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.
DO YOU HAVE ANY STOCKISTS?
No I do not have any stockists. 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. 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!
WHAT SHOULD I BUDGET FOR MY WEDDING GOWN?
You should be budgeting between $3500 to $5000.
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.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING/WEAR TO MY FIRST CONSULTATION?
This is a great question and an opportunity to learn a lot about what you need to know when you begin shopping for your wedding gown. I have put together a Pre-Appointment booklet that covers this question and so much more. You can download it here.
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.
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. 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 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