2017 Bridal Collection

Our 2017 Bridal Collection is Here!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve launched our 2017 Bridal Collection and it’s absolutely magical. There are six wedding gowns, each uniquely designed to suit varied tastes.

The gowns in our collection are available for purchase (and they’re made-to-measure, not pre-made then altered to fit), can be modified to suit individual requests, or can be used simply for inspiration to help you decide on the type of gown you’d like created from scratch.

We named the gowns after inspiring women from history. Some of them may not have believed in marriage, but they were brave enough to follow their own destiny and encouraged others to do the same. We like to think of our gowns in a similar way; each created to be as individual as it’s wearer.

Upcoming Expo @ Potters Receptions

Wedding Bridal Expo at Potters Receptions

Farewell, 2016.

Looking back, we’ve had such a busy and rewarding year. From exhibiting at various bridal expo’s, to winning the Brides Choice Award for Bridal Couture, and organising our upcoming feature in Wedding & Bride magazine, time has simply flown and we’ve loved every minute of it.

Now looking forward, we’ve already planned our first event. We’ll be exhibiting at Potters Receptions Wedding Expo for the very first time on Wednesday, 22 February 2017. We’re incredibly excited to be part of such an intimate, local event. We’ll be giving away a HUGE discount on our Bridal Package Deal which has recently been updated to include four bridesmaid dresses in additional to the bridal gown; all 100% custom-made. Since there are several definitions of custom made (depending on who you ask), you can find our definition right here: ‘When We Say Custom-Made’

We look forward to seeing you all there and wish you a truly blissful start to 2017.

Brides Choice Award Winners!

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We won!

It happened! We’re still in shock. We were so humbled to have been nominated for this award, and we never really expected our small business would be the winner. There were much bigger businesses in the running, and we know there’s some great competition out there (lucky brides!), but we did it! We’re so happy that our brides love our designs and service so much that we were voted number 1 for Bridal Couture.

Our sincerest thanks go out to Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges Weddings for hosting the event, and all the brides who voted for us. This means a lot to us, and we will continue to strive for better and better service whilst producing gowns custom-made to suit the vision of each bride. Wow. Here’s to 2017!

Brides Choice Awards Finalists!


Yes, we are finalists!

We have the absolute pleasure of announcing that our wonderful clients have voted and we are now finalists in the Brides Choice Awards 2016 for our custom made gowns and alteration services.

The winner will be drawn on 30 November 2016 and we will be waiting with much anticipation for the winner to be drawn.

We would like to extend a huge and heartfelt thanks to all the clients who voted for us. It means the world to us that our gowns and service make so many people happy. Whether we’ve made a gown from scratch, saved a pre-purchased gown from disaster, or simply added some unique finishing touches, we are proud to play our small part in each wedding day.

Our congratulations also go out to all of the other finalists for doing such a fantastic job this year. Weddings can be a stressful time and we believe that great businesses who offer reliable service (and a smile) are an absolute necessity during this time.

Thank you.

Baby & Bride-to-be: Custom Made Maternity Wedding Gown


Celebrating a beautiful couple and their growing family.

We recently had the joy of making our very first maternity wedding gown.

Our client came to us for a custom-made wedding gown which could accommodate her growing baby bump while remaining stylish, feminine, and utterly gorgeous. With the help of our dressmaker’s extensive skill and experience, we achieved our client’s dream.

The skirt was given extra length to accommodate growth, and was designed to flow gently over the waist. Attention was drawn to the top of the dress by incorporating the (absolutely adorable) lace top with button-up back.

We were so delighted to receive these photos of her on her big day, and for the time taken to leave us this review:

“River & her team are absolutely amazing… Not only was I a difficult pregnant bride but I also didn’t give River much time to make my amazing dress! But as always they nailed it & it was so perfect… I cannot recommend or speak highly enough of Riverside gowns, they are truly amazing! Nothing was too hard & River was great to work with. Thank you so so much again xx” – Emma

Thank you! We couldn’t be more proud.

When We Say Custom-Made…


At Riverside Gowns, when we say custom-made, we mean individually designed from scratch. This differs from some of the larger chain bridal stores, to whom ‘custom made’ often means a gown unique only to the store. The gown will be made to measure but the design is not a one-off, and the buyer is often unaware of where the gown is actually being created.

