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Short Wedding Dress
Boho style chiffon and lace short wedding dress

Every piece is designed and handcrafted in our Manchester studio. Interest free payment plans available.

Erica Stacey Bridalwear

149 Barton Road, Manchester, M32 8DN

Laura wanted two looks for her City Centre wedding at 'On The Seventh' Bar in Salford Quays, Manchester. She walked down the aisle with the stunning soft tulle over layer with lace embellishments and scalloped edge trim. For her first dance she removed the over skirt to reveal a classic mermaid lace sweetheart gown underneath.

'I want to say thank you to Erica for making me feel beautiful on my wedding day. After searching for months for the dress that was in my head but never in the shops, you made my dream dress a reality. You are so lovely, so talented and so honest. Thank you for everything xxx'

Karon booked her wedding ceremony at St James' church in Shere where Cameron Diaz filmed 'The Holiday', which was built in 1190! Her dream dress was her 'something blue' which matched her gorgeous aquamarine and diamond engagement ring. The fitted bodice had an illusion neckline with lace embellishments, long lace sleeves and a soft layered chiffon skirt which complemented the lace trimmed cathedral length veil.

'I would just like to say a very BIG thank you to my dress maker (designer) Erica Stacey who worked very hard over the months leading up to my wedding day. Erica you made my dream come true, I loved my dress as did all of my family and friends'

Lizzie tried on lots of dresses in wedding boutiques and decided she would never find her dream dress on the high street. She had set her heart on a lace embellished bodice with a tulle skirt. The final design was light and comfortable which was perfect for her wedding in the beautiful Tuscan village of Palaia.

"I just wanted to send you a big thank you my dress. It got a brilliant reaction on the day and a lot of positive comments on Facebook/Instagram even from people I don't know...I've just recommended you to a friend who's looking for a wedding dress maker in Manchester.. word's got around about what an amazing job you did on mine!"

Zoe opted for a tailored bespoke ivory crepe jumpsuit as she’d never been a dress wearer. She wanted to feel elegant and feminine on her wedding day and so a suit was not an option. The wide legged pants with pleated pockets complemented the fitted bodice with lace detailing at the neck and the self fabric covered belt pulled her in at the waist.  

"As soon as I put my bespoke jumpsuit on at my first fitting I was in love and it wasn't even finished! I had never felt like that in any clothes I had ever worn before and have never had so many positive comments on how I looked. Special thanks to the brilliant and talented Erica, without her I don't know what I would have worn but it wouldn't be anywhere near as classic, elegant and beautiful. I would recommend Erica and her team to anyone like me looking for something just right. I cannot thank Erica Stacey Bridalwear enough xxxx"

Make-up artist Harriet wanted a vintage inspired wedding gown in an alternative colour for her Liverpool city centre wedding. The delicate shade of blush tulle and lace looked stunning against her auburn hair and English rose complexion.

"I cannot thank you enough for making me a dress that made me feel so beautiful. I am so grateful for your patience and understanding in each and every fitting/ email that I had/ sent. It has been the greatest pleasure seeing my dress come to life from sketch to dress, what an extraordinary talent. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

Carolyn wanted a less traditional wedding dress with a sprinkling of Hollywood glamour. The gown was made in a beautiful heavy blush pink duchess satin with a lace up corset back to flatter her hour glass figure. The hem of the removable train was embellished with gold beaded embroidery. An ivory faux fur stole completed the look. Kate Hill created a bespoke feather head dress and bouquet incorporating fabrics and trims from the wedding dress. The ceremony took place at the original Art Deco Stockport Plaza, followed by a honeymoon on the stunning Queen Mary 2 cruise ship. 

" We had a fabulous time and everyone thought my gown was A-MAZ-ING. The fur wrap set it off beautifully. Thank you so much again for all your hard work designing and making the gown." 

Lulu's design was a boho-inspired lace wedding gown for her woodland wedding. The drapey liquid satin lining used on this dress has a tulle overlayer with lace embellishments. A hand made floral crown and oversized rose in blush pink organza completed the look. Lulu was able to remove her tulle train for her evening reception. They had a pagan/humanist ceremony in Cannock forest, Staffordshire followed by a festival themed reception in a tipi.

"Erica was so amazing to work with. Having my dress made was such a fabulous process; seeing your dress being brought to life from simple sketches. Erica made the gown, cape, head piece and detachable train so I could dance the night away!"

Rachel knew that a bespoke wedding gown was perfect her big day at Peckforton Castle. She wanted a champagne gown with a nod to her husband to be's Asian heritage. We used a soft champagne lace with beautiful beaded edge trim, inspired by a sari. She opted for a separate top and skirt so it would have a Bollywood look to dance in! We used a fine scalloped trim to edge her champagne cathedral length veil. Stunning and unique!

"Thanks for everything. Everyone said the dress was stunning and a beautiful blend of cultures"

Tahera wanted a lightweight lace wedding gown for her destination beach wedding in Thailand. The challenge was to construct a fishtail silhouette proportionate to her petite 4ft 11" figure. The delicate guipure lace edge trim finished the neckline and edge of train perfectly. 

"I need something light and airy, but at the same time, looks like it's supposed to be a wedding dress and not something that you could wear normally. I will not be wearing heels, as it's on the beach so will be a barefoot wedding..."

Tilly said 'I do' in a bespoke sequinned lace ivory wedding gown to her childhood sweetheart. The gown had a hidden corset inside the bodice whilst the skirt had a long floaty chiffon train, which was perfect for her boho festival feel wedding.

