Auckland has some fantastic Bridal stores for future brides to be looking to find that perfect dress for themselves and their wedding party. Today we'll be looking at the very best bridal shops from across the Auckland region. From the ground-breaking gowns of Jenny Packham, Monique L'Huillier and Anna Campbell to the more traditional bridal shops such as Maree Boyd Bridal and Mori Lee Bridal.
There are so many stores to choose from and we've narrowed it down for you.
Best Auckland Bridal Stores
1. Jessica Bridal
Jessica Bridal is a couture Bridal store, located in Newmarket. They are service oriented, and offer personalised services to help future brides find their dream dress.
They stock exclusive designers from across the globe, and are the flagship store for the Jessica Couture label. Designers they stock include Atelier Wu, Miss Chloé, Cizzy Bridal, Zavana Bridal, Zavana Couture, White April and Wedding Societe.
Their services include bridal consultations and bridal retail, including skincare, accessories, shoes, lingerie, and glam masterclasses. Gift certificates are also available through their website or instore.
For standard consultations, brides are advised to bring pictures of dress inspiration, a close family member or friend, varied undergarments and a wedding theme.
Atelier (VIP) consultations are run exclusively for bridal groups, where the group is greeted with cold bubbly beverages, a cheese platter and a professional consultants service. Virtual consultations and VIP Consultation options are also available.
Their website is user friendly, showcasing an online store of their Bridal and Bridesmaid dresses and accessories, a sample sale section and a blog.
Their blog includes phenomenal photography, showcasing campaign shoots of their bridal wear, and wedding photos from previous clients.
They are open Monday – Saturday, offering late night trading hours on Thursdays via appointment.
‘Amazing!! They are so professional and were extremely helpful when picking my wedding dress. The staff are fun and made the entire process exciting and lots of fun! Their store is beautifully styled and easy to locate.
The alternations were done to perfection and they made the whole process run smoothly!! So so thrilled that I went to Jessica Bridal’- Abby
Address: 1st Floor, 255 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland
Phone: 09 522 9168
Services: Bridal Consultations, Retail: Bridal Dresses, Bridesmaid Dresses, Bridal and Bridesmaid accessories, Hair accessories, Shoes, Jackets, Skincare, Glam Sessions, Virtual Consultations, VIP Consultations.
2. Vinka Design
Vinka Design is a family owned Bridal Design store, located in Auckland CBD. They are known for making beautiful, handmade gowns and have been designing for over 50 years.
Vinka Lucas established the label in 1959, her daughter Anita has since taken over to continue the brands legacy.
Their philosophy is that dresses are more than visually stunning – they are made to be worn, the inspiration for each dress must come from the individual who will be wearing it.
Their work has been showcased in Bride and Groom Magazine, New Zealand Weddings and New Zealand Fashion Museum to name a few.
They have multiple wedding gown collections showcasing in their showroom; however, they also make custom gowns.
Some of their collections include An Oriental Affair, Modern Muse, Heart of Havana, A Parisian Dream and Secret Garden.
Their in-store services include a personal consultation, followed by choosing fabrics and initial gown sketches and providing a quote.
Their website is elegant, informative and brimming with testimonials. Campaigns of their collections, and accessories can be viewed online, and contact details and frequently asked questions can be found on their site menu.
They are open Monday – Friday during standard business hours and Saturday by appointment.
‘Soo happy with these people. Besides being great to work with, they're efficient and do an amazing job. What helped hugely was having the fabric and a large selection of laces already there to select from.
Only needed 3 or 4 fittings including the initial consult and came home with the dress of my dreams. THANK YOU Anita and team!’ - Zoe
Address: Level 1/242 Queen Street, Auckland CBD 1010
Phone: 09 300 3047
Services: Bridal Consultations, Dress-making, Bridal Dress Design, Accessories
3. Trish Peng
Trish Peng is a Bridal and Evening wear designer from New Zealand, with a showroom in Grey Lynn. She was awarded Winner of Best Custom in 2019 by California Wedding Day Magazine, and stocks dresses in New Zealand and the United States.
Trish Peng has been featured in Marie Claire, New Zealand Weddings, The Huffpost, The New Zealand Herald and People Magazine to name a few. Her Bridal and Evening wear collections have also been a part of New Zealand Fashion Week.
A new collection is released each year, with Reflections, Flora, and Juliette and a collaboration with Bride and Winter being the most recent. Showroom consultations can be arranged in-store or via booking.
The process begins with choosing a silhouette, fabric and designing, followed by fittings. In store purchases can also be made off-the-rack.
