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Helen’s vintage inspired dress that was just her !! Alternative short wedding dresses

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Photos copyright of Natasha Biggs Photography 
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Helen writes ”

I have admired The Couture Company for many years (even before the twinkle of my engagement ring) and their amazing dresses. When I got engaged to my now husband, I knew that I had to visit Jo and the team. However, one day I walked past a Bridal shop on a local high street and decided to just enquire (I was excited after all). The response from the lady was not so pleasant and she advised that they stocked nothing above a size 12. I went home and cried.

When it came to my first appointment with The Couture Company, I was a little nervous and apprehensive to say the least. I had nothing to be nervous about. Jo was AMAZING. There were dresses of all sizes, styles and colours. The fact that I was plus size was never a factor. I knew I didn’t want a long dress as I wanted to show off my wedding shoes and I had the idea of going for colour, as the Couture Company is so colourful.

I tried on a few of the sample dresses and then with the assistance of Jo’s creative mind, I decided on what I wanted. Over the next few months I had several appointments and each time I felt very welcome and comfortable with Jo. On the final fitting I tried on my dress to show my Mom and Dad and their reactions reinforced the fact that I had made the right choice in dress and The Couture Company. I didn’t feel like a plus size woman in a dress. I felt beautiful, confident and happy. I couldn’t wait to marry my now husband.

My wedding dress was flawless in every way. Jo and the ladies made me feel beautiful. I still look at my dress every day, because it is so perfect. The ladies attention to detail is amazing. I recommend them to any woman that is thinking of her wedding day.

Helen x”

 

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1 Aug 2016

Faye’s fabulous fishtail gown -Bespoke and alternative wedding dress

It’s so lovely to be able to share Faye’s gorgeous wedding with you, Faye wanted  a dress designed that was fun and glamorous, so I think we achieved that with this gorgeous polka dot mermaid fishtail gown.

Doesn’t she look stunning !!!!

Big thanks to Sassy from Assassynation for these wonderful photographs xx

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10 May 2015

Emma’s pretty french lace and organza silk gown with sleeves

Emma got married in a very pretty, stylish and classic  1950’s inspired gown, we just love the combination of the french lace bodice with the silk organza circle skirt…super swishy!!!!

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thanks to Emma for this lovely, honest testimonial 🙂

I had put off going wedding dress shopping which sounds odd for a bride to say but I guess I just wasn’t sure it would be a good experience for me. Especially after a horrible trip to the Wedding Show at the NEC.

I had looked a lot online and seen styles that I liked and found I kept coming back the Couture Companies website.

With about 9 months to go I booked some appointments not being able to put it off much longer. I booked appointments at 3 more traditional wedding shops and I found dresses I liked but there was something about each of them I would have wanted to change. They just weren’t right for me and so I new that a bespoke dress would probably be the best way forward. The 4th and last appointment was with the Couture Company. I really did save the best until last!

One thing I will say is that you need a bit of vision and imagination to have a bespoke wedding dress. However the dresses are so lovely it is easy to be inspired. You try on these lovely dresses but they are in green or grey or yellow with daisy’s on them, although there are more traditional colours too! You have to see the style behind the materials, hence me saying you need a bit of imagination. Of course if you have a lot if imagination then a bespoke dress is definitely for you! Some of my friends thought it was odd that I didn’t see my finished dress until a month before the wedding but for me it was not a problem. I had complete faith in everyone at the Couture Company. Plus I knew I was getting a unique dress and it was exactly what I wanted.

I chose a variation of a dress they had, adapting it to fit the idea in my head and was amazed that from my rather vague description Jo disappeared for a couple of minutes and returned with the design for my dress. As soon as she showed it to me I said, yes that’s it that’s what I want!

The process of fittings and alterations was all very smooth and the quality of the work the team did was brilliant. I was so happy with my final dress. My husband commented as I got the the end of the aisle “nice dress ” an obviously well rehearsed line but later when we were in the car to the reception he said, it really is a nice dress!

