We asked one of our favorite wedding dress experts, Kirstie Kelly to share her knowledge. These seven tips will help relieve the pressure that brides feel when trying to find the “right” one.
As a world renowned Couture Designer, Kirstie Kelly understands the importance of simple elegance and its unbelievable beauty when paired with delicate designs. Born and raised in Southern California, Kirstie’s visionary designs take their inspiration from the breathtaking landscapes around her. Infusing these inspirational elements into her designs, Kirstie’s designs have become known for their romantic and classic style.
After more than two decades of learning design and tailoring, Kirstie has truly become a master of the art of couture design—creating intricate pieces that reflect such mastery. With such an accomplished repertoire and her humble aim to make couture designs accessible to all brides, Kirstie develops collections of intricate wedding gowns with the everyday bride in mind.
As Kirstie’s collections continued to grow, she began to pour her creative energy into a new arena, dressing women of discerning taste for day and night functions; thus, Kirstie Kelly Essentials line—priced from $400-$5,000—was born. With this new line of sophisticated tailored shirting, Kirstie brings the glamour of her wedding gowns to ready to wear clothing.
Happy shopping! XO, Gianna
Creating a couture gown is like creating a piece of Art, each piece is different. It can take as little as 100 hours to sew a couture gown or much more depending on the embellishment being created or the shape of the gown. Most salons request a minimum of 6 months prior to the wedding to order your gown.
Here at Kirstie Kelly, I believe no more than 3 alteration appointments are the magic number. The first fitting is where the majority of the work will be pinned and decided on, the 2nd is a review of the main alteration and at this fitting the hem is altered and the bustle set. The 3rd fitting is to see the finished gown, try it on and enjoy the beauty. More than this and the gown can become compromised with all of the handling. So brides, before starting your fittings be at your ideal weight, there is nothing worse for a gown then a bride who either yoyo’s in weight or drops dramatically during the alteration process.
Our pricing at Kirstie Kelly is based on the quality and design. Some of our gowns with couture detailing can be found as low as $4000.00 Gowns that are designed and Sketched with me, specifically for a bride in mind start at $10,000.
Alterations are included in Couture gown but are not included in Collection gowns with couture detailing.
On average a 6 months delivery for your wedding gown is standard, however I have created gowns for brides in far less time for special circumstances. When ordering a couture gown, it is always best to give yourself enough time to enjoy the process. If you are ordering a gown off the rack, Then it will be ready for immediate delivery.
I try and stay away from trend in bridal, I feel It adversely affects the bride later on, however right now “barely there” gowns are very important, not for everyone but still an important trend. I feel today’s bride also has a wonderful sense of who they are, so trend is not as important. It’s more important to have a diverse collection where every bride can find her gown. I love working with silks, organza’s, chiffons, beading, texture fabrics that don’t overshadow a bride but exude femininity. I find this is a better way to tell a story in bridal then through trend. Non bridal, I love clean lines and sexy silhouettes that reveal just enough. A cross between femininity with strength.
It is always fun to take your friend shopping with you, but be true to your heart and if you fall in love with a gown and feel it is ”the one” don’t let others persuade you differently. Be careful online with anything that looks too good to be true- it usually is! Above all, enjoy shopping for your gown, it can become overwhelming so don’t schedule more than three salons a day or you wont remember the gowns you tried on nor will you be having a good time by the end of the day.
Here are some beautiful photos from Elizabeth Messina Photographs.