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The Ultimate Guide: Bridesmaid Dresses Without The Stress
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Are you looking for a place to find your bridesmaids dresses in Melbourne?
We have a lot of engaged brides-to-be in Melbourne call us and say: “I want a shop where the girls can actually come in to the store and try bridesmaids dresses on in person…so I can see how they look and feel in the dresses. I want my bridesmaids to feel comfortable on my wedding day!”
When it comes to bridesmaid dresses, we get asked a lot of questions! You can choose to buy your dresses through our online store OR you can come in to visit our Melbourne showroom with your bridal party. Whatever the question, big or small, we are here to help you cut out the stress and find the perfect dress for your bridesmaids.
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Each designer has their own unique colour range for their bridesmaid designs. Each dress has it’s own unique range of colours to choose from. Please refer to the colour charts to view the colours available.
It is always better to err on the side of caution, and order the bigger size if in doubt. It is always easier to take something in, than to make it bigger. You do not want to risk ordering something that is too small, and will cause the bridesmaid to feel uncomfortable on the day of the wedding, or worse to have a wardrobe malfunction!
No – we do not offer in-house alterations services. We refer you to a professional alteration service provider – who specialise in wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and eveningwear.
Hem alterations and shoulder straps/length adjustments are often required. Alterations can vary from person to person depending on their body shape, size and height. It is always best to wear the under-garments and shoes you plan to wear with your gown when being fitted for alterations. We can refer you to an alterations specialist when you come into the showroom to pick up your bridesmaids dresses.
An extensive selection of sample gowns are available in our Melbourne based showroom for the bridesmaids to try on dresses in different styles, colours and sizes. You must book an appointment to visit the showroom. Please see our Visit Melbourne Showroom page to see our opening hours and call to book your FREE consultation with one of our expert stylists. NOTE: Not all the dresses shown on our online store are available to try on.
Most of our bridesmaid designs are available in sizes AUD 6 – 28 (equivalent to US 2 – 30). Each designer has a different size range, and size chart. Some designers may charge a surcharge for plus-size gowns. Visit the Size Charts page to see the sizes offered by each designer.
Our dress prices range from AUD$249 – $599. Generally speaking the more detail and/or bling on a dress – the more expensive the gown. Our brides typically spend between AUD$329-$399 on a long bridesmaid gown.
It is advisable that you order your bridesmaid dresses 5-6 months before the wedding date if possible. As the dresses normally take 12-14 weeks to arrive from the time of order, and you need to allow some time after the dresses arrive to have them altered to suit the girls once they have purchased their bra and heels to be worn with the dress.
Our dresses normally take 12-14 weeks to arrive from the time of order. Rush orders are available for selected brands, subject to approval. Please contact the showroom if you require a rush order. It is advisable to order your dresses 5-6 months before the date of your wedding so that you allow plenty of time for alterations (and peace of mind).
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If you buy 3 or more dresses online in the one transaction, you will receive FREE delivery. If you are buying through the showroom, and also use our alteration services, we will be able to offer you an overall package price for the whole bridal party. Join our newsletter and keep up to date with special offers and promotions, or bridal expo events where we offer special discounts.
No – we would not recommend this. As all the dresses are made to order, there is the risk that the colour of the fabric may vary from one batch to another. So it best if you order the dresses in the one order, so that they are manufactured from the same roll/dye lot, to avoid disappointment.
No. All our gowns are made to order in standard sizes. Please refer to the size charts of the individual designers to determine the best size for your body for the dress you select.
Yes, our online store only accepts payments in Australian dollars ($AUD).
Yes, we are an Australian owned and Australian based business. Our office and showroom is based in Melbourne (Keilor East), Australia. We source our bridesmaid designs from Australian and International designers.
Yes. Depending on the style of dress you can have a brooch, bling, lace or embellishments added to a dress design after the dress arrives. Please discuss with one of our consultants, or speak to your local dressmaker about the options. If this is too hard, then there are other ways to make your maid of honour stand out, such as a different hair style, a hairpiece, heavier jewellery or different/bigger flowers.