You will find very few pre-made gowns in our showroom, and these are usually sample gowns we created purely for display purposes. We believe that each wedding is unique, and each body is unique. We create gowns from the depths of your imagination. We create gowns that have never been dreamed of before. That said, if designing your own creation doesn’t entice you, our dressmaker will guide you to incorporate styles from magazine clippings and create a gown that is flattering and truly, uniquely you. We have a huge variety of fabric samples in store, with chiffon, satin and stretch knit in a range of colours. We also have over 300 lace styles available to choose from to make your style your own.

Recently, we had a client come to us wanting four, uniquely styled bridesmaid gowns (see gorgeous gowns above). The bride had already purchased her bridal gown in-store, and due to the high price of in-store alterations, we were also asked to take care of her alterations. It didn’t take long for our bride to tell us she wished she had asked us to design her gown from scratch. She regretted purchasing the gown. Seeing her bridesmaid gowns come to life proved to her that we had more than the skills required to make her bridal gown.

We understand that putting money down on a gown that isn’t made yet is a scary concept. That’s why we have display gowns in store, and encourage our wonderful clients to leave us reviews. All of our display gowns are made by the same dressmakers who make our final products. You will receive the exact same quality. We’re with you throughout the entire process, ensuring accurate measurements, even if your body changes. Unfortunately for our latest bride, the gown she tried on in-store did not live up to the one she received. We were able to alter the gown to suit, but these extensive alterations would not have been required if she’d had her gown custom-made with us to begin with. Years of experience mean our measurements are so accurate that we usually only need two fittings for the perfect gown.

If you’re concerned about getting your gown custom-made, talk to us. We can answer any questions, and you can rest assured that you will receive a gown that looks precisely like our dressmaker has drawn it, and fits your body perfectly.

You will not be disappointed.

Spring Bridesmaid Package Deal

Spring is here and we’re offering this fantastic Bridesmaid Package Deal to celebrate. Get in touch today and find out how we can help you create the very best custom-made gowns for you and/or your bridesmaids. We have plenty of other package deals available, so feel free to contact us to find out more.

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5 Reasons Not to Fear a Custom-made Gown

We’ve heard some very disappointing stories lately of brides being left in the lurch by their dressmakers. Seemingly reliable businesses suddenly close, leaving their customers terrified they won’t have a gown on their wedding day.

Rest assured, Riverside Gowns is here to stay!

Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. Our Warrandyte showroom has been in operation for 11 years, and we continue to grow.
  2. Not only do we work in this community, we live in it. Our clients are also our friends and neighbours.
  3. We may be small, but we’re established, professional and reliable. We treat our customers with respect.
  4. We know how stressful a wedding can be. We go out of our way to reassure each bride-to-be and keep them in the loop.
  5. We love what we do! Our dressmaker has been designing and sewing professionally since she was 18 years old; that’s love.

If you have any questions or concerns about having your gown (or bridesmaid gowns) custom-made, contact us. We assure you it’s not scary, and neither are we. Contact Us RG_Instagram&Facebook_TrustedDressmaker_12Aug2016_Facebook  

Our Latest Expo


Karralyka: Sunday, 17 July 2016

It’s been a busy week for us at Riverside Gowns!

Last Sunday we attended the Yarra & Dandenong Ranges expo at the Karralyka Centre in Ringwood. The weather was kind enough to offer a little sunshine, and a band was playing at the entrance. With so many beautiful exhibits to visit, we’re certain the guests were greateful for the caffeine boost available from the little coffee van out the front!

We were delighted to meet so many brides-to-be, and very excited to announce our three lucky door prize winners.

Our first prize winner will receive a huge $500.00 off our incredible Bridal Package Deal, meaning she no longer has to worry about finding the perfect bridal gown or bridesmaid dresses; we’re going to create them for her from scratch!

Bridal Package Deal: x1 Wedding Gown x3 Bridesmaid dresses x2 Fitting and alteration sessions, each

Terms and conditions apply

Needless to say, all of our winners were very happy with their prizes.


We’d like to thank everyone who attended for such a fantastic day. For anyone who couldn’t make it, we hope to see you at the next one!

Mother of the Groom: Silk Jacket

We’re often asked whether we make garments that aren’t gowns, and the answer is, yes we do! Our client had purchased this beautiful silk to match the underlay of her dress, and together we created this lovely dress jacket. This is one stylish Mum, and such a pleasure to work with! She’s delighted with how it turned out, and she looks absolutely stunning in it.