Finding your dream gown off the rack at a bridal store can be a challenging experience for some brides. You might love different aspects of dresses, but that doesn't mean you'll find the one - that's where getting a custom wedding dress made for you comes in.
One thing that can be scary when navigating the world of custom wedding gowns is the potential cost. However, the sky can be the limit if you allow it to be. So today, we wanted to take you through a few things to consider so that you can keep costs down during your wedding planning. Planning and locking in a budget before discussing a custom wedding dress with designers is one of the most critical factors.
The average cost of a wedding gown tends to fluctuate. It can range from $1900 to around $4000+ depending on where you live. Another factor that may change pricing is whether it's off the rack or custom-made. The most crucial factor to consider before you start shopping is to spend some time thinking about what you're comfortable allocating for your wedding dress budget. When you eventually meet with a designer, you'll never get a clear idea of what's possible from that designer without a clear budget. So when you meet for an initial consult, let them know your budget or what you cannot exceed in terms of cost and see what options they have on offer for you. It'll save a lot of time and heartache from the start of the process.
Your custom made wedding dress should always be the gown of your dreams.
Another idea we always suggest before meeting with a designer is to take some time to shop around and get a clear picture of the gowns you're after - think of it as a research stage in your wedding gown experience. Then, you'll be able to try on dresses and get a feel for things like fabrics, styles, and ideas that will help you when it comes time to sit down and design a gown from scratch.
When you do look towards choosing a designer, be sure to do your research. Use their website, social media, and Google reviews to get a clearer idea of what they've achieved or made in the past, what they're doing currently and what other brides have said about them so that it can give you a good idea of what to expect.
The biggest key to staying within budget will always be following a handful of simple rules:
- Set your budget before you go to your initial consultation so that you can discuss it with a designer.
- Be flexible: sometimes changing minor parts of your dream gown can result in you getting something incredible without exceeding your budget.
- Do your due diligence and research a designer before you sign anything, pay anything, or opt to go ahead. It's important to feel confident that they can make what you're after so that you aren't spending money on anything but the wedding dress of your dreams.
Have any questions, or maybe even suggestions for future brides if you've had a custom dress made for you? Drop them in the comments below!