It is really a personal choice, and depends on the overall look you want to create for your wedding. It also depends on the number of bridesmaids you have. For example, if you have 3 or more bridesmaids, it can work well to have 2 bridesmaids in one style, and the maid of honour in another – as long as the colour and fabric are the same. It is important to have some sort of consistency in the general theme/styling, so that everything ties in together well.
We recommend buying a strong plastic dress bag with zip to protect the dress from damage. See our range of Dress Bags available to purchase via our online store. If you are travelling by plane, you can ask the crew if they have hanging space to safely store your gown during the flight. Just ensure that the dress bag is clearly labelled with your contact & hotel details. It is always better to have the dress on board with you as part of your carry on luggage, in case your checked-in suitcase gets lost!.
Unfortunately you cannot do anything after your order is processed. As all our dresses are made to order according to your unique order, there are strictly no returns, refunds or exchanges. Please choose your style, size and colour wisely. If you are unsure, call our showroom for assistance before you order anything.
Our samples of bridesmaid dresses changes regularly in the Melbourne showroom. You can check the “product description” in the online shopping area to see if the dress you are interested in is available in our showroom for your bridesmaids to try on. Look for the “TRY ME ON!” note.
Our price for dresses start at $249
Yes, rush orders are available for selected brands, subject to approval. Rush orders can vary between 6 -10 weeks depending on the production schedule of the manufacturer, and can vary from brand to brand. Please contact the showroom to discuss your requirements/options if you think you may need a rush order. Just remember to allow enough time for the dresses to be altered once they arrive.
Deliveries are with Australia Post via traceable express post parcel within Metro areas in Australia. Delivery costs will vary according to the number of items you order. The delivery costs will appear in the shopping cart area. Delivery is FREE if you order 4 or more dresses in the same order online. Deliveries to regional/rural areas may be higher. International delivery costs will vary based on the country/destination and the mode of delivery.
No. Unfortunately all online orders are delivered directly to the delivery address stipulated on your order.
Yes. Selected brands are available for sale internationally (refer to product description details). International delivery costs will vary based on the country/destination and the mode of delivery. Please contact us to discuss BEFORE placing an order.
If the parcel has been sent within Australia using Australia Post, it can be tracked. Once your order has been sent, we will send you the unique tracking number. You can then track your parcel at www.auspost.com.au/track by entering the tracking number supplied to you, and clicking on “search”. If you have any concerns about your delivery, please contact us immediately, so we can follow up with the relevant delivery company..
If a bridesmaid looses weight a dress can always be altered, and taken-in to suit the new body shape. It is always easier to take something in, than to make it bigger. It is best to order according to the current size, and then alter the dress to suit closer to the date of the wedding.
As long as the bridesmaid is not likely to fluctuate dramatically in weight, it is best to order according to the current size (measured at the time of order), and then alter the dress to suit closer to the date of the wedding. It is always easier to take something in, than to make it bigger.
This is a very difficult situation, as often it is very hard to alter a dress to make it bigger. If it is only a slight weight gain, some gowns have generous side seams, which enables the dress to be let out slightly. Sometimes additional fabric panels or inserts can be added to a dress to make it bigger, but it can be an expensive exercise and affects the look of the dress. As there are strictly no refunds for made-to-order dresses, the other option is to order a new dress if time permits. But there may be a slight colour variation with the new dress.
The dress sizes vary from designer to designer, and are different to “standard” sizes. Generally speaking the dress sizes are determined for dress making purposes, so in some instances can be much bigger than your “normal” size. Never order according to what you usually wear. It is imperative that you order based on your measurements, and what size is recommended for you based on those measurements for the label you have chosen.
We have successfully dressed many bridesmaids who live interstate (within Australia) and overseas. We offer a complimentary virtual “fitting” consultation service via Skype to assist your bridesmaids with taking their measurements. All they will need is a computer or mobile, with a skype account, a measuring tape, and somebody there to help if they are not confident to measure themselves. Please email us to organise a skype consultation.
