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Having a custom or custom bridal gown made is a very special, time intensive and exciting process. A custom gown is made from beginning to end with the individual bride in mind. This means that the fit is tailored from the start to fit you perfectly. Designs are informed by your taste, figure and ideas. All the little details are carefully considered and delicately hand finished to perfection.
At NUPT bridal we pride ourselves on making this a special and memorable time for each bride that is a stress free part of your wedding preparation. We form meaningful relationships with our brides during this process and believe that your complete trust in us will enable us to create the best version of your dream gown.
Every creation at NUPT bridal is a celebration of our love of fabrics, our passion for creating beautiful garments, and the magic of seeing sketches and ideas come to life on our clients for their wedding day.
Custom Process

At our initial consultation at our studio in Johannesburg or over Zoom we discuss your ideas, fabrics and details, get to know you a bit better and understand what you are hoping for in a wedding gown. This is a collaborative process; we interpret your ideas, personality and style and use our design skills and experience to bring your dreams to life. We have samples of our ready to wear collection in studio that brides are welcome to try on to help figure out the right silhouette and feel for your gown.
 Each of our gowns is created from beginning to end at our studio. This process takes at least 3 months to complete, and many of our clients start this process with us a year in advance and we do prefer a time frame of 6 to 12 months. Gowns for events within 3 months will incur a rush fee. 
We require local brides to come for 3 -5 fittings throughout the process, while our gowns for international and out of town brides usually involve 2 fittings. This being said our studio has produced gowns for clients with no fittings at all! Having your gown made with us as an international or out of town client is totally achievable once we have your accurate measurements. Our fitting process begins with measurements, which are taken at every meeting, after which a mock up of the gown is created for you to ensure a perfect fit.  In the proceeding fittings our brides witness the evolution of their gown from start to finish and see each stage of production.
Should you be unsure of what you would like in a wedding gown and are researching options, or unsure if the custom route is for you, you are welcome to book an appointment at our studio to fit our existing gowns and see which silhouettes work for you. 
Made To Order Gowns

At NUPT Bridal we create annual collections of made-to-order gowns. These gowns can be fitted at our studio in Parkhurst, Johannesburg, or ordered through our website. Should you not be based in South Africa, we often work with out of town and international brides and we ship worldwide. Gowns from our off the rack collections are made to order, and production takes 3 - 6 months. Any gowns ordered in a shorter time frame can potentially be accommodated but will incur a rush fee.  Prices range from R12 000 to R35 000.

Consultations with the designer are 1 hour and cost R250. These are by appointment only. If you are interested in having a custom NUPT gown created, please get in touch at
*Please note that we limit the number of people you bring with you to 2. Choosing your wedding dress can be overwhelming, and too many opinions can make you lose sight of what you want. Bring only your most special and supportive friends and family. 

Email us for any queries

Email us with any questions you have regarding size, fit and styling. We are here to help you every step of the way!

Request a fabric swatch

Want to experience our exquisite laces and fabrics in person? Request a fabric swatch of your favourite gown by emailing us.
It is R150 to order a swatch.