CUSTOM GOWNS

Alongside our collections we are proud to offer our custom wedding gown service. A bespoke experience that allows brides to tweak an existing Ella Moda design to suit their personal taste or design a completely unique gown in collaboration with our team.
From the initial sketch to the final stitch, the custom wedding gown journey takes 9-12 months and is an extremely special bridal experience, turning dreams into reality and creating a cherished symbol of love that will be remembered for a lifetime.

DESIGN APPOINTMENT

The first step in your custom gown process is to sit down together to explore your vision and any inspiration images. From there, you’ll try on some of our current styles, helping us decide whether we embark on a complete custom creation or refine an existing design to perfectly align with your dream wedding gown.

Once the desired silhouette for the bodice and skirt is established, we’ll follow with a meticulous exploration of fabric options. Our team of experts will guide you through your options for your outer lace or fabric to achieve your desired look. During this consult we also consider different lining options and placement to ensure you feel confident and comfortable on your wedding day.

AFTER YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT

Following our in depth discussion and design exploration, your bridal consultant will go away and create a sketch of your design and create a quote. Both the sketch and quote will be emailed to you in the week following your initial appointment. From here there may be some back and forth tweaking the sketch until your dream gown is down on the page. Once you’ve confirmed the sketch and quote, you’ll be required to pay a 50% deposit so that we can begin to order the necessary fabrics.

MEASUREMENTS

6 months before your wedding, you’ll come into the studio so we can take your measurements. At this time you’ll also receive a swatch of your gown fabrics which you can take for shoe, accessories and bridesmaid shopping.

FITTINGS

4 months before your wedding your fitting appointments will begin. Most custom wedding gowns require four fittings to ensure your gown is everything you dreamed of.

FIRST FITTING

(14-16 weeks before wedding)

A sample of your gown will be created in calico fabric so that we can properly assess the shape and fit of your gown on your body. We will consider where the waistline is sitting, the shape and height of the neck and backline, and the fit of the skirt over your hips.

SECOND FITTING

(10-12 weeks before wedding)

Once we are happy with the fit in calico (this can sometimes take a few fittings to finesse) our dressmakers will cut the gown in your chosen fabrics and you will come in for your second fitting – this is where you can see your custom wedding gown really come to life.

THIRD FITTING

(6-8 weeks before wedding)

At your third fitting we will pin your hem, finesse the fit, lace placement etc and finalise the construction of your gown. At this point we also decide on your veil and accessories. You will need to bring your shoes to this appointment to ensure the gown falls flawlessly.

FINAL FITTING

(2 weeks before the wedding)

Your custom wedding gown is unveiled! During this appointment we will do a final check of the fit, hem, lace placement and veil, making any last-minute adjustments for complete bridal perfection.

COLLECTION APPOINTMENT

One week before your wedding or departure date you can collect your completed wedding gown. We will provide you with a dress bag and hanger as well as care instructions, and then we eagerly wait to see photos of you on your perfect day!

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