Wedding Dressmaker |The Bespoke Wedding Dress Process | Cookham and London Atelier 2020-01-13T22:25:06+00:00

The Process of Creating a Bespoke Bridal Gown

The Oui Madam Atelier experience is all about creating elegant, timeless and modern bespoke dresses that are uniquely designed for the bride who will wear it. The bespoke wedding dress process takes from 3 – 9 months depending on availability and is a once -in-a-lifetime experience. We make no more than 20 bridal gowns each year so that we can provide our brides with our full attention, an undivided focus and the best bridal shopping experience.

A bespoke bridal gown is a gown that is ‘exclusively’ designed for the brides body shape right down to the smallest detail and cannot be matched nor compared to a dress that is customized at any level. Our first meeting will be an initial consultation to learn as much as possible about your tastes and invite you to try on a range of different styles and shapes before we begin the wedding dress design process. The design and style can be entirely your own ideas or a combination of the styles in the bridal boutique which we then adapt and tweak until it is the perfect fit for your body type and your personal style.

Wedding Dress Design

You can choose to redesign any of the designer gowns in our boutique collection by changing the fabric, trim, lace etc., and even the silhouette so that it flatters your shape. You can even add sleeves etc, until the final one-off design is one that will fit you perfectly. There is no need to worry even if you lose or gain weight during the process – we will re-measure you closer to the date of your event and remain flexible about the design for your peace of mind.

Fabric Samples and Selection

You will have the opportunity to view a range of exquisite fabrics and laces that are best suited for the design style that you have chosen

Final Design Review

The final sketch of your bespoke gown will be prepared for you along with a sample of the fabrics, a sample of the beading or trims to be used and any special finishes that we have discussed

Recording Your Body Measurements

Before we can begin, we need to record your measurements so that we can begin work on the pattern and toile. You will need a good fitted bra and same height heels as you plan to wear on your special day. Don’t worry at this stage about losing weight as the toile will be fitted and refitted if necessary to allow for this.

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Toile Fitting

Your first glimpse of your chosen design, how thrilling! You can expect lots of tweaking and suggestions about fit and design during this stage. We may also ask you to attend a second fitting – this is just to ensure that we are completely happy with the design and fit.

Your Chosen Fabric

Your fabric will be ordered and on its way to us. If you require swatches of the colour or texture please just ask!

Your First Wedding Dress Fitting

The first fitting of your dress will be an exciting time for you and to get the best from it, you will need to wear the same undergarments as for the toile fitting. Your shoes will also be needed as this helps us both to have a clear picture of the final look.  As this is your first glimpse of your bespoke wedding dress, please feel free to bring whoever you like to your first appointment and of course you’re welcome to take photos.

Who to bring with you to the final dress fitting

Always a good idea to invite Mum to attend the final wedding dress fitting as she is most likely to be your right-hand-woman  on the day;  plus, she will also be guided on taking care of little details such as  lacing, buttoning the back or bustling the back train on your wedding day.

What does Atelier mean?

Atelier is a french word (hat-el-e-a) for the studio or workshop that is occupied by an artist or haute couture fashion designer; also known as the place where the magic happens.

Collecting Your Wedding Dress

We are right on the High Street in Cookham which is perfectly located for brides from London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire with free parking right outside the boutique. Your beautifully hand crafted gown will be steamed, pressed and packaged into a bridal bag ready for you to transport by car. Other bridal accessories such as your veil, lingerie and jewelry will be packaged into smaller shopping bags to make it easy for you to carry. If you are travelling abroad, please let us know so that items can be packed and ready for air transport.


1-5 The Arcade, High Street Cookham, Berkshire, SL6 9TA

Tel: 01628 520 765

London Studio Wembley Park

Tel: 07932 673 430

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