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FAQ

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Ok, so on to the FAQs about the consultation. Please leave any additional questions you may have in the comments and I’ll respond to them!

Q: What do I wear to the consultation?

A: For the consultation, wear whatever’s the most comfortable, preferably tight-fitting. During the first meeting, we won’t have you try anything on so no need for special undergarments, but we will probably take your measurements to have them on file.

Q: Should I bring anything?

A: Don’t be afraid to bring pictures! If a friend or celebrity recently wore a wedding dress and you just loved the neckline or embellishments, bring a picture for us to put in our files. We don’t want to copy dresses, but we don’t feel bad sharing elements and points of view with other designers. No need to bring physical copies, but pictures that you can email to us would be helpful! We’ll have light refreshments and don’t anticipate most consultations to take more than an hour.

Q: Should I bring my fiancé? Or a friend?

A: Bring whomever you like! We’d love to meet your future partner, but we understand that some like to keep their wedding day attire secret from another. In those cases, bring your mom, your dad, your bestie, your sister. We are here to serve you and whoever you want by your side. We have done a few consultations with two brides who want to match but not MATCH-match. We love these! Let us know before you come in how you want to handle this so we can block off extra time for you and perhaps have two designers working with you so that they understand one another’s dress/design without letting you know one another’s choices.

Q: Do you work with “non-traditional” couples?

A: We work with any couples who want to have a beautiful wedding with gorgeous attire.

Q: What if I don’t feel comfortable or don’t want to work with your designers?

A: We understand how big of a decision a wedding dress is. This is why we want to complete a consultation with potential clients before deciding to work together. We may not be your style, we may not be able to do what you want to do, or you may not feel quite right here. We respect and understand that. We will leave it entirely up to you whether you want to work with us and we won’t take it personally if you choose not to!

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Bridesmaids Dresses

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We get this question a ton and I wanted to address it here in case you were going to mention it during your consultation. We don’t do bridesmaid dresses in the traditional sense. If you’re looking for mostly matching dresses for your nearest and dearest to wear during your nuptials, we would be happy to give you some referrals for stores and styles based upon what you decide for your own dress.

The reason we don’t do bridesmaid dresses is that, because we’re a recycled dress design company, we can’t usually guarantee cohesion between dresses enough for them to work as bridesmaid dresses. We have had the occasional bride who wants a dress made for the flower girl, personal attendant, mother of the bride, or officiant. We’re quite happy to work with you to make this a reality!

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Jewelry

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We don’t make wedding jewelry but we understand how important it is to have jewelry that goes well with the dress, the theme, the budget, and of course the ring! This is why we’ve teamed up with the natural recycled materials jeweler with whom we share a storefront.

Whether you work in an art gallery or Patriot Auto Transport, you deserve to sparkle however you feel most comfortable during your wedding!

This is why we believe so strongly in using recycled and eco-conscious practices in both dress- and jewelry-crafting. By sourcing recycled materials, metals, and stones, we are able to use existing materials to create new meaning. Within the studio, we use all eco-responsible lighting, power, and materials. Packing materials are 100% recycled, we do most of our communicating via the shared app as to not waste materials sending letters and physical correspondence.

And we do not believe in using conflict diamonds in our pieces. While we may rehab jewelry made with metals and stones of undetermined background, but we never engage in the buying or selling of new items. We were conflicted about even using metals and stones of undetermined background – but we decided, ultimately, that if a diamond comes from a conflict zone and is ethically questionable, we might as well reuse it and give it a longer life while donating proceeds to a tree-planting service.

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Design Styles

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Like silhouettes, there is a short list of common design styles for wedding dresses which can often translate to the wedding itself. Here are a few of the more common design styles, any of which can be combined or altered to create your dream dress and dream wedding!

