Beauty by Design | Minneapolis Handmade Bridal | Wedding Dresses
Handmade Bridal and Formal Wear
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Beauty by Design is a positive solution to an ethical dilemma. Today there are many places to shop for a wedding gown with few options to purchase one which is made ethically. All of our products are individually handmade and most are made with sustainable or natural materials.



What is the price range of your dresses?

We can design and create dresses between $500 and $5,000 depending on the level of complexity and the materials chosen to use.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, you can call us or book online for a shopping, alterations, or consultation appointment.

How far in advance should I shop for my dress?

We recommend shopping about 6 months before your wedding date. It normally takes about 3 to 4 months for a dress to come in and about 4 to 6 weeks for alterations. We also need about 6 months for a custom made dress. If you have less than 6 months, some of our designers offer a rush service or you might be able to find the right one off the rack.

What do I need to bring with to my appointment?

To get a better idea of how your dress will look on the wearing day, we recommend bringing or wearing a strapless bra and some heels like the ones you’d like to wear with your dress. Make it fun and bring your closest friends and family members. But remember, the more opinions the more confusing it can be. Also, this is a big decision and you don’t want to be distracted by watching children, so it’s usually best to find childcare.

I like one of your dresses but would like to add sleeves. Can you do that?

Yes, we love creative customizations! Deborah will work with you to understand your needs and wants, then work with the designer of the dress to get the matching fabrics or whatever you have in mind.

Can you design a dress for me from scratch?

Yes! Have a specific design in mind that you can not find anywhere? Deborah will work with you to create a fully custom, one of a kind dress made just for you! We do not copy other designers work, but would use it for inspiration. See more about custom design in our services.

Will you alter my dress from another store?

Yes! We are not equipped to do all kinds of alterations on all clothing, only bridal and formal wear. Dresses must be clean before doing alterations. Want major changes? No problem, we have no creative limit! Remember to bring the exact under garments and shoes that you will be wearing with your dress in order to get a proper fit.

Do you have bridesmaid or mother of the bride dresses?

Yes, we have a small amount of formal wear in stock, some of which is orderable and some pieces are one of a kind. Some of our bridal dresses can also be ordered short and in color, but the price would be similar to the wedding gown price. We are also happy to custom make dresses for the whole party!