Let's Talk Couture: Why You Shouldn't Be Scared Of Couture Wedding Gowns
When most people hear the words "couture wedding gown" they instantly start thinking over-the-top and insanely expensive. What couture literally means by definition is, "the design and manufacture of fashionable clothes to a client's specific requirements and measurements." This is such an accurate description of Ghinda's approach to the design of our wedding gowns. While there is opportunity to design something over-the-top and for that garment to become pricier, in the end, we are focused on you and what you want for your wedding day. Couture simply means that your gown is designed by you for you and to fit you to perfection. Price is determined by the hours spent on your gown and the materials, and we often work with brides to see how we can help them stay within their budget.
We're here to answer all of your questions about couture gowns and to explain what the process of creating one is like, so let's get to it!
How long does designing a couture wedding gown take?
It depends on the gown and the season because spring is our busiest season, but typically it takes us anywhere from 4-6 months to create your gown, the further in advance you come in to start creating your gown the better. If you think you might want a custom gown and just want to speak with us and try on some gowns, coming in a year in advance is even better.
What should I bring to my first bridal appointment?
When you come into your first bridal appointment, bring in images of gowns, art, photos, and anything that inspires you. As a custom bridal shop we really want to know you and everything about your style and what you love. Having some examples of things you like helps us to start coming up with ideas for what you'll love together! Some other things to bring to an appointment are the people you love! Come in with the people who know you best and that you want to share this moment with be it friends and/or family. If you have photos of you in gowns from the other shops you've been to, bring that too! There might be some things you liked about some gowns and some things you wish hadn't been there. Knowing the bits and pieces of gowns that you enjoyed help us to know what you might want to include in your gown. It is also helpful if you have a strapless bra and a pair of shoes that are about the height you think you'll wear for your wedding ceremony/reception, however it's not necessary and we can work around that.
Do you have dresses I can try on?
Yes! We have a selection of collection gowns (our collection is always growing so there is more in the studio than on the site). On your first appointment we have you try on our collection gowns and get a chance to see what works on you and what you feel comfortable and beautiful in, from there we start working on customizing your gown.
What if I want something that is completely different and that isn't a collection gown?
We do that too! We can work with you to create exactly the gown you're looking for. We often sit down and create sketches of your gown with and for you to see what you like, this is also why having lots of inspiration pictures and ideas about the elements you'd like to see in your gown are especially helpful to us.
Do I have to source materials myself?
No, we source materials for you after you've had a chance to look through our library of fabrics. We will order in fabric samples and source everything for you. Additionally, we also custom dye fabrics. If there is a color you need matched to work with your color scheme or you what something in an off-white, ivory, nude or blush, we are able to custom dye your fabric and give you samples of that as well.
Do you do alterations?
We do alterations for our brides, if you are working on a gown with us the price of alterations is included in the price of your gowns. We work on the fit of your gown from beginning to end and alter the fit along the way, so that in the end your gown fits perfectly. We do not however, do alterations on gowns that are not our own.
How many appointments/fittings will I need?
The amount of fittings you'll need is dependent on the bride, how complex her dress is, and how long we have to make it. On average you need about 4-5 fittings. The first appointment is just where we get to know you, see your inspiration, sketch, try on our collection gowns, and kind of brainstorm with you. After that we start patterning for you. You come in for a muslin mock up fitting, this is just a fitting where we use an inexpensive fabric to make a copy of your gown so that we can see how it looks on you and how the fit looks. From here we may make alterations and do another muslin fitting, or we may move on to your final fabric. Once we have your dress in your final fabric we do a fitting of that, and if there are any changes that need to be made, we make them and then you have your final fit which is where everything looks beautiful and is completely ready and put together.
What should I expect when I come to the studio?
We are a running studio. This means that we are in full production at all times. It's a very creative space, sometimes a little chaotic, but full of possibilities. When you are here it is a one-on-one experience. There will be no other brides here when you are here, we are truly focused on you and you alone. You have our full attention and it is our mission to bring your dreams to life. Expect for this to be fun, original, organic, creative journey, and expect us to help you in any and every way we can along the way.