Wedding dresses

Searching for unique wedding dresses? If you love fashion, value diversity, creativity & attention to detail, then Catherine can hand make a wedding dress in any design or shape you like. Your wedding dress will be the one that everyone remembers on your wedding day.

Imagine buying a wedding dress that nobody has ever seen before.


You can walk down the aisle in a wedding dress that no other person has ever worn.


Catherine Colubriale is a wedding dress designer in Sydney who hand makes new dresses. 


A wedding dress that no other woman in the world can have.

Wedding dresses in Paddington Sydney
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Buy a new wedding dress

Did you know you can buy your dream wedding dress that is made by an Australian designer? 


Catherine Colubriale has a wedding dress shop in Paddington, Sydney where she can use any type of fabric you like to make a dress woven with your spirit of individuality and personalisation with a custom made design that suits your body shape. 


Catherine is a wedding dress maker in Sydney that doesn’t just create a garment; she crafts a legacy, a masterwork that embodies the essence of elegance and the individuality of each bride. 


With an eye for the unique and the beautiful, Catherine makes one of a kind wedding dresses, unique bridal gowns that gently fit every curve of your body so that it suits you perfectly when you walk down the aisle or begin dancing at the reception. 


Each wedding dress is a harmonious blend of your chosen materials, textures and colours. It is designed for you so it isn’t just worn on the day, but tells a story about you.

“Can’t thank Catherine enough for designing and making my wedding the magical day it was.

I was hesitant at first about buying a custom made wedding dress from her shop in Paddington, but after meeting Catherine I felt extremely lucky and blessed to have met such a kind, giving and creative person. The whole experience with Catherine was my favourite part of my wedding journey.

I couldn’t have asked for a more suitable dress designer for the job. She made my bridal gown, mother of bride, 5 bridesmaids and flower girl dresses, each with immaculate attention to detail.

Her patience and intuitive nature into knowing exactly what I was feeling and looking for is a unique and masterful talent and I feel grateful for having crossed paths with her.”

I would recommend you to everyone!”


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Unique wedding dresses

Imagine wearing a new wedding dress that is 100% unique to an individual, just like your fingerprint or as bespoke as your wedding vows. A unique wedding dress can be designed to offer you the chance to make the wedding gown of your dreams a reality. Catherine starts with a blank sheet of paper to sketch your ideas where your heart’s desires are drawn in silks and satins in a dress shape suitable for your body.


Catherine will sketch each of your ideas so you can see the type of wedding dress she will make for you in her shop. A hand made wedding dress is an intimate expression of your unique love story, dreams and desires. You can’t buy an off-the-rack dress that can compare to something that is custom made, tailored to fit every curve and contour of your body while including each of your ideas – from a bow, to different colours or even a detachable skirt. 

One of a kind wedding dress designs

In her boutique in Paddington, Sydney, Catherine can create a one of a kind wedding dress design. The wedding dresses that Catherine sells are designed in (what many consider) the best bridal boutique in Sydney. She can use satin, lace, tulle, organza, chiffon, silk, crepe, mikado and other materials based on your preferences and desires.


Buying a wedding dress from Catherine gives you an assurance that your bridal gown will be completely unique, unparalleled in its construction and unmatched in its beauty – you won’t be able to buy the same dress in any shop in the world.


The journey from conception to completion is steeped in collaboration, care, and craftsmanship, ensuring that each bride can wear a new wedding dress that is nothing less than a masterpiece while also being a one of a kind dress design that nobody would have seen or worn before.

"Women are like wildflowers, beautifully hidden amongst each other. For a flower to stand out, she must admire her own uniqueness, style, shape and beauty".

Catherine Colubriale

Is buying a custom made wedding dress a good idea?

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Reasons why a one of a kind wedding dress makes a lot of sense

Be an individual
Imagine the moment you walk into a wedding dress store, surrounded by racks full of tulle and satin dresses. Each wedding dress is exquisite, yet none are unique, other brides might be wearing the same one. The reality is that your wedding dress can be unique, it can be designed just for you. You can buy a wedding dress that fits the shape of your body if you are an hourglass, pear, straight, v-shaped, oval, athletic, slender or bell bottom with hips wider than your bust.

Imagine wearing a wedding dress with every centimetre of fabric is made to fit every curve of your body from your chest to your bottom.


