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Bridal Brilliance

Manukau, Auckland
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About Bridal Brilliance

A family run business that prides itself on its personal one-on-one service. Bridal Brilliance offers a very unique facility for the discerning bride. We express elegance through individuality and style.

On your appointment you will be impressed by our extensive range of contemporary or traditional designs for HIRE or PURCHASE. Sizing ranges from 8 through to 28.

Call us to make an appointment to view our wide selection of gowns along with accessories. We guarantee your bridal consultation will be fun and inspiring as our experienced staff walk you through the options over a complimentary latte or bubbles. We stock - bridal gowns - bridesmaids gowns - ball gowns - evening frocks - veils - petticoats - accessories.

Proud member of The Wedding Associates
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26 reviews for Bridal Brilliance Write a review

Natalie229
Natalie229
Bride • March 05, 2015

Belinda was wonderful A+++ accommodated to all my needs and wants and went out of her way to ensure my dress fitted perfectly. I cannot recommend enough! And to top things off is now selling my dress on behalf of me. Lovely shop with lots of selection . Thanks Belinda x

Wedding Date: February 21, 2015

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Hope Etherington
Hope Etherington
Bride • July 05, 2014

Hello Lovely Brides to be!

If you are hunting for a lovely range of dresses this is such a lovely shop!
I am really saddened to read some of the mean previous reviews as I had such an awesome experience, and I can hardly imagine these ladies Belinda and other workers being rude and unwelcoming.

I flew up from Wellington with my Mum sister, and sister in law and had booked not only bridal brilliance but 3 other what some may consider high end designer boutiques where pricing starts at $4k ish .  The best thing about this shop is they have many different dresses at all different price points and sizes. They stock some gorgeous designer dresses but they are really well priced and I was really impressed….. I am a size 10 but was surprised at all other shops I went to this was the only size they stocked and some was so small I could not fit them…. So who knows how slim those other shops are expecting the brides to be! Bridal brilliance however stocks all sizes of dress from slim and petite to curvy and gorgeous.

I found my dream dress here and was made to feel so lovely and excited and it was just such a great experience that I would recommend them to all… I am super fussy when it comes to things for the wedding so if I was impressed you will be to.  Thank you Belinda I am so happy to have “the dress” and am so glad I took the time to come up from Wellington xx   Hope

Wedding Date: January 10, 2015

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Brigid Furness
Brigid Furness
Guest • April 14, 2014

At very late notice i was able to get an appointment that suited me. I was made to feel very comfortable and felt like I was really being taken care of! Belinda helped me find an amazing dress which I felt like a million dollars in. She has great taste and an eye for what suited me. There were so many to chose from and Belinda was able to pick out a variety of beautiful dresses to chose from.  I was very impressed that she contacted me after the sale and checked that I was happy with the alterations.  She also advised me on what shoes and accessories to wear. The price was very reasonable and I would highly recommend Bridal Brilliance.  A very positive experience, thank you!

Wedding Date: April 11, 2014

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Greta Paris
Greta Paris
Bride • April 09, 2014

Joan and Belinda were so kind and helpful.  I really felt a genuine trust in their oppinion, not like other stores where you felt they were only aiming for a sale. They have been continuiously helpful as I try to sell on my gorgeous wedding gown and also now with the added bonus of them selling the amazing Usana products which is perfect timing for my first pregnancy.  Thank you so much Joan and Belinda!

Wedding Date: March 30, 2013

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Jillian
Jillian
Bride • April 08, 2014

It didn’t take me long to find the perfect dress given the range at Bridal Brilliance is so extensive and tasteful.  I felt like a princess as they treated me to gown after gown; Each being absolutely stunning…  And even when I found the one I loved, the team there assisted me with getting it tailored to suit my exact requirements.  All in all an absolutely pleasant an rewarding experience, I will recommend Bridal Brilliance to all my friends who are getting married in years to come as well as anyone wanting a real genuine team making sure you look your absolute best. Thank you so much for everything Belinda and Joan , you helped make my Wedding Day perfect!

Jillian

Wedding Date: December 14, 2013

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Sandy Houkamau
Sandy Houkamau
Bride • April 08, 2014

Recommend this bridal Salon.
Very professional and such a beautiful setting.
I was a curvy mum of 3 bride to be and had reservations on finding a dress that would still make me look like a princess but Belinda was absolutely fantastic and helped me find “the” most stunning gown.  What I had in mind and what Belinda and Joan suggested were different but they had the better suggestions for my figure! I felt and even more importantly felt amazing ! Lots of gowns to suit any budget and size of bride. Have dealt with loads of bridal shops over the years and would highly recommend bridal brilliance as the best.

