Wedding Jargon Explained!

Part Three – Fits

So now you know all about fabrics and colour (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, read up on fabric here and colours here), you may have decided that you want something ivory and lacey, or something white and organza but haven’t thought about the style and how it will fit on your body. Enter part three of our jargon buster series, Fits.



A fishtail dress is fitted to your curves until around the knees, then it gently flares out creating a curvy, glamorous silhouette. It will enhance an hour-glass figure and give the illusion of curves to a straighter body.





Think Disney Princess and most people will think Ballgown. Usually fitted on the bodice, a ball gown flares out making your body a bell shape. This is a classic dress, usually quite formal and a guaranteed show stopper.


This is a dress that can be worn with or without a petticoat to give it a totally different look. The tea-length dress
typically stops at the middle of your shin. A petticoat can lift it higher and give it some drama and edge, while without a petticoat, the tea-length dress can be a classic and demure choice.




A style that suits almost every body shape and side, A-line dresses are a popular style. The bodice is usually fitted, like the ballgown, but instead of the dramatic bell shape, the skirt gently slopes down into the shape of an ‘A’.


Very similar to the fishtail, the mermaid dress fits your curves down to your knees, then flares out, but much more dramatically than the fishtail. The mermaid is a great style to show off your figure and maintain the drama of a ball gown.





This style is exactly as it sounds. It simply falls straight down. This style tends to be a little more informal, perfect for a beach wedding!



Well, hopefully, by now you are experts!

If you’re still unsure, talk to a pro. Book an appointment and come for a fitting where you can try on different styles, colours and fabrics and you’ll soon find something you fall in love with. Actually, that’s good advice even if you know what you want, try on a range of styles, and you might just surprise yourself.

*All images depict dresses that are for sale at Lydia Couture at the time of writing.*



Beautiful Beckie and her Bridesmaids

We’re feeling like proud mother hens today after seeing photos of our beautiful bride, Beckie, and her lovely bridesmaids, Mitzy, Helen and Jade, all decked out in their bespoke Lydia Couture dresses.

Beckie’s dress is a completely bespoke design, created and hand sewn in our studio in the centre of Bristol. It features a lace bodice and a full, organza skirt with a long train. The lace up back makes the back of the dress as pretty as the front and the little lace sleeves top it all off, making this a feminine, flattering, fit-for-a-princess custom gown.

Beckie’s bridesmaids are rocking our D19 Pretty dress in champagne.  With each dress made to measure, each girl’s individual curves are hugged and flattered by the soft chiffon. And the straps coming from the sweetheart neckline add uniqueness to a classic style.

See the gorgeous girls below! For a custom gown of your own, call us for appointment today on 0117 329 1925 or see our main site for more details.


Free Saturday Appointments!

Great news! We’re waiving the £20 Saturday charge for bridal appointments. So if you work Monday to Friday, you can now secure your Saturday fitting at no charge. Be quick, these get snapped up fast! So if you need to cancel or don’t turn up for your appointment, you may have to wait a few weeks before we’ll be able to fit you in again.

To book an appointment, get in touch here or read all about our appointment info here.

Wedding Weekend

Boy, have we been busy lately.

Part three of our Wedding Jargon series (see here for parts 1 and parts 2) is on it’s way, but it’s been put on the back burner a little due to all the weddings we’ve been preparing for this week.

We’d like to wish all our beautiful brides and bridesmaids a very happy wedding day and we can’t wait to see pictures of you all in your Lydia Couture dresses!

Big congratulations to Annalise, Vicki, Beccie, Laura, Karen and Jo, Jennifer and Lisa!


April’s Real Wedding Of The Month

What makes a wedding truly unique is that it is yours.

There is no other couple like you and there never will be! And the best way to celebrate you-ness is through the details.

Take real bride Isobel for example. Her quirky love for flamingos gives this wedding a unique and personal little edge.  She also used her DIY skills to make lots of stuff for her wedding, which adds even more uniqueness and saves money. Win-win!

But don’t worry if you can’t quite make your own veil, that’s what we’re here for.

Check out wonderful Isobel and Russell’s DIY packed, bold and bright real wedding here.

And if you’re still looking for a venue, check out Country House Wedding Venues and breathe easy!

New Opening Times!

From May, we’ll be shaving half an hour off our day. So instead of 10-5.30 each day, we’ll now be open 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Any existing appointments won’t be affected, don’t worry! But feel free to give us a call if you’re unsure about anything.

May opening times