May 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
I was delighted to be the focus of a two page profile in the local Visitor newspaper last week. Covering my 15 years in the bridal business, from the post-graduate business to the forming of Jennifer Pritchard Couchman, the successful boutique and working studio at The Storey in Lancaster.
Interviewed by Holly Blackwell, the article discusses my early days, my career, my inspirations and how I design and create the bespoke couture bridal gowns. Of course, it also describes my own bridal gown, and the story of my engagement! You can the read the article below:
March 9, 2011 § 1 Comment
Jennifer Pritchard Couchman is considered one of Lancashire’s finest couture bridal designers. With over 15 years experience as a bridal gown designer, Jennifer has a passion for romance and all things bridal, with an expert eye for detail. Jennifer’s signature style is elegance, sophistication, and romance using exquisite fabrics and exclusive finishing. Jennifer works personally with each bride, every step of the way to discuss, guide and visualise your dream dress, creating a one-off bridal gown that is totally unique, reflecting each brides own personality, ensuring they look as beautiful and perfect on their special day as possible.
To celebrate 15 years in business, Jennifer is offering a discount of 10% off all made-to-measure orders, on production of this blog article. This offer is only valid till 31st March 2011.
Terms and conditions: Valid only on any made-to-measure order booking with Jennifer Pritchard Couchman before 31st March 2011. 10% discount is applied to Jennifer Pritchard Couchman Made-to-measure gowns only, and does not apply to any accessories, or other items ordered alongside the garment. We reserve the right to change the terms of the promotion or cancel such promotions at anytime at our discretion. We will let you know of any changes on our website. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion.
January 20, 2011 § 1 Comment
Jennifer Pritchard Bridal is pleased to announce a One Day Bridal Gown Sale at The Borough, Lancaster
ON TODAY!! ON TODAY!!ON TODAY!!ON TODAY!!ON TODAY!!ON TODAY!!Saturday 5th February 2011 ON TODAY!!ON TODAY!!ON TODAY!!ON TODAY!!ON TODAY!!ON TODAY!!
10am – 4pm
At The Borough, Dalton Square, Lancaster.
Jennifer Pritchard Couchman Bridal, in conjunction with Butterfly Bridal is holding a first come, first served sale of fabulous sample and past season gowns, from a number of designer labels.
For One day only, this is your chance to buy from a fantastic range of sample gowns and accessories:
– Wedding Gowns from only £100!
– Bridesmaids and Evening Dresses from only £30
– Bridal & Evening Shoes from only £10
– Handbags, Jewellery, Tiaras, Veils & Mother Of The Bride, at amazingly low prices.
No Appointment Necessary.
The Couture Design Process – a step by step guide to creating a hand crafted wedding gown from Jennifer Pritchard Couchman Bridal
January 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
Jennifer Pritchard Couchman is considered one of Lancashire’s finest couture bridal designers.
With over 15 years experience as a bridal gown designer, Jennifer has a passion for romance and all things bridal, with an expert eye for detail.
Her gowns have been featured in numerous bridal magazines and websites, and has recently been applauded for her stunning ‘Word Dress’ a collaboration with Lancaster’s Lit Fest organisation.
Jennifers signature style is elegance, sophistication, and romance using exquisite fabrics and exclusive finishing.
Jennifer works personally with each bride, every step of the way to discuss, guide and visualise your dream dress, creating a one-off bridal gown that is totally unique, reflecting each brides own personality, ensuring they look as beautiful and perfect on their special day as possible.
The following steps outline the special processes involved in Jennifer Pritchard Couchman creating a beautiful couture hand made gown.
When you make a appointment, you will personally meet with Jennifer, who will use her extensive couture Fashion and Textile background of over 15 years to advise on styles, fabrics, details and more. Jennifer will also discuss the brides aspirations for the gown, budget and timescales. Consultations are free and without obligation. Prices for a couture made-to-measure wedding dress start from £1,200.
At a second consultation, Jennifer will present a portfolio of original hand-drawn sketches, featuring a wide range of design suggestions, along with recommended fabric swatches of the finest fabrics, silks and laces. The designs are exclusive to each individual bride, whilst reflecting Jennifer’s signature style.
At this appointment, Jennifer will take all body measurements and posture renditions. This information will be used to draft a working paper patterns, from which a calico toile will be made for the first Toile fitting.
The first calico toile is a mock-up of the dress, and is used to ensure the most accurate fit, this ensures the final gown is as flattering as possible. Only once the toile, and paper patterns are perfected, can the fabric be cut, and construction of the gown commenced.
During a number of private fittings with Jennifer, brides can see their gown come to life. These fittings ensure the gown is created and fits to the highest possible standards. These fittings also give the bride an opportunity to make any changes or amendments to the gown. A final check fitting is arranged as close to the wedding date as possible.
During the fittings, Jennifer welcomes family and friends to experience the excitement of your bridal gown’s creation. Evening appointments can be arranged on request.
For more information, and to book a complementary appointment, please contact Jennifer on 01524 849936 or email email@example.com.
September 7, 2010 § Leave a comment
If you are a bride to be, you will probably be consumed by all the different tasks involved in planning your wedding, and of course looking at all the different ideas and options to find your dream wedding gown.
One option for the bride to be is to have a gown designed, personally for her, creating a one off wedding dress which would have everything in the design which the bride hopes for, fitting to perfection.
To have your gown designed is different to making a purchase in a shop as the gown is designed and manufactured in house and the bride has opportunity be involved in the development of the gown by expressing personal hopes and feelings because all the design elements the bride wishes for are created in her own personal made to measure wedding gown. Time scales to have a bridal gown created generally start from a minimum of 6 months.
The process of design begins with an initial consultation where the designer establishes all the aspirations which the bride wishes for in her gown. This relaxed consultation can be an opportunity to discuss current and future trends which the bride may want to include in the design . Quite often, the most cotemporary classic designs don’t follow any trend but may be an idea or aspiration which the bride may have from childhood or a particular theme which she may wish to include.
A design package is created where the bride can come and view the designs, fabrics and detailing which may be used on the gown. Once the design has been selected the bride will have a toile fitting where the gown bodice is created in calico cotton and this information is placed back onto the brides patterns to start the development of the gown. This is a great opportunity to decide exactly where the neckline, length of bodice and fit of the gown are to be decided. The gown is then created and the bride enjoys fittings seeing the development of her own personal dream wedding dress, with complimentary Champagne at fittings.
The studio guides the bride completely regarding all relevant decision regarding the development of the gown. This personal relationship enables the bride and designer to enjoy a personal experience and relaxed friendship which is a fantastic basis for a dream wedding gown to be created and completed.
Our studio prides it self on designing for the individual. We consider the whole ethos of the wedding theme and also the brides personal attributes, including height, shape, skin tone and hair colour. These are all very important factors for the creation of a perfectly created bespoke wedding gown.
Trends for 2011 continue to use an obvious romantic feel including soft tulles and organza’s, flower detail, folds of silk and sculpted effects, fishtail and tulip silhouettes. Detailing such as feathers will also be popular in the future seasons design.
Our studio prides itself on creating stunning one off creations of bridal gowns. Jennifer has worked in bridal design for 14 years and takes pride in her knowledge and expertise in this field. Jennifer also teaches fashion design at degree level at various universities throughout the North West.
We deliver perfection through choice and passion.
January 11, 2009 § Leave a comment
The Jennifer Pritchard brand began when jennifer, aged 11, won a competition on Granada TV, by winning a competition to design an outfit for American pop duo ” the Weather Girls” , famous for their hit, its raining men!
From an early age, Jennifers passion for creating fabulous designs was obvious with success at degree level, winning a second competition at the Grosvenor House hotel in London, 1992, first prize at the Pfaff sewing manufacturer awards.
Three years later, Jennifer had started her own design business in her beloved home town of Lancaster in Lancashire. The reputation of the business soared, and coverage in publications such as Bliss for Brides, You and your Wedding, Lancashire Life and Pure Weddings adding a credibility to this ever expanding bridal business.
The company is now established in its third premises in Lancaster, covering 1200 square feet, Jennifer and her team endeavor to make you bridal experience as fabulous as possible.
Now in our 14th year, we hold a range of fabulous ‘off the peg’ wedding gowns, and also continue to design and create bespoke wedding gowns and evening wear. We always give you our complete attention, advising brides with our award winning retail labels which we are privileged to promote at Jennifer Pritchard.
Assuring you of our undivided attention at all times. Rest assured your dream day is safe with us…
January 11, 2009 § Leave a comment
NEW FOR 2009. Throughout 2009 we will be running design workshops and short courses on womenswear, eveningwear and bridal corsetry. To register your interest email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Keep checking this blog for full details…