What is the difference between a Cameo Couture custom gown and a Cameo Couture collection gown?

If you have a vision of your dream gown, a custom designed gown is the ultimate in personalization. The designer will guide you through silhouette, fabric, and trim selection for a one of a kind gown that truly reflects your style and individuality.
Our collection gowns are different because you choose from one of our existing styles. Our collection is made-to-measure which means we custom cut your gown in the size that is closest to your measurements. With a collection gown youíll get the personal fit and impeccable workmanship not found in traditional off the rack dresses, at prices lower than our couture gowns.

What are your price ranges?

Our collection gowns range in price from $1,500 to $3,500. Cameo Couture custom gowns range from $3,000 and up. The price is based on the silhouette, fabric and amount of handwork.

Can I make changes to a collection gown?

Pamela the designer will work closely with you to find the fit, fabrication, and customized detailing that will best fit you and your wedding day. Changes to the design of a collection gown may be subject to additional charge but one of our consultants can help you keep the price within your budget. We also have a fabulous selection of sashes, belts, wraps, and capelets which are a great way to customize your look.

How far in advance should I order my gown?

If you are purchasing a gown from the Cameo Collection please allow 2-4 months. If your gown is a custom design please allow 2-6 months. There is an upcharge for a rush order based on availability.

Are appointments required?

We welcome brides to visit our shoppe at Bella Sera without an appointment to browse our collection and to meet Pamela the designer. Call to make an appointment Tuesday through Sunday.

How long does an appointment last?

Appointments at the Cameo Couture shoppe typically last thirty minutes to an hour.

Do you allow photography in your shop?

Once you have placed your order you are welcome to take pictures for personal use.

What do I need for my first fitting?

If you already have the shoes you will be wearing with your dress please bring them with you. We do ask that you bring any foundation garments you are planning to wear under your gown.

Can I bring someone with me to my fittings?

You are welcome to bring guests to your fittings. Having friends and family with you can help when finalizing your design or choosing the right accessories. Itís also a great idea to bring your maid-of-honor or wedding consultant to one of your fittings to learn how to bustle your gown and help with your headpiece.

How many fittings are required for a custom made gown?

Our couture process typically requires three to five fittings. A collection gown includes three fittings.

What happens if my weight changes after my first fitting?

We understand that it is common for a brideís weight to change in the weeks leading up to her wedding, however, additional charges may apply if your change in weight results in additional alterations. If you think you may lose significant weight (more than 5 pounds) please let us know before your first fitting so we may plan your remaining fittings to minimize last minute alterations.

Where are Cameo Couture gowns made?

We pride ourselves in offering gowns and accessories made exclusively in the USA. Cameo Couture made-to-measure and custom designed gowns are made here on the Northshore. Our team of designers, pattern makers, cutters and seamstresses are located on the premises.

What colors are your gowns available in?

Almost all gowns in the Cameo Couture collection can be made to order in just about any color, not just white or ivory. You can also choose from our extensive library of luxurious fabrics in all different shades, textures and weights. Color accents are available and can be added to several styles with flowers, sashes or underlays.

What sizes are available to try on in your shop?

Most gowns in our collection are available to try on in a size 8. We will do our best to accommodate smaller or larger sizes to show you how the gown would look and feel when made to measure.

Where do you get your fabrics from?

Most of our fabrics are imported from Europe and Asia.

Is a deposit required to place an order?

Once you have selected your wedding gown we require a 50% deposit to place your order. Payments can be made by cash, check or credit card. The balance is due at pick-up.

Do you have bridesmaids dresses?

We offer custom or you can coordinate your look with one of the many bridesmaids styles offered by Bella Sera Bridal.

How will I know that Iíll like my custom gown before itís even made?

Youíll actually get to try on a trial version of your gown while we work on your design. As part of the couture process we construct your entire gown from cotton first to perfect the style and fit.