During an initial 1.5 hr appointment, you will describe to the designer or bridal consultant your dreams, vision and preferences-no limits. We will also look at fabric options and finally take you through the step-by-step process and share an initial costing with you. Because each client is unique, we need ample time for consultation. For this reason, consultation is strictly by appointment. Consultation can be in person, or virtual if you are not able to attend physically.
When you are ready to begin the process, we charge a non-refundable commitment fee of Kes20,000 (200USD) which is part of the total cost of your gown. Once we have received this, we will do a sketch incorporating your inspiration but also considering your body type, wedding venue& theme where relevant and fabric selected.
It takes 1-2 weeks to get your sketch, and is done a maximum of six months before your wedding date. We aim to always keep you updated on the progress. If samples of any detailing for example bead work patterns, embroidery etc are required, they will be done at this stage at an additional cost which is also part of the total cost of your gown.
At this point you can make minor changes to your design, then we will work out the final cost of your gown if anything will have changed from the initial costing.
After this, you will increase your deposit to 70% of the total, enabling us to begin the cutting and construction of the dress.
MEASUREMENT AND CONSTRUCTION
Your measurement will be taken by the designer or tailor in charge and the pattern drafting, cutting and garment construction process will begin.
On your first fitting, you will fit a dummy or toile, which is not made from the actual fabric of the gown. This fitting is important to get the correct structure of your bodice and skirt.
You will then come for the second fitting which is made up in your actual fabric but without detailing. The gown is usually just a skeleton on fitting 1&2 and this can be very daunting. We urge you not to worry, because we will see the design through to the end, as designed for you.
The third or fourth fitting is the best time for you to try on different types of veils and accessories because you can style your full bridal look. Please carry your underwear and shoes for these fittings to enable us to trim the dress length and get the correct body fitting. On average a bespoke bride will do 2-4 fittings depending on the complexity of your gown and production timelines.
The dress usually comes with a simple fingertip length veil with a millimetre wide embroidered hem. However, we do have a wide range of custom-made veils which are priced by length and design, as well as accessories and jewellery.
Finishing of the gown is done with applique-work, bead work, painting, embroidery and also trimming and hemming the dress etc. These processes are all done by hand and require ample time and lots of love and attention. Your gown will be hand-cleaned and steamed by us, bagged, ready for collection.