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Erica Stacey Bridalwear

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About

Based in Manchester, Greater Manchester, Erica Stacey Bridalwear create beautiful bespoke wedding gowns and special occasion wear for mother of the brides and mother of the grooms. Every dress at this store is designed to meet your specific requirements and style. The owner, Erica and her team use only the finest fabrics to ensure that you feel confident and comfortable throughout your unforgettable celebration.

Experience

Erica honed her design skills at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. She went on to work for several well-known high-street brands as a designer and creative pattern cutter before establishing Erica Stacey Bridalwear in 2010.

Erica understands that every bride is different and always listens carefully to their requests. She loves her job and produces spectacular gowns that are cherished for years to come.

Services Offered

The design process begins with a consultation to discuss ideas and overall visions. A sketch is then made that features your desired silhouette and chosen style. From vintage to modern, every look is achievable with this professional seamstress. Your sketch then goes through various construction stages until a beautiful wedding gown is formed. A one-of-a-kind pattern is then added to your dress to complement your natural beauty. Several fittings are booked to ensure that your gown is looking perfect before you walk down the aisle.

Highlights

Services

Design and manufacture of bridal dresses, design and manufacture of bridal accessories, design and manufacture of outfits for bridesmaids, maid of honor..., Promwear and special occasionwear, cravats and waistcoats, etc

Services

Design and manufacture of evening dresses, design and manufacture of dresses for mother of the bride, design and manufacture of wedding dresses, design and manufacture of wedding accessories

Lead time

We generally ask for a minimum of three months notice, but can push orders through if we can!

Outlet

No

Outlet

No

Accessories

Veils, headdresses, hats and hair accessories, other

Served in

Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes

What is the style of your designs?

Glamour
Modern
Original
Princess
Romantic
Vintage

How do you work?

We can make ANY style, size or colour. Every piece is designed and handcrafted in our Manchester studio, so if you would like a unique wedding gown or special outfit, look no further!

Operating hours:

By appointment only

What are the forms of payment?

We take a deposit to secure the order and offer payment plans - ask for details

Served in

Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside

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    Katie F. Married on 16/04/2022
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    Dress of my dreams!

    Erica helped me design & create my dream wedding dress! I had a clear idea of what I wanted in my head that I was unable to find in bridal shops. I went to Erica with a mood board and she instantly understood what it was I wanted & my individual style. My mum was so impressed with Erica that she even got her to do her MOB dress too! We were both so excited for every appointment & watching our visions come to life was amazing. I would recommend Erica & team to anyone, she really is magic! Thank you thank you thank you! X
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    Paige J. Married on 22/03/2022
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    Absolutely brilliant. Such a lovely talented lady to work with

    The lovely Erica , absolutely fantastic at what she does I can’t thank her enough for my beautiful dress she did it just how I asked for it . Absolutely first class would recommend her to anyone xxx
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  • Kayleigh
    Kayleigh P. Married on 20/12/2021
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    Broken and poorly fitted dress

    t’s taken me a while to be able to write this due to the upset caused but unfortunately I didn’t have a good experience.
    Pros - Erica was a super friendly woman
    Cons - unfortunately I only saw the first draft of my dress 4 weeks before my wedding which caused a lot of stress and sleepless nights. I was told that this was not normal.
    Due to the time management, I didn’t get a full mock up of the dress and instead had a mock up of the top but the bottom was made straight away. I feel that this contributed to the fitting issues with my final dress.
    Due to the time management I felt that my dress was really poorly fitted - it was far too big but as I was lead to believe there wasn’t enough time to sort it (through no fault of my own) I took the dress home. I appreciate that it was felt that I had lost weight in the 5 months since I was first measured but that’s what alterations are for and this dress was supposed to be bespoke and made to fit me.

    Despite the poor fit, I was going to wear the dress as the time constraints meant I had few other options. However, when doing a dress rehearsal of my outfit, the zip on the dress broke (this was two days before the wedding). Erica did offer to fix it but it would have meant hours of travelling for myself the day before the wedding and on the morning of the wedding.

    I really feel that I didn’t have the proper bridal experience. Not only did I have to wear something else for my wedding (and the stress of sorting that out) but I had weeks of stress leading up to and the day of my wedding. I even cried on the morning of because I didn’t have a dress I was happy with.
    Because of all the stress and the last minute nature of it all, I felt overwhelmed during my appointments (which as they were offered or arranged the day before, meant I couldn’t invite anyone along with me for any of them) and was so relieved when I finally had a dress, I didn’t feel like I had time to take it all in and spot the problems with the dress but as professionals, I would have expected the fitting issues to be identified by them.

