Susie Grist Couture

I design and make bespoke wedding dresses to fit and flatter any shape and make you feel amazing on your wedding day
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Products and Services

Bridesmaid Dresses
Appointment Only
Bespoke Dressmaker
Flower Girl Dresses
Dress Designer
Wedding Dresses
Bridal Boutique
Mother of the Bride Dresses
Full Description
Susie Grist Couture is here to help design and make you the perfect wedding gown. You will be part of the design process so it will reflect you and your personality. It will be made especially for you as a one off so no-one will ever have the same dress. It doesn't matter what shape or size you are the dress will be made to fit and flatter you perfectly so you will feel confident and look amazing for your big day. Susie Grist Couture is located in Abingdon near Oxford. Her bespoke designer wedding gowns are loving hand crafted from luxurious fabrics such as silk dupion, duchess satin, delicate chiffon, organza and fine lace and exquisitely hand finished with lace or bespoke beadwork. There are several stages to designing and making a bespoke gown. It takes an average of 150 – 200 hours to complete this process and ideally should start anything from 6 – 18 months ahead of your wedding. The process starts with a free 1 hour, no obligation, consultation to talk about your special occasion and come up with a design. Then a trial garment is made for fittings before the real dress is cut and made from your chosen fabric. It is a very exciting process watching your dress come to life and the beauty of it is if something is not quite right it can be changed. For all you Mother's that are not sure what to wear then maybe I can help create an amazing outfit so that you too can feel confident and know that no-one else will have the same outfit. I can also help with bridesmaids dresses, flower girls and even waistcoats and ties for the men.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Susie
First of all let me congratulate you on your engagement. This is a very exciting time in your life planning your perfect day. I make bespoke wedding dresses from my home studio based in Abingdon. Why not book an appointment to start planning your bespoke gown.


Year Business Was Established
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Jo Edwards
Married in October 2019
April 2018
She is a professional and a lovely lady
Susie did a fantastic job on altering my wedding and bridesmaid dress After a stressful experience with a Bridal shop she transformed my dress to fit me perfectly I highly recommend Susie, she is a professional and a lovely lady
Anna Brooke
Wedding: August 2019
April 2018
Extremely sympathetic and helpful
I was very lucky to find Susie, who helped me get ready for my son's slightly less formal wedding by making me a little silk jacket, a copy of one I already had. It was perfect - beautifully made and just what I wanted. Susie was extremely sympathetic and helpful - even though it was a comparatively small job, she was thorough and painstaking. Thoroughly recommended.
Laura Vernède
Married in July 2019
April 2018
The dress on completion was just beautiful
Susie altered my wedding dress for my wedding this summer. She is incredibly talented at what she does and completed a lot of detailed lace work as well as the bustle. The dress on completion was just beautiful and the alterations were made so precisely that the dress fitted perfectly. Susie never rushed my appointments and is a lovely, calm person. She also altered my bridesmaid dresses and again, we were really pleased with the alterations. I would have no hesitation in recommending Susie and would definitely use her services again.
Erica Mason
Married in July 2019
April 2018
Attention to detail is second to none
Susie did a fantastic job in making my wedding dress. She was creative, endlessly patient and the final result was a beautiful dress. Her attention to detail is second to none and she made the whole process enjoyable I highly recommend anyone who wants a bespoke wedding dress to contact Susie and I am sure you will not be disappointed
Amy W
Married in May 2019
April 2018
Absolutely fantastic job making my wedding dress
Susie did an absolutely fantastic job of making my wedding dress earlier this year! I had found a sample Catherine Deane silk chiffon wedding skirt, which I loved, and was hoping to have a lace bodice made to turn it into a dress. After meeting Susie, I knew she was the person to do it - she completely understood what I had in mind and was really helpful, responsive and willing to accommodate every adjustment I asked for, no matter how small. She also did a brilliant job of altering the dresses for my two bridesmaids and is generally just a really lovely and friendly person to work with. My dress turned out even better than I could have imagined, thanks to Susie's incredible skill and vision, and was completely transformed from the original skirt that I brought to her. The quality of the finished dress was amazing and I was so thrilled to wear it for my wedding - I particularly loved swishing it around for our first dance! Thank you so much, Susie! :)
Christina McNeil
Married in May 2019
April 2018
Very professional and efficient
Susie did an amazing job adding lace all along the bottom of my wedding dress, doing some other small adjustments and fixing a few holes. She is very professional and efficient. I was so pleased with her work. Thank you so much
Location & Contact Details


49 Riley Close, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 5RR, England

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Industry Awards (1)

Guides For Brides 5* Customer Service Awards Finalist 2019

What is your most memorable wedding?

I would have to say my own wedding to my amazing husband

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Never forget that it is about the two of you sharing your love and commitment to each other. You are the two most important people and everything else is just stuff.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

The process starts with a free 1 hour consultation to talk about your special occasion and come up with a design. Then a trial garment is made for fittings before the real dress is cut and made from your chosen fabric.

What do you love most about your job?

Every day and every job is different. I love being able to bring a brides dreams to life in her perfect gown.

What is your favourite style of wedding dress?

Being a designer and maker it is difficult to have a favourite one as I love so many different styles

What is the best way to incorporate "Something Blue" into the wedding outfit?

If you are a traditional bride have a blue bow sewn into the dress. A slightly more brave option is if your dress has a net petticoat have blue satin binding sewn to the edge. If you are really brave enough then have the dress made from blue fabric with an ivory lace overlay or ivory fabric with a blue lace overlay.

What is your favourite wedding dress of all time?

Other than mine and my Mum's. It would have to be Princess Margaret's