“Ready-Made” Wedding Dresses Misconceptions

What is a ready-made wedding dress?

Ready-made wedding dresses are the same as off-the-rack and ready-to-wear wedding dresses.

Ready-made wedding dresses are pre-designed and pre-constructed gowns available for purchase in standard sizes. Unlike custom or made-to-measure dresses that are tailored to a bride’s specific measurements, ready-made dresses are produced in bulk following standard sizing charts.

Related reading: ‘Off-the-rack vs couture wedding dresses’

Ready-made wedding dresses are a popular choice for many brides, but there are several misconceptions surrounding them.

Limited in Style and Quality

Many believe that ready-made dresses don’t offer as much variety or are of lower quality compared to custom-made gowns. However, ready-made dresses come in a wide range of styles, designs, and high-quality fabrics, catering to diverse tastes and preferences.

You will easily find ready-to-wear gown in all silhouettes (mermaid, sheath, trumpet, a-line) and necklines (v-neck, off-shoulder, sweetheart).

No Alteration Possibilities

There’s a misconception that ready-made dresses cannot be altered. In reality, most brides do get their ready-made gowns altered for a better fit. While the base design remains the same, significant alterations can be made (and are always recommended).

Related reading: ‘Common wedding dress alterations’


Some people think that ready-made means a universal fit. Ready-made dresses come in standard sizes, and it’s rare to find a dress that fits perfectly without any alterations.

Not as Special or Unique

Some brides feel a ready-made dress won’t be as special or unique as a custom-made one. However, many ready-made gowns are beautifully crafted with unique designs and details, making them just as special.

Only for Brides on a Tight Budget

While ready-made dresses can be more budget-friendly, they are not solely for those with tight finances. Many high-end designers offer ready-made gowns, providing options for various budget levels.

Not Suitable for Plus-Size Brides

There’s a notion that ready-to-wear dresses only cater to standard sizes, leaving out plus-size brides. However, many designers and stores offer a wide range of sizes, including plus sizes, in their ready-made collections.

Inferior Experience in Shopping

The belief that shopping for a ready-made dress offers a less enjoyable experience than choosing a custom gown is most definitely not true – especially if you’re going in for a fitting at a bridal store.

Most bridal shops (including our own!) provide a wonderful, personalised shopping experience for ready-to-wear gowns.

About Emerald Bridal

We hope you found this guide helpful.

Emerald Bridal specialises in off-the-rack (ready-to-wear) wedding dresses that offer a careful balance between style, affordability, and quality. Our focus is on helping brides find their dream dress so that they look and feel comfortable and beautiful on their big day.

Come visit our Sydney showroom for a personalised fitting.

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