    Edit - Erica did not offer to drive all the way to us but half way. This was still not possible as it would have meant cancelling pre planned wedding events and it’s not what I expected to have to do the night before my wedding. Regardless, I wouldn’t expect the dress to break after wearing it for 10 minutes max

    Erica Stacey Bridalwear's reply:

    We are absolutely devastated that Kayleigh was so unhappy with her experience at Erica Stacey Bridalwear.
    Kayleigh’s outfit consisted of two skirts, a separate bodice and self fabric covered belt.
    Skirts of this style would never be toiled because they are altered to fit throughout the process of having them made and need to be made in the final fabric to check the drape of the fabric is correct.
    The bodice was toiled twice. The first toile was made to the original body measurements and the second was altered to fit Kayleigh at the time of her appointment. Her waist circumference had reduced by 8cm from her original measurements and so the skirts were then altered to fit.
    The belt required 3 extra eyelets to reduce to fit the new waist circumference.
    At every stage Kayleigh was asked if she was happy and at no point did she tell us that she wanted to bring a friend or family member to her fittings. We would have happily arranged appointments out of standard business hours if she had asked us.
    We have photos of a very happy bride to be at Kayleigh’s final fitting which was nine days before her wedding. As with all of our brides, she was given full length appointments and asked repeatedly if there was anything she was unhappy about. The only changes she asked us to make were to reduce the sleeve puff volume, lower and reshape the front neckline and shorten the circular skirt to above her knee.
    It is not normal to have a first fitting four weeks prior to a wedding, but unfortunately the pandemic has affected time scales within our business. When staff have returned from self isolation, they have all worked extra hours, longer days and weekends to compensate for their absence.
    As soon as we read the terribly sad email from Kayleigh’s mother informing us of the broken zip, we immediately asked her to bring the skirt back into the studio. We were then informed that she was in Leamington Spa. Erica offered to drive to collect the skirt, fix it on Sunday and personally deliver it back Kayleigh in Derbyshire ready for her wedding the following day. Our offer to help was refused.
    We have been creating beautiful bespoke bridal wear since 2010 and have a wealth of knowledge between our talented team. We ask repeatedly at every fitting if a bride is satisfied. Unfortunately if a bride signs to say she they are happy when in fact they are not, we have no way of knowing if that is not the case.
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    Alex E. Married on 17/09/2021
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    Absolute wizard/genius/magician! :)

    Where to start?! Erica is such a beautiful person. She is so talented, creative and imaginative and just so, so good at what she does. But more than that, she was so warm, friendly and patient with me when I was anxious (a pandemic postponement plus having a lockdown baby 5 months before the new wedding date = wobbles galore!) and just so calming and reassuring that I felt happy and confident on my wedding day which was something I actually wasn’t expecting as my self image was in bits postpartum and I usually hate being the centre of attention and having my photo taken! I didn’t want your average traditional big white stiff strapless wedding dress and so we co-created my dream - a tea-length twenties style flutter sleeved vintage-y wedding gown that I will treasure forever and be able to pass down to my daughter. I had an idea of what I wanted but Erica made it incredible, suggesting different colours, fabrics, laces, hems, lengths, stitching, buttons, trims, embellishments that lifted it from being just a white garment into a beautiful, special wedding dress. I will forever be grateful to her for making me feel like a fairy princess when I am not a girly girl naturally! Thank you so much Erica, lots of love, Mrs Edden

    Erica Stacey Bridalwear's reply:

    It was an absolute pleasure working with you. Your dress is so different and you have such style Alex! The photos are stunning - thanks so much for sharing with us xxx keep in touch! xxx
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    Katie C. Married on 28/08/2021
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    Rainbow Veil Love

    I am so pleased with the professional service offer by both Erica and her wider team, from the first meeting I knew I had found the right supplier.
    Since being a little girl Rainbows have always brought me such joy, the multi colours created in the sky by natural. I wanted to some how add this into my wedding, so when I found Erica's bespoke veil service I was made up. We had a meeting to talk through the design and she sketched up the veil, showing me a selection of images so this along with fabric swatches and her gorgeous design sketch allowed me to get a real feel for what the end product would look like. Added bonus I have the sketches as a beautiful keep sake.
    The images over page will speak for themselves.
    I would strongly recommend Erica to any brides to be looking for that special bespoke piece. I found her service to be friendly, professional and her attention to detail was great. Thank you Erica.

    Erica Stacey Bridalwear's reply:

    You are so welcome! We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you and the photos of the veil are just dreamy! 🌈 wishing you a happy marriage! 💗
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    Bryony J. Married on 14/08/2021
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    THE perfect dress

    I knew I didn’t want a white wedding dress, but still wanted something bridal. I’d had a bit of a look around and established that nothing off the rack was going to work for me. Erica’s social media showed such a range that I knew she’d be able to create something unique to my personality and taste.
    There were restrictions in place all the way through my dress was being designed and made, which meant I couldn’t take anyone with me to be excited with. I didn’t end up feeling like I missed out at all - I really felt all the way through that Erica was excited with me. She was honest all the way through which meant I not only trusted her to tell me if something wasn’t going to work, but I also knew she meant it when she told me how excited she was to make the dress, and how amazing I looked in it.
    The whole experience was fantastic, start the finish, and I adore my dress. It is intricately and perfectly made, and I felt absolutely incredible in it.
    Thank you, Erica! X

    Erica Stacey Bridalwear's reply:

    We always love using alternative colours and fabrics to our usual choice in ivory! You were so fun to work with! Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous photos. You and your wife make the perfect couple and we wish you a lifetime of happiness xxx
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    Heather G. Married on 14/08/2021
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    Perfect Dress

    Erica couldn't of been any better. Not only did we design and create my dream dress, but we did all of it in 5 months, due to the pandemic.

