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Let’s design your wedding dress!
Have some fun and try our simple Couturekit web app (link in bio).
This is where our brides often start to express their ideas for their custom gown. We then arrange an appointment at our London or Surrey boutique, to try on some of the silhouettes from the app, look at fabrics, and sketch the perfect wedding dress design.
The design shown is the “Genoa” soft backless bodice with “Lucia” soft fishtail skirt, with example on model made in simple white crepe xx
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The delicate, ivory Leavers lace by our Leeds-based fabric experts James Hare Silks.
This is just one of the luxurious embellished bridal fabrics we have for you to choose from when you come to our London or Surrey boutique to have your bridal gown designed and made for you.
Interestingly, many brides-to-be feel they know nothing about which lace to choose when they start looking, but given a selection of options, she will instantly know if she doesn’t like it...and that’s the perfect place to start whittling it down.
If it doesn’t sing to her heart, it’s not the right one ❤️. Xx
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@jamesharefabric @littlebookforweddings @andsotowed @makeitbritish .
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My plan for Sunday! Wise words from Dr Yes... “..generally everything works if you switch it off and then turn it back on again...” xx
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@lovemydress @andsotowed @lisa.lyons.bridal @gailreidartist @livethepartylovetheplanet .
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Handmade in Britain by our bespoke veil-maker Joyce Jackson, here is a simple ribbon-edged two-tier veil.
This is just one of the veil sample styles we carry, for our real brides to try with their bespoke gowns.

The usual length of the blusher part at the front is about 30 inches from comb to tip, regardless of the length of the veil at the back (which can be any length you like, darlings).
Some of our brides ask if the blusher can be made longer...it can, but the reason they are mostly this length is that the fullest part of the veil then stops at the waist (accentuating how small it is by comparison), and also, if you choose to wear the blusher over your face, it doesn’t cover your bouquet.
If you’re asking the question “should I wear a veil on my wedding day”, the answer I give all my brides is 100% “it’s up to you...why not try one on and see how you feel”. For me, it is a thing of beauty, creating a dreamy quality and enhancing the silhouette of a strong, confident woman, in the most delicious gown she’ll ever wear.
It can be symbolic if you want it to be, you can wear the blush over your face, or not- it’s up to you.
It’s your wedding day and I think this is a day to step forward on a journey you were already on, with a person you love. You may want to incorporate elements in that special day which are symbolic to you personally, and a veil may be one of them Xx
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Our real bride Charlotte chose a soft ivory double silk crepe for her corset style gown, with a pearl belt and an elegant one-shoulder detachable top.
We worked with this creative bride to draw up the perfect design in a sketch, and then made to measure her dream gown to fit beautifully for her wedding at Hedsor House xx .
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@littlebookforweddings @andsotowed @jamesharefabric @hedsor @makeitbritish .
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Our elegant Meghan has really made that stunning boat neckline her own and we love it!
Our “Palermo” bodice, shown here in ivory matt satin with narrow sleeves and a black waistband, has been a classic in our #couturekit collection for a while now.
Thanks to the Duchess of Sussex, it is having a whole new revival.
If you love it too, then do come and try it and see if it suits you too at our London or Surrey boutique xx
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@littlebookforweddings @fabsab5 @andsotowed @jamesharefabric @haloandco @sarabispham @bennicarol @nwmake @hamhousent .
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Looking for a different kind of wedding dress experience?
You’ll find it here at our National Trust Ham House Bridal Boutique in London.
This beautiful capture by @charlesplantex is the entrance to the breathtaking Great Hall, through which all our London brides-to-be walk, to discover our elegant and secluded room within the grand main House.
Here, you’ll find inspiration for your gown, you can peruse our vast array of silks and laces, try on wedding dress samples, veils, tiaras and we’ll sketch your dream custom bridal gown vision for you to take away with you.
We pay for your National Trust visitor entry to this stunning property, and so many of our real brides will make a day of it, bring their mum or bridesmaid and enjoy exploring this historic House and Garden, taking in a trip to the Orangery Cafe on the way.
Welcome to bespoke luxury my lovelies...
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@littlebookforweddings @hamhousent @makeitbritish @andsotowed .
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For the newly engaged bride-to-be... congratulations and welcome to the exciting, colourful, inspiring world of wedding planning. We hope you enjoy every minute of the adventure.
We’d love to be a part of your journey, so when you’ve started to collect a few ideas for your dream bridal gown, do give us a call and we can show you how it works to have your wedding dress custom made to your own design.
