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BESPOKE WEDDING DRESSES - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

STEP ONE 
 
INITIAL FREE OF CHARGE CONSULTATION 
(Up to 60 minutes) 
 
Come and see Nicola to discuss your luxury wedding dress ideas and review possible styles, for example you might adore a mermaid or fishtail style wedding dress, or perhaps a vintage style wedding dress. Maybe you love the idea of a ball gown, princess line or A line bridalwear. 
 
Perhaps you have always wanted a strapless or backless wedding dress. You might want to wow the crowds with a long train or detachable train. Got a killer pair of heels? Show them off with a short, tea-length or high to low hem.  
 
Have you always wanted a sleeveless wedding dress, maybe short sleeves, or perhaps long sleeves. Consider what bridal gown might suit you and find out about the very exciting process of creating made to measure wedding dresses 
 
Please bring your bridalwear ideas and any pictures, tear-outs from magazines or fabrics you have collected to this appointment  
 
Consultations and fittings are in Suffolk but for added convenience if you prefer we can make home visits. For fitting we simply ask that you have a suitably private room with some available floor space.  
 
We love dogs at Lychgate as our customers all know but we do ask that animals are kept out of the fitting room if we visit. Travel outside a 25 mile radius of IP5 2DH may be charged at a rate of £50 per hour 
 
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STEP TWO 
For brides who wish to proceed:  
BRIDAL GOWN DESIGN CONSULTATION 
(up to 90 minutes) 
 
Nicola will review in detail with you your luxury wedding dress design ideas and give you bridal gown style advice. She will show you beautiful silk wedding dress fabrics, fine laces for lace bridal gowns, embroideries for vintage style wedding dresses and embellishments to help you formulate your ideas. Together the fine details of your wonderful bridalwear will come alive.  
 
Following this meeting you will receive a design sketch of your wedding dress and costings for consideration. As each wedding dress is completely individual we give individual costings for each bridal gown, however, as a guide wedding dress prices start from £3,000  
 
There is no obligation to proceed with commissioning a luxury bridal gown from Lychgate after this appointment but if no bespoke bridal gown is commissioned a charge of £175 is payable for the appointment 
 
Further design consultations and sketches are possible at a charge of £175 per hour  
 
 
'Thank you for the dress of my dreams! Being petite, I knew it would be tough to find a dress that worked for me, so I am delighted to have found you!  
 
My bespoke wedding dress is everything I could have imagined'  
 
 
 
STEP THREE 
If you decide to commission a bridal gown from Lychgate the most exciting part of the bespoke wedding dress process begins. We promise that your bridal gown will be totally exclusive, a one-off, made to measure wedding dress. No two bridal gowns produced by Nicola will ever be the same  
 
Once the design and price are agreed you pay a deposit of 50% of the contract price. Your measurements will be taken and Nicola will prepare a calico version of your wedding dress to test style and fit. You can still change your mind about style at this point, something you cannot do if a bridal gown is ordered from a bridal shop 
 
You will then attend your very special first fitting for your custom made wedding dress. Once Nicola and you are 100% happy with style and fit the process of cutting out your beautiful silk will start!  
 
Please note that major alterations to wedding dress style or bridal gown design at this point will incur a surcharge 
 
STEP FOUR 
The balance of the purchase price is now payable. Nicola will then lovingly and with the finest attention to detail cut your silk and any lace you have chosen. Once your wedding dress has been sewn together you will come back to see Nicola again and finally have the joy of putting silk to skin!  
 
This is a chance for you to discuss with Nicola a bespoke silk veil to perfectly compliment your wedding dress 
 
Please note that as silk and lace are very delicate fabrics major alterations to bridal gown design cannot be done after this point 
 
'Nicola was very helpful with her expertise in fabric, and she got every detail just right, thanks to our frequent consultations.  
 
I never would have looked and felt as wonderful as I did on my wedding day if it wasn't for Lychgate.  
 
Thank you so much!'  
STEP FIVE 
Nicola will now cut your linings and, if appropriate, your bridal gown will be boned. The linings and main fabric will be sewn together ready for you to come back for a final fitting to prepare the hem.  
 
This is a very special day for you as once you leave your wedding dress will be completed and packaged for collection! 
 
If you require us to deliver your bridal gown we will use a trusted courier which will be charged as an extra to you 
 
Subject to availability Nicola is able to come to you on the day of your wedding to help you put on your fabulous wedding dress at a rate of £50 per hour payable in advance plus travel expenses 
 
 
 
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STEP SIX 
What is my commitment as a bride? A bespoke wedding dress is a very special item of clothing and we want it to be the very best it can be, so we believe in letting you know what is required from you in advance  
 
It's important to: 
 
Attend fittings promptly, three or more fittings of an hour or more may be required 
 
Wear the correct underwear and bridal shoes to fittings. All bridal gowns are designed to be worn with supportive underwear 
 
maintain a stable body weight throughout the process 
 
 
Nicola hopes to be meeting you very soon! 
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