Get a unique wedding dress
Don’t you want to buy a new wedding dress that fits your soul?. Think of the countless brides who settle for less, wearing an off the rack dress that everyone else can wear. You can be totally unique on your wedding day. The unease of walking down the aisle in a gown that is beautiful, yet, not distinctly yours is a real problem to consider. The fabric, the cut, the very essence of the off-the-shelf dress—it’s all too familiar, too impersonal. You can surprise your wedding guests by wearing something that is unique or one of a kind..


Work with a wedding dress designer
Now, picture the transformative experience of buying a wedding dress from a designer in Sydney. This is where your unique vision is not only understood but brought to life. A designer is your guide, your partner in creating a dress that is a true extension of yourself. With a custom wedding dress, you are not adjusting to fit into a predefined mould; the dress is crafted to fit every nuance of your body. From the initial sketch to the final fitting, every element is chosen by you, for you—fabrics from the finest mills, details that dazzle, a silhouette that celebrates your body shape and size.


Ready to buy a new dress?


A unique wedding dress that exists nowhere else in the world, a sartorial echo of your personal love story, and a perfect fit in every sense. This is the beauty, the art, the undeniable allure of choosing a unique wedding dress because your wedding day should be as unique as your fingerprint, as original as your dreams.

How can you get a wedding dress made?

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A wedding dress shop in Paddington, Sydney

Catherine Colubriale will help your dreams take shape by created a new wedding dress for you. As a trusted Australian wedding dress designer, Catherine Colubriale can craft an exquisite bridal gown that captures the essence of your love story to elevate your wedding day so that everyone remembers what you wore.


Wedding dress shop in Paddington, Sydney
In our wedding dress shop located in the heart of Paddington, Sydney, you can try on different types of dresses, have a consultation with Catherine and share your ideas. Catherine Colubriale, a name synonymous with grace, sophistication, and craftsmanship, invites you to visit her wedding dress shop. Here, you’ll find a welcoming and intimate space where your bridal dreams come to life. From the moment you step through our doors, you’ll be enveloped in an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication, where personal attention and unparalleled expertise await you



Why Choose Catherine Colubriale for your wedding dress?

Each wedding dress bearing the Catherine Colubriale signature is a testament to her dedication to perfection. Every stitch, every bead, every lace appliqué is meticulously chosen and expertly crafted to ensure that your gown is nothing short of a masterpiece. With Catherine’s guiding hand, you can be confident that your couture wedding dress will be an exquisite reflection of your love story and a work of art that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.



Different wedding dress styles

Whether you envision a classic, timeless gown or a modern, avant-garde design, Catherine Colubriale is here to bring your vision to life. Your wedding day is a celebration of your unique love story, and Catherine’s custom designer wedding dresses are designed to make you feel like the radiant, beautiful bride you are.

Buy custom made or off the rack wedding dress?

As a discerning bride-to-be on the brink of embarking upon the journey of matrimonial bliss, the decision to invest in a custom-made wedding dress presents a tough decision because you desire for your wedding day to be as unique and extraordinary as possible.

When searching the labyrinth of bridal fashion, it becomes evident that the allure of a bespoke gown far surpasses the ease of buying off-the-rack dresses. Allow us to explain why, as a woman of discerning taste and sophistication, it makes unequivocal sense to opt for a custom-made wedding dress over a generic off-the-rack alternative.

  • Opulance – Picture your wedding day as the epitome of opulence, romance, and unparalleled elegance. As you stand poised to exchange vows with the love of your life, every detail of your attire should reflect the essence of your individuality, embodying the culmination of your dreams and aspirations. By opting for a custom-made wedding dress, you are afforded the rare opportunity to collaborate with skilled artisans and couturiers, ensuring that every facet of the gown is imbued with your personal touch.

    From the selection of sumptuous fabrics to the intricate craftsmanship of bespoke embellishments, each element is meticulously curated to encapsulate your unique style and vision, culminating in a garment of unparalleled beauty and sophistication.
  • Confidence – Consider the power of a custom-made wedding dress in bestowing upon you a sense of confidence, empowerment, and self-assurance on your special day. Unlike off-the-rack options that adhere to standardised sizing and proportions, a bespoke gown is tailored expressly to your individual measurements and physique.