Beautiful capture of a very beautiful engagement ring by photographer @anthonygoulddaviesphotography xx
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Silk chiffon “Rita” cape- the latest addition to our Couturekit collection, and a beautiful alternative to a veil.
Shown here with our sweetheart “Amore”
Bodice and tulip shaped “Naples” skirt in ivory crepe xx
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@littlebookforweddings @andsotowed @jamesharefabric @haloandco @bennicarol @nwmake @sarabispham .
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So in love with this fabric... I’ve made a cape in it...cut out some of the individual flowers and embellished a skirt with it...just itching to try it on something else... any ideas?? Xx
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@littlebookforweddings @andsotowed @makeitbritish .
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A simple sketch is the first step in creating your bespoke wedding dress.
When you come and see us to chat about your ideas for your gown, we help you try on a variety of silhouettes to see how you feel about them in the mirror, we help you select your dream fabrics, and you leave with your own personal sketch and fabric swatches.
Link in bio to find out more and make your appointment - hope to see you soon! Xx
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@littlebookforweddings @andsotowed @opalandco @jamesharefabric .
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Come and join us on PINTEREST... we’re looking a bit more ship shape and ready to inspire you 🌿.
I’m so thankful to the wonderful community of bloggers, techies, creatives, stylists and of course my sister dressmakers and designers who have helped nudge our maverick online presence towards some sort of cohesive “brand look” recently.
As they say, the race is long and in the end, it’s only with yourself. I think a website is never finished, the digital landscape shifts the moment you think you’ve got a handle on it, and who knows if your CTA button is the right colour!
To all new start-up creative businesses - a wise woman once told me “the first rule of business is to survive”. And if you’re spending your day doing what you love, then you’ve already achieved success. Keep going my friends. There are kind folk around you who will always help prop you up when you have a wobble, and if you ask them, will deliver the ruthless feedback you need, with grace and love. Xx
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@littlebookforweddings @andsotowed @opalandco @bwebagency @annabelbeeforth .
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Delicious guipure lace...just one of the beautiful fabrics our bespoke brides can choose from when they come to our boutique to have their dream dress made to measure xx
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@littlebookforweddings @andsotowed @makeitbritish .
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Relax....it’s Friday!
This soft ivory lace and nude crepe gown is created from our CoutureKit collection (see highlights), and is the epitome of laid-back effortless design. Comfortable, beautifully contoured with a deep plunging neckline (front and back). Perfect for the romantic summer bride. Xx
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@littlebookforweddings @andsotowed @haloandco @bennicarol @abbeyflowersgodalming @cheresebin .
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Even more beautiful in real life, this silver hand-beaded appliqué is just one of the finishing details you can choose to add to your bespoke wedding dress. Our brides have used her as a cap sleeve on a strapless dress, placed her drifting along her train, and added to a waistband create a focal point on a simple column gown.
This is design freedom, darlings...come and see us soon and we’ll help you design your perfect bridal gown xx
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@jannelford @andsotowed @littlebookforweddings .
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Gold sequinned wedding dress designed by our creative real bride Juliet for her wedding to Ciaran.
This dress was a truly collaborative process, incorporating the bride’s ideas and adapting the design as we went, to make a beautifully fitted, totally unique gown that really reflected Juliet’s vision, taste and personality, and suited her body shape perfectly.
Such fun! Wonderful image by @assassynation .
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@littlebookforweddings @andsotowed @makeitbritish .
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Real bride (during 3rd fitting): “I LOVE it- it’s perfect!”....pause...
Me: “is there a little something?”
Bride: “...no, it’s perfect “...
Me:..”hmmm...I think there’s a little something - go on, you can say, this is your wedding dress...”
Bride: “well, I know I never mentioned it before...but could I have a split??”
Cue: peals of laughter from me and head in hands from MOB (mother of bride) on sofa- “darling, why didn’t you tell Caroline before???”
Me: “split would look fabulous, no problem, let’s do it”
Bride cries.
Bride looks fabulous.
End of.
This is one of the reasons more and more brides are choosing the luxury of bespoke, with us. We feel it is perfectly fine to change your mind, put on weight, lose weight, and not have to worry about it.
This simple modern look shows bridal separates from our CoutureKit collection (can also be made as a dress). Made here in ivory crepe with little bows on the shoulders of the scoop neck “Amalfi” top and graceful split in the “Sophia” fishtail skirt. The lace edge veil is by Joyce Jackson, and photo by Benni and Carol photography. .
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@jjveilsuk @bennicarol @littlebookforweddings @andsotowed @makeitbritish @cheresebin @haloandco .
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