Go West for the Dress: A Bridal Day Out

By Ally Howell

Calling all brides to be! Make the other ‘big day’ one to remember by gathering your support crew and heading to Parramatta, the heart of Sydney and your dream bridal destination. Don’t leave it at gown shopping- treat yourself with all Parramatta has to offer.

Food and drink

With your girl gang all together, there is no better reason to make the most of Parramatta - not only as wedding central but as a dining destination too. Try a pre-fitting wine at Alex&Co overlooking the Parramatta River, a glass of bubbly and fresh warm scones with jam at high tea at Lachlan’s at Old Government House, some roaring 20s cockails in the luxurious rooftop bar Nick & Nora's or a post-purchase celebration meal at the rustic and enchanting The Coffee Emporium. Whether you’re a nervous or excited bride, take the time to revel in the moment with your friends accompanied by some of the finest food and wine in Sydney.

Dress to impress

For the savvy bride, Parramatta is a dream destination for dress shopping with bridal emporiums like Vision in White and Bridal Secrets within walking distance of each other in the Parramatta CBD, taking the hassle out of gown shopping. Otherwise make a short trip down Victoria Road to Rydalmere and start your visit at Brides of Sydney. Don’t forget to call ahead to book any appointments!

Maid to measure

If the girls are all together, why not get them fitted for their gowns at the same time? Try bridal showrooms for made to measure or head to Westfield Parramatta, colour palette in hand to see what styles might fit your theme at boutiques like Sheike, Kookai, Dollhouse or old favourites Myer and David Jones.

Pamper your squad

If you all need to put your feet up after a big day of shopping, treat yourselves with Classic Foot Reflexology treatments at Spa Moment Parramatta or pedicures at Cara Beauty Spa. You’ll be back on your feet and ready for action in no time. If you have longer to spare, book the team in for top to toe treatments at Moroccan Hamman Day Spa or Face Body Day Spa for therapeutic massages and facials to keep weary shoppers relaxed and in check. Read more about spa day options in Parramatta

Flower Power

In need of some inspiration for your bouquet? Take a wander down Church Street to discover the floral haven of Dots Flower Shoppe, a local favourite for over 30 years. If you’re in town on a Friday, visit the Parramatta Farmer’s Markets in Centenary Square from 7.30am - 2.30pm for some seriously fresh DIY flower inspiration. Floral Expressions in Northmead Shopping Village is another must-visit for fresh flowers arranged with love. 

Practise Makes Perfect

If the pressure of the looming first dance has you shaking in your boots, prepare to impress your wedding guests after attending a salsa or bachata dance lesson at Urban Salsa. All that dancing will get the endorphines flowing to help with any pre-wedding stress! 

Visit a Venue

While you’re here, why not arrange a visit to one of the many outstanding wedding venues scattered throughout the CBD and wider City of Parramatta? From an elegant wedding at Old Government House to a stunning modern reception at one of the city’s many hotels, you’re spoilt for choice with venues in Parramatta. Bookings essential.

The Adventurous Hen

If you’re a thrillseeker and want to do something a little more out of the ordinary for your hen party, Sydney Helicopters, based in Parramatta, can take you on a scenic tour of your city. Otherwise channel your inner acrobat and try your hand at trapeze at Circus Arts Sydney in Sydney Olympic Park or end the day with a show at one of Australia’s premier arts and culture venues, the Riverside Theatres.


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