Under the Ruffles: Made to Order v. Made to Measure Gowns

Good Morning Lovely Brides! White Dresses is extremely excited to share a new column with y'all - Under the Ruffles. This column will answer some of the most common questions we hear from brides and will shed some light on some of the intricacies of bridal world. Make sure to send us any questions you might have about bridal gowns and we will do our best to include a full answer on the blog! 

Photo by Buffy Dekmar. 

Photo by Buffy Dekmar. 

Q: I have heard consultants say that a gown is made to order. Does that mean it is being made for my measurements? 

In short, no. A Made to Order gown is a gown that is ordered in a size based on your largest measurements. Just like ready to wear clothing, your most common measurements will be taken and we will compare those measurements to a size chart to determine what size dress you need. Once we receive the gown, additional alterations will be needed in order to make the gown fit you perfectly. 

Photo via White Rabbit Studios. The dress in the photograph is a made to order option.

Photo via White Rabbit Studios. The dress in the photograph is a made to order option.

Our Huntsville Bridal Boutique and Nashville Bridal Boutique have made to order options starting at $1,500. 

Don't be dismayed if you are looking for a dress made especially for you - both our Alabama bridal shop and Tennessee bridal shop offer gowns that are Made to Measure. Made to Measure gowns are gowns that are made specifically to your measurements. These gowns are constructed based on a long list of measurements that are extremely in-depth. While alterations might still be needed in the end, they normally are not as extensive as those needed on a made to order gown. 

Photo by Green Tree Photography. The gown in this photo is a made to measure option. 

Photo by Green Tree Photography. The gown in this photo is a made to measure option. 

Our Huntsville Bridal Shop has made to measure options starting at $3,000. Our Nashville Bridal Shop has made to measure options starting at $3,500.