Ok… so you have bagged that special someone, their a keeper and you have a rock on that third finger of yours to prove it… congratulations!!…. but now the real work begins!
Organising a wedding should be fun and lets face it the choice we have now is so amazing that you can do what you want, when you want. Whether you are opting for a traditional British based bash or flying further a field for an exotic shin-dig, you couldn’t have more opportunities at your finger tips.
The same can be said about choosing ‘The Dress‘….. with pinterest, facebook, twitter feeds and the whole world on our door steps with that quick search on Google, the information about what shape, style, look and theme you can have is, at best a hot bed of ideas and at worst totally overwhelming. So with all this to consider, why on earth would you choose to have your special dress designed and produced by little old ‘Timeless?”
Well on this lovely spring day I would love to give you a little look into the world we occupy on a daily basis and hopefully show you how having a dress designed for you actually works and with the risk of giving you yet more to choose from (sorry ladies!) I want to make sure that this choice is top of the shop when you start the exciting stage of finding that all too important ‘wedding dress‘.
What brides sometimes think about having a dress made for them…..
There seems to be a few misconceptions about having your dress designed for you, so lets start there shall we?
Ok, so we all have an Aunt, Granny, mum or friend that is amazing with a sewing machine and we love them all! If you can take up the offer of their help we applaud you….but here at Timeless its not just all about the sewing….ok so we know our way round a needle and thread but we are not simply seamstresses. This does not mean that we under value that skill by the way, its a lost trade and we are always on the look out for ladies or gents that have a passion and a talent when it comes to garment construction.
However, Timeless is first and foremost a ‘design house’ (ooo very lar-de-dar!) It does make us sound quite posh doesn’t it, but its an important bit of info for all you brides considering the route of having your dress made. We not only specialize in the construction element of putting your dress together but have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the design field too. With degree level design qualifications and a combined 20 years experience in the specific area of bespoke dress design we are pretty good at this side too.
This means that each and every dress we produce is designed, pattern cut, fitted and sewn here at our studio, specifically for you. We don’t mass manufacture and we don’t out source any of the elements that go into your dress either. Basically because of this we don’t just sew the seams of your dress together but loving create the whole beautiful garment from scratch.
So my first bit of advice to you, if you are considering having your dress made, is to look for a company, like ‘Timeless’ that can not only sew, but can offer you a design service too, it will mean that every little part of your dress is designed with you in mind and every stage in the process will be, not only beautifully finished to the highest of standards, but designed with a fashion forward approach
How does it actually work?……..
It all begins with you!
Without our lovely brides we would be terribly lonely/or lying on a beach somewhere drinking cocktails, anyway back to the blog…Yes it all begins with you ladies, whether we meet you at a show, you find our web-site via a search, or a current/past Timeless bride recommends us (thank you guys!) The whole process begins with us listening to you. We love to see pictures, ideas, mood boards and sketches of the sort of dress you have in mind, but we are also here for the panicky blank face of the bride who has no idea where to start. So whether you have tried on hundreds of dresses, or are a first timer, the starting point is a lovely relaxed appointment at our studio/boutique, where we will chat about your wants/needs and wishes to our hearts content. During this appointment, which can last a good few hours (expect lots of cups of tea) We get to know your style and personal taste and often know which dresses you will love even before you do. We will encourage you to try on a few bits and pieces We have lots of dresses for you try on! and we aim to help you see just how amazing you can look and feel in the right shape as this is where we like to begin….
Step one: Finding the right shape for you…
Brides quite often get drawn to a dress because of a detail… ‘the low back’ , ‘the sleeves’, ‘the 50ft train’, you get the picture, however one of the most important parts of choosing your dress is finding a shape that not only looks sensational, makes you feel stunning but also fits the sort of day you are planning. i.e note to self….If you imagine floating round a wild flower meadow its worth steering clear of a body-con number (although in my case its worth steering clear of a body-con number at all times, even in a very dark room!) So this is where we like to start, we will often get you to slip into some very interesting looking calico toiles; very plain looking pretend dresses. Allowing you to see just the shape, which means that rather than being thrown by a huge flower on your right thigh or lace that you are sure you last saw in your nan’s kitchen window, you can just concentrate on and find the shape that best works for you. WARNING…. Lots of girls need tissues at this stage as they see their bodies looking amazing for the first time in years. Wearing the right shape dress above all is the key to feeling knock- out! and once we establish this with you we move on to…..
Step two: We all love a bit of lace…..
