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Vintage Wedding Dress Upcycle for Madelie

lace applique to customise wedding dress

Madalie came to me for a vintage wedding dress upcycle. She had her mother’s beautiful 1970’s wedding dress and she wanted to wear it, made anew, for her own wedding day. The dress Madalie brought to our consultation meeting wasn’t the right size or style for her modern wedding day. We agreed to unpick and...

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Indian Fusion Wedding Dress with Latkan Photoshoot

ivory wedding top with latkan open back

Just before lockdowns began in 2020 I created an Indian Fusion wedding dress for a photoshoot with a London team of suppliers. We wanted to create inspiration for the many mixed culture weddings being planned in the UK. I showcased my fusion wedding dress design skills with an ensemble of ivory silk top, skirt and...

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Veiled Wisdom? Outdated Wedding Advice for ‘Mature’ Brides

Grey haired mature bride in bespoke sequin dress with organza coat

With thanks to Millie Fuller for this guest article The average age women are getting married at is 35, yet a ‘mature bride’ is considered to bepast 40. It’s true, we may not be as soft, dewy – or however else the industry describes us –as we were when we were 18. But what we...

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The Ten most rented wedding cars in Dubai

Wedding car for winter wedding with bespoke white wedding dress

From classics of the past to modern sports, we list the favorite car models for brides who willget to the altar. Do you dream of taking a ride in a vintage, sports car or limousine on your wedding day inDubai? Or do you need a bus to transport guests? The type of vehicle is very...

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Wedding and Sports: are they compatible?

swimming bride PHOTO BY NOEL NICHOLS VIA UNSPLASH

Guest post by Daniel Davis Every couple who plans a wedding celebration wants to make this day unforgettable and unusual. Well, it is possible. There are so many beautiful things in the world that can be asource of inspiration. Let’s look at an example of a sports style topic. A number of people are fond...

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Hand painted wedding dress with colourful flowers

couture wedding dress with painted flowers

Katrina came to me looking for a wedding dress fit for the English Summer. She wanted a beautiful hand painted wedding dress with flowers in a mix of colours (but not pink). We designed the perfect canvas, a bespoke wedding dress in layered white taffeta and silk organza. We started with a base of some...

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Chinese Inches and the Imperial Inch. Why are there two kinds of ‘Inches’?

Chinese and imperial inch measuring tapes side by side comparison

Chinese inches For anyone puzzled as to why there are two kinds of inches, two measurements both called inches but not the same. You may have come across a tape measure with ‘inches’ that seemed a little off. These are most likely Chinese 寸 or cùn not a western inch, though very similar a cùn...

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Can my wedding dress be dyed?

alternative wedding dress with red dipdye hem

I get asked this question so often I thought it was time to write a few blogs to answer it properly; “Can my wedding dress be dyed another colour?”. The simple answer is Yes, but with risk and difficulty. If I explain the different processes below you can make an informed choice whether or not...

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Can I dye my wedding dress black?

black wedding dress for punk gothic wedding

If knowing whether or not you can dye your wedding dress black (or any other colour) is a deciding factor please see my advice. Unfortunately dyeing an already made garment is very difficult. It’s not impossible but it is very risky and the chance of a ‘perfect’ result is low. I cover ways things can...

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How much does it cost to dye a wedding dress?

silk wedding dress with purple dye

and other useful dying facts… The cost of dying a wedding dress might be £300-£1000 (updated Jan 2023). Much depends on the style and fabrics of the dress in question, the end result required (a dipdye is a lot less work than dying the whole dress) and the skill and charges of the dye-person. A...

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