Through the brand website, information can be found about the designer, custom orders, contact information, press features, a blog, testimonials and their online store.
Their online shop stocks dresses, earrings, evening wear, samples, robes and various accessories. Their blog shares updates such as behind the scenes of photoshoots and store hour updates.
Her showroom is open Tuesday – Saturday during standard business hours, and Monday and Sunday by appointment.
‘Trish is a very talented lady - I could not have asked for a better person to design my perfect wedding dress! She was so lovely, knowledgeable, meticulous and patient (especially while I chose between all the many stunning laces!).
The style was just what I wanted and all the details including the beading were incredible. The whole process was fun, and I felt beautiful on the big day. Thanks so much, Trish! Xx’ - Sarah
Address: 37 MACKELVIE STREET, GREY LYNN 1021
Phone: 09 888 9228
Services: Off-the-rack Bridal Wear, Bridal Accessories, Custom Bridal Dress Design, Evening Wear (Off-the-rack)
4. Anna Schimmel
Anna Schimmel is a European bridal designer, which operates out of Anna’s sunny studio in Point Chevalier. Anna has a Masters in Fine Fashion, and over 30 years’ experience in bridal design.
She has also trained and worked in European Couture in Germany. She describes her design style as classic, elegant, and a little sexy, with a desire to empower brides to feel like the best versions of themselves.
Anna meets clients in her studio through bookings, which can be made on her website or via phone. Her services include ready-to-wear designer wedding dresses, which are constructed 3 – 6 months before the wedding date.
Consultations go for 60 minutes, with the first appointment being complimentary. Some dresses are available off-the-rack, and can be picked up the same day in case of Bridal emergencies. Sizes 8 – 16 are offered, and further alteration can be made by trusted dressmakers.
Her website features her Italian Bride, Modena Bridal and Prague Bridal collections, including videos, photos and testimonial photos of brides wearing her dresses.
Anna Schimmel also gives back to non-for-profit organisations such as Style Her Empowered and Rainforest Trust. More information is available on Anna’s website, along with FAQ’s, Testimonials and links to the brands social media.
‘Hi Anna, Thank you for crafting me a beautiful dress which I felt so great in on our special day. Your support, guidance and creative flair was exceptional and very much appreciated! Thank you again Janelle Xx’
Address: Walmer Road, Point Chevalier, 1022
Phone: 09 378 0821
Services: Off-The-Rack Bridal, Bridal Dress Design, Consultations
5. Kellylin Couture
Kellylin Couture is a bridal designer brand, their showroom is located in Eden Terrace, with stockists in Hamilton, and Australia.
Kelly Lin is the designer behind the brand, growing up around her own family’s bridal showroom. Kelly grew up learning her craftmanship from her Mum, who worked for International Bridal Designers.
After spending years perfecting her skills and creativity, Kelly branched out into her own brand.
Kelly works to develop stunning, high quality bridal dresses, without the hefty price tag, making dreamy dresses accessible to the everyday woman. Her designs are inclusive of all body types, from curvy, tall, short and beyond!
Her featured collections include Contour D’Amour, Enchanting Elegance, Milk and Honey, Modern Bohemian and Wild Romance. Accessories can also be found on the brand website and instore.
Each gown is made individually, bespoke gowns are available on request. Dress size measurements are also available for each individual dress via their website.
On their website, photo campaigns of their collections can be found, along with event information, testimonials, news, stockists, contact details and friends of the brand.
The flagship store is open Monday – Saturday during standard business hours, consultation appointments can be made via their website or in store.
‘I would highly recommend the expert team at Kellylin Couture. Antonia instantly picked out dresses that I had in mind, and found one that I loved. She helped me make some design adjustments that made my dream a reality.
The team went above and beyond to create the perfect dress. I am so thrilled, I adore your work, I feel amazing in this dress! Thank you so much Antonia and the team at Kellylin Couture!’ – Grace.
Address: 96 New North Rd, Eden Terrace 1021
Phone: 09 368 1088
Services: Bridal Dress Design, In-Store Consultations
How much do wedding dresses cost?
Bridal gowns can come in all shapes and sizes, but there is no denying that couture dresses cost a pretty penny. Brides who are on a tight budget might want to visit thrift stores or shop for new fashion at wholesale prices.
Bridal stores sell an array of wedding attire that ranges from the most luxurious designer gowns to affordable with prices ranging from $500 to $50,000 depending on the designer. Of course there's many more luxury brands that can cost upwards of $500,000 for those with deep pockets.