"Where do I begin?"
It's a question that we hear all the time from brides wanting a custom wedding gown. We get it, choosing a designer can be overwhelming if you don't know where to start. That's why today, we are sharing FIVE simple questions you can ask to help identify which designer is right for you!
It is crucial that the designer of your dream dress offers the style you are looking for. Designers tend to be experts at a specific niche. Browse through their gallery and if you don’t see what you are looking for, send them an inquiry. If you know right away any specific materials, customization, and accessories you want, check that the designer can fulfill those requests.
Before selecting a dress designer, check out their price range and make sure to compare it with your personal budget. Ask the designer what is included in the listed price—will you need to pay an additional fee for alterations, specialty customization, different fabrics or material, or other costs you haven’t considered? Don’t forget about all the extras either—your budget should account for the cost of extra items like your accessories, shoes, veil, and head piece too.
Find out where your designer is located in relation to you. Ask yourself how this may, or may not, affect the design process. Is it a personal preference for you to meet face-to-face with a designer or are you okay communicating virtually? If the designer is located outside your area, verify with them how they handle parts of the process like fittings and alterations, so there are no surprises later.
Always check into a designer’s timeline for custom gowns to make sure it fits your schedule. Give yourself extra time between the expected completion date and the actual day of your wedding—especially if your dress is being shipped from another area.
Look at reviews! Does the designer have a good reputation? For your big day, it is important you work with someone who is reliable and trustworthy—you and your dream gown deserve nothing but the best!
Selecting a designer to create your dream dress should be fun and an experience you remember forever. Please contact us with any questions you might have. We are here to help in any way we can!