Designing Your Own Wedding Gown

Posted by csancho on Nov 30, 2011

One of the first just-engaged rituals that most brides find themselves doing is the sacred “Ripping-open-of-bridal-magazines-and-tearing-out-dream-dresses-for-later-reference.” Often a scrapbook will emerge from this ritual, littered with Frankenstein-like creations inspired by “I like this top but not this bottom” or “This would be perfect without the trim or the bow, and with this neckline.” Many brides find themselves disappointed after days of bridal shop-hopping, after it becomes increasingly clear that compromise is part of the dress-buying process. The right bridal necklace or veil can often pull a gown together into the perfect ensemble, but many brides will find themselves less than satisfied after spending all of this time crafting the perfect dream dress in their heads. The dress-shopping process can become even more stressful and disappointing if you’re a plus-size bride who’s found her options restricting.
The answer to this quandary is more simple (and a whole lot less expensive) than you might think:

Have a gown custom-designed just for you (and your body!)

old wedding gowns can be re-fashioned into new gowns through custom designing. Photo courtesy Rose DeSimone Bridal

Designers like Rose DeSimone Bridal (formerly Cinderella’s Closet), offer gowns designed just for you, and the result is something that works and fits better than you could have possibly imagined. Custom-designed gowns are a great way to end up with a couture-quality gown for a bridal shop price. Instead of bending to a gown that you find off the rack (and compromising some or all of your vision for your wedding), a custom-designed gown will never disappoint (as long as you’re clear about what you want).

Here are some tips about the process of custom-designed gowns from the experts themselves at Rose De Simone Bridal:

– Ask questions and be clear! Having a gown made just for you is a lot like getting a haircut. If you aren’t clear about what you want, you run the risk of getting a product you weren’t expecting. Ever get a pixie cut when you wanted a bob because you weren’t clear about what “short” meant? It’s the same situation here. Your designer can’t read your mind; be clear and be assertive!

– Make sure your designers take their own measurements. Listing numbers over the phone won’t give you a product that fits as well as a custom-fitted one.

– Ask how far in advance you should order your dress.

– Ask how long your designer has been designing/sewing.

– Know the difference between a custom designer and a seamstress. A seamstress makes dresses from patterns, but a custom designer has the creative ability to create something unique and just for you!