Local Designers are flying the British Flag, and saving the environment…
It seems today’s brides are revelling in the idea of the “home grown” wedding dress. A bride usually falls in love with her gown 12-18 months before her wedding day, so it is reassuring to know that in these uncertain economic times, you can rely on a British-made gown to be ready when requested, at the original cost quoted – rather than a steeper price tag blamed on a fluctuating Euro.
Buying a British-made gown can also give you more control over the construction and embellishment of your dress. “These gowns also benefit the local economy, and help reduce the carbon footprint that is becoming increasingly important to all of us.”?
If you are unsure as to whether you want a bespoke gown, rather than placing an order on a sample design, consider talking with a local designer to see what your options are. During a design consultation, you can feel the different fabrics and see various different decorative techniques, in order to create the perfect look for your special day. British-made dresses still offer brides a selection of modern styles using only the best silks, taffetas, satins and laces. They can be finished with or without high quality hand beaded detail and still be a reasonable price.
The range of sample dresses to inspire you and for you to try on at BRIDES BY MANDY ELIZABETH, are made from start to finish right here in the UK. Mandy Elizabeth is an established and qualified designer with over 19 years experience of making brides feel special. Her bridal gowns can be altered to fit perfectly, or individually re-designed and hand made. Her unique boutique also offers bridesmaid’s attire, evening wear, prom dresses, veils, accessories and shoes.
In addition to the designs made in house by her own hand, Mandy Elizabeth is also an approved stockist for British designer NICOLA ANNE, who recently had one of her gowns featured on the BBC2 programme, “It’s Not Easy Being Green”. The featured bride Jo, wanted to minimise her carbon footprint with a “green” dress, and therefore chose a gown made in pure silk, designed and made in the UK by Nicola Anne and her team based in Hertfordshire.
If having an environmentally friendly and British-made outfit is important to you, there are benefits to using the talents of a local designer for your accessories too. A good accessories designer will liaise personally with you and your dress designer, often with fantastic and unique results. Personalising a design for your tiara can be exciting, as well as practical when you simply cannot find the right one on the shop shelf. You can commission a necklace and earring set to match a jewellery piece you may have already bought. Why not re-design and recycle existing jewellery? You can re-vamp and transform an outdated string of pearls, perhaps into a stunning vintage look headdress or cuff bracelet?
Rachel Wood (also based at Brides by Mandy Elizabeth) offers a dazzling selection of tiaras, headdresses, feather fascinators, jewellery and bespoke accessories. Rachel is an established local designer, who has been creating stunning wire and crystal pieces for over 12 years.
All pieces from RACHEL WOOD DESIGNS are carefully handcrafted by Rachel herself, from the best quality stones, glass beads and Swarovski crystals. All components are carefully hand picked to co-ordinate with your gown, and made up to a sample design or your individual requirements.
Recycling existing jewellery items is proving an increasingly popular idea. Many of Rachel’s customers take one step further and have their bridal headdress converted to a necklace after the big day, so that it can be worn again.
Local designers can save you time, money, headaches and the environment.
Words by Brides by Mandy Elizabeth