Rachel Lamb Bridal Design

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Award winning bespoke bridal designer and wedding dressmaker, specialising in bespoke bridal gowns for the bride and made to measure outfits for mothers of the bride and groom.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£1000
Details

Products and Services

Last-Minute Orders
Appointment Only
Bespoke Dressmaker
Bags
Dress Designer
Tiaras
Wedding Dresses
Accessories
Physical Shop / Studio
Bridal Boutique
Mother of the Bride Dresses
Veils
Full Description
My business is known for making Bespoke bridal gowns, which means that you can have a wedding dress designed and made 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. Bespoke doesn't have to mean complicated - your design can be as simple or extravagant as you desire. 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
Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding! Whether you are a traditional soul or prefer something more unusual, I can help you choose the perfect wedding dress or outfit for your day. Whether you choose a design from my range of dresses or choose to have a bespoke gown made, you will find our stylish and conscientious award winning service will put you at your ease enabling you to relax and enjoy your wedding day wearing a gown or outfit that is perfectly you!

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2000
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
2
Reviews
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Elizabeth Brent
Happy couple Married on April
June 2022
I wish everyone could have their wedding dress made by Rachel!
I loved everything about working with Rachel, and cannot recommend her highly enough. She’s hugely talented, creative and kind, and she takes the time to really listen to what is important to you, to design and make the perfect dress. She has a hugely impressive skillset for everything from design to tailoring, and she works with the most beautiful materials to create entirely unique pieces bespoke to you. Her process is extremely thorough and feels like a partnership between the two of you, which I really valued. I came to Rachel with some idea of what I wanted, and she helped to refine and shape my thinking. During my first fitting, that thinking changed again, and Rachel was so helpful and so flexible in tweaking the design to reflect that. The result was everything you want your wedding dress to be - the most beautiful, special thing I’ve ever worn. That Rachel is a creative genius would be enough to recommend her in itself, but as an added bonus she’s also delightful, and exactly the person you need in the run-up to your wedding - kind, calm, hugely organised and incredibly competent. I wish everyone could have their wedding dress made by Rachel!
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Sophie Howard
Happy couple Married on July
July 2021
Talented and Professional
During lockdown I found two 1930s evening dress patterns online. Having not found anything I liked off the peg for my civil Partnership ceremony, I decided to see if I could have a dress made. I didn’t want a wedding dress, and I loved the front of one the patterns and the back of another. So, after a rough sketch I set about trying to find someone locally who was up to the task. The moment I saw the range of styles on Rachel’s website, I knew she could do it. Meeting her in summer 2020, I talked her through my ideas and she just seemed to know what I wanted. She helped me choose a gorgeous teal silk and matching chiffon, and set to work on the toile. Rachel was so patient and flexible as lockdowns shifted and cancelled fittings. Her attention to detail was incredible, and the end result is a dress that I still can’t quite believe is mine. It was a tricky cut, with a panel on the bias and all in silk, leaving nowhere to hide! Rachel is a talented and genuinely lovely person to work with, I feel so lucky to have found her.
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Grace
Happy couple Married on July
July 2021
I'm convinced that nobody is better suited to the job of dressmaker than Rachel
Rachel was a dream to work with. During our second lockdown I was getting increasingly stressed about not being able to try on any dresses and the idea of going dres shopping alone, but then I stumbled upon Rachel's website! She was completely professional but simultaneously so kind and welcoming. My mum was allowed to come along to our fittings, we wore masks and sat socially distanced, Rachel worked around whatever made us feel most at ease and we were made to feel really comfortable - which is not easily done in a pandemic! Rachel brought my vision of my dream dress to life. My mum and I will forever cherish having such a special experience to reflect back on.
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Adele
Happy couple Married on June
August 2021
The perfect dress
I cannot recommend Rachel highly enough. At the beginning of my wedding dress search, I tried on lots of dresses which had elements that I liked but fell short in some way or just didn’t suit me quite right. I wanted to amalgamate my favourite parts of dresses I’d tried and to add my own spin. Rachel made this happen, she took time to understand my ideas and came up with a design that was practical but looked exactly how I wanted it and suited me perfectly. Rachel was incredibly organised and approachable throughout the making of my dress, and during design meetings and fittings she made me feel confident and put my mind at ease. Even though I knew what my dress was going to look like, I was still blown away by the end product. It was absolutely gorgeous and made me feel incredibly special on my wedding day. Thanks again Rachel!
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Kirsty Smillie
Happy couple Married on February
March 2020
Fit for a Queen
From the moment I met Rachel I knew I had made the right choice. We instantly clicked and she just knew exactly what I wanted. I came to her with two very different ideas in mind, telling her I was struggling to decide what direction I wanted to go. She just said: Don't worry, I can do both. And she did! It was really important to me that I had something special, something different, and that's what Rachel created. Everyone was utterly blown away by her creation. It was like nothing anyone had ever seen before. I felt like a queen. Thank you so much, Rachel.
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Catrin
Happy couple Married on February
February 2020
Rachel is a genius!
Rachel is a genius. I cannot recommend her highly enough as she not only made me the perfect wedding dress, but she became a friend (and sometimes a counsellor!) in the process. She’s ridiculously talented, and I trusted her implicitly to do what looked/worked best – quite a scary thing to do, but it was absolutely worth it. All of this came at the same price I would have paid for a designer wedding dress and alterations! I still can’t believe my luck I found her on Instagram a year ago and having my dress made by Rachel was the best decision I made this year (apart from marrying my husband of course)! As a size 16-18 plus size bride I had some less than ideal experiences in bridal boutiques – “we can just hold the sample size 12 dress up to you for you to see what it looks like” – and I felt lost and unworthy to wear a wedding dress before I met Rachel. I had a clear idea that I didn’t want a lace or tulle wedding dress or a ball gown, but was relatively open about what it could look like. What we originally envisaged we scrapped early on, which is the beauty of working with Rachel. I took her lead and let her show me various styles from mermaid, to a-line, and we settled on a slim a-line dress. As my fittings progressed, we added lace to the sleeves and in a beautiful panel on the back, as well as changing from a pearl belt to a hand-beaded waistband which matched my hair vine. My dress was perfect, and on the day I have never felt more beautiful. I still haven’t seen a dress from any designer that even remotely resembles my dress, which is testament to how extraordinary Rachel is. If you still haven’t found the right dress for you, contact her, and she will make you a dress better than you could imagine. Thank you so much Rachel, you are wonderful!
Location & Contact Details

Address

Ely, Cambridgeshire, England

Travel Notes

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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 No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Controversial 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?

Blue trims, blue beading, blue label, blue shoes, blue accessories or wear blue pants! Or you could commission a blue dress...?

What is your favourite wedding dress of all time?

Impossible to answer, there are too many favourites