The bespoke wedding dress process at Naomi Deru Bridal is truly an exciting journey and allows you to combine all the design elements you love into your dream wedding dress, making sure to express your unique beauty, style and personality. - Naomi
How long does the whole process take? The bespoke wedding dress process takes between 4-9 months depending on design and detail, however, we are sometimes able to accommodate rush orders placed less than four months before your big day.
What size do you go up to? The beauty of bespoke is that our dresses are not based on standard sizing but on your own unique shape. Extensive measurements are taken to determine the fit of your dress and then refined in your toile fitting.
What if you know what you want but you can't explain it? The first consultation is an opportunity for you to put all your inspirations and ideas on the table. My job as your bespoke bridal designer is to collate this information and produce a visual which we will then be able to fine-tune to your taste.
What different elements affect the quote? The price of a bespoke wedding dress is entirely based on the design of the dress, fabric choices, hand-sewn applications, and details as well as the date of your wedding.
What is the minimum/realistic budget you should set for bespoke? At Naomi Deru Bridal dresses range from £1,800. However, on average brides tend to spend between £2,300 to £3000.
Can I use a second-hand fabric or end roll (if enough) to try and be sustainable? At Naomi Deru Bridal we strive to be sustainable. All our dresses are 100% handmade and we make it our duty to reduce as much waste as possible in our production process. Therefore we always welcome ideas from our clients to try and be more sustainable. We guide you on the most suitable materials for your dress and we work closely with suppliers who also provide eco-friendly fabric options.
How do you know that you have picked the right designer/seamstress if there are no samples? When looking for a designer it’s important to do your research. If they do not have samples to show you you can ask to see images of their work. Have they created similar styles in the past? It’s great when you find a designer who shares similar design aesthetics to you as they are more likely to see your vision clearly. Ask for recommendations, there are many forums online where you can find recommendations as well as online reviews via web search engines.
Would you recommend going to a boutique to try on dresses first to get an idea of what you like? 100% I advise all brides to go grab your favourite girls and go wedding dress shopping first, especially if the designer does not have samples to try on. You may find that the design you had your heart set on is actually not as you had imagined. Try on dresses with various necklines, silhouettes, fabrics, and details and take notes so that you can have a more rounded idea of what suits you best.
Is having a bespoke gown more expensive than going to a bridal shop? The price of having a bespoke wedding gown can vary, however, the pricing is heavily dependent on the style, details, and fabrics used. Most bridal designers are able to work towards a realistic budget, therefore you may find that a bespoke dress can actually be more affordable than an off the peg designer wedding gown.
Written by Naomi Deru. You can follow Naomi on Instagram and Facebook.