Anomalie for custom wedding dress?

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Post # 2
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129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I’m just at the end of production on my dress with Anomalie. I initiated the process the second week of July for my wedding which will be in May of 2019. I had already tried on a ton of dresses and couldn’t find what I was looking for so I went with Anomalie. Since they have the 100% money back guarantee I figured it was worth the risk, especially since there was nothing else I liked.

The first thing that happens is you do an introductory call with a Stylist and tell them the kind of thing you are looking for (if you have a strong idea in mind) or what you have liked/not liked about dresses you have already tried. They do recommend that you try dresses on before you start designing so you have a better idea what looks good on your body. They won’t make exact copies of a dress, but they are very good at working on designs inspired by other dresses. If you have a very clear idea what you want, they can give you a quote on that call of what your dress would cost, and you can also get a quote for add-ons like a veil if you like at that time as well.

You then take some time to fill up your inspiration board with pictures and inspiration of what you want your dress to look like, here’s a peek at what mine looked like, on it you get to say what it is you like about that style, or if it’s a random picture how it applies to your dress. You then have a design call where your stylist talks you through everything you put on the inspiration board and you talk about the big details you want on your dress. If you didn’t do this on the initial call, you would get a price estimate now and they will send you an invoice. The process doesn’t go any further until you pay.
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After you pay for your dress they will send you a super cute box filled with fabric swatches that are based on the dress design you are going for. If you want a lace dress they will upload pictures and videos of lace to your dashboard so that you can select one that way. You can ask for more to be uploaded if there isn’t anything you like, I went through three rounds before I got a lace that was what I was looking for since I had a super specific and more unique look in mind. A couple weeks you get an illustrated design of your dress. You can make changes at this point as well. Once a design is settled on you upload your measurements and some photos of yourself that correspond to the measurements.
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After this, it takes about 4-6 weeks and then you get pictures from the factory which show the pattern mockup of your dress made with whatever scrap fabric they have so you can make sure it looks the way you want to. If it doesn’t you make revisions until it does and then they move to the next stage which is your lace and/or beading placement approvals (if you are doing lace or beadwork). You then get more pictures to approve this stage and then the next pictures you will get are the almost finalized dress. (This is the stage I am at I just got mine last night!)

After that they do all the small finishing details and then it gets shipped to Anomalie head office in San Francisco fr QC checks and they will send you more photos of it when it comes in. Then it gets sent to you and you work with a local tailor to get it hemmed and any last minute tailoring you need. They have recommended tailors in a bunch of cities but you are allowed to pick your own as well. They give you detailed instructions for the tailor so they know how the dress is put together and what needs to be taken apart to adjust it properly.

I live in Canada so the average price in Canadian that dresses I was looking at was $2000-$3000 and veils were about $600-$1000. My full lace dress with chapel length train and a chapel length drape veil came to just under $2000 Canadian. I wanted my dress delivered by the end of December, but it looks like it may actually get here a bit earlier!

So far the process has been really great and I’ve had no issues at all. Sure I have revised stuff a bunch of times and not liked the first shot at some of the mockups, but the pictures I got of my almost finished dress last night were exactly what I was looking for. Happy to answer any other questions you may have.

Post # 4
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Worker bee

Following this thread! I too saw the ad and also followed them on Instragram. I’m pondering having them make me something as well.

Post # 5
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129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Shipping is free to Canada. I don’t have the conversion price, but in USD the dress alone was $1375 which is about $1700ish Canadian. I think when I actually bought it though the dollar conversion was slightly better. The price depends on what you want and what additions for sure, since I am having a longer train (chapel length) and all over lace with a bunch of cutout details and a fit and flare shape I know that added to my price. They told me their dresses usually average at around the $1250 USD mark.

The only thing that you will have to be aware of with being in Canada is they don’t have next day shipping to Canada so it takes roughly a week because they can only send it priority post across the border. They do send everything tracked though so you have that piece of mind. I believe that they have had brides in Saskatchewan before so they probably have some tailor recommendations for that area if you don’t have one of your own. They only had one for me and I didn’t care for their reviews so I am currently researching to find a tailor for when it comes.

I don’t want to post my dress on the public forum just in case, but I am happy to share a photo with you in message if you want a look at what the workshop sends.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I considered using them (the process sounded like fun!) but ultimately, their choice of fabrics wasn’t a good match for my vision.  

