Planning your Dress Coloring Perfectly

I get it. This is not the standard process for getting a wedding dress.

These are not your standard dresses. You are not the typical bride & that’s an awesome thing. So I want to help your dress show off your one-of-a-kind personality.

Here’s How.

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1. Go Dress Shopping! (but wait to purchase)

  • You need to try on dresses to see what style you really want and looks good on your body, even if you plan on ordering online or from a thrift app. SO many brides (even me) think they want one style, then completely change their mind when trying on gowns.

  • Consider your budget. I’m not going to sugar coat it—getting a dress colored by me is expensive. If you’re looking to save money, consider looking on thrift apps for used gowns at a really low cost, or go to a local consignment bridal shop with more options at a bit higher cost, but still less than the big designers.

2. Book Your Coloring ~ Use this form HERE to get started.

  • You can book before or after you get a dress. The deposit is $500

    • Having Your Dress First?

      • Pro: Know the cost upfront.

      • Pro: Less Stress finding a dress in time for your Apt. with me.

      • Pro: More Likely to actually get your dress colored.

      • Con: I could be booked, and now you have a dress you might not have picked if you knew that before.

    • Getting your Dress after Booking?

      • Pro: Buy a dress with the intent to color.

      • Con: Price can change if your dress changes from the original quote.

        • My Fix: After booking, you will be able to get quotes on several dresses before your commit to one. Plus, if you already tried on gowns, and know what you want, ideally the cost for coloring won’t change much.

3. Purchase the Dress & Shoes

  • At this point, you should have a rough idea of the coloring cost for the gown your purchasing.

  • If you want to save on the hem and don’t care about heel height, consider purchasing shoes that make your dress fit correctly in the length. It saves money and time.


Now you have a path to choose.


Path A: You get the hem adjusted then do all other alterations after coloring.

  • This option is best if you flux in weight easily.

  • Also if you are trying to loose any weight before the wedding, you will want to do the coloring first and alterations last.

  • Ask your Tailor, some dresses have to do path B because the alteration will affect the color zone.

Path B: You get any and all needed alterations done prior to sending the dress to me for coloring.

  • Required if you want color at the top

  • I have found it to be a little more stressful for brides when they wait, so it’s nice to have it fully done once you get it back from me.

  • If you have a corset dress or tend to be very consistent in weight, I’d suggest this option


Path A:

  1. Get the Hem Altered if needed.

    • Do your research and find a good alterations shop—not all are created equal. Ask if any other alterations need to be done that affect the lower half of the dress. If so, move to Path B.

    • These shops get really busy. Make sure they can make your timeline work. If you can, schedule for the second set of alterations at this point as well.

      • Be careful—the shop with hundreds of 5 star reviews might not be a good choice simply because they could have a 2-3 month waiting list for a job that takes 2-3 days. For this reason, I’ll give recommendations, but for an exact timeline you will need to coordinate with me and your tailor.  

    • I will need a minimum of one month with your dress.

  2. Ship Your Dress to Me for Coloring!

    • Do this as soon as you get it back from alterations.

      • It’s better to let me store it at my studio so I can get to it prior if the opportunity shows rather than forgetting, accidentally sending it late, and missing your booking.

      • I have this article HERE to help with shipping.

    • Once I have your dress, I will review the details with you and start any design services (if ordered)

  3. Relax.

    • I have your dress now. During this time, you will have my direct contact info and get basic updates about your order.

    • I will send it back on your return date or sooner.

    • Plan for shipping to take one week for U.S. orders.

  4. You have your dress back!

    • Try it on! Look at it in the sun! Do a spin!

    • Check out my Care Information for your dress HERE.

    • Get it ready for round 2 of alterations. You will want your undergarments decided on at this point.  

  5. Get the Bust and Bustle Alterations.

    • Again, your tailor should know when I have the dress and the date of the wedding so she/he can plan a timeline that works with their bookings as well. I can’t say how long is needed since each place is different.

  6. If needed, give it a steam.

    • You can hang it in the bathroom for a few hot showers to soak up that steam. That's it! Easy Peasy.

    • Others may need a bit more TLC. Take it to a pro, they can typically get it done in just a day.

Now, You’re Wedding day Ready!

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Path B:

  1. Schedule the Alterations.

    • Do your research and find a good alterations shop, not all are created equal.

    • These shops get really busy, make sure they can make your timeline work. If you can, schedule the second set of alterations at this point as well.

      • Be careful. The shop with hundreds of 5 star reviews might not be a good choice simply because they could have a 2-3 month long waiting list for a job that takes 2-3 days. For this reason, I’ll give recommendations, but for an exact timeline you will need to coordinate with me and your tailor.  

    • They will try to schedule you as close to your wedding as they can. It might be best to just say your wedding date and when you need to get the dress to me, that way they won’t try to push the date around.

    • Keep in mind I will need at LEAST one month with your dress.

  2. Ship Your Dress to Me for Coloring!

    • Do this as soon as you get it back from alterations.

    • Here are some helpful tips for shipping.

    • During this time, you will have my direct contact info and get basic updates about your order.

    • I will send it back on your return date or sooner. Plan for shipping to take one week for U.S. orders.

  3. You have your dress back!

    • Try it on! Look at it in the sun! Do a spin!

    • Check out my Care Information for your dress HERE.

  4. If needed, give it a steam.

    • You can hang it in the bathroom for a few hot showers to soak up that steam. That's it! Easy Peasy.

    • Others may need a bit more TLC. Take it to a pro, they can typically get it done in just a day.

  5. Now Your Wedding day Ready!


The process will go by quicker and simpler than you expect, and I’ll be there with you every step of the way to ease those nerves. Of course, there are risks involved with this process. I’m a darn good problem solver, but cannot guarantee anything so be sure to check out my terms and conditions contract. More often than not, I will return your dress not only with color but in better condition. It’s not rare for me to clean up strings, add some tack points so your dress moves correctly and fix little errors here or there.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to ask in the comments below.