Frequently asked questions

Is there a charge for a consultation?
All wedding dress design consultations are free without any obligation. Consultations can be very informative if you are torn between a custom gown and ready made. It never hurts to be armed with a lot of information while making such a big decision! There is never any pressure to make a decision at a consultation.
What should I expect at a consultation?
We will sit down and chat about your wedding and gown ideas while I do drawings. I will pick your brain to come up with a design that both suits you and the style of your wedding. Fabrics will be shown and quotes given for all the designs discussed. Quotes are good for 30 days after a consultation.
How long does it take to make a wedding gown?
It all depends whether it is a peak or slow time in the wedding season. It is ideal to allow for a minimum of 3-6 months for the entire process from consultation to completion. I have made gowns in as little 2 weeks though, I always make my best efforts to work with the clients schedules if possible, so never hesitate to ask about my availability for your date.
Do I have to supply a pattern or fabric for the dress?
Every design will have a custom pattern (muslin). This is how you can have any style you like. Most of my clients shop for their favourite fabrics on their own, however I may have a small collection of unique fabrics that might be suitable for your project. If you are looking for something truly unique, like an unusual colour or lace, I may send you shopping..don’t worry, I guide you through the process and refer to the best fabric shops around whom i personally deal with. It can be quite a learning curve, which is only one more interesting aspect of the creation of your special attire.
How do I know I am going to like my dress?
Every effort is made to ensure you not only like your gown but you LOVE it! I take great pride in my work and draw from many years of experience. As a designer, understanding the importance of the special gown , the sentimental value, expected outcome of the project and solely counting on the future referrals from happy brides is paramount to me as it is to you. That would be the assurance to draw from. We will not go on to the next step of finishing your gown until you are satisfied and confident in the progress.
Will my gown be ready for my wedding?
Absolutely! From the first day your consultation is booked, a schedule is made up for each fitting, including the tentative or desired pick up date. I keep a strict schedule and you never leave a fitting without knowing when the next one is. You will see the finished product long before your wedding date. This is why I limit the number of gowns projects I take on each season.
Do you have sample gowns for me to try on?
I do have samples on display so you can see my workmanship and design skills. I would be more than honored if you happen to fall in love with the unique designer original gown and desire to purchase it. However, this is not a traditional bridal shop. I strive to provide an experience unlike a regular bridal shop by creating unique experiences and gown for each bride. Most brides that are considering a custom gown have already gone the traditional route and not found what they have liked. It is my job to ensure that through fit and proportion, the style that you have chosen will reflect you and your personality and/or tradition. Many years of experience, happy brides, proud mothers and entourages give me the confidence to say that you will be making the right decision on investing in a custom made wedding gown.
A custom gown sounds expensive, is it something I can afford?
When you consider the cost of buying off the rack and the cosmic alteration charges it can really add up. In the end you are dealing with a gown that is mass produced, advertised everywhere and most likely purchased by hundreds of brides. Ultimately it is made to standard measurements. Let’s be real: very few people fit perfectly in standard sizing, never mind bridal sizes that are commonly 2 numbers smaller than you wear on an ordinary day. I can give quotes over email before a consultation to ensure it is the right fit for you. Majority of brides tend to find custom gowns are very good value for the service and product they are receiving.
What are your hours?
I operate by appointment only. Each bride is seen one-on-one in my private studio boutique for both the consultation and the fittings. Occasionally I am able to meet clients on a short notice. Despite the busy schedules at peak of the season I am always doing my best to accommodate the clients schedules and appointment changes if needed. Make sure to check my calendar app for available time slots before deciding to book a meeting. My design studio is a friendly safe space for all, regardless of size, shape, religion, colour or sexual orientation, my goal is that everybody is made to feel welcome and comfortable.

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