The perfect wedding dress- it's perhaps the most important thing to any bride planning her wedding, and perhaps the most stressful and overwhelming. Custom wedding dresses take some of the stress and pressure out of trying to find the one gown that has all the elements needed for a dress you can deem perfect. However, there are still several things you will need to do to ensure it's exactly what you want.
The process of getting custom wedding dresses made is definitely less stressful and overwhelming than searching for one made off-the-rack, however, there are still many things that can be done to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible. Here are just a few tips on how to make sure the process is as painless as possible- maybe even fun!
Know What You Want
If the standard wedding gowns you see in stores and catalogues don't seem to be your style, don't worry about it - that's what custom wedding dresses are all about. Remember that there are as many different kinds of dresses out there as there are different kinds of brides. Help out your designer by arriving with an idea of what you want, and if this is hard for you (it often is, for many people) try bringing pictures of what you like, your wedding theme, the kind of hairstyle you plan on, and one or two dresses you feel make you look good and feel good. (Tip: they do not necessarily need to be your favourites- just the ones that you get the most compliments on.) Your designer/ couturier/ tailor can take it from there and offer a few suggestions of his or her own.
Get A Head Start
Custom wedding dresses generally need to be commissioned at least six months (nine is even better) before your wedding. If, like most brides, you intend to lose weight before the wedding itself, make sure you have several fittings planned the wedding. Many designers schedule at least three fittings- with the last fitting as close enough to the big day as possible, but with enough time left for adjustments to be made on the dress should they be necessary.
Consider Practicality And Comfort
Practicality is still an issue. The most beautiful custom wedding dresses are pointless if they need industrial-strength foundation undergarments to ensure that you look good in them- that will only make you look tentative, fidgety and uncomfortable. Remember that nothing detracts from a bride's beauty as much as obvious discomfort! Also, consider the suitability of the design to your theme and venue. For instance, if your wedding is somewhere there is sand or dewy grass, trains and floor-sweeping hems are definitely not practical - it would be much better to choose cocktail or tea-length dresses instead.
Always remember, your wedding day is a special occasion- perhaps one of the most special in a woman's life. Custom wedding dresses help make sure it stays that way. It isn't hard to get one made that makes you look good, is comfortable and feels like you- so relax, you have a wedding to plan!
Looking for a custom bridal gown? Tatiana Porembova is one of the leading wedding dress designers in London and her work spans a range of styles and influences. Based in Richmond, she creates beautiful wedding and bridesmaid outfits to provide the perfect garments for the perfect day.