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Andrea Lown speaks alongside Preston Bailey at Bride Villa Antigua

October 2012

Andrea Lown of educates Caribbean wedding vendors about the top 10 Social media tips they can use to grow their destination wedding businesses. Vendors traveled to Antigua to learn from celebrity wedding planner, Preston Bailey, Micheal Zoumberos of Limelight Photography, and Jaime Luckey of Caribbean Bride Magazine. Bride Villa is an annual event held on a different island each year boasting vendor seminars and a consumer bridal show.

Andrea Lown featured on Extraordinary Women Tv

October 2012

Andrea talks about what it was like to start and why she entered the wedding industry after having only 6 guests at her own ceremony. Watch the back half for tips of ways to save and eco-friendly options.Watch the video...

How to be Considerate of Your Bridesmaids

August 2012

Want to please your bridesmaids? Check out our expert advice from on how to keep your wedding party happy as you gear up for your wedding day.Read More...

Keep that wedding budget from getting out of hand

June 2012

The expected cost is up 20 per cent from 2008, a statistic that doesn't surprise co-founder, Leah Andrew, who says that more than 75 per cent of brides feel pressure to have a wedding bigger than their budgets. Read More...

Search for ‘the dress’ led to online niche

May 28, 2012

It was after searching Craigslist that Andrea realized the limitations to finding a used dress online.From there, SmartBride Boutique was born. Read More...

6 Ways to Make Your wedding Day Extra Special

April 2012

Andrea Lown, the co-founder of, offers six tips on how you can plan your wedding to best represent your relationship and the personalities of you and your fiance. Read More...

Something Borrowed, Something Green

April 2012

There are lots of options for dealing with your old wedding dress. If your dress is from a more recent era, check out Read More...

8 Ways to Shave Thousands of Dollars Off Your Wedding Costs

Mar 2, 2012

....brides are looking for ways to have a great wedding without mortgaging their future. Andrea Lown, co-founder of SmartBrideBoutique knows first-hand about the desire to have a beautiful wedding, a lovely wedding dress and save money. Read More...

Planning a Wedding Creates Addictions...

Feb 9, 2012

I'm not much of an internet person. That is until I became a Bride-to-Be. Doing online searches for wedding topics has introduced me to such resources as Pinterest, Weddingbee and Smart Bride Boutique.Read More...

11 Amazing Trash the Dress Photos

Feb 1, 2012

With all the engagements over the holiday season, and more coming with Valentine's Day, is showcasing some brides who decided to Trash their Wedding Dress! Read More...

Here Come the Brides

January 28, 2012

Founder of SmartBrideBoutique, Andrea Lown, talk about the changing bridal business... Read More...

Filling a Founder's Shoes....Temporarily

December 7, 2011

Every week, The Globe and Mail seeks out expert advice to help a small or medium-sized company overcome a key issue it is facing in its business. The Challenge: How can SmartBride find a fill-in for a founder on a temporary leave? Read More...

The Rising Stars of Toronto's Young Entrepreneur Scene

December 6, 2011

On Oct. 20, 2011, the team from Report on Small Business invited dozens of enterprising owners, including entrepreneurs Andrea Lown and Leah Andrew, to attend a networking event to share the perks and pits of entrepreneurship. Read More...

Summer Wedding Dresses for Less

August 18, 2011

"Allison Kornberg Walch picks 3 celeb gowns of summer 2011 and where to score the cheaper look-alikes, including a dress from SmartBride Boutique!" Read More...

Pay Less for your Dream Wedding Dress

August 18, 2011

"There are a number of options to consider that will help you snag a beautiful dress at a discounted price. is a site that lets you sell or buy gently used dresses." Read More...

Walking Down the Aisle in a Recycled Gown

May 13, 2011

"Canadians on average spend about $20,000 on the big day, but it would seem more brides are looking to save by going with something old. Well, maybe not old, but at least gently used. The idea of recycled dresses and wedding accessories is gaining traction, especially online." Read More...

Tips to Buys Your Pre-Owned Dress

March 15, 2011

"We've been busy brewing up ideas for all brides and grooms for Earth Day. shares tips to buy your pre-owned wedding dress." Read More...

Down The Aisle: Save with SmartBride Boutique

March 10, 2011

"We all know I hate when people overpay for a wedding dress they’ll only wear once. Thankfully, Andrea Lown and Leah Andrew created a way for budget-conscious brides to get that dress—and much more—of their dreams without feeling sticker shock from the price tag..." Read More...

