Eternal Weddings & Alterations

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As a wedding professional, Eternal Weddings & Alterations offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

Wedding Dress Shops and Designers for $3-5K Budget?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

$3000 to $5000 is a very healthy budget for a wedding dress.  We have lots of gorgeous wedding dresses that are within yoru budget and less.

Do wedding dresses have to be white?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

No they definitely dont have to be white.  99% of wedding dressesyou see in a bridal boutiques are actually ivory, even thought they might look like white.  Obviously depending on whether for personal or religious reasons your wedding dress has to be optical white, you can choose, champagne, blush, latte, creme....the list is endless

I have found my dream dress, but it's over budget. Should I take the leap?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

This is a questions only you can truly answer.  You need to take into account your personal financial circumstances.  Maybe look at other things at your wedding that you can save money on and perhaps put that towards your dream dress. Good luck with your decision

Should I store my dress in carry on luggage for my destination wedding?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

Absolutley!  Don't put your dress into your check in luggage because you dont want to end up at your desitination but your luggage (and dress) end up somewhere else!  Dont take your eyes off your wedding dress

Do most brides wear a bra?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

No.  When your weding dress is fitted to mould your body you will not have to wear a bra.  You want your boobs to fall naturally into the bodice of your gown and then be held securely by the dress.  It gives you a more natural look.  Adding boning, bra cups etc is part of the alterations service you receive at ETERNAL WEDDINGS

How much should I leave for dress alterations on average?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

It really depends on whether you are planning to lose a lot of weight before you big day or if you are gong to make changes to the dress you choose.  At ETERNAL WEDDINGS our alterations begin at $200.  The average amount brides wpend with us for their alterations are about the $700 

Is 15,000 too much to spend on a wedding dress?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

Only if you really cant afford it!  You have to set your self a realistiv budget and stick to it.  If $15,000 is someting you and your partner are happy to spend then go for it.

Why shouldn't I buy my wedding dress online?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

Your wedding dress is like no other piece of clothing you will ever buy.  It needs to fit perfectly, the shape, fabric and style needs to suit your body shape.  You want to touch and feel it and make sure it suits your body perfectly.  You cant do that if you order it online.  The only way you can make ther perfect decision is to go into a bridal showroom.

Hi, how much are altelier pronovias dresses?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

Atelier Pronovias gowns range in price from around the $2500 mark and can go up to $24,000.  It all depends which style you like. If theres any that you like feel free to contact us and we can give you a price guide. 

Do i need to bring anything wedding dress shopping with me?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

Bring an open mind!  Be open to trying on lots of different styles as this will help you narrow down first the right style and then the perfect dress.

If you have images of dresses that you have seen in magazines or online, bring them along too as this will help your assistant find gowns for you to try on. 

How many bridesmaids can I bring to a wedding dress shop?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

You can bring as many as you like to us at Eternal Weddings but you need to be aware that the more people you bring the more opinions you will have which can cause brides to get confused.

Is it inconvenient to lose weight for the wedding for the alterations?

Or what happens if I gain weight?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

Not at all!  Thats what alterations are for.  Just keep in mind that many bridal boutiques charge by the hour or by the visit so ask before you commit to buying your wedding dress from them.  Eternal Weddings you only pay for the work done.  ETERNAL WEDDINGS (03)98820861

Places to dry clean and then store/box wedding dress?

Hello, I'm after some recommendations of reasonably priced dry cleaners that will clean the dress after the wedding and then provide a storage box /wrapping to keep the dress. Kind regards,

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

We use and recommend Syndals Bridal Dry Cleaners in Melbourne.  Anthony and his team are experts in all thngs to do with cleaning and preserving your wedding dress.

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Where is the best area in Melbourne to go shopping for wedding dresses?

Should I start with Armadale, Sydney Road, Moonee Ponds or somewhere else? I am only down in Melbourne for a week so would like to have it ordered on the day and be sent to me to have alterations done.

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

Its a good idea to work out roughly what style/design of dress you like. For example if you love the range for Pronovias or perhaps Mori Lee look at the stockists of those label and then get on their website to see if the range is what you are interested in.

Ordering a dress on the day and then having it sent to you is very easy.  We can do your alterations all in one day if you wanted to come back to Melbourne to have them done XX Eternal Weddings

how do i transport my dress overseas on a long-haul plane?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

Definitely dont pack your dress into your checked luggage!  You dont want to end up in Santorini and your suitcase arrive in Bali!  Contact your airline and see if they can accomodate hanging it in business/first class otherwise folding it and placing in your over head compartment is a good way to keep it safe. Just dont let anyone put their bags in the same compartment! ; )

Returning a wedding dress

Hi, hope all is well. Just wondering if I have purchased a dress and paid for it fully. Is it normally possible to return and purchase another one that is more expensive?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

Obviously the store is not obligated to do this for you but most stores want to make their brides as happy as they can so it shouldn't be a problem for them to do this. Good luck XX

Will a sequin lace wedding dress look out of place in a low key daytime wedding?

