The Design Process
I only make 24 Couture Bridal Gowns a year, for 24 Exclusive Brides, so you will always deal directly with me and I will always be there at the end of the phone or an email should you have a question about the design process or an idea about your wedding dress that you’d like to share with me.
“I felt so privileged that you did the fitting personally and was exceptionally impressed with your customer service and friendliness. I will always recommend you to friends who are looking for a luxurious dress and first class service.” - Victoria Lake
Many of my bridal clients come for an initial consultation having spotted one of my dresses in a magazine or fallen in love with one they’ve seen on this website. Most have a good idea of what they like and what they don’t. We discuss this and everything else about the wedding at our first meeting. I’ve set out below how the design process will typically run
I look forward to creating your perfect wedding dress for you.
This is where I get to hear all about your plans for the wedding, the season and the setting and your aspirations for your wedding dress. We’ll discuss designs, shapes, fabrics, beading, colours, corsetry and accessories. I’ll also take all your key measurements. This will give me everything I need to prepare some initial designs and a quote for your exclusive wedding dress. Sometimes this quote can be completed at this initial consultation depending on the design chosen.
2nd Meeting (+1/2 weeks)
Here we’ll review and finalise my design ideas for your wedding dress, as well as the details of the creative process: timings, costs and next steps. A deposit is paid at this stage to book having your gown made with me of one third of the total.
Toile Fitting (+1 month)
I will make a full mock up of your wedding dress in cotton. This will give you a good idea of how it will look but as importantly it will give me a framework from which I can make more detailed adjustments and amendments ahead of creating and cutting the final patterns. At this stage the next payment is made of another third.
First Dress Fitting (+2/3 month)
This is always an exciting moment, when you get to try on your wedding dress for the very first time, in the right fabric. There are still adjustments to be made and details to be finalised but at this fitting, you’ll be able to see how you will look on your wedding day. Third and final payment for your gown is made at this point.
Second Dress Fitting (+1 month)
This fitting takes you one step closer to the final wedding dress. All the major adjustments from the first fitting will have been made: we’re down to the final details at this point.
Final Fitting (+1 month)
Any changes at the final fitting will all be about the very tiniest details – making sure that everything is absolutely perfect.
Collection (within 2 weeks)
I will store and pack your dress perfectly for you, ready for you to collect in good time, ahead of your wedding day.
All of the above are approximations to give an idea of how the design process works. More or less appointments may be required dependant on gown designed. More time may be required between appointments dependant on fabric and finish chosen.