Bride’s Guide : Pre-wedding Party

Once the happy couple have taken the decision to wed and set a date, the hard work really begins. It is a well-known fact that weddings really bring out the best in people who are well organised and able to delegate. Management professionals often have the smoothest running nuptials, thanks to their expertise in this area.

But don’t worry if management doesn’t come naturally, having the ability to compile lists and take the time to nail the details serve just as well when planning a dream wedding. From the wedding gown to the accessories and bridesmaids dresses, to the church flowers and the catering, everything needs attending to with greatest possible care; after all, it’s a very special day.

Get the dress right and everything else tends to fall into place without too much trouble. The style of gown is very much down to personal taste; something all brides have very strong feelings about. The range of high quality wedding gowns available today means there is something gorgeous to suit all physiques and tastes. Whether it’s a classic vintage style, a backless number or a dramatic diva look, designers such as Ian Stuart, Pronovias, Mark Lesley and Mori Lee are all safe bets when starting the search for that dream dress. With so many to choose from, decision making can be difficult, so it really helps to take a trusted friend or family member along to the wedding boutique for support and honest feedback.

Whilst you are there don’t forget to look at the accessories. Beautiful veils, head dresses, garlands, fascinators, tiaras and more can be sourced from renowned bridal designers such as Warren York, Richard Designs and Benjamin Adams.

Once the bride has decided on her dress she is free to concentrate on other matters. Having announced the wedding, lots of pre-wedding parties and social events leading up to the special day seem to emerge. Social occasions, ranging from engagement parties to bridesmaids luncheons and rehearsal dinners, all feature in the run up to the nuptials.

Increasingly, brides and their grooms are opting for pre-wedding parties close to the day of the wedding. This can be a fun way of getting to see all the long lost friends and relations that it may be hard to connect with in the blur of the actual wedding day.

Pre-wedding parties can take on many forms, some being large formal affairs hosted by the couple’s parents, others more intimate evenings with a casual, laid back, atmosphere. Couples choosing to host informal pre-wedding events should remember to reserve a suitable venue well in advance and make sure that details of the party are included in the invitation pack sent out to all the guests. Organising catering, wine glasses, entertainment and decorations should all be factored into the already busy wedding timetable. It sounds like a great deal of effort, but pre-wedding parties are usually great fun and do a good job of soothing any last minute nerves.

Getting married should only happen once, so it is important to get it exactly right. Finding the perfect dress, organising the social side and of course choosing the right partner, will ensure all the hard work is worth it. One final piece of advice, remember to enjoy the day.


  • I just bought my wedding dress from here Jean and Cheryl were amazing they made the experience so enjoyable and special I would highly recommend all brides to start their dress journey here you won’t need to go any further. Cannot rate them highly enough!!

    Rosalyn Johnson
  • The staff are friendly. the dress I wanted was delayed, but staff were polite and apologetic about it. Decent dresses here too.

    Fi W
  • The staff here are next level. They are a cut above every other bridal shop I’ve been to. The staff are just amazing and the dresses are lovely. As good as the other fancy boutiques around Melbourne.

    Adam Lockwood
  • I cannot praise the ladies at Always and Forever enough. They were patient, welcoming and so helpful with dress choices. I spent hours here over my visits and was always met with knowledgeable advice – from travelling abroad with my dress to personalised additions they could make to the dress to make it more my own. Honestly take the time to visit this shop, it’s a little gem.

    Hannah George
  • The service here was top notch. I phoned them with an emergency request for a vale that I needed for a friends wedding in 2 hours time. The ladies were so accomodating, no fuss, took all my requests and made the vale within the hour. Such a relief and beautiful result. Thank you!!!

    Elisa Richardson
  • Thank you for helping us celebrate our wedding day.

    Dan & Cat
  • Great customer service! Fantastic staffs.

    Lily Tran
  • Wow, thank you ladies my dress was perfect. You made me feel so special, every time I came for a fitting you were lovely.

    Teesdale Rush
  • Jean is absolutely fabulous – unflustered even when she’s run off her feet- Fantastic service and great attention to detail-Thank you so much for all your help and lovely chats

    Christine Turnbull
  • After an awful experience with a few stores, I stumbled across always and forever bridal and I couldn’t have been happier! Lily found my dream dress in the first go and both girls there were amazing helping me with everything you could think of

    Greta Fox

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