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I was so nervous just thinking about finding a wedding dress. The Barefaced Bride was the first place I actually tried on a dress. The boutique was gorgeous and had such a beautiful selection. Melanie was so helpful and the experience was a great one for me. I was lucky enough to fall in LOVE with the second dress I tried on - it was just perfect and I cannot wait to wear it on my wedding day. The lady Melanie recommended for a few small alterations was wonderful. All in all the whole experience was a great one and I would definitely encourage brides to visit the boutique for themselves!
Leah Gymea, Sydney
I sold my wedding dress through the barefaced bride recently and found it to be a great experience. Melanie was extremely pleasant to deal with and always responded quickly to any questions or queries I had. I ended up selling my dress for a good price and now feel happy in the knowledge that somebody else gets to experience the pleasure of wearing it on their special day and enjoy it as much as I did. Melanie was a great source to use to sell my wedding dress and I would highly recommend her professionalism and expertise to others.
Gemma Queensland
"Thankyou so much, I am so happy that I stumbled upon the barefaced bride! After looking at so many bridal studios, I was beginning to get the feeling I was never going to find the dress for me. You made the whole experience very easy and enjoyable with so many beautiful dresses to choose from."
Nadia Gerringong, NSW
From the moment i met Mel and entered the barefacedbride studio i had a feeling! The first dress i chose to try on was everything i had imagined my wedding dress to be! Mel was very accomodating and professional and i would highly recommend her services to any bride out there looking for their dress! Thanks again Mel and cannot wait for my day to come so i can show off my dress! :)
Louise Freshwater, Nothern Beaches Sydney
Mel is absolutely lovely, her collection of dresses are really special and the studio is so beautiful. I found my perfect vintage dress here and just loved the experience of finding it. Every dress has a story, especially her vintage collection which has been collected over time and immaculately kept. Mel was patient and was honest about what dress suited me the best and her prices are extremely reasonable. I would really recommend The Barefaced Bride to any bride who wants a really relaxed experience and an amazing selection of dresses. I'll be taking my friends there when they decide to tie the knot. There's a few dresses there I'd love to have just for a special occasion- the range of styles is great!
Melissa Cronulla, Sydney
Thank goodness I found The Barefaced Bride! Melanie thank you so much for all your assistance in helping me to find the absolute perfect dress for my special day. I have recommended your studio to everyone I know, it just makes so much sense to buy second hand when you're only going to wear the dress for one day (and not even all day at that) and your studio is the perfect way to buy pre-loved, but still be able to try on different dresses and find the perfect one for you. I had been looking for a secondhand wedding dress on a few different websites, but buying from a private seller is a tricky proposition - how do I know that the dress that looks amazing in the sellers wedding photo's is going to look the same on me or is even going to fit properly? Then, in my searching I came across The Barefaced Bride and I am so glad I did!! Melanie, the studio is gorgeous, you are beyond friendly and the dresses that you have are all just amazing. I am so so so in love with my dress, I never thought I'd be able to afford a dress this exquisite, and I can't wait to wear it on my wedding day! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Keely Cronulla, Sydney
Melanie at The Barfaced Bride provides an extremely professional service.  Her showroom is elegant and the gowns she on-sells are in perfect condition.  I chose Melanie's service from several others and above the 'do it yourself' seller route for my gorgeous Johanna Johnson gown for several reasons:
- I was very sure it would go to a great home and be the feature of another beautiful brides wedding
- The terms were very reasonable and fair
- Melanie is very professional and diligent with both customers and clients
I was extremely happy with the speed at which my gown sold and Mel was in constant contact with me whenever a bride was interested.  In the end I believe I received a good price (about 50% of original) and great service.
I would recommend Melanie and her business Barefaced Bride to all brides - buyers and sellers.
Amanda
Amanda Glebe, NSW
I could not believe how easy it was to find the perfect wedding dress.  Mel was so welcoming and very helpful - her passion and professionalism was obvious from the very first contact. All of the dresses I viewed were beautiful and so well cared for - and the studio is just gorgeous! Thanks again Mel - so very happy with my dress.
Sharnell Woolooware
Melanie was fantastic and very easy to work with. I was very anxious about selling my dress but Melanie has made it an easy and pleasurable experience. I would recommend her to anyone looking at selling or buying a dress. Thanks again Mel!
 
Ashleigh Sydney, NSW
Buying my wedding dress at the Barefaced Bride was one of the most straightforward, enjoyable and stress-free purchases I could have asked for. Mel understood what I was looking for and helped me quickly choose the dresses I wanted to try on. It was nice to hear a bit about each designer and gain some ideas and inspiration from other brides she has worked with. My dress just needs some minor alterations and I walked out with a sample Helen English gown, a veil and a hair piece- all beautiful. Too easy!
