What started as a hobby on the side, making patio cushions, has now lead into designing full, budget-friendly, custom wedding dresses from scratch here in Central Wisconsin.
The white lace on this custom-designed, sewn wedding dress was the perfect touch on a day of special commitment.
"The girl that bought the dress was thrilled that it was made in Wisconsin, and that it was one of a kind," Sue Weidner, With this Ring of Wausau seamstress and wedding designer.
One-of-a-kind dresses are inching their way on to the floor between the sparkly-covered fabrics and tiaras in Wausau's With This Ring bridal shop.
"I wanted women in Central Wisconsin to get a one-of-a-kind dress at a reasonable price," Weidner said.
With This Ring Owner Jill Nezworski and Weidner work together every day, and both say they bounce ideas off of each other to help brides' budget and choose a dress that's right for them.
Both women said they take pride in the non-traditional approach to making brides feel comfortable in their own skin for their custom day.
"We got brides requesting very specific things, like the camouflage (dresses)," Weidner said.
Weidner is known for her custom Wisconsin camouflage dresses, but it was a bride's decision between three dresses at one time at With This Ring that's led her to be one of the only wedding dress designers in Central Wisconsin.
"She said she likes this from this one, this from that one, this from that one," Weidner said.
Weidner and Nezworski said they work with the brides to find cost efficient fabric to help brides front the bill.
If they want a certain kind of dress with an expensive fabric, they can customize the dress in other ways to help ease the price.
While Weidner creates the custom dresses, she said she's thankful for the woman allowing it.
"Jill did do something for me," Weidner said. "She gave me an outlet for my creativity."
While Weidner's first dress was a perfect opportunity for the Wisconsin Woman, who made it from scratch, the women behind it hold a commitment and a bond to each other stronger than the seams that hold together every bride's dress that leaves With This Ring.
Weidner said the next step to expand her service of sewing, designing and creating dresses is to get an investor so she can start her own company.
She said she'll sell to Jill when that day happens.
If you'd like to get in touch with Jill and Sue, call With This Ring at 715-849-9459, or visit the store located at 1407 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54403.
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