Your Wedding Gown – Custom Compared To Off-The-Rack

Recently a bride-to-be inquired about having me make a custom wedding gown. She’d found an exquisite, couture gown she wanted me to copy. I asked about budget: $1000. Even if we cheated and used an inexpensive lace, just the materials would eat up most of that. I had to disappoint her. A custom wedding gown can be about the same as an off-the-rack gown with alterations. But that doesn’t mean a bride can have any gown she admires. It means that if a bride is spending $1200 for an off-the-rack gown and budgeting $500 to $750 for alterations (and that’s a reasonable range), she can probably have a custom gown … Read more…

W is for Wedding Gowns

Wedding gowns are the stuff of dreams, often dreams that began in childhood. Every women wants to be gorgeous on her wedding day. She wants to live her dreams and create wonderful, lasting memories. Brides-to-be who want modest gowns often find themselves in a sea of strapless lace and tulle. At least 75% of what she will see will be strapless. Much of the rest will be almost strapless or unattractive. And most of the gowns, unfortunately, will look very much alike. The overlay will have different embellishments and details but there are only a few strapless, wedding gown shapes that are then decorated in a variety of ways. Strapless … Read more…