Photo S1 Studio/Gown Amy-Jo Tatum
I've found while brides are searching for new ways to economize these days they still want to keep that 'ultra-chic factor' going . .  As a result, more are opting for the simple budget-conscious gown then taking it to the dressmaker or designer to get it personally customized. So how is customizing your gown different than a custom made gown? A custom gown is made from scratch, that is, you and the designer working with a pattern and raw cuts of fabric to create it from the ground up. Customizing a ready-made gown is different. It involves remodeling and/or embellishing one already put together. It can be store bought, sewn or inherited as long as it's fairly basic and free of mass adornment. However you come by owning this gown, once it's finally delivered suppose you plan on adding a detachable train to the waist and heirloom lace to the bodice. Those two details if integrated, would make the gown ideal, distinctively yours. Customized. Getting started Below are a few great gowns that would make ideal candidates for customizing.  Think about what embellishment you might add.  A silk gauze train that floats when a breeze comes up?  An overskirt of tulle ?. . . the possibilities are numerous

This gorgeous shoulder swag of pink rosettes suddenly turns this strapless bodice asymmetrical and stunning.
 This lace over blouse is a beautiful addition to a strapless sheath. While lace is expensive, with the right designer, a little bit can go a long way . . . .
The above creation was a pleasure to customize. The gown is a simple sheath with criss-cross straps. The addition is a silk organza train dappled in rose petals and silk florals

Bottom photo: Hair by Kao Vey Saephanh
Makeup by Necia Whitmore