River Elliot Bridal | River Elliot Bridal - How Bespoke Works
The special process of having your wedding dress custom made. Get treated like a queen by a professional trained seamstress and enjoy designing your own wedding dress. Cambridge, UK.
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How bespoke works

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The process of having a bespoke wedding dress or evening dress made is a wonderful experience. Starting with an informal friendly chat either at my studio or a place of your choice, we’ll talk about your initial idea looking at fabric swatches, sketches and any example images you may have. We’ll discuss many important aspects such as your personal style, what kind of fabrics and colours best suit you, your overall vision of how you imagine the dress will look, as well as what’s important to you; such as comfort, length and skin coverage. All these elements will combine to make you feel confident in yourself and to ensure that your final dress will make you feel completely wonderful on your special day.

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Design and Cost

The next stage is the overall design of the dress. Using our consultation, fabric swatches and sketches a design of your dress will be created.
This will also allow us to formulate a final quote of how much your bespoke dress will cost including chosen materials. Once the quote has been agreed I will schedule production. Over the whole process, you’ll begin to see your idea transformed into a real dress, understanding how a bespoke service ensures your garment is tailor made to your figure, style and preferences. At the end, you’ll have a dress that’s truly unique to you, incorporating your own vision and design not to mention a dress that fits your body perfectly.


To ensure the garment fits and is what you envisioned, a toile is constructed. A toile is a dummy version of the dress in either calico or muslin fabric. It will allow me to assess fit and style and make any final changes to the design. This stage also allows us to review the fabric choices to make sure they will work with the final garment.

The Final Dress

After we have completed the fitting stage and both fabric and style have been finalised, I will start the proper construction of your final dress. This is where the magic happens! I am trained in couture techniques and these will be applied with individual care and skill to your beautiful garment.

Depending on style and required technique, our production of bridal wear can take from 3-6 months to complete