Shopping Tips to Find Your Perfect Dress

January 19, 2011

"Shopping for bargains online is less intense than the full-on sample-sale experience, and sites like make finding affordable gowns a cinch...." Read More...

Wedding Podcast Year in Review

December 2010

"In this special Bridal Scene Holli & Robert talk about personalizing your special day, including websites for you and your friends to find stylish clothing and accessories for the wedding..." Read More...

Christmas Shopping! Holiday Event

December 18, 2010

"SmartBride like the ebay of all things bridal, great for budgeting brides " Read More...

Wedding Coming Up? Great Gifts for Brides-to-Be

December 10, 2010

"Holiday gift givers can join the fun with these 5 unique finds, all less than $40. Cute and compact, they are perfect for slipping into a bride-to-be's stocking or sending from afar." Read More...

SmartBride Boutique Offers Thrifty Brides a Chance to Save Big

December 1, 2010

"Whether you are in the midst of wedding planning mayhem or are already basking in newlywed bliss, if you are looking to free up some spare cash we have the perfect website for you..."Read More...

The Globe And Mail - Smarter choices for the bride on a budget

October 21, 2010

"When Andrea Lown was planning her own wedding, she discovered that ordering a dress is a huge challenge when you have a budget, and that placing an order may have to happen six months in advance." Read More...

Tech Vibes - Toronto startup SmartBride is an innovative Craigslist with a distinct wedding-themed twist

September 18, 2010

"Weddings can be expensive, no doubt, particularly because everything seems to have to be bought brand new. Well, SmartBride Boutique is changing that."..... Read More...

The Toronto Sun - "Lady in WHITE"

July 25, 2010

"For many brides, deciding on the gown is the most exciting – and stressful - aspect of planning their wedding. Although choosing a dress can be a delight, having a huge array of beautiful bridal fashions can make for a daunting decision."..... Read More...

The Calgary Herald - "Green Your Wedding"

July 16, 2010

"SmartBride Boutique reports that the average wedding in the U.S. produces 180 kilograms of garbage and 63 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions -- but that eco-friendly weddings are becoming increasingly popular"..... See the Photos and Read More... - "Amazing 'Trash the Dress' Wedding Photos"

June 23, 2010

"Thousands of brides have trashed their wedding dresses - would you? Are great photos and an afternoon of laughs worth ruining the most expensive dress you'll likely ever wear? Check out some of's favorite Trash the Dress sessions"..... See the Photos and Read More...

Scarlett Lounge - "Fashion & Beauty: Bridal Hair"

June 21, 2010

"With wedding season in full swing, many brides are putting the finishing touches on their wedding looks. When it comes to hair, brides are moving away from traditional veils, opting for headpieces, flowers, feathers and more! shares three of these trends..." Read More...

NBC 6 Miami- "South Florida Today"

June 19, 2010

Andrea Lown appeared on South Florida Today to give Brides advice on how they can survive their wedding day, no matter what happens! Visit NBC Miami...

The Morning Show on South Florida Live- "Bridal Survival"

June 16, 2010

"Watch Andrea Lown on South Florida Live's Morning Show as she helps brides to survive their wedding day"..... Watch...

Women's Post - "The "Connector"

June 7, 2010

"Last year I met a really cool female entrepreneur named Andrea Lown who started SmartBride Boutique, a classifieds site for everything to do with weddings. I immediately admired her drive, passion, and spunky sense of humour "..... Read More...

Scarlett Lounge, Toronto - "Wedding Season Dress Tips"

April 26, 2010

"Wedding season is just around the corner! Is your summer calendar chock full of weddings? What will you wear that looks amazing but doesn't break the bank?"..... Read More..., Toronto - "Ways to Save The Planet Beyond Your Wedding Day"

April 22, 2010

“Have you read’s 'Top Ten Eco-Wedding Tips For An Earth Friendly ‘I Do'?..... Read More...

A Morning - "Eco-Friendly Weddings"

April 21, 2010

“Even weddings are becoming environmentally friendly! A Morning talks to green wedding expert, Leah Andrew, of ..... Watch...

Go Green Street - "Green Wedding Guide: Eco-friendly Wedding Rings"

April 19, 2010

“ even suggests, infusing your rings with love by getting family and friends to recycle their unwanted gold to make wedding rings for you and your hubby..... Read More...

