Rochester Brides & Grooms Issue 52 November 2017 - May 2018 - Page 17

A ttire Custom Made Gowns If you would like to design a unique wedding gown or you just cannot find the gown you like, consider having one custom made. Before you commit to having a gown custom made, try on various styles and fabrics. You want to make sure the style you have chosen meets your expectations. Allow at least 6 months for the time to make the dress and to have fittings and/or alterations. Choose a dressmaker who specializes in creating wedding gowns and provide them with pictures of similar style gowns you like. Next, ask to see previous samples and ask for references. Lastly, get everything in writing so there are no misunderstandings (total cost of fabric, lace, pearls - cost of labor, deadline, deposit, cancellation policy). Fittings You probably will have two to four fittings depending upon the dress you have chosen. Schedule your first fitting about two months prior to your wedding date. Bring similar undergarments (slip, bra...) and shoes that you will wear on your wedding day. This will avoid any miscalculations. Take a picture of your dress during your fitting, this may help you match your accessories. November - May 2018 • 17