When it comes to choosing the right bridesmaid dresses for your bridal party, there are a number of important considerations to be mindful of.
First, take a look at the style of your own gown - do you want your bridesmaids to compliment or contrast with you on the big day?
If you have more than one bridesmaid, you may need to consider each girl’s skin tone and hair colour to be sure the choice of dress suits everyone.
We focus so much on the effort that goes into searching for a wedding dress. And rightly so - what a bride wants to wear on her wedding day is of the utmost importance! But we tend to gloss over the search for the bridesmaids dresses, and how difficult finding the right ones can be. Here are some steps you can take to make the quest for the dresses easier, as well as 10 fabulous bridesmaid dress ideas for lucky Mebourne-based brides!
In a similar vein, body shape is a major influencing factor in many bride’s decisions for their right hand women - if you have one bridesmaid with the frame of an Olympian and another who could pass for Kim Kardashian, you might want to consider the emerging trend of multi-way gowns to facilitate all sizes and dimensions.
Weather and climate are two other significant issues to remember when hunting for your dream dresses. Velvet fabric and stiff tailoring won’t work in sweltering heat just as backless silk slips are utterly unsuitable for cold temperatures.
Finally, it’s essential to respect the budget, particularly if your bridesmaids are paying for the privilege of their dresses themselves.
A bridal shop primarily sells dresses and accessories to brides-to-be and members of bridal party (e.g., the maid of honor, the mother of the bride, etc.) They also offer alteration services so everyone can get the perfect fit. Some bridal shops will also sell gowns for formal occasions, such as prom, etc.
Bridal shops do not operate on a commission-based sales model. The shop typically marks up the price of the dress over the wholesale cost. A markup is a retail term used to designate how much more the product is sold at retail over the wholesale price.
The Career Bliss website profiles two stores online and found the owners of one averaged between $70,000 and $92,000—annual income can vary depending on the store's profits—while another successful store's owner made between $46,000 and $56,000.
You Can Negotiate. Most people don't realize this, but with some bridal shops, you can negotiate down the price when you go wedding dress shopping. ... If you're able to find competitive prices online, make sure you bring it up to the sales expert and try and bring them down in price.
While the national average cost of a wedding dress is $1,631 (including alterations), dress prices are based on various factors and generally range from $500 to $4,000. By shopping at large retailers and getting a machine-made gown, you can easily land on the lower end of the spectrum.
White Runway - Bridesmaid Dress Shop Melbourne
Introducing WHITE RUNWAY... Bridesmaid and formal dresses she'll wear time and time again.
White Runway offers the largest and most on-trend selection of Ready-to-Wear and Made-to-Order gowns to suit any woman. Specialising in Bridesmaid gowns , Black-Tie and Formal dresses, White Runway has become Australia's number #1 Formal and Bridal Fashion destination and is a cult favourite among both Australian celebrities and the media fash-pack.
At White Runway, we don't believe in the concept of wearing a dress only once, particularly when it comes to bridesmaid dresses.
All too familiar with the age-old custom of wearing an unfashionable bridesmaid dress and then banishing it to the dark recesses of the wardrobe, White Runway Founder Rebecca Lau Marsh created the company to offer bridesmaids stylish dresses that would be loved, cherished and most importantly, worn again! Dresses that your bridal party would love to wear and will thank you for.
Unlike any other boutique, White Runway stylists can turn every aisle into a runway style by offering clients a selection of over 350 dress styles in more than 30 colour-ways in sizes 4-24, all designed and delivered to your door within 1-12 weeks.
All the dresses that you see on White Runway have been carefully selected by our team of Stylists to provide a flattering fit and timeless style. We offer a wide variety of formal dresses, bridesmaid dresses, evening dresses and dresses to wear to a wedding in numerous colours, sizes and prices. With our Stylists only a few clicks or a phonecall away, shopping for your wedding at White Runway becomes easy. If there's anything you want that you can't find, please do contact us and we'll do our best to assist you.
Make it a day to remember in a beautifully flattering bridesmaid or wedding dress from the White Runway bridal collection. At White Runway we believe every bride and her bridesmaids should look and feel amazing on the wedding day regardless of budget. We are one of Australia’s largest online bridalwear retailers offering a range of stylish wedding dresses, bridemaid dress and formal dress at an affordable price, without compromising on quality. A great selection of our bridal and evening dresses are available to try in showrooms with a trained White Runway stylist. Book a dress fitting appointment at a White Runway bridal showroom near you.
Luv Bridal & Formal- Bridesmaid Dress Shop Melbourne
You’ve got the ring and you’re now a bride-to- be!
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and sometimes a little stressful – so many choices… so many decisions. Amongst the chaos, you should expect your bridal gown shopping experience to be a treasured highlight. Seeing yourself in that gown that perfectly fits your wedding vision, should be an unforgettable once-in- a-lifetime moment. It should be exciting, special, fun, full of emotion and experienced with those you love most. Most of all…it should be all about you.You are a bride. You are beautiful, determined and deserving of a perfect beginning to your happily after. Most of all, you are unique. Your perfect bridal gown will reflect your inner individuality and exclusively designed fairytale.
