What is a made to order gown?
All bridal gowns are individually designed, made for you based on your measurements.
What guarantee can you give me that everything will be perfect and on time?
Every gown is made through a series of fittings. Your fittings are scheduled shortly after your deposit is paid and you are given a fitting schedule, making sure that your couture experience is organised and stress free. The first and second fittings are concentrated on the toile, a mock up of your design made in calico (cotton fabric). This is done to establish the line of the gown and to determine the position of main design lines. The toile is moulded and fitted to the body and then is used as a custom pattern when cutting the gown in fabric. Your gown will evolve in each fitting and you have the flexibility and opportunity to alter any aspects of the design in its progression if you desire to do so. Custom made guarantees that your gown is made to measure for your body shape. The end result is a personalised and unique.
Why do I need an Appointment?
An appointment is needed to ensure a Alex is available to assist you in designing and making a wedding gown that best suits your personal style.
When should I make an appointment to see the designer?
You can call to arrange your appointment soon after you become engaged and have confirmed a wedding date. We suggest you order your wedding gown at least six to eight months before your wedding date, as positions are limited and Alex can only produce a limited number of gowns per year. This is to ensure a high standard and quality.
What should I bring to my appointment?
We recommend that you put together a collection of images, colours and fabrics that you find appealing. This is to assist Alex to understand your style.
Who should I bring to my appointment?
We suggest you limit the guest list to no more than two guests whose style opinion you value.
Do you charge a fee for consultations?
There are no consultation fees for appointmemts held in the studio.
How much can I expect to pay for a Alex Mearing Couture Gown?
The price of each gown is dependent on several variables, style, degree of difficulty, fabrics, lace, amount of beading and so on. The starting price for Alex Mearing custom gowns start at $5,000 and generally average between $5500-$7500.
How much am I required to leave as a deposit to confirm my order?
A 40% deposit will secure your materials and production time. The balance of your payments will be clearly outlined on your fitting schedule which you will receive by email shortly after your booking.
How long does it take to make a gown?
The time it takes to create a gown obviously varies on style, fabric availability, detail and other factors. Bookings are usually made approximately 6-9 months before the wedding and scheduled fittings are spread across the 3 months leading to your special day. This is just a guide as the time to make a gown can change depending on the work involved and individual time frame. Early bookings wherever possible are appreciated.
Does Alex Mearing offer a rental service?
Sorry our gowns are not available for hire as they are made to order and we do not carry stock.
How many times can I come in before making a decision and commitment?
From our past experience we have found that most people require only the one consultation before making their decision. A second consultation is easily arranged if you want the opinion of someone important who was not with you on your first visit, or if you would like to discuss any changes or concerns you may have before leaving a deposit.
I live interstate, where can I buy a Alex Mearing Gown?
Alex Mearing gowns are made to measure and therefore they are not available anywhere but the studio in Noosa. We cater for international and interstate brides. We offer a condensed VIP fitting schedule which requires only 2-3 day trips to Noosa for the gown to be completed. No overnight stays are required, saving the cost of accommodation. If you are unable to travel, we can arrange for your gown to be made from accurate measurements and calico fittings via email & Skype. For more information please call us.
Do I have to know what style I want before meeting with a designer?
We recommend you try on a variety of dress styles to determine a silhouette that most flatters your figure type and then move onto discussing and selecting the finer details such as fabrics, colour and lace etc. Alex can help style your whole look to make sure feel stunning.
Will I be dealing with the designer after I have booked my Alex Mearing gown?
Alex will design, cut, assemble and sew your gown from conception to completion.
I want to lose weight. Is that a problem?
As long as we are aware of your intentions, we can arrange your fitting schedule to give you the most time possible to achieve your goals prior to starting your dress fittings.
How many fittings will I need?
Three or four fittings are typically required with the final one being when you take your gown home with you. Two or three fittings for interstate brides. Gowns are ready to take home no less than 1 week prior to your wedding day unless you have requested otherwise. Depending on the complexity of the design extra fittings may be scheduled by the designer to ensure a perfect fit. You will be given ample notice if this will be necessary. All fittings required by the designer to create your gown are included in the initial price of your gown. No hidden extras.
What payment options are available?
Preferred payment methods include cash or direct deposit (internet banking). We do not have card payment facilities in the studio. Arrangements can be made if you would like to pay by credit cards which will incur an additional fee of 1.9% for Visa and Mastercards and 2.3% for American Express cards.
Can you design and make my Brides Maids & Flower girls gowns?
Alex is not taking orders for bridesmaid, flower girl, mother of the bride or groom.