After 27 years in the business, fashion designer Alex Asman has seen it all when it comes to brides and their wedding dresses. This is one of the most important days in a woman’s life and it’s easy to get carried away with the dreams of a perfect wedding gown, forgetting all about the budget and other practicalities. Here are some tips to help you make the right decision:

  1. Have a realistic budget. What are you able/prepared to pay? (PS It’s a good idea to discuss with your Beloved – in fact communication about the entire wedding  budget is recommended, especially if the two of you are footing most of the bill! Make sure you are both on the same page when it comes to costs)
  2. Decide if you are going to have your dress made to order/ready made/a rental/ordered on line
  3. Be realistic in terms of your figure and proportions. Remember the camera adds at least 5 -10kg, you may  not want to look like an super-sized Barbie doll stuck on top of a meringue cake (If you have ever seen the TV show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding you will know exactly what we are talking about!)
  4. Make sure your dress suits your personality. You will want to feel comfortable and at ease on your big day, not constantly pulling at bits of fabric to cover parts of you that you don’t normally show!
  5. Getting your Mother/Granny to make your dress is never a good idea. Can cause additional unnecessary stress. Rather let them be part of the excitement of the pre-wedding preparations. You want Mom to be there feeding you the Rescue Remedy or wine when things get on top of you, not having her stress about things that may go wrong with the dress!

So now let’s look at some of the Pros and Cons of your choice:

With a Designer made wedding dress, you get exactly what suits you, your personality and figure. The designer should be having regular fittings and consultations with you and during the initial consultation should be asking lots of questions about what you have in mind, what your wedding day is going to be like and about you as a person. It’s perfectly OK to go along with a picture or photo of what you would like, but be also be open to the designer’s suggestions. IMPORTANT: Make sure you are comfortable with the designer. This is an important relationship. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and speak out if they are suggesting things you don’t like. Having a designer dress is the most expensive option, but you will have a dress that is exclusively yours, tailor made for you.

Ordering dresses on-line is a more affordable option. However it can be high risk if done directly through a supplier, especially overseas. Try and find a local reputable designer or store  who offers the option of ordering catalogue wedding dresses (like we do at Xela Fashion Studio). They will take your measurements and do the ordering and payment for you. Returns can be an issue, quality and fit is not guaranteed and of course you are limited to the selection in the catalogue. Usually a designer has established a relationship with an overseas supplier, which is why it is better to choose this option than ordering yourself online. 

Renting out your outfit for the day, if you are not too fussy about having your own, is an even cheaper option and of course there are no post-wedding storage hassles. On the downside, there is limited availability and of course the dress is never yours.

A beautiful custom designed wedding dress by Alex Asman of Xela Fashion Studio



This is such a special day, take the time to decide what option you are going for when choosing your wedding dress. You could start collecting pictures of wedding dresses from magazines, or the Internet, this will help give you an idea of what styles, colours etc you like. You want to look picture perfect when you walk down the aisle to meet the man of your dreams :) 






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