Our Latest Gowns

Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes at our latest photo shoot!

Three new gowns were recently added to our collection and we can’t wait to show them to you. The professional photos are on their way, but in the meantime, here’s a little peek at our stunning bohemian-inspired Veronica” wedding gown, modelled by the gorgeous @vargabarbie

We were lucky enough to have perfect weather for the shoot (thank you, Melbourne weather!), and to be blessed with such stunning natural scenery in Warrandyte. Come to our showroom and see for yourself!

The professional photos of our new bridal gown designs will be coming soon, so watch this space!

Award Winning Gowns

The 2017 Brides Choice Award winners have been announced!

This time last year we were celebrating, having just won the 2016 Brides Choice Award for Bridal Couture. Last night we attended the awards ceremony yet again and were delighted to receive our second award. We weren’t awarded 1st prize this time, but we are just as proud to come home with ‘Highly Commended”. There were some incredibly talented people in line for awards and we’re honoured to have a place among them.

As a small business, each and every client means the world to us and our reputation. We know it takes a lot of trust to purchase a wedding gown that can’t be seen until it’s made. This award helps to show brides-to-be that we’re serious about what we do, and we do it well.

Special thanks to Yarra & Dandenong Ranges Weddings for organising the event, and to our wonderful clients for voting for us.

Here’s to next year!

Annie & Coleman’s Wedding

What a gorgeous couple!

Annie and Coleman were recently married at the lovely Linley Estate in Kilsyth.


We had a ball working with Annie and her bridesmaids creating her custom-designed Bridal Package.

After the initial consultation with our dressmaker, Annie knew this was the direction she wanted to go in. We talked her through the design and she and her bridesmaids chose these colours from our fabric samples. Our dressmaker took measurements for each of the gowns and they were on their way.

Annie was so happy with the gowns and was kind enough to share her photos and this video of her big day with us!

We wish Annie and Coleman a lifetime of happiness together.

Special thanks to STUDIOMAX Photography

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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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. 

Custom 2-piece Wedding Gown

2 Piece Wedding Gown

We never cease to be amazed by the beautiful and creative gowns our clients allow us to make.

This gorgeous skirt and top combination matches our client’s individual style and personality perfectly. Our client wanted a non-traditional gown that was feminine but unique and she was absolutely delighted with this skirt, which we created to complement her lace top.

It’s gowns like this one that make dressmaking such a wonderful and rewarding industry to be a part of. Together, we’re able to overcome many challenges and create truly stunning gowns. And the best part; the joy we see on our clients faces!

REAL WEDDINGS: Beach Wedding Bliss

We’re always delighted to receive real wedding photos of our gorgeous brides and bridesmaids wearing our creations. This mermaid style gown was the perfect choice for her beach wedding. What better way to celebrate a gorgeous client than with a video montage?