    As a result, you are guaranteed a flawless fit that accentuates your silhouette with grace and elegance, allowing you to radiate with poise and confidence as you walk down the aisle. By prioritising quality over quantity, the bespoke approach ensures that you feel exquisitely comfortable and at ease throughout the festivities, enabling you to bask in the splendour of the moment without the constraints of discomfort or self-consciousness.
  • Value – Consider the sentimental value and emotional significance inherent in a custom-made wedding dress that transcends the realm of mere fashion. Unlike off-the-rack options that are mass-produced and readily accessible to countless brides, a bespoke gown remains a singular creation that is imbued with the essence of your love story.

    From the intricate lace detailing that evokes memories of cherished moments to the meticulously embroidered initials that symbolise the bond between you and your beloved, each design element serves as a poignant reminder of the profound connection and enduring commitment that unite you as partners for life.

    As you exchange vows in the presence of your loved ones, your custom-made wedding dress becomes a tangible manifestation of your shared journey, a symbol of devotion and devotion that will be cherished for generations to come.

As a woman of discerning taste and sophistication on the threshold of matrimony, the decision to invest in a custom-made wedding dress represents a celebration of your individuality, a testament to your unwavering commitment to quality, and a reflection of your boundless love and devotion. By embracing the bespoke approach, you empower yourself to realise your sartorial dreams and create a timeless masterpiece that transcends the confines of fleeting trends and fickle fashion. 

Learn more about Catherine

You can discover more about Catherine Colubriale and her love for creating wedding dresses that started as a child on her About page here. She is an active member of the Australian Fashion Councilan active member of the community, recently helping the City of Sydney ‘Ready, Set, Go’ Program.

You can buy second hand Catherine Colubriale wedding dress from websites like Still White and if you search online you will see examples of her wedding dresses being used on websites like Polka Dot Wedding or fashion photographers like Kent Johnson.

Frequently asked questions about wedding dresses

Catherine Colubriale, a wedding dress designer in Sydney, specialises in bespoke, custom-made dresses. Her designs embody a mix of timeless style and modern allure, emphasising personalisation to suit each bride’s unique preferences. 


The dresses are crafted from a variety of luxurious fabrics and textures, chosen by brides at her boutique in Sydney. Catherine’s creations range from classic silhouettes like fitted, long, princess cut, and ball gowns to modern styles with strapless bodices, long or short sleeves, and two-piece options. 


She incorporates intricate details such as lace, beading, and textured fabrics, ensuring each gown is a unique expression of the bride’s personality. Below are some of the questions asked about the types, shapes and styles of wedding dresses she can create.

Catherine’s custom made wedding dresses in Australia vary in price depending on the choice of style, fabric, features and detailing that you choose. Therefore no single dress has the same price as another. Each bridal gown design is quoted individually based on the bride’s specific requirements.

The most common shapes for a wedding dress design include;

  • A-Line wedding dress : Flattering for many body types, with a fitted bodice that gradually flares out from the waist.Versatile and suits both formal and informal settings.A-Line Wedding Dress: Fitted at the bodice and gracefully flows out to the ground, creating the classic “A” shape silhouette.
  • Princess Wedding Dress: Showcases a snug bodice and an extravagant full skirt for a stunning, dramatic look. Princess Cut: Similar to A-line but with vertical panels that flow from the neckline to the hem.Creates a long, lean look and offers a contemporary twist.
  • Mermaid Wedding Dress: Contours closely to the body from bust to knee before elegantly flaring out to the hem.Fitted through the bodice and hips, then flares out at the knee or lower. Emphasises curves and creates a glamorous, dramatic look.
  • Sheath Wedding Dress: Falls straight from neckline to hem, offering a sleek and straightforward silhouette Straight and narrow, following the natural line of the body .Elegant and ideal for beach or casual weddings.
  • Empire Waist Wedding Dress: Features a raised waistline just below the bust, allowing the dress to flow down to the hem with grace and sophistication.Waistline is raised above the natural waist, with a flowing skirt.Flattering for all body types and gives a romantic, ethereal feel.
  • Ball Gown: Classic and timeless, with a fitted bodice and a full, voluminous skirt.Ideal for formal and traditional weddings.
  • Tea-Length: Hem falls between the knee and the ankle.Retro and vintage-inspired, perfect for a fun and playful wedding.
  • High-Low: Features a shorter hem in the front and a longer hem in the back.Trendy and modern, suitable for casual and beach weddings.
  • Column: Straight and narrow, hugging the body’s natural curves. Simple and sophisticated, perfect for minimalist brides.
  • Fit and Flare: Fitted through the bodice and hips, then flares out mid-thigh. Offers a balance between the mermaid and A-line styles, providing both elegance and movement.
  • Two-Piece: Separates the top and bottom, often with a crop top or bodice and a separate skirt. Modern and trendy, allowing for mix-and-match options.
  • Off-the-Shoulder/Bardot Neckline: Features a neckline that sits below the shoulders, exposing the collarbone and shoulders. Romantic and feminine, adding a touch of vintage charm.
  • Cape or Capelet: Adds a dramatic and ethereal element to any dress, either as a detachable accessory or part of the gown. Ideal for a touch of glamour and coverage.
  • Bohemian/Flowy: Loose, flowing fabrics with an effortless and bohemian vibe. Perfect for outdoor or destination weddings.
  • llusion Neckline: Incorporates sheer fabric or lace on the neckline for a delicate and romantic look.Offers a blend of modesty and allure.