Thanks Ladies ! A VERY happy groom !

Wedding Date: March 15, 2014

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Jess
Jess
Bride • March 29, 2014

I had the pleasure of meeting Belinda and Joan through a friend of mine when I joined her for her final dress fitting. I already had a dress chosen but my friend told me to try on some dresses for fun. I ended up trying on a dress almost exactly the same as the one I was going to purchase but the price was perfect and couldn’t resist buying this one from Belinda and Joan.

Bridal brillance is such a beautiful place to go the setting is just stunning and both are so professional and know exactly what I wanted. I couldn’t speak more highly and would recommend them to any bride looking for a stunning dress.

Wedding Date: February 14, 2015

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Caz
Caz
Bride • March 28, 2014

I had such an amazing experience with Belinda and Joan at Bridal Brilliance.  I first met Belinda at an Open Day Venue and just felt she understood what style dress I was after. 

When I arrived to try dresses on, many months later, she allowed me to try on as many dresses as I liked - and there was a very good selection of dresses that met what I was after.  My step-mother even cried when I showed her ‘The Dress’ - so that was an easy decision.

On the day I felt like I was in heaven - the dress did steal the show!!! The back lace detail sure had people talking!!! 

I look back on that whole journey and I’m so glad I met Belinda that day.  There are soooooooo many choices out there it can be a horrible experience, but it was made simple for me - and Bridal Brilliance was the key factor in this equation.

Good luck ladies!

Wedding Date: February 7, 2014

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Lu Ward
Lu Ward
Bride • February 16, 2014

This is the WORST company I have had the misfortune to deal with. Please avoid at all costs. The owners should be ashamed of themselves and the way they conduct business.
Problem One – When I went to buy the dress I liked the price we had previously discussed had gone up and to make matters worse one of the owners denied ever offering me this discounted price in the first place. I note from previous reviews this is not the first time this has happened.
Problem Two - They refused to deduct the $30 trying on fee from my purchase.  I quote “we do not automatically deduct this fee on purchases and you are WRONG to assume this”. This was despite being told it would be deducted.
The owners are not only rude but extremely arrogant to think they can run their business like this and be successful in the long term. They seem to have delusions that they are better than their customers, which is surprising given that the sell affordable dresses from their garage.

Wedding Date: 09/09/2014

Reply from Bridal Brilliance
March 28, 2014

Hi Luen. Firstly really sorry you felt so strongly about the way we conduct business, we can honestly say that we at Bridal Brilliance strive to be the best we can be for all concerning brides…..perhaps through some miscommunication or misinterpretation we write to you with utmost apologies.

We felt we exceeded ourselves by offering you all that you mentioned in your review, including the price and refund of consultation fee so find it quite surprising to read your message. It disappoints us immensely to leave on bad terms and the offer still stands, in case you haven’t found your ideal gown, to purchase your gown at the price you had written down from your very first visit.

Alternatively we wish you only the best for your upcoming wedding in Vegas.

Kindest Regards,
Belinda & Joan
Bridal Brilliance

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Jo
Jo
Bride • April 03, 2013

This was the first place I tried in my hunt for a wedding dress.  I had an idea in my mind, but Joan and Belinda were still happy for me to try a range of different styles and they had a really good selection.  I really appreciated their assistance letting me try (and retry!) several dresses.  I found them to be friendly, patient and professional.  They really know their stuff and are able to give honest feedback.  In comparison, the places I went to afterwards felt like they only gave positive comments to try and get a sale! I felt compelled to write a review after seeing some of the other negative comments - such a contrast from my positive experience of Bridal Brilliance.  I admit I was initially a bit put off by the location (being so far from the central city where I was living at the time), but this ended up being a bonus as there was no stress with parking and it was relaxing not to be in the hustle bustle when trying to make one of the biggest decisions of your life.  My bridesmaid came with me to the trial and it was a truly memorable occasion.

Wedding Date: March 27, 2011

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Jenny Appel
Jenny Appel
Bride • March 18, 2013

I found Bridal Brillance to be the best bridal store I visited, and found the dress of my dreams there. 

The selection was fantastic - many beautiful dresses, and the service was really helpful and friendly.  Belinda and Joan were so lovely to deal with.  They also were prompt in thier email coresspondence to me on any queries I had along the way. 

They opened especially for me when I first visited as I couldn’t make it within their regular business hours. 

I absolutely LOVED my dress, and they even arranged to get it to the seamstress for me to have the fitting done once the dress arrived.  Everyones tastes are different, they have a selection wide enough to allow you to try many different styles. The prices were a lot more reasonable than any of the dress stores I had been to in the city. 

