The Wedding Dresser was founded by Susan Ruddie, a costume designer and textile artist, as a green wedding service offering to recycle wedding gowns after the wedding by hand dyeing and restyling.  

Our alterations service started on request by brides who could not find a Bridal specialist to alter their gowns. Susan realized that Brides buying dresses from online retailers, sample sales, pre-owned sites, and from shops that did not offer alteration still needed all of the services offered by traditional Bridal Salons - corsets, crinolines and accessories to try with your gown at your fitting, gown cleaning and preservation, and Wedding Day Dressers and Stylists.

While growing these services Susan created a new model for a Bridal business - hiring experienced, talented artisans from theater and fashion who work on our dresses and accessories to support persuing their own creative path.

As the business grew Susan began making her clients headpieces, belts, sashes and wraps.   They sold so well she took the line wholesale creating Susan Spring for The Wedding Dresser accessories.    Susan Spring is now the in-house line at PanacheNY and is carried at Kleinfeld and other fine salons.  

The Susan Spring Accessories line is available at our studio along with other fabulous lines of accessories, veils and jewelry.   Comoing soon


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