Choosing the perfect wedding gown can be a thrilling yet overwhelming experience. To ease the journey, we've compiled a comprehensive guide to answer the questions brides frequently ask as you begin thinking about your wedding gown.
Shopping and Fitting Process
When should I start shopping for a wedding gown?
Begin your search 9-12 months before the wedding. This allows time for ordering, alterations, and any unexpected delays. This also gives you time if you are looking to have your wedding dress custom made.
What should I bring to a wedding dress appointment?
Bring pictures for inspiration, any specific accessories you plan to wear, and a supportive friend or family member. Wear nude-colored undergarments for a more accurate representation.
Customization and Alterations
Can I customize elements of a wedding gown?
We pride ourselves in creating bespoke custom gowns from your designs, and can also customize pre-made gowns. Customizing elements of your wedding dress makes it uniquely yours. Discuss custom alterations like neckline changes, sleeve additions, or fabric swaps with us to ensure it has all of the elements you want and need.
How do alterations work, and when should they be done?
Start alterations 3-4 months before the wedding if you can. Your alteration fittings is where the magic happens. Your wedding gown should feel supportive and be beautifully tailored to your body. Fitted, with no tugging, drooping, or tripping. Alterations ensure your gown fits your body flawlessly. When shopping for your gown, keep in mind the cost of alterations and leave yourself room to make the changes you want.
Accessories and Complementary Items
What accessories pair well with my chosen dress?
Consider the neckline and overall style of your dress. For a statement gown, keep accessories minimal. Add a veil, earrings, or a belt to enhance your look. Try on an array of looks and colors early on, and consider bringing options with you on your wedding day to match how you feel in the moment.
How can I personalize my wedding look with accessories?
Incorporate sentimental items like family heirlooms or customize accessories with your wedding date or initials. Personal touches make your ensemble uniquely yours. Not sure where to begin? Start with, something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
Dress Care and Preservation
How do I care for my wedding gown before the big day?
Store your gown in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Hang it on a padded hanger to maintain its shape. Be cautious with makeup and perfume to avoid stains. Don’t hang it on the sprinklers in your hotel, and bring a steamer with you on your wedding day. Pro tip: don't steam your gown where everyone gets their hair done.
Are there preservation services for after the wedding?
Yes, professional preservation services can ensure your gown remains pristine. Your wedding dress is a special keepsake for yourself and future generations. We offer state of the art care for your formal garments. An heirloom cleaning for your bridal gown, bridesmaids dresses, or tuxedo will ensure it is free of stains and dirt, and is boxed and sealed perfectly preserving your important family valuables to be treasured for posterity.
By addressing these common questions, we hope to guide you toward the dress of your dreams. Most importantly, choose the look YOU love the most and FEEL your best in, and of course, always remember, I am here cheering you on every step of the way!