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A.Cherie Couture: Wedding Dress Shop in San Antonio, Texas for unique wedding dresses, custom veils, custom formal gowns, custom mother of the bride dresses / mother of the groom dresses, custom Quinceanera dresses, formal gown alterations, wedding dress preservation, Heirloom restyling and bridal gown alterations!

A.Cherie Couture | Wedding Dress Shop in San Antonio

A.Cherie Couture is a unique wedding dress shop in San Antonio offering unique personalized services for local brides and clients worldwide nestled in Fair Oaks in between San Antonio and Boerne.

We can custom make all kinds of dress designs in a variety of styles and silhouettes from sizes 0-50+ with everything being made to custom measurements. Our average price point for custom dress designs ranges from $2,500-$5,500, with more elaborate haute couture detailed designs ranging from $5,500-$15,000+.

A.Cherie Couture provides an incredible environment for all of our clients no matter their shape, size or personal design requests. We pride ourselves on our friendly and knowledgeable staff  so that we can create a wedding dress shopping experience as beautiful as the custom dress itself. We would love for you to come and see our San Antonio Showroom!

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Is a seamstress the same as a dressmaker?

  • While commonly perceived as interchangeable roles, the historical evolution of seamstresses and dressmakers reveals nuanced distinctions in their respective skill sets and professional responsibilities within the domain of garment production. Traditionally, a seamstress was recognized for her proficiency in sewing techniques, encompassing tasks such as hemming, stitching, and garment assembly. However, her expertise typically did not extend to the intricate craftsmanship required for crafting bespoke garments entirely from scratch. In contrast, a dressmaker epitomized a craftsman possessing comprehensive mastery in garment construction, including pattern drafting, fitting, and fabric manipulation. This disparity underscores the fundamental divergence between the two vocations, with a dressmaker symbolizing the epitome of artisanal skill in the creation of tailored attire, while a seamstress traditionally assumed a more auxiliary role, focusing on alterations and basic sewing tasks rather than the intricate artistry of garment creation. We as dressmakers are not limited in our technical ability and we can assure you that you are in the best hands!

Make an appointment today wether is be for wedding dress alterations, formal gown alterations or have something custom made just for you!

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All about Custom Dress Design : FAQS

A.Cherie’s Mission - Serving brides and clients worldwide

A.Cherie Couture is known for designing custom couture wedding dresses, locally and internationally for clients all around the world. Our mission as custom wedding dress designers, is to provide all of our brides and clients with an experience of a lifetime, no matter their location or unique idea they have for their own personalized dress. You can work with us on a local or virtual basis. close up heavy beaded wedding dress design

  • Our in-house custom dress designer has many years of experience and expertise working in the custom bridal industry, learning day by day what each and every client wants for their unique custom design and bringing that idea to life from pinterest boards to the final custom made dress! With our custom dress designer’s background in product development, fashion and graphic design, we know you will be overjoyed with your custom wedding dress! We have a very solid team of designers, seamstress, and product development experts who are artisans in their craft and specialize in impeccable fit. Although custom made to order wedding dresses are our fortay, we have expanded our services and now offer full service wedding dress alterations in San Antonio, formal gown alterations, day of dressing services, custom bridal veils, dress preservation and heirloom vintage gown restyling. Read more about our custom dress designer and the couture team here!  Check out more information about our other services here!
Where are you located?

A.Cherie Couture is a wedding dress shop in San Antonio . We serve clients locally and worldwide, utilizing technology to ease the process for our clients. We perform our custom dress design consultations via zoom or in person, while most of our other services are offered in person at our San Antonio Showroom.

How much does a custom wedding dress cost?

embroidery and couture beading wedding dressIn the traditional bridal industry, there are many factors that determine the price of a wedding dress between the boutiques, bridal shops, designer labels, wholesalers, retailers, etc. All of these factors drive up the cost, and you end up paying much more than you should. We cut out the middleman, allowing us to provide you with the highest quality wedding dresses, using a reasonable pricing system, allowing us to provide something unique for each and every bride to be.

