Andrea’s perfect custom wedding dress features a handkerchief hem and a long sleeved lace bodice. The handkerchief hem is part of the original design of the dress, but our talented Bitsy Bridal alterations team created the bodice from scratch. (Click here for a blog post all about alterations!) Creating a custom bodice is a hefty task, but our team of talented seamstresses specialize in pattern-making, which is crucial to getting the perfect fit in your custom wedding gown.
First, in a custom alterations appointment, our talented seamstress will ask you what you want to change. Then, the seamstress will sketch her vision of what you explain to her. After you agree that she has captured your vision perfectly, then she will begin work on your gown. You will have at least three alterations appointments to make sure that your custom lace bodice ballgown, for example, is perfect.
Charlotte custom ordered her lace crepe gown from Mikaella. Her custom order included the fully lace back and cap sleeves to keep the gown modest. Mikaella is a wonderful designer to make custom changes. Their customizations are reasonably priced and impeccably done. Our in-house alterations are another option for brides, but because she lives in California, it was easier for Charlotte to do the customization with Mikaella.
The skirt of Charlotte’s wedding dress is made of crepe. Mikaella’s crepe is lightweight and molds to the body beautifully. Then the skirt is fit and flare shaped. This further highlight’s the bride’s figure. The gown is very flattering because of this lace and crepe combination.
Are you looking for a custom wedding dress? At Bitsy Bridal, we can customize gowns in-house, and can custom order from many designers, like Mikaella. If this is you, then click here to make an appointment! ❤
The Dakota gown that Chelsea chose started with a mostly illusion tulle keyhole back. This makes the gown look more backless, and still offers the support of a keyhole back wedding dress. Chelsea opted to have our custom in-house alterations experts fill the illusion tulle. We used the same Hayley Paige beading as the rest of the bodice. This accentuates the keyhole back as a stylistic feature of the wedding gown.
Our seamstresses specialize in making ever alteration flow into the wedding gown’s original design. This keeps the wedding dress from looking patched with alterations. This process is also applied to our LDS modest temple build-ups. We never want anyone to be able to tell that something has been changed on your gown. 😉
This beaded backless wedding dress with a custom keyhole back is a beautiful example of what our alterations team is capable of. For more information on our talented seamstresses, click here! And to have us find you the prefect wedding dress, click here!
A sweetheart strapless ballgown is a favorite style of our stylists here at Bitsy Bridal because it is a universally flattering silhouette. The sweetheart neckline accentuates curves and flatters the shoulders. The fitted bodice and fullness of the skirt draw attention to the smallest part of the bride’s waist.
A sweetheart strapless ballgown is a very classic fairy tale wedding gown. This shape is timeless and won’t have you looking back at your wedding pictures the way you look at your mom’s dress from the 80s. 🤣 If you picture yourself looking like a princess on your wedding day, we highly recommend trying at least one ball gown wedding dress on to see if that is the look you are going for. Many designers choose to create these beautiful ball gown wedding dresses because they are flattering on all shapes. Our shop has a many ballgown wedding dresses to choose from. Click here to make an appointment! See you soon! ❤
Meet another wonderful #BitsyBride! This is Lauren. She purchased a beautiful A-line modest wedding dress from us at Bitsy Bridal (Click here to make an appointment! ❤) and had it customized with flutter sleeves. Her dress is from the designer Saphia Blue and the style is Emerald.
Normally at Bitsy Bridal, we recommend in-house modest alterations to be done by our talented staff, however Lauren already had a seamstress in mind, so she chose to use them. That’s okay with us! We still ordered her new fabric directly from the designer to match her skirt to make sure that her flutter sleeves on her A-line modest wedding dress looked perfect.
Meet our real-life #BitsyBride, Elise! Elise chose a modern crepe wedding dress, style 2105, from our ever-chic designer, Mikaella, here at Bitsy Bridal in Salt Lake City. In order to fit within LDS temple standards, Elise chose to customize her wedding dress with the designer to make it more modest, and keep it just as beautiful.
