11th July, 2021 | by Celine
Ladies, the time has come! You’re ready to find your dream wedding dress. With endless options, ever-changing bridal trends, and uncontrollable Covid-restrictions, shopping for a wedding dress in 2021/2022 can be a daunting experience, to say the least. We wouldn’t be one of Australia’s top bridal boutiques if we didn’t want you to have a flawless experience; so here is a simple guide on how to find your dream wedding dress, stress-free!
First up, we need to have a chat about your timeline. The rule of thumb is to shop from around nine to twelve months before your wedding. As many of our bridal designers are located in Europe and the States, we want to make sure that we can find your dream dress and have enough time for it to get across the pond. Every dress is made to order, which means that we’ll take your measurements to order your gown in the right size upon ringing the bell. You will also need to allow enough time for alterations to make final tweaks and to bring your look to perfection. Generally speaking, we recommend allowing around six weeks for alterations.
Last-Minute Weddings and Sample Sales
If you’re reading this and your wedding is just around the corner, don’t freak out! We’ve been in this industry for many years, which is why we have options for every situation. Being one of the biggest bridal retailers in Brisbane, we actually have a large selection of sample gowns, which you will be able to take home on the day of purchase. To have a browse through our selection of sample wedding dresses, simply click here.
Come Inspired but Open-Minded
One of the most frequently asked questions we get is: “Do you have this dress in store?” You guys are prepared, and we love it. Having a general idea of what you are linking and which style of wedding dress you prefer does not only help you with your decision, but it also allows us, stylists, to narrow down our choices for you. During your appointment, we aim to try between five and six dresses. Given that we have over 300 styles in store, it really helps to be able to pinpoint your taste and find a narrow selection of gowns that suit your vision. If you don’t have time to do your research, don’t worry! We will always sit down with you, before selecting the gowns, to make sure we understand who you are as a bride. Despite your efforts of coming prepared, it is equally as important to stay open-minded. Especially, if you haven’t tried on wedding dresses before, you might find that some dresses work better than others and it’s just a matter of trial and error to find out which one works the best. Often, our brides end up falling in love with styles they would have never picked for themselves initially. Always remember, our stylists are here to guide you in the right direction.
What do I need to bring?
Now that we have talked about the when’s and what’s, let’s talk about the how’s. Luckily, you really don’t need to bring a lot. All we need is your beautiful self and some nude and seamless underwear. Sometimes, it can help to come with a bit of makeup or your preferred wedding hairstyle so you can envision your wedding day look. On top of that, we always love to emphasise that finding your dream dress can be an experience for your entire bridal crew. Bring along your nearest and dearest, who understand your personal sense of style and value your own personal taste. In the end, your wedding is a celebration so we want to make your entire bridal journey just as much fun!
Happy wedding dress shopping!
11th March, 2021 | by Celine
Shopping for a wedding dress is a different kind of mission. Let’s face it, it is probably the most important outfit we will ever buy. On top of that, it’s a huge investment, which means the pressure is on. In turn, we brides, want to know what’s hot in 2021 / 2022, right?
Yes, even if our wedding is in 2022, we should most definitely start thinking about our dream bridal look – time flies when we’re busy organising your dream wedding day.
Don’t worry – we’ve got you!
After intensive research and hundreds of hours of browsing through wedding magazines, bridal fashion articles, and thousands of Instagram posts and Pinterest pins, we have curated some of the hottest and most fashionable wedding dress trends for 2021 and 2022.
So, let’s dive straight in!
Every Superwoman Needs A Cape
Although this one might not be for everyone, bridal designers sure know how to make us feel like a superhero. Capes have become a huge deal in the bridal world and here is what we love about them.
They add an element of drama
They stand out from the crowd and scream fashion-forward. Nobody is going to forget your dress and your wifey or hubby will be swept off their feet. A sleeve calls for an unforgettable entrance with loads of drama.
They add coverage, without limiting your ability to move
Many of us don’t like feeling too exposed. Instead of going with a sleeved option, a cape is a great way of adding some coverage, without having to deal with the movement restrictions a sleeve may come with.
Transformable Looks A.k.a. Two-In-One
Speaking of dresses with capes, wedding dress designers are focusing on creating more versatile looks than ever. With a few simple add-ons, our brides can transform their look within minutes. Who said that you needed multiple dresses for your wedding day?
No need to double your budget
If you’re on a lower budget, you don’t need to sacrifice your wishes of having multiple wedding looks.
Less commitment. More options
Don’t want to commit to one look? Make last-minute adjustments and wear what you feel most comfortable in on your big day!
Puffy sleeves, tiered skirts, ruffles like there is no tomorrow, and we are 100 percent here for it. Go bold or go home, it’s your big day! This trend most definitely isn’t for everyone, but it’s also not one to forget.
They add a fun element
The creative and beautiful designs add a fun element to your bridal look
Edgy yet Simplistic
Ever struggled to find the right balance between allowing you to combine your love for simplistic fabrics with edgy designs? You should jump on that train!
