The Wedding Spotlight – The House of Webb
A day late with this week’s supplier interview, apologies! My Creative Director Jess has been busy with life recently so I had her beautiful girls for a couple of days; we spent yesterday morning swimming and (they) spent the afternoon falling around in soft play!
I adore the idea behind The House of Webb, a bespoke wedding dress supplier, as so often dresses ‘off the shelf’ aren’t perfect. Sam & Rachel offer a more personal experience…
First things first, could you tell us a little more about yourself and what you do?
Myself, Sam, and business partner Rachel are The House Of Webb and we have recently launched our online bridal wear boutique that is a little bit different. We bring together the worlds of traditional couture finished, beautifully designed and well fitting bridal wear with modern technology and the ability for any bride to be able to order direct from ourselves. Brides are also able to have as little or as much input into their designs as they would like. Any design we offer can be ordered as seen and made to measure, but we also offer a customising service that allows a bride to tweak elements so that she can wear her perfect dress on her big day.
What inspires you to push yourself creatively or further in business?
For the past 15 years my business has been creating couture, commissioned one off wedding dresses. Four years ago I met Rachel and we started working together on The House Of Webb online. The creative push is now to translate what I have been doing in house to the wider world. We wanted to create an online boutique that offered the same levels of fit, finish and customer service that a bride receives when she visits us in-studio. Creatively there is so much room for our range to grow; we will be expanding every season but also this creative push can come from brides taking our designs and customising them to suit their style and day. We love being asked to tweak the details! At the moment we are working with a bride whose theme is ‘stars’. What we have come up with will possibly be used at a later date in our range. Our business ambition is for our outfits to be worn to be married in all over the world as technology and logistics has made the globe so much smaller and helped make our concept possible.
What does your daily routine look like?
My day starts at 6am. Three hours of ushering a 15 year old daughter, a 12 year old son and a husband out of the house, plus the walking of two small dogs and a certain amount of ‘myself’ time is spent before the working day begins. Actual working days can vary; sewing season means getting down to stitching straight away, or I can be answering emails, booking in consultations and fittings, carrying those out and also finding the perfect fabrics! Like so many other wedding suppliers the days can be long and at the height of season I can expect to work a 16 hour day. We love what we do and make sure that every aspect of an order is perfect. Often we are back in the studio around 7pm for evening fittings or consultations!
What is your favourite memory from working in this field so far?
There are so many wonderful memories to pick from! Our favourite times that come to mind are during the final fitting stages when the tears flow. We have a big box of tissues to hand in the studio and the marker that we have created the perfect dress for a woman is when everyone cries! We love all of the brides that we have worked with and it’s such an honour to be involved in one of the most emotional and important days in her life. We like to think that our dresses are a form of armour for the big day; to help give confidence and comfort when all eyes are on her.
What advice would you give to couples to make the most of their day?
Remember that the most important part of your day is the love between you and the commitment you are making. The rest is just icing! Relax as much as you can and enjoy, everyone around you is there to celebrate your love with you. All you need is love. And a knockout wedding dress!