(Closed) Custom Wedding Dress

posted 10 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

You might want to cosider looking at bridesmaid dresses.  There’s a LOT of different styles and most come in white or other pale colors. Ilike the designers dessy and jasmine bridal.  But if you’re looking for anything in particular let us know.

Post # 4
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

A friend of mine got her wedding dress at Nordstrom’s — just a really pretty long white dress that was more flowy and soft, not big or overly structured.  Go to the King of Prussia Mall and hit up the department stores to see what you can find.  You might be surprised what you can find without having to go the custom-made route!

Also keep in mind J.Crew and Ann Taylor, who seem to have more casual wedding gowns. 

Post # 5
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m leaning toward having a seamstress make my dress — I meet with her in a week.  I only went shopping twice, but everything that was within my budget was seemed poorly made, had heavy polyester fabric, and seemed like an awful shame to spend a thousand bucks on.  This way I can support a talented local and get something worth paying for in one fell swoop.  Take that bridal industry!  Plus, no alterations needed!

Post # 7
2 posts

I had wanted to get a custom dress and I also went to Maria Romia.  I fell completely in love with one of her designs but I wasn’t totally comfortable with the amount of coverage on the top, but Maria and her assistants worked with me to make the dress perfect and I feel totally great in it.  Sometimes I do not work directly with Maria, but with her seamstress or assistants and they are all talented, sweet and thorough.  It is a little pricy, but the experience there is so unique and great.  I highly recommend it!  (ps – I got the Cristalia dress, which could be easily converted from an evening look to a daytime one!)

Post # 8
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

I saved a lot having a simple custom gown done (though do look at Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and "destination wedding" lines.)  because it wasn’t a pouffy ball gown, my seamstress actually charged me her evening gown rate rather than her bridal rate.  Not really sure how you find a seamstress… we found ours through word of mouth years ago as someone to go to for alterations and we’d seen custom dressmaking work in her studio, which is the basement of her residence. (I’m not philly, so I’m not help on recommending.)

Just a fun fact, but probably not really relevent, but in western european tradition, a wedding before noon used to be the more formal 😉

Post # 9
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Can someone give me a price range of the maria roma dresses? I’m trying to decide if it is worth making an appointment or not. 



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