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.

Your not the typical bride & that’s an awesome thing. So I want to help your Dress show off that one-of-a-kind personality you got.

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 there mind when trying gowns on.

  • Consider your budget. I’m not going to sugar coat it, getting a dress colored by me is expensive. If your looking to save money consider looking on thrift apps for used gowns at a really low cost or maybe a local Consignment Bridal Shop with more options at a bit higher cost but still less than the big designers. I have a whole blog about this HERE.

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

  • You can book before you get a dress or after. The deposit is $300

  • Having Your Dress First?

    • Pro: know the cost upfront

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

  • Getting 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 your want, ideally the cost for coloring won’t change much.

3. Purchase the Dress & Shoes

  • You should at this point have a ruff idea of coloring cost with the gown your purchasing. (& filled out my Dress Details form for that Dress)

  • 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. Saves money and time.

Now you have a path to choose.


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

  • Benefit, you could flux in weight during the month or so I have your dress causing it not to fit perfectly. Alterations shop try to schedule you as close to your wedding as they can to avoid this.

  • Can save you a bit of money, since depending on your bustle I could have to Un-do the stitching then Re-attach after completed. This is only when the Bustle sews the layers together in the color zone.


Path B: You get ALL and any alterations needed 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, 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 you get it all done before I color your dress


Path A:

  1. Get the Hem Alteration 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 2nd set of alterations at this point as well.

      • Be careful the shop with the 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.  

    • I will need a Min 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.

  3. Relax.

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

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

    • Plan for shipping to take one week for US 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.

    • Then 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. Can’t say how long is needed since each place is different.

  6. If needed give it a steam.

    • You can hanging 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 Your 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 for the 2nd set of alterations at this point as well.

      • Be careful the shop with the 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, might be best to just say your wedding date is 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.

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

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