Design Process

How long does it take to make a custom dress?

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 about rush orders?

We can accommodate wedding dates earlier than four months, on a case by case basis. Although not recommended, we did make a dress in 2 weeks!

Please Contact Us and we will let you know if we can rush your order.

How should I prepare for my consultation?

Feel free to bring magazine photos, show us your Pinterest board and any other inspiration ideas you have!

Your Designer will sketch your gown as you’re visiting and help you choose design details like colors, laces and fabrics that fit your vision, body and style.

Not sure what style will look best on you? No worries! Our experienced Designers will guide you and we even have sample gowns in the studio that you can try on. Check out our body shape style guide HERE.

This consultation is all about you and your vision - we’re here to bring it to life! Your consultation will take approximately 1 hour.

Do you do virtual appointments?

Yes! You can book your virtual appointment on our scheduling page or by calling our studio!


Learn more about our Virtual Design Process HERE.

How do I take measurements for my virtual appointment?

Your designer will be with you virtually to guide you on measurements! We will send you a detailed instructional guide. However, if you’re still worried, we’ve also made an instructional video for you to watch here!

How much does it cost?

Our gowns start at $2800. Prices depend on your unique design needs.

Our prices are comparable to similar styles in a higher end bridal salon, but 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.

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.

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 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!!!

What if my size 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 as soon as possible. If the garment needs to be significantly altered due to weight loss or gain after the third fitting, there may be an additional charge. If you have notified us regarding any significant measurement changes at least two weeks prior to your third fitting, this additional charge may be waived.

We want you to feel beautiful and loved and will work with you throughout the design process to make sure we achieve these results!

How does “Made to Measure” work?

We will assist you and a friend virtually with how to take your own custom measurements! Our expert designers will then cut and sew your gown, based on the the measurements you have provided us.

For more information on our Virtual Design Process, click HERE

How often can I check in on my gown?

We will schedule four 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 just how your gown is coming along! (Just make sure future hubby isn’t around!).

We usually schedule these fittings or virtual checkpoints about 4-6 weeks apart.

Don't worry! Some more elaborate designs require more than 4 fittings, we will schedule those at no additional charge.

What is a Design Kit?

Our Vanya Design Kit is for virtual appointments and includes everything you will need on your end to assist us with your gown. You’ll receive a measuring tape, fabric swatches, lace samples, a sketch of your dream gown and more information about our custom design process!

Do I pay for steaming?

Nope! We offer complementary steaming on all custom gowns!

Do I pay for shipping?

Nope! Your shipping costs are included in the price of your custom gown!


Can you do special alterations?

Yes! Because our alterationists are also designers, we are able to make design changes and alter complicated pieces with the end result looking like it was made that way, just for you!

We specialize in men's and women's formal wear alterations, including business suits.

Our team has over 25 years combined experience in alterations.

To request your design change or a quote, contact us HERE.

How long does it take for wedding gown alterations to be completed?

Generally wedding gown alterations take 3 to 4 weeks, but they could take as long as 6 weeks during the busy bridal season. It is recommended that you schedule your wedding gown alteration appointment 6 to 8 weeks before your wedding to allow for two or three fittings.

Vanya Designs schedules multiple fittings to ensure that your gown fits well and will feel beautiful and confident on your wedding day.

How long do formal alterations take?

Formal gown alterations usually take 2 weeks to complete, but they could take as long as 3 weeks if your gown is needed during the busy bridal or prom season. It is recommended that you book your formal gown alteration appointment 3 weeks before your event to allow for at least one more fitting.

Vanya Designs schedules multiple fittings to ensure that your gown fits well and will feel beautiful and confident on the day of your event.

What should I bring to my fitting?

It is important to bring the undergarments you plan to wear on your special day and your shoes. This would include any shapewear or petticoat/slips. If you don't have the exact undergarments yet, bring something you have that you feel beautiful and confident in. It is also a good idea to bring a friend or family member who knows you well. You will be in excellent hands with our consultants, but it's always nice to have the support of a loved one to help answer questions and learn how to do those bustles!

Is steaming included in my alterations price?

As a Vanya Bride, you get 50% off your steaming/cleaning and your veil is included with that price! Our standard steaming prices are between $85-$143, and you get HALF off of that price!!!

What is your alterations policy on garments purchased elsewhere?

Vanya Designs Alterations Policy: We are committed to working with you to alter your garment to fit your needs. However, Vanya Designs will only guarantee our own work, and is not responsible for the garment’s original quality of work. Not all formal wear, brought in for alterations, is constructed to the same high quality. When a garment is poorly constructed, often the alterations are extensive and, therefore, may require additional fittings. 

New fittings/alterations may be subject to additional charges.

New alterations due to size changes will be subject to additional cost. All new charges will be discussed with you before any new alterations are performed, and you will be held financially responsible for all work Vanya Designs does on the garment you contracted with us to alter. 

Gown Preservation, Restoration & Cleaning

How long does gown preservation take?

You'll have your gown back in our studio within 6 to 8 weeks.

Is gown preservation done in house?

We do not do the preservation in the studio. Your gown is sent to the Wedding Gown Preservation Co. in New York, and it is shipped back to us within 6-8 weeks.

