Wedding Dress Shopping in Sydney

Wedding Dress Shopping, isn’t it the one thing all brides dream about? We all want to feel like a goddess on our wedding day, and the most fun part of this is getting to try on as many dresses as you can.

So far, in my own personal journey, this has been the most exciting part of organising the wedding. With time ticking away and a wedding in less that six months for me, my wedding dress is a major milestone I hope to soon tick off the list.

With that I thought I would share some of my tips surrounding buying your perfect wedding dress and I will even divulge my favourite shops to visit so far.

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1. Budget

It is a must to have a budget in mind, especially one that you and your partner have both agreed on. And whilst this is true for me, I believe when it comes to your wedding dress, every girl wonders whether they should just splurge and completely blow that budget when the right dress comes along.

Of course, if this is the case for you, just make sure you aren’t spending your entire wedding budget on the dress. What fun would it be to have an expensive dress, but no where to wear it?

2. Fees

Be aware that some high end bridal boutiques will charge you to make an appointment. This was something I was surprised by when phoning some retail shops. Though it does make sense. There are so many people out there that shop for a dress, only to buy a copy online. So in defence of these shops, at least with letting potential customers know that there is a fee they are discouraging the ‘window shoppers’.

3. Fun

Bring along your mum, mother-in-law to be, step mum, aunty, grandmother or sister. Make a day of it. Celebrate the fun by including a nice lunch and coffee stops along the way. After all, you are going to need expert opinions to ohhh and ahhh over you as you parade in those gorgeous gowns.

My favourite Wedding Dress shops so far

Ivory & Lace – Austinmer NSW

Jenny the owner is fabulous and very helpful. I loved that she was barefoot and relaxed with no strict ‘trying on dress rules or fees’. She has a great range of designers and you’ll pay less for the same dresses stocked in Paddington. Approx $800-4k.

The Barefaced Bride – Kurnell NSW
Melanie has a small studio out the back of her home in Kurnell. She has a great range of designers and styles, and also a selection of gorgeous vintage garments. Approx $1,000 – $7,000.

Suzanne Harwood – Melbourne & regular trunk shows around Australia.
This was one of the best experiences I have had. We were met with champagne in a penthouse apartment on the harbour in Sydney. Great views and beautiful helpful caring girls who made my mum and I feel very special. Great dresses too, ranging from size 6-14 and costing 7k+.

Marry Me Bridal – Mosman NSW
They have a huge range and pretty much a sure thing for anyone wanting a ’traditional’ dress. Well priced too with many designers and last years stock on sale. $650-5k.

Lover – The Strand Arcade Sydney NSW
They have just introduced an all white collection which aren’t your traditional bridal offering. Only a small range but some great simple lace designs. $800-4k.

Helen Rodrigues – Neutral Bay NSW

If I had a bigger budget this shop would have been great for me. As it turned out, I wasn’t even tempted to try anything on as I was so scared of falling in love with it! Some of the top designers in Sydney are stocked here. 7k+.

Brides by Francesca – Rockdale NSW

My favourite designs here were the Berta Bridal range, and of course it was in the higher end for prices. To try on the Berta range you will need to pay a fee – these dresses were in great condition due to this.

Forever Vintage specialises in only original vintage from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 80’s with each and every peice lovingly hand picked and imported from Europe and America.  Forever Vintage is bound to have something you’ll simply fall in love with in a range of sizes from an Australian 4 to a 22.

I also stubbled upon this blog on Mr & Mrs with The Top 15 Wedding Dress Boutiques in Sydney

Even though I am getting very close to finding ‘the dress’ I am still looking for any tips or suggestions for great bridal boutiques in and around Sydney. I’m also looking for a great I would love to hear your thoughts so please send me your recommendations!

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