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Destination/Beach Wedding Dresses

For the bride who pictures herself walking down the aisle not in a grandiose ballroom but with her toes in the sand or amongst some faraway tropical backdrop with the most gorgeous sunset gleaming off the water.

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Destination/Beach


For the bride who pictures herself walking down the aisle not in a grandiose ballroom but with her toes in the sand or amongst some faraway tropical backdrop with the most gorgeous sunset gleaming off the water. Destination weddings are sought after by so many modern brides because they want their wedding to feel like a vacation; fun, filled with love and joy and a chance to show off their carefree nature while still feeling that wedding magic. For your beach or destination wedding, you’ll of course need the perfect ensemble that goes with the vibe of your big day. Wearing a casual beach wedding dress sets the tone for what your wedding will be; relaxed and effortless.

At KAREN WILLIS HOLMES we have a gorgeous selection of handmade beach wedding dresses to give you the exact feeling you’re searching for.

Whether you’re looking for a beaded wedding gown that will reflect the sun and glimmer with the ocean in the background, or a lace, boho beach wedding dress with a split skirt perfect for going bare foot in the sand, we’ll help you find the perfect destination wedding dress that fits your vision for your wedding day.

Experience the true essence of KAREN WILLIS HOLMES and what makes our modern and timeless wedding dresses so special by booking an appointment with one of our talented bridal stylists. We are here to help you find your dream wedding dress or bridal outfit and style you with the perfect accessories like veils and trains. Our bridal boutiques are located in main cities around Australia – in SydneyMelbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Are you ready to start your unforgettable wedding dress journey with KAREN WILLIS HOLMES?

Shop our gowns depending on your wedding look in styles like Boho, Casual, City Hall/Elopement, Nontraditional, Romantic, Sexy, Traditional, Vintage, Winter, Reception and Simple & Minimalistic.

FAQ’s

About the Brand

Australian wedding dress designer KAREN WILLIS HOLMES has been at the forefront of bridal fashion since being established in 2000, providing beautifully designed and handcrafted wedding gowns for the elegant, modern and timeless bride. Our team is based in Australia and every one of our staff is dedicated to our company’s mission and the brides we have the pleasure of working with. Our goal is to always create a one-of-a-kind, personal and genuine experience for brides when finding their perfect wedding dress.

Read more about KWH here.

How do I Try on a KWH Dress?

You can visit one of our KAREN WILLIS HOLMES boutiques or a stockist who carries KWH gowns.

We have four boutiques across Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The details of each boutique are located below:

Sydney BOOK HERE
Sydney Flagship Emporium
9 Doody St Alexandria, NSW
Ph (02) 8338 1078
sydney@karenwillisholmes.com
Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 5:30 pm (with 7 pm late-night by appointment)
Saturday: 9 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday: Closed

Melbourne BOOK HERE
1010 High Street, Armadale, VIC
Ph (03) 9509 0454
melbourne@karenwillisholmes.com
Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 5:30 pm (with 7 pm late-night by appointment)
Saturday: 9 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday: Closed

Brisbane BOOK HERE
32 Latrobe Tce, Paddington, QLD
Ph (07) 3368 2216
brisbane@karenwillisholmes.com
Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 5:30 pm (with 7 pm late-night by appointment)
Saturday: 9 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday: Closed

Perth BOOK HERE
309 Newcastle St, Northbridge, WA
Ph (08) 9381 5551
perth@karenwillisholmes.com
Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 5 pm (with 7 pm late-night by appointment)
Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday: Closed

We are also stocked across Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore.  For a detailed list of stockists, visit Stockist Locations.

What’s the Price Range?

The cost of a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES wedding dress ranges from AUD $2,190 to AUD $13,000. For the average cost of each collection, see below. 

The ELOPE collection ranges in price from $590 to $5,290.

The LUXE collection ranges in price from $2,500 to $3,790.

The WILD HEARTS collection ranges in price from $2,190 to $2,990.

