How much one should spend on a Wedding Gown

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?
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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

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

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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

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

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

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.

Anne Campbell

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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:

Heidi Elnora

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.

Winifred Bean

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.

Amanda Garrett

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

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.

Delphine Manivet

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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.

Saia

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.
 

What Should I Do for Halloween this Year?

Are you wondering about the same question, and don’t have any particular plans made yet, then you’ve come to the right place.
There are so many things to do on Halloween, but the most important thing is to have loads of fun, joy, and thunders of laughter. Sure, being scared is part of the package deal, but that must be accompanied by the thrill and excitement of the event.
For all of those, who are confused about the specific activities for this year’s Halloween, the following is the guide. You’ll surely love every pick a lot. And have trust, whichever activity you’ll pick, you’ll enjoy a lot. Let’s dive in!

Be a Host to Halloween Party at your Own Place

Man trying to show fire trick
Let all the thrilling excitement and baggage full of fun come at your own place. Throwing a party on the Halloween at your place is surely an exhilarating, exciting and fun thing to do. Right starting from the planning to the party, then going to shopping to shop all the required fun stuff, setting every nook and corner of the house, giving a haunted feel to the home, and finally welcoming a gang of people, ready to elevate the mood of the party at its peak. Well, every step is loaded with a feeling of something special. You can hand skeletons on the walls, lit candles on the dinner table, prepare a bowl full of creamy red wine, hang some spider webs on the windows, and spread white and black cloths all over the place. To let all the guests feel the horror and scare all over the place, a scary hanging at the entrance will do real good. So, if you haven’t decided anything yet and want to indulge in some cool activity, then arranging a Halloween party will boost up your energy to the fullest.

Prepare Some Scary-Looking Treats

lady wearing mask giving halloween gift to girl If you have no plans of either throwing a party or going somewhere, and just want to be in your sweatpants for the night, but still want to lit some Halloween candles at your home, then do some baking. Prepare some scary looking baked items for the kids, or just enjoy yourself. You can make candies with the drizzle of red topping, or prepare some witch fingers with biscuit dough. There are loads of things that you can make and bake on Halloween.

Go Trick or Treating with Kids!

Going with the kids to get some candies!!!? That may sound weird to you, but trust, this will give you an amazing feeling of fun that cannot be felt with anything else. Begging for candies, and counting them, in the end, is a real pleasure that is not only limited to the children. So go out, beg some candies and have fun!

Pumpkin Carvings

Carved pumpkin with light A carved pumpkin is one of the must-have on the eve of Halloween. Sure, you can get an already carved pumpkin from the market super easily. But if you want to add a personal touch to the party, and use your creativity and imagination, then carving a pumpkin yourself will entice pure fun feelings in you. And your friends will also appreciate your efforts. Else, to make things more fun, you can throw a pumpkin carving competition among all the guests, and have fun together. There’ll be funnier than scary carvings come up in the end ;).

Dress Up (Well, It’s Halloween!!!)

Is it something you were not planning of? I pray not. Dressing up is the basic ingredient on a Halloween, whether or not you are going to a big party. If you are sitting at home and don’t wish to go out, just waiting for the kids to come to get their candies, then you must dress up to scare them. It’ll be great fun, both for you and the kids. Just show up at the door with some scary screams, blood coming out of your mouth while wearing a black cloak, there you go, the kids will get the real essence of this event for sure!
Otherwise, if you are going to a party, or having a party at your place, then dressing up is the most important preparation of the day. You can be anything. You can pick up some of your super hero’s costume like cat woman, wonder woman, superhero, or disguised as an animal such as bunny, cat, monkey, bear, or be a night rider, princess with tiara, a magician with magic wand, a clown with funny hat, a witch with pointed hat, a devil with red horns, and the list goes on and on. There are numerous ways to dress up yourself, each year with some different look. There are some accessories and costumes available in the market for that purpose. You can choose from some different varieties of every clothing item or accessory, from hat to feathers, from the magic wand to princess’ tiara, from a variety of horns to cute animal year. The options are endless, just choose whatever sparks you the most.

Run a Scary Movie Marathon


Sitting with your friends, in a dark room, full of silence, and a really scary movie is on; definitely, a must be a thing to do on Halloween. To spark things up, you can play on different horror movies one after another. This way you’ll not only enjoy a fun, entertaining night with your friends, but it’ll also bring out your childhood memories too.

Going to a Halloween event with family

boy and girl dressed up for halloween
Well, attending a Halloween event with the kids all of your family members is another great option to go for. Being in a room full of lovely people, who are dressed amusingly scary (Yes, that’s possible!), and are freakishly laughing while sounding weird at the same time, is the best part of any event. A celebration of Halloween along with your family, while dressed up in some funny costume is a real deal.