Our Story

Norde Bridal, formerly The Handmade Bride, is a 4-time award-winning bridal boutique located in Ottawa’s ByWard Market. We bring together a curated collection of wedding dresses and accessories created by Canadian and American designers. Our collections are full of design-focused, effortless gowns that are modern, elegant and have a pop of personality.

We believe in the value of handmade, not only for the amazing flexibility of customizing our gowns but, more importantly, for the moral and ethical aspects. By choosing products that are handmade in an artists studio you can feel good about supporting livable wages, fair labour practices and employee safety.

Our entire collection is customizable, we work directly with our designers and have the ability to edit designs or create completely custom designs. We love to help our clients find the perfect silhouette, neckline and fabrics to create a seriously gorgeous wedding dress personalized just for them.

Started from the Bottom...

The store first opened in 2013 in an old, turn of the century general store in the New Edinburgh area of Ottawa as The Handmade Bride. In 2015, we moved to our current location in the ByWard Market.

In July 2017, we changed our name to Norde Bridal. In our first 4 years of business we have evolved so much to meet the demands of our clients. We felt that we outgrew The Handmade Bride name and that it no longer represented who we have become. Norde Bridal fits with our current image and clientele and reflects our dedication to Canadian and North American design as well as our own Canadian heritage and down-to-earth vibes.

The shop was honoured to have won the title of Best Bridal Boutique 2016 by the Ottawa Wedding Awards and the Top Choice Awards as well as Best Wedding Gown for the last 2 years at the Ottawa Wedding Awards. Norde has also been featured in countless media articles and wedding blogs for its fashion forward designs and innovation in the wedding dress retail industry. Owner, Meg Brunetti, speaks at numerous events about her entrepreneurial journey and her experience as an innovator in her industry.

Love it? Then we would love to spend some time with you shopping for your wedding dress! You can book your appointment online anytime.


I want each dress to have a story, not something someone in a factory overseas has made a bagillon times. A wedding dress is special, its an heirloom that should be kept for a hundred years… and also, it should be ridiculously beautiful.”

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“When you get engaged, you don’t suddenly become fancy. That’s why I created Norde, for real people to come hang out with their loved ones, try on pretty dresses and find something that fits who they really are. We hate pushy sales tactics and snobbery, its all good vibes and champagne over here!”

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