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.

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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Bridesmaids in Blue


Bridesmaids in Blue

Our gorgeous client Amie had her wedding last year, in the warm and wondrous month of December.

Amie requested four custom-made gowns in royal blue for her beloved bridesmaids. We helped Amie settle on this design because it’s oh so pretty and no matter what shape or size your bridesmaids are, it’s incredibly comfortable and flattering.

We are as delighted with the result as Amie’s bridesmaids were!


This design can be made in a huge range of colours with matching lace. The fabric swatches are available in our showroom.


There’s also no need to travel back and forth all over Melbourne – we offer design, fittings and alterations in one convenient location, so you’ll have time to stop and sip a latte by the Yarra with your favourite girls.

Could you ask for anything more?