Bridal Wear in Cambridgeshire

Rachel Lamb Design

Award winning bespoke bridal design service

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Key Facts

Price Band: £££ - ££££

Typical Price: £2,000

Price Range: £1,000 - £3,500

Features & Services

Individual bespoke bridal design service

Gorgeous made to measure range of bridal gowns and outfits

Four Counties Wedding Awards Winner 2015- Dressmaker & Designer

Friendly, fun, caring and honest service

Highly qualified, experienced designer

Established 2000

Any colour, any style, huge range of fabrics and laces available

Unique one off wedding dresses

About Rachel Lamb Design

Based near Ely, Cambridgeshire, Rachel Lamb offers an award winning Bespoke bridal design dress service, and a made to measure collection of gorgeous bridal designs. She can design for you, choose from her Collection or bring your own ideas along.

Bespoke: Rachel Lamb is known for making Bespoke bridal gowns, which means that you can have a dress designed 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 the service – Rachel is a highly trained, experienced designer and this is part of the service if you want it to be.
Bridal Collection: Rachel Lamb also designs a Collection of made to measure bridal gowns which are available to try on and order (as you would in a shop, but made in-house), or the designs can be adapted to suit you, perhaps by changing the colour or adding sleeves, or changing a lace. Many Bespoke clients try on the Collection dresses to help give them inspiration, and many brides order from the Collection without changing the design. There are currently approximately 40 designs in the Collection. It's an adaptable and flexible service, so if you don't see what you want, just ask.
The possibilities are endless, but in all cases, Rachel is there to guide you with her friendly & honest approach.

All the dresses are made in Cambridgeshire, and during fittings you can have input into the fit and design throughout manufacture. It’s very exciting seeing your dress evolve into the real thing!

Your unique wedding gown will be made to measure to fit you perfectly.

Rachel also creates made to measure outfits for mothers of the bride & groom.

Customer Reviews

In short, Rachel is amazing! I had spoken to a number of dress designers as I couldn’t find what I was looking for in any bridal boutiques & most had turned me away as my idea was not in their comfort zone. I had originally found somebody local, but was let down when the designer left the company. With one year to go I was getting a little desperate so decided to look out of my own county, which is when I found Rachel’s website. Her work looked beautiful and showed her skill and diversity so I sent Rachel an email in May 2020 during lockdown. From the first contact Rachel was approachable, professional and despite the covid madness happening at the time she was extremely reassuring and seemed excited about my ideas for my dress. When the initial sketch arrived I cried because I’d finally found someone who “got” what I was after & didn’t seem put off by other factors (I was 8 months pregnant when I first made contact with Rachel and plus size to start with, so sizing was a lot of guess work too begin with!!). Rachel was extremely accommodating, planning the process meticulously and as considerately as possible particularly with my pregnancy and covid uncertainties. We ended up having to reschedule our wedding again to 2022 which again Rachel could not have been more professional or thoughtful about. I was delighted to finally meet Rachel in person once restrictions lifted and from the moment I did I was instantly put at ease. Her work is beautiful and each dress made with the upmost love and care. My ideas for my dress were very unusual and Rachel embraced my vision at every step, but also ensuring that it would work and suit my figure. I got more and more excited and relaxed with each fitting seeing my vision come to life. I cannot begin to describe how absolutely stunning my final made dress is & how for the first time in my life I felt truly beautiful on my wedding day. I genuinely did not want to take my dress off despite soaring Greek temperatures and haven’t yet been able to zip it away as I can’t help but look at it everyday. Every single one of my guests and friends commented on how truly stunning my dress was, how intricate the design work is and how it suited me perfectly. Rachel from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. You quite literally made my dreams come to life and made me feel beautiful for the first time ever.