  • The first step in receiving your personalized design assessment is after our design consultation together. Once we have our design consultation together, A.Cherie will assess your custom dress design as a whole and provide your personalized production assessment to you. Our pricing category structure varies on your own unique design, design complexity, materials and fabrics.

Most clients on average invest $2,500-$5,500 in their bespoke wedding dresses.For more intricate and heavily beaded or embroidered bespoke wedding dress designs, our clients on average invest $5,500 – $9,500+

All of our custom dress design packages include a pencil sketch, computerized personalized sketch, your own dress blueprint and made to your custom measurements.

The total price for a custom bridal gown is determined by a number of factors, like fabric selection, embellishments, and design complexity. Like every client’s vision, every project is unique and we create personalized production quotes for each and every client based on their own custom design.

More about the pricing for custom gowns here.

How long does it take to make a custom wedding dress?

unique wedding dress backOnce the order is placed at a bridal shop, you typically have to wait 4-8 months for your wedding dress to come in, and that doesn’t include the time it takes for multiple fittings and alterations. A.Cherie Couture cuts the dress production timeline down to a minimum, while still providing exquisite quality with our team of top seamstresses and manufacturers. The A.Cherie Couture custom dress process takes only 4~5 months for the Simple to Moderate price point categories, and 5-9 months for the Elaborate category with custom dress designs that involve extensive heavy beadwork. We then ship your custom dress to you, which is already made to your size and design specs, making the whole experience of wedding dress shopping faster, more convenient, and a unique experience of a lifetime That you will never forget!  Learn more about our custom dress design experience here.

Do you create other kinds of custom dresses besides wedding dresses?

Yes! We create other custom dresses besides wedding dresses. In the past we have created custom mother of the bride dresses, custom mother of the groom dresses dresses, Custom Quinceañera Dresses, Custom Formal Gowns, Custom Maid Of Honor Dresses, Custom Gala Gowns, and custom debutante, or cotillion dresses. We can Custom create dresses for any occasion! If you can dream It, we can design It!  View Pricing

Do I need to come in for in person dress fittings or alterations on my custom wedding gown?

Our Wedding Dress Shop is located in  San Antonio, Tx where we meet our clients in person.

All of our dresses are created to your custom measurements. We require 30+ measurements along with specific measurements required for your unique design. Over time, we have developed our custom measurement guideline that is easy to use, and all of our past clients have been able to find a local seamstress or tailor in their area to measure them for their custom wedding dress using our guideline. We provide all information for you, and are here for you if there are any questions. Alterations will be up to the bride/client and can be conducted with a local seamstress or tailor in their area. If the measurements are done correctly, and the client does not go through any weight changes, the dress would only need very little to no alterations since the dress is made to your custom measurements.

How do I prepare before my personalized design consultation for my custom dress?

We encourage our clients to have a good understanding of what they are wanting before scheduling a design consultation. We find it helpful to try on dresses of similar styles and silhouettes just to confirm that you are ready to commit to the design of your dream dress. Once you have your design in mind, this would be a good time to set up a design consultation with our designers. If you need some guidance on creating the dress of your dreams, no problem! Our designers are here to assist you and suggest things to you based on your body type, likes and dislikes, as well as assist with any other questions you may have. It is good to have at least a few inspiration images of your dress design, or different pictures from each dress you love.

Do you also custom make bridal accessories such as custom veils, wedding dress overskirts and bridal capes?

Yes! We can create custom veils that match your wedding dress or simply just bring your idea to life! We also can create custom wedding dress overskirts as well as bridal cape designs. Pricing varies based on design.

Do you Sell wedding dresses off the rack?

We currently do not sell wedding dresses off the rack. We custom make everything to the client’s measurements. We do offer a made to order wedding dress collection that you can find here.

ALL ABOUT WEDDING DRESS ALTERATIONS AND DRESS RESTYLING : FAQS

DO YOU OFFER WEDDING DRESS ALTERATIONS ON GOWNS BOUGHT OFF THE RACK OR ELSEWHERE?

