When it comes to planning your wedding, one of the most important aspects – is finding the one! And by the one – we mean the DRESS!
It’s every bride’s dream to have the perfect wedding dress, but there are just many to choose from! Knowing what you want can be hard and frustrating, especially if you’ve been to what feels like 1,000 stores and haven’t seen what you had envisioned.
We have gone ahead and listed our top wedding dress designers, to make ‘saying yes to the dress’ easier!
ALIN LE’ KAL
“Alin Le Kal, a name synonymous with style, elegance and allure, has lent his creative and visionary art to the fashion-world creating garments of timeless style and supreme beauty that render the modern woman. In a world lost to quickness and fast-fashion, Alin Le Kal epitomises the graces of yesteryear where style and elegance ruled supreme. His woman gives nod and praise to the past but stamps her ground as a divinity of our times.”
Annette Of Melbourne
“Leading and established couture house, Annette of Melbourne Couture has custom made beautiful and individual gowns for over 35 years in our intimate boutique- based in the heart of Seddon, Victoria. The team at Annette of Melbourne endeavours to capture the bride’s individuality and ideas through careful designing, fitting and planning and through the use of the highest quality of silks, intricate laces and hundreds of crystals to make your dreams become reality.
Each gown is individually designed just for you, cut, measured and fitted in-house with the down –to-earth, personalised service led by head designer Rose, together with designers Annette and Le. All our gowns are lovingly crafted in our workroom by our devoted and talented team of experienced seamstresses.”
“Idilio gowns are a breathtaking tribute to femininity. Our Melbourne based company carries various lines consisting of couture and ready-to-wear gowns designed and sewn exclusively in Europe by leading bridal and evening wear designers featured in fashion shows across Paris, Moscow, Warsaw, Lviv, Munich and Milan.
Each gown is hand sewn and created with the finest fabrics, decorated with lace, Preciosa pearls, Swarovski Crystal and handmade flowers. Whether you are dreaming of a contemporary chic design or a traditionally classic style, at Idilio you can be confident that the gown you choose will be the right one for your individual style and personality.”
“Born from a desire to create a brand for the modern bride, Marquise Bridal has grown rapidly since our debut release in March 2015, aswell as developing a little cult following for our sultry silhouettes and simple chic designs along the way.
Forever evolving our vision, and the pursuit of the perfect gown for our Marquise Muse brides, we release two capsule collections a year, constantly redefining bridal trends while continuing on with the fundamental theme of simple uncomplicated silhouettes using luxury textiles. The result is sultry, romantic and luxury gowns for the modern bride.”
Designer Bridal House
“Step into a gorgeous and private space filled with luxurious ready-to-wear wedding dresses made by Australian and internationally renowned designers. Our sought-after labels includes Milla Nova, Adi Shlomo, Studio Levana and much more.
For the more creative and adventurous bride, we also provide an in-house couture services. From start to finish, we can work with the bride to design and create a custom made wedding dress that is one of a kind.”
“Launched in 2016, CON ILIO is an evening and bridal fashion house based in Melbourne, Australia. The fashion house is globally inspired, with the designer, Con Iliopoulos and his team of classically educated couture seamstresses – using European sourced fabrics and employing intricate hand beading and lace crafting techniques to cater for the haute couture market in Australia.
The timeless nature and breadth in CON ILIO’s designs have already attracted leading Australian celebrities and international luxury publications since its inception in 2015.”
“The Corston Couture gown is defined by an undeniable romantic style. Always with a twist, be it edgy or quirky, sometimes with a nod to a bygone era, but always fresh and trend forward. Corston Couture gowns are available to view and try on at our salon in Glebe, Sydney, located in a heritage-listed grand Victorian terrace in the tradition of the bygone era of exclusive couture houses.”
Brides Of Melbourne
“Our talented and experienced buyers carefully select our range of wedding dresses by looking for beautiful fabrics and soft colours, gown weights that suit Australia’s climate, both trend-setting styles as well as traditional full wedding gowns. Some of the brilliant designers chosen for their beautiful wedding dresses and quality workmanship include Allure Bridals, Brides by Mancini, Casablanca and many more.”
Romeo Bastone Couture
“The #RBC process is fun & enjoyable & most of all – stress free. Hence, only taking on a certain number of orders for each month as we work quality not quantity. “It’s a Dream Gown Experience. As every Bride & in particular, All #RomeoBastone Brides deserve no less!”
