What is a bespoke wedding dress?
Bespoke wedding dresses are sometimes used to describe gowns interchangeably with couture wedding dresses, and for some designers, this is the case—bespoke means the same thing. However, depending on the brand bespoke can sometimes be a bit different.
For example; the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES BESPOKE collection allows brides to customise their wedding dresses (a button closure or lace-up closure, additional train length, split-sizing, adding a sleeve or other element, and choosing fabric for your gown) but you are still working with a base pattern from an original dress you have tried on.
The KAREN WILLIS HOLMES collection of BESPOKE gowns is not a couture collection since there are sample gowns to choose from as a starting point. So for example, a bespoke lace wedding dress can become a gown with a satin finish instead. A bespoke wedding dress designer will allow you to decide on a multitude of unique options to suit your one of a kind taste, but the gown itself is there for you as a starting point.
If you’d find it hard to come up with an idea completely from scratch and need a little help getting started, a bespoke wedding dress might be a wonderful option for you. If you’re wondering how much a bespoke wedding dress costs, dresses of this nature are most often less expensive than a couture gown.
Depending on the bridal boutique you are working with, you will most likely still need alterations for your bespoke gown; as bespoke dresses are sometimes still made to standard size measurements.
(Recap/TLDR: A bespoke wedding dress can sometimes be interchangeable with custom wedding dresses, but most times you’re ordering a gown similar to a sample you try, and then you can make minor tweaks to the pattern. The benefit of a bespoke dress is that you can have something that feels one of a kind without breaking your budget and splurging on an entirely custom gown, but for brides with a shorter timeline or who are looking for something very inexpensive, you might want to stick with something identical to the sample you try as custom changes can become pricier.)