How did we make this modern crepe wedding dress modest?
Mikaella‘s style is chic and simple. Their quality is nearly unmatched for the price. Because of this high quality production, our shop trusts the Mikaella design team to do customization for our #BitsyBrides. Our extremely talented and experienced in-house alterations team is skilled at these extensive alterations as well, however sometimes it is best to let the designer do it for us. Sometimes this saves the bride time and money! This was the case for Elise and her modern crepe wedding dress.
The original design of 2105 features a wide boat-neck and a plunging V-back. With the help of Mikaella, we seamlessly brought the neckline in on either side, and raised the back. This honored Elise’s religious standards beautifully.
Check out how the dress started:
Here you can see the major change made to the back of Elise’s dress:
Many Utah brides need their perfect dress to be LDS temple modest…
And that’s why so many Utah Brides choose to be a #BitsyBride! Here at Bitsy Bridal, we help those high-fashion brides wear the high-end wedding gown of their dreams. Every bride has dreamed of getting married in a legendary Lazaro wedding dress. 😉 He doesn’t make his wedding dresses modest straight off of production, but fortunately for our #BitsyBride Berkeley, we are able to source fabric directly from him. Every piece of fabric is a perfect match. This way, we made her wedding dress (and the wedding dress of countless other brides) an LDS temple modest Lazaro wedding gown. (Click here to make an appointment to discuss your custom modest needs!)
Where do we start with custom LDS temple build ups?
And here is a closer look at the final LDS temple modest Lazaro wedding gown, altered and designed by our talented in-house alterations staff. As you can see, this modest wedding dress ended up being comfortable, fun, and mom approved!
This stunning bride wore Style 3662 by Lazaro for her special day. Lazaro is well-known for doing a spectacular job at glamorous and glitzy wedding gowns. This particular gown is no exception! Sheridan worked with our seamstress to create her customized vision by making her Lazaro modest.
Style 3662 began as a sleeveless ballgown. The v-neckline gives a plunging illusion with the sweetheart lining underneath. This beautiful gown has a show stopping low back that tapers off into a V at the top of the waist. This entire gown is made up of signature Lazaro glitter fabric. A thick horse hair trim edges the hem of the gown to give a polished off look. Any bride is sure to feel like a princess in this beautiful fabric and silhouette. Sheridan opted to wear the classic ivory on her big day, but this gown is also available in champagne.
Take a look at how this gown began.
Sheridan worked with our seamstress, which is now our in-house alterations team to create her customized modest vision. First, we began by removing the bodice to create a new pattern that fit the idea of what she wanted. We then created a raised neckline and completely filled in the back. Next, we created long sleeves out of the same glitter fabric, that stopped at the wrist-bone. This was more complimentary to Sheridan’s wedding season. Finally, we hemmed the gown to her height and added bustles.
This beautiful bride wore “Gigi” from Enchanting by Mon Cheri. This collection has a variety of styles that are able to meet the needs of brides from classic to boho, in a great price point. Gigi is a beautiful example of a style with a little bit more edge. This beautiful nude bohemian wedding gown is perfect for an outdoor location.
Gigi looks stunning as a fit to flare gown that features a plunging v-neckline. The halter-like straps allows for some bust support and coverage. The straps button in the back and transform into a gorgeous keyhole back. Gigi’s bodice is kept unlined for those brides who are looking to show more skin. If you are not one of those brides, this can be fixed within alterations for those who want more modesty. The focal point of this gown is the floral appliqués and 3D flowers. This beautiful detail is concentrated around the bodice, and then trickles down the skirt. Finally, Gigi ends with a sweep train, perfect for an outdoor venue.
Here is how Gigi begins.
Hannah opted to keep the majority of Gigi the same as the original during alterations. However, she did work with our in-house alterations team to add a few personalized details. She decided to close the neckline up a little bit to give more support and coverage. Then, our seamstress did a few adjustments to have this gown fit Hannah perfectly. Visit our alterations page for more!
