Saturday, 19 June 2010

Where to Buy Your Wedding Gown.

Picked up my July/August copy of Brides recently. Am lurrving the new stuff featured, especially 'How to find The One'. Wedding gown shopping should be fun and exciting, but you do need to consider the boring but most necessary part of the experience, your budget.

If you're lucky you have 4 options when seeking out your dream dress.

High Street is going to be the most popular for many brides. Afterall, there will be quite a few fab frocks to try before you buy while lapping up the ambience of the said high street bridal salon.

Option 2 is Vintage and with many brides opting for the current vogue, vintage inspired retro look there are a few places to go. Just one thing to be aware of when purchasing your authentic vintage number, size matters. The older the dress, the smaller the sizing.

If you're lucky, you can visit a wedding designers salon and buy off-the -peg. Designers such as Vera Wang offer this service.

Last but by no means least is bespoke and reading the article in the boutique special suppliment of Brides it says that bespoke is "the dream option" which requires a BIG BUDGET.

Now, when I mentioned this to my good friend Jane of HF Couture she said (well I think it was a said, or was it more of a scream?)

"god!!!! arrrgghhhh the notion is that bespoke = v expensive is soooooooo bloody annoying! Maybe in London where all the mags except 2 are based but hey guess what? There are fabulous designs outside of the south east!!! For Heavens sake!! Linda methinks an e-mail campaign to challenge this daft notion is due!"

I have to agree, afterall my client's bespoke wedding gown has been featured in Perfect Wedding and on the forum of You and Your Wedding real-life brides and I'm sure my client would agree, the budget was far from big!
And more recently, came across this in a bridal forum from a current client in response to a brides dilema.
"Are you anywhere near West Yorkshire? I'm having mine made by Linda at Dresses at No9. I couldn't find anything I liked in the bridal shops or high street so looked into getting them made. She's done a fantastic job on them so far, they are exactly what I wanted - turquoise, knee length with loads of netting and corsetry to give a fantastic shape. I'm actually really jealous of my girls getting to wear them! She has a website, I really can't recommend her enough and the dresses are reasonably priced given all the work that goes into them."

By kind permission of Rob Booker

By kind permission of Emma Case Photography

As Jane quite rightly suggested and I have to agree wethinks a cunning plan to pomote the humble designer is on the cards.

"So, Jane." I said. "Shall we plot something together??"
"YES!!!!" I hear that scream again. "We need to. This sort of thing drives me daft! when I get 5 mins need to draft an e-mail to the editors of these magazines."

Awesome!!! We love contacting editors.

Watch this space!

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

From a Very Happy Client.

I love e mails, especially those with wedding pictures attached. You know me, I LOVE WEDDING PICCYS.
So, last night I received a late-in-the-evening mail from a recent client with a rather nice piccy attached.

I was commissioned to make a silk jacket and matching scrunch-knot ties for a client's wedding in April.

He's the e mail message.
Hi Linda,

Remember me - you made me a lovely purple silk jacket earlier this year to keep me warm and provide a little modesty for me in church.
Well we got married on 24th April, and there was a heat wave so I didn't need the jacket - I even got a bit of sun burn on my shoulders.

So sorry, I don't have a picture of me wearing it - I'll just have to get my new husband to take me somewhere posh!

The boys looked fabulous in their cravats and the colour was great
Thanks for all your help


It doesn't matter how large or how small the request for my services are, I'm just more than happy to make a day perfect.
I hope you get to wear your jacket soon, Sue. You did, however, look totally radiant without it.
All my love and very best to you and thank you so much for the photo. Very much appreciated. x

Friday, 4 June 2010

Pretty Maids All in a Row.

I am frequently asked to make gowns for bridesmaids due to different sizes, different body shapes or unavaliblity of a desired style or colour.
I should be a great honour to be asked to be a bridesmaid afterall, you'll get your hair done, make-up applied and the opportunity to wear an amazing hope!
If any bride thought choosing her wedding gown was a task in itself, wait until she has to choose the bridesmaids dresses.
Today I had a fitting which was no exception to the rule. Different sizes, hair colourings and age range. But the moment each stepped into their gowns, their smiles filled the room. At that moment, I was a very proud and happy lady.
My client in question had considered every detail when choosing her bridesmaids gowns. Colour was a factor as one has the most beautiful red hair and if you are a red-head, not all colours are kind! With age range another factor, it was important to have something elegant while sassy without making the older ladies feel over exposed or the younger feeling like Auntie Mable!
Compromise is the key to make sure everyone has radient smiles on your wedding day. Get together for a girls night in with a few bottles of bubbly, some bridal mags and if you can, send out for some colour samples, a Dulux shade card can work just as well!
As you walk up the aisle let your wedding guests say. "There goes the bride, now here come the bridesmaids!!

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Where's My Perch?

I was chatting with a client today about internal corsetry, fishtail wedding gowns and how the heck you sit down in one without feeling like you're doing some internal damage or rigamortis has set in!
As many ladies are opting for wedding gowns which incorporate a built in corset to slim the figure conforming it to a more pleasing silhoutte, the answer is 'To Perch' lady-like in a demure fashion on the edge of your chair
During the Victorian era and due to the constricting tendencies of their corsets, society ladies who took small walks or even climbed the stairs would often feel faint. The corsets put substantial strain to the wearers mid section resulting in blood flow restriction so special rooms called 'Fainting Rooms' were introduced.

Here, ladies could rest or recline on fainting couches without causing themselves bodily harm if or when they keeled over. The couches could have looked similar to a 'Chaise Longue', an arm on one side to enable the 'fainter' easy access to a reclining position. Sometimes a fainting couch would be placed at the top of each set of stairs the women used.
So, if you don't have a chaise longue to hand when you need to sit down, remember your wedding gown is a theatrical work of art which needs to be treated accordingly. Move elegantly and slowly, take care when adopting the seated position and manouver slowly. Your wedding breakfast may cause concern, but if you have a lace-up closure ask one of your maids to loosen the ties a little while seated until you feel comfortable. You can always re-adjust after your meal.