Wedding Dress Designer – Vinka Design
BESPOKE NEW ZEALAND-MADE WEDDING GOWNS FOR OVER 50 YEARS
Beautifully crafted gowns with only the finest fabrics and laces sourced from around the world, created the old fashioned way – by hand.
LEADERS IN BRIDAL DESIGN
Established by Vinka Lucas, an entrepreneur who paved the way for modern bridal design and haute couture evening wear in New Zealand starting from the early 1960s. The label’s founding principles of New Zealand made design and an emphasis on creating beautiful, timeless wedding gowns have endured through the decades and today Vinka Design stands alone in its heritage of design and romanticism. The award-winning work of Vinka included distinguished clientele from the worlds of opera, stage, royalty, diplomatic circles, beauty pageants and special charity events. Over recent years Vinka Design has become a family business and today Vinka Design is led by Vinka Lucas’ daughter Anita, a talented designer and former model. Anita understands the importance of enhancing your best features and providing exceptional design creativity along with an emphasis on customer service which Vinka Design is famous for.
THE VINKA DIFFERENCE
Meeting you for a personal consultation is the first step to discuss your ideas in detail. We are here to help you find the right style for you. Come in and try on gowns from our in-house designer collection. We can then determine which fabrics you like and begin the process of sketching and collaborating with you to create your dream gown. Plus we will provide you with a quote that is all-inclusive – no hidden costs or surprises!
At Vinka Design, we are with you every step of the way – we understand that it’s more than JUST a dress.
Consultation fees are credited when purchasing a gown from our in-house or custom made collection.
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I had an idea in my mind of what I wanted in a dress but I couldn’t find it. After visiting some wedding dress shops I was left feeling disappointed and a little disheartened. I hadn’t wanted to spend a lot of time shopping but wasn’t having a lot of luck in finding a wedding dress. My last appointment was with Anita and she did not disappoint. The initial meeting was so easy, comfortable and fun. I tried on a few dresses and described to Anita the elements of each that I loved, she grabbed out her drawing pad and began to sketch. There was my dress on paper within an hour of meeting Anita! It was a hassle free process from there and going in for fittings and chatting with Anita was always a lot of fun. The end result was stunning, it was just what I had imagined and more. Anita is incredibly talented and makes you feel so comfortable throughout the process, I couldn’t recommend her more.
I was beyond pleased with my wedding dress experience, thanks to Anita and her team at Vinka Design. I had a dress in mind but had been struggling to find the right one or designer on my search. Then I met Anita... Right from the first meeting, I knew that I would end up with a beautifully crafted dress that I loved and would feel totally comfortable in on my big day. I appreciated that Anita never made me feel rushed or stressed and she put me at ease and every time I went for a fitting. I especially love that Vinka's dresses are designed and created in the very next room. Anita gave expert advice to create the most flattering design and I ended up with a dress even better than I had imagined! I felt truly amazing on my wedding day and had so many comments on my beautiful dress. I will treasure it forever - thank you!
The minute I saw the Vinka website I dreamed about them making my wedding dress and as soon as I emailed Anita the dream became reality. I loved my dress from top to toe. It was absolutely incredible! Wish I could wear it every day. I wanted something a bit different and Anita and team could not have done a better job. Anita made the process so easy, fitting in appointments around my trips to Auckland. Anita is a design genius, incredibly talented and always professional. Thank you Vinka Design for bringing by dream dress to life. xxx
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Frequently Asked Questions
There’s a lot more to getting a dress for your special day than meets the eye and naturally brides have a lot of questions to ask about the process, the timing and the finer details of finding the perfect gown. We’ve assembled some of the questions we hear most often to hopefully help make this part of planning your wedding that much easier.
The best time to start the search is when you already have a good idea of when your wedding is going to be and what sort of venue you’re going for, whether it be a church, a beach etc. This lets us know how much time we have to work with and helps us find an appropriate style of gown for the occasion. It’s never really too early to get started and making plans sooner often makes things easier as it gives you a better idea of how much to budget for. Because we make all our gowns in-house we can be flexible and if needed we are able to work on a tight schedule, though ideally we’d have around 4-12 months to ensure that everything is perfect.
Not at all. We are designers and a big part of what we do is about knowing what styles and fabrics to use to help accentuate and flatter a bride’s figure and personality so that she looks and feels flawless on the day. We have an extensive in-house collection of gowns and fabrics to work with for inspiration and are more than happy to work alongside you to bring your dream gown to life – even if you aren’t quite sure what it looks like yet.
While a large portion of our gowns are featured here we still have many that are only in our showroom, as well as a range of exclusive laces from all over the world that we are constantly adding to with pieces that are made-to-order. It’s not hard for us to find inspiration and our in-house collection is always growing, so it’s well worth coming in and having a look at what we’ve got in our atelier.
Most of our gowns are between $3,500.00-$9,000.00 depending on the fabrics used and the amount of work involved in crafting the gown. Custom-made gowns are generally more expensive than those that have already been made but it does depend on the dress.
Consultations are where we discuss thoughts, ideas, likes and dislikes, the venue and so on to get a general feel for the overall look of the gown. Sometimes we start with a silhouette and find fabric to suit, and other times a fabric is chosen and the design is tailored around it. Often a bride will come in with her own ideas or having fallen in love with one of our gowns but we are also able to use our collection to try out different styles and explore different possibilities. The end result is a sketch that shows the concept of the gown and helps ensure that you are happy with its design so that the process of physically creating the gown can begin.
A consult generally lasts an hour and costs $100.00, which is then taken off the cost of the dress if a purchase is made. If more than one session is needed however it comes at no extra cost. You are welcome to bring along anyone you choose, whether they be parents, grandparents or friends, or even come alone – whatever you feel most comfortable with.
We generally like to have three fittings across the process, along with one appointment to take measurements beforehand. The first two fittings are about ensuring that the body of the gown fits perfectly, focusing on the neckline and the bodice. This requires the bra that the measurements were taken in, and ideally for the best fit it’s a good idea to be at the same size that you’ll be on the day. The second or third fitting will ensure that the hemline is the right length so having the shoes you want to wear at this point is vital.
We accommodate this simply by working a bit closer to the date of the wedding so that you’re as close to the size you will be for the day as possible – no extra costs are involved.
Usually we start making the dress 2 ½ – 3 months before the date, with brides usually being able to pick up the gown the week before or week of the wedding depending on what they prefer.
Accessories are an important part of the bride’s look and making sure that they flatter both her and the gown is essential. For us advising a bride on how to accessorise for the big day is an integral part of the process and we have a broad range of accessories and veils in-store to help inspire and bring your look to life. These are available for purchase and we can also make a veil to order specifically to suit your dress and tastes. Of course, if you already have your own jewelry, that works fine – you just need to bring it to the final fitting so we can make sure you’re happy with how it all fits together.
We do not – however, we are more than happy to advise, design or provide fabrics for the occasion.
This isn’t a problem for us, although we do have to do things a bit differently so as to minimise the amount of times you need to travel to us. We like to take measurements in the same visit as the initial consult and then ideally handle the first and second fittings together in the next visit, which we often do over the course of a day. The third visit is generally overnight and involves the third and final fittings. Depending on the complexity of the gown it will be complete and ready to be picked up by the end of the third visit. This is just a general idea of how we like to handle the process – ultimately the approach we take will change between brides so that we can tailor it to best suit your circumstances and the intricacies of the gown.