Here you can find out more about how it works to have your wedding dress custom made, and scroll down to discover how Caroline works. Every bride is different, so do get in touch to chat about your ideas for your gown, whether you’d like it made to measure, or you have a dress already which needs altering or re-styling


What is a bespoke wedding dress?


Bespoke wedding dresses, or custom bridal gowns, are one-off, tailor made dresses, created for you by a designer dress maker, to your measurements, which means it will fit you perfectly. This luxurious option gives you the control & freedom to design your own unique bespoke wedding dress silhouette, and have it made in your choice of fabric and colour. You can choose your own embellishment, sparkle, appliqué, ribbon details, or lace edging.

There are several different ways in which bespoke wedding dresses are usually made. Hopefully Caroline Arthur’s wedding dress designer tips here, will help unravel the facts from the fiction, and make your wedding dress search well- informed and constructive.

You’re welcome to contact us anytime with queries about your bespoke wedding dress ideas. Having made bespoke bridal gowns for nearly 20 years,Wedding dress designer Caroline is very experienced and happy to advise you. You can call 01428 681727, or email our design team at .


How is are bespoke wedding dresses made?


Made To Measure
This is how we make our bespoke wedding dresses. It entails hand-making your bespoke wedding dress to your exact measurements. This ensures the vital proportions are correct (for example taking into account your height and bra size). A toile is used to adjust the shape  to your satisfaction, and a number of fittings follow to ensure a magnificent fit, whilst also incorporating your ideas along the way, adapting the design if you change your mind, and allowing for weight change.

This is the ultimate in luxury, and is defined by highly skilled hand-crafting techniques, absolutely unique design and exquisite attention to detail. Our couture bridal gowns will always be made to measure, often with a hidden internal corset, an invisible hem, and silk lining. You’ll notice many couture techniques incorporated in your Caroline Arthur bespoke wedding dress.

Made To Order
You’ll find this in most bridal boutiques, where you will find a selection of wedding dress samples, which you can try on, and then you order your favourite in your standard dress size (10, 12, 14 and so on), occasionally with a choice of different fabrics. If there is no lead time, then this is sometimes called: “Off the Peg”, and even though the shop will measure you, you will invariably need a seamstress to alter it to fit you properly.


Why choose Caroline Arthur?


Having made bespoke wedding dresses for nearly 20 years, British wedding dress designer Caroline understands her brides are stylish, discerning and often short on time. She oversees every single bespoke gown made under her label, to ensure that you gown fits you beautifully, and the experience is simple and fun. Caroline created the original online dress designer tool:  Couture Kit, which works like a bespoke, mix and match collection. This concept enables you to create your very own wedding dress design, from the comfort of your sofa, and receive a quote, before arranging a free appointment at one of our London bridal boutique or Surrey bridal boutique to try on samples and look at fabrics.

Our bespoke wedding dresses are 100% British made, by our dedicated small, local team of pattern cutters, fitters and dressmakers. We usually work with silk, satin, lace, organza and chiffon, much of which is sourced from James Hare Silks in Leeds, UK. All our bodices are silk lined, with a Couture internal corset as standard. We collaborate with brands like royal corsetiere Rigby and Peller, wedding blogger Love My Dress and The National Trust. We choose the very best British artisans and suppliers, such as Halo & Co, and Joyce Jackson, with whom we have worked for over a decade, to enable us to produce exceptional quality in our gowns, veils and hair accessories.


Your bespoke wedding dress experience


When you come to see us, you will have one Design Consultant, who will stay with you throughout your dress journey, and be with you at every appointment, from design to dress collection. At your first consultation appointment, they will help you try on samples as separate tops and skirts (which we have in a range of sizes), so you can explore different combinations of bodice, strap, sleeve and skirt styles until you find the perfect and most flattering wedding dress silhouette, which they will sketch for you. They will take time to understand your ideas, help you to explore all choices possible when creating your ideal silhouette, customised to bring your vision to life, and individually handmade to fit you beautifully, in your choice of fabric.

If you have tried on many wedding dresses, it is sometimes very hard to reach a decision about your dress. Many of our brides book with us because we offer the flexibility that once you have booked, you can still amend your design up to the point where we take your measurements (about 4 months before your wedding). Even after this, we work hard to incorporate all your design ideas (which do occasionally change along the way!) to ensure your bridal gown is exactly as you would wish. When you contact us with your CoutureKit app design, we encourage you also to send us your Pinterest board or any images of features that you’d like to incorporate into your wedding dress design, so we can fully understand your vision.

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