From the first appointment to the day before the wedding when I collected my dress, Jo and the team were just great. I really would recommend visiting them as the final result will be well worth it!!! ” Emma

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9 Jul 2014

Polka dots and Bows were the theme for Fran’s super cute wedding bespoke silk dress

We want to offer our huge Congratulations to Fran and Tom who were married last summer!!!

We had a lovely time making Fran’s wedding dress, she was such a lovely girl, and really easy going  , Fran chose a version of our “dorothy ” gown,which is made from a polkas dot silk organza ,but we added a 3/4 length buttoned sleeve for Fran and made the bodice neckline a shallow sweetheart. Then we added a huge Ivory Silk Bow on the back of the dress, and created a Bow and Birdcage veil headress  to finish it off. fran-tom-049fran-tom-038fran-tom-036

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Thanks to Fran for this lovely testimonial, we hope you enjoy the read

” I’d shopped around a bit before I found The Couture Company and had tried a few dresses on but none of them were exactly right.  I knew I wanted a shorter length dress so I could show off the fab shoes I was planning to buy, but hadn’t thought much past that – yet nothing I’d seen seemed perfect.  I love shopping and clothes but my New Year’s Resolution this year was to only buy clothes I LOVE not just things that ‘will do’ so my wedding dress couldn’t be any different!

I was looking around online for somewhere in the Midlands that could make a bespoke dress and up came The Couture Company.  I booked an appointment and right from the start I was made to feel at home.  I’d seen a dress on the blog which I loved and tried on the sample in the shop.  Everyone was great about telling me how it could be altered to make it just what I had in mind – the neckline, the length, the sleeves, the underskirts.

Because my friends/family live all over the country I went to a lot of appointments on my own but I didn’t feel I was lacking a friend’s opinion at all – it was really nice to have the whole shop to myself while trying on the latest iteration of the dress and seeing it all come together.  Jo and the team were really helpful with suggesting little things like I’d forgotten which helped the whole thing come together as an outfit on the day – head piece, underwear etc.

On the day I was so excited to wear the dress and I knew that it was at once both totally me and totally appropriate for the occasion.  I felt amazing on the day and got so many compliments on the style of dress.  My (now!) husband loved it and said afterwards that it wasn’t what he expected me to have chosen, but when he saw me in the dress he knew it was the perfect one for me!

I’m so pleased with the way that Jo and the team listened to everything I said and managed to make the dress exactly as I’d pictured it in my head although I felt all along that I wasn’t explaining it very well!  The level of customer service was unbeatable and I felt as though everything was being looked after.  I am not a woman who had dreamt about her perfect wedding and her fairytale dress since childhood and I approached wedding planning as though I was organising a big party with a ceremony on the side, but that’s what I ended up with and the gorgeous dress was a big part of that!. Thanks , Fran xx”



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27 Mar 2014

Victoria’ s Midnight Blue organza corset dress for her alternative windswept wedding up on the moors

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We were so excited when Victoria came all the way down from Manchester to see us, she told us all about her wedding on the moors, and she wanted a dramatic dress to suit the surroundings, but most of all a dress that felt “her”. We showed Victoria  this gorgeous shade of midnight blue and she was smitten:) The dress comprises of a corset, and organza and tuille skirt, overlaid with a full length , high neck sheer coat. We couldn’t have asked for better weather for her to show off the drama of her dress, we love the windswept shots!! I am sure you will agree that Victoria looks stunning, we were so pleased that she chose us to design her gown, and extra thankful for her lovely testimonial 🙂

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Victoria writes “I never wanted a run of the mill wedding dress, it had to be different. I’m very fair and wanted a colour to suit me. After searching endlessly for a blue gown that coudn’t be found, I came across The Couture Company. I found a picture of a dress on their website that I fell in love with. During the first consultation we discussed exactly what I wanted the dress to look like including any colour I wanted, materials and personal touches for the finer detail. I felt confident every step of the way that I would end up with a very high quality dress that was completely unique. The finished product was more than I could have ever have wished for; dramatic and quirky and very me!”

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Photos are copyright of Elizabeth Baker

 

19 Feb 2014