Would You Consider A Bespoke Wedding Dress?

Would you consider a ” bespoke wedding dress “?  And what exactly do I mean by “Bespoke”?



According to Wikipedia,

Bespoke is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification. It may be altered or tailored to the customs, tastes, or usage of an individual purchaser.[1]

Sounds expensive, doesn’t it?  But actually…not so.  I had the opportunity to speak to the most lovely lady from the UK Saturday morning.  She is starting her own custom wedding dress design company.  It wasn’t a conversation by chance, we planned the business call.  But it was enjoyable, and thought provoking. And no, it is not the company above.  I am going to be receiving a press release from her soon, and I will share it with you.  Yes, I know I’m being a bit of a tease, but it’s worth the wait.

I had been under the impression, as I bet you have been, that a custom dress was just out of my price range.  That is not the case.  And think of the possibilities!  If you’ve been dress shopping recently, as a bride, a mother of the bride, sister or friend of the bride, you know the dress choice often comes down to a compromise.  It may be cost, it may be design, but ultimately, something has to give.  That’s where a bespoke wedding dress designer can be your best friend.  She will help you choose your favorite fabric, color, design and make it fit your figure perfectly.


Rock My Wedding

The above photos show some of the stages a designer goes through to create the perfect wedding dress.

When daughter # 2, my first daughter to marry, purchased her wedding dress, I was shocked at the mandatory fee attached for alterations – $ 700.00.  This fee was whether only a simple hem was required , or a total make over of the dress.  Unacceptable.  We had our own seamstress  do the simple alterations for a fraction of the price – to great results.  But with my new designing friend, all alterations are included in the price of the dress.


Alexandria Events

Think a dress like this is out of your price range…well perhaps…  🙂  But your own custom gown is not. I can’t wait to share this phenomenal find with you.  Stay tuned!

DIY Wedding Dress

I was missing my grandmother today, my mother’s mother.  How she would  have love to have danced at my daughters’ weddings.  Besides our memories, my family and I, (and this includes my extended family), are the recipients of her beautiful crochet work. Did I ever tell you that she won first place for a crocheted blanket in the California State Fair?  And California is a BIG state!


My grandmother’s speciality was not bulky afghans, however.  Oh we have plenty of those!  Her love was the delicate lace doily style, that, while old-fashioned, is beautiful none the less.  Below is the “thread” that is used in such art… because that’s what it is, art.  Just seeing this photo brought back so many memories.



While not my grandmother’s work, an example is above.  Do any of you ladies remember these?  I admit… we still  have a few around my home.  And her tablecloths!   They were truly exquisite.  But…she never attempted a wedding dress.  I have no doubt my grandmother could have done it, but she never tried it.  The lovely bride in the first photo did, however. Yes!  She spent $ 30.00 on a crochet hook and “thread”.  She then made her own fabulous wedding dress during her train commute to work.  (according to Buzzfeed.com)

The photos below show the intricate craftsmanship on the manicans.  I’m not saying everyone could do this…I know I couldn’t…but kudos!


And here she is, our own little artisan hard at work on her dress.  You better believe THIS dress will become a family heirloom!


And I couldn’t end this post without showing you some of my grandmother’s work, could I?  Below is a photo of a doily my grandmother made eons ago, which my mother handed down to me.  I washed it lovingly, starched it, and took it to the local craft store to be framed.  It was give to my daughter, Maggie, at her bridal shower.  And yes, KK, I know I owe you yours!  It has been washed and starched. Just needs the run to the store…

If you’d like to read a little more about my grandmother, (my daughter, Kathleen, per family tradition, is the proud owner of her engagement ring, and my youngest is named after her), click on the link: MY GRANDMOTHER


Photos 1-6 Buzzed.com

Photo 7 Mary P. Karnes




Wedding Dresses Through The Years

Wedding Dresses Through the Years …  Each decade seems to have a wedding dress “Look” that characterizes its era.  I was married in the 80’s, and the drawing below for that decade was spot on for dresses worn by my contemporaries.  I believe the style was influenced by Diana, Princess of Wales’ choice of gown.

A bride’s dress should fit her venue, theme, season of year, and of course, her budget.  Diana was married at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.  An enormous structure, much larger than the traditional royal wedding site of Westminster Abbey (location of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 wedding).  Thus, Diana need a BIG gown.  While I wasn’t a great fan of the dress, I think it suited the Cathedral, the balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace, and her statuesque frame.  Her designers chose well.


Found on huffingtonpost.com

If I had to pick an era that is my favorite for wedding gowns, I’d chose the 50’s.  There’s something so romantic about a cinched in waist and a full skirt.  According the the above chart, a common hemline for the 50’s era was the “ballerina length” (right at the ankle).  This…I do not like.  I believe it could make the bride look stumpy, although guests could get a good look at her shoes.  This may be an incentive to have such a hemline, provided the shoes were cute!  If you’re interested in reading a few older posts about wedding shoes, click on the following links!  Wedding Shoes – Flats   Blue Wedding Shoes   Pink Wedding Shoes    Let’s Talk Wedding Shoes!

The gown below, I’m sure is inspired by Grace Kelly’s when she become the Princess of Monaco. It is one of my favorites.  I’m not crazy about the hat, however.  For more drawings of royal brides…keep scrolling…


Found on bmodish.com


Found on buzzfeed.com


Colored Wedding Dresses

Colored wedding dresses … I am absolutely INFATUATED with the dress below.  Not only is it my favorite color, it’s just plain exquisite.  Maybe it’s the foamy, delicate fabric; maybe it’s the wistfulness of the bride gazing out that window— at her future? All I know is I love it, and maybe, MAYBE if I were a young bride again, I’d have the guts to wear such a dress..


Found on paperandlace.com


Found on paperandlace.com

The violet dress above is gorgeous with the bride’s hair color.  Maybe brides should consider their own positive physical attributes when choosing their dress color.  Is choosing just white really the best decision?  But what says “Bride”?  Is it the white dress, or the veil?  I’m still a proponent of a bride wearing a veil over her face for her walk down the aisle.


Found on paperandlace.com

The tangerine colored gown is is another delicate color that would flatter a bride.  One color I’ve not showcased, is pink.  Pink is a little too insipid…even for a bride.


Found on brit.co

What a bit of color for your wedding dress, but can’t decide which?  How about the rainbow tipped dress above?  Lovely, but it’s not my vision.


Desire a little color, but still want to look more bridal?  The dress above still fits in the “white” range, believe it or not.  I say either go white, or go with a real color.  This is a little too plain for the bride.

Found on bellethemagazine.com


Found on colincowieweddings.com

Feeling really avant guard?  You could always go with a dress similar to the one above.  I actually like it a lot, how about you? I just wouldn’t choose it for my wedding.   It makes a lovely backdrop of a colorful bouquet, though.

If I DID choose a colored wedding dress…it would definitely be blue — my ‘something blue’. The two following dresses would be top contenders…  🙂


Found on intimateweddings.com

Bohemian Wedding Photography
Bohemian Wedding Photography

Found on intimateweddings.com