New Zealand, as it turns out, is the place where you go for a wedding with amazing views. And as we are fast learning during The New Zealand Issue, the amazing vibes, don’t stop there! New Zealand also has a whole host of incredible wedding vendors, and as you will discover right along us today, amazing talent when it comes to wedding fashion design.
From modern and minimal, to classic styling, we’ve found the New Zealander wedding gown and attire designers that you well and truly need to add to your shopping list.
Modern, romantic and a little bit boho, Brooke Tyson, in Auckland is a must-check out for wedding gowns, utilising beautiful laces and unusual silhouettes, this is the place for a modern wedding gown with its own unique flair. Not only that, but here are complementing pieces of jewellery, jumpsuits even flower girl dresses to coordinate.
Each gown can be purchased online and is made to order to your exact measurements We got all our real weddings with Brooke Tyson Ritual here for you to check out.
Led by designer Daisy Young, Hera Couture has something for everyone. Timeless classic silhouettes with modern twists – beautiful colours and stunning fabrics elevating time-honoured design with of-the-moment elements. You can make an appointment at their Auckland studio, or the brand also has plenty of stockists worldwide. See our Hera Couture features here.
Delicate and romantic, every Sally Eagle gown is designed and made in New Zealand! Sally started off in wedding gowns when she was drawn to make her wedding dress. A seed and a dream was born and a decade later, she’s still creating beautiful understatedly elegant gowns for weddings all over the world. If you want to try on a Sally Eagle gown in person, the team have their studio in Wellington, but you can also find the brand at a few international stockists, or have your dream Sally gown shipped anywhere in the world.
See Sally Eagle on Polka Dot Wedding here.
We know and love Rue De Seine and we’re even more thrilled that they’re a homegrown New Zealand brand. From design to production, everything gown, with the quintessential Rue De Seine modern bohemian style, is made in their Auckland workshop. You can order your gown directly from their website (virtual consults available!) or purchase from one of their many stockists.
See our real weddings with Rue De Seine here.
Bringing modern design to the celebration of classic wedding gowns, designer Megan Kelly has brought something special to life with Kenny & Harlow. Her designs are elegantly beautiful, taking current trends and doing them Megan’s way. Bespoke gowns, mix and match pieces and even an alterations service (for non Kenny & Harlow gowns) all make visiting this designer for your gown? An easy choice.
See our features on the brand here.
Beading and sparkle not for you? Then Hayes Bridal might be. This is a brand that embodies simple, relaxed styling with minimal embellishment. Think elegant slip gowns, T-shirt style tops paired with equally as simply skirts, wide leg pants and draped backs. There is a fully custom option for those able to visit in person, and a ready-to-wear collection made for each wearer, that is also available to ship internationally.
See real Hayes Bridal weddings here.
Want something a little bold? A little fun? meet Boom Blush! Designed to be completely untraditional this is the brand for fun. Two piece frocks, sparkling dresses, ruffles and puffs, but don’t worry, there is plenty of classic wedding white too, with many of the moment dresses you’ll want to twirl down the aisle in.
Vinka Design has been creating gowns for New Zealand weddings since 1959, so you know they have well and truly seen it all. That experience? They bring it to their gowns. Beautiful, classic designers from under designer Vinka Lucas, and now carried through her daughter Anita. Each gown was designed and made in their Auckland studio.
Can luxury wedding gowns and ethical, sustainable practices meet? Well, that’s the vision of Auckland designer Kellylin Couture. Beautiful fabrics and beautiful fits complement the modern designs that you’re going to love. And there aren’t just gowns either, make sure you check out the operates (like the Fleur wide leg pants) and complementing accessories.
Plus our favourite part? They’re sized from US 0-26 (and they’re are stocked all over the world). Win-win!
Katie Yeung is not just busy with Hera Couture, but she also is the one behind Daisy! Daisy is a little more relaxed. Designed to be comfortable, wearable and affordable, Daisy gowns are modern with a little free spirit to them. Think separates, beautiful laces, sheer fabrics, mix and match elements, so flexibility! Plus even better news? They’re available in sizes UK 0-36. Daisy gowns are available to purchase at their flagship showroom in Auckland, but they also have stockists all over the world.
A little glam, and very on trend, Jessica Couture is a must-visit for New Zealanders. These are gowns that pay homage to what is loved right now but elevates it using intricate detailing, quality finishes and luxe details. With a dream to celebrate every bride, Jessica Couture is based out of Auckland and has stockists all over the world. See Jessica Couture in action here.
Could there be a designer more quintessential New Zealand? Karen Walker (who we know and love for her fashion and homewares) has something special too for when it comes to weddings. A sense of playful, whimsical style that is bold and fun. Two-piece suits, puffball veils, and taffeta frocks, the pieces are available via consultation only (virtual available), each piece made in Auckland.
See Karen Walker on Polka Dot Wedding here.
Jane works for her wearer, each gown custom designed just for you (and she’ll happily work with international clients!) With couture techniques, beautiful fabrics and a focus on timeless, and classic designs, Jane’s work are one to watch. See the work of Jane Yeh in our real weddings here.
A little modern boho your style? Auckland designer Leave Her Wilder has you covered. With a dream to design for all women, Leave Her Wilder (who ships worldwide) have an entire collection of not just wedding gowns you’ll love, but also Bridesmaid attire. They keep their designs very of the moment, with simple, beautiful fabrics cut into beautiful shapes. Plus? Their sizing extends to UK 22.
See our features with Leave Her Wilder here.
Understated and elegant, Anna Schimmel, out of Auckland has both ready-to-wear and custom options for your wedding day. Born in Germany, Anna has been designing gowns in her studio since 2001 and the experience shows. There is a sense that these gowns are timeless, will stand the test of time and will be as beautiful then as they are right now.
See Anna’s work on Polka Dot Wedding here.