How to get the custom wedding dress of your dreams

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How to get the custom wedding dress of your dreams

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Every bride desires a wedding gown that is unique and the best way to achieve that is having it custom made. When it comes to a custom wedding gown, it all comes down to communication, a touch of imagination and a lot of faith in the designer you choose.

If you are looking to personalise your wedding day style or have bits and pieces of dresses you love that you would like to combine into one dress, then a custom wedding dress is a suitable option for you. Another bonus to a custom wedding dress is that it is made for you, according to your personal measurements and taste.

Communicating your expectations as well as your concerns are key. I usually ask a myriad of questions through which I get to know a bride and her style a little better before I start designing her wedding dress. It is a beautiful, creative process of delving into my bride’s world of being, getting to know her as best I can (in the limited time available) in order for me to design the wedding dress of her dreams. Pictures of your favourite styles are helpful (Pinterest is a great source for this), as these can help pin-point likes and dislikes, however, as a custom designer I will use these only as inspiration. When entrusting a designer with the process of designing your dress, it is important that you don’t expect a carbon copy of another wedding dress. Your dress should be unique to you & reflect your personality while allowing me as your designer to express creativity in putting it all together.

My favourite moment is when a bride swishes in her completed dress, beaming saying ”it turned out even better than I imagined”…I know I’ve captured her essence at its best (the swishing is my favourite moment).

If you are stuck at a starting point, then looking inside your closet could be a good place to start. Follow you natural fashion sense: what do you look best in and feel most beautiful wearing? This can serve as a guide towards your wedding dress style as well as serve as a guide to help determine what kind of silhouette will flatter your figure best. I will assist you with everything else pertaining to your wedding dress: from the cut, colour, fabric as well as advice on accessories and shoes.

It is important that you are familiar with the process of having your wedding dress custom made. A detailed description of my own process can be found on my ”Process” page.

Last but certainly not least, expect a custom gown to cost more than an off-the-rack piece. It is important to consider the time and care that goes into a custom design: the creative process of designing and sketching your dream dress, sourcing the perfect fabrication, fittings (anything between 3 – 5 fittings) as well as all the love & care that goes into the manufacturing of your beautiful wedding dress.

”Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor.
It’s a gift to the world and every being in it.”
~Steven Pressfield

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