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Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Wear it Pink.

wear it pink 

Every October, people worldwide show their support for those affected by breast cancer. At Shimmering Ivory, this is a cause incredibly close to our hearts. Not only are we a team of women ourselves, but we also have worked closely with many brides, (and mothers of brides) who have been personally affected by this disease.


The beauty of a bespoke gown is the ability to tailor it precisely to each woman’s desire and needs. While we wholeheartedly believe in celebrating all women’s bodies, we understand that many of our customers have factors they want to take into consideration when choosing a gown. Whether it be asymmetry, double mastectomy concerns or following breast enhancement, we have experience in creating flattering designs and shapes with this in mind.


We have worked with multiple clients who have undergone a masectomy . We pride ourselves on the relationship we build with our clients, and we want them to feel completely secure and open whilst with us. We want them to be part of the process! When working with these clients we make sure we understand their needs, their journey and what they needed from us. We want each woman that comes in to not only look beautiful, but to feel beautiful and comfortable in themselves. 


2020 has acted a powerful reminder that we’re all united as one. Our choices and actions have the power to protect one another. By supporting other women and working together we want to help, to both encourage women to access the care they need, but also to celebrate their beautiful body in any shape or form. 


For more information on breast cancer awareness see: https://breastcancernow.org/get-involved/breast-cancer-awareness-month

Your Dress Journey

Shimmering Ivory make all their beautiful bespoke dresses by a talented team in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. For the convenience of the London and International bride we  can meet up with you at the luxury space of The Wedding Gallery  at One Marylebone road  to discuss your dream dress requirements  and provide a design consultation. We will bring with us an exquisite selection of fabrics and laces and our talented designer Sian will sit with you and sketch up your ideas that will then become a reality.

Our beautiful bespoke dresses that are hand made for you  range from  £3,500  -  £25,000. Your special dress will be unique  and the price quoted for your design will include all the fitting charges  -  so that you can really feel your very best on your wedding day.

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Congratulations On Your Engagement!

Congratulations! You’re Engaged!

Let's get you dressed! We are looking to design a unique dress for you! We believe that a bride's wedding day look should be an extension of her personality and make her feel like the most elevated version of her everyday self. We don’t believe that you should fit the dress… the dress should fit you!
Located in the quaint town of Harpenden Hertfordshire within a 25minutes of St Pancras and 10 minutes from St Albans and Luton ; Shimmering Ivory Couture Bridal provides exquisite hand-stitched wedding dresses and unique dresses for mother of the Bride and mother of the Groom.

 Having designed dresses for a vast number of global brides, who have got married in some exotic places all over the world we are able to fulfill your wedding dress dream. We work out of a lovely studio and offer a fun, unpretentious vibe, a fresh alternative to the mainstream bridal shops.  

Our bridal gowns reinvent the traditional – Just like the brides who wear them. From classical vintage couture to bohemian spirit or a Rock and Roll vibe  -  you can wear them with a veil in a Chateau in France or barefoot in the sand on a beach in Mexico. Our looks are special and seasonless. Come and experience the magic of Shimmering Ivory!

Bridal Gowns and Alterations

Bridal Gowns Alterations and Best Bridal Studio in Harpenden, St Albans and London

Wedding Gown Alterations Harpenden and St Albans

Shimmering Ivory Bridal Couture – Best one-stop-shop beautiful wedding gowns, custom designed bridal gowns, and wedding dress alterations.

Here you'll find the best bridal shop services in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, we service brides from the whole area surrounding Harpenden, St Albans, Luton and London as well as brides from further afield. Our studio specializes in custom-fitted wedding gowns, bridal dress alterations, and other related services for clients in Herts, Beds and Bucks.

Shop at Harpenden and St Albans’ Best bridal shop and custom wedding gown designer

Here at Shimmering Ivory Bridal Couture, custom makes a difference. Our priority is to make each bride look her absolute best in her custom-fitted wedding gowns or detailed bridal gown alterations. When we make alterations, we don't only want the best fit, we also want it to enhance the bride's look and give her the best comfort throughout her wedding day.

Our studio is a hidden gem and produces luxury wedding gown designs for clients in Harpenden and St Albans that are made to measure based on the bride to be specific measurements. Each bridal gown made in our shop is delicately sewn, handcrafted, and custom-fitted by couture designer Sian Hughes Cooke and her fantastic team. Our bridal gown alterations are also meticulously tailored and checked until we get the perfect fit for the bride.

Best Wedding Dress Alterations in Harpenden, St Albans and London

Have you found your perfect wedding gown but it doesn't quite fit well to your body shape? That's where our professional experience comes in. Shimmering Ivory Bridal Couture has an experienced team of alterations specialists who know exactly how to make a wedding gown fit like it was created just for you. Your guests will never believe that your wedding gown was something you bought readymade!

Our alterations and cutting/sewing techniques are among the best in London and our alterations experts are trained to make adjustments that will complement the bride's body shape/type, and the style of the wedding gown itself.

Customized Wedding Gowns in Harpenden, St Albans and London

Have an old dress or vintage heirloom gown that you would like to wear on your wedding day?

Our bridal shop will create, design, customise and alter the perfect bridal dress for your wedding day.

We offer a wide-array of services that cater to customizing wedding dresses, heirloom gowns, bridal dresses, and wedding gowns. We have the best and most creative team in Hertfordshire to help you look amazing on your wedding day.

By Appointment only. CALL for an appointment to VISIT us if you are a bride-to-be in Hertfordshire, Harpenden or St Albans. We would be happy to show you some of our best work.

Schedule Your Fitting Appointment TODAY!

We understands that you have a busy schedule especially if you are planning your own wedding. So, we've made fitting your gown easier for you by setting your own fitting schedule! Now, you don't have to adjust your appointments based on a shop's hours. We are by Appointment only, so give us a call or email us to set up your consultation for customized alterations or a custom design wedding dress today! 

Hertfordshire Wedding Dress - Designed for You

Hertfordshire Wedding Dress - Designed for You

Shimmering Ivory is Hertfordshire's leading supplier of custom couture wedding dresses, evening dresses and mother of the bride and mother of the groom dresses..

We have designed numerous beautiful wedding dresses for real brides and their mothers.

Located conveniently in Harpenden, near Luton and St Albans and also London

We are central to serve the needs of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and London brides! Shimmering Ivory's design work shop is a treasure trove of silk and lace and you can watch Sian put together a design for your dress.


We also specialise in Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom and Evening gowns.

Gives us a call or email to arrange a fitting for the Wedding Dress and Bridal Couture of your dreams. 

Wedding Dress and Bridal Couture St Albans Fashion Week Hertfordshire

Handmade custom wedding dresses for brides in Herts!

Shimmering Ivory of Harpenden presented a collection of their latest bespoke couture wedding dresses at the recent on the longest catwalk in the UK at St Albans Cathedral!

The collection attracted brides to be from all over Hertfordshire and London.

Our bespoke bridal collection included:

The collection created a theme of luxury and bridal fantasy.

Here's my new video by the talented Michelle Becker from Pink Soul productions St Albans, Hertfordshire - please share with any newly engaged ladies that may be looking for that perfect bridal wedding dress.

Please contact Shimering Ivory Wedding Dress Designer

Exquisite Luxury, Designed and handstitched for you!


Meet Sian Hughes Cooke


Contact us to arrange a date


View some of our latest stunning designs