Add an extra twist of 'you' to your wedding gown with these sweet DIY ideas
#1 Make it exactly what you want
Follow the lead of real-life bride Steph, who found her 'one' - but decided she still wanted to make it just a little bit more unique to her own personal style.
Photographer: Oliver & Ruth
Explains Steph: "I looked everywhere for my wedding dress but couldn't find what I was looking for. In the end I bought a Sassi Holford dress from High Society Bridal which - much to the sales assistant's horror - I cut in half! I then teamed it with a customised ivory silk shirt from Zara". See more of Steph's wedding to Teo here.
#2 Sew something unexpected inside it
A gorgeous way to add an extra twist of 'you' to your frock, sewing your wedding date is perfect for adding a sentimental twist to your gown. (Spoiler alert: if you've never so much as picked up a needle and thread, you might want to ask someone a bit more sewing-savvy to help you out...)
Another idea: say it with heart!
#3 Add a 'something blue' twist
For example: sew your wedding date in blue (#multitasking), or add a silky blue sash around your waist.
#4 Make like Poppy Delevingne and...
Have your partner's name and your wedding date sewn into the skirt! The supermodel enlisted the help of a seamstress to add this beautiful embroidery to her gown ahead of her May 2014 wedding to James Cook, sharing the finished result on Instagram with the caption 'Hidden Message...' We love!
Image: Instagram/Poppy Delevingne
#5 Add a twist of lace or material from your mum's dress
The perfect something old, ask an expert to incorporate a bit of your mum's wedding dress into your own: for example, lace could be used to add some pretty detail to sleeves, or a patch of beautiful floral embroidery could be added to your own gown's bodice.
There are endless ideas, depending both on her dress and yours - and don't forget to ask your mum for permission before you assume she's happy for you to take scissors to her gown...!
#6 For a pop of colour, add a colourful petticoat
Whether your straight-up adore bright colours, or simply want to add a more subtle 'pop' to your bridal attire - a peekaboo petticoat in the colour of your choice is an instant way to add some personality to your wedding day look.
#7 Strapless dress? Think detachable straps
An easy way to make a strap-free gown truly unique to you, adding detachable straps to your wedding dress has the power to transform it in seconds - doesn't real-bride Linzi look gorgeous in her Justin Alexander gown? See the rest of Linzi's wedding to Stephen here.
Photographer: Kerry Ann Duffy