Each designer has their own unique size chart. We carry a range of Australian and international designers, and there are no universal “standard sizes” for dresses. The measurements and sizes vary between designers, so it is very important that you select the appropriate size to suit your measurements based on the dress label you have chosen. Please refer to the Size Charts page for more details.
It is normal for dresses to need some level of alterations. Dresses may need to be altered at the bust, at the waist, in the hips, a shoulder strap may need to be adjusted, or the hem may need shortening. Dresses will not always fit every body shape perfectly, as each woman’s body is unique. As the dresses are made to set sizes, and are not made to measure to your unique size, some people will require some alterations in order for the dress to fit perfectly. It is always better for a dress to be too big, and be taken in, rather than a dress being too small, or not fitting at all. It is imperative that you accurately take your measurements before you place your order, as no refunds are possible once you place your order.
It is good to have an idea of the height of the shoes the girls are likely to wear on the wedding day with their dresses, when you are ordering your dresses. If any of the girls are naturally very tall, and they plan to wear extremely high heels, you have to be careful that the dress may be too short for them. Most dresses are made to a standard length (refer to dress descriptions). Some brands offer an additional length option for a fee.
Yes, there are a variety of styles that are suitable for heavy breasted women. It just depends on the style you are comfortable wearing. Whether you are looking for something strapless, with thick straps, thin straps or one shoulder…it just has to be a bust size that is suitable for your personal bust measurements. It is very important to measure the bust area accurately, to ensure that the dress is not too tight in the bust area.
We have a selection of colour swatches available for you to purchase (only certain brands supply fabric swatches). Please see the Bridesmaid Dresses/Fabric category of our shopping cart. If you are in Melbourne (Australia) you are more than welcome to book in an appointment to view the colour ranges and fabrics available for the range of designers we stock. You can also view a selection of dresses in various colours.
Yes, it is a very popular trend at the moment for the brides to allow their bridesmaids to choose their favourite colour, or a mix of colours selected by the bride.
Yes, as long as you choose dresses from the same brand and same fabric type, then it is possible to choose different designs. You must remember that even though brands may use the same name for colours, they may not necessarily be exactly the same colour.
If you are in Melbourne (Australia) you are more than welcome to book in an appointment to view the colour ranges and fabrics available for the range of designers we stock. You can also view a selection of dresses in various colours. We have a selection of colour swatches available for you to purchase (only certain brands supply fabric swatches). Please see the Fabric Swatches category of our shopping cart.
We have a selection of colour swatches available for you to purchase (only certain brands supply fabric swatches). Please see the Bridesmaid Dresses/Fabric category of our shopping cart.
No. Each design is made in a set fabric. You can only change the colour of a dress from the range of colours available for that specific design.
Yes. Selected designers offer fabric to purchase by the meter. The minimum purchase is 1 meter in length. It is advisable that you order your fabric at the same time you order your dresses so that the colour is the same as your dresses. NOTE: If you are ordering fabric for ties, it will need to be a satin fabric, as ties cannot be made with lightweight fabrics. Please contact the showroom if you require fabric BEFORE you place your dress order online.
There are approximately 150 sample styles of bridesmaids dresses in our Melbourne showroom to view and try on. They are constantly changing as new season stock arrives, and samples get discontinued. We carry a range of selected styles from each designer label (we do not stock all of them on the showroom floor due to limited space), in a variety of colours and sizes.
Our samples of bridesmaid dresses changes regularly in the showroom. You can check the “product description” in the online shopping area to see if the dress you are interested in is available in our showroom for your bridesmaids to try on. Look for the “TRY ME ON!” note.
The showroom is located in Keilor East, Melbourne, Australia. The address is 43 McFarlane Street, Keilor East VIC 3033. NOTE: The showroom operates by appointment only. Please visit the Visit Melbourne Showroom tab for opening hour details.
