Six years ago I had my simple, modern wedding dress (not so much a gown) made by a dressmaker (Elizabeth) at Cicada. From design to collaboration to service it was a stellar experience (my Dupioni silk dress and a organza wrap came in at about $500.00, shoes were $200.00..but that is another review), so much so that six months ago when my husband and I decided to renew our vows, I went back to them. The second time around was hit and miss and miss...all service issues. It really broke my heart. I wanted it to be just like it had been. It wasn't.
Offering a combination of custom and couture dresses, I think Cicada Bridal is worth serious consideration, but be very clear about YOUR expectations for any appointment you make. After all this is YOUR time and money. If you are making an appointment to talk about their process, know that. If you are making a consultation appointment with a dressmaker and want to look at designs and get fitted, know that--and make sure they know that too. And if you can work with a woman named LaDawn King, your chances of success will increase exponentially.
POST SCRIPT-December 4. Just today I went to Cicada with a bride-to-be and it was a good experience. We were attended to graciously and all our questions were answered with patience and a fair amount of humor. So great to have a better taste in my mouth.