What to expect when ordering a bespoke wedding dress
Q – I’m thinking of ordering a bespoke wedding dress. How does the process work, and what should I expect?
"When you order a bespoke wedding dress, you’re signing up for a personal service that will be tailored specifically to you. Bespoke is often seen as prestigious and out of reach for many, but don’t be afraid to ask for a quote. Calculate your budget, and you may realise down the line going bespoke is a similar cost to ordering a gown and paying extra for alterations. The initial price tag of your made-to-order design may seem more expensive but do keep in mind that all alteration and fitting costs are typically included.
"With most dressmakers, you’ll be required to book an initial consultation. Take this opportunity to discuss your budget and prepare some inspirational pictures or a moodboard. We love to see your vision, style and vibe for your wedding day.
"Experienced consultants will be able to pick out key features from your inspirations, show you fabrics, laces and trimmings, and design something with you that will suit your body shape and hide any any self-conscious areas.
"Once you have your gown designed, a deposit is usually taken to secure your order. You will be measured up for a sample dress and go through your first major fitting. The remainder of your appointments will be booked in to suit your schedule until the gown is ready for collection.
"Remember not to be shy and tell your supplier about any changes you want to make as soon as possible. This will avoid delays and potential costly alterations, especially when it’s near completion.
"Last but not least, it’s highly recommended you book your consultation at least 12 months before your wedding date, anything less could incur additional rush fees."
Bespoke bridal designer/dressmaker