Yes! We offer wedding dress alterations on all kinds of wedding gowns! We have worked on many designer dress labels and have lots of experience working with very complicated designs, intricate laces and fit. You are in the absolute best hands by choosing A.Cherie Couture to preform wedding dress alterations on your gown! See what our clients had to say for yourself! Google Reviewswedding dress alterations zipping client in

HOW MUCH DO WEDDING DRESS ALTERATIONS COST?

Most Clients should expect to invest  in the range of $250-$900+ on average for wedding dress alterations with expectations towards the higher end if the client wants to add customizations to their wedding dress that would require intensive labor. Payment is due at the time of your first fitting. Additional charges apply to rush orders needed within less than 4 weeks or less, please plan accordingly to avoid rush fees.

HOW FAR DOWN OR UP IN SIZE CAN A WEDDING DRESS BE ALTERED?

Most of the time, it is best to order or purchase a size that is as close as possible to your current size to avoid spending a fortune in alterations. Sizing a wedding dress down or up more than 2 sizes can result in lots of labor which would mean higher alteration costs for the client. However, your tailor could make other special alterations depending on your size, the dress’s current size in question, and its peculiarity. Resizing is an alteration we are specialized in and we can make suggestions on what is best during the alterations consultation.

WHAT ARE COMMON WEDDING DRESS ALTERATIONS THAT BRIDES SHOULD EXPECT?

Most brides should expect a hem for their wedding dress. Other common alterations are shoulder take ins, seam take ins or let outs, as well as bustles. Most store bought gowns do not come with bustles.

WHAT KIND OF OTHER ALTERATIONS DO YOU OFFER?

We currently offer formal gown alterations for Bridesmaids, Mother of the bride, Mother of the groom alterations, prom gowns and other formal gowns.

CAN YOU REDESIGN HEIRLOOM WEDDING DRESS AND VINTAGE GOWNS?

Yes! We have completed many wedding dress reconstructions successfully and have turned them into something modern and timeless! View more about our Dress Redesign Process here!

HOW LONG DOES THE DRESS REDESIGN PROCESS TAKE?

From initial design consultation to final fitting, the process takes about 4-6 months. At your design consultation we will discuss your own personalized timeline with you to make sure we stay on track for your modern masterpiece to be finished in time for it’s big reveal!

HOW MUCH DOES WEDDING DRESS REPURPOSING AND HEIRLOOM REDESIGN COST?
  • We have certain pricing packages based on the designated time we estimate your redesign to take through deconstruction and reconstruction that is determined at the design consultation once we discuss your personalized wants and needs for your project.
  • Our Dress repurposing and heirloom redesign packages range from $850.00 – $2,250.00. We do offer A la carte pricing for our heirloom restyling / wedding dress redesign serves if the project does not fall into one of our pricing packages.
DO YOU OFFER ALTERATIONS ON EVERYDAY CLOTHING AND MEN’S TAILORING?

We currently do not offer alterations on everyday clothing like jeans, everyday blouses and t-shirts. We are much more specialized and are made up of a team of highly skilled bridal seamstresses. We choose to only take on formal alterations so we can do our best job on each and every order! We currently do not offer menswear alterations or tailoring.

CAN YOU TAKE AN OFF THE RACK WEDDING DRESS AND MAKE CUSTOMIZATIONS TO IT?

Yes! As bridal specialists we can provide our clients with more customizations than other tailors or seamstress may be able to provide. Since we create custom wedding dresses, we have access to many fabric suppliers around the world and can source different fabrics to add into your wedding dress design, or create custom pieces such as matching veils, detachable sleeves, and change out skirt layers. Alterations that are more customized like this, do require more time so please plan accordingly as far as timeline and budget goes. Read more about our alterations.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME TO MY ALTERATIONS APPOINTMENT?

Make sure to bring your wedding dress and your shoes or shoes of the same height that you plan on wearing with your wedding dress so we can double check hem length and create an accurate bustle for you based on your shoe height. Other things you may want to bring are your undergarments such as Spanx or certain bras that you want to try on with your wedding dress. We need these things to make sure we fit the client appropriately and so that the alterations can be as successful as possible. Some brides like to utilize boob tape, which can be found a variety of places. If you plan on exploring this, please bring it to your fitting with you

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