(Closed) Custom Gown/Unrealistic Expectations?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

If you fell in love with that gown, can afford to splurge on it, & can make changes to the design for no extra charge then go for it! Just be sure to get promises such as that in writing. Your expectations aren’t unrealistic at all.  You should be happy and comfortable on your wedding day.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I think 3 grand gor a custom wedding gown is reasonable

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I believe its up to you on what you want and what you +your Fiance are comfortable with. I wouldn’t be comfortable spending 3k on a dress, my budget for making 3 tailored made dresses from scratch is 500 each. Have you thought of getting someone online to make it for you?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

A simple gown should not cost 3000

Post # 6
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Worker bee

My gown was not a custom gown and it was $3300.  I don’t think $3k for a custom gown is too bad.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2016

$3K for a custom gown is reasonable – especially if you are already being very detail-oriented! This cost includes a mock up of the dress to get the fit perfect for you, and multiple fittings. Ask them what they can do to bring the price down to something in your budget.

I’m having my dress custom-made, but it’s going to have very simple lines, in shantung silk, instead of multiple lace/chiffon layers.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

artsyadventurer:  No, I’m using a tailor in my home country. I have 2 friends that have and is using online sites. 1 is from etsy and 1 is from a dress website (forgot the site, her dress arrived perfectly fitted and didn’t need any alterations, she spent a little less than $400)

However, there are plenty of bees here that uses online sites! You can check out other topics and see if theres one for you. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I don’t think $3200 is too much for a custom gown if you’re positive you love her work. Can you ask her for references and/or pictures of real brides in custom gowns? I’m sure she has only her very best work out on display at the shop so I would want to make sure she can translate exactly what a bride wants into a beautiful dress!

Also, it would be nice to find out from other brides just how open she actually is to a bunch of fittings and changes.

Post # 11
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Worker bee

I used Polina Ivanova from etsy on the recommendation of someone from the Bee, so happy I did. It came out at 900 USD for a perfectly fit, simple, but luxurious quality tea length dress.

I’d recommend her, she is based in Bulgaria and gets all her materials from Italy. Very attentive to my needs, I gave her three different dresses with ideas I wanted to incoporate from all three.

Let me know if you need more info.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

It truly depends on what you want, and what experience is important to you. As a PP mentioned, having a custom wedding dress made for you by a designer who offers a bespoke design is a very individualised experience; offering you the opportunity to touch and feel your dress as it’s constructed and tweak it as you go. If that’s important to you and you can afford it than I’d be inclined to do it. I’m having a couture gown made my a local designer and am really happy I decided to go for it. 

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