HOW LONG IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO GET IN TOUCH?
I normally advise to get in touch at least 6 months in advance to we can get started with the process at least 4-5 months prior to your wedding day. This allows us ample time to arrange your fittings at the times best suited. If you have an intricate design, have traveling plans for extended periods or would like your dress to be finished more than a month in advance I would advise starting 5+ months ahead. We will however discuss this and agree upon a suitable timeline.
CAN YOU MAKE MY DRESS EXACTLY AS IN MY REFERENCE PICTURE?
Reference images help me to get a sense of your style and personality. They are, however, only the base point we start from. It is illegal and unethical to copy from another designer, so your dress will not be exactly as in the reference image you provided. Combined with your ideas and my knowledge we will create the prefect dress for you as an individual!
I HAVE A FEW DIFFERENT IDEAS FOR MY DRESS, CAN THEY BE COMBINED?
Different ideas can definitely be combined! Depending on the styles, they will be adjusted to compliment each other and to suit you as an individual.
DO YOU MAKE CUSTOM DRESSES TO BE HIRED AFTERWARD?
Yes, from 2018 this is an option. Kindly note that not all dresses are suitable for hiring afterwards and this will be discussed at the first consultation.
HOW MUCH ARE YOUR WEDDING DRESSES?
This question is always tough to answer! There are so many variables that determines the final price, but I would say for 2018 you can budget between R12 000 – R22 000 per custom wedding dress made. Dresses made to hire start from R8000 and the dresses to hire/buy from our Once-Off Couture range are between R7000 and R18 500.
DO YOU MAKE BRIDESMAIDS / FLOWER GIRL / EVENING / MATRIC DANCE DRESSES?
Absolutely! The process of making bridesmaid, evening and matric dance dresses is still the same as with a wedding dress. Production time for flower girl dresses is 4-6 weeks, and I only need measurements to get started. No fittings are required for flower girls but you are welcome to have them fit the dress before collection.
CAN I BRING MY MOTHER / SISTER / FRIEND ALONG FOR FITTINGS AND CONSULTATIONS?
You are more than welcome to bring them along! We do however ask that you bring no more than two guests to each fitting and only one to your first consultation. It is also important to keep in mind that it would be best for you to bring someone along that will give you an honest opinion but with you in mind. It is really important to me that you leave happy and excited, not confused and frustrated.
WHEN WILL MY DRESS BE READY FOR COLLECTION?
Most of the brides collect their dresses 1-2 weeks prior to their wedding. This is to allow us to make final adjustments closer to the time, to get the fit perfect. Should you wish to collect your dress more than 2 weeks prior to your wedding, you are more than welcome to do so, but be sure to notify us in advance.
WHY ARE WEDDING DRESSES SO EXPENSIVE?
Many, many hours of careful handcraft and planning goes into creating your dream wedding dress. Fabrics are incredibly expensive and delicate designs and fabrics are finished off by hand, adding distinctive value to the finished product you buy. Also, we are just like all other regular folk who have to pay bills, salaries, groceries, taxes and all that. 🙂