Full Custom Design
There’s this nasty misconception in the wedding dress world that the word “custom” automatically means “expensive.” I hear it again and again from people who are shopping for a wedding dress, in particular, but it's similar in the suit world. They see “custom” and hesitate. “This can’t be for me,” they think. “It’s probably way out of my budget.” But I am here to tell you it's not.
I completely understand why but I’m here to tell you that custom doesn’t mean $10K. The custom wedding dresses and suits I design start at $2000. I want to acknowledge that this is still a lot more money than you’ve probably ever spent on a single piece of clothing but when it comes to wedding dresses, $2000 is really close to the national average of $1,600 — and that’s for a wedding dress not made specifically for you. Tailored suits also have a huge range, but full custom runs between $3000- $5000, depending on the fabric you choose. And don’t even get me started on all of the other benefits to full custom designing rather than buying off the rack.
Fit makes all the difference
As a wedding suit and dress designer, I see the same thing happen again and again. A marrier will try on a custom wedding look, see themselves in the mirror, and say “Wow! This looks really good.” They think it’s the clothes doing all the work but guess what? It’s not. It’s them. For once, they're wearing something that fits properly.
That moment — when a marrier sees themselves more clearly (often for the very first time in their adult life) — is one of the best parts of my job. I love designing suits (read Lesbian Wedding Suits for more info) and dresses that enhance, not distract, from who’s wearing it. I tailor each piece just right so you can actually see the person.
What a novel idea, right?