1)   How long before my wedding/function should I book my dress 

or come for a consultation?     

It will depend on the time of year, and the difficulty of the dress.  January-April and 

September-December are always very busy, whilst May-August are more quiet. When your 

dress is due in summer, you should at least book your wedding gown 6 months in advance, 

and any other occasion dress at least 4 months prior to the function date.  

Although Galli would always do their best to help a last minute order, we do work on a 

first-come-first-served basis, and this only allows for a certain amount of dresses per 


2)   What do you charge for consultations/fittings?     

We do not charge for consultations or fittings.

3)   How long does it take to complete a dress?    

Wedding gowns can take anything between 150-230 hours to complete when the entire 

Galli team works together. Evening gowns take approximately 50-85 hours.  

We work on time and fitting schedules and we dont work on only one dress at a given 

time, so your waiting period will also depend on the work we have on hand. We work 

backwards from your function/collection date to determine your fitting schedule.

4)   How many times will I need to fit my dress before collection?    

Wedding gowns 3-5 fittings; and evening gowns 2-3 fittings.  Amount of fittings depend on 

the difficulty of the design as well as changes in weight etc. Changes in design after 

fittings have started, might result in more fittings and might result to extra costs.  Fitting 

schedules will specify exactly what needs to be fitted, and what the progress of the dress is.

5)   How much can I expect to pay for my dress? 

Individual quotations are worked out for each design.  Fabric and labour costs are all 

determined individually, in order for you to see exactly what you are paying for. Labour 

cost are determined beforehand on the amount of time we will spend on a dress.

6)   How does payment work? 

A 50% deposit will confirm your booking.  The outstanding balance is payable

on/before collection of your dress.  Payment can also be done in installments up 

until the date of your wedding/function - BUT only if arranged in advance.  All material

costs are for your account and payable on the day of purchase at the fabric store.

7)   What hours are you available for consultations and fittings? 

Strictly by appointment only.   We are open during office hours as well as some evenings, 

and most saturdays, for your convenience.

8)  Do I need to make an appointment before I can come and fit dresses? 

Yes definitely.  We travel between material shops and the studio, and are booked well in 

advance for fittings and consultations, which may last up to 90 minutes, so you might have 

to wait if no appointment was made.

9)   Do I need to buy my own material? 

Yes, but Galli will arrange a suitable time for you to meet at a material store in Pretoria, where 

you will be assisted in choosing the perfect fabric for your design.

10) How long before my wedding/function can I collect my dress? 

Most brides choose to leave their dress at our studio up until a week before the wedding. 

Galli has a set deadline for one week before any wedding/function, although if you booked 

in advance and your dress is finished earlier, you are welcome to collect it.  Please note that 

last minute orders may result in last minute delivery/collection.

11) When do I need to return my dress if I rented? 

One week after the date of the function, unless otherwise arranged with Galli.

12) Do I need to clean a rented dress before returning it? 

No. Galli has their own unique cleaning methods, and some drycleaners may damage our 

gowns, lace and beading. Please do not attempt to clean the dress yourself.