Window shopping across wedding gown boutiques in the hope finding that ‘one’ among the many can be engaging, time-consuming and perhaps even tiring, till the bride considers what she holds close to her heart. But, how much should an average Australian bride spend on her wedding dress?
While shopping for the wedding dress is a major part of the wedding planning process and gives the bride the feel of princess every time she looks at the mirror, the budget is predetermined, and fewer brides venture to go after fancy price tags. Most Australian brides spend about $3600 on their wedding dress. However, even this average varies from one state to the other with Queensland showing a modest average spend of $4000 and Victoria sitting at the other end of the scale with an average spend of about $5500.
Here is a breakup of the numbers for other major regions of Australia:-
- ACT $ 2975
- SA $2995
- NSW $ 5,414
- VIC $5500
- WA $3650
- Tasmania $2660
Most brides also tend to prefer buying a wedding dress than making it themselves or look for a family member or skilled friend to undertake the task. For most brides, the wedding dress is also reckoned as an investment they are proud of to keep for several years. However, a notable feature that has emerged in recent years is that the average amount spent on wedding gowns has been coming down with every passing year. One reason for this trend is being pointed out as the general uptick in wedding expenses and therefore, the need to keep costs down wherever possible. Some women are even finding ingenious ways to peg the cost of their wedding gowns to a mere three digit sum, thanks to the social media and websites like Pinterest which come in as a huge help in keeping costs down with a plethora of ideas. Personalising wedding gowns with floral appliques and beading is another emerging trend in the wedding dress space.
But, notwithstanding this changing trend in spending by Australian brides, most bridal designers have consistently experienced an uptick in their business both regarding volume as well as value, perhaps negating to an extent, the findings above. The wedding is always special, and more so for the women and this could be one factor that is driving bridal designer market. On that note, here is a list of some of the top as well as lesser-known Australian wedding designers.
Grace Loves Lace
Grace Loves Lace is a unique label and brings beautiful gowns targeted at the non-traditional bride. Sold online barring some showroom destinations and represent some of the most elegant variants of Boho free-spirited dresses.
J’Aton has been in the business of bridal wear designing for over two decades and has risen to be the go-to destination for celebs. Jodi Anasta and Rebecca Judd wore the beautiful creations of the brand with heavy embellishments. J’Aton is known for the extraordinary level of detail, and one should get up-close to appreciate the dresses.
Jason Grech is an award-winning Australian bridal couture brand specialises in couture bridal gowns and red carpet gowns of top-notch quality ranking as a synonym of pristine luxury and has earned itself the distinction of being the best couture house in metropolitan Melbourne. The gorgeous and celebrity inspired white wedding dresses collection by Jason Grech portray the innovative thinking of the designers and have significantly impacted the fashion landscape of Australia. Jason Grech creations are also intimately Australian because the brand draws its inspiration from Melbourne itself.
Lillian Khallouf started off as a couture house and has quickly cemented her space in the Australian fashion space. Recently, she has also launched ready-to-wear range, but her bridal wear steals the show with luxury fabrications and superb craftsmanship.
Moira Huges offers a delightful experience in shopping for a wedding dress in Sydney. The stunning boutique is well appointed and presents the opportunity to sit back and enjoy a relaxed shopping experience over a cup of rose tea. Do not forget to book an appointment though.
Mariana Hardwick is among the leading Australian bridal designers. Her couture pieces made to measure ensures perfect on the big day. You must plan well ahead of time if you are keen on this designer and you should expect at least six months before your wedding dress is delivered.
In just a little over half a decade, Anne Campbell has risen to the top of Australia’s wedding design industry. She is also presenting at the New York Bridal Week, and her brand is well known for their breathtaking beauty, detail and opulence.
And, now for some of the lesser-known but brilliant wedding dressing designers from around the world:
She is renowned on account of the stunning range of olive oil dress. However, even if that is not a match for your tastes, her collection of bridal wear is replete with romantic and whimsical gowns that are bound to impress you.
Winfred Bean draws from the well known Angela Curanaj and is known for her range of wedding gowns for brides working on a tight budget. Her designs are based on incredibly flattering classic vintage silhouettes that have the modern and fresh appeal with the timeless quality.
If you are after the beautiful bead works of Jenny Packham, Amanda Garret is the place to go for bridal collections particularly the snowflake gown that is incredibly gorgeous.
Miami Bridal is the new label created by Alan Hannah offering couture gowns at very affordable prices. The Edelweiss gown with ruffled shoulders and neckline is particularly sought after selection.
From sophisticated and modern to boho chic, Delphine Manivet has all the original designs produced by her and are breathtakingly fashion-forward, effortless and extremely gorgeous.
Sala is known for her ethereal and non-traditional wedding dresses. Bridal collections from Saia is filled with feminine silhouettes and delicate detail that help you feel completely at home when you have chosen an intimately country wedding.