Frequently Asked Questions
What are your specialties as a designer?
My specialization as a designer is my knowledge and experience with couture construction techniques, pattern drafting, textile curation, and needlework such as embroidery and beading. Of equal importance is my ability to interpret abstract concepts from a brides inspiration into wearable garments. Often my brides don't know all of the sewing and design terminology, and that's okay. My communication and customer service are in step with my skills as a dressmaker. Each of my clients have remarked that their vision had been executed better than they could have imagined.
How long is the process of having a custom gown made, from start to finish?
There are few seasons in ones life more replete with excitement than the weeks following proposal and engagement. Once a bride has gathered her vision for her dream wedding a primary consultation can take place 6 months, or up to a year in advance of the big day. Generally, I reccomend brides to thoroughly explore all of their options before booking a consultation. I don't want my clients to have any doubts before signing a binding contract for a commissioned gown.
The consultation process takes place over the course of a few months to accommodate all schedules. From the point the design is finalized, the contract is signed, and the deposit is secured, the construction of the gown will take 6-8 weeks. The final dress reveal should take place within a few months of the wedding, while the final fitting should take place within a month of the wedding at least, ideally within two weeks of the wedding date.
What is the price range of the services you provide?
My bespoke gowns range from $1200 to $500o, and I guarantee that every bride will be completely satisfied with the value, quality and service they receive. My prices are no where near luxury designer brands, but it bears mentioning that a custom handmade wedding dress should by no means be considered the least expensive option. A brides interest in my services should be motivated by the once in a life time luxurious experience of being the designer of her own gown. It is not the best course of action to save money.
I plan to be a different dress size when I get married, when should I have a dress made?
All fittings within 2 dress sizes of original measurements, will be included regardless of how many alterations are necessary. However, a contract will not be signed unless the client believes she is at a dress size she would like to maintain until her wedding day.