump of material that people figured I belonged in. However, I had zero intention of wearing anything like that on my big day. I am a tall, full-figured and curvy woman and dang it, I'm gonna show that off on my wedding day! I first tried David's Bridal.
What a nightmare. I felt they just wanted to make a sale and they did try to put me in one of those dresses they figured would cover me up the most. Assuming I wanted that. I left that day feeling discouraged, but determined to find a bridal store that what actually show me the kind of dresses I wanted to try on. I did some research and found Sheila's. What a difference! She has an amazing selection. You can find everything you'd ever need! Not only that, but she herself was amazing. She was kind, attentive and above all made sure I found exactly what I was looking for and nothing less. And I did! I chose the most beautiful, strapless dropped waist gown. Everything I was looking for and more! It couldn't have been a more beautiful experience and I have told every curvy bride I know about her. I almost wish I could buy another dress for the reception just so I could experience it all again. Highly reccomend her above everyone else! She gives you all her attention and she actually genuinely cares. Thank you Sheila!!! Xoxo Jennilee
A must for plus size brides!
Sheila and her bridal boutique are both absolutely amazing. I could not have asked for a more relaxed and comfortable dress shopping experience and recommend all plus size ladies out there to make this their first (and most likely your only) dress shopping stop. Your dress selection is stylish, with such a range in dress type and size, and all so reasonably priced! Since having purchased my dress with Sheila, I have been to some of the big bridal stores for bridesmaid shopping and will be forever grateful that I had Sheila's honest, sweet, and professional attentive care over the chaotic mess that bridal stores offer!
You made this easier than I could have ever imagined!
Thank you Sheila for what you do!
You made us feel like we were trying on dresses at home!
Thank you Sheila, for your time and expertise. We had a great time playing dress up in your beautiful gowns. Now we only have to choose!
Thank you for your down to earth no pressure atmosphere!
I have already reccomended you to others!
Kinette Club of London
I would like to take the opportunity to give many thanks to Sheila for an incredible experience! When the time came to go shopping for a wedding dress i was so excited until the actual fact set it that i was going to have to physically go to a dress shop and try the gowns on. Being a plus size women brought on all kinds of new fears.. Will the dress fit, will I like my limted choices. All fears that any bride should not experience. I came across Sheilas boutique and was overwhelmed with excitement. The reviews were lovely the dress choices seemed promising. I took my chance crossed my fingers and made my appt. WOW am I happy I did. My dress shopping trip which I travelled four hrs for was AMAZING! Sheilas boutique was wonderful. Tons of choices, beautiful gowns, gorgeous jewelery and the shoes oh my goodness!!! Sheila was so incredible. Shes such a patient and warm woman. She pulled the most beautiful gowns for me. I fell in love with the very first dress she brought in!!!! Each gown selection was stunning! I felt beautiful and was overwhelmed with joy. If you are a plus size women please please do not hesitate to visit
Sheilas boutique before any other, you will not regret it! What a truly amazing experience for me! I said yes to the dress! Thank you Sheila from the bottom of my
heart. I will now be a very happy beautiful bride!
I am a mature plus size bride who was looking for an amazing dress. I had gone to other stores that said they had "lots of plus dresses"- their idea was at size 12 or " just put your arm thru the sleeves and hold it up in the mirror". My experience at Shelia's was great! I could put on anything in the shop and we were given her undivided attention. Thanks to Shelia I got an amazing dress for and amazing day!
I am a plus size girl who is all about style. I tried a few different shops. Sheila had a great variety of dresses to try on. It was such a nice experience to be trying on a dresses where you are the only bride in the shop.
I found my dream dress at Sheila's bridal shop for a great price!!!
Thank you Sheila for understanding not all brides wear size 10 and under!!! In my head I was so worried about dress shopping and I thought i would just have to settle on a dress that i like and not find the one that I would love.
"I love my dress!"
I said YES to the dress
I went to Sheila's from out of town looking for a wedding dress. She was more than amazing and patient with me and she catered to my needs and wants down to a T. I was able to find the perfect dress and accessories for my special day. It was the best experience I have ever had shopping for anything and I would recommend her to any one that is shopping for a dress. Thank you so much Sheila for making my wedding day extra special with the perfect dress.
I have been meaning to write a review since I bought my dress at Sheila's Boutique. Before I went to Sheila's, I had been to two other bridal stores and being a "plus size" bride, I was stressed about it. The first one I was completely overwhelmed because it was way too busy and I did not feel like I had the attention of the sales associate assisting me. The second store was nice, I just did not get that "feeling".
Enter Sheila's Bridal. From the first email I received from her to the day I went and picked up my dress, she was so friendly, supportive and just plain amazing. She has a great selection and is willing to give her advice and opinion if asked... basically she is honest and that is what is important to me. I felt completely at home with her and I thank her for making the wedding dress purchase fun and easy. I absolutely LOVE my dress and cannot wait until August 29th, 2015. I should add that she also had the perfect vail!!!
Thank you Sheila for just being you! Sorry it has taken me so long to post.
Denise on August 20, 2014 at 6:19 PM said:
Anne Gemmill on August 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM said:
Bre on April 24, 2014 at 7:50 AM said:
Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW on March 30, 2014 at 7:07 AM said:
Jessica C. on March 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM said:
Jennifer M. on March 24, 2014 at 6:58 AM said:
Kate on March 18, 2014 at 7:31 PM said:
CC on February 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM said:
Janine Marczak on January 20, 2014 at 6:11 PM said:
Susan on January 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM said:
Alanna on December 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM said:
Jennifer on October 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM said:
Caroline on August 31, 2013 at 7:35 AM said:
Catherine on July 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM said:
Shannon on July 3, 2013 at 9:47 AM said:
Anonymous on May 2, 2013 at 11:29 AM said:
Julie Troake on February 14, 2013 at 4:12 PM said:
Michelle Armellini on February 1, 2013 at 4:19 PM said:
Christina on August 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM said:
Stephanie Borse on July 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM said:
Rachael Snow on February 14, 2012 at 5:18 PM said: