The creative flexibility that is instinctively understood at AriaDress allows brides to mix and match dresses. I do not refer to a David's Bridal mix and match of color schemes. I mean, you can select the dress silhouette and choose your preferred skirt style. You can talk to them about adjusting sleeves to suit your preference. I think what really makes AriaDress tick is that the designer/president has the design practicality to know what works and the style understanding that women need variety because one size does not fit all. "Choices, it’s all about choices," Tak says. "With Aria you can pretty much customize any of our designs to get close to what your fantasy dress would look like. I also encourage brides to be creative. We might actually start a contest where brides can take a photograph of what they embellished about their dress to make it their own. For instance, it’s not that hard to send a dress to have part of it custom beaded by a local designer, or add a sash and a splash of color to the dress. I even had one bride who is going to buy a halter dress with the trumpet skirt and have it hand painted by a local artist. The simple silhouette of an Aria dress is like a canvas, you can make it fun and unique." The rules of customization available through AriaDress is simple: "the patterns have been made, and we stick with our designs but if people want spaghetti straps added or want a bow on the shoulder, want to add a costume sash, or make the available sash longer, things like that we can definitely add. A train is not quite long enough, and a bride wants to add two more feet: yeah, things like that we can do. It is on a case-by-case basis."
And Tak's final advice for brides is pure gold: "Know your body very well. Listen to your friends and to yourself and not to a salesperson. Just know yourself very well, know your positives, as well as what you don’t necessarily want to show. Bring a friend, but, and this is very important: don’t ever go to a bridal appointment with the whole bridal party and all your family. Too many opinions, you don’t know where to go, and what to listen to since everyone likes something different. Go with maybe two friends maximum to your appointments. And go with the friend who will tell you the truth, not the friend who tells you everything looks good on you all the time. I think it is very important that a bride knows what looks good on her. Go into your closet and pick out your favorite dress, the dress you love to wear all the time, and when you have to dress up, that is the first dress that you think of. That’s your best dress, use that as the base, and figure out what about that dress you love most. And use that as the ingredients for finding your wedding dress."