One Day Bridal
“Established in 2011, One Day has cemented itself in the fashion industry as a leader of uniquely designed wedding and event gowns across both the One Day and Chosen by One Day brands. Founded by Creative Director Kyha, One Day evolved from her personal experiences as a bride. Tired of tulle and traditional gowns, Kyha’s vision was to create a brand that reflected her personal style.
She wanted brides to have an alternative option to the traditional white gown and create an unforgettable experience in the process. Her eye for detail and stunning silhouettes has helped countless brides find their way down the aisle.Since its beginnings in Melbourne nearly ten years ago, One Day and Chosen by One Day pieces are now available in over 20 countries around the world, online and at its flagship boutique in South Melbourne.”
“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.”
“While we admire and uphold the best of traditional design methods, we intend our gowns to be very now and relevant, with a twist that makes the collections reflective of contemporary life. The label embraces social and lifestyle trends and imaginatively uses this to anticipate the styles and experiences our bride will demand. Designed to complement the female form, our gowns are sophisticated, refined and effortlessly beautiful.
With a wealth of expertise developed over the past 30 years the Hardwick team are perfectly skilled at understanding, styling and fitting complex bridal couture designs. Fabric and hand detailing are elegantly integrated with form-flattering silhouettes according to the highest quality dressmaking and corsetry techniques. Mariana Hardwick designs have a distinctly contemporary orientation. Drawing inspiration from contemporary couture, vintage references, texture and drape the Mariana Hardwick gown is timeless.”
Belle Et Blanc
“Inspired by fashion and vogue, the directors envisioned to provide classic and elegant bridal wear with integrity. While we offer the finest quality of fabrics, we guarantee competitive and fair prices on our dresses. Clients praise our personalised consultations and attention to detail, as our team continues to develop exceptional one on one services. Therefore, it is our goal to ensure every bride’s dream comes true!”
“Over its stellar career JASONGRECH has become one of Australia’s most celebrated couture houses. This dynamic brand has been setting the local fashion landscape alight for over a decade with gorgeous, inspirational designs and innovative thinking.
Visionary Jason Grech ignited his love affair with fashion back in 1997 when he began his formal training. His innovative designs coupled with a depth of industry experience are the driving force behind the JASONGRECH brand. Creating diverse textures and tones for his stunning collections, Jason’s talent is in the marriage of fine detailing, incredible fits, delicate embroideries, hand beading and outstanding quality to produce show-stopping gowns year after year.”
L’Amour Bridal Boutique
“One of Victoria’s finest wedding suppliers, L’Amour Bridal Boutique was honoured at the 2016 Annual Bridal Industry Awards held at the fabulous Leonda on the Yarra on Tuesday the 16th of May 2016. The Chairman of the ABIA, Mr John O’ Meara congratulated L’Amour Bridal Boutique on their achievement as a Winner of the Retail Bridal Gown category.”
Raffaele Ciuca Bridal
“Specialising in wedding dresses, Raffaele Ciuca is a 4th generation family business celebrating 60 years of experience in the wedding industry. From humble beginnings in men’s tailoring, Raffaele Ciuca has expanded to become Australia’s most trusted and renowned bridal destination. Making brides look and feel a million dollars on their wedding day is what we do best.
Our philosophy is simple; exceptional service, range and value. Our wedding dress collection is the largest in Australia, featuring an mix of silhouettes, sizes and styles to suit every bride. Raffaele Ciuca is home to some of the most exquisite local and international wedding dress designer labels including Maggie Sottero and Berta Bridal.”
Anna Campbell Bridal
“Anna Campbell is passionate about creating the most beautiful wedding dresses and bridal accessories, using the most luxurious silks, custom-designed laces and sparkling hand-beaded embellishments. Each dress is designed and created by hand in Melbourne by our small team, and we are lucky enough to send our creations to brides all over the world!
For over 10 years, our reputation has been built on creating beautifully unique, hand-embellished and comfortable wedding dresses that combine modern glamour with bohemian beauty to reflect an authentically Australian kind of bridal elegance. From sunset beaches to lavender fields, from rustic vineyards to enchanted forests, this is where you will find an Anna Campbell Bride, embracing a passion for individuality, romance and sparkly bridal style.“
Mel Rose Couture
“Established in 2006, Mel Rose Couture is dedicated to helping every client achieve their dream. Taking designer Mel’s passion for bridal, haute couture, and period fashion and utilising her skills in design, pattern drafting, and couture techniques, Mel Rose Couture pride’s itself in creating beautiful, stunning garments for all their clients.”
