Here are some occasionally-stated misconceptions about wedding dress designers and their role in making a success of your special day.
Wedding dress designers are expensive
This is perhaps one of the more commonly heard myths in this area. In fact, the cost differences between a bespoke designed and made dress and one that is purchased off the peg from a major up-market retailer, may be less significant than you might imagine or in some cases, not exist at all.
Remember that you are dealing directly with the designer and maker – and your dress is not going through several intermediaries, all of whom may need to add their percentage to the transaction. More pertinently perhaps, even if there is a cost differential in some cases, you are paying for a design that expresses you as a unique individual. You are not trying to fit your expectations and aspirations for your day into something that someone has made without knowing anything about you and your personality.
It can be difficult to get the design changed if you change in your mind
There are a number of stages leading up to the making and final fitting of your dress.
That process typically goes on over around three or four months as a minimum and experienced wedding dress designers will be using all of their skills to ensure that you are fully involved at each stage in the process.
There is absolutely no prospect of you seeing your dress for the first time and being totally surprised at its appearance. For example, initially you will have seen some form of “toile” version of the dress, which will be used for fitting and to give you a very good idea of the final look you will have when the dress itself is completed.
Of course, things may change. Your weight or body shape might vary over time and that will be accommodated by the various stages in the fitting and adjustment stages (up until around two or three weeks before your big day, when you’ll have the final fitting). More fundamental design changes can be accommodated as time progresses but, of course, the later you leave that in the process then the more difficult and expensive it may be to reflect them in your final dress. Remember that wedding dress designers have the ultimate objective of your total satisfaction.
They are booked up years in advance
This is often heard and is, if you think about it, quite amusing! Given that most couples might be extremely unwilling to wait years for a dress to be produced, it might be unlikely that the vast majority of bespoke dressmakers will have order books that go out into the far distant future.
Inevitably, different designers may have different workloads at different times. Many will require a minimum of 3 to 4 months’ notice to produce a dress but that would typically be well within the planning horizon of many events. If you can, giving wedding dress designers the earliest pre-notification possible might just ensure that you are able to sleep a little more easily at night, safe in the knowledge that you are securely written into their diary!
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