Helga Camperdown, NSW
Thank you Melanie for making the dress-trying- on process so fun and easy! I had a great time and you had the widest variety of styles and prices I've seen. I would recommend The Barefaced Bride to any bride-to-be.
Kate Cronulla, Sydney
Selling my wedding gown with Mel at the Barefaced Bride was a very positive experience. I was initially a little cautious, my Oscar de la Renta gown was quite an investment! However Mel was very professional yet friendly and earned my trust quite quickly. Mel looked after my gown like it was her own and always kept me up to date on any interest from potential purchasers. My gown sold successfully and I could not be happier with the outcome - I would highly recommend The Barefaced Bride to other brides thinking about selling - or buying - their dream gown.
Kath Dublin, Ireland
I was so happy to find The Barefaced Bride. I absolutely loved my wedding dress, and knew that someone else would love it too. Melanie was very helpful and professional, and my dress was sold very quickly, and for a great price!  Such a great service, I will definitely be recommending it to all of my married friends!
Kylie Sydney, NSW
I liked the idea of not using more resources for a dress I'd wear for a few hours but had no time to drive all around Sydney to individuals homes to look at dresses one at a time. Mel has a great selection of beautiful preloved dresses all in one spot, she was professional and helped me find the right dress, even calling the original designer to advise on the alterations I'd have to make. Considering my budget was quite tight, she helped to negotiate a great price with the seller for me.
Eunice Millers Point, Sydney
I found the perfect dress for my wedding on my first visit to barefaced bride. Mel was so lovely and helpful. I tried on a dozen or so gowns (hard choice because of the beautiful selection at affordable prices). Mel helped zip or strap all the dresses and had heels for me to try on with dresses to help with length. She also gave me details of her seamstress for any alterations. I'm so pleased with my experience and hope that more brides have the opportunity to visit barefaced bride, meet Mel and find their dream dress. Happy shopping ladies! 
Katherine North Shore, Sydney
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Mel at the barefaced bride, a lovely local girl. The whole process was so amazing. I'm so pleased my gown has gone to someone who will love it as much as I did. I was very impressed with the care I received over the past months. I was always able to make contact regarding any changes and as a result of this, I have sold my gown quickly and fuss free. I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to sell their gown and would like to thank you so much for all your help and prompt response during this time. I am so delighted that it was in safe hands and is going to a happy home and better yet, a beautiful bride.
Bec Cronulla, Sydney
After searching for weeks to find the perfect veil to match my dress I discovered one at the barefaced bride. Mel was a fantastic help in making sure the veil would go perfectly and putting my mind at ease with her calm and pleasant demeanor. She has a great collection of dresses in the studio there  and I will definitely be seeking her help to sell my dress once my big day is over as I know it will be passed on to someone special.
Belinda Surry Hills, Sydney
I can highly recommend using barefaced bride to buy or sell your wedding dress, as I did both. I found my dream dress and was able to take it home straight away, and when it was time to sell my dress Melanie made the process so easy and enjoyable. My dress was sold in a month! Thankyou Melanie! 
Amelia Sydney, NSW
The Barefaced Bride took the hassle out of me selling my dress online myself. No lining up times to try on the dress, no having strangers come to my house. I just dropped my dress off and waited for the sale! So easy.
I wished the Barefaced Bride had been in business when I got married and was looking for my dress! I could have saved a fortune!
Pamela Sydney, NSW
I purchased my second wedding dress from Melanie and It was a pleasure dealing with her. Melanie made me feel very comfortable to deal with, there was no pressure to buy any of the dresses. The Bareface Bride has so many beautiful dresses at very reasonable prices. I would definatly reccomend visting the Bareface Bride its a must.  
Melissa Como
I'm so glad I found Barefaced Bride. Besides being an enviromental and cost effective option, its also a great place to see an thoughtful 'edit' of the best quality dresses, rather than having to sift through a sea of boring mass produced frocks. Service is fabulous too!
Ariane Bondi Beach, Sydney
Your boutique was such a welcome change from the other boutiques I had visited, where I just felt rushed and sometimes pushed towards dresses that weren't really me. Thank you for listening to me and giving me all the space I needed to think things through. I now have a dress that I love, for a price I don't need to feel guilty about! I will definitely be letting any future brides in my life know about your wonderful boutique.
