Things to consider when buying your wedding dress

Wedding dress

Your wedding day is arguably the most important day of your life and most of us go into it intending to only do it once. When all is said and done, and the food has been eaten, and the last drunken guests have gone home, all that’s left of the celebrations are your memories, photographs, and of course your dress – which is why it feels so important to choose the right one. Here are some things to consider when buying your wedding dress.

Where to go

If you are looking at wedding dresses in Melbourne, consider a boutique, like Eternal Bridal. You want somewhere that stocks the type of dresses you like and has exceptional customer service. When choosing something so personal and important, you want to be made to feel special by the consultant, and this might involve travelling a little further than you normally would, to ensure it’s the right place (with the best gown) for you.

When to start looking

As soon as you’re engaged, you will likely be bursting to look at wedding gowns, however, there is guidance on how soon you should buy specific types of dress, just to ensure that it is ready in time, and you are still the same size when it comes to the big day. For a made-to-order gown, you should look to order at around 8-10 months from the big day, and for made-to-measure, you should look at 10-12 months.

Your budget

The average price of a wedding dress in Australia is $2,637, but it’s important to consider your own personal budget before you start looking at dresses – there is nothing worse than falling in love with the perfect gown, only to find that it just isn’t possible within your budget. More expensive doesn’t always mean better, and it’s useful to get your figures in your head before you go to avoid disappointment.


Before you look for a dress, set up a Pinterest board and pin the dresses that you like the look of. You may start to see a pattern in the length/cut/neckline of dresses you gravitate to, and that will help when searching for the perfect one in a boutique. That said, don’t be afraid to try on dresses you wouldn’t usually consider during your appointment – after all, what other chance will you have to try on so many wedding dresses?! You may even surprise yourself with a different style. Here’s where you can find many other types of dresses you like.

Who to bring with you

Too many cooks spoil the broth, so when choosing who you want to come with you, don’t bring everyone you know! Think about whose opinion matters to you, but also, who is going to be supportive as well as honest.

The most important thing is that you love your dress, and you will know as soon as you see yourself in the mirror if you’ve found the one for you – just like with your partner. You’ll know when it’s right.