A Shopaholic’s Guide to Finding Bridal Goods in Non Bridal Stores

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Today I’m happy to have one of Australia’s best known shopaholics- Kellie from Never Shopped Out. Kellie’s site is like an encyclopedia for Aussie shoppers. Never Shopped Out features a directory of online stores, discounts, a rundown of international shipping agents, Australian Etsy sellers, sale calendars and even a blog! Kellie joins Polka Dot Bride today to talk about her favourite online wedding finds!

As you can probably tell from Never Shopped Out, I love a good shop. So when my (then) boyfriend popped the question, I was pretty eager to start bridal shopping in all its many varied forms.

One of my plans of attack when it came to wedding shopping was to not limit myself JUST with bridal stores. There were a few reasons for this:

– Its common knowledge that the word ‘wedding’ can raise the price of things. And okay, I have heard that you shouldn’t tell suppliers it’s for a wedding but I have never understood how that works in practice. ‘Uh hello, yes I would like a white cake with a bride and groom on it for a christening please’? And unfortunately, weddings are romantic, but debt is not.

– Particularly for my bridesmaid’s dresses, I was interested in a fairly non traditional look. Interestingly enough throughout my research I did discover that the stereotypical ‘bridesmaids’ style is NOT all you can find in a bridal store these days which was a lovely surprise, but I’m still glad I researched dresses in general.

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Silk Winter Maxi by Honey & Beau from Gosh Celebrity Fashion

– It’s easy to get caught up in the whole wedding tizz and start to think that if you don’t have napkins of the exact shade of ecru then your wedding day will be ruined. Especially when certain rouge elements of the bridal industry start plying you with the pressure. Trust me, it won’t. Hell, we forget our reception speech, had a car crash occur during the ceremony and I dropped chocolate soufflé on my dress during dessert. And not one of these things ruined my day. By mixing up my bridal forays with non-wedding stores, I managed to hold my own and walk out with my head high when I started to feel pressured.

So please find below a selection of my favourite online non traditional bridal retailers that you can find some gorgeous dresses, shoes, accessories and the like for your wedding! And the best bit? They’re all Australian stores!

Dresses

Viva La Frock – Frocks for every occasion and style. (Never Shopped Out Members also receive an extra 15% off their order!)

Frockshop – http://www.frockshop.com.au/main.php?mod=Lobby if you’ve got the budget (or perhaps a small wedding party) Frockshop stocks an excellent array of Australian and international designer dresses. This is my favourite Australian site for droolworthy designs.

Gosh Celebrity Fashion – http://www.goshcelebrityfashion.com.au/ – Gosh Celebrity Fashion have just added a new section called Red Carpet fashion, where you can get the latest red carpet looks for a fraction of the price

Madaboochoo – plenty of cocktail and black tie dresses to check out

Mien Boutique – – stocks the incredibly gorgeous designer Thurley which, in my humble opinion would make divine bridesmaids dresses. (Never Shopped Out Members also get an extra 10% off)

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Cultured fresh water white pearl earrings from Roun

Accessories

Etsy.com – one of my all time favourites just plug in the colour or material type and site back and enjoy the huge range of gorgeous options you will be presented with!

Mico – Mico – – beautiful range of accessories, many are celeb faves. (Never Shopped Out Members also get an extra 15% off)

Ella Bleau –

Jenny Mills Jewellery – http://jennymillsjewellery.com.au/

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Shoes

Princess Chic – – check out the Princess Chic collection

Tony Bianco – http://www.tonybianco.com.au/ always has strappy sandals instore, Sign up for the Tony Bianco VIP Club for 10% off all purchases

Thanks Kellie for sharing your favourite shopping sites with Polka Dot Bride! You can find more of Kellie’s finds (and a whole lot more!) at her site Never Shopped Out

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