We’re all familiar with Cinderella’s fairy godmother: a softly-spoken, smiley, excitable ball of energy. She helps Cinders feel like the princess she is inside – sorting her out with an understated but elegant hairdo, a sparkly dress the likes of which we could only dream of, and a carriage made of pumpkin to top it off. We can confidently say that every bride would benefit from the help of a Fairy Godmother for their wedding. Bibbity bobbity boo and behold – we may have found you one.
Caroline Arthur is your answer. A bridal dressmaker with formal couture training—and a family history of visual design ability that you just can’t imitate—her mission statement is to enable every bride to be have an affordable, personally designed dress. To this end, Caroline has built her business from scratch over the past fourteen years, transforming Glove Design into Caroline Arthur Couture, with a handpicked team who embody every one of her values in their bones. Her passion for dressmaking is apparent in every one of her endeavours: she’s innovatively revolutionised every aspect of the wedding dress journey with brides in mind. Are you getting the Fairy Godmother vibe now? Not only do you get exquisite design ability and experience but you’re genuinely cared for every step of the way. In an industry where, more than anywhere else, you don’t want to be reduced to just an order or invoice number, Caroline takes the utmost care of you from beginning to end…and even past midnight!
Caroline only makes a handful of bespoke wedding dresses a year, but don’t dismay: after years of cultivation and intense research, she’s launched her Couture Kit. This online app offers a huge range of mix and match bodies and skirts for brides to choose from to create the full dress of their dreams. Any combination goes as long as it’s what you want! All of the designs are available in your choice of colour, in the finest silk, satin or crepe. Finishing touches, such as lace or sheer overlays and applique, are included too. It’s an exceptional tool that allows you to bring to life exactly what you’ve always wanted, which is super useful if, like me, you know precisely what your heart desires, but you can’t find the words (or the skills on paper!) to explain it. This is only the beginning of the fun, too. Once you’ve come up with your design, there’s the option to email the Caroline Arthur team for a quote, where her team of magical mice will price your idea up and get back to you. In this quote, you can include any extra details you’d like, your idea of the back of the dress, and the budget you have in mind. It really is an experience entirely unique to you. Ooh, and links to Pinterest boards! These are always useful for visualisation and inspiration (and it gives you legitimate reason to work on them when you should be working on anything else – sorry, a world-renowned dressmaker asked for it! Who am I to deny?!)
We know this has already been an exhaustive list of frank loveliness, but it just keeps on getting better. They just won’t quit, will they?! Alongside dress- and dream-making, open heart surgery (really!) and cementing flexible working conditions for her team, Caroline has also pioneered a Bespoke Pattern System, meaning you get a made-to-measure pattern for your dress, reducing the need for later alterations, and all the panic, petrol and pricing it brings with it.
Caroline and her passionate innovation have ensured that you not only get a bespoke dress at an affordable price, but an absolutely unforgettable experience too. You can live your childhood dreams of dolly dressmaker and breath-taking bride with your head in fluffy white wedding clouds, whilst your feet are firmly on the floor and not breaking the bank. You feel looked after, listened to, and nurtured—who knew Surrey held such paradise!
We’re huge fans of Caroline Arthur—just in case you couldn’t tell—and will sing her praises to anyone who’ll listen. Her focus on bespoke and her ethos of encouragement and excitement is inimitable, whilst her passion for wedding dresses and pushing the boundaries is unending. Put it together, and what have you got? The best wedding dress maker ever, if you ask us. Caroline Arthur, we salute you – thank you so much for inspiring individuality.