As soon as I read this news, I automatically assumed TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress was going to be filmed in The Bay’s new Kleinfeld Bridal Boutique. It would make sense given the U.S. show’s fondness for the boutique, right? Wrong. While Say Yes to the Dress is expected to make its Canadian debut on the W Network sometime in 2015, it will start filming this August at Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique in Woodbridge.
Sticking to the same format, the Canadian series will follow the U.S. show’s themes of picky brides, opinionated entourages and budget-conscious parents, until finally the arguments, meltdowns and tantrums give way to a bride saying yes to the dress of her dreams (usually a Pnina Tornai). Even if you never have any intention of wearing a white meringue yourself, it’s guilty-pleasure TV watching at its finest and the fact that Canada is getting its own version makes the indulgence all the more homely.
“It’s unbelievable and beyond words to be part of this fantastic franchise. It’s an honour to have been selected as the boutique for Say Yes to the Dress Canada,” said Sam Pollari, owner of Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique in a press release. “Having been in the bridal business for 35 years, this is the crowning achievement of my career. We’re very much looking forward to sharing the expertise we provide at Amanda-Lina’s with all of Canada.”
Allegedly, the network scouted more than 20 bridal boutiques in the Toronto area, but it seems this shop’s 35-year history and family ties were the deciding factor in its selection. As leading experts in the world of bridal fashion, Amanda-Lina’s is owned and operated by husband and wife duo, Sam and Rachelle Pollari, whose mother first opened up her Toronto bridal boutique, Lina’s, in 1969. Their collection features gowns from renowned bridal designers including Simone Carvalli, Cristiano Lucci, Victor Harper Couture, Eve of Milady and the newly acquired Badgley Mischka.
Obviously with such a selection, any customer will be spoilt for choice in her decision-making, but on the matter of those blushing brides, the show is in fact looking for participants. More specifically, a diverse cast of brides with a variety of body types, ethnicities and economic backgrounds to ensure that all Canadians are represented. Simply apply here if you’re interested in making an appearance.