Do you Hire / Rent Dresses?
No we don’t hire dresses. Most fabrics used for Wedding Gowns and Debutantes Dresses don’t handle repeated alterations. We have a huge range of Debutante Gowns, which start at $199, Bridal Gowns start at $495, Bridesmaids start at $260.
We always have a Sale Rack of heavily reduced price- discontinued Wedding Dresses and Debutante Dresses. Visit the ‘Sale Rack’ galleries on our website to see prices and available sizes. We can also post anywhere in Australia (+ postage & handling).
Come in and see us and I’m sure we will help you find the gown of your dreams. We offer friendly professional service in a non-pushy atmosphere.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Appointments are needed for weekdays. You’re welcome to pop in on a Saturday; we appreciate your patience if we’re busy.
Why do I wear gloves to look through your Bridal Gowns and a hair/make up veil in the Dressing room?
We’ve had so much positive feedback and respect from customers about how beautifully clean our Gowns are, which is why we also have a No Food – No Drinks, No changing nappies, Damages must be paid for, etc.– as conditions of entry into the Boutique.
Wearing the cotton gloves instore, protect delicate white bridal fabrics from contact of natural oils and accidental snagging on claw-set rings, bracelets, broken or chipped finger nails etc.
The see through (organza fabric) hair/make up veils are simply popped on momentarily while Dresses are discreetly placed – and removed from – over the head. They protect delicate white bridal fabrics from contact of natural oils and the silicones in shampoo’s and conditioners; along with make up, moisturisers and sunscreen etc. We appreciate that Brides and Debs want to see how their foundation and make up may contrast with white or ivory fabrics and the hair/make up veil is a great way to accommodate their visit without damaging the Dress.
We have many Brides and Debutantés buying their Special Dresses directly off the rack. We thank you for your co-operation- so that every customer (including You!) can experience trying on the best presented and cleanest quality Dresses we possibly can, to avoid the need for unnecessary added dry-cleaning costs. After all, isn’t that what you would expect and appreciate for the Gown that you try on or buy?
Are alterations included in the cost of my Gown?
N0! To sell a Gown with alterations included in the cost, the prices of our Bridal Gowns would be much higher -to include every conceivable possible alteration. Why pay for hidden extras if you may only need a slight or no alterations at all?
Will you sell this style to another Deb attending the same night?
We place all our Miss Bella Debutante Gowns on our Event Register to prevent selling the same style Gown to another girl attending the same night of that Debutante Ball. We even give a Written Guarantee to prove it!
What schools are on your debutante Register?
ALBURY DISTRICT DEBUTANTES, ALBURY High, ALBURY GIRL GUIDES, ALL SAINTS PARISH, ANGLICARE, ARDLETHAN, AQUINAS, AVILA BACCHUS MARSH Grammar, BAIRNSDALE, BAROOGA LIONS Cobram, BAYSWATER Secondary, BEACON HILLS, BEACON HILLS College, BERWICK, BILLANOOK College, BORONIA K-12, BOX HILL HIGH, BOX HILL SENIOR Secondary College, BRAEMAR, BRENTWOOD, BUCKLEY PARK College, BUNDOORA BURDEKIN Catholic High School CAULFIELD Grammar, CARWATHA, CASEY Berwick, CASEY Cranbourne, CASTLEMAINE, CATHEDERAL College Wangaratta, CATHOLIC LADIES College Eltham, CATHOLIC College Sale, CATHOLIC College Wodonga, CAULFIELD Grammar, CHEVALIER College, COBDEN, COPPERFIELD, CORRYONG, CRAIGEBURN Secondary College, CRANBOURNE Secondary, CRC Melton, CROYDON TAFE DE LA SALLE, DIAMOND VALLEY, DROMANA College, DROUIN Secondary ECHUCA College, ELTHAM, EMERALD Secondary College, EMMANUAL College, EMMAUS, EUROA FAIRHILLS High School, FAR SOUTH LEGACY Pambula, FINLEY High School, FLINDERS CHRISTIAN College Carrum Downs Campus, FRANKSTON High School GALEN CATHOLIC College, GEELONG High School, GIPPSLAND Grammar, GISBOURNE Secondary, GLEN WAVERLEY, GLENEAGLES, GREENSBOROUGH HAILEYBURY Berwick, HALLAM, HAMPTON PARK Secondary College, HEALSVILLE High School, HEATHDALE Christian College, HEATHERWOOD HEATHMONT, HENRY LAWSON, HIGHVALE, HILLCREST, HOLY ROSARY Bendigo, HOPPERS CROSSING, HORSHAM College IVANHOE Grammar JAMES FALLON Albury, JOHN PAUL College Frankston KAMBRYA College, KARDINIA Internet College, KILLESTER College, KNIGHTS of the SOUTHERN CROSS Bendigo, KNOX SCHOOL, KOOWEERUP, KURNAI College Churchill, KYABRAM P-12 College LAKEVIEW SENIOR College, LILYDALE HEIGHTS, LILYDALE HIGH, LINDALE, LYNRIZ Williamstown, Victorian University, LOYOLA College, LUTHER College, LYNDALE Secondary, LYNDHURST MAC KILLOP Werribee, LynRiz, MAFFRA Gippsland, MANOR LAKES College, MARANATHA, MANSFIELD Secondary, MARIBYRNONG College, MARION College Ararat, MARIST SION Warragul, MARY Mc KILLOP Leongatha, MARY MEAD, MARYMEDE Mernda, MATER CHRISTI, MELBA Croydon/Maroondah, MELTON, MIRBOO NORTH, MONBULK College, MOOROOLBARK