Many brides-to-be have a specific vision of their perfect dress in mind and find they are disappointed by the selection of gowns offered by their local bridal salons. If you’re this type of bride-to-be (i.e. psyched to don a wedding gown but unwilling to compromise and furthermore unwilling to sew your own using a guide like Bridal Gowns: How to Make the Wedding Dress of Your Dreams), consider having a custom gown made for you. It’s less expensive than you might imagine!
For example, designer Jane Wilson-Marquis of Simply Jane recognizes that the vast majority of women who eschew off-the-rack sensibilities can’t afford to pay traditional – and crazy – haute couture prices.
There are five basic themes, or “blank canvases” as Jane calls them – five stunning classic full-length gowns in silk with overlays of chiffon or organza. Choose the style that best suits your body-shape and if you don’t see yourself in white, choose from a range of over 90 different colors.
Jane’s prices start at a reasonable $450 for the blank canvas style. The simple silk duprene A-line gown above features a silk organza overlay and costs a mere $550. If your tastes run more toward the ornate, Jane’s blank canvasses can be embellished with lace flowers, ruffles, beading, and gathered chiffon or accessorized with matching veils, belts, headpieces, shawls, jackets and coats.