The Georgia Straight - "Getting Your Wedding Day Bliss On Budget"

March 18, 2010

“Everyone wants to have the wedding of their dreams but they want to have it on a realistic budget,” says Leah Andrew ..... Read more...

SmartBride on Sonoran Living Live!

March 8, 2010

During the segment we offered tips to help you have a greener wedding, focusing on your wedding dress, your invitations, flowers and favours..... Read more and watch...

DWeddings - "New Twist on Wedding Gown Shopping"

March 5, 2010

Now you can purchase bridal gowns from recent brides for a fraction of the original cost.... Read more...

Pretty Savvy - "The Business of Savvy Brides: Her Story"

February 18, 2010

Leah Andrew and Andrea Lown wanted to have their (tiered) cake and eat it too. While planning their own weddings they were curious how they could create their perfect day without breaking the bank...... Read more...

24H Vancouver - "Always be prepared"

February 10, 2010

Here are 20 must have items that every bride should have in their Survival Kit courtesy of Read more...

Breakfast Television Calgary - "Budget Brides"

February 5, 2010

Budget friendly tips from SmartBride Boutique on Breakfast Television Calgary... Watch...

Breakfast Television Edmonton

February 3, 2010

A behind the scenes look at SmartBride Boutique on Breakfast Television Edmonton... Read more and watch...

Calgary Herald- "Gift for the bride-to-be"

December 22, 2009

Here’s a gift idea for the bride-to-be in your life. The SmartBride Boutique 2010 Desktop Calendar is a cute, stylish way for her to keep track of the days — especially handy considering she’s planning one major day.... Read more... - "Save & Splurge Weekly Blog"

August 10, 2009

Every week, SmartBride Boutique will share tips to help you create the wedding day of your dreams without sacrificing designer names or fabulous style. Smart brides should have their cake and eat it, too! Read the blogs...

Breakfast Television Vancouver - "Green Wedding Tips"

April 22, 2009

Smart Bride Leah Andrew provides green tips for weddings.

Breakfast Television Calgary - "Green Wedding Tips"

April 22, 2009

Smart Bride Andrea Lown provides green tips for weddings. Watch more.. - "Budget Bride"

April 17, 2009

Whether you’re still planning your nuptials and searching for the perfect dress or you’re already indulging in newlywed bliss and looking to free up some space—SmartBride Boutique is your one-stop online shop. Read more...

Metro Toronto - "Be an Eco Bride"

April 8, 2009

(Top of page 32) Recently married Canadians can do their act of green this April by buying or selling a gently used dress. Read more...

Edmonton Journal - "Here Comes the Bride...on Budget."

March 24, 2009 & April 2, 2009

Many women have dreamed of walking down the aisle in a Vera Wang, but let’s be realistic: it just seems wrong to splurge on a $5,000-plus wedding gown. - "SmartBride Spring Charity Event"

March 19, 2009

Welcome SmartBride Boutique to town, and raise money for Women Moving Women.

Rogers York Region Daytime - "Fashion Show on a Dime"

March 13, 2009

Jacqueline and Jeff welcome Leah Andrew of Smart Bride Boutique. Watch more...

Ottawa Citizen/ - "Cutting the Cost of a Wedding"

March 7, 2009

Special shouldn't mean pricey. Read more... - "SmartBride Boutique Charity Event"

March 4, 2009

Did you know that 1 in 7 women live in poverty? Read more... - "Big Day or Run Away?"

February 23, 2009

Planned elopements a way to tie the knot without breaking the bank -- or losing your mind.

24 Hrs Toronto - "Free Site Tackles Wedding Costs"

February 23, 2009

Budgeting the Big Day. Leah Andrew, and Andrea Lown created SmartBride Boutique, an online classifieds site for past and future brides.

Breakfast Television Toronto - "Fashion Show on a Dime!"

February 20, 2009

Leah Andrew showcases gently used dresses in a budget friendly wedding fashion show.

Breakfast Television Edmonton - "Fashion Show on a Dime!"

February 13, 2009

Leah Andrew and Andrea Lown show off wedding dresses that don't cost a fortune. Watch more..

Waterloo Record - "Couples Scale Back on Wedding Costs"

January 22, 2009

From the decor to the dresses, food, flowers and entertainment, tying the knot can be trying enough on finances under normal circumstances. Read more...

Alberta Local News - "Planning Weddings During a Down Turn"

January 22, 2009

From the decor to the dresses, food, flowers and entertainment, tying the knot can be trying enough on finances under normal circumstances. Read more...