Take a look at how amazing Hannah looks during her Moab wedding in these photos captured by Angela Hays Photography.
Unfortunately, we no longer carry the Enchanting collection. However, please schedule an appointment to see what new collections we have and to see our other bohemian wedding gowns.
This radiant bride wore Amanda by Nouvelle Amsale. This collection stems from the well-known Amsale brand, but sits at a lower and more budget friendly price point. Both Nouvelle Amsale and the Amsale name are well known for their simple wedding gown designs. They do an incredible job at capturing timeless and classic beauty within their gown. Amanda is a beautiful example of this clean and simple look.
Amanda is stunning as a sheath gown that features a deep v-neckline and floral lace sleeves. The crepe fabric elevates the cleanliness and simplicity of this gown. The princess seams sewn into this fabric and the plunging v-neckline allows a bride to show off her best curves. The hand appliquéd floral cap sleeves are a breathtaking addition and add a bit of personality to this gown. The lace clasps together at the base of the neck, and creates a brilliant keyhole back.
Courtney opted to keep this gown nearly to its original form. However, she did work with our in-house alterations team to create her perfect fit. She simply needed a few nips and tucks, as well as a hem. Although Courtney only used our services for simple alterations, we can transform wedding gowns into customized pieces of art. To talk to any of our stylists about our services and alteration options, please contact us.
Courtney decided to pair her gown with a simple one-layer veil to complete this classic style. However, Amanda can be easily glammed up with statement jewelry, or a long veil.
This beautiful bride wore “Pepper” from Blush by Hayley Paige. Blush expresses the same designs that Hayley Paige is known for, but at a more cost effective price point. Pepper fits the mold of being edgy, but with classic bridal vibes.
Pepper features a bodice made from Hayley Paige’s gorgeous Marrakesh beading fabric. The sweetheart neckline and low back have a scalloped detail that gives a feminine look. The straps are a delicate spaghetti strap that run into the low V-shaped back. The ivory Marrakesh beading stops at the natural waist and then is followed by a full tulle skirt. This tulle is cut into cascading layers and edged with horsehair trim.
Maiya decided to keep Pepper in its original form. However, the sample gown she purchased was several sizes too big for her. She worked with our in-house alterations team to resize this gown and have it fit her perfectly. During this process, we needed to take in the bodice by several inches. This task required our seamstress to bring it in and rematch the beading patterns. This gave the gown a finished look, and masked the fact that this gown was once too large. Once the bodice fit her correctly, we were able to focus on hemming the gown to her height. Maiya opted to not add anymore details to her gown.
This gorgeous bride wore “Elsa” by Lazaro. Lazaro does an incredible job with heavy beading and glitter fabrics. Elsa embodies this work perfectly. Lauren worked with our in-house alterations to create her very own modest Lazaro gown.
Elsa begins as a sleeveless ballgown in a stunning checkered net glitter fabric. The sculpted v-neckline and natural waistline together create a delicate bodice. This compliments the low scoop back very well. Finally, the spaghetti straps are detailed with crystal embellishments This look is finished off with a chapel length train.
Take a look at how Elsa began.
Creating a modest Lazaro
Lauren was wowed by the sparkle of this dress and knew it would fit perfectly into her princess vision. She began working with our in-house alterations team to make sure this gown would be temple ready. Firstly, our seamstress began by removing the bodice and recreating a brand new look. This included changing the neckline into a higher v-neck and completely filling in the back. Then, we added long sleeves to the bodice, which came to a point just below the wrist bone. Both the neckline and the sleeves were finished off with a pearl trimming. Lauren added a cummerbund in the same fabric to extenuate the smallest part of her waist. Finally, the entire look was tied together with crystal buttons that followed the length of her gown.
Lauren accessorized with a sparkle necklace and earrings. She decided to amp up her fairy-tale look by adding sparkle shoes and a matching tiara. Finally, she added a customized cathedral veil made out of the same fabric as her gown. Lauren truly looked like a princess come to life during her wedding day.