Your bridal gown shopping experience should be as unique and unforgettable as you are. Creating that unforgettable experience for you is what drives us. You’re what we do… You’re who we are… You’re the star of our show. When you visit one of our nine showrooms, you can expect to be embraced with 40 years of bridal experience. We house bridal gowns by the best designers the world has to offer, catering for lovers of timelessly elegant designs to embracers of modern cutting-edge fashion. Our Bridal Stylists are chosen for their experience, knowledge and most of all, their ability to give you a bridal gown shopping experience that will become a cherished memory.
We are Luv Bridal and we are all about you.
WHY CHOOSE LUV BRIDAL
Luv Bridal has been part of the Australian bridal landscape since 2009 and brings to the industry over 40 years of experience. With 9 stores nationwide and 3 in the USA Luv understands what it takes to make the day of your dreams come true.
World Class Designers
Our directors hand pick the worlds leading bridal designers to offer exclusive collections directly to our Australian showrooms. Due to this passion, we are able to offer designers such as Pronovias, St. Patrick, Mia Solano, Madi Lane and more!
We pride ourselves on offering international designer gowns at the perfect price. Our directors are passionate about offering a quality, made-to-order gown at a price affordable for the modern day bride. Our designer gowns are priced from $499-$5000!
Ferrari Formal Wear & Bridal - Bridesmaid Dress Shop Melbourne
From humble beginnings in Ormond, Melbourne, with a stock of five dinner suits bought with money borrowed from his Aunt, Brian Ferrari could never have envisaged that his fledging business would one day be a part of so many families’ special occasions. Ferrari Formalwear, still owned and operated by the Ferrari Family, has reliably delivered quality formalwear and service for forty years to over 1 MILLION customers in South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.
The knowledge gained form being at the forefront of formalwear fashion in Australia for so long has enabled Ferrari Formalwear to be the market leader in terms of choice, quality, fit and value. Our experience and research into garment technology, assembly, and finishing, guarantees the best possible product for your special occasion, and with our extensive work with designers world wide we have developed the most stunning range of formalwear available in Australia.
Not all formalwear companies are the same.
From the smallest page boy to the largest gentlemen, we have fitted them all, and from that experience we have learned and passed on that knowledge to our team members. Our small but highly specialised management group boasts collective formalwear management experience in excess of 193 years, and all have attended seminars by leading local and international consultants to enhance their already vast knowledge of the industry. However, this is where it starts; our continuous education program ensures that all members of the Ferrari team are apprised of all developments within the industry from the latest fashions, fabrics and accessories to garment handling and fitting techniques. From the top down, there is no issue too large and no detail too small that is not within our sphere of excellence.
Ferrari Formalwear & Bridal offer a beautiful collection of Bridesmaid dresses and elegant Evening wear to purchase from stylish labels such as Allure Bridesmaids and Tania Olsen/Poseur.
The exquisite range of gowns are sure to turn heads at any special occasion.
Bridesmaids Dressing Room - Bridesmaid Dress Shop Melbourne
HOW IT WORKS?
If you are looking for the perfect bridesmaid dresses – you have landed on the right site! Choosing your bridesmaid dresses can be a bit tricky – especially when you have so many factors to consider. We understand how confusing and difficult it can be. We are here to help you make the right choices and make sure your bridesmaids’ look and feel their best on your wedding day.
Often we get asked “So how does made-to-order work?”
The simplest way to describe it is that you “Pre-order” and “Pre-pay” for your dresses now, and then wait approximately 12-14 weeks for the dresses of your choice to be made for you in standard sizes.
If you are experiencing any of the things listed below while looking for bridesmaid dresses in Melbourne – then you have come to the right place!
- Looking for a place where your bridesmaids can try on dresses in a variety of sizes and colours – so you can see what the dresses look like on their bodies?
- Worried about finding the right dress because all your girls have different body shapes?
- Spending hours looking at hundreds of images of bridesmaid dresses online, then left feeling overwhelmed and confused about what you want? (Is your mobile about to explode because of all the images you have saved onto it ha ha).
- Nervous about ordering bridesmaid dresses online because you are concerned about getting the colour, style and sizes wrong?
- Wishing that you could just “speak to someone” (who knows
We understand how important your choice of bridesmaid dresses is to you for your special day. You want to “get it right”.
- Your girls to look and feel comfortable on the day (without compromising on the style factor).
- Your girls to wear a style that looks spectacular on them AND compliments your wedding gown (without stealing your thunder of course!). “They can’t look better than ME!!!” – admit it, we know you are thinking it! ha ha
- People to say “WOW – Where did you get the bridesmaid dresses from?”
- Something different that reflects your personal style and ties in with your overall wedding theme.
- Styles and colours that are going to flatter your bridesmaids’ unique body shapes and sizes.
At the Bridesmaids Dressing Room we don’t just “sell” dresses, we want to help you with your dress selection process, to make sure your bridesmaid dresses “tick all the boxes” for what you are looking for.
We offer you:
- The ability to try on dresses at our showroom in Melbourne see Visit Melbourne Showroom page. This way you can physically see what the dresses look like on your bridesmaids, especially if you are not confident with buying online.
