With 25 years in business, Exeter based Feathers of Isca have acquired a wealth of information when it comes to designing and creating bespoke dresses. By creating a bespoke gown, they can ensure that the cut is ideally suited to you and the occasion whether you’re getting married in a cathedral or a country house plus they can advise on materials, embroidery, textures and beading to ensure a unique style that you and future generations can treasure.
They’ve offered us their top tips for choosing a bespoke gown after the cut.
- Decide on your budget and try to stick to it.
- Ask the experts what shape of dress will flatter your figure.
- Should you need further advice, ask one close friend (who knows you well) what sort of dress they feel, will suit your personality. (Be aware that if you ask 6 different people for advice, you will likely get 6 different answers.)
- Always keep in mind the venue of the ceremony – cathedral, castle, garden, sporting venue; all will affect some sort of influence as to the appropriate dress.
- Plan well ahead. Six months is a comfortable lead time to commission a wedding gown.
- If you intend to loose weight, it is better to do so before the dress is commissioned. If you change shape drastically, the style of dress may not be the most flattering for your new figure.
- When choosing bridesmaids’ dresses, choose a shape to flatter the individual. If your attendants are of differing sizes, it is unlikely that all of them will look good (or feel confident) in identical designs.
- Likewise, if you have bridesmaids of differing ages, do not attempt to dress a child in a shape that flatters the adults, e.g. low necklines. Instead, rely on a colour to signify the group.
- Winter weddings can be romantic, but will you want anything to keep you warm on a cold January morning? Think of wraps, shawls or jackets to complement your gown.
- Choose a headdress to suit your gown. Don’t buy a tiara just because you like it, but treat it as you would a piece of jewellery to complement the style and colour of gown you buy.
- When ordering your gown, remember to buy an acid free storage box – all good wedding salons will sell these. Without correct cleaning and storage, your precious gown will suffer the ravages of time.