This magnificent bride wore “Wendy” by Kenneth Winston. This designer does a brilliant job at classic sparkle, and Wendy’s detail is tribute to that. With the help of our alterations team, Jill was able to wear a beautiful beaded modest dress.
This gown began as a sleeveless sheath gown with finger-width straps and a low rounded back. Wendy’s neckline mimics a sweetheart look, but has a mesh detail that gives it more of a v-neckline. This stunning gown is beaded throughout in a diamond pattern and radiates a Gatsby feeling. The entire look is finished off with a small train of the same gorgeous beading.
Take a look at how Wendy began.
Jill worked with our alterations team to turn this beaded beauty into a modest piece of art. Our seamstress needed to do a complete rebuild of the bodice to turn it into a modest wedding gown. When a bride needs a complete rebuild, we start by drawing out a design that works with her vision. Then, we build a rough model of the new bodice, once the bride approves we can begin attaching it to the skirt and adding the necessary embellishments. For Jill this meant creating a scoop back that sat high on the back and a v-neckline. Finally, Jill went with a small cap sleeve to complete this brand new bodice. The new creation was beaded with the same design and detail that the skirt has. With the help of our alterations team, Jill was able to wear a stunning beaded modest dress.
Tamara Jennings Photography did an amazing job at capturing Jill in her custom gown during her bridals.
Our gorgeous bride wore Juno from Wtoo by Watters. Watters and Wtoo’s styles range from clean and sleek to edgy and unique. Here at Bitsy Bridal, we carry both of these beautiful collections and have a variety of gowns to fit any bride’s budget or style. Savannah transformed this romantic gown into a stunning masterpiece featuring a modest lace bodice.
Juno began as a sleeveless gown with a plunging v-neckline. This illusion bodice is covered in floral lace appliqués that create an open back visual. Juno’s A-line skirt is multiple layers of English Netting. This material gives a soft and breathable look to this romantic gown. This gown is available in traditional ivory or latte. However, the latte color is one-of-a-kind and will stand out in nearly any venue. Juno also has the option of functional buttons to close the gown, or a zipper with decor buttons. If you like the sweetheart look, check out the modest version.
Take a look at Juno’s original form.
Savannah worked with our in-house alterations team to create her modest lace build up. We began by lining the entire bodice in latte fabric and then filling it in with floral lace appliqués. Because of this, we were able to create an entirely new scoop neckline. Finally, our seamstress created a cap sleeve. This gave the gown a chic look and made it temple ready. With the help of our seamstress, Savannah was able to create a personalized look for her special day.
Mikki Platt Photography did a fantastic job at capturing this beautiful bride and her modest lace gown. Take a look at some of her photos.
This amazing bride wore “Gemma” from Enchanting by Mon Cheri. Enchanting is one of our most budget friendly collections. Their style ranges from clean and classic to edgy and whimsical. Mon Cheri has a variety of options that will fit any style or location. Amy worked with our in-house alterations team to create her unique sleek modest wedding dress.
Gemma began as a sleeveless satin fit to flare gown. The bateau neckline features a small slit in the center. The high back is perfect for modesty and a chic look. The hand-beaded belt sits at the natural waist, which defines the best features of all brides. The chapel train finishes off this beautiful gown. Gemma all around is a very sleek and classic gown that is perfect for the sophisticated bride.
Take a look at how Gemma started.
Amy worked with our in-house alterations seamstress to turn this gown into a sleek modest wedding dress. We began by removing the hand-beaded belt from the waist. However, a thinner belt was added in its place. This belt still defined the waistline, but played more into Amy’s vision of her dream gown. Next, we added 3/4 length sleeves to make this gown temple ready. Our seamstress used the same satin fabric to create a cohesive look. Finally, small pearls and rhinestones were added to the edge of the sleeves. This small detail turned the sleeves into their own accessory and finished off this clean and classic look.
Raegan Christensen Photography did a stunning job at capturing this beautiful bride in her sleek modest wedding dress. Take a look at some of her photos.