Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, all of our appointments are face-to-face and one-to-one, and are generally offered from Monday to Saturday, with your choice of morning, afternoon or evening. If you would like an appointment out with these days or times, please ask and we will check our availability. All appointments are at our bridal studio located in Tribeca, New York City.
Do you have sample dress for me to try on, and what size are they?
We have a range of samples to try on in our studio – many of which are featured on this site. They are generally a size 4-12, but we are experts in pinning and shaping to give you an idea of how the dress would like when created especially for you.
You will have a really great – and thorough – consultation with Guillermo who will get a good handle on your personal style, what you want for your wedding and what’s possible for your budget. You may well be planning on Pinterest, or have cut out some styles that you like from magazines. Any which way, Guillermo will use this opportunity to understand what it is your are looking for. Many brides have been previously communicating through email and their first appointment is to place the order and get measured, this speed the process and makes everyone safe during coronavirus pandemic.
By then you will have decided that Guillermo is the one to design your dream dress, and again you will come to the studio to order your dress, get measured, book your fittings and talk about timescale. We also ask for a 70% deposit at this stage, which covers fabric sourcing, fabric purchase, pattern and draping for your gown and garment construction.
This varies depending on the style of gown you have chosen. Surprisingly, because our gowns are made in New York, we can turn designs around within a few months, sometimes few weeks, but generally you should expect to wait between six and nine months for your dress. Obviously we have to allow time for adjustments and minor alterations, so it’s good to have the buffer of a year before your wedding date.
You need to bring the exact underwear that you will be wearing on the day (we design your gown to fit around it), and also the same heel height so that we can adjust the length accordingly.
Our gowns are custom-made to the initial measurements that we take at your first appointment. Weight fluctuations will have an impact on the design process, and we always advise that it’s best to wait until your are ‘body ready’. Depending on the date of your wedding, we need to agree a deadline to take your body measurements, which we would then use to construct your paper pattern for your fittings. We are sorry, but we do have to place an extra charge on your gown if there has been a large weight change resulting in significant alterations .
Normally you will have two to three fittings to complete the design and development of your dress. If any changes are made resulting in further cutting, an additional fitting would be needed to make sure that you are happy to proceed to the next stage.
We only use luxury fabrics – Guillermo has an extensive knowledge in all types of raw materials as silks, blends, modern fabrics trimming and laces that we carefully source from all over the world through vendors from Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Hong Kong, Finland and other countries that manufacture for the bridal and evening industry .
Every bride’s vision and dress-buying journey is unique, and as such pricing varies for each gown. We will discuss pricing with you at your initial consultation, but it is important for you to have a budget in mind, which will enable us to recommend styles to match. This budget will become our guide price. Custom made wedding Dresses start at $2500 for simple styles and can go up according to style and fabric. Simple evening dresses start at $950.
All of our dresses are made to order to your specifications, so they are not refundable. However, you will be heavily involved with the whole wedding dress making experience and provided with the design and fabric samples along the so there will be no surprises!
Yes, absolutely, we have helped other brides to walk the aisle looking gorgeous with a very short notice, 4 weeks before the wedding, even 2 weeks before. Extra Fee will be charge for super rush orders.
Yes, we do! Guillermo worked on Tv presenting a fashion segment in the past, helping brides with styling and selecting the right dress according to your body. We even make our own collections, and bespoke pieces are a speciality! We also love to make a veil for you, that co-ordinates with your dress.