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How To Find Your Dream Wedding Dress In 2022

Did you know that in 2022 there will be an estimate of 160 thousand weddings, in Australia only? After two years of lockdowns, travel bans, and unforeseeable restriction changes, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Basically, that means we can finally dedicate all of our energy toward the fun things in life - like finding your dream wedding dress. 

So, how can I make sure that my own wedding dress shopping experience is as seamless as possible?  And how do I know that I have found ‘The One’? In this blog post, we will be answering ALL of your questions to set you on the right path for your bridal journey. 

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When Should I Start Looking For My Wedding Dress?

You can never start looking too early! Generally speaking, we recommend starting collecting inspiration and building your Pinterest board as early as possible. It is never a bad idea to start collecting your thoughts and determining which vibe and styles you are liking. We recommend starting scheduling appointments between twelve to nine months prior to your intended wedding date. This will leave you with enough time to browse for dresses, fall in love with your gown, order it in, and get it altered. Don’t forget: our wedding dresses are made to order, which means that we don’t carry stock in our boutique. Your chosen designer will make the dress for you, upon finding ‘The One'.

What If My Wedding Is Closer Than 9 Months?

Don’t stress, there is always a solution. First up, you will need to tell your stylist what time frame you are working with. Oftentimes, we can organise rush orders to get your gown in time. We will always make sure to find the perfect fit, regardless of the timeframe we are working with. Alternatively, we also offer a large selection of sample gowns, that you will be able to take home on the day of your appointment. To find out which samples are currently on the sale rail, simply click here.

What Should I Bring To My Bridal Appointment?

Now that we got the when out of the way, let’s talk about the how and who.

First up, here’s the list of things you (need) to bring:

  • Nude, seamless underwear
  • Your beautiful self
  • An open mind
  • Inspo pics (if you have)
  • Your support crew

We often get asked: “Can I bring my family to the appointment?” Of course, you can! We understand that you want your nearest and dearest to support you when making the decision of committing to your wedding dress. However, we strongly recommend thinking about who understands your personal sense of style. Having to listen to everyone’s opinions can get overwhelming at times, which is why having a select few guests who will be able to help and assist rather than decide for you can be a lot less confusing and confronting.

wedding dress shopping tips for 2022

How Many Wedding Dresses Should I Try During My Bridal Appointment?

Depending on your appointment type, you will be able to try five to six gowns in one sitting. Keeping the number of dresses low does not only help you to take it all in at a slower pace, but it will also make your decision easier. Trust us, ladies - it can get confusing! Before choosing your dresses for the appointment, your own dedicated stylist will sit down with you to listen to your wishes and expectations before making a few educated dress picks to bring your vision to life. With over 300 different wedding dresses in our boutique, we want to make sure that you try the most suitable styles during your appointment.

wedding dress shopping tips for 2022

How Do I Know That I Have Found The One?

Sometimes it is instant, other times it takes a few days or even weeks to wrap your head around what you are loving most. There is no rule or set time frame on how these things work. You might be wondering: “What if I don’t get that feeling?” The truth is, each and every one of us is different. Ultimately, this means that getting ‘the feeling’ is just not something everyone experiences. One thing is for sure, we will always make sure that you walk out 100 percent happy and excited about your choice. Buying a wedding dress is a huge commitment, and we are here to help and assist with every step along the way. Whether that means finding your gown during your first appointment, browsing elsewhere, or coming back for a second or third fitting. 

wedding dress shopping tips for 2022

I Am Planning On Dieting Before The Wedding - Can I Order A Smaller Size?

First of all, you are beautiful just the way you are!  Since nobody can predict the future, it is extremely risky to order a smaller gown. Most dresses can be altered and taken in by up to four sizes. This means that we always recommend listening to your stylist and the size they choose for you. We understand that losing or gaining weight can sometimes be out of our control; especially, when the wedding stress kicks in. However, purposely ordering a dress that doesn’t fit you at the time of your measurement appointment is not something we would advise. 

When Do I Need To Pay For My Wedding Dress?

There are different ways of paying for your gown here at White Lily Couture. Although you are able to pay for your dress in full upon saying yes, you are also able to gradually pay it off by signing up for our payment plan. Before placing your order with the designer, we will require a 50 percent deposit. You will then be able to gradually pay off the remaining 50 percent until you finally collect your gown before the wedding. Unfortunately, we are not able to hand over the gown, before the full payment has been completed. If you have any questions about our payment plans, please don’t hesitate to contact us via

Will I Need Alterations And What Are The Costs To Alter My Gown?

It is important to note, that most of our wedding dresses are not made to measure. Our only exception is our Sunshine Coast-based designer Erin Clare Bridal, who will make your gown fitting to your measurements. For all other designers, your measurements will be taken and we will then choose the size that is closest to your current dimensions. This means that to make your gown fit perfectly for your wedding day, you will almost always need at least some minor alterations. While we are unable to provide exact quotes as we do not conduct alterations and pricing differs based on the type of gown and how much you wish to change, we can suggest an approximate starting point. $700 - $800 is a great place to begin (give or take depending on your alterations), which includes adding cups, a bustle, hemming, and minor taking in. However, changing necklines, straps, or adding sleeves is going to increase this cost and should most definitely be considered when placing your order.

How Long Do Alterations Take?

Depending on the type of alteration you need doing, we recommend having at least six to eight weeks to spare. This ultimately relies on the seamstress you end up trusting and their workload. It is always a good idea to consult your seamstress early on in the process, not only to discuss pricing but also to set deadlines. 

Recommended Alteration Specialists:

Bridal Alterations Brisbane

1B/41 Park Rd, Milton QLD 4064 | 07 3161 0010 |

Skilled Stitches

Carindale, QLD 4151 | 0419 882 536 |

The Fitting Room On Edward

Brisbane City | 07 3221 1265 |


1/482 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley |07 3358 1930 |

Now that we have covered it all, who is ready to Say Yes To The Dress In 2022? We can't wait to see you in our boutique. Click here to book your bridal appointment at White Lily Couture and to become a #whitelilybride.

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