I had the pleasure of meeting a very talented wedding dressmaker Jacquie Kidd last week at her studio, in Glassonby, Cumbria.

Jacquie provides a couture service, creating stunning wedding gowns. Each are individually designed and perfect for the bride looking for that special bespoke dress.

Working from home, Jacquie has been making wedding dresses and accessories for over 20 years.  An accomplished seamstress and designer, her wedding gowns can take anything from 50 to 100 hours to create.

Getting your bespoke wedding dress made

The process usually starts between 12 and 18 months in advance. Initially Jacquie provides a free non-obligatory consultation, where the bride can bring her ideas and browse through hundreds of beautiful fabric samples and see how her dream dress can be made.

Once happy with the concepts, a personal portfolio is then sent to the bride. This contains sketches and fabric samples.  A toile is then created, (a calico mock-up of the basic dress) which is fitted to the bride and altered where necessary. This provides Jacquie with a guide, before starting her magic on the expensive fabrics.  It usually then takes another 3 to 5 additional fittings, within the last 4 months, to ensure the perfect fit.

However, the bespoke service doesn’t stop there. Jacquie also offers a free dressing service for all her brides on their wedding day (within approx. 30 miles of her home) to ensure the dress is perfect.

Find out more

To check on Jacquie’s availability and for more information – visit: www.jacquiekidd.co.uk