My last post was all about how to decide what is flattering- and, yes, I probably left you with more questions than answers, but questions are good! And questioning the wedding industry is what we need right now.
So, how do you decide what to wear, when I’m over here telling you to wear whatever you want?
This is where working with a designer comes in handy. Especially someone who can really hear what you’re saying.
Let’s keep this nice and straightforward.
Pinterest is your Wedding Planning friend
You might want a place to brain dump every single idea you have along the way, and a populated board is your friend when you reach out to me. Even if you don’t know why you like something, pin it! Like the color of the underskirt on this one dress (and it isn’t even a wedding dress) pin it! Like some piece of architecture or furniture for whatever reason and are wondering if you can incorporate the design lines into your look? Pin it!
Even if you don’t think any of it will make sense, bring it to our brainstorm. I’ll help sort through the patterns I see in what you like, and from there, we can clarify the details. Most things are possible when you’re working from scratch, and have access to materials of all weaves and colors. Most people don’t know what to call a particular fabric. That’s why you hire me. I can help make the jump from pieces of clothes you like, the flow you want, the vibe you’re looking for, the theme of your wedding, and create something that will fit only you. It’s really, truly possible. That’s the beauty of wedding attire design.
Decide on a wedding attire budget range
Yeah, I didn’t say pick a number for your budget, because a range is more reasonable. The truth is that we’re so conditioned by fast, cheap fashion, that compared to a custom made wedding dress, it’ll seem like a lot. That said, my prices are really reasonable once you see what all goes into your wedding dress, suit, or separates. You also might walk in thinking you want one thing, but once you realize what’s actually possible…you’ll want to be flexible.
All of that said, I always will ask what your budget is because I don’t want to show you fabric that will put you over that range. When someone comes to me and says their budget is flexible, we talk about what’s important, be it fabric, color, or style, and ultimately it’s your choice. There are so many options, and many ways to stay within a healthy wedding attire budget.
Focus on what you want
Honestly, there’s a way to make your every day style wedding day ready with the right laces, fabrics, and lengths. So, if you come in and you want the cut of the shirt you’re wearing, and the flow of the dresses you actually wear, we can do that!
If you’re into the trains and the crowns and the drama, we can do that, too! Add a couple of yards of flowing silk, and you’ll get the fanfare you know you love, and want to walk down the aisle wearing!
If you want to wear a family heirloom, but you want some changes here or there, we can definitely do that, as well! And custom re-designs are so much fun, because you can pretty much change anything, add anything, replace anything, and still keep the original design in mind.
Where to start?
Find a shop, designer, seamstress, or tailor who you connect with, send them your ideas, and see what they come up with! (Always read reviews before you reach out!)
If you’d like to work with me, reach out through my contact page and let’s hop on a call and see what we can dream up!