Design Process

Violet lace fabric and ivory tulle used to make Rosie by Susie Grist Couture

Bespoke Wedding Dress Consultation

 The Wedding Dress design process begins with an initial consultation by appointment only and lasts approximately 1 hour. Ideally this should be anything from 6 – 18 months ahead of your wedding.  During this friendly, personal consultation you can discuss your plans for your special day and any ideas you may have for your dress from style, colour, fabric, and details of any design features which you would like to incorporate into your dream wedding gown. This consultation is free of charge with no obligation. 

Wedding dress design by Susie Grist Couture and fabric choices of ivory satin, laace and tulle

Design & Estimate


I will create a sketch of your dress design based on the details agreed upon and an estimate will be given based on the fabric options looked at during the consultation. If you decide to go ahead with the order a deposit will need to be paid.

Stand drafting patterns by Susie Grist Couture

Measurements & Pattern Creation

 Every garment is individually made to measure and fitted to perfection. Detailed body measurements are taken in order to create a pattern for your dress. We will also discuss the choice of shoes and bridal lingerie as these can have an effect on how the wedding gown will fit and should be obtained as soon as possible to wear at subsequent fittings. 

Toile bridesmaid dresses by Susie Grist Couture

Toile & Prototype

 A toile (mock up of the dress) will be made. This will be used to refine the design and fit of the gown. 

The toile will require a number of fittings, the amount depending on the complexity of the design.  Adjustments are made after each session and examples of any embellishments will be tried out and finalised during this process

Susie Grist Couture hand sewing lace to dress hem

Making the Dress

 Once the design and fit has been perfected on the toile the actual dress will be made from your chosen fabric. Further fittings will be required to finalise your garment. When your dress is complete and ready for collection you will be invited to attend a final try-on session with shoes and underwear. Completion is normally 2-4 weeks in advance of your wedding. I include a free garment cover for you to take the wedding outfit away in.

Beadwork designed and hand sewn by Susie Grist Couture


If embroidery or beadwork decoration are part of the design, samples may be worked to help ensure the dress looks as you imagined. These samples remain my property.  

It is always lovely and much appreciated to receive photos of you wearing your wedding dress on the day and may be used in my portfolio, website and social media.