Thank you Amanda! I loved creating your fabulous gold sparkly dress for you and am so pleased you got to wear it on your wedding day after such a long wait ! Best wishes to you both for your future happiness and thanks again for being a fab bride! Xx

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I had a Mother of the Bride dress made by Rachel. It was absolutely perfect. Everything I wanted it to be. Rachel was very professional and she made me feel completely at ease, we even had a giggle. No tweak was too much trouble and I appreciated her ideas and suggestions. I had compliments all day and night in the dress and felt beautiful. I would highly recommend her.

Thank you for your kind words Dee. I'm so pleased your dress was perfect - you looked amazing in it! It was fun working together. Xx

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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 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!

Thank you so much for your kind words Beth. I loved working with you and will miss our appointments! Best wishes to you both for the future. Xx

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Rachel is just amazing! She made me the most stunning winter wedding dress and I can't tell you how many people were blown away by it! Rachel gave expert guidance throughout the entire process and was so patient and professional, which is exactly what you want when deciding on the most important outfit of your life! Designing my wedding dress with Rachel and seeing it come to life was so much more exciting than buying one off the shelf. And the dress she made was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. Rachel was fantastic from start to finish, she was so responsive and reliable, and was great at offering advice on style/material etc. And at the end of it I got the most beautiful dress that was completely unique and made to fit me perfectly - no bride could ask for more! I can't recommend Rachel highly enough!

Thank you so much for your kind words Claire - you looked stunning in your wedding dress! It was a pleasure working with you! X

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Wedding dress shopping not for me. None of the dress I tried on made me feel like me and I tried a few....I never got that wow moment you see in all the wedding dress shows on TV. I can not tell you how please I was when I found Rachel just through a google search. I was amazed from talking to Rachel how much choice there was and what could be possible, especially when off the shelf dresses seemed to be all the same - white or blush - lace or no lace - bling or no bling none had the balance I was looking for. This was where Rachel was able to interpret my desire for 'balance' and design the dress of my dreams. On my wedding day I felt like me but on the best day ever. I had so many wonderful comments a brides dream - but I could also eat, dance and go to the bathroom alone all requirements that were very important to me during our fittings. Of which Rachel always made me feel comfortable even during the COVID situation, we had some great laughs. Rachel was great at listening to feedback on the dress but all the other wedding prep. I was almost sad that on collecting my dress that we would not see each other again - unless I need a vow renewal dress is a few years time :-)

Hi Rebecca, thanks for your lovely review! I am so pleased I was able to help you with your wedding dress requirements, you looked amazing in your dress! Congratulations to you both! X

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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.

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.

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!

Rachel created a beautiful, sleek dress made from my mum’s 80s style wedding dress. It was a pleasure to work with her and she skillfully used the existing fabric in a way that made the design I had chosen for my dress. All this during a year of COVID restrictions, she created a stunning dress for our teeny wedding ceremony.

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.

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!

Rachel took away all the pain of finding the perfect wedding dress! I like many brides had looked at numerous photos on line, I knew what I liked and I went to Rachel with an 'idea'. Rachel helped create my idea into a truly beautiful wedding dress that was very 'me'! I'd highly recommend Rachel to another bride to be.

I, like many brides, first started looking for my dress about 18 months before the big day. And visiting shop after shop and not finding the perfect dress was exhausting. I first came across Rachel after seeing her beautiful dresses on Instagram and before I’d even gone to her studio I had a good feeling. I’ve never been great in explaining what I wanted in a dress, I came along with some pictures of things I’d liked and a half-baked idea of what I might like and during the course of my first consultation Rachel listened, asked questions and helped me narrow down what I might like. At the end of our first meeting she had sketched out the exact dress I had in my mind (I have no idea how she did it!). Every session after that was a total joy. I’ll be the first to admit that there are a lot of parts of wedding planning that felt like a chore, but every time I knocked on Rachel’s studio door I had renewed excitement about wedding planning. Rachel worked with me over the course of 6-7 fittings to bring to life the idea I had in my mind. At every point the service was bespoke, from the fabric, to the buttons, the lace and each individual finishing. She is extremely knowledgeable and if ever I was unsure about what decision to make, she provided solutions and offered constructive advice. I had so many people comment on my dress, none of my friends or family had ever had a dress made before and they were so impressed with the result. Having the ability to choose every element of your dress and to have something you know is completely bespoke to you was such a big draw for me.

