Custom Bridal Outfit Process
Our website will tell you a lot about us, but in order to design your custom dress, we need to learn about you! After you contact us, we will send you a fun questionnaire designed to help us figure out how we can best serve you, as well as help you get inspired about this experience.
The Initial Consultation
We will invite you to our studios for a free initial consultation. We will have a chance to personally get to know each other, as well as go over your questionnaire and dress ideas. With no obligation to hire us, you will get to see where your dress will be handcrafted, as well as inspect dresses that we have created in the past.
We will discuss your dress ideas, as well as our process and policies. This is our chance to interview each other! If we seem like a good bride/dressmaker match, we will schedule meeting to design your one-of-a-kind custom wedding dress together!
The Design Consultation, Sketches and Proposal
The 1 hour design consultation ($150) is when we will look at all of our favorite inspirations for your dress-to-be. Drawing upon curated inspiration images and expert advice, we’ll have a lot of fun collaborating and editing down our choices. Together, we will brainstorm the dress design that will become the perfect fit for you! We will answer all your questions regarding the cloth, the embroideries and materials used. You will get an opportunity to try on our sample dresses at this time.
If you decide to accept our proposal the design consultation fee will be deducted from the outfit cost.
After our consultation, we will put a lot of thought into everything we’ve discussed in order to ultimately determine your design, its construction, and what it will cost to create. we will compile everything into a custom Design Proposal, which contains hand-drawn sketches, inspiration images, and detailed written descriptions of what will be included in your unique custom dress.
This Proposal will be presented to you via email accompanied by a contract containing a no-obligation price estimate for you to review.
It’s now time to make the decision to commission your very own one-of-a-kind Mohar by Ekaa Couture Bridal Couture wedding dress!
Contracts, Deposits, and Measurements
Congratulations! You’ve decided to commit to the couture experience! Contracts will be signed and 60% of your price estimate is due. We will continue to brainstorm, fine-tune and discuss any changes you might still want before start the detailed drawing of the your custom patterns. The custom dressmaking process is organic and collaborative. We will continue to improve upon the original sketch throughout the process.
We will take an extensive set of over 30 measurements, so that we can create a custom dressform exactly duplicating your unique curves.
Once most of the major design decisions are made, we will get to work draping on your uniquely-sized dressform and pencil drafting a one-of-a-kind dress pattern exclusively from your measurements. we will then share the picture of the pattern with you for approval and any more changes required. Improvements in design are translated back into the pattern.
First Mock-up Fitting and Repeat Fittings Until Satisfied – optional step
Optionally you can add this service ($300), where we use the pattern to construct a sample blouse, (also called a mock-up, toile or muslin), out of inexpensive fabrics for you to try on. We will also provide a swatch of the fabric with a piece of the embroidery on it for approval.
We will have our first mock-up fitting! In front of the mirror, we will adjust, cut, pin and draw all over the “test dress” to fine tune the design and how it relates to your unique figure.
Improvements in fit and design are translated back into the pattern. Sometimes the original mock-up can be altered, and sometimes a new mock-up is made for our second mock-up fitting.
At every fitting, you have the opportunity to change your mind on any detail; the emphasis is always on feeling happy with how the dress is evolving. Continually improving upon our original ideas, this process will repeat until the sample dress and pattern are close enough in fit and design to move on to the real fabric.
It’s now time to finalize all of our fabric decisions! Sometimes we purchase materials early in the process, but once the pattern is finished is the best time to figure out the right fabric and color and possibly the embroidery materials.
Couture Dressmaking Begins:
Finally, we get to cut and personally handcraft your custom couture wedding dress in its real fabric! Throughout this process if you have any question we will continue talking to each other and refining any last minute details that might come up. Once the outfit is ready we will send you a video of the semi final outfit. This will be your opportunity to make any small changes, such as add or remove sleeve, change dupatta, add more embroidery etc.
The First Fit:
Once satisfied with the outfit it is shipped and we will schedule next appointment for you for the first fit. This is the most exciting fitting because it is the first time that you will try on your actual wedding dress! Different fabrics act differently, so much of the dress will still be hand-basted for slight adjustments. We will take this time to fine tune everything for couture finishing and lining.
We will now finish your very own custom couture wedding dress! Once completed, we will meet for our Finish Fitting. We may still need to mark a hem or add a final piece of decoration; or your dress may be 100% ready! Regardless, at this point you should really be able to appreciate all the work we have done together to create your unique and special dress.
Final Delivery and Photoshoot
Once your dress is complete, it will be wrapped in a custom box or garment bag for Final Delivery. We will finalize the paperwork and payment, and if you are willing, have a fun photo shoot. The Final Delivery Day is always a exciting and fun way to end the couture dressmaking experience and get you ready for your Big Day.
Have an incredible wedding!