ADDRESS: 1009 High Street, Armadale, Melbourne VIC, 3143
PHONE: 03 9822 5302
HOURS: Mon – Fri: 10am -5pm
Sat: 9am – 4pm
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WHAT IS THE PRICE RANGE OF A BRIDES OF ARMADALE GOWN?
The gowns in our current range start from $2,500 and go up to $4,000 with the average price being $3,000- $3,500. Gowns custom designed from scratch reflect a similar pricing to our current range but of course will vary depending on difficulty of design and fabrication. The gowns are all made to measure so the price is all-inclusive of all fittings and alterations ensuring a perfect ‘glass slipper’ fit!
DO I HAVE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO TRY DRESSES ON?
We absolutely encourage you to make an appointment! This way you not only get the chance to visit our store and try on our gowns, but you are also guaranteed our full devotion. With a booking it is also much easier for you to relax knowing that the space is yours and that you will have all the time you need to try on styles, talk accessories, and perhaps sketch a fresh design if that’s what your dream calls for! Of course we will always try our best to accommodate walk-ins, but we can never guarantee what each day will bring and often our stylists are working away with other appointments or hand-finishing the details that bring each visions to life. For your very own BOA experience to be secured, a booking is absolutely the way to go!
WHAT SIZE ARE YOUR SAMPLE GOWNS?
Here at BOA we celebrate femininity, and understand that with being a woman comes curves of all shapes and sizes! To accommodate all of our beautiful brides our sample gowns range in size from 8-18, with the bulk of them being a size 12. We understand it can be difficult to imagine a dress fitting correctly if it doesn’t, but each consultant is dedicated to doing what they can to help you envision the fit of each gown in our one-on-one consultations. In our experience, there’s very little a bit of pinning can’t fix.
HOW LONG ARE CONSULTATION APPOINTMENTS?
Each of our dreamy consultations run for 45 minutes. In this time you are welcome to try on as many gowns as you’d like and/or explore other options that may call for a custom sketch. This is usually ample time to play around with, but if you require longer we are happy to extend if there is space before the next appointment!
HOW MANY PPL CAN I BRING TO AN APPOINTMENT?
Believe us- we wish we had enough room for your entire family! We love to see you share this exciting experience with the ones you love! Unfortunately we have a limited space to play with in the boutique so we encourage you to limit the entourage to your 2 or 3 must-have people. This might even prove to be a blessing in disguise as sometimes a larger group can lead to an overwhelming bombardment with too many conflicting opinions. To us, your opinion is the most important!
WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF A MADE TO MEASURE GOWN?
After the design of your dream gown is finalised the process begins with getting your measurements taken so we can make your gown to fit you like a glass slipper. This happens either at the time of booking or 4-5 months prior to the big day (depending on your timeline). For some styles we may ask you to come in for a calico fitting so we can check the design, shape and fit on you before we cut the real fabrics. For all other fittings, we try to arrange them in the 2 months leading up to your wedding date so the size is perfect and ready to be picked up the week prior to the big day. (How exciting, right!)
CAN WE MAKE CHANGES TO THE SAMPLE STYLES?
Yes! This is one of our favourite parts of the process and what we are all about! We love working with you to create your dream dress. We can customise any of the sample styles or mix and match between samples to suit your individual needs and style. Changing lace, beading, colour, necklines, sleeves etc is all possible, just have a chat with one of our stylists in store and they will help guide you with their expertise.
DO YOU MAKE CUSTOM DESIGNED GOWNS?
YOU BET WE DO! If you cannot find your dream gown amongst one of our samples we love to sit down with you in a one on one consultation and sketch out a design unique to you. We are happy to do this with you at any point during either an initial or follow up consultation- whenever the inspiration comes to you! This process can take a little more time and follow up appointments may be necessary in some cases if we need to source lace or other details for you (all of which we are happy to do!)
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A DRESS?
Ah, the age old question. Our prefered time frame to bring your dream to life is is 6- 9 months. Brides often place orders for gowns anywhere between 14- 6 months prior to the wedding date, which is totally fine with us too! BUT if you have less time than this, don’t panic- we will always do our very best to make the magic happen in a shorter time frame. Visit us as soon as possible and we will check our schedule to see what we can do for you!
HOW DO I ORDER A MADE TO MEASURE GOWN?
Once your dream style is decided on we take all the details down for the dress, your contact details and also your measurements so we can construct the dress especially for you and your body. We ask for a $1000 deposit (or 25% of gown price if more than $4000) to place the order and start the process off. At this time, we will talk to you about the timeframe we have before the wedding and when we will be wanting to book you in to visit us again for your fittings. Don’t let this bit stress you out, we take care of it all- all you have to do is show up!
CAN YOU CUSTOMISE ACCESSORIES?
Yes, all our accessories are individually made in our Melbourne workroom by our expert milliner. As part of our in house team who can create the perfect accessories for your gown, we can customise veils and make lace headpieces to match your vision.
WHERE ARE THE DRESSES MADE?
We are lucky enough to have our very own Shanghai dream -factory-workroom that pieces together our luxury laces and fabrics, bringing your dream dress to life! The relationship between our Melbourne boutique and Shanghai workroom is a unique and very close one, run by two sisters and a shared passion for bridal gowns. Siew whom owns and runs our Armadale boutique and her sister Bob who makes the gowns with a small and very specialised team of expert seamstresses in Shanghai. This unique relationship allows us flexibility in creating your custom designs and allowing a close eye over quality control. All BOA gowns are made in our workroom. Once the fittings commence, the gowns stay in our High St location where all you fittings, finishing details and alterations occur by one of our in-house team. We also offer the popular and exclusive Capsule Collection of local designer Lenka Couture, these gowns are designed and ethically made in entirety in Melbourne, with all fittings also at our High St boutique.
WHERE IS THE STORE?
Number 1, Heaven Street, Dreamsville! Just kidding. We are located at: 1009 High St, Armadale, Victoria. Near the corner of High St and Kooyong rd.
DO YOU HAVE SALES?
From time to time we do hold sample sales which are a great opportunity to get your hands on one of our gowns at discounted prices! All sample dresses are cleaned and sold in good condition. Sign up for our newsletter notifications and follow us on Facebook and Instagram if you love a good bargain- this way when the time comes you won’t miss out.
CAN I BUY DRESSES OFF THE RACK?
All of our dreamy dresses are made for each bride to her exact measurements, because of this we don’t carry any ready made stock of our gowns. We do however, on occasion, have some sample gowns on hand that can be purchased as they are and taken with you straight away. If you have left dress shopping a little late and are looking for an off the rack gown because time is what you are worried about- call the store and chat to one of our consultants to see if we can still make your dream a reality in however long you have left.
CAN I TAKE PHOTOS OF THE DRESSES?
We are very happy for you to have photos of your favourite styles (we understand that seeing so many dresses can be overwhelming and we’d like to help you out as much as possible!) However we do ask that you let our stylists take the photos for you as they are trained in knowing how each gown photographs best.
CAN YOU SHIP GOWNS?
We know better than anyone that dreamers are located all over the world! So that is exactly where we ship! We are very happy to assist international and interstate customers who can’t make it into the boutique by making a dress to their measurements and shipping the gown to you to be fitted by your chosen local seamstress.