Karen Willis Holmes
“Our brand’s philosophy focuses on artistry – the combination of handcrafted details, exquisite fabrics and laces so that every KAREN WILLIS HOLMES bride walks down the aisle in her dream gown. We strive to exceed expectations by offering unique pieces whilst delivering impeccable customer service to ensure that every bride feels valued, respected and cared for every step of the way.”
“Each gown is individually crafted in our studio above the shop so depending on time, budget, taste and personality we can guide through the permutations within the designs we offer. For instance you might like a beading on one dress, the fabrications of another & the colour of something else. Not everything can be done but we can certainly create a gown that suits your individuality if you choose to.”
“A true creative visionary, Suzanne Harward anticipates the future and celebrates the past whilst always keeping her looks current. Her artistic creations evolve with each generation and remain relevant to the present. Drawing inspiration from art, nature and the world around us, the quintessential designs of the Suzanne Harward brand have molded the Australian bridal industry into what it is today.
Suzanne Harward collections offer brides an unsurpassed level of quality and craftsmanship. Each gown is expertly hand made at our Melbourne studio. Styles range from high fashion minimalism through to intricate and detailed designs using the finest couture fabrics sourced worldwide.”
“At Belluccio, we offer the option to custom design and make your Bridal Gown. You simply bring in your ideas and inspiration for your Wedding Dress, and we work together to create a one-of-a kind bridal gown made entirely from scratch, to your measurements. You choose the fabrics, colors, and embellishments at your design consultation, before we sketch out your gown, and then go off to create the gown of your dreams.
We have in-house pattern-makers, tailors and beading artisans, allowing us to create almost any look you have in mind. Our beading is all done by hand for every bridal gown, which means we achieve a high end luxurious bridal look, for your Wedding Day. Our bridal gowns can be made within 4 to 6 weeks, making us one of the fastest Couture Bridal houses in Australia. Depending on the complexity of the gown, a bridal gown can take upto 12 months in production. “
Brides of Armadale
“Standing as a High street Armadale icon, we here at Brides of Armadale aim to bring unique and beautiful gowns to our brides. For over 19 years we have achieved this goal and have created gowns for thousands of amazing women from all over Australia. When you walk through our doors we welcome you to be apart of this story, to be apart of the creative process that goes into your custom, made to measure gown.”
“Fabulously extravagant, sculpturally perfect.”
“Synonymous with high-quality craftsmanship and unparalleled service, Bonita Couture has become an iconic part of the Melbourne bridal design scene since 1984. Inspired by the traditions of the great European Houses, Bonita is recognised as a world-class courtier.
Here at Bonita Couture, we are highly trained, inspired creators, who are here to realise your dream for your bridal gown. Every garment is meticulously constructed in our European inspired atelier by our expert seamstresses and master beaders.”
Grace Loves Lace
“The essence of what we do is what our mission was from the beginning – to design wedding gowns that women want. The common thread that women of all different cultures, shapes and sizes share is that we want to feel beautiful. Style helps us define ourselves on a daily basis and your wedding day should be no different.
My background in the fashion industry gave me insight into just how stale the bridal offering was when I was searching for my own gown in 2010. I wasn’t satisfied with the wedding uniform. I wanted more. I couldn’t do a gown with a corset, boning, structure or restriction, it just wasn’t for me. I needed a gown that was authentically me. A gown that had personality, that told MY story and was designed with passion, movement and luxury in mind.”
“Christina Rossi Australia Founders, Daphne Ng And Natalie De Luca Observed That Every Bride Dreams Of Wearing A Unique, Customised Gown For Her Wedding. Since Our Founding In 2007, Our Focus Has Been On Giving Brides The Ability To Provide Input Into The Design Of Their Wedding Gowns. We Listen And We Turn Your Ideas Into The Dream Gown That Reflects Your True Character.
Each Gown Is Designed In Australia By A Passionate And Dedicated Team In Sydney & Melbourne. We Love What We Do And Believe In Celebrating Elegance And Individuality Through Unique Designs That Work For Real Women Who Treasure Beauty And The Value Of Quality.”
“Charli Bridal is a wedding and debutante boutique. Founded by Queenie Ngo, all our dresses are hand crafted and can be customised according to your taste and preference. Made with love and attention to detail. Whether you are looking for the perfect wedding dress or to have your bridal party fitted, we have many options in store.”
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