Can I customise something from your Made to Order collection?
Absolutely! Everything has been designed so that you can customise it to suit. Whether that's changing the fabrics, colours or tweaking the design to have longer sleeves or a train. Get in touch to discuss your ideas, we love making something unique!
How long does it take to have a bespoke dress made
This does depend on the design, so we work it out on a case by case basis. As general rule the minimum is 6 months. Often our brides come to us earlier in the process which is great as it creates more opportunities to find the perfect fabric, and allows you plenty of time to reflect on the design and be sure you are happy. Contact us if your wedding is in less than 6 months as we can (and have!) done it on a shorter time frame.
How much does it cost to have a bespoke dress made?
This really depends on the style you go for. Based on previous bespoke dresses, the average cost is between £1800-£4000. We can propose a rough quote by discussing your requirements or looking at a mood board of your ideas. A more specific quote is then created once we agree on a hand sketched design. The final design will determine how long it will take to make, and the type and quantity of fabric required.Which will inform the final price.
I know I want a bespoke dress, but I don’t know where to start with the design?
No problem at all! That's what we are here for. We recommend starting with something like a Pinterest board where you can save images of anything you have seen that inspires you. It might be just a single feature like the neckline, or the way the fabric of the skirt flows or perhaps the colour. Don't just look at wedding dresses, have a look at red carpet fashion, or perhaps movies for inspiration. Also, your own wardrobe can be really useful, is there a dress you love wearing and you feel a million dollars in? What is it you like about it? These are great resources for us getting to know your style too, so we can design something that suits you perfectly.
How long will it take for a Made to Order item to arrive?
Every piece in our collection is made to order to ensure minimum waste. We generally advise 4-8 weeks for standard sizes. If we are customising a piece for you in some way this may add on a little extra time, so we recommend 12-14 weeks (but can often be done in less)
“Cristina, Becky & I planned to make my wedding dress one morning over a breakfast of eggs. I wanted rock & roll. I wanted over the top vintage glamour. I wanted something that didn’t exist in real life. I wanted something that looked like it had fallen out of the sky from a Zac-Posen-planet serving Japanese couture realness. What a ludicrous brief, but boy oh boy did they deliver. Not only that, but they managed to sew in a David Bowie-inspired lightning bolt too. It was a feat of engineering of silk and sequins. What talented badass birds they are. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them. They were such a dream to deal with. I loved them so much, I invited them to my wedding.”
“Thank you so much Paper to Lace for making my beautiful dress! I absolutely love it! It meant so much to me having the silk from my great grandmother’s shirt be part of my dress. My body has changed so much since having a baby and I just hated going to bridal boutiques and trying on dresses, it felt so exposing. Finding Paper to Lace was a life saver!!! They were an absolute dream to work with and made me feel so comfortable. Having a dress made from an original hand crafted Paper to Lace pattern, made just for me to my exact measurements was amazing. Both Becky and Cristina are so knowledgable and I loved working with them to create something so personal."
"***** 5 stars Becky and Cristina were amazing from start to finish. They were extremely patient as I changed my mind several times and always managed to create exactly what I was looking for despite very scant instructions. They met every deadline and the dress and cape at the end of it were beautiful. I am going to dye both as I can't bear not to wear them again.”
“The moment I got engaged, after the champagne and happy tears, I knew Paper to Lace were going to make my dream dress. I had initial ideas for what I wanted, but really needed the expertise and professional vision to bring it to life. The fittings were always the best part of my week... laughs, more happy tears and a wedding dress that was one in a million. Smack bang in the middle of all of this... about 8 weeks before the big day... I fell pregnant. Of course I was over-joyed, and now a mum to a gorgeous baby girl, but my thoughts did turn towards how this dress would now fit. But I was in the best hands possible... the girls from Paper to Lace literally made my dream dress to fit me AND my growing bump. I didn’t feel like I needed to hide behind rolls of material as I walked down the aisle. Becky and Cristina adapted their initial “pre-Preggo” design to fit my growing body and to perfectly celebrate it. The whole experience was one I’ll never forget and I tell all my newly engaged girlfriends about them. Thank you girls! X”
“The Paper to Lace team are brilliant, I enjoyed every step of creating my wedding dress. They’re clever, creative and brilliant at problem solving. They took my bunch of wild ideas and created the most perfect wedding dress – elegant, glamorous and 100% me. I never felt judged (for insisting that I be able to play the harp and row a boat in my dress) or pushed towards something I didn’t want. I chose to include fabric from my grandmother’s wedding dress in my own and they found creative ways of showing it off while being completely respectful and aware of the emotion behind it. I was given a hundred chances to make changes and all the info I needed to make decisions (including a dreamy trip around Soho fabric hunting). They are complete professionals, with a ton of skill and experience, which means my dress looks incredible and fits perfectly. Thanks Cris and Becky.”
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