Secondary College, MORNINGTON Secondary, Mt. ERIN Frankston, Mt. LILYDALE MERCY College, Mt. WAVERLEY, MURRAYVILLE Community College NAZARETH, NEERIM, NEWHAVEN, NORWOOD, OUR LADY of MERCY College Heidelberg, OUR LADY of SION Box Hill, OVERNEWTON Anglican Community College Taylors Lakes PENLEIGH & ESSENDON Grammar (PEGS), PLENTY VALLEY Christian School, PORTLAND Secondary, PRESENTATION College Windsor, PYRAMID HILL REDCLIFFS Secondary College, RINGWOOD, Capri Geelong, RMS Hoppers Crossing, RMS Mary McKillop, RMS Thomas Carr, Werribee, ROCHESTER, ROSEBUD, ROWVILLE SACRED HEART Kyneton, SACRED HEART Oakleigh, SACRED HEART Yarrawonga, SALE College, SCORESBY Secondary College, SCOTS SCHOOL Albury, SIENNA College, SEYMOUR College, South GIPPSLAND Secondary College, St. AUGUSTINE’S College, St. CATHERINE’S Singleton, St. FRANCIS Bendigo, St. FRANCIS -Berwick, St. FRANCIS Beaconsfield, St. HELENA, St. JOHNS Regional College, St. JOSEPH’S Atherton, St. JOSEPH’S Echuca, St. JOSEPH’S Jerilderie, St. MARGARET’S, St. MARGARET’S Berwick, St. MARY’S Gunnedah, St. MONICA’S, St. PATRICK’S Gympie, St. PAUL’S Warragul, St. PETER’S Cranbourne, STRATHMORE Secondary, SWAN HILL / LALBERT SWINBOURNE TAFE Croydon TAYLOR’S LAKES, TINTERN, THOMAS CARR, UPPER YARRA Secondary College, UPWEY High, VERMONT Secondary College, VICTORIAN University WALLAN Secondary, WANGARATTA High, WANTIRNA, WARNAMBOOL, WARRAGUL Regional, WERRIBEE Secondary, WESTBOURNE, WESTERN HEIGHTS College Geelong, WHEELERS HILL, WHITTLESEA, WHITSUNDAYS ANGLICAN, WILLIAMSTOWN, WILLIAMSTOWN High, WONTHAGGI POWER (Netball/ Football Club ), WONTHAGGI Secondary College YARRA HILLS, YEA, YMCA Bacchus Marsh, Santa Maria, … with room for MORE!!
I have to have straps on my Deb Dress!
While most Deb dresses come with straps, we can show you some options to comply with the rules, as well as look like a gorgeous part of the Dress.
Can I take photos?
We protect the Copyright and Intellectual Property of our Designers and their gorgeous creations. Once you have purchased or paid the Deposit of your chosen Gown, you may take as many photos as you like. We’ve also had Brides set up their lap-tops and Skype family overseas, once they decided on the Gown of their dreams, and wanted to share the joy with their loved ones. (Separate appointment for Skype may be necessary due to differing time zones)
How long do I need to order my Gown?
We recommend allowing a minimum of 6-8 months for ordering Bridal and Debutante Gowns, and a minimum of 3 months for Multiway Dresses. A Rush Order (extra cost) may be possible for some Gowns depending on the time frame.
Do you order my exact measurements?
We determine the size to order either by the sample Gown you tried on, or by the bust, waist, and hip measurements that we take. Your Gown will be ordered to the closest Australian Standard Dress Size based on your measurements. Some alterations may be needed to fit the body perfectly. Alteration costs are extra.
What if gain or lose weight?
Your Dress has been ordered according to your measurements taken at the time of ordering. Continue to maintain and stabalize your figure once your Gown has been ordered, as no further changes to the Dress can be made during production. Size variations may be subject to further alterations.
If you are considering weightloss before your Wedding, let us know so that we can incorporate this factor before ordering your Dress.
Do you do the alterations yourself or do you send them out to be done?
Miss Bella is one of a small handful of Bridal Boutiques in Melbourne who perform all Alterations on the premises, by Fully Qualified and Professional Bridal Dressmakers.
I’ve personally done this for 30 years and it has just worked…
Gown Fitting appointments are made 4 weeks before your Big Day to tie in with where you are in your Cycle. If the tummy is bloated and the bust has gone up a cup size from fluid retention, all alterations done at the Fitting will be a perfect fit on your Day.
e.g. if the Fitting occurs 2 weeks before your Event Day, your Gown will either be too tight, because you were in the “skinny phase” of your cycle at the Fitting; OR, too loose because you were measured up in your Gown during the “bloaty-fluid retention- phase” of your cycle… and by the Event Day 2 weeks later, the fluid has gone and the Gown is loose at the bust and tummy again.
Alterations are extra. If you wish to have someone else do your alterations you’re also welcome to do that as well.
I bought my dress elsewhere; can you do the alterations?
We only alter Dresses that have been purchased from Miss Bella.
Do you sell second hand Dresses?
No. We don’t have a Second-Hand Dealers Licence to offer that service.
Where can I get my Bridal Gown Cleaned after the Wedding?
We recommend the experts at Syndal’s Bridal Dry Cleaners as they only do Bridal, and we have had such positive feedback from our customers who have used this service. Miss Bella Gown Brides are given a Voucher on Receival of their Gown prior to the Wedding Day.