Bridal Bouquet: Custom Cut
If the racks at the area's bridal salons don't hold the dress of your
If the racks at the area's bridal salons don't hold the dress of your dreams, these shops can whip it up for you
Lele Custom Dresses, 207 South 13th St., 215-546-5975, lelecustomdresses.com
If your wedding dress lies somewhere among a pile of photos and ideas, bring them to Lele Tran — she'll take favorite elements from each to create one dream gown. She'll flatter your body type, get a perfect fit, and while she'll re-create affordable replicas of designer gowns (give her six months), she enjoys conjuring simple, silky, flowing designs, perfect for casual or beach weddings (about four). And the best part? Prices start around $500.
Janice Martin, 41 Cricket Ave., Ardmore 610-645-4540, janicemartin.net
Many brides find themselves at this Main Line shop staring blankly at expert seamstress Janice Martin, not really sure what they want. Personality and body type play a big role in creating her custom designs, and attentive sessions with drawings and muslin patterns guarantee a perfect fit — leave her ample time for this — while making sure you stay within budget. She will even refurbish a family heirloom (got Grandma’s veil?) for your Big Day.