Both. We sell dresses via our online store, and offer face to face consultations to try/purchase dresses from our showroom. The showroom is located in Keilor East, Melbourne, Australia. The address is 43 McFarlane Street, Keilor East VIC 3033. NOTE: The showroom operates by appointment only. Please visit the Visit Melbourne Showroom tab for opening hour details.
No. Our consultations are FREE. You just need to book an appointment at a time that suits the bridal party. Please call the showroom number to book. We offer each bridal party a personalised shopping experience where we get an understanding of the bride’s dreams for her big day, and what she and girls agree will be the “right” look for her wedding day.
The length of a consultation will vary depending on the size (and decisiveness) of the bridal party. Generally for 1-2 bridesmaids a 1 hour consultation is ideal, for 3-4 bridesmaids a 1.5 hour consultation is normally enough time, and for 5 or more bridesmaids we allow 2 hours. Some brides/bridesmaids are very quick at making a decision if they find exactly what they are looking for, and it speeds up the process. You can have as many consultations as you require, until you find the perfect dress.
No, the dresses are made as per the style shown in the image. Some brands offer long and short options of the same dress. You can add “bling” to a dress if you want to add more detail to the dress. (see question below “Can I have “bling” added to a dress?”
We generally have 5 categories of dresses A-line, Empire/High-waisted, Fitted/Sheath, Mermaid/Trumpet, Princess Ballgown. See the descriptions below to give you some basic guidance. We also have gowns that we select for being “Maternity friendly” for pregnant bridesmaids.
An A-line design is one where the skirt section falls from the natural waistline and skims over the hip line, and gradually gets wider closer to the bottom/hem, ‘ creating a triangle “A” shape, hence the name A-line. A-line dresses are available in long and short styles. A-line dresses are a safe choice for many body shapes, as the dress does not sit tight on the hips, and creates a balanced silhouette. In a long dress, an A-line design helps to create the illusion of height, as it is a smooth, clean line. Generally A-line skirts are popular with pear-shaped women, with a curvy lower part of the body.
Empire or High-waisted gowns drop from right under the bust line, and drape over the remaining length of the body. These styles can be a straight design, A-line or a fuller gown, and can be long or short. Empire dresses don’t have a tight waist band, making them suitable for curvy/apple shaped bodies, and helps to hide the mid-section, as the dress skims over that area of the body. The top bust section is normally fitted, which draws the attention to the upper-half of the body. Some empire styles are suitable for maternity styles, but may need some adjustments made to cater for the pregnant body shape.
A fitted/sheath gown is normally a straight design that sits close to the body, which defines the natural body shape. Generally these designs are more structured and have less flowing fabric on the bottom section of the dress. As these dresses are very fitted they are generally better for slimmer body shapes, or slender hour-glass shapes. They are designed to “show-off” the body. Fitted or sheath gowns are available in long or short versions. Long straight dresses tend to elongate the body.
The Mermaid or Trumpet design is one that is very fitted and body hugging from the top half right through to the knee area, and then it flares out significantly on the bottom area. This creates the effect of a “mermaid” or “trumpet” silhouette. It is generally a good design for slimmer body shapes, but can also be worn by women who are curvier but proportionally shaped. If you don’t mind flaunting your curves, then this is the dress shape for you!
The Princess or Ballgown style is the most extravagant shape of all. It is a dress with a tight fitted bodice, coming in at the natural waistline, and then flaring out to a very full gown at the bottom. These styles of dresses are suitable for most body shapes, except for very heavy breasted women. They are ideal for pear shaped women as the full skirt section disguises the hip and thigh area. They are a safe choice where you have a mix of body shapes in a bridal party, as it makes everyone appear similar and consistent, as the style highlights the top half of the body. Short versions of these dresses have a very “1950’s” look about them as the skirt flares out quite wide.
Yes, selected designers offer a lace-up back for some of their dresses. Refer to the descriptions of the gowns to determine the back style. The benefit of a lace-up back is that you can slightly adjust the fit around the bust/torso area, without necessarily requiring alterations. It just depends on the body shape of the person and whether a lace-up back option is suitable.