I highly reccomend (and have done to other friends getting married) Bridal Brilliance, it’s worth the trip.
Thanks Belinda and Joan!

Wedding Date: January 27, 2013

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Pip
Pip
Bride • March 14, 2013

Thank you so much to Belinda and Joan at Bridal Brilliance. I had a fantastic experience. Joan and Belinda compliment each other so well.
Belinda totally listened and understood my requirements, I can be pretty particular with detail. Belinda made it so simple and easy for me. I had a few challenges with shoes, hair piece etc and she had all the solutions, she totally went out of her way to make sure my day was perfect. THANK YOU!

Wedding Date: March 12, 2013

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Justine Russell - Cowan
Justine Russell - Cowan
Bride • March 13, 2013

I am also shocked by these past reviews!!

My experience with Bridal Brilliance was nothing short of incredible.  I found both Joan and Belinda to be attentive and honest - which was very refreshing.  They were helpful and organised.  I have gone on to recommend them to not some, but all of my friends and family.  My sister also bought her dress there just two months ago and so did one of my best friends. We all had lovely experiences, which is what shopping for your wedding gown should be.

The quality and range of dresses that Bridal Brilliance offer are beautiful.  Their dresses are unique and made by highly regarded designers and yet they do not overcharge.  I encourage you to go to Bridal Brilliance and make up your own mind!

Wedding Date: 15.01.11

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Sally Asmundson
Sally Asmundson
Bride • March 13, 2013

Belinda and Joan were amazing, the dress was gorgeous and I had so many comments on it. You guys were so helpful and went out of your way to make sure everything was just right. Excellent service and expertise - I recommend you to all those getting married!

Wedding Date: September 20, 2009

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Angela McCool
Angela McCool
Bride • March 13, 2013

I purchased my dress through Bridal Brilliance and I cannot speak highly enough of the service I received or the dress itself. Both Belinda and Joan were so patience and attentive helping me chose a dress that was really suited to me and the type of wedding we were having. They listened to what I suggested I would feel comfortable in and was looking for and they also encouraged me to be brave with my selection so that I could get something really special.

There shop was full of beautiful dresses and I had no doubt when I walked in there that I would find the right dress for me.

Our wedding day was very special and I got so many positive comments about my dress, it just made for a perfect day.

I was extremely happy with all parts of this purchase and experience the shop, the service and the result. I couldn’t have asked for more.

I can’t thank you enough Bridal Brilliance!!!

Wedding Date: 6th october 2008

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March Bride to Be!
March Bride to Be!
Bride • March 12, 2013

I am shocked to read the above reviews!! I have recently purchased a Bridal Gown off the wonderful friendly ladies at Bridal Brillance!!
My experience was nothing short of everything I thought it should be when you are looking finding trying on and purchasing your one and only Gown for your special day.
My experience far out does that of Modes or any other bridal shop I went too.
Belinda and Joan were so helpful welcoming and made me feel right at home. They made me feel like I was thee most beautiful bride in my special dress.
And my dress is nothing short of AMAZING, everything I ever dreamed of and more for my special day.
Belinda went out of her way to order 2 different pairs of Benjamin Adams shoes for me to try on. And held both my shoes and dress for me untill I was ready to pick up.
I would happily and highly recommend Bridal Brillance to anyone (and I have and will continue too).

Well Done Belinda and Joan!! Keep up the good work. And Thank you!!

Wedding Date: March 12, 2013

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Disappointed Bride-To-Be
Disappointed Bride-To-Be
Bride • September 27, 2012

Awful, awful place to go.  Don’t bother wasting your time and money.  Awful ladies there to deal with - neither of them know what customer experience is.  I am not surprised at all the bad reviews below.

Before going to Bridal Brilliance, I have read some mixed reviews already on online wedding forums.  However, given that their try on fee was only $30, it appealed to me as most places charge $50.

What a huge mistake I made and a complete waste of my travel time and my $30.  I tried on about 3 dresses in total which is a real disappointment because that works out to be $10 each! 

Never again - lesson learnt!  Future brides don’t bother going there!!!

Wedding Date: 17 November 2012

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Sophie
Sophie
Bride • September 27, 2012

I had a terrible experience at Bridal Brilliance. I wasn’t looking for my dress but had heard they did mother-of-the-bride dresses. I rang them up saying we had seen dresses on their website and did they have them available in store? They said they had a huge range all available in store.

We made the 40-50 minute trip from the North Shore and when we got there found they only had three dresses all in size 14 (we had told them we were looking for a size 8). When we complained they said that we could order any dress and they would get it in. We obviously didn’t want to do this as we wanted to try dresses on.

To top off our wasted trip, the attitude of the woman serving was rude and nasty. Never again!