So here you have it: in 2021 we’re getting out of our cage and committing to bigger and bolder wedding dress designs and bridal looks. We’ve been sitting at home, hiding from the world, for too long. It’s time to shine.
11th January, 2021 | by Celine
Inspired by our Real Bride Revolution diversity campaign, we created a styled bridal shoot, which allowed us to showcase our dresses in a diverse and modern way. We finished up on a high and were absolutely stunned by the beautiful outcome.
Real Bride Revolution
So let’s start off with a short recap and talk about what inspired this shoot. The White Lily Real Bride Revolution stands for diversity, self-love, and self-acceptance. Although finding ‘The One’ is mostly perceived as a positive experience, we knew that the bridal industry needed a change! Unfortunately, designers often don’t take all body types into consideration, when taking their stock images or posting to Social Media. Too often we get sent images, that don’t show any sense of diversity, whatsoever. We’re all different. We’re all beautiful. So why not show our beauty in different shapes on Social Media?
Given the above, we wanted to create a concept that showcased the beauty of real women.
Hence, when planning this styled shoot, we approached Tarah, Caitlin, Gill, and Cassandra, who had already experienced the White Lily experience as part of our Real Bride Revolution. Each and every one of these girls was beautiful in their own way, which made this photoshoot so special and added a sense of realness.
We were also beyond excited to be working with Lauren Olivia Photography, who had already created the most magical outcome for our last Gabbinbar Homestead Styled Shoot earlier this year. Lauren’s wedding photography is bright, beautiful, and exactly what we envisioned for our Real Bride Revolution; and she most definitely knocked us off our feet with this one!
To ensure that the colour palette and mood of the shoot would complement the dresses, without distracting from the girls’ beauty, we decided to go for a modern Mediterranean and French Riviera vibe. We envisioned a location with a variety of greens and whites. When we came across Next Door Espresso in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, we instantly knew that their café would be the perfect location for our campaign. It was bright, versatile, modern, and everything we had hoped for.
The flowers were provided by Brittany from My Little Flower Shoppe, and combined bright and blush pastels with modern dried florals. Just stunning! We also incorporated a mixture of jewellery from The Bridal Shoppe as well as Xennox Diamonds. Adding different tones of gold and mixing silvers and pearls, created a modern and versatile look.
Everything came together beautifully once all pieces were combined. The set-up of the shoot complemented each other in every possible way. All in all, It was a magical day and we were extremely grateful to work with some of the most beautiful people in our industry.
Venue: Next Door Espresso, Burleigh Heads
Photographer: Lauren Olivia Photography
Videographer: True North Films
Florist: My Little Flower Shoppe
Hair: Bombshell Hair Noosa
MUA: Xsentuate Makeup
Models: Cassandra Allen, Caitlin Robertson, Tarah Elizabeth, Gill Emmanuel
Jewellery: Xennox Diamonds & The Bridal Shoppe
30th October, 2019 | by Alera
Since 1964, Pronovias has been capturing the hearts of bride-to-be across the globe. The Spanish bridal house is synonymous with decadence and contemporary romance – undeniably perfect for walking down the aisle on your big day.
As our number one label here at White Lily Couture, it’s safe to say that Pronovias’ particular brand of bridal magic is in perfect harmony with our Queensland brides! In light of their very first Australian Trunk Show beginning right here in Brisbane, we thought we would share some of our favourite Pronovias Real Bride moments from the year to date!
You can join us in celebrating all things Pronovias in the boutique until November 2, with our exclusive Trunk Show. Find more information here.
Will you be our next #pronoviasrealbride?
Tahlia & Mark | Tahlia wears Pronovias | Photographer: Jashan Photography
Izzie & Ben | Izzie wears Pronovias ERANDI | Photographer: Ivory and Rose Photography
Jemma & Chris | Jemma wears Pronovias | Photographer: Mario Colli Photography
23rd May, 2018 | by Alera
At White Lily Couture we aim to never lose sight of the importance of your wedding day. This is a most special time in your life and deserves the superior service to match the significance of such an emotional journey. At White Lily Couture we offer you the ultimate bridal shopping experience from start to finish.
From our warm and friendly staff ready to greet you at the door, to our stylists’ expertise and extensive knowledge of all things bridal-wear – we definitely have you covered. We stock one of the widest ranges of bridal sizes in Queensland to ensure that everyone who walks through our door has the opportunity to find their dream dress. Our stylists will always go above and beyond to help you create your ultimate bridal look – their creativity knows no bounds!
Our stylists and friendly staff are here to guide and assist you through the sometimes trying period of finding ‘the one’ to wear down the aisle. Having seen hundreds of brides in a similar position, we know how daunting and confusing it can be. We are always here to accommodate any need or question you may have during the dress hunting process.
To find out how our lovely staff can help you in your wedding dress journey, head to our contact page here.
Photography: Heart and Colour & In-house photographer