The BESPOKE collection ranges in price from $2,500 to $13,000.

What Size Samples do you Have & What is the Size Range of your Collections?

For the ELOPE collection the size range is AUS/ UK 4 – 20 | US 0 – 16 and we have size AUS/UK 10 | US 6 samples in store for you to try on.

For the LUXE collection the size range is AUS/ UK 4 – 16 | US 0 – 12 and these gowns are sold on a first come first serve basis.

For the WILD HEARTS collection the size range is AUS/ UK 4 – 20 | US 0 – 16 and we have size AUS/UK 10 | US 6 samples in store for you to try on.

For the BESPOKE collection the size range is AUS/ UK 4 – 20 | US 0 – 16 and we have size AUS/UK 10 | US 6 samples in store for you to try on.

I Don't Live Near a KWH Boutique or Stockist, How can I Purchase a KWH Gown or Obtain Expert Advice?

If you don’t live near a KWH boutique, contact our customer service team directly and we will have a solution for you to secure your dream gown. Our team can also offer you styling advice via phone or email. Feel free to contact them on +61 2 9519 3901 or info@karenwillisholmes.com.

What if I Have a Short Timeline?

We do carry stock of some gowns in-house, or we can sometimes make an ELOPE or BESPOKE gown in much shorter timeframes if we have all the fabric and time in our production calendar to fit your order in. As well, our LUXE line is a ready-to-wear line which means we can work with a shorter time frame as long as your desired gown is in stock. While we can work with shorter time frames, we always recommend a longer timeline, as having a shorter one will limit what is available to you.

If you have a short time frame, please contact us on info@karenwillisholmes.com or + 61 2 9519 3901 to discuss your options.

Will I Need Alterations?

Alterations are expected and essential for the finishing touches to any gown and will make the gown truly yours. When purchasing a gown, we take your body measurements to help determine the closest standard size to your body based on our size chart. However, alterations are needed to fine-tune for fit and to your personal preference. Whether that means taking in a gown to make it smaller for your hips, bust, or waist (or maybe everywhere), adding cups, shortening straps, hemming the length, and adding in the bustle for your train, alterations are a standard part of the whole process.

How do I Style a Destination/Beach Wedding Dress?

Our beach-y gowns look stunning when paired with a veil or detachable trains. Adding a veil to your gown will help amp up your style to feel truly bridal for your ceremony. Styling your gown with a train gives you countless options to add volume for part of your day or just make your look uniquely your own. Adding a train to a beach-y dress is an incredibly beautiful way to take a slightly more relaxed gown into the look and feel of that bridal magic we’re all after. 

What is a Destination/Beach Wedding Dress?

Our collection of destination/beach gowns are dresses designed with a relaxed and carefree spirit in mind. These dresses would look stunning for a tropical elopement or on a beach a little closet to home. Choose from different fabrics and shapes to pick a style that is distinctly you. 

Where can I try on KWH Destination/Beach Dresses in Person?

Have you fallen in love with one of our handmade wedding dresses? We have boutiques across Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth where you can work with our dedicated bridal stylists and try on your KWH favourites. You can also visit one of our many stockists across the globe if our boutiques are not in your area.

What is the Lead Time for a Destination/Beach Dress?

Gowns from the ELOPE & BESPOKE collections are made in Australia and are made to order to a standard size- whatever size you measure closest to at the time of your appointment. We recommend a booking lead time of 4 – 6 months, however, because we make these gowns in our own workroom we can sometimes work with shorter time frames.

Gowns from the LUXE collection are sold from stock or available for pre-order. Due to the nature of this collection the gowns are sold on a first come first serve basis.

Gowns from the WILD HEARTS collection are made in Australia and our recommended lead time is 4 months from your wedding date, plus time for alterations.

What do I Wear Under a Destination/Beach Dress?

If you’re going to be in a warm climate, comfort is key! On the hunt for the perfect shape wear for your gown? Have a look at our stylist’s expert advice here. 

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