How much does a bespoke gown cost?
Every dress we make is unique and so the price of creating your dream dress is unique too. Dresses start at £1500 including VAT, and change depending on fabric, embelishments and the techniques needed to achieve your chosen design. If you have inspiration images or thoughts about your dress, we would be happy to give you an free estimation based on your ideas. After a complimentary consultation, if you decide to proceed with the process we will ask for a £100 deposit to secure our services. Once a final price has been agreed, we will ask for 50% of the costs to be paid so that work can begin on creating the dress. The remaining 50% is due before your final dress fitting.
I don't know what style I want
No problem, that is what we are here for! If you have absolutely no idea what styles you love or what suits your figure, then we will work together to discover this. Putting together a mood board of dresses you like the look of (even if you aren't sure they will suit you!) and clothes from your personal wardrobe that you love to wear, gives us a good starting point. From here we can arrange an extra consultation where we can spend time with fabrics in the studio and play around with silhouettes on your body to discover shapes that work for you. If you feel completely clueless then please don't worry. We will just allow a little more time working together in order to help you decide your direction.
How long is the process from start to finish?
We recommend contacting us no later than 6 months before your wedding date, however we can make it work within 2 months where necessary. The process involves a series of 4 fittings minimum to fine tune style, fit and embellishment. After our first meeting, we create your bespoke pattern & toile. We then fit this mock up on you before starting to create the dress in your final chosen fabrics. Creating a bespoke dress in the final fabrics can take up to 3 weeks of work in our studio before fittings and adjustments can be made, so the more time you can allow for the process the better!
Can you repurpose vintage or second hand wedding dresses?
We love to do this! If you have your mother's or grandmother's wedding dress that you have always dreamed of wearing or incorporating into your gown, then this is something we can help with. Even if you think it looks beyond repair by way of yellowed fabrics, rips, ill fitting etc then bring it to us and we will find a way to make it work!
Do you sell accessories such as veils, headpieces etc?
We offer a range of ready to wear veils and headpieces in our Honeymoon Collection, however if you had anything else in mind in terms of veils & accessories, we can create these for you as well. You do not need to have your wedding or bridesmaid dresses made by us in order for us to create your bespoke accessories so please do not hesitate to be in touch via email.
"Kate designed and made my beautiful wedding dress for my wedding in the summer. She perfectly interpreted my dream dress. She was attentive, her design was intricate and the materials she sourced were the best of the best. Weddings can be particularly overwhelming and stressful to plan and I had no concerns or issues when it came to Kate making my dress; she is incredibly trustworthy and knows exactly what she is doing. My dress was more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. So many people have complemented me, saying it’s the most beautiful wedding dress they’ve seen. Thank you Kate for making my dress of dreams - the most beautiful dress a bride could ever ask for."
"Coming to Kate to make my dress was one of the best wedding decisions I made. Not only do I love the dress, and felt amazing on the day, but the whole process of designing something from scratch was so much fun. Kate totally 'got' the direction I wanted from the start and made the whole process - from drawing designs, to mocking up a toile, to the final tweaks and adjustments - seem totally effortless (though I'm sure it's not!) "
"Kate made me the perfect wedding dress and made the process of doing so really fun and collaborative. She helped me to pull together my different ideas into a coherent design, and brought it to life through a cotton toile and advising on fabric choices. Final tweaks were mocked up with photo editing software so I could see what different options looked like on me. Throughout this all she was enthusiastic and great with communication and it felt like she was helping me to realise a vision rather than imposing her perspective. In short, she was a dream to work with and I was so happy with the result."
"Kate was recommended to me by a friend I used to know when I was working in fashion. I was looking for someone who could not only help me create a beautiful dress for my wedding, but create something unique and special. From the first meeting until the final appointment the experience was just incredible. She paid close attentions to my needs, style taste and wedding theme. From the design sketches to the fit of the finished design, I knew I was in safe hands and made the right decision to not waste any time trying on dresses in high street boutiques when Kathleen made me something bespoke at the same price point! You'd be crazy not to give her a call!"
"There is nothing quite like having a completely unique, one of a kind, bespoke dress made just for you. Kate was so incredible at interpreting my ideas, creating a dress that fit me like a glove! I decided with only weeks to go that I wanted to use the lace from my mum's wedding dress, and without question, Kate altered my dress to make it so special for me and my mum. She also made all of my bridesmaid dresses which looked so stunning on the day. I will be forever grateful for the experience of designing my own wedding dress and I would highly recommend Kate, she really does make dreams come true!"
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