Conor Penshurst, Sydney
When I decided to sell my designer jewellery, I knew that I needed to find a professional person to help me get the perfect Bride to appreciate these lovely pieces. From the get go, Melanie was friendly and accommodating. Nothing was too much even when I know she was busy, she would take the time to answer my questions. I will tell all my friends and family about her and her business. The whole experience was easy and above all highly professional. Thanks Melanie.
Frances Mosman, Sydney
It was an absolute pleasure dealing with Melanie, she made the process of selling my wedding dress professional and effortless. Her studio is beautiful and I wish I would have known about her business before I started looking for my dress
 
Pamela Germany
I tried several times to sell my dress on my own through Ebay and Facebook without any success. My sister discovered the barefaced bride and I realised the exposure the barefaced bride provided was far more than I could imagine on my own. The Facebook page and website is always kept up to date. My dress was fortunate enough to be chosen for a photo shoot which really helped in the final sale. After the sale Melanie promptly contacted me with the great news and the funds were transferred vey quickly. Using the barefaced bride to sell my wedding dress was a dream and I would recommend it to anyone looking to sell their own.
Sarah South Coast, NSW
On stumbling across the website "The Barefaced Bride" I noticed the beautiful button bouquet they had for sale. On enquiring about the piece, Mel provided quick replies to all my questions and was extremely helpful. I purchased the bouquet and Mel kindly posted to Queensland for me, keeping me updated all the way with postage. The piece is just as beautiful in real life as in the photo and I'm extremely happy. I will be keeping an eye on the page to see what other beautiful items may appear prior to my wedding. Many thanks Mel, one happy bride to be, Lauren
Lauren Cairns, Queensland
After buying a dress online and being utterly disappointed I stumbled upon Barefaced Bride online. I saw a vintage dress I fell in love with, went to try it on and bought it that day. Melanie was very welcoming and made the whole "buying a wedding dress" experience what it's meant to be like. I can't thank her enough for her help
Maryann Menangle Park
I didn't intend on purchasing two wedding dresses, however after the first dress didn't work out I knew I wanted to sell it and find another bride who could love it. Well The Barefaced Bride helped me to do just that. After meeting Melanie and hearing how the whole selling process worked it was super easy and most importantly I didn't have to do any work! The best part was I was able to sell the dress and gain some much needed cash for my own wedding!
Camille Petersham, Sydney
One word - Amazing! My experience dealing with Melanie selling my gown was nothing but amazing! Melanie was fantastic to deal with, kept me informed and was very quick with all correspondence. Obviously I was sad to see my gown go.. But Melanie made the process easy and was so professional. It was such a pleasure doing business with you! Thank you for helping me sell my gown - I would definitely recommend The Barefaced Bride! X
Lana Randwick, Sydney
After I decided to sell my precious wedding dress, Melanie promoted and marketed my dress through her website and Facebook to get the right customer for my dress. I am happy that my dress is going to be used again in another wedding. I will recommend her services to anyone who wants to sell their wedding dress.
Siena Caringbah, Sydney
I love the dress so much, Thank you for your great idea about preloved dresses as i would never have found such a beautiful dress
Marelle Woronora, Sydney
Melanie from the Barefaced Bride is lovely and her studio is absolutely charming. After a long search for the perfect lace veil I found it here and at the most reasonable price. Everyone should go and have a look at the beautiful bridal gowns and bridal accessories!
Kimberley Wattle Grove, Sydney
I have nothing but praise for the service I received when selling my gown via the Barefaced Bride. Initially I was apprehensive about 'letting go' of my gown but Melanie has made the process very easy and I was kept well informed the whole time. All my enquiries were answered in a timely manner and I knew that my gown was in safe hands. The studio itself is stunning and rather than my gown sitting in a box in my wardrobe where no one could see it, all of the gowns are displayed beautifully for new brides to enjoy. I am so pleased that my gown that I loved so dearly has gone on to another lucky bride to enjoy and love just as much.
 
Thank you Melanie for your professionalism I will be recommending you to future brides as well as those who are wanting to give their wedding gowns a new home.
Amy Caringbah, Sydney
I found an amazing crystal bouquet on the barefaced bride website, I desperately wanted one for my wedding and was so lucky to find one here for less than half of the price I had been quoted from others! Melanie answered my emails so promptly, the package was sent super fast and care was taken to ensure no damage. The bouquet exceeded my expectations!!! Even better then the picture. I would absolutely recommend the barefaced bride :)
Krissy Gold Coast, Queensland
Thank you so much Melanie for my gorgeous vintage dress. The barefaced bride provided the perfect atmosphere to try on the amazing selection of vintage and pre-loved gowns. My bridesmaids had so much fun dressing me up and I loved every minute of it. We could have stayed there all day! I have been looking for a dress for months and been into so many wedding dress shops but not of them compared to the experience I had at your boutique. Thanks again for making finding my wedding dress so memorable and fun.