    Erica has always been so sweet and kind and goes above and beyond to help anyone.
    She has amazing skills and can design and create you dress, even over a zoom call.

    Even the neighbours kids thought I was Elsa (From Frozen) walking past their house

    Words cannot express how grateful I am to Erica and her team. So thank you so much.

    I will recommend you to everyone I know as your skills are amazing!!!

    Erica Stacey Bridalwear's reply:

    Thanks Heather. Thanks for your kind words. Your dress was a dream to work on. I will miss our appointments. It was so lovely to work with you! Keep in touch! X

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    Joanne E. Married on 27/04/2019
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    Erica Stacey

    I had such a wonderful experience with Erica. I am so glad that I chose her to make my wedding dress. From the moment I met her I felt that I had known her forever, she really put me at my ease. I told her what I wanted and she was so helpful. Her designs were amazing. I used to really look forward to my fittings as she made the experience so special. I would highly recommend Erica to anybody, not only is she talented but also extremely helpful and accommodating. I felt amazing in my dress and would love to do it all again and that is down to Erica.
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    Lauren W. Married on 11/07/2018
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    Wedding dress

    Erica and her team were absolutely amazing, she captured what I had in mind perfectly! Everything was exactly what i imagined and was finished to perfection with my 2 in 1 dress Highly recommend her work..

    Erica Stacey Bridalwear's reply:

    Thank you Lauren! We absolutely LOVED working with you. The photos are sensational. Wishing you a long, happy and healthy marriage! Love ESHQ xxx
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    Heather G. Married on 06/04/2018
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    Professional, creative and friendly

    Erica was great from design through to the finished dress. She was very professional and friendly, always kept me up to date with how things were going, when the next fitting was. She had great ideas for the dress taking my ideas and making them a reality. I would recommend her to anyone wanting a bespoke wedding dress.
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    Gracy H. Married on 01/05/2022
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    Dream wedding dress

    My dream wedding dress perfectly and patiently executed by Erica and the team. Every single visit was a pleasure. They were super patient, caring, flexible and creative. The dress fit perfectly and the fabrics were insanely gorgeous. I would 100% recommend Erica Stacey Bridalwear!

    Erica Stacey Bridalwear's reply:

    You look like you have stepped out of Vogue Gracy! An absolute pleasure to work with and we are so excited to see the professional photos. Congratulations again! Keep in touch xxx
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    Jacque Married on 11/09/2021
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    Absolutely Amazing service

    Erica is Amazing, such a beautiful and friendly person. She made a dress for my sister’s wedding and I knew, one day I would love for her to make one for me. Indeed she did and my dress was perfection! For when I saw the sketches and designs I was so excited to see the outcome. I really enjoyed the process of my dress being made, not to mention in 6 months due to the pandemic. She really made my dream dress a reality.
    Thank you so so much x

    Erica Stacey Bridalwear's reply:

    Thank you so much for your kind words Jacque - it was so lovely to work with you for your wedding after your beautiful sister! You looked absolutely stunning on your big day xxx
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    Becky K. Married on 04/09/2021
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    Absolutely amazing - highly highly recommend

    I cannot put into words how absolutely amazing Erica was throughout the entire process of designing and making my dress. My dress was perfect; better than I imagined and was so unique. The quality was amazing and Erica gave me so many options to make sure I got exactly what I wanted for my dress.

    Our wedding was postponed for a year due to the pandemic, and Erica was so helpful throughout. We had lots of appointments throughout to make sure that everything was going smoothly, to make any amendments and to look at the fabric options again.

    Erica was extremely professional and genuinely just a lovely person. She's able to sketch your ideas and bring them to life perfectly. If you're looking for something completely unique, brilliantly made and beautiful, then I cannot recommend Erica highly enough.

    Erica Stacey Bridalwear's reply:

    Thanks Becky! Your photos are amazing - you were such a gorgeous bride! Wishing you a very happy married life - keep in touch x x
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    Sarah P. Married on 17/09/2020
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    Vintage dress dream

    I was struggling to find what I wanted in dress shops and was feeling fed up. I contacted Erica and told her my woes and she was an absolute dream to work with. Understanding and helpful, offering ideas and advice and making me feel really postive about my choices and how I was going to look in the dress. When covid and the following regulations struck her communication was fantastic and she was so supportive. We had to change the wedding plans and we changed the style of the dress accordingly, all of which was no trouble for Erica and she made me feel so calm. The finished dress was beautiful, really high quality and unique. I cannot thank her enough and I would whole-heartedly recommend her to anyone who is looking to make a unique and personalised outfit for their celebration. Thank you again!

    Erica Stacey Bridalwear's reply:

    It was an absolute pleasure to work with you Sarah. What a gorgeous bride you made and I wish you many years of happiness. I look forward to working with you again next year for your big 1st anniversary celebration! Xxx

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