One of the most important days of your life, so you want to ensure the business helping you is reliable and trustworthy.
Last year, I helped a friend plan her big day and we went looking for Melbourne's best bridal stores. After much research including looking at online ratings, we visited these 5 businesses.
But Melbourne is big, and there's many other companies you could checkout. This is our top picks based on our 29 point selection criteria.
Best Melbourne Bridal Shops
1. Mariana Hardwick
If you’re looking for a luxury wedding dress that fits modern trends and styles without sacrificing traditional, high quality design methods, Mariana Hardwick in Melbourne is just right for you.
Mariana Hardwick has been in operation for over 30 years, giving them plenty of experience in creating sophisticated and complex bridal designs.
Even better, Mariana Hardwick don’t simply follow fashion trends, but predict them through basing their designs on other lifestyle trends instead. So, you’ll be sure to have a beautiful, unique gown!
Their dresses are handmade by highly skilled dressmakers who achieve a timeless look by combining contemporary silhouettes with added vintage inspiration.
With all this in mind, choosing a dress from Mariana Hardwick is made even easier by their custom-made bridal gowns, delivering a unique and special experience for your big day.
Lucinda Churkovich left this google review:
-“The team at Mariana Hardwick were so lovely and accommodating throughout the entire process. They went completely above and beyond to create a stunning custom-made wedding gown, I'm infinitely grateful!”
234-236 Coventry St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
(03) 9385 6900
Collection and custom wedding gowns, consultations
2. Bluebell Bridal
As a store that stocks a wide range and variety of globally-renowned designer gowns, BlueBell Bridal and the team of welcoming, experienced bridal stylists there will surely provide everything you hope for in a wedding dress.
Bluebell Bridal is invested in the marital journey of their customers, meaning they prioritise your experience in finding a wedding dress to ensure the moment is memorable for you.
They stock a variety of designer gowns and accessories, from Alexander Perry Bride to Amber Sceats and Hera Couture.
Bluebell also values a perfectly fitted gown, so their specialist alterations service is sure to put you at ease about the comfortability of your dress on the wedding day.
Their alterations specialists are well-versed in working with silk, lace, embroidered and beaded fabrics, so you can feel comforted by their expertise.
A customer by the name of Adriana left this google review:
-“Gorgeous range of dresses. The staff are super polite and helpful. I felt really taken care of here at Bluebell Bridal.”
1/141 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9662 3331
Appointment only bridal dress fittings, accessories, alterations and sale
3. Designer Bridal House
If you’re undecided and can’t choose between a custom, couture bridal gown and a designer dress, Designer Bridal House is the place to visit in Melbourne.
Designer Bridal House features dresses by well-known international and Australian designers including Milla Nova, Adi Schlomo and Studio Levana.
Worried about finding the perfect dress? Designer Bridal House also stock a diverse range of silhouettes and sizes to cater to every body type, while customising dress sleeves, necklines, straps and embellishments to ensure you are completely comfortable and happy with your choice.
Specialist alterations services are also offered, providing the complete bridal shopping experience at Designer Bridal House.
Designer Bridal House offers services for every bride, allowing you to unleash your creativity or go with trusted styles for your special day.
Meg Ranahan left this google review:
-“Wow! Mona you are an absolute angel. You made the whole process so much fun and nothing was ever too much trouble for you. Mona made me feel absolutely beautiful and was a highlight of the whole wedding planning process!”
Level 1/358 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9670 2874
Specialist alterations, dress fittings, customisation's, couture custom dress design
4. Marea Bright
Need a beautiful hat for an upcoming wedding? Marea Bright specialises in handcrafted hats fit for formal occasions and has done so for over 55 years in Melbourne.
At Marea, the belief is that weddings need to be planned with precision, meaning exquisite, elegant hats should be sourced from only the most reputable designer to top an outfit off!
Whether you’re looking for one of Marea’s existing designs or a custom piece suited perfectly to your own wedding dress, Marea’s stylistic range from brimmed hats to fascinators will ensure you find something perfect.
Her head pieces can be worn by the whole bridal party, including bride, bridesmaids and mother of the bride, meaning her intricately adorned and carefully constructed pieces can complete the vision you have in mind.
Fiona Haymes left this google review:
-“Marea is a beautiful lady and takes super care to make sure she makes the hat that suits you perfectly and is what you are after. Her workmanship is second to none and she communicates well to keep you informed of how the creation of your new millinery piece is travelling.”
Centreway Arcade, 107/259 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
0438 215 186
Custom made or existing designs in formal headwear including fascinators, brimmed hats, small hats and large hats for brides, bridesmaids and guests
5. Fiona Claire
If you’re looking for a simple yet elegant wedding dress that looks and feels luxurious, Fiona Claire in Melbourne has an abundance of options for you.
After the opening of Fiona Claire in 2016, their focus has been creating and offering dresses that reflect the brides that wear them through comfortable, understated gowns available to petite and plus size women.
Their focus is on modern effortlessness, often using a signature silk fabric to dress their brides in style.
Fiona Claire’s 2020 collection is a beautiful combination of luxurious materials and contemporary silhouettes, while still available for design and size customisation by their talented team.
So, if you value a bridal shop that prioritises your comfort and wants to make your personality shine through a wedding gown, make an appointment with Fiona Claire, one of the best in Melbourne.
Callie Johnson left this google review:
-“Such lovely dresses - minimal, modern, timeless. The silk is beautiful. I can't wait to wear mine...Shopping with Fiona was also a good experience, she was accommodating and helpful but let me make my own decision without pressure!”
47 Little Hoddle St, Richmond VIC 3121
0428 862 308
Bridal gown consultation and sale through booked appointment, alterations, customisable designs and sizes for gowns