Kaylene Dee Why, Northern Beaches Sydney
I could not have asked for a better experience. Mel was amazing and I am so thrilled with my dress. The boutique was beautiful as were the dresses. I'm so glad this was my first and only stop I needed to make to find my dream dress. If I am ever wanting to sell my dress after my big day I know where to come.
Emma Oyster Bay, Sydney
Only two weeks out from my wedding I needed a new dress! I found 'The Barefaced Bride' and made an appointment. Mel was so easy going and extremely helpful! Not only did I find my new dress, she's helping me sell my first dress! Thank you Mel, you turned a very stressful experience into an enjoyable one ;)
Hannah Engadine
I was so excited to hear that my beautiful wedding dress gets to be worn again, and the money has certainly come in handy. I thoroughly recommend Melanie Bowman and her business The Barefaced Bride.
Breanna Sydney
Melanie offers a professional service. I felt reassured when I stepped into her beautiful boutique. I would recommend Bare-Faced Bride to both the seller, and the purchaser, of bridal gowns.
Danielle South Coast, NSW
Buying my wedding gown at the Barefaced Bride was a great experience. Mel (the owner) was really friendly, helpful and accommodating and has a lovely studio in which you can try on lots of different gowns to get a feel for what you like. The gowns were in great condition and ready to take home the same day.
Mary Glebe, Sydney
I had the most enjoyable, lovely and most important easy experience when going to find my dress. There was such a stunning array of designs to choose from and Melanie was the perfect woman to help me find my perfect dress (had great advice, not pushy at all and very helpful). The atmosphere at Bare Faced Bride is exquisite the way Melanie has set up the shop is an experience in itself, you feel as though your entering a world of peace, tranquillity and most of all beauty (with all the stunning dresses). I love love love my dress and the Bare Faced Bride made finding my dress all part of the magical experience of getting married. Thank you for making the process easy and beautiful!!
Katherine Bowral, Southern Highlands
Thanks so much for your help. I truly think that what you offer is amazing. The quality of your gowns the kind service made for such an easy going relaxed atmosphere for the tough decision that is picking the wedding dress of your dreams.
Carla Camperdown, Sydney
The barefaced bride made finding my wedding dress a stress-free and enjoyable experience. From making an appointment with Mel to buying my dress was a quick and easy process. Now I have a beautiful and unique dress for my wedding day. Thanks Mel.
Alyce Jannali, Sydney
After purchasing an ill-fitting second hand wedding dress online I was on the hunt for a wedding dress with only 6 months until my wedding date. I was recommended to look at the Barefaced Bride's website by a friend who found her dream vintage dress there. I was impressed by the large variety of dresses and the detailed photographs that allowed me to already have a shortlist of dresses I wanted to try before I even visited. Communicating with Mel about dresses and a visiting time was so easy, I was pleasantly surprised by how friendly and helpful she was. The Barefaced Bride boutique is elegant and private and made trying on dresses feel like a special personalised experience. The first dress I tried was 'the one', although Mel was very encouraging to try on others just to be sure. I felt no pressure to make a purchase had I not been sure, but luckily I was absolutely sure about the dress I wanted. I now have the perfect dress for me and it was a very pleasurable experience buying through the Barefaced Bride. I appreciated being able to see the dresses online before trying, having a private session to view and try dresses, and being able to receive advice and recommendations on alterations and accessories. I highly recommend the Barefaced Bride to anyone looking for a beautiful quality wedding dress at a reduced cost, and anyone who would like a more personalised approach to finding a dress rather than shopping online or in mainstream wedding dress shops. Thank you Mel!
Crosbi Terrigal, Central Coast N.S.W
I was recommended The Bare Faced Bride through a friend and  selling my  wedding dress could not have been easier. Melanie was a pleasure to deal with and kept me informed about feedback about my dress and who had looked at it. Thanks for your help Melanie.
Elle Edgecliff, Sydney
It was such a pleasure buying my wedding dress from The Barefaced Bride. There was such a beautiful selection of dresses at affordable prices. Melanie was so lovely and made the whole experience really easy and fun, and I got to take my dress home straight away. Thanks so much Melanie, I love my wedding dress!
Amelia Lavender Bay, Sydney
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