I've never had a dress custom made before. How do we start?
It starts with a free consultation where we will discuss your wedding and style ideas. I will do some sketching for you, show you some fabric options and together we will come up with a design for your dream dress. Once we have settled on a design I will email you a quote along with a sketch of the dress we discussed.
Should I try dresses on before meeting you?
This is completely up to you. I have had brides who have no desire to go to a bridal salon and try on dresses and I have had brides who have tried on every dress imaginable. Although I don't think you need to try on 50+ dresses I do think it is a good idea to try on a few dresses so you have an idea of what dress styles you like the best. With custom the sky is the limit so it is nice to have a few ideas of what you like and don't like.
Do you have sample gowns to try on?
Although I do have a few sample gowns I have designed for creative shoots I do not have racks of gowns to try on like a traditional bridal store. Each gown I make is 100% unique and made for a specific bride. My sample gowns are really for inspiration and to see the quality of my workmanship.
How long does it take to make a wedding dress?
Around 8 months is ideal but it depends on my schedule and the timing of your wedding. I take on a limited amount of gowns each year so during peak wedding season (May-September) the more time the better to avoid disappointment as I do book up. I have made dresses in a very short time frame before, so it never hurts to ask if I am available.
How many fittings should I expect?
Every dress is different but on average it takes 3-4 fittings. There is no limit to fittings though. It takes as many as needed to make sure your dress is perfect.
How much does a custom dress cost?
This really depends on what you are looking for and the type of fabrics you choose. An average gown is around $2400-$2800.
Do I need to supply a pattern and/or fabric?
No, I make all my own patterns based off your measurements and will source and purchase all your fabrics.
How do I know I am going to like my dress?
Your dress is a process and you are involved in every step. From the initial sketch to your last fitting your happiness is my top priority. If you are not happy, I am not happy. If you are really unsure there is the option of having a mock up of your dress made in muslin first at an additional cost.
Did you make your own wedding dress?
Yes, I did! I designed a 2 in 1 style gown for my wedding dress. It had a detachable ballgown skirt that was easily removed so I could dance the night away in a slim fitting dress. You can see some pictures of my dress here.
What are your current COVID safety measures?
During lockdown I can not offer in person consultations or fittings. I am happy to book a virtual consultation during this time to discuss the design for your wedding dress. When restrictions ease and we are able to meet in person you will be required to wear a mask and to limit your number of guests to two. I will have hand sanitizer available upon arrival and will disinfect all touch points before and after your appointment.
We can't wait to discuss your dress!
Do you have a picture of a dress in your head but just can't find it at a regular bridal store? Custom could be the perfect option for you. Or maybe you have found lots of dresses you like but not one dress that has everything you want. We love taking different elements from different dresses and putting them together to create your dream dress. Maybe walking into a bridal salon and trying on dresses is just not appealing to you. A custom dress is a more personal experience and we strive to make you feel as comfortable as possible throughout the process. Send us an email to find out if we are the perfect fit for your custom gown.