It has always been my dream career to design and make beautiful dresses for brides. I have been sewing for as long as I can remember, being taught by my grandmother.

After studying costume design at university, I then went onto working for a Derbyshire bridal shop as their in-house seamstress.

It was after my own wedding in February 2018 that I decided it was time to follow my own dreams, and in that September, I launched Fiona Elizabeth Couture; designing and creating bespoke bridal wear for the unconventional bride.

For me it’s so important for you to feel like YOU on your wedding day, whether that means wearing a colourful dress or perhaps a stunning bridal two piece skirt and top or even a jumpsuit.

If you are considering having your wedding dress bespoke made, you will either have a really strong vision in your mind of what you are looking for, or you might have exhausted all of your local high street bridal shops and you just can’t find ‘the one’.

Here are few things you might like to think about before you embark on your bespoke dress journey.

Do your research

It’s so important to find the right dressmaker for you.

Things can get pretty personal with a dressmaker, so you need to feel comfortable with them and trust in their skill, knowledge and feel 100% confident they understand your vision.

One of the main worries that brides have when considering a bespoke gown is what the dress might look like when it’s finished, trusting your designer is key.

They will get to know you like your best friend and will help and guide you on your journey to create your dream dress.

Create a mood board

Pinterest is a great tool for collating all of your inspiration to help you design your perfect wedding dress. Think outside the bridal box here, what is it that inspires you in life?

Consider the time frame

Most designers will like to start anywhere from 6 to 12 months in advance of your wedding, allowing plenty of time for you to build that important relationship and develop your ideas, sourcing the perfect fabrics and allowing enough time for all the fittings you will need.

Consider other important factors of your wedding day

You may want to think about where are you getting married? How big is your chosen wedding venue? What time of year are you getting married? There are many factors that may influence the design of your wedding dress.
My tip would be to go for bridal separates this way you can easily adapt your look from ceremony to party!

Set a budget (and be prepared to blow it)

Having a dress bespoke made is a luxury process. Everything is done by hand, usually by one person, from initial design sketches, sourcing those fine laces through to preparing your gown and even dressing you on your special day. Not to mention the help and guidance you’ll receive.

Trust your gut!

The whole point of the bespoke process is to design a dress that is perfect for you. Yes we all want the backing and reassurance of friends and family, but the truth is this is YOUR dress. Only you know how you want to look and feel on your big day so don’t get too tied up in what others think, trust your gut!

Benefits of going bespoke

There are endless benefits to having your wedding dress bespoke made, your dressmaker will create a one-off piece that no one else will have and that is special to you. Incorporating sentimental fabrics such as your grandparents wedding dress or some pearls from a family heirloom. You can make a conscious decision to use ethically and environmentally friendly fabrics. Most importantly you will be supporting a usually local, small business.

Upcoming bridal trends for 2019

My favourite trends for 2019 are the big floaty sleeves! Blue dresses, metallic details and of course the bridal cape!

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