  • Bohemian: Bohemian, or boho, style is a chic attempt at a “I barely tried” effect, it’s often humble with unexpected, thoughtful details. This often includes drapey lacey layers, botanical details, and some tribal or familial elements. Bohemian dress style is great for an outdoor wedding. Bohemian wedding dresses don’t always have to be white or its variants.
  • Classic: for the traditional bride who has long-since dreamt of whites, creams, golds, pearls and pastels, classic is a beautiful wedding theme. These weddings, and by proxy dresses, are usually very formal and are well-suited for ballroom or church venues. These dresses are almost always white or one of its variants, and usually with a traditional silhouette.
  • Art Deco: whether or not the venue has an art deco vibe, a wedding can evoke the American 1920s, the Gatsby style, and art deco is all about the details. This wedding theme is glitzy, glamorous, and flashy. These dresses usually have a beaded or sequined detail and playful looks at geometry. We suggest this theme for historic venues like hotels, and suggest white with a pop of gold for the bride’s theme colors.
  • Casual: we love casual weddings, on the beach or in the courthouse, and while they may not have their own little “category” of theme, we love taking on a challenge of a unique perspective and a quirky venue for create the most perfect dress – both in physical and visual fit. A well-fitting white suit can make quite a statement in a courthouse or home wedding.
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Design Silhouettes

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One way that wedding dress designs are categorized is by their silhouette, or general shape. Below are some brief descriptions of common silhouettes so that you can feel confident in describing your desired shape when you come in to consult with a designer:

  • Ballgown: ballgown dresses are the fairy tale dresses, like Cinderella or Snow White. They are generally pretty fitted in the bodice before flaring at the waist into a full skirt. This is a very traditional dress silhouette and looks great one women who want to show off their décolletage and shoulders while hiding parts of the lower body that you may want hidden. These dresses are beautiful on full-figured women as they accentuate the waste and elongate the bodice. They may be overwhelming on a smaller bride.
  • A-line: these have a very similar profile to the ballgown dress – a slim bodice that flows into a floor-length full skirt. The difference is really in the size – an a-line is like a subtler ballgown.
  • Trumpet: a trumpet silhouette is slim in the bodice and down through the hips and it flares out at the mid-thigh region. This dress can accentuate the stomach and hips area so it’s a gorgeous choice for tall, slim women.
  • Mermaid: slim bodice, flares at the knee. The trump and the mermaid both work great on tall, slim women because it doesn’t do any of the work to accentuate curves.
  • Sheath: a sheath dress flows narrowly rom the top to the bottom, from the neckline to the hem is straight.
  • Tea-length: this is the first silhouette we mention that doesn’t include a floor-length skirt, the tea length dress falls between the ankle and the knee. This is a great silhouette for more casual and/or court weddings, it also looks beautiful for the brunch the day after the wedding.
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Pricing

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Pricing will be a significant discussion point during your consultation. We want to be sure that the dress fits in with the whole event and budgeting helps to ensure this cohesion. We have different base levels for dressmaking, the first level is $1000 and they go up from there. During your first consultation we’ll give you an idea of your price point, and we’ll help you come up with a design. Throughout the designing of your dress, through the app, we’ll let you know of any changes that are made, and increases or decreases in budget, and how things are coming along. We know how important the dress is to the big day – we want that process and timeline to be transparent so you can focus on the bar, catering, venue, and transport.

So come ready with your budget and we’ll help you meet you wherever your needs are!

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Offerings

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So what exactly do we offer? Below is a pretty thorough list of what services we offer. Of course, during the consultation you’ll have the opportunity to discuss any considerations that aren’t on the list below.

  • The Dress: Obviously, our bread and butter is The Dress. We salvage used and discarded dresses and turn them into someone else’s dream dress. We believe that recycling is important in every aspect, including dressing. And because style evolves, we love using out-of-date elements in new ways.
  • The Other Dresses: If time allows, we also may provide offerings to do other dresses for the bride. We’ll help you put a whole look together – a dress for the rehersal dinner, one for the reception, another for the brunch – why not have a whole cohesive look for the festivities?!
  • Accessories: Different dresses require different accessories – many of the rescue dresses we take in come with their accessories like veils, belts and shawls that we rehab into modern contemporary pieces.  And if you’re having multiple dresses made, we’ll try to make accessories that go with more than one of them. Cohesion!
  • Shoes: And finally, we also rehabilitate old wedding shoes. We update them for style and comfort and often do detailing to tie them to the rest of the outfit.
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Timing

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One of the most difficult things to manage when planning a wedding is time. There are so many different timelines to keep straight in the big picture as well as on the day. We will discuss your timeline with you at your initial consultation. It may take 6-8 weeks to schedule a consultation and how long dresses take usually depends on the dress. For this reason, we advise coming for a consultation as soon as you’ve decided on your style and budget. We will help you from there determine what kind of dress we can put together with the time allotted.

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