The first bridal decision to make is, of course, the most exciting one; deciding on the wedding dress. During a budding bride's search for the perfect dress, there are many options to choose from, one being: should I opt for a custom-made wedding dress or an off-the-rack wedding dress? The main difference between the two is that a custom-made gown is tailored to the bride, which includes the dress details and the style, and is made with the client's measurements, whereas an off-the-rack gown is a pre-made dress that you can purchase from a store. Today, we will explore the pros and cons of both wedding dress types to help you decide which one is best for you!
Custom-made wedding dresses: the benefits
Bespoke bridal gowns allow the bride to have complete control over the dress design, silhouette, details, material, and color, making it an utterly personalized ensemble that also has been made to the client's measurements. Not only do you have control over all the details, but this gown will also be unique to you and only you. Custom-made wedding dresses are often made with high-quality materials and are constructed with precision, resulting in a well-made gown. Our bespoke wedding dress service ensures our brides only receive the best. Our highly skilled team have been trained to deliver outstanding results, and we love seeing how happy our brides are adorned in their custom gown!
Our custom wedding dress process involves several steps to ensure you receive the dress you've always dreamed of. To begin with, we work closely with you, our bride, to get an overall understanding and concept of how you imagine your wedding dress. Then, we will create an initial sketch, get your feedback on this, and make changes if necessary. After approving the design, we will need your exact measurements to proceed with production. Then, it is the fun part; making the gown! This can take as long as a few weeks or months depending on the exact style of dress. After we have finished the production, we will ship it right to your doorstep so you can feel your most beautiful self on your big day.
You can see our stunning bride Shawn's custom-made wedding dress process below. It began with a sketch, then production, and finally, the finished product.
Custom-made wedding dresses: cons
Despite custom-made wedding dresses providing brides with their dream dresses, there are some negatives. One is the cost; custom-made wedding dresses are typically more expensive than off-the-rack gowns, as the price includes the cost of materials and the time and expertise of the designer. Brides should also consider the time it takes to design and create bespoke pieces. Creating a custom-made wedding dress can take several months, so brides need to plan ahead.
Off-the-rack dresses: the benefits
An "off-the-rack" wedding dress refers to a ready-made bridal gown that is available for purchase in a store or boutique. Unlike a custom-made wedding dress, which is tailored specifically to a bride's measurements and design specifications, an off-the-rack dress is a pre-manufactured gown that is available in a range of standard sizes. One huge positive about off-the-rack dresses is that there is less waiting time for the production of the gown as the foundation of the ensemble is ready. You will have to make alterations to the dress, as bridal stores don't typically hold every single size. However, the dress concept will be established. Off-the-rack wedding dresses are typically less expensive than custom-made bridal gowns. Therefore, they can be a cost-effective option for brides on a budget or for a gown with a quick turnaround time.
Off-the-rack dresses: cons
However, off-the-rack dresses may require additional alterations to fit properly and meet the bride's style and preference. If a bride wishes to add a personal touch to the gown, this could take a long time and be expensive. Another downside could be their limited availability. Once an off-the-rack dress is sold, it may not be available for purchase again, so it's essential to act quickly if you find a gown you like! Brides should also be aware of the quality of off-the-rack dresses. Since they are mass-produced, the quality of the materials and construction may not be as high as that of a custom-made gown.
We hope this summary helped you decide which type of wedding gown suits your needs and requirements for your magical day!
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