Well although here at Timeless we may be ever so slightly obsessed with lace, it may come a shock to you brides out there but not everyone is quite so taken by it!!! So during the next stage we start to find out exactly what you are into (fabric wise!) We will show you lots of examples/samples of dresses made in different base fabrics and start to examine your type of finishing whether ‘bling’ or ‘bohemian’ and we may drape or wrap you up in some weird and wonderful combinations too, but trust us we know what were doing and it will help you see your ideas come to life. This design process continues throughout the appointments with us as often ideas develop, we find new fabrics or you may want to add something extra. All of this is fine, we are relaxed and approachable ladies so just ask if you want to see something else or make any changes…the answer is usually ‘YES’
Step Three/four/five/six etc: You are now a Timeless bride…
After experiencing the initial stages, being wowed by the fact that you can have exactly what you want and being so excited about the wonderful experience that lies ahead…you are basically a ‘Timeless’ bride. You will have us there (well at least one of us) at every appointment. To ensure your dress not only looks how you want it too but fits you exactly how it should. We will talk to you about underwear, shoes and accessories along the way. This is not only because we have fabulous things you can choose from here, but more importantly because we want your total look to be balanced and cohesive, something that comes easy to us after our years of styling brides every day. We will treat your dress as if it is a small child (we call them all names after all) and the love and attention to detail we lavish on each of them is never ending.
Will I need to re-mortgage the house?…..
Ok, so all of this sounds too gorgeous, like it might just cost a pretty penny too. Well we are certainly not the cheapest option around, China undoubtedly holds this card. But we always aim to be as commercially viable as possible. We are committed to working within as many financial budgets as possible and if you are worried about any of this is always worth asking first before ruling it out all together. We have no real set prices as each dress we embark on is a different little story, but roughly speaking our dresses run from around the £2000 price range. Many of our brides in the past have spent less than this and many have spent more. It is a purely personal choice and that’s how we approach it too. Second bit of advice coming here ladies….
We always quote our brides with a very clear idea of what we imagine the dress will cost and unless things change dramatically as we move through the process, then this remains the same. We NEVER add hidden costs and shock you with a final bill. We will be open and up front if any design decisions alter the end cost and will steer clear of giving you expensive choices if we know your budget does not allow for these. We are not here to spend your money for you….we are here to create stunning dresses. So my second bit of advice for you today, would be, if you are choosing to have your dress designed for you, make sure the quote you are given is the end price. With no hidden extra’s for alterations, VAT or your coffee served at each appointment (I have heard of some strange things in my dtime). Unless of course you have won the lottery or have a pot of gold at the end of the garden…if so then go crazy you lucky lass.
What sort of brides choose ‘Timeless’.At this point I think a few bullet points might be in order as I am in fear of writing a novel instead of a blog.
So here are a few types of things we have come across over the years, along with a few special requests and requirements that we have managed to help brides achieve. See if you fit into any of these headings
- “I have tried on so many dresses and just can’t find the one”
- “No sample dress fits me enough to see how it will actually look”
- “I don’t want a traditional wedding dress”
- “I want something that is not on the high street, something that is mine and not worn by anyone else.”
- “I’m not a perfect size 8! …i’m not sure I even want to try dresses on until I loose 2/3/4/stones….this one deserves a few words all of its own. So, your not that model you see in all the magazines, neither are we, so we get it. The insecurities you may feel about stripping off and squeezing into something in front of a perfect stranger. let me reassure you, every lady that comes our ways feels exactly the same. We are not into making you feel small ( see what I did there) or making you feel uncomfortable. We are here to make you feel amazing in what ever curves, proportions, lumps and bumps you have been blessed with. If you loose weight then fabulous, if you don’t then that’s just fine and dandy too. Don’t feel that you have to leave anything until you have reached the unreachable goal. We have worked with women from 4 foot 11″ to 6 foot 2″, from a size 2 (yes they do exist) to a size 30 and have created dresses that they have adored. So ‘weight’ no more (again with the puns).
- “It’s not my first time, so I need to look my age instead of wearing a big white number.”
- “I have religious constraints to what I can wear.”
- “I have strong look and I want to carry this through to the dress.”
- “I have never worn a dress in my life…help!”…..well bring on the prison officers, the army girls and the tom boys we have served you all and you turn out to be the most glamorous, sparkly brides around.
- “I have an injury that means I can’t wear a sleeveless/backless/strapless dress. We have created some of our most beautiful dresses when working with ladies that have something they feel they need to cover up. Quite often the challenge of adding detail to disguise the worry area makes the dress even more unique.
- We are a same sex couple and need to compliment each other and not clash (I will be writing a full blog piece about this soon.)
It’s quite clear that I could easily write a whole lot more about the reasons why you should give Timeless a try when your looking for that perfect dress. I will be covering lots of the areas touched upon in this blog as time goes by. But the best way of seeing exactly what we are all about is popping by and seeing for yourself. We work on an appointment basis only, So always call or email to check we are available. We only work with a few ladies a year, as our type of work takes a long time and we want to make each of you feel like you have had the best possible service, so if you would like to try us out book soon.
On a final not for the day I think I can safely say ‘Why Timeless?……‘WHY NOT TIMELESS’
Love to you all.