Depending on the client and complexity of the design, it could take a few months to a year to have a bridal gown designed in Sydney

Features and detailing you can include as an option on a wedding dress or bridal gown design include the following elements.


Neckline types:

  • Sweetheart
  • V-neck
  • Scoop
  • Off-the-shoulder
  • Halter
  • Illusion
  • Boat neck
  • Square
  • High neck

Bodice type:

  • Strapless
  • Corset
  • Boning
  • Lace overlay
  • Beading
  • Sequins
  • Appliqué
  • Ruching
  • Draping

Sleeve choices:

  • Cap sleeves
  • Short sleeves
  • Three-quarter sleeves
  • Long sleeves
  • Bell sleeves
  • Illusion sleeves
  • Flutter sleeves


Back Design:

  • Open back
  • Keyhole
  • Illusion back
  • Corset back
  • Button detailing
  • V-back
  • Scoop back
  • Low back

Silhouette shape:

  • Ball gown
  • A-line
  • Mermaid/Trumpet
  • Sheath
  • Empire waist
  • Fit and flare
  • Tea-length
  • High-low


Skirt Details:

  • Train (cathedral, chapel, sweep, or no train)
  • Layers
  • Slit
  • Ruffles
  • Pleats
  • Pick-ups

Fabric options:

  • Satin
  • Tulle
  • Lace
  • Chiffon
  • Organza
  • Silk
  • Crepe
  • Velvet
  • Mikado


  • Beading
  • Sequins
  • Pearls
  • Rhinestones
  • Crystals
  • Embroidery
  • Appliqué
  • Feathers


  • Natural waist
  • Dropped waist
  • Basque waist
  • Empire waist





  • Zipper
  • Buttons
  • Corset lacing
  • Hook and eye


Detachable Elements:

  • Detachable train
  • Removable sleeves
  • Bolero or jacket
  • Overskirt
  • Cape or Capelet:
  • Adds drama and flair to the dress
  • Often detachable


  • Functional and fashionable
  • Hidden within the skirt
  • Slit:
  • Adds a touch of modernity and ease of movement
  • Front, side, or back slit options
  • Belt or Sash:
  • Adds definition to the waist
  • May be beaded, embroidered, or plain






  • Length (short, medium, long, cathedral)
  • Edging (lace, beading, plain)
  • Headpiece:
  • Tiara
  • Headband
  • Hairpins
  • Flower crown

A wedding dresses or bridal gowns be made in any colour you like, you just choose it. The most popular choices include;



  • White: Chosen for its traditional symbolism of purity and elegance. It’s a timeless choice reflecting classic bridal beauty.
  • Ivory: Preferred for its softness and warmth, it’s flattering for various skin tones, offering a more subdued elegance.
  • Champagne: Selected for its vintage charm, this color adds a touch of sophistication with its warm undertones.
  • Blush: A modern favourite, blush brings a romantic and whimsical feel, perfect for brides seeking a subtle hint of color.
  • Blue Accents: Ideal for adding a unique and personal touch, often chosen to honor the ‘something blue’ tradition.
  • Nude: A contemporary choice, nude tones provide a subtle and refined alternative to traditional colors.
  • Pastel: Popular for their soft and dreamy appeal, pastel hues offer a gentle splash of color, ideal for spring and summer weddings.
  • Ombre: For the adventurous bride, ombre adds a creative and dynamic flair, blending colors for a distinctive look.

