“Made to Measure” & What you need to know.

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Here’s a little run down on the process of having a gown Made to Measure so you can decide if it’s right for you.

Please budget between $3000 to $5000 for this service.

 

 

 

Getting in early

As I work completely independently, it is essential you make an appointment as early as possible.

I always recommended that you book 9 to 12 months in advance, as busy wedding periods can book up very quickly.

Generally I take on a maximum of four weddings per month and spaces can fill fast.

My peek wedding seasons are March, April, May and September, October, November.  These times can book out 12 months in advance.


 

 

 Initial Consultation

At your initial consultation I always allow an hour to spend with you in the studio trying on gowns and discussing your options.

You are welcome to bring people with you to this appointment although I always recommend bringing just one or two trusted friends or family members.

To many opinions can cause confusion and unnecessary stress and anxiety.

I recommend wearing something that is easy to get in and out of and comfortable nude underwear and bring a strapless bra if you have one.

I always try to make this appointment a relaxed and fun experience, as it should be when you are shopping for your wedding gown.


 

 

Money matters

If you are happy to go ahead with your order a 40% deposit is required, this secures your booking and covers the costs of your fabrics.

The remaining balance of the gown will need to be paid in monthly instalments, with the final payment due the month prior to your wedding.

This ensures you are not lumped with a large bill just before your big day. I prefer not to handle cash so I recommend setting up a reoccurring EFT for peace of mind.

I can also take Credit Card payments in store and over the phone.


 

 

Fabrication

Once your deposit clears I will order all of your fabrics {please note that these can take anywhere from a
week to three months to arrive}.

When your fabrics comes in I will cut swatches and either send them via mail or make an appointment with you for their collection.

The swatches of your fabrics are helpful when choosing Bridesmaids dresses, flowers and shoes.

If you require more than one swatch please let me know at time of ordering in case more fabric is required.


Looking your best

The next time you will see me will be for measurements, about 12 weeks prior to your wedding or for those brides marrying overseas 12 weeks prior to your departure date.

It is imperative that if you are planning on loosing any weight in the lead up to your wedding that you begin your maintenance phase once your measurements have been taken.

An extra fee may be charged if alterations are required after your second fitting due to weight loss or gain.

Planning a wedding can be very stressful and starting a healthy eating and exercise regime is a great way of coping with tricky seating plans and difficult bridesmaids.

Please always remember though, that he is marrying you because he Loves you just the way your are!


Time Frame

The process from here on in is fairly straight forward and stress free, every two weeks or so I will see you for a fitting with generally 4 to 5 in total.

Your first fitting, two weeks after your measurements, will be your calico toile and this is then used as your pattern for your gown.

The second fitting will be similar to the first but your gown will be in your fabrics.

Your third fitting sees your skirt go on at which time your length in checked. You will need your shoes for this fitting.

The fourth fitting is to ensure your gown fits perfectly before the zip and hem is completed.

Your final appointment/fitting is to make sure everything is perfect before collection which generally falls one to two weeks out from your wedding.

For more information on the process check out my FAQ Page Here or to book an appointment fill in the form on the Contact Page Here.


All images by Prue Franzmann Photography.

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