Kate & Toby

March 25, 2017 by Sarah

Here are a few photos generously shared by my bride Kate. More photos on my Facebook page.

Bridal party

Happy couple

Wedding couple

Bride and bridesmaids dresses

Wedding couple


Photography by Libby & Joe from libbyrobinson.co.nz

Dress – Made with Love Bridal
Dress alterations – Sarah Tai Bridal
Toby’s suit – MJ Bale
Makeup & Hair – Natalie Dent (Bridesmaids Sarah Knight)
Shoes – Zimmermann
Videography – Ben Journee
Flowers – Jess Jackson (Honeysuckle Rose)
Celebrant – KM Adams
Catering – Kerr & Ladbrook
Venue – The Red Barn
Girls’ dresses – Shona Joy

Karis & Sasha

March 18, 2017 by Sarah

Received a very nice “Thank You” card from Karis and her husband Sasha a few weeks ago. I altered two of Karis’ bridal dresses, one for the altar and one for the party. Originally from Canada, they decided to hold their wedding there.

They have kindly shared some of the photos of their beautiful wedding day.

Photo credit: tailoredfitphotography.com


Wedding glasses

Wedding dance

To see what Karis has to say, and more photos, go here.



Happy new year!

January 2, 2017 by Sarah


Here’s to New.

A new year to start something.

Make friends with people who are not like you. Read books that make you think in a new way.

Read books that make you think in a new way.

See the unknown as a novel adventure.


Expect less, appreciate more.

Turn everyday moments into opportunities to improve.

Find new ways to love yourself.

And as the year gets older, remember:

we have a new day every day.


“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” Andrew Carnegie

Before And After

July 16, 2016 by Sarah



I cannot thank you enough for your work on my dress in December! When it initially arrived from overseas I was terrified it wasn’t going to work since it was SO big but you made it happen.
Thank you so much for your skills, patience and reassurance through the whole process!


Found this post from 2 years ago. One of my favourite transformations. Thanks, Caitlin, for the before-and-after photo!

Bridal Alterations Sydney


May 1, 2016 by Sarah

I found this lovely email from my bride Michelle, sent last year. Michelle’s dress was a strapless one and although she loved it, she preferred one with a boat neck. From Michelle:

Hi Sarah,

Thank you so much for all your hard work altering my dress. Your skill and eye for detail is clearly evident in the incredible quality of your work. The boat neck piece you created for my strapless gown turned it into my dream dress, and the fit was perfect! You were so calm, friendly and supportive every step of the way. I will be recommending you to every bride I know!







For once, I didn’t do the bride’s dress

April 5, 2016 by Sarah

At one point, I did offer a made-to-measure suit service for grooms, but I got too busy with my bridal alterations that I now offer this service only when they are referred to me by my previous customers.

I don’t have many photos of the suits I’ve done – this one of Yvonne & Alex’s wedding is the only recent one – and so when the photographers at We Are Origami Photography kindly gave me permission to share their photos, I jumped at the opportunity.

I’ve selected a few pictures of the made-to-measure suit which I did for Alex and vests for his groomsmen. One of his groomsmen Ian was my customer a few years ago when he got married. (Thanks, Ian!)

The wedding was beautifully photographed. If you want to see more photos, go to We Are Origami Photography.


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Photo credit: We Are Origami Photography

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2015 by Sarah

Merry Christmas from Sarah Tai Bridal


Thanks for being part of a great 2015. Here’s to an even better 2016!

Bridal dresses from around the world

March 14, 2015 by Sarah

In my time altering wedding dresses, I have seen quite a few styles and designs. But invariably, they are all nearly the same colour – the popular ivory or similar. However, that’s not really the case elsewhere. Traditionally, most bridal dresses from the non-western world are not white. In fact, they are a burst of magnificent colours and textures, reflecting their rich cultures and backgrounds.


Masai, Kenya

Masai Bridal Dress

Photo by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher


Nha Trang, Vietnam


Kowloon City, Hong Kong






Zulu wedding

You get what you pay for

January 22, 2015 by Sarah



I can’t help but smile at this Tweet.

Getting married is an event where money would have to be spent. It doesn’t matter that you are getting married in your backyard or wearing your mother’s wedding dress, you will spend some money. But a lot brides often focus all their mind and energy on how little they want to spend on the one day where they get to marry their sweetheart. Everything is on a budget to them. The dress, the flowers, the venue, the photographer… the list goes on.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to re-do alterations just because the bride had decided to take her wedding dress to ‘somewhere cheaper’. Yes, there will always be someone willing to do it cheaper. But almost always, you get what you pay for. In the end, these brides would have to spend more time and money to get the mistake fixed.

Ultimately, you will not remember how much cash you parted with, but how beautiful you looked in your dress, how you cried when you exchanged vows, how happy everyone was. These memories are priceless.

By all means, don’t overspend, but don’t let your ‘budget’ ruin your enjoyment of the whole wedding process. Save on the flowers, splurge on the wedding dress… or whatever works for you. Don’t sweat the small stuff. A relaxed bride is a happy bride. Don’t let the quest to save money cost you.

Happy 2015

January 10, 2015 by Sarah

I guess it’s still not too late to wish everyone a very happy new year. May 2015 bring you even more joy, peace and love.

I know I say it every year, whether it’s on my Facebook page or here, but I really do want to thank all of my brides who have supported me each year, and especially the ones who have blessed me with gifts, photos and kind words.

Thank you for taking the time to let me know how your wedding went, for sharing your lovely photos with me and for the most wonderful comments you’ve left on my Facebook page. And again, thank you for trusting me with the most important dress of your life.

Congratulations to all who have gotten married, engaged, had new additions to the family, or simply found love in all its shapes and forms. It is my prayer that this year will be even better than the previous one, and may this year be the year of meaningful relationships.