THOUGHTS ON GETTING A WEDDING DRESS MADE.

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been over two weeks since our wedding, apologises for the influx of wedding content in advance. First up I wanted to talk to you about my dress. 

You might recall a frustrated Kim about 6 months ago not really enjoying the whole process of wedding dress hunting. I’m a very indecisive person and nothing gave me “the one” moment. On reflection, I’m not sure I’m the type of person who would have ever felt this. Society puts a lot of pressure on weddings and the dress, so if you are currently starting the planning process try not to get too caught up in it. Easier said than done I know.

I felt exhausted by all the wedding shops and was getting tired asking for time out of work or asking family and friends to do the same. I also wasn’t aware how booked up places get at the weekends and in London, you’ve to pay to even get in the door, that really starts to add up.

Time to take matters into my own hands. I had seen a slip dress I liked at a bridal shop a few weeks prior and thought about tweaking it a little to make it my own. Then just like that Emma Beaumont appeared on my radar. We had an initial meeting and she put me right at ease with our now limited time frame.

It was my first time going to see my toile.  Slightly early, mum and I decided to killed time in a nearby designer shop.  When another dress caught my eye. The slip dress was out and when I saw Emma we began on a new venture which was the one you see now. (Emma was a star for putting up with me ha!) Although that was the biggest change, there were a few last minute ones to come but that’s what fittings are all about. Working together and making changes as you go. Emma was brill and finding solutions to whatever crazy ideas I threw her way.

The process.

Going armed with ideas was key. I knew I didn’t want anything too princesses but equally now knew I wanted something more than just a slip dress.
I was armed with some Pinterest examples of tiered dresses and photos of me in the evening gown I spied earlier that day.

For fabric, I wanted to use a polka dot tulle to give it something a little different. So Emma took a traditional lace fabric and appliqued it on to the polka dot.
I didn’t want boning or cups or to wear a bra – the aim was to be super comfortable. To feel more like myself and the shape of a dress not too dissimilar to something I would wear usually. No sleeves as we were in Mallorca and it had the potential to be hot.

All these factors of know what you like and don’t like start to shape the final outcome.

I really loved every moment working with Emma on my dress, each fitting seeing it come together and working out solutions. The above photo is the first fitting of the new dress, deciding where to put the cut-out lace. We made small tweaks like thicker straps, lace placement and length.

Finally, the day before I flew to Mallorca I decided to line the top part of the dress which initially was going to be slightly sheerer (see right image)… I did warn you of the a very last minute tweak. Even for me, who had been very laid back to this point. Freaked out slightly.

But honestly can’t thank Emma enough. For someone who wasn’t really into wedding dresses, I was a changed woman by the end. Obsessed with my dress and so pleased with how it turned out.

Check out her website here

Tips for making your own wedding dress.

  • Pinterest. Over the past year, I had been pinning lots of dresses for different reasons. Fabric, shape, style. The day I went to see Emma I had lots of different pins, of completely different dresses but seeing them all together, there was definitely two distinctive shapes. One was a minimal slip dress the second a tiered vibe.
  • Look beyond the wedding shops. My final design wasn’t based on a wedding dress but an evening gown I spotted in a designer shop. Originally red and black in colour. Try and look past colours or fabrics and you might find your dream dress where you least expect it.
  • Find something to give it a unique twist.
  • Just be you. My biggest request was that it was comfortable and I felt like me. It’s easy to get carried away trying on wedding dresses but at the end of the day, you have to feel like you.  It’s worth trying on lots of dresses, taking your favourite elements from each to make your own perfect dress.

Feel free to ask me anything about the process – I could talk about it forever.

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