Wedding Date: 9 February 2013

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Sian
Sian
Bride • August 12, 2012

My experience with Bridal Brilliance was unpleasant. Before I made an appointment I emailed them to explain my wedding dress dilemma (being that I’ve lost 20 kilos and although I need to order a dress now, there’s still four months til the wedding and I know that I will have lost more weight by then, therefore no longer fitting the dress I’ve purchased). They said no problem, come in and we’ll talk through your options. I arrived with my bridesmaid to find the place was full of other brides and their entourages (so much for having an appointment), so it was hardly private. The two staff did not indicate that they remembered my email at all and were clearly not interested in telling me about my so called options. They wanted to know what size I was (18) and my budget. They then directed me to the plus size section and left me alone to look at the dresses. They had about 6 dresses in a size 18 or above and all but 1 was hideous. They were all heavily beaded, covered in sequins, or made of really heavy cheap looking material. It became pretty clear to me that the staff were not interested in helping me at all, and that trying any on was not an option for me. I can’t think of anything worse than trying on a dress in front of a room full of simpering women I don’t know. I also felt like I was treated with disdain the moment I walked in the room, for daring to be bigger than a size 10. I left within 10 minutes of being there, after having driven 50 minutes to get there from the North Shore with high expectations of being helped by the staff to find a solution to my problem.

Wedding Date: 14th December

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Melanie D
Bride • July 29, 2012

My experience with Bridal Brilliance was the worst experience during my wedding planning!!  It is a real shame that these nightmare experiences occur during a time that is meant to be very exciting and hassle free.
I have been to every other bridal store in Auckland, as well as ones in Hamilton and Wellington (so about 15 bridal stores in total).  Every store that I’ve been to I’ve had a wonderful and enjoyable experience except for Bridal Brilliance.  Unfortunately it just so happened that BB had “my” dress, and I had no choice but to had to deal with them – and what an awful nightmare it was.

It started when I contacted them via email asking whether they had the style I was after, I emailed photos through so they see exactly what I was after.  Belinda replied and said yes they certainly had a few I could try on, and that I should pop in and view them.  When I did turn up, they had about one I could try on.  That was the first sign of trouble – luring me into the shop by lying that they had a few for me to try on when clearly they didn’t.  I was asked to pay the $30 try-on fee upfront, even though I only tried on two dresses in the end.  I felt completely short changed, and my bridesmaid almost kicked up a fuss but I nudged her to not do so as I didn’t want to make a scene nor be on the bad side of BB in case I had to buy a dress from them. It turns out the second dress I tried on ended up being “the one” so I was stoked to have found finally found it.

The real nightmare began once I paid for my dress.  Customer service was almost non-existence to begin with, so imagine it declining further after making the decision to go with them.  Now I must say, I find it strange that they ask for 50% deposit (that is fine), and the remaining 50% to be paid within 30 days of you saying yes you want that dress.  Most stores in Auckland allow you to pay off the dress during the 3-4 months you are waiting for it to arrive, and some even allow you to pay it off once you have had your final fitting i.e. as long as it is fully paid off before you take it home.  Not BB - they require full payment before the dress is even shipped.  Beware ladies, it is a huge risk to take!

During the time I was waiting for my dress to arrive, I found it difficult for BB to answer my questions via emails – it’s like they didn’t want to know me once the sale was made.  On a number of occasions I had to email up to three times to get an answer on something.  During the period I was waiting for my dress to arrive from overseas, I asked if I could pop in to try the sample on again and bring along my mother seeing she hadn’t seen me in the dress. BB lied to me and said that they were fully booked out on that day and said to me (in exact words) “they need to concentrate their attention on the other brides since they have already spent quite some time on me”  WTF?  Firstly, they had only spent about an hour on me and that was trying to win the sale, and secondly even if they did spend days on me (which they didn’t), you don’t say that to your clients!!!!!!  It was clear that they no longer saw me as worthwhile to spend time on since the sale was made and they needed to move on.  To lie to me that they were fully booked out was ABSOLUTE RUBBISH, I got my friend phone and pretend that she wanted an appointment – she got one straight away – yes for that same day. 

Other than getting the dress that I wanted, everything else was awful and if I had the choice of going through it with Bridal Brilliance again, I wouldn’t.  That is not how the wedding experience should be – it should be a happy experience that you don’t hesitate to go through over and over again. 

It is clear that they are only after your money, please stay away.  I don’t understand how businesses like these can exist and keep running.  Also, don’t be fooled by the “family run business” non-sense.  All I can say is BRIDES BEWARE: STAY AWAY FROM BRIDAL BRILLIANCE.

Wedding Date: March 31, 2012

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