After looking in several bridal shops in the local area and feeling a sense of being underwhelmed, I feel lucky to have found Rachel to design and make my dress. As a mature bride I wanted something slightly different and from the beginning I knew I’d made the right decision. The design was perfect and exactly what I had in mind, Rachel was very easy to work with, so lovely, very open and honest and nothing was too much trouble. Living a distance away Rachel was so flexible with the dates for my fittings and these worked perfectly. The workmanship was of such a high standard, I felt so amazing on the day and I had so many lovely comments about my dress. I cannot recommend Rachel highly enough

Rachel is amazing for bespoke wedding dresses. She is lovely and has a great knowledge and experience in dressmaking. I couldn't have chosen better!

Rachel's work is truly outstanding and she is a lovely person to work with. I must have tried on fifty dresses before i found Rachel! The problem was i didn't want white, ivory or cream and i wanted something completely unique. There is nothing better than being able to source the exact shade of silk, exact pattern of lace and having it made to fit you perfectly, by using Rachel's services I got the perfect dress! I enjoyed the whole process so much I came back to Rachel to have a dress made for my daughter's christening!

Racheal, thankyou so much for making my bridal satin full length skirt so well, i felt a million dollars all day! It was so comfortable to wear and i loved my quirky pockets that you made, excellant for my lipstick!!! Your a lovely person who is caring and you made me feel welcome in your lovely new massive premises! Highly recommended Ladies!!

Thanks again Rachel, I would recommend you to the world if I could xx

I cannot commend the service that Rachel Lamb provides enough. Her own designs are stunning, and to be able to take the ideas of a completely inexperienced bride and turn them into a beautiful and completely bespoke dress reflects great talent. One of the highlights of my wedding was spending the months beforehand working with Rachel as she created my perfect dress, and being able to wear a dress like no other on such a special day. It was a fantastic experience, and I heartily recommend her to any future bride.

I have recently had my wedding dress by Rachel and I have to give credit where credits due. Not only did she so an amazing job on the dress but she really listened to what I wanted giving her professional feedback and guidance whenever needed. I always felt respected and welcomed at every fitting. I trusted Rachel every step of the way Im so glad I came across her website.

Rachel has been amazing with me and my fiancé. She was able to take our muddled idea of what we liked and wanted and create it perfectly on paper. She seemed to be able to draw images straight out of heads. Couldn't recommend a better, more reliable, happy, helpful and lovely person to entrust our dreams to.

Rachel is the most dedicated, funny, approachable, customer-orientated dressmaker I found and her work is absolutely stunning. She thanked me sincerely for the challenge of colourful beading but she most certainly didn't disappoint! She offers sensible professional advice but always with the betterment of the dress in mind.

Thank you Zoe! I really enjoyed doing your beading! X

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Can't recommend Rachel highly enough, she's amazing! I had the most fantastic and individual experience with Rachel. She knew what I wanted in my dress even when I lost vision and we had such fun while doing it. I still miss my appointments with her almost 2 years on ... Time for another wedding? If only I didn't like my husband so much!

Thank you Charlotte! X

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Rachel designed the dress I had in my head, only better! At our first meeting, I poured my every thought out of my brain, Rachel was able to immediately see what I wanted, and drew the perfect design during that first meeting. Rachel was able to create a large portion of the decorative appliques I wanted herself, and was happy to work with some material and appliques that I sourced elsewhere too. Every time I went to the studio I was thrilled with the developments. I am a curvy girl, and when creating the dress, Rachel was able to give me the original design I wanted, and make it look spectacular on my body shape. Frankly, I think the best decision I made (other than choice of husband!) for my wedding was to choose Rachel to make my dress - I genuinely love my dress. In fact I love it so much that I'm now pestering Rachel to make some alterations so I can wear it again, and again....!

Thank you Liz! X

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