The Wedding Gown Preservation Co. has been preserving brides dresses for over 100 years. When we do heirloom re-designs, the gowns that were preserved through WGPC are ALWAYS in excellent condition, not yellowed and the lace is not fragile.

How much does gown presesrvation cost?

The cost to preserve a new wedding gown is $337. Vintage gowns cost $400 to preserve.

If you’ve had your wedding gown altered with us, we offer $25 off your wedding gown preservation!

If you post a Reel or TikTok on social media, documenting your 5 star experience, you will receive $50 off your gown preservation price!

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Do you offer wedding gown cleaning?

Yes. If you just need your gown cleaned and steamed, we are skilled in the best ways to do that based upon your dress style, fabric, & beadwork.

Be careful with taking it to a dry-cleaners as sometimes the chemicals can cause harm to certain laces and beading. We have 25 years of experience in cleaning wedding gowns. Contact us for pricing.

Do you offer vintage gown restoration?

Yes. Do you have a gown from your mother or grandmother but it needs some TLC to be brought back to its original beauty? We can do everything from repairing or replacing brittle lace to removing most stains, or brightening up yellowed dresses. Contact us for pricing and details about your specific dress.

To learn more about our heirloom re-designs click HERE.

Do you require payment on alterations up front?

Yes! We require 50% down payment at your first fitting, and before work will begin. Your down payment is your approval for Vanya Designs to proceed with alterations. Once alterations have been approved, the garment must stay in the studio until all fittings and work has been completed. Because all work is custom, no refunds will be issued for any reason. Final payment is due at your second fitting.


Do you offer tuxedo rentals? How much are they?


Our rental suits are available on-order through Jim’s Formal Wear, which has a warehouse located in Salina, KS.

Our rental prices range from $155 to $215, the rental price including all you need (jacket, pants, shirt, vest, and tie).

When you order through our studio, we offer $40 off each suit. Also, if you order five or more groomsmen suits, the groom’s is FREE.

Dress shoes are also available for an additional rental fee of $30.

If you are a Vanya Bride, Contact Us for your exclusive offers and discounts.

Can the groom keep his suit?

We have a select few suits that are available for purchase or rental through our affiliate, Jim's Formal Wear. If your Groom is interested in having a high quality suit that he can wear again, we will tailor it in house to fit him exactly!

Does your groom want a keepsake he will treasure forever? He might want a high-quality Bespoke suit, designed in house and manufactured in a specialized Bespoke House in Hong Kong.

Not sure which is best for your man? This blog will help!

Can you do menswear alterations?


What is a Bespoke Suit?

Does your groom want a keepsake he will treasure forever? He might want a high-quality Bespoke suit, designed in house and manufactured in a specialized Bespoke House in Hong Kong. A Bespoke suit is a fully custom suit (just like your custom wedding gown). He will meet with his designer and choose fabrics, linings, cut, style, and fit!

In a Vanya Designs Bespoke suit, he will be waiting for you at the alter in style!

Shipping, Payment & Return Policy

How much is shipping?

There is no additional shipping cost for our custom made gowns! Shipping is included in the price of your dress.

If you want shipping insurance, that is available at an additional cost.

What is the booking fee for?

Booking Fee: Your booking fee reserves your spot on our production calendar and helps cover the time spent with your designer for your consultation and fittings.

Your booking fee is non-refundable. Because you are a valuable client, as our gift to you, your booking fee will be applied to your invoice when the following requirements are met: 

The original appointment date is kept AND invoice is paid in full at your first appointment.

If your appointment runs longer than the allotted amount of time, we reserve the right to revoke this offer.

Rescheduling: With 24 hours notice, you may reschedule your appointment once at no charge.  

Price Quote: To request an estimate prior to your appointment, please contact us.

How long until I receive my custom gown?

Our beautiful custom wedding dresses typically ship within 6 months. We’d love to see you in our Wichita, Kansas location, so please stop by! If you aren’t local to Kansas, we are able to provide a virtual experience to help you create the perfect dress for your wedding day.

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’s your Return Policy?

Because your wedding gown is custom and made-to-order, there are no refunds.

What is your respect policy?

Vanya Designs provides an atmosphere of mutual respect, positivity, and inclusivity.  Because our clients positive experience is one of our company values, Vanya Designs reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who becomes abusive or disruptive to our atmosphere.  This includes but is not limited to foul language, body shaming, or otherwise inappropriate behavior. 

We want every client to leave feeling beautiful, loved and valued and will do everything in our power to ensure each person has the best possible experience!

Vanya Designs Location

Are you handicap accessible?


Handicap parking and entrance are located on the east side of the building.

Call 316-706-2914 so that we can buzz you in.

What is your cancellation policy?

Please be sure to cancel your appointment at least 24 hours prior. Appointment deposits are non-refundable.

Where do I park?

Parking instructions: When you arrive for your appointment, park behind the building on the East side by the railroad tracks. There is a keypad on the brick wall beside the door. Dial #025 and we will buzz you in.

If you have any trouble finding us or accessing the building please call us at 316-706-2914.

Watch this Video on where to park.

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