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  • Working with a designer to create your dream wedding dress

Working with a designer to create your dream wedding dress

November 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Working with a designer to create your dream wedding dress I often meet brides who have a clear vision of their wedding dress but can’t find a gown to match their dreams. As an independent couture designer, I find working with brides to bring their ideas to life so fulfilling and creative. If you want to be involved in the [...]

  • Last minute wedding dresses - how to avoid disappointment

Last minute wedding dresses – how to avoid disappointment

October 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Last minute wedding dresses - how to avoid disappointment Recently a bride-to-be contacted me wanting a dress for her wedding with only 10 days to go before she was flying out to the wedding destination! She told me she had been to numerous bridal boutiques and could not understand why no one could help her. I explained that bridal boutiques [...]

  • Canapés and capes for winter weddings

Canapés and capes for winter weddings

October 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Canapés and capes for winter weddings Getting together with my lovely clients at my annual Autumn party is something I really look forward to. This year it was extra special as it was the first time anyone had seen my restyled salon. I wanted to move away from the white walled showroom look of the big design houses so I [...]

  • Bridal trends for Autumn/Winter 2018 / 2019

Bridal trends for Autumn/Winter 18/19

September 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Bridal trends for Autumn/Winter 18/19 Following a weekend of shows when we exhibited at The National Wedding Show and Brides the Show both at Olympia, it was surprising to see how much brides’ ideas for their dream dress have shifted since the Spring 18 shows. The reason is clear - the Royal Wedding and Megan Markle’s choice of dress because [...]

  • My top 6 tips for choosing the right bridal hairstyle

My top 6 tips for choosing the right bridal hairstyle

September 11th, 2018|0 Comments

My top 6 tips for choosing the right bridal hairstyle Finding your dream wedding dress is the first step to creating your wedding day look. But the right hair style is equally important because this will frame your face and create your wedding day look. The important thing to consider is not how much you love a hair style but [...]

  • A creative break in Paris

A creative break in Paris

August 28th, 2018|0 Comments

A creative break in Paris Last year Sue came to me via a recommendation to have an outfit made for her daughter’s wedding, she was lovely and we hit it off immediately. As she came for her fittings, she mentioned how she wished we had met before her daughter’s wedding dress had been ordered from another designer. Then fate stepped [...]

  • Short wedding dresses with real style

Short wedding dresses with real style

August 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Short wedding dresses with real style There are many reasons why you might decide on a short wedding dress - though one could simply be you are a big Audrey Hepburn fan! However if you have set your heart on a short dress you may find your choice is limited as there isn’t as much demand as there is for [...]

  • My 10 top tips for hot weather brides

My 10 top tips for hot weather brides

August 7th, 2018|0 Comments

My 10 top tips for hot weather brides If we listen to the experts, this summer is just the start of things to come. Many of my brides have struggled this year with wedding day temperatures of 30 degrees plus that have taken us all by surprise! If you are planning a wedding overseas you will have more idea of [...]

DIY weddings make a personal statement

July 24th, 2018|1 Comment

DIY weddings make a personal statement Wedding costs are rising all the time and I am beginning to see a trend against commercialism. Some brides are turning their backs on the long list of wedding industry suppliers and doing it themselves. No longer just for rustic weddings, more and more brides are bringing a beautifully creative and personal touch to [...]

  • A bridal photoshoot in the beautiful Surrey Hills

A bridal photoshoot in the beautiful Surrey Hills

July 10th, 2018|1 Comment

A bridal photoshoot in the beautiful Surrey Hills Sometimes things just come together in a magical way. And the photo shoot for my latest collection of bridal gowns just seemed to fall into place... A break in the weather during an otherwise wet week, the offer of a fantastic location, and a team that gelled so well - I couldn’t [...]

  • Creating unique wedding dresses that wow

Creating unique wedding dresses that wow

June 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Creating unique wedding dresses that wow Some brides want a wedding dress that is totally unique and as a couture designer, this is my chance to be really creative. Look carefully at my bridal collection and you will see my signature Deco hand beading and appliqué flowers used in many different ways on my wedding gowns. But sometimes a bride [...]

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Complete your bridal look with a veil

June 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Complete your bridal look with a veil Most brides still opt to wear a veil on their wedding day - even if they are not having a church ceremony. Wedding dresses come in so many styles and colours. Recent trends for red carpet inspired gowns often don’t make it clear the wearer is the bride especially if all the women [...]

