How to Marry a Wedding Planner: Custom Dresses

Sometimes I still can’t get a firm grasp on reality when doing things like strolling the streets of Paris wearing a beautiful dress made by my husband. How is that real life? Ever wonder what the process may be like to create a custom dress with the designer and seamster (is that the masculine form of seamstress?) as your fiancĂ©? Here’s a glimpse into my world now that I’m married to a wedding planner…

When Steve and I were engaged and planning our honeymoon in France, we knew we’d want to dress up for nice dinners together as husband and wife. Several months prior to our trip, Steve mentioned that he wanted to make some dresses for me to take with us. (don’t even ask how we packed everything!) For a girl who can barely sew on a button, it was absolutely amazing to see Steve not only sew me a dress, but also design and pattern draft it all himself, too. I mean, the last time I had a dress made for me was probably an early ’90s Easter when I had a home perm. This experience was nothing like that.

There’s something so romantic about having the man you love be inspired by an idea and then choose to spend hours on a project to make you feel beautiful. Here’s the step-by-step process of how the dress came together.