- A large collection of stunning bridesmaid dresses from Australian and International Bridesmaid Designers. Visit Our Designers section to see more.
- A huge range of fabrics and colours to choose from.
- Expert advice and guidance to ensure the styles you choose suit the body shapes of your bridesmaids.
- The ability to shop online 24/7 at your convenience, if you can’t make it into our showroom.
- Rush order options if you are in urgent need of dresses.
Why choose us?
Our business, dresses & service
- We are a dedicated bridesmaid dress business
- We do what we LOVE…and we LOVE what we do!
- We are a multi-Award winning, Australian based
- We ONLY sell original designs/authentic suppliers
- We offer excellent quality dresses – amazing fabric and construction
- We provide fun, friendly advice & guidance from expert stylists
- We offer your bridal party an outstanding shopping experience
- We provide professional fittings and alterations service
- We CARE xxx
A bridesmaid dress is NOT just a dress for one day, it’s a dress that will last you a lifetime of memories.
Remember that every time you look back at your wedding photos in years to come, you will always have the images of you with your bridesmaids wearing the gorgeous dresses you picked.
Always and Forever Bridal - Bridesmaid Dress Shop Melbourne
At Always and Forever Bridal International, Melbourne – London, We pride ourselves on being the leading premier bridal wedding gown stockist in Melbourne. We support one of the largest collections of stunning wedding gowns in Melbourne. Here at Always and Forever Bridal we carry award winning exclusive bridal designers from Australia and around the world;- such as Dando -London, Mori Lee, Nicole Spose, Mon Cheri, Martin Thornburg, Sophia Tolli, Ellis Bridal, Kelsey Rose, Peter Trends, Ronald Joyce, Rosa Clara, Fara Sposa, Oppulence, Romantica of Devon, Madeline Gardner New York and many more.
With over 30 years of experience in the Industry, Always and Forever Bridal International is a second generation family run and owned business, renowned for its customer service. Always and Forever has become Melbourne’s most sought after and trusted bridal store, for brides to be when shopping for their Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaid’s Dresses, Bridal Accessories, Shoes and Final Touches
DESIGNER WEDDING DRESSES AND GOWNS
Always and Forever Bridal International is based in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, on Collins Street in the city. With globally acclaimed fashion houses sourced from around the world, from Europe to the United States as well as some of Australia’s finest designers. We are renowned for bringing the newest bridal designers and styles from the catwalks of London, Barcelona and
New York to the home of Melbourne.
CUSTOM WEDDING DRESS SERVICE
The perfect gown is only limited to your own imagination, as we offer our Custom Design Bridal Service. Where you can create your own personalised wedding dress features, as well as create a gown from your own imagination. From Vintage to Bo Ho, Classic and Timeless to Modern sleek designs. Always and Forever are committed to providing our brides with the ultimate designer experience here in Melbourne.
Sarah Jean Wedding & Events - Bridesmaid Dress Shop Melbourne
Built off a passion to share an indulgent experience with the world, one luxury gift box at a time.
Sarah Jean fell in love with all things Wedding after planning an extravagant Wedding at the world famous Sydney Opera House, back in 2009.
Knowing in her heart this was the career path she would choose, she went on to study through Event Management Training LTD where she obtained her Diploma in Wedding and Event planning receiving an over all distinction.
Sarah Jean then worked along side Mel Cahill, wife of world famous Rugby League footballer, Hep Cahill who plays for the Widnes Vikings Super League. In 2015 she helped create there lavish but intimate Gold Coast Wedding where the inspiration for her luxury Bridal Boxes came to life.
Her passion for Planning Weddings had now turned into a dream to create the perfect gift for the Bride to be and her Bridal party, the day of the most Magical day of her life, helping to create life long memories the morning of.
With years of searching and creating to bring her dream to life along with the unwavering support of her two children and family her dream came to life.
Sarah Jean is excited to bring to you her Luxury Bridal Gift Boxes and is overjoyed to share with you the many more Gift Boxes that are being created to add to her collection, while working towards some exciting new projects coming over the next few years
A PERFECT PRE-WEDDING GIFT
Sarah Jean Wedding & Events is an online Boutique offering our luxurious Signature Bridal Gift Boxes. Our hand picked, meticulously designed, quality items are beautifully individually packaged creating a magical experience for any Bride to be and her bridal party.
All gift inclusions have been hand picked by Sarah Jean to ensure a luxurious experience is received by all deserving recipients.
INDIVIDUALLY GIFT BOXED
Each inclusion has been individually packaged within their own beautiful gift box, creating a lasting indulgent experience.
Ensure your bridal party are photographer ready with stunning matching outfits to prepare for the special day ahead.
House of Gowns - Bridesmaid Dress Shop Melbourne
We are a full-service bridesmaid boutique specialising in personal attention. Our spacious showroom is located in Melbourne’s eastern suburb of Croydon South. Your time in our comfortable, spacious showroom is curated and tailored to your style: simple and elegant, sophisticated and glamorous or somewhere in between!
Our experienced and dedicated bridal stylists will collaborate closely with you, to find the perfect gown for your bridesmaids, mother of and flower girls.