We have all seen popular television shows that romance the idea of going to a bridal shop with an entourage of family and friends that sip on champagne while the bride models gown after gown. The search is on for "the one" that makes mom cry, the bridesmaids gush, and the heavens part while the angels sing. To be completely honest, a day long marathon of trying on gowns and hearing others opinions, can be exhausting, confusing and overwhelming. The search to find a dress that meets all expectations (ie. feeling, fabric, silhouette, budget) can be really hard! Brides need to know that there is an exciting alternative in the gown choosing process. The bottom line is, don't let reality television dictate your personal experience. Consider the option of having a custom designed gown that is uniquely "you" and one-of-a-kind.
Many brides do not know the difference between an off-the-rack gown vs. a custom gown. Basically, when you order a gown from a bridal shop, they will take your measurements. Gown manufacturers have standard sizes, so the shop will order a gown in the size that is closest to your measurements. Once the gown arrives, it will most likely need alterations. The cost of alterations is often not discussed and many brides experience sticker shock when they realize they need to spend an additional $200 - $500 (or more!) for the gown to be fitted correctly to their body, or simply hemmed a few inches. A custom gown is one-of-a-kind and made to fit the body of the bride, so the end result does not need any alterations. No lace is disturbed, the hem is exactly where it needs to be, the cup size is perfect, and the gown fits like a glove.
One bride, Anna, had been to numerous stores with her mom and sister, trying on over a hundred dresses but the heavens never parted. Finally, after trying on her umpteenth dress, the sales lady put her in what she thought would be the final dress. Relief! Excitement! Angels singing! Unfortunately for Anna, the dress was double her budget. No dress that she tried on after that could compete with that very expensive gown she fell in love with. Should Anna have sacrificed her budget twice over to get 'the dress' that she should never have tried on in the first place? We say no. When we consult with you about your dream dress, we will be realistic. We will talk about your budget at your first consultation as well as all of the possibilities that come along with it.
There are some fabulous bridal shops in Portland with experienced sales clerks, that carry beautiful dresses. That's what makes choosing so difficult for a bride! What we have to offer you is an exclusive and unique experience for brides who want a little something extra. We are two experienced designers, ready to create a dream gown for one bride!