A wedding dresses or bridal gowns be made in any fabric you like, you just choose it. The most popular choices include;



  • Smooth and shiny fabric with a luxurious finish.
  • Works well for structured and formal dresses.
  • Smooth fabric with a high sheen on one side, associated with classic and elegant design also for structured design



  • Fine netting with a lightweight and airy feel.
  • Often used for skirts, overlays, and veils.
  • A lightweight, very fine netting, often used in skirts and veils for a fairy-tale look.snd is beautifully used in many bohemian dresses



  • Delicate and intricate fabric with various patterns.
  • Adds a romantic and timeless touch to wedding dresses.
  • Lace: Known for its delicate and intricate patterns. There are many types of lace, with and without beading each with its distinct style.


  • Lightweight and sheer fabric with a soft drape.
  • Ideal for flowing and ethereal wedding dresses.
  • Chiffon: A light, sheer fabric without shine, often used for flowing styles.allows the design to be transparent depending on the style and design


  • Crisp and lightweight fabric with a slight sheen.
  • Creates a voluminous and structured look.
  • Organza: Similar to chiffon, but stiffer, giving it a more structured look. It’s sheer and lightweight, often used in fuller skirts ,overlays.snd sleeves.


  • Soft, flowing fabric with a matte finish.
  • Crepe: A soft fabric with a slightly crinkled or granular surface. It’s often used for slinky, or draped form-fitting dresses because of its flowy drape.
  • Offers a modern and elegant look.


  • Luxurious silk blend with a heavier weight.
  • Provides structure and a subtle sheen.
  • Mikado: A type of silk that is heavier and more structured than traditional silk. It’s also known for its lustrous finish and is often used in more formal gowns.


  • Natural, smooth fabric with a soft and luxurious feel.
  • Suitable for a range of styles, from classic to bohemian.
  • Silk: Known for its luxurious feel and natural sheen. Silk can come in many forms, like silk satin, silk chiffon, and silk charmeuse, each offering a different look and feel.allowing many different types to be created



  • Rich, plush fabric with a soft and textured surface.
  • Adds a touch of opulence and warmth.
  • Velvet: A plush, rich fabric with a distinctive soft feel and deep pile. It’s often used for winter weddings due to its weight and warmth.

Satin Charmeuse:

  • Lightweight and silky with a slight sheen.
  • Drapes beautifully and is comfortable to wear.



  • A crisp, smooth fabric with a slight rib. It’s often used in more structured gowns and has a subtle sheen.can be a little swishy



  • A rich, decorative fabric often woven with a raised pattern. It’s typically stiffer and is used in more opulent, vintage-inspired gowns. The



  • A sheer and lightweight fabric with a crepe surface. It’s less sheer than chiffon and drapes beautifully, making it suitable for flowy gowns.



  • A structured, ribbed fabric similar to grosgrain ribbon. It’s often made from silk or synthetic fibres and is known for its subtle sheen and fluidity.

A wedding dress or bridal gown be made in any length you like. When it is custom designed it will be created to suit your body height. The most common length types include;

1. Short/Mini:

Hemline ends above the knee, showcasing the legs.
Often chosen for casual, beach, or summer weddings.
Provides a playful and less formal look.
Allows for ease of movement and comfort.

Styling Tips:
Ideal for outdoor or destination weddings.
Can be paired with flats or short heels.
Offers a fun and flirty vibe.


2. Tea-Length:

Hemline falls between the ankle and knee.
Classic vintage style, reminiscent of the 1950s.
Provides a balance between formal and informal.
Allows for easy movement and dance.

Styling Tips:
Perfect for retro-themed or vintage weddings.
Goes well with mid-heeled shoes or retro-inspired pumps.
Allows for a variety of accessories, like a birdcage veil.

3. Floor-Length:

Hemline just touches the floor, covering the feet.
Versatile and suits various wedding dress styles.
Timeless and classic choice for both formal and informal weddings.
Creates an elegant and sophisticated look.

Styling Tips:
Can be paired with heels of varying heights.
Works well with various necklines and sleeve lengths.
Ideal for traditional church ceremonies or formal receptions.

4. Asymmetrical:

Hemline is shorter in the front and longer in the back.
Adds a unique and modern touch to the dress.
Offers a contemporary and fashion-forward look.
Showcases the legs while maintaining some formality.

Styling Tips:
Draws attention to stylish footwear.
Works well with statement shoes.
Ideal for brides looking for a non-traditional and edgy style.

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