The Royal influence on weddings

May 29th, 2018|0 Comments

The Royal influence on weddings After months of speculation and so many rumours that she would wear Erdem or Ralph & Russo, everyone was surprised when Megan Markle, now The Duchess of Sussex, emerged from her car in an exquisitely elegant Givenchy wedding gown. Lucy, bride wearing Elizabeth Bessant couture wedding dress Megan’s choice of designer Clare Waight Keller for [...]

Dressing for a destination wedding

May 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Dressing for a destination wedding Dressing for a wedding in a warm climate is very different to a traditional white wedding at home. Brides planning a ceremony abroad need to take into account that it could be 90 degrees plus and however beautiful the location, if you don’t get the dress code right everyone will be miserable. That is unless [...]

  • Planning for a wet summer wedding

Planning for a wet summer wedding

May 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Planning for a wet summer wedding If there is one thing you can be sure of it’s that the great British weather cannot be trusted even if it is your wedding day - and no matter how much you wish for sunshine there is no guarantee. You will probably be checking the forecast as your big day gets ever nearer [...]

Choosing a bouquet to suit your wedding dress

April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Choosing a bouquet to suit your wedding dress Wedding bouquets and flowers are integral to any wedding - adding colour and setting the theme for the day. Traditionally flowers brought the bride good luck in her future life - so getting it right was, and still is, very important. But first, you need to decide on your wedding dress as [...]

Choosing the right shade of white for your wedding gown

April 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Choosing the right shade of white for your wedding gown White weddings create so much excitement and top of most brides’ list is her dress - but while a huge amount of thought usually goes into the style of gown, often not enough consideration is given to the shade of white. We talk about a white wedding but rarely is [...]

Who pays for the bridesmaids’ dresses?

March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Who pays for the bridesmaids’ dresses? After the cost of the wedding dress and mother of the bride outfit, the most asked question about finance I get is: ‘Who pays for the bridesmaids' dresses?’ Traditionally, the bride’s parents paid this bill but wedding etiquette has changed so much and now it is down to each bride to make decisions that [...]

Couture wedding dresses that won’t break the bank

March 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Couture wedding dresses that won't break the bank Many brides I meet want a beautiful dress but not layers of silk, a dramatic train and a veil. Instead their dream dress is no fuss, yet stunning. This season I have included some simple, elegant wedding dresses in my collection that start at £1,200 giving more brides the chance to experience [...]

Winter forest wedding inspires my new collection

February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Winter forest wedding inspires my new collection My new wedding dress collection was launched at the National Wedding Show, Olympia last weekend to an audience of brides all eagerly looking for something different for their special day. Gorgeously romantic, my wedding dresses are made from soft draping fabrics – silk velvet, chiffon, crepe and lace, some with cowl backs. Handmade [...]

Valentine’s Day brides

February 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Valentine’s Day brides If you are getting married around Valentine’s Day romance should be the theme of your wedding. That means roses in pink, blush and dark red; delicate lace; and hearts perhaps reflected in the sweetheart neckline of your dress or your earrings. Camellia wedding dress by Elizabeth Bessant couture Red can look rather harsh against a white wedding [...]

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Something old, something new…

February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Something old, something new… I often wonder why the tradition of wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a silver sixpence in your shoe is still held dear by today’s brides? The rhyme describes the five objects a bride should carry with her on her wedding day to bring luck - although the silver sixpence seems to have [...]

Choosing to be a bride later in life…

January 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Choosing to be a bride later in life… In 1983, when I was 25 years old, I suddenly realised all my friends and colleagues were getting married. Having just finished art school and embarking on a successful art career I was torn in my head, I was going to be an artist, a bohemian, someone who didn’t conform. But I soon [...]

Choosing the right bridal gown for you

January 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Choosing the right bridal gown for you I meet a lot of brides when I am on my stand at the twice yearly National Wedding Show. Choosing a wedding dress is one of the biggest and most exciting decisions brides-to-be will make and those at the show will be looking for inspiration for their special dress. Traditional boned wedding gown [...]

Exotic, exuberant…the National African Caribbean Wedding Show

November 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Exotic, exuberant...the National African Caribbean Wedding Show I was so excited when the National African Caribbean Wedding Show organisers contacted me and asked if I would like to showcase my bridal and mother of the bride collections on the catwalk at their 2017 event. But I hadn't anticipated the sheer exuberance, colour and creativity that makes this a really stand [...]

Wedding capes to complete your winter look

August 29th, 2017|2 Comments

Wedding capes to complete your winter look As a regular exhibitor at the National Wedding Show I was pleased to be asked to display one of my wedding gowns in their Bridal Showcase next month. I emailed them photos of two dresses and they instantly replied asking to use my gown with a matching veil that creates a cape effect [...]

