FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here are the answers to the most common questions I am asked. If there is something you would like to know that I haven’t covered, please fill out the General Enquiries form on the Message Board and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
WHY DO YOU CHARGE $50 FOR A 1st CONSULTATION?
It is just good business sense, I am my business and my time is very valuable. When a Bride books an appointment they get One on One time with me, the Wedding Gown Designer, in my private Brisbane Studio. This is almost unheard of these days unless your budget is well over $7000 which is not the case for many of the Brides I choose to work with.
This fee also makes sure that the brides who are making appointments to see me are genuinely interested in booking my services. More often than not they have a shortlist of favourite designs to try on and 90 minutes to enjoy the experience.
I also include a customised A5 Swatch Card in which I place several generously sized swatches of fabrics from her favourite designs valued at $20. The Bride will also receive quotes for each of her favourite design combinations in either Standard Size or Made to Measure pricing.
When she orders her wedding gown with me the $50 Booking Fee is credited to her invoice.
The $50 Booking Fee is Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable.
This is regardless of how far in advance you book and/or cancel. As I have limited hours to hold consultations, appointment times can be in high demand.
DO YOU HAVE ANY STOCKISTS IN MY PART OF THE WORLD?
No I do not have any stockists but all of my designs are available and made to order in AU Standard Sizes 6-14 in my online SHOP. At the moment the only location where you can try on my gowns is at my beautiful Greenslopes studio. You can make a booking online here.
CAN YOU MAKE ME A DRESS USING PICTURES OF OTHER PEOPLES DESIGNS?
No, I do not copy or reproduce designs that are not my own and I no longer do custom designs. I have many beautiful designs for you to choose from in my collections. If my style is not your style though, I am sure you will find a dressmaker that may be able to help you with your chosen design. Thanks for stopping by for a look around!
HOW MUCH SHOULD I BUDGET TO HAVE MY WEDDING GOWN HANDMADE AT JGD?
You should be budgeting between $3500 to $5500.
This is a great question and one to which I wish had an easier answer. You will most likely be a little taken a back by how the costs can start mounting up when it comes to planning your dream wedding. I always recommend writing down two lists when you are both planning your wedding together. In one include all of the top things you are willing to spend money on. In the other write all of the areas where you are happy to scrimp a little, call in favours or DIY. You will need to revise these lists regularly to stay on track. Compromise is always an option in certain areas you just need to be clear on what these are. I recommend you both do a full "WEDDING ATTIRE" budget.
This should include::
Shoes, socks/hosiery, underwear/shape-wear, accessories - belt, cufflinks, tie, jewellery, veil/headpiece.
Hair and Makeup - include your trial, any treatments, tanning, haircut/shave
Bridal Party Costs - include any gifts in this budget and if you are helping cover some of their expenses add that as well.
DO YOU HAVE A LOT OF DIFFERENT SIZES TO TRY ON?
No I have generally have one sample in each gown or overlay design mostly in smaller sizes. I have several underlays made in varying sizes and colours up to a size 12-14. As I am a very small operation and I make all of the gowns myself having a lot of sample dresses can tie up a lot of money and take a lot of time to create.
DO I HAVE TO HAVE FITTINGS WITH MY GOWN?
No you don’t! If you chose to have your gown made to a “Standard Size” 6-14AU there are no fittings included. You can save up to $1000 on the "Made to Measure" price. Please Note though that I don't make over a size 14 as girls figures can vary greatly from one person to the next once you get over a 14-16AU. I recommend having your gown Made to Measure to make sure you are getting the fit perfect.
WHY IS THERE SUCH A DIFFERENCE IN PRICE BETWEEN A `STANDARD SIZE` ORDER AND `MADE TO MEASURE`?
The difference in price is due to the amount of time or labor taken to create a “Made to Measure” gown as opposed to having a gown made to a standard dress size without any fittings or changes.
When you order a “Made to Measure” gown you are also receiving up to SIX fittings which vary in time from 30 minutes to an hour, plus any changes needed to get the gown to fit you perfectly.
With a "Standard Size" order you are receiving a gown completed to your closest standard dress size. There may be some alterations needed to get the fit perfect and you can have these done by a seamstress for much less than paying the extra for fittings with me. This option is also great for interstate and international Brides.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE A GOWN ‘MADE TO MEASURE’?
Ordering time depends on when your wedding is. If it is in the peak wedding seasons I prefer to allow at least 9 months. This time frame applies to my visiting interstate Brides and those Brides having a destination wedding. If you are planning your wedding in low season ordering time can be less, between 4 to 6 months but I always prefer 9 months.
Fittings always commence about three months prior to your wedding date or departure date for destination brides.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE A GOWN MADE TO A "STANDARD SIZE"?
Depending on the style you order, I always say allow between 18-22 weeks. I also recommend ordering early so you have plenty of time to have any alterations done once you receive it. Generally a couple of weeks for this will be plenty of time. It’s a great idea to find your dressmaker or seamstress as soon as you order your gown with me so you can book in with them as soon as your gown arrives. They can also help you with your measurements.
WHAT IS YOUR RETURNS POLICIES?
You can read all our policies and information on shipping here
DO YOU HAVE ANY ‘OFF THE RACK’ GOWNS I CAN BUY?
Yes I do have a selection of “Sample Gowns” that can be purchased “Off the Rack”. These gowns are generally from previous collections and are smaller sizes which have been tried on a number of times.
My “Sample Gowns” can be bought “As Is” and may need cleaning and some alterations to fit perfectly. Prices will reflect this and can be as low as a few hundred dollars. These gowns are great for Brides on a budget or for those with a short timeframe. Appointments can be made to view my sample gowns here.
Do you have a question that I haven’t covered above?
Leave me a message via the Message Board and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.