Rachel Lamb Bridal Design

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Bespoke bridal design service, plus gorgeous made to measure designs to try on and order. Private appointments from our fantastic new spacious showroom!
Details
Products and Services
Accessories
Appointment Only
Bags
Bespoke Dressmaker
Bridal Boutique
Dress Designer
Last-minute Orders
Mother of the Bride Dresses
Physical Shop / Studio
Tiaras
Veils
Wedding Dresses
Pricing & Costs
Prices start at
  • £1000
Reviews
(2)
Perfect bespoke wedding dress
Dec 2016
A happy couple
I couldn't find the type of wedding dress I envisioned for my special day, so I decided to visit Rachel. She was just what I was looking... 

The Moon-Burst Dress
Jul 2016
A happy couple
Rachel has a wicked sense of humour, a wonderful eye, a gorgeous imagination and is just so easy to work with. She is modest and profess... 

Full Description
  • BESPOKE: My business is known for making Bespoke bridal gowns, which means that you can have a dress designed specifically for you, or you can bring along your own ideas. In most cases, it’s a combination of the two and we collaborate on the design. You do not have to know what you want in order to use my service – I am a highly trained, experienced designer and this is part of the service if you want it to be. BRIDAL COLLECTION: I also design a Collection of bridal gowns which are available to try on and order (as you would in a shop, but we make them), or the designs can be adapted to suit you, perhaps by changing the colour or adding sleeves, or changing a lace, for example. Many of my Bespoke clients try on the Collection dresses to help give them inspiration, and many of my clients order from the Collection without changing the design. There are currently approximately 40 designs in my Collection. The possibilities are endless, but in all cases, I am there to guide you with my friendly and honest approach. Who makes the dresses & how does it work? All my dresses are made here in Cambridgeshire by myself and my small team. In most cases there is an average of 4-6 fittings, depending on the design. The first 2 fittings are always a toile (this means a prototype made of calico or muslin) so we can work out the fit and design precisely for you. This way you know what your dress will be like before it is created in the real bridal fabrics, and you can have input into the fit and design before the dress is actually made. It’s a two-way process and we work together on it. Once the toiles are correct, we cut out your actual dress and the remaining fittings are in the real fabric. It’s very exciting seeing your dress evolve into the real thing!
  • Personal Message from the Manager
    Name of Wedding Contact: Rachel Lamb
    Hello and congratulations on your forthcoming wedding! Whether you are a traditional soul or prefer something more unusual, having a bespoke gown made is a fun and interesting process. I really enjoy my work, I'm an honest and concientious person and I pride myself on being a good listener and translating your ideas into a gown or outfit you will love, while always giving you the benefit of my experience and opinion - if you're not sure, I can guide you.
  • Experience
    Year Business Was Established
    2000
    # Of Weddings Hosted
    More than 50
    # Of People In Team
    3
    Public Liability Insurance
    Yes
Press & Awards
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Industry Awards (2)
Four Counties Wedding Awards Best Dressmaker and Designer
http://www.4countiesweddingawards.co.uk/2015-winners/4591729794
Photos
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Location & Contact Details
  • Directions
    • Address
    • Unit 15, Sedgeway Business Park, Witchford, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 2LH, England
    • Nearest Town
    • Ely
    • Nearest Motorway & Junction
    • M11
    • Nearest Train Station
    • Ely
    • Nearest Airport
    • London Stansted
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FAQ
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What is your most memorable wedding?
Difficult question, there's been a few! I made a gown for a bride who got married in a woodland setting and wanted a one-shouldered, highly draped gown with embroidered colourful flowers appliqued all over it. It was a real artistic creation and we literally built the gown on her at fittings. She looked gorgeous, and it was memorable not only because of the design, but because of how supported she was by her friends throughout the process, and how 'her' the whole thing was.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
modern, (a bit) kooky, fashionable, individual, precise
What about your business are you most proud of?
This is a difficult one to answer, I think I'm most proud of the variety of dresses I've designed and made. I always feel proud that someone has chosen me to make their wedding dress for them, no matter what the style of dress is. So I guess that means I'm proud of being flexible perhaps? I'm also proud of the fact that I enjoy it so much, it's a labour of love and I find it difficult to imagine doing anything else.
What is your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Contraversial I know, but I would say it's about you two getting married. Be yourselves. Decide what you want and don't ask too many others for their opinion. Book well in advance and don't get side tracked by things you don't want or need. That's more than one.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Anything that involves people being themselves
Describe your typical process with a couple.
This is all variable, but usually there are about 2 appointments where we discuss the design and look at fabric, after which I provide a quote. Then I will take measurements, order the fabrics and then the fittings start: usually 4-6 fittings. At least the first 2 fittings are toiles (prototypes of the gown), after which the real dress is made with the remaining fittings to check the progress.
What do you love most about your job?
The fact that it's a creative process and I'm involved in every stage. I'm making something beautiful. And chatting to brides during fittings, and hearing about their wedding day afterwards.
What is your favourite style of wedding dress?
On the one hand, something clean and modern looking and maybe A-line, quite sculptural. On the other, soft and flowing with beautiful textures.
What is the best way to incorporate "Something Blue" into the wedding outfit?
Wear blue pants
What is your favourite wedding dress of all time?
Impossible to answer, there are too many favourites
Bridebook benefits
  • Bridebook Discount: 5%
  • Bridebook Special Offer: 5% discount off made to measure gowns from the showroom collection.