Choosing to have a custom wedding dress created is a great way to showcase your own unique style while guaranteeing you’ll have a one-off gown to wear down the aisle on your special day. While it’s a bit more work than simply finding an off-the-rack wedding dress, the extra fittings and time taken to create your own gown is always worth it. We wanted to help take some stress off your mind and give you some tips when it comes to choosing a custom gown and everything else involved in the process.
Custom Wedding Dress: Search For Inspiration First
If you’ve decided to go the route of a custom made wedding dress, the first thing you should focus on is searching for inspiration. The easiest place to start your inspo journey is Pinterest, there are millions and millions of images of wedding dresses, fabrics, shapes, styles and ideas for your future gown. If you want to take it a step further, you could potentially go wedding dress shopping and look around in a few stores locally to get some more ideas or try on different silhouettes and feel the fabric on your skin to get a good reference of what you might like. Make sure you keep mental notes of the things you like and don’t like, it’ll come in handy when you meet with your designer.
Can I Design My Own Wedding Dress?
If you’ve got all the ideas of exactly what you want on your wedding day but not the know how, take all of your references and ideas along to your initial consult with a designer and they’ll help you bring it to life. While some women have no concrete idea of the wedding dress that they want and want a designer to help steer them in the right direction, there are many brides that know exactly what they want and just need a designer or seamstress to help them execute it the right way.
Finding The Right Designer For Your Wedding Gown
Finding the right wedding dress designer will be no easy task for a number of reasons. For example, some designers prefer to design to a specific niche (e.g Boho wedding gowns) while others may be very limited on availabilities in the time frame that you’ll need your dress brought to life. Ultimately, the best idea is to research all the local custom wedding dress designers. Look into their past clients, Google reviews, their social media profiles (both posted images + their tagged section!) And also their websites, as these are essentially all portfolios of their work and will give you a good idea if they’re the right fit for you. Don’t forget that once you’ve booked a consultation and met with a designer, you should think it over before committing to anything, your wedding day will be a huge moment in your life and you deserve to look exactly how you want to on that day.
How Much Does A Custom Wedding Dress Cost?
This will vary wildly based on the designer. Some custom bridal will start at $500-$1000 while others may be $2500-$3500 or much higher. It all comes down to a few different factors such as the scarcity of the designers time, the designers experience and their own choices in costing. At your first consultation, any designer you meet will be able to give you an approximate cost/quote and you’ll be able to find something that works within your budget. If you’re unsure if a designer might be outside of your budget, it’s as simple as reaching out with a message, email or phone call to ask what their custom wedding gown costs start at to get a good reference of what’s available to you. One tip, when it comes to budgeting, is to do your best to stick to the final design once you’ve agreed upon it with your designer because changes once the dress is coming to life will add in more costs for you overall and can easily raise the price of your wedding gown up further than what you expected to pay originally!
We hope some of this advice helps you on your path towards the custom wedding dress of your dreams. One of the most important things to remember is to enjoy the journey of bringing a custom wedding gown to life! It’s a huge part of your overall wedding day, enjoy it and take your time to live in the moment because it’s all about making beautiful memories.