How to Organise a Customized Wedding Dress…
We are so in love with the idea of brides creating the wedding dress of their dreams from scratch, however for some the idea is so overwhelming that it almost seems impossible. We chatted with Rebecca Lowe a fashion and design student who hopes to one day design her own wedding gown collection and run her own specialist wedding boutique, she also works for Samara James helping people find the perfect diamond engagement ring for their loved ones.
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If you are getting married in the next year or two you will have many parts of the wedding to research and organise. This can be a very busy and frantic time and you will feel an enormous pressure to get things right and make the day as special as possible. Both the Bride and Groom will have specific ideas’ about what they want to happen on their wedding day and there will be lots of discussions and compromising from them both where guest lists, bridesmaids and venues are concerned.
The one area every Bride should not have to compromise is on her perfect dress although a budget will usually be set, many brides will be looking at designers for the style to reflect her personal sense of style as well as suiting her shape and coloring Brides also find themselves looking at dresses they know they will not realistically be able to afford but with a little compromise and with finding the right seamstress having the dress made can be an affordable way to get the look she wants.
A bride must consider this as being a rather more in-depth and complicated process when compared to buying one from a store and making adjustments to the fit. A good tip is to take photos of yourself in different dresses to help you decide what you like and what your do not like about different styles of dress.
A Bride must know what she is looking for in her wedding dress, so do lots of research yourself about what your perfect wedding dress would be. Collecting a scrap book of materials, photos of you in the dresses you have tried on and ones you have cut out of magazines and accessories will help you crystallize exactly what you want. A good seamstress will always be able to suggest ways of creating exactly what it is you want.
Finding the right seamstress
Recommendation goes a long way when it comes to searching for the right seamstress, asking those who have had a dress designed by that person is a great place to start and its OK to ‘interview’ a number of different seamstresses to make sure your finding the right person for the job. Taking along your scrap book to hear their thoughts on what you want will give them a chance to discuss with you how they would go about designing the dress. Always ask to see previous work and get a sense of their design strengths. Talk to them about materials you have researched, take fabrics and make sure they can work with the fabrics you would like.
Communication is key to finding a good partnership, you should be able to openly ask question of the seamstress/designer and make sure they listen to your concerns and what you want. Although a seamstress is not strictly a designer or stylist, a good one will be able to make suggestions to your accessories and the overall look to your outfit on the day as well as underwear, shoes, hair and jewellery.
You should always set up several fittings as the dress is being made over a few months and especially if you are having it made up to 6 months before the wedding. You will want fittings done within the last few weeks before your wedding and take all your accessories too to make sure they will all work together. If possible arrange the fitting on a day when you have a practice session with the hair and make-up too, this last fitting will also be one of the last chances to ensure you are perfectly happy with your dress.
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A huge thank you to Rebecca for advising on where to start when it comes to organising your own customized wedding dress. We would love to hear from anyone that has decided to design their own dress, perhaps you have some more great advice on how best to go about this? Then we would love to hear from you.
Much Bespoke Love