Couture Fashion Week

July 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Couture Fashion Week It is that time of year when the world’s wealthiest consumers of high fashion and top journalists gather in Paris for Couture Fashion Week. These collections will be available to commission for Autumn/Winter 2017 – 2018… if you can afford them. There are very few global clients who can afford to invest in haute couture with price [...]

Finding a last minute wedding dress…

July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Finding a last minute wedding dress… Imagine this: you have planned your special day, ordered the flowers, and chosen the dress of your dreams - only to find at the last minute that your wedding dress designer has gone out of business! Unfortunately in today’s economic climate this does happen all too often. And the stress of finding a new [...]

Dower & Hall jewellery to complement your wedding look

June 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Dower & Hall jewellery to complement your wedding look Cascade wedding dress by Elizabeth Bessant couture There was an instant bond when I met Daniel Dower of Dower & Hall for the first time; two creative people whose designs complement each other so well this could have been a collaboration. Daniel designs and creates beautiful contemporary jewellery and it was [...]

Choosing the colour theme for your wedding

May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Choosing the colour theme for your wedding Grecian gown by Elizabeth Bessant at Chelsea Old Town Hall Colour evokes a mood, sets a scene and makes the world beautiful. Nature does it so well and may inspire you to hold your wedding out of doors or in a weathered barn. Or if you want a more sophisticated feel to your [...]

Detachable overskirt solves day to evening wedding dress dilemma

May 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Detachable overskirt solves day to evening wedding dress dilemma Todays wedding celebrations almost always include an evening party. Often this is a chance to invite extra guests who you weren't able to be include in the main event. Those guests will want to feel part of the wedding and will be looking forward to seeing the bride in her wedding [...]

So will you choose a coloured wedding dress?

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

So will you choose a coloured wedding dress? Black silk gown with pearl beading by Elizabeth Bessant Couture When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840 she started the trend for white or ivory wedding dresses. At that time most brides wore coloured dresses partly because white fabric was very costly. Victoria's dress originally featured an over-skirt of handmade Honiton [...]

Finding a dress that suits all your bridesmaids can be tricky

April 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Finding a dress that suits all your bridesmaids can be tricky Today's bride will often ask all her closest friends to be bridesmaids - school, uni and work all add to the number along with sisters and favourite cousins. But while it is lovely to ask so many, it is highly unlikely they will all be 5’8” and size 10! [...]

Rustic, vintage, bohemian weddings – options for your special day

April 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Rustic, vintage, bohemian weddings - options for your special day Many couples are now opting for low key informal ceremonies rather than traditional church weddings. The number of venues with licences especially in London means there are so many different, cool options for an alternative event. This trend could be interpreted as a rebellion against their parents’ formal weddings. But [...]

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The right wedding underwear makes all the difference

April 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

The right wedding underwear makes all the difference Bridal lingerie is so important as wearing the wrong underwear will spoil the look of a couture wedding dress! As a wedding dress designer, I regularly see women coming to fittings wearing the wrong size bra - and this is not just those with a large bust. The golden rule for choosing [...]

  • National Wedding Show 2017 - Elizabeth Bessant Bridal

Catwalk of Dreams

February 27th, 2017|1 Comment

Catwalk of Dreams Elizabeth Bessant bridal couture on the catwalk at The National Wedding Show Backstage at The National Wedding Show at Olympia last weekend was chaotic, packed with models and make-up artists stylists, dressers and bouquets. But that was all forgotten when the models went down the catwalk, graceful, elegant and stunning. Everyone of the eleven shows over the [...]

Finding your dream wedding dress… at the right price

January 14th, 2017|2 Comments

Finding your dream wedding dress… at the right price Every bride wants to find the dress of their dreams and the best service. And it doesn’t matter if your budget is £1,000 or £100,000 your criteria will be the same. Before starting what could become a lengthy search, it is a good idea to decide your priorities as this could [...]

The world of couture

January 7th, 2017|0 Comments

The world of couture Amy wearing Elizabeth Bessant bridal couture Paris is the home of haute couture and purists would say couture created anywhere else in the world cannot claim the title of – HAUTE COUTURE. Traditionally, a haute couture gown will have many hours of hand work using the finest materials. The gowns created are exquisite. Couture houses are [...]

Dressing for a winter wedding

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Dressing for a winter wedding Rosamund wearing Elizabeth Bessant couture at her winter wedding We are now in December and while most of us are planning Christmas, some of my lovely clients are planning gorgeous winter weddings. A winter wedding is very romantic, but also brings its complications. Snow is great in photos, but no one enjoys being cold, so [...]

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