Catherine Blades Couture
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Catherine Blades Couture provides exclusive hand crafted bespoke wedding dresses that are unique to each bride, personally designed from the first sketch to the equisite finished gown.
Pricing & Costs
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Products and Services
Flower Girl Dresses
Mother of the Bride Dresses
Physical Shop / Studio
Catherine Blades is a talented British bridal designer. She provides a fully bespoke service designing and creating stunning wedding gowns and occasion wear that are unique to each client. Her superior knowledge of cut and fit set her apart from other designers. She is a highly skilled dressmaker, taking your ideas and transforming them into the dress of your dreams. Her warmth and personal service makes having a dress designed and made by her a truly wonderful experience, one that has her clients feeling at ease, and thoroughly enjoying the process from beginning to end. Catherine learned her craft with some big name designers, and over the past 16 years has refined her skills to become a couture dressmaker, designing and hand crafting exquisite gowns using a mix of traditional and modern techniques, luxurious fabrics and stunning embellishments. Catherine designs with flare and innovation, and her creations are definitively cutting edge. Catherine works from the beautiful Blades studio, a calm and peaceful place, set in the tranquil countryside on the Berkshire/Hampshire border. All commissioned dresses are designed, made and fitted by Catherine personally and her great care and attention to detail leave her clients owning a stunning bespoke gown.
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: Catherine
"You will have my undivided attention as I translate your ideas and inspiration into what will ultimately become your dream dress. With love and respect, honoured to be part of your special day " Catherine Blades
Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Wedding: September 2016
Catherine designed and made a Mother of the Bride outfit for me in dove grey silk and lace - dress and jacket - which was beyond all expectations and gave me the greates...
Wedding: August 2016
Catherine made me my perfect wedding dress after not be...
Catherine made me my perfect wedding dress after not be able to find one that had everything I wanted for my big day
Wedding: July 2016
Catherine is wonderful...
Catherine is wonderful
Wedding: July 2016
From the second I stepped in to the studio I...
From the second I stepped in to the studio I was blown away! I found that I was quite stressed and felt so negative about this stage in organising my wedding. All of that...
Wedding: June 2016
When I was advised to get a wedding dress made...
When I was advised to get a wedding dress made for me I had my doubts but once I met Catherine all those doubts were immediately flushed away. She knew just from looking ...
Wedding: May 2016
Catherine is a very professional...
Catherine is a very professional, warm and caring person. She has the ability to realize your dream without having to be too prescriptive. She has an intuitive ability wh...
Press & Awards
Press & Awards (1)
Vogue, You and your Wedding , Brides magazine
Accreditations / Associations (1)
Industry Awards (1)
TWIA regional finalist 2016 London South East
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
My Style is whatever my Bride's style is. I work extremely closely with my clients to ensure that their ideas are translated into the most beautiful gown they'll ever own.
What about your business are you most proud of?
Every wedding is an absolute honour, so I am proud to be a part of every one of my Bride's journeys. I'm proud to call most of my brides friends following their weddings, and I love seeing their families grow.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Slow down, and consider what really matters to you. Everything is fast paced in the wedding industry these days, and it's easy to lose sight of what you really want or need to make your wedding day perfect for you.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I love to chat about your ideas during our consultation. Then turn those ideas into something real ,designs and fabrics. At this stage we begin to mold your dress, position and manipulate the fabric to accentuate your best bits . I take all that we have learned and discussed and the begin to pattern cut and make your wedding dress. During the first fitting we try your fully constructed gown , finalise the finishing touches and pin where the zip or buttons will be added. The final fitting is when you get to admire the finished gown in all it glory and feel the emotions of the next time you will wear your unique creation .
What do you love most about your job?
The relationships I have with my clients is something really special. Working with them at such an inspiring time of their lives is just wonderful. And obviously I just love making beautiful dresses!
What is your favourite style of wedding dress?
Anything and everything. I love all the dresses I have created for very different reasons. The most important thing to me when creating a dress for a Bride is that it fits perfectly, and she feels amazing in it.
What is the best way to incorporate "Something Blue" into the wedding outfit?
A small blue heart on the inside of your dress, or a piece of jewellery.