Post # 1
Should I design my own wedding gown? So I have tried on many dresses and I still have not had the feeling I see most brides get when they try on “the dress”. I keep seeing bits and pieces off other different gowns that I love but other parts of the gowns I have tried on I have not liked at all. Has anyone designed/made their own dress or have any suggestions for me? I’m at a loss on what to do because I think that having one made might also be so much more expensive too….
Post # 3
I think you should check into the prices on designing your own dress. If it is in your budget I say go for it. Good luck in your decision.
Post # 4
I would be really nervous designing my own gown! What if the seamstress messes it up or it does not look like you expected? Then you would be out of $$ and stuck with a dress your not happy with. I would say to keep shopping 😉
Post # 5
@McFierce: I’m thinking that maybe if I have it done locally then I can always stop in and see how it is coming along and put my input on it…I don’t know if they allow that. And I’m sure some people would have return policies?
Post # 6
That’s what I will probably do. I figure I get something ‘unique’ and can oversee the construction.
I will add that you would need to find a really good seamstress.
Post # 7
I am kind-of-sort-of designing my own gown with Jasmine’s Bridal Shop, in Suzhou China. There have been 40 emails of correspondence before I finally sent them my deposit. I definitely made sure they understood exactly what I wanted before I committed, and now I am pretty confident that my dress will come out like I want it.
If it’s in your budget, you could get your dress locally made, which I wish I could have done because seamstresses here have access to much better fabrics, and I am a fabric snob. However, if that stuff doesn’t bother you and you are favoring dresses that are mainly synthetic, I definitely recommend Jasmine’s. 🙂
If you’ve never looked into them before, do a search on weddingbee for Jasmine’s Bridal Shop. You’ll find LOTS of info to help you make your decision. BEST OF LUCK! 🙂
Post # 8
I think if you have the budget you should go for it. I ordered my dress online and asked for a few changes, i.e. no train, different cut of the back, etc. That might be another option if you are on a tight budget.
Post # 9
i stil cant find one si have booked in with a dressmaker in case i still dont find one, the beauty of it is that u will get what u want and along the way of her making it you can tweak stuff you dont like etc. only thing is you cant change your mind on the style etc after she starts making it cos it will cost u more!!
good luck i think its a good option!
Post # 10
I never found “the dress”, either. I ended up buying one that I could have altered into one that worked for me. I had it shortened, I had half of the soft pickups taken out, I had it turned into a sweetheart neckline and had the crinoline removed so that I could replace it with a black one (to go with the black sheer jacket I’ll be wearing).
Thing is, that won’t work for everyone. If you love a lot of beading but you don’t like any of the bodices but you love the skirts, you’re not going to find a seamstress to do detailed beadwork like that. I think that having one made is a great idea, if you can afford it. I’d keep trying dresses until you make up your mind about making your own, and maybe you’ll find something that is “perfect except for” a short list of things that can be easily altered so you won’t need to have one made, just turned into what you want.
Did that make ANY sense?
Post # 11
have you tried on any of the main style you like? with this being said if you like a mian style you can always have custom changes added or removed, based on the designer, shop, and material… try on some more of a style you really like and ask if they can tweek it into something you love. this may be a lot cheaper than designing from scratch.
adding a sash or belt, changing a zipper or button up back into a corset, changing an a-line into a trumpet or mermaid style, adding or removing sleeves, are all examples of some custom changes i have done
myself and have seen done by other brides. There are many more im sure, so ask and talk to your consultants and see what custom changes you can make.