Planning your perfect wedding…whilst still keeping your arm & your leg! : The Dress

So for those of you who know me or follow this blog, I am getting married in March 2014, a mere 5ish months away. I bet you’re thinking that I’ve got it all planned out to a T. ‘She’s in the wedding industry, She’ll know what she’s doing’ that’s what you’re thinking right? Well, not quite. So I thought I’d use my blog posts as a sort of diary/therapy of getting it all sorted – on a budget.

Post 1 : The Dress

Now, being a dress designer & boutique owner, I do have a slight advantage on this one. I know my body type, I know how to create dresses that suit it, and that really is half of the battle.

I’m a busty, UK size 14. I have a bum, I have hips and I definitely have breasts. I’m not short on curves, and I want a dress that will highlight them, but not cling so I feel uncomfortable. And most importantly will make me feel amazing.  I meet so many brides with similar figures to myself who describe their previous experiences in bridal shops, and this is the most common exclamation I hear : “Everyone wants to put me in a bustier, princess dress!”

I feel your pain so much on this one, and I really don’t know why this happens so often. But I would like to say once and for all : “Calling all bridal boutiques, PLEASE stop putting ladies with beautiful curves in princess dresses! They already have gorgeous, curvy figures, and therefore you don’t need to create them with fabric!”

For me, an elegant gown is perfect for this kind of figure, preferably V-necked, empire-lined, in lace or chiffon, as this kind of fabric flows down the body beautifully, doesn’t cling and shows off your figure in the best way.

I’d definitely advise going into a bridal shop or talking to someone on the phone first, describe your figure and ask what kind of dress they would put you in. Someone who has a good understanding of dress construction & form should not find this taxing, and go from there.

I bet you’re also thinking, 5 Months away, you might be starting on the diet round about now to fit into that dress! Well, I’m sat here currently eating cheese.  Now don’t get me wrong, everyone wants to look their best on their wedding day, and I’m definitely planning to tone up a little for the big day, and I’m making an effort to eat more healthily. However, I know what I am and I know what I’m not.

So my advice would be to be to have your dress made to fit you, don’t alter yourself too much to fit the dress. As long as you are exercising regularly, generally being healthy or following a healthy diet plan,  then that’s great. That way, you’ll be happy and relaxed on your day, not stressed and starved!

And if you want a bespoke dress, made just to suit you, come and visit me 🙂 ( Had to get a plug in there somewhere 😉 )


One thing that sets vintage wedding dresses apart from the others, is the quality and cut. You will find many original 20’s -40’s dresses, and many inspired by those eras, will be very simple in construction. Not much corsetry, intricate beading or embellishments, however they will be made of great quality material, cut and finished beautifully. I’ve found many gowns which are so simple, yet absolutely breath-taking.

My favourite out of our collection is this Original 1930’s Liquid Silk Satin Gown with Small Train and button detailing.


It is cut on the bias, and so although simple in construction, flows beautifully down the body, hugging the figure in the most beautiful and flattering way. I love the gorgeous shade of champagne, which warms even the palest of skintones. Pure silver screen effortless glamour! x

Hi from Cotswold Vintage Bridal


Hi all, and welcome to the first post from Cotswold Vintage Bridal! So, by way of an introduction, here’s a few things about me. I’m a former journalist, who now lives in the beautiful Cotswolds, in the lovely town of Cheltenham.

I am a bride-to-be, who recently with the help of my fiancé, launched a bridal boutique – Cotswold Vintage Bridal, which as you might guess, specialises in original vintage and vintage inspired wedding dresses… and I LOVE it! I love all things vintage, a passion which started as a child watching glamourous stars of the silver screen, such as Marilyn Monroe and Jean Harlow, and reading the about the age of opulence through authors such as Agatha Christie. This obsession with timeless elegance has only grown with age.

So the jump from journalism to bridal couture seems like quite a step doesn’t it? So why did I decide to do it? Like most ladies out there, I’ve always had a passion for fashion… particularly with the high-end stuff that I REALLY can’t afford (but my credit card can 😉 ) I have one or two Mulberry bags that I shouldn’t have purchased… But it was an investment… right?! I believe it is true, you buy cheap, you buy twice.

However, that’s not really what it’s about. Fashion is not about utility or practicality,  it’s about falling in love.  And that’s where this all began. I wanted to find a wedding dress that I would fall instantly in love with (just like I did with my fiancé 😉 ) .  I wanted, just for a day,  to be THAT girl. That effortlessly chic and elegant girl that you see in old movies, on billboards and read about in books.

However, after months of searching I found nothing that made me feel like that. There were one or two passing fancies, but not THE ONE. I also found that, unless you are able to pay high end, mega-buck prices, the selection was a little limiting…. The inspiration for most dresses I came upon seemed to be more Jordan, Gypsy, Cup-Cake than Grace Kelly. I was looking for simple, elegant, classic but most of all unique.

So, I started to look around for original vintage and vintage inspired gowns. Though it took a lot of time, effort & research, I discovered some absolutely gorgeous pieces. As it turned out, I hadn’t just found THE ONE, I’d found 50! That’s when I thought “There must be other brides like me, who want something different, but don’t know where to find it. Maybe I can help them”

And here we are today. Thanks to masses of help & input from my gorgeous fiancé. As well as much support from family and friends, we have 🙂 So, if you are a bride-to-be like me, and you want something chic, elegant and timeless, without the high-end price tag,  then come and see us, we’ll be only too happy to make your dreams come true!

Follow this blog if you want hints and tips on vintage weddings, and sneak previews of our stunning bridal couture range x