At Euphorie Studios, we often get asked a variety of questions from brides, emerging designers and people from varying interests of life, weddings & fashion. It recently occurred to us that we tend to answer these directly, so we wanted to start a series where we take questions over on our Instagram stories and compile them into a blog post as a way to keep an archive of them for anyone that may have the same question in future!
Q: What do I need if i'm getting alterations done?
A: We’ve previously uploaded a blog on tips for alterations here, however, in a condensed form, we’ll give a few surefire tips. Firstly, bring your dress in, we cannot give any information, consultations or make judgements based off photographs. We will need to see the wedding gown physically to discuss the possibilities of the bridal alterations you may have in mind. Any alterations we take on, we hold ourselves to the highest standard possible so by seeing the dress physically in person, we can explain exactly what is possible and how it will be done so that you’ll have a clear idea of whats to come. Secondly, you’ll want to bring along any undergarments (they may affect fit of the dress) and the shoes you’ll play on wearing on your wedding day so that hem lengths can be exact and you don’t end up having to get alterations done multiple times!
Q: Why are wedding dresses always white?
A: While some brides will choose to wear a gown on their wedding day that isn’t white, its become quite the tradition. It’s been traced back to Queen Victoria’s wedding gown in 1840, where she wore a silk-satin and white lace wedding dress. Prior to that, wedding dresses were generally red as a white dress was symbolic of mourning the dead. Clearly Queen Victoria wasn’t having any of that and wanted to be a trend setter.
Q: Who pays for the wedding dress?
A: Traditionally speaking, the Bride/Bride’s family pay for the wedding gown, although we’re seeing it become the norm for the bride and groom to pay for everything themselves more and more lately.
Q: What do I do if I have to postpone my wedding after everything is already booked?
A: The starting point to think about here is communication. Contact all your vendors and discuss the postponing of everything and how that will work out on their end. You’ll need to figure out a new date that’s going to give plenty of time for things to even out and get back to normal while also fitting the schedules of not only you and your partner but also your celebrant, venue, catering etc.
Q: I’ve seen you post about ‘custom’ dresses and then you sell dresses on your website, whats the difference?
A: This is actually a great question - a custom gown by Euphorie Studios is a collaborative effort between our Head Designer, Keoula, and the bride that chooses us. It’s a unique one-off gown made specifically for you and will not be created again by us for anyone else. On the other hand, the gowns we have on our website from the ‘Keepsake’ collection are made and designed by Keoula and the team and sold in limited numbers. We don’t mass manufacture our gowns, everything is done by hand and because of that, we keep the numbers limited to only a few of each style before we take them down for good. For example, we had a number of gowns in our initial collection drop that have since been removed from the website after a limited number of brides purchased them.
Q: Are you still open for consultations?
A: At Euphorie Studios, we're a private fashion house so we're only available by appointment only. However, due to the current restrictions in place with the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been increasing the protective measures of health and safety not only for clients but our seamstresses and employees too. For example, our marketing team are currently working from home and we've been rotating our seamstresses in order to keep the number of people at the studio to a minimum. We've also been maintaining the strictest cleaning measures available in our show room (where consults with brides happen) including disinfecting and cleaning before and after all consults and staying in check with our clients to ensure that they're aware of social distancing rules and the norms if someone was to be showing symptoms of illness. As brides are being forced to postpone their weddings currently, we've been working with these brides to push non-essential meetings/consultations to further dates to limit any unnecessary exposure. Additionally, we're keeping a close eye on government recommendations and following all advice given to us in that regard as safety is the most of the most paramount importance to us.
We hope some of these answers will provide some insight or help people with questions they may have and if you have any questions you'd like to see in our future episodes of Q&A, drop a comment here or send it to us on Instagram!
Stay safe & take care.