Yes depending on the nature of the design, you can have “bling” added to the dress. It can be as simple as adding a brooch, or a bigger embellishment to create the “wow factor” that you are after. Speak to one of our consultants to discuss your ideas about adding more details to the dress design of your choice, and how you can then have an alterations specialist add this to the design for you.
Depending on the “bling”, and the size of the piece, sometimes it can be removed. If it is a small piece that has been hand sewn, it is usually easily removed without causing damage to a dress. It is a case by case basis, as each design is different. It is best to speak to a consultant BEFORE you place your order if you have any questions.
It is best to refer to the care label on each dress to determine the appropriate way to iron or steam your dress. Always be very careful with delicate fabrics as heat can easily damage some fabrics if the iron setting is too hot. If in doubt, have the dresses professionally pressed.
Please refer to Our Designers page to view the full range of our designers.
Bridesmaids Dressing Room is an authorized retailer for all the designer brands of bridesmaid dresses listed on the site. Please beware of online counterfeits, as there are many illegal copies and images being circulated on the internet.
No, however some brides have selected bridesmaid styles to be worn as a wedding dress. Many brides having a destination wedding, a casual wedding, or a second marriage, choose styles from our range to be worn as wedding dresses. They usually order their dress in a lighter tone such as white, ivory, champagne, silver or blush.
It is a bit tricky when you are planning for the unknown and you have to do some guess work relating to pregnancy. Normally what we advise is to choose a style that is “pregnancy friendly” – i.e. a style that drops from under the bust (empire line), to allow for the changing body shape during pregnancy. However the breasts normally grow in size during a pregnancy too, so you have to allow for a bigger bust size too. You have to work on the assumption that if the bridesmaid was to fall pregnant in the month of ordering, how many weeks pregnant would she be at the date of the wedding? Then based on that estimate, you would have to determine how many dress sizes bigger than the current measurements, she is likely to be at that time. It is very hard to predict, especially if it is a first time pregnancy. It is also advisable to go up a few sizes in the bust measurement, depending on the dates. It is best to speak with one of our consultants BEFORE you order a dress for a potential pregnant bridesmaid. In some instances you can also order additional fabric and lining at the time of the order so that you have extra fabric for adjustments, in the event that the dress is too small when it arrives. At least the fabric and colour will be the same.
The first thing you need to do is determine how many weeks pregnant the bridesmaid will be on the date of the wedding. Then based on that date, you would have to determine how many dress sizes bigger than the current measurements, she is likely to be at that time. Normally what we advise is to choose a style that is “pregnancy friendly” – i.e. a style that drops from under the bust (empire line), to allow for the changing body shape during pregnancy. However the breasts normally grow in size during a pregnancy too, so you have to allow for a bigger bust size too. It is very hard to predict, especially if it is a first time pregnancy. It is also advisable to go up a few sizes in the bust measurement, depending on the dates. It is best to speak with one of our consultants BEFORE you order a dress for a pregnant bridesmaid. In some instances you can also order additional fabric and lining at the time of the order so that you have extra fabric for adjustments, in the event that the dress is too small when it arrives. At least the fabric and colour will be the same.
It depends on how long after the pregnancy the wedding date is. Some women bounce back to their pre-baby body quickly, while others can take a while, or their body shape may have changed as a result of their pregnancy – so it is very hard to predict. Depending on how many weeks pregnant the bridesmaid is, you can still take the measurements for the bust and hips, and do some guess work for the waist area. You must be mindful that the breast size will change during and post pregnancy, especially if choosing to breastfeed, so you will need to allow for growth. It is best to speak with one of our consultants BEFORE you order a dress for a pregnant bridesmaid. In some instances you can also order additional fabric and lining at the time of the order so that you have extra fabric for adjustments, in the event that the dress is too small when it arrives. At least the fabric and colour will be the same.