Post # 8
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583 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

I consider this as my backup plan if I didn’t find anything I liked and I did text msg with a stylist before I went dress shopping.  I think this was in June this year. They gave me very generic answers and some questions were just ignored I didn’t get a good vibe from it it did feel more like a sales pitch. I also did not like the idea of getting the dress so close to your wedding it’s just cutting it to close and if you don’t like it that doesn’t leave you very many options to find something else. At the time there was not much information on them. One person I found who had a dress made said you had to know exactly what you wanted and be very specific they weren’t good at guiding you. Most the pictures they had online and in videos were more simple plain dresses like slip dress not a lot of detail and not what I was looking for.i know a picture is not the same as seeing a dress in person. I ended up finding a dress in a bridal store and I asked lots of questions on if they could change things or customize it a little more with the idea I would probably use anomalies if I did not find what I was looking for. I’m sure they could have made something similar for around the same price based on the quotes they gave me. Ordering the dress from the store all have it much sooner then they were estimating. I also think it was much better call I would have been a mess about if I made the right decision until it came. Im still a little stressed with the one I ordered at the store. I’m not a big fan of how they diss other brands and telling people to go try on dresses else where. I see this being a big problem in the future if they take off like having to pay for an appointment not being able to take pictures. I will say you have to know exactly what you want and the only way to do that is try on dresses and hopefully have some pictures of what you like. Stuff I thought would have looked horrible looked amazing features I loved in pictures I hated on me. If I had gone with what I liked from looking at pictures alone and not tried anything on I would have hated it. It’s a great option if you like things from different dresses and you want to combine them. It’s a great if your the type who very decisive and can visualize things I am none of those things. I hope they improve on things in the future. It would have been great if they offered bridesmaid dresses or veils alone. They were talking about being able to just order veils in July and it’s October and still nothing. I think they need a way to come up with a better way of helping a bride visualize how a dress will look on you. It also would have been nice to speak with someone who specialized in plus sizes and could give some guidance. They definitely have some issues to workout. But make sure you know all the details of how you want that dress down to if you need a bodice with structure or a bra built in don’t just think about the outside of the dress. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Charliejeorge :  no problem, sadly the style I wanted turned out to be way more expensive than I anticipated so it was a good option for me, especially since no one actually had exactly what I pictured. If you do end up going with them I thought I would give you the update that I actually got the shipping for my dress today so from the time we went into production (aka the dress details and fabrics were all ageed on,) it took under 2 months. So if something goes wrong they could be a good backup plan 🙂 Hope you find something you love in store though I know getting to see it on you is always the best part.

heatdisneybride :  It’s interesting how different your experience was than mine, especially as it was done in the same time period. I actually almost didn’t use them for the opposite reason, that all their dresses in Instagram were super intricate ballgown styles with beading and stuff and I was more into simple and plain.

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

Following this thread because I am so intrigued! 

I am VERY nervous about dress shopping. This sounds like a good option if I can’t find anything. 

Post # 12
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562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

Charliejeorge :  While I am the smallest I’ve ever been in my adult life, I am so worried that I won’t find something that I love.  I’m nervous that I won’t get to try on samples that fit or what I like won’t look right on me. Which I suppose is common for all of us but it’s probably the only thing I am dreading during the whole planning process. I’d like to lose alittle more weight or at least tone up but I also don’t want to stress myself out about it either. I like this custom gown idea because what I have in my head is very simple so it might be the best route cost wise. Budget might be another reason I am stessed too, ha! 

November 17th, 2019! Maybe we’ll be month twins! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

Charliejeorge :  You’re right! I need to just let it be fun & not overthink it. I am lucky that my Maid/Matron of Honor is so into helping me, so I really have no reason to be nervous. I’ve read the same piece of advice and I will call to make sure. I wish I lived in your town, how convenient! I’m excited to see what you pick! 

I didn’t want to be to close to christmas either and alot of my FH’s friends got married in December so I tried not to get to close to their dates too. I have been married before so September was an easy no, LOL. Neither of us wanted a summer weather either, too hot, so it was either October or November. I am excited to have a venue (the one I wanted) and a date, it feels even more real! 

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