The Dornink Process | Des Moines Custom Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaids Dresses, Cocktail Dresses, Suits and Evening Gowns
Our typical lead time for Dornink wedding gowns is 4-6 months.  For all other Dornink styles the lead time is 12-16 weeks.  Orders are placed into production only once payment, order form and measurements (of all attendants) are received.  Please plan additional time for any alterations needed by your attendants.  Rush fees may apply to gowns ordered during our peak season.

To Order:  fax, email or mail your order form (for each attendant) to Dornink.
          fax: 515.864.0011
          email: [email protected]
          mail: Dornink, 518 East Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Please order all gowns in a bridal party at once to avoid dye lot changes in the fabric. Dornink can not guarantee dye lot matches on dresses ordered separately. Please have your payment method ready when ordering.

Rush orders during peak season
Dornink can accommodate rush orders depending on our production schedule. Rush fees may apply to orders under 12 weeks.
          8-11 weeks - $25 per dress
          4-7 weeks - $50 per dress
          2-3 weeks - $75 per dress
Please contact Dornink at 515.255.7528 with questions regarding production availability.

Off-peak season

During the off-peak season, we can shorten lead times to 1-2 weeks on Dornink cocktail styles and 4 weeks on Dornink bridal gowns.  Please contact Dornink for more specific information.  

Return Policy 
All sales are final on CUSTOM DESIGN.  

Styles and colors
All Dornink styles are offered in many fabrics and colors.  If you don't see what you are looking for, please just ask.  Our Design Studio allows you design the exact style you want and then select your color.  You can design the dresses and select the color or your attendants can each design their own style.  When placing your order, please include your confirmation number (located on emailed quote page) for each style. 

Pregnant or postpartum bridesmaids

Please submit the expectant bridesmaids' order with the other attendants.  Fill in her current size and PG in the order form.  For pregnant and post partum bridesmaids, please submit an updated size 8 weeks prior to the event.  If an empire style is selected, more fullness will be added to the skirt.  If the style is not empire, we will raise the waistline and add fullness to the skirt.  Alternatively, a pregnant bridesmaid can visit our Design Studio and design a style she will feel comfortable in for you event.  If an attendant discovers she is expecting after the order is placed, please have her should contact Dornink immediately.

Fabric swatches
Dornink is happy to mail fabric swatches (when available). Please select no more than five colors & allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Request fabric swatches at [email protected].

Discounts on multiples
          5% off per dress when ordering 2-3 dresses in the same fabric
          10% off per dress when ordering 4-9 dresses in the same fabric
          15% off per dress when ordering 10 or more dresses in the same fabric
Dornink gowns are priced based on fabric, design complexity and construction.  We can create most styles in either silk or polyester thus giving a wide range in price.  In the last year silk prices have sky-rocketed making the price of silk dupionni and silk shantung increase more than 20%.  Dornink understands that weddings are expensive and we are continually looking for fabrics that are both beautiful and cost effective. 

We recommend having your measurements professionally taken by a seamstress or tailor. Please use your largest measurement to determine your dress size on our size chart. Always select the largest size that your measurements demand.  As some dresses have fuller skirts they may accommodate a larger hip size.  Please read the fitting notes and description of each style carefully.  The client is ultimately responsible for choosing their size.  As dresses are made to our standard sizes, some alterations are to be expected.

Fabric is available for purchase by the yard.  Cotton/acetate Bengaline is $11/yard, poly dupionni and poly satin are $14/yard, silk dupionni is $22/yard and silk shantung is $30/yard. If fabric is to accompany dresses, it should be ordered at the time of dress order to ensure dye lot matches.

Please feel free to contact Dornink at [email protected] or 515.255.7528. We are more than happy to update you on your order.
Custom Design

The process
Your CUSTOM designed dress will begin with a one hour consultation, during which time we will discuss your garment design and fabric options. Whether you are customizing a Dornink style or we are custom designing from scratch, we will work with you to make sure the design flatters and complements your body.  Once we have finalized a style and fabric, we will email you a price quote.  The next step is to place your initial investment for your CUSTOM designed gown and set up your fittings.  For your first fitting we often create a muslin (cotton version) of the style to ensure quality fit before we cut into your final fabric.

Please feel free to bring pictures of gowns or the actual garments.  We will work with you to incorporate your favorite aspects of each design to create a beautiful cohesive design that flatters your body.

Time frame
At Dornink try to work with our clientele to accommodate their schedules. Our typical lead time for CUSTOM wedding attire, wedding gowns, mother of the bride or groom is 4-6 months.  For CUSTOM bridesmaid or cocktail dresses the lead time is 12-16 weeks.  Rush fees may apply to dresses ordered with timeframes less than 12 weeks during our busy season.  Please contact us to discuss your specific information. 

Our CUSTOM wedding gowns start around $1,400 and our cocktail / bridesmaid dresses start around $220. The cost varies depending on the style and fabric chosen. CUSTOM designed gowns include all fittings, alterations and pressing.
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express and Check. (Checks must clear before order is placed into production).  Payments may be made over the phone, 515.255.7528, however all orders must be submitted by email, fax, mail, or in person.  Payment in full is required for all web based orders. 

For garments being fit or picked up at the Dornink boutique, we require a deposit to begin production. Once the fabric is ordered your deposit is nonrefundable. We ask for a $500 deposit on all wedding gowns, $200 on mother of the bride/groom and a $100 deposit on cocktail/bridesmaid dresses. Final payment can be made when the garment is complete.

Sales tax

Sales tax is charged if we ship the dresses to a residence in Iowa or your order is picked up at Dornink. The sales tax for Iowa residents is 6%.

Returns & Exchanges

Dornink does not keep stock on cocktail styles or fabric. Design Studio dresses may be exchanged for a re-design (using the same fabric) within 7 days of receipt of dress.  All sales are final on CUSTOM DESIGNED dresses.  
In Store


We do carry ready-to-wear and samples of all Dornink styles in our store. Many of our samples are available for purchase. 


We carry a wide variety of accessories from bridal head pieces, earrings, and necklaces to everyday earrings, clutches and scarves.  Please visit our store to see them in person.


We do ask that you make an appointment to try on Dornink styles.  This allows us to work with each client and give the best service possible to each customer.  During your appointment we will discuss all the ways our styles can be customized and the fabric options available.  You are more than welcome to stop by our store anytime to see all Dornink styles and accessories. 


We do regular alterations on just about anything women's apparel (we try to avoid leather). We do expert wedding gown alterations on gowns not purchased from Dornink.


Our store hours are 10:00 am - 5:30 pm Monday through Friday and 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturdays. We are not open on Sundays.


Dornink ships through UPS signature. Please ship dresses to a location where someone will be present to sign for the package.  Please indicate your shipping preference on your order form. Domestic shipping and handling prices are listed below.  For international shipping, please contact Dornink for specific rate information.
          Ground - $15 per dress
          3 day air - $20 per dress
          2 day air - $25 per dress
          Overnight - $30 per dress
          Ground (all dresses to one address) - $35