You know what happened at this year's Lovesick Expo in Seattle? I met THE Chrissy Wai-Ching Leung of Wai-Ching Studios. Not only did she make my very specific dream come true when she gave Ariel and I matching designer unitards, but she's also been making Offbeat Bride readers' dress dreams come to life for years and years.
Wai-Ching dresses are so dreamy that I sometimes forget they're FOR REAL, so I was all a-flutter when I saw them in real life, all lined up, in the prettiest raw silk rainbow I've ever seen.
These dresses may look like fantasies, but I assure you they're real, they're just as gorgeous in real life, and you can totally hook yourself up with one for your wedding. Let's get a Wai-Ching reality check with real brides, real experiences, and really awesome dresses…
What was the real-life Wai-Ching ordering process like?
I sent her my measurements and a few months later the dress arrived, even more beautiful than the photographs (you don't get a full sense of the real texture of the fabric from the pictures). It fit so perfectly that I didn't have to make a single alteration.
It honestly would have been a different wedding without this dress. It sounds strange to say, but somehow it brought the day together–a beautiful, personal, authentic center from which everything else radiated.
-Jenny K. (Northampton, MA)
What about the whole pricing situation?
“I highly recommend Wai Ching for your formal wear needs. I can't believe how well my dress turned out and that I got a one-of-a-kind dress that didn't cost more (and in many cases less) than the off-the-rack wedding gowns. (Pinch me!)”
-Bethany H. (Oakland, CA)
“The price is amazing for the works of art she creates. Considering what I probably would have been willing to spend on a wedding dress, she saved me a good $250-$350. In addition to all that, Chrissy was a friendly and accommodating person to work with. Everybody including my groom and myself LOVED my dress.”
-Adrienne K. (Seattle, WA)
What about wearing that work of art at your actual wedding?
“It was so beautiful, and SO comfortable. At two in the morning, having been on my feet all day, and dancing most of the night, I was still perfectly comfortable in the dress! It in no way required “maintenance” in the way that some dresses do — I didn't have to worry about it sliding down or looking weird at all the whole day.” -L S.
We all learned something today, besides the fact that Ariel and I look amazing in unitards. We learned that Wai-Ching dresses are not just the stuff of dreams and legend… they're the stuff your wedding dress is going to be made from. Now take all that good learnin' and go make your Wai-Ching dreams a reality.