Appointments

The Journey

Finding your dream dress should be an unforgettable experience, although it can be a bit a daunting too! Not to worry, we have got you! Read on to see what we offer and we will help you navigate your way to find the dress of your dreams.

Aria by Juan William Aria

ARIA is our made-to-order collection, designed for the bride that is looking for a modern, yet timeless dress at an affordable price.  We spend months coming up with beautiful designs and details, sourcing the best and most beautiful fabric, and putting the collection together.  ARIA features both a Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collection, so you are able to find a dress that suits your envisioned day. 

If you are wanting the complete “Say Yes to the Dress” experience, or are a bit unsure as to how you want your dress to look or what looks best on you, then this this the option for you.  As each dress needs to be ordered and then altered for the perfect fit, we suggest a 4 – 6 month lead time.  Please have a look at our stockiest list to book your appointment. 

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Juan William Aria

The JWA bride is looking for a bespoke and unique-to-her dress that perfectly captures her soul and style.  Together, we create your dream dress, building something that is as unique as you.  In creating your masterpiece, we source the highest quality fabric and beaded pieces, and work on your body and measurements to make sure you shine in your dress.  Each piece is as unique as it’s bride, and creating a custom dress is truly a work of art; therefore we recommend a 6 – 8 month lead time – trust us, the time is worth it!

Consultation Appointments

We offer three consultation options to suit your unique wants and needs.

Personal Consultation Sessions

The Personal Consultation Sessions focus on building your envisioned dress, which reflects your personality and personal style, and highlights your favourite features.  This is where the magic happens! After the consultation, Juan will provide you with one to two sketches, and a personalised quote. Due to the personalised nature of the design process, we recommend a 6 – 8 month lead time. 

Duration: 45 – 60 minutes

Cost: R250-00

What to bring: All your sources of inspiration – ideas, pictures, or mood boards are welcome to get our creative juices flowing.  If there is a specific accessory you plan on wearing, please bring it along.

The Personal Consultation Sessions are limited to three people, including the bride.  If you would like to include a few extra sneaky guests, please add this to the ‘Comments’ section when making your booking. 

Champagne Consultation Sessions

You’re getting married, so it’s time to pop some bubbles!  With a glass of bubbly in hand, the Champagne Consultation Sessions focus on building your envisioned dress, which reflects your personality and personal style, and highlights your favourite features.  This is where the magic happens! After the consultation, Juan will provide you with one to two sketches, and a personalised quote. Due to the personalised nature of the design process, we recommend a 6 – 8 month lead time. 

Duration: 60 – 80 minutes

Cost: R500-00

What to bring: All your sources of inspiration – ideas, pictures, or mood boards are welcome to get our creative juices flowing.  If there is a specific accessory you plan on wearing, please bring it along.

The Champagne Consultation Sessions are limited to three people, including the bride.  If you would like to include a few extra sneaky guests, please add this to the ‘Comments’ section when making your booking. 

Rush Orders

Is your wedding/event in less than 3 to 5 months away? Don’t stress, we are here to help!

Pop us an email with your name and surname, and ‘Rush Order’ in the subject line, and we will do our best to help you out.

The Process

Let the magic happen! We pride ourselves in creating an unforgettable and curated experience for all our clients.  Once you’ve designed your bespoke piece, signed your contract, and paid your deposit, the real fun begins!

Fabric Sourcing

Together, we set up a convenient date and time to source your fabric.Should your fabric be hand beaded, we will provide you with pictures and designs from our international vendors for you to look at and select from. 

Fittings

This is a special time where we see the dress come to life. To make sure your dress has that perfect fit and feel, we require three to four fitting sessions. Fitting sessions will be made at a date and time convenient to both parties.  Fittings can range from 15 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on the dress, and so we allocate one hour for fitting sessions. 

Measurements

We take and record your measurements at the fabric sourcing stage.  We want your dress to fit you perfectly, whether you are sitting down to grab a bite to eat or letting it loose on the dance floor, so we can arrange a measurement session one week before your first fitting.

First Fitting

This is the most important one!  Juan will fit a mock-up of the dress in a substitute fabric, so that we can establish the best fit and proportion of the dress. 

Please bring along your shoes – if you haven’t found the ideal pair yet, please bring along a pair that has a similar heel height. 

Second Fitting

At this fitting, you will try on the shell of your dress.  The dress is made in the base fabric, so that any other tweaks or alterations can be made before adding the lace or beading, fitting the zip, and adjusting the hem.

Third Fitting

Isn’t she beautiful? At this stage, all the details of your dress, such as beading, lace, hem and zip, have been added, and after a few minor alterations, your dress should be ready to go home with you!

Should Juan feel that additional fittings may be required, he will communicate this to you as early as possible.