We're planning a low-key daytime wedding with a very small number of people followed with a lunchtime party at home to celebrate. I had been leaning towards a slim fitting sheath style dress with sequin lace for a shimmer all over. My friend has advised me to drop the sparkle and go for a more flowing dress, as she thinks that for the sparkly dress I'd need a more formal "black tie" dress code. Although both dresses look good on me, I associate more flowing dresses with feeling "pretty" and I'm after an elegant look which I associate more with the sheath dress. Our dress code for party guests is "cocktail attire (ties optional)". It's not too late to change the dress code for guests to something more formal and we could push the party timing back to late afternoon / early evening but with the party being at home (on our deck) she thinks black tie will probably look out of place. How formal / later in the day would I need to make the party for the sparkly dress to look appropriate?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

At the end of the day you are the one that sets the tone of your wedding. Your are the star of the show! Sounds like you've found a dress you love so go with your heart. Good luck. Eternal Weddings

How much should I expect to pay for taking the hem up on a simple wedding dress?

I've bought a simple wedding that fits well but needs a few inches taken off the bottom. The dress has several layers but no delicate lace or anything on the bottom

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

Depending on how many layers your dress has and if there is lace that needs to be taken up as well, you can expect to pay anything from $150-$250. We provide bustling of the train FREE of charge.

Is it a bad idea to buy a dress slightly too small and lose weight?

Or am I better off picking a new dress? I want this one dress but I can only find it in one size too small and I can't seem to find it anywhere else similar. What should I do! :(

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

Its better to order your wedding dress to fit you as you are now and then have it altered if you lose weight. You cant be guaranteed to lose weight where you need to. Its risky. You should be able to order the gown you want in you size as your wedding is not until June 2018. Contact us with the details and we will see if we can order it in for you 03 98820861

How far off from the wedding date should I start looking for dresses?

I have no idea when to start looking for my dream dress. I'm someone who is well organised and ideally I'm trying to have everything for the big day sorted 12 - 8 months prior to the date however I'm stuck on when to start looking for my dress. I'm worried that if I leave it too close to the date then I'll stress out and rush the process and then on the other hand I'm worried I pick too early and want to change the dress.!! I might add that I also hate shopping and can never decide on things from clothes to dinner ha! Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

10 months is ideal as it gives you a chance to look at current collections. Dresses take 5 to 6 months to order in and then alterations should begin at leas 1 month before your wedding date. Although having said that, we have brides getting married mid 2018 that have already placed their orders as they don't want to miss out on their dream dress. Designers discontinue dresses so if you leave it too long you may miss out ordering the dress you love.

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I found a dress, but I'm worried I won't be warm enough?

My wedding is outside, and I don't want to freeze while we have our photos done... it only has cap sleeves.

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

A gorgeous faux fur wrap looks very glamorous for photos.

Weight loss and wedding dresses.

I've been told I need to start looking for my wedding dress, however I'd planned on losing a significant amount of weight by the wedding (9 months away) So my question is, do I look now or wait and how long can I leave it? Thanks

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

Alterations should be started on your dress no earlier that 4 weeks out and done right up to the day before so your chosen dress will fit your body like a glove no matter how much weight you lose.

Warmest regards Maria, ETERNAL WEDDINGS XX

How many fittings are normally required?

Just curious as to how many fittings are normally required when choosing a wedding dress.

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

You will have a minimum of 3 fittings up to as many as you need. We don't restrict how many you have as we want to alter your dress to fit you perfectly.

What style of gown will best suit my figure?

I know there are various different styles of wedding gowns, so what will be suit my figure?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

Every bride's body is different so there isn't one style that will suit every one. Our best advise is go into your appointments with an open mind and be prepared to try on lots of different styles. Usually by the 3rd or 4th dress you start to work out what style suits you best. Don't go to a store that restricts how many you can try on. You should be allowed to try on lots of dresses as this is the best way to find your dream dress.

When should I start shopping for a wedding dress?

Eternal Weddings & Alterations

Usually 10 months before your wedding is a good time. You need to allow 6 months to order your dress so 4 months of trying on lots of dresses is great timing. It doesn't hurt starting earlier but keep in mind that if you start too early and then decide you want to order a dress you had seen 6 months ago, it may have been discontinued by the designer or sold off the rack so is unable to be tried on again. Buy off the rack is also an option if you don't have enough time to order a new gown in. We have it cleaned for you and offer alterations too.

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