Custom Gown Design FAQ
Custom Design Process
How much does it cost?
Our couture gowns start at $4000. Most Vanya Brides invest around $5000 on the gown of their dreams.
Heirloom Re-Design prices range from $2000-$3800.
The price of your gown will depend on your unique design needs, including type of fabric, details, beadwork, and hand-applique'.
Our gowns are made to measure which should reduce or eliminate added alteration charges.
To request a quote, please fill out this form or text photos to (316) 285-6025.
Do I pay for my dress at the time of ordering? Or do you accept partial payment?
A deposit of half down (50%) is required to order your dream gown. We will set up a payment schedule on the balance of your gown. A payment will be due at each of your first four fittings, which will be scheduled approximately 4-6 weeks apart.
How long does delivery take?
We prefer to have 6 months to complete the design process. It is recommended to order your custom gown 6 months to a year before your wedding date.
That said, we can accommodate any wedding date that is 4 months out or further.
Learn more about the design process HERE.
How do you ensure my dress will fit?
There will be a series of design checkpoints.
The first will be a lining or “mock'-up” fitting. For Virtual Vanya Brides, we will ship your lining to you and your designer will virtually help you and a friend pin and mark any adjustments. Local Vanya Brides will meet with their designer in our studio.
During this fitting we will determine any fit and design features. At this point, design features, style lines, and fit can be changed. There may be an additional charge for design changes made at this point. Please note that once the garment is cut in the selected fabric, very few (if any) changes can be made to design and style features.
We do not charge for alterations unless your measurements have changed after the final fitting, in which case standard alteration rates would apply. For more information about our design process, click here.
We won't let your dress leave our studio until you are 110% happy with it!!!
Are there any hidden costs?
Definitely not! Together, we will agree upon a design based on our discussion, pictures and a sketch, and fabric samples.
A price quote will be given at the initial meeting. In some cases, the bride may want to change a design element after we’ve quoted the gown. If the design change will add to your price, we will let you know at the time the change is requested.
What’s your Return Policy?
Because your wedding gown is custom and made-to-order, there are no refunds.
What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards, cash, check, Venmo and PayPal. *PayPal payments will have a 3% service charge added.
What if my shape or weight changes after I order my gown?
The garment will be custom-made according to the initial measurements taken or provided. If there is an active weight loss plan in place or if a pregnancy occurs, it is necessary to notify Vanya Designs immediately. If the garment needs to be significantly altered due to weight loss or gain after the first fabric fitting, there may be an additional charge. If you have notified us regarding any significant measurement changes at least two weeks prior to the second or final fabric fitting, this additional charge may be waived.
How does “Made to Measure” work?
We will take your custom measurements at your consultation. Our expert designers will then sew your gown from the ground up.
Because you will have several fittings, don't stress if your size fluctuates throughout the process. At each fitting, we will re-measure, pin, and adjust the gown to fit your body.
Out of state brides, visit our Virtual FAQ page.
Do I pay for steaming?
Nope! We offer complementary steaming on all custom gowns!
How often can I check in on my gown?
We will schedule a series of fittings with you where you will meet with your designer and see the process of your gown. You are included every step of the way! Your designer will send you images, too, so you’ll always know how your gown is coming! (Just make sure future hubby isn’t around!)