"Yay! My wedding happened and it was magical in every way! Just wanted to thank you again for my incredible dress - which has endless comments of love, and all your loveliness in the lead up to my wedding!"

Dani was inspired by an image on a blog of an evening gown and knew it was the ideal shape for her. She wanted a non traditional shaped wedding gown for her big day in Ibiza. A combination of a beautiful sheer lace back, three quarter sleeves and a high-low hemline was the perfect solution. 

"Thank you, I felt perfect on the day"

Kristina needed a dress for her Russian wedding at very short notice. The gown was made using a rich heavyweight porcelain duchess satin: this simple silhouette shape proved that sometimes less is most definitely more!

"Everyone loved my dress at the wedding which was held in Russia: I felt like a Princess for the day! My mother-in-law was very impressed with my wedding dress and also chose Erica to design a dress for her wedding in September 2017! I couldn't recommend Erica Stacey enough!"

Penny married her beau on a beach in Cyrpus in her bespoke princess gown. The bodice and long lace sleeves were hand embellished with lace and embroidery which glistened in the sunshine. The long veil finished the look off perfectly.

"Erica's work was amazing! As I was looking for a modern big ball gown with Victorian features for my wedding dress, this wasn't easy to find ready-made. I spoke to Erica and from our first appointment she understood exactly what I wanted. My wedding dress was a bespoke piece of art full of handmade embellishments. The quality of fabrics was the best and made my wedding dress look stunning all the time but especially during the sunset in Cyprus. I felt Royal in my wedding dress! Thank you Erica!"

Danii married her fiance in gold which was perfect for her October wedding in the West Midlands. The bodice and sleeves were hand embellished with gold embroidery, hand made flowers and pale green glass beading which glistened in the Autumn sunshine and candle light during the ceremony. The dress was made from a pale gold satin with an ivory liquid chiffon layer which swished throughout her special day.

"Thank you Erica Stacey Bridalwear for Danielle's bespoke wedding dress. As you can see she looked amazing in it. From the design ideas to the final fitting it was a fantastic experience. You are so talented and the final product was breath taking. Big Big thank you Erica and team xx"

Sabena rocked a 1950s inspired ballerina length dress at her winter wedding. The dress was a strapless gown with unusual curved strapless neckline and tulle ballerina length skirt. We sourced the all over beaded silk georgette fabric for the long sleeve top from a supplier in New York, which was sewn by hand and twinkled all day and night. 

"We had a wonderful day and the dress looked just perfect - exactly what I wanted - elegant and a joy to wear! Thank you so much"

Lauren had two looks in one for her amazing regal wedding! For the ceremony we made an extremely full tulle overskirt skirt, which she wore over a very fitted trumpet style gown with heavy all over embroidery, beaded embellishments, intricate lace straps and a low back. The veil was edged in a complementary scalloped trim which was sewn around the entire circumference. Just wow!

"Thank you so much for my beautiful dress. I had a million and one compliments, everyone loved it... I'm so gutted I'm never going to wear my dress again"

Becky chose to marry in blush and gold rather than traditional ivory! We used an exquisite fine blush and gold lace to create her long sleeved gown with low back and long train. The veil was also made from a pale rose blush tulle to complete the look in church. We loved embellishing the neckline with tiny floral trims!


"Thank you for making me feel beautiful on my wedding day"

Sarah loves wearing vintage and wanted her dress to reflect her exquisite taste for her wedding! The high neck fitted sleeved bodice was made from soft cotton embroidery with a cut out back with strings of pearls instead of a necklace. The skirt was made from a soft drapey crepe back satin which fell beautifully into a train at the back. We finished the look off with a very sheer English tulle veil which hooked over a hand beaded vintage style headpiece by Ann McKavney at Eleventh Heaven. So sophisticated!


"I really felt like you listened to me and understood exactly what I wanted ... you totally "got me" and the kind of wedding we had... thanks again Erica, I'm so happy we came to meet you!"

Christina got in touch because the wedding dress shop she had ordered from closed down eight weeks before her wedding and she had no dress for her big day in Ibiza! We stepped in at the last minute and created her bespoke wedding dress with plunging neckline and long embellished train.  The gown had a short champagne satin lining with showed off all of the ivory lace details and beaded waist trim. We are proud to show you the photos!


" I am so thankful to Erica, after being let down with 8 weeks to go to my wedding Erica kindly managed to fit me in!
I loved designing my dress with her from start to finish.
She listened to my ideas and made fabulous suggestions too. Erica made me feel at ease throughout the process and she literally created my dream dress."

Jo absolutely loves lace and wanted a classic wedding gown with long sleeves to wear on her big day! Her gown was lined in a pale champagne satin to show off the design of the amazing ivory guipure lace she selected. The buttons were also covered in the champage satin to add a beautiful detail down the back. Such an elegant bride!


"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."

Eleanor got in touch because she couldn't find her perfect dress 'off the peg' and wanted a bohemian style dress with a low back! Her gown was lined in blush pink with two layers over the top - one was an all over sequin embroidery, the top layer was an exquisite 3D floral embroidered tulle with iridescent beads and sequins. Romantic and floaty - perfect for her Summer wedding!


"My friend at work is interested in getting a tailor made wedding dress. You did such a wonderful job on my dress that I recommended you straight away"

Melissa was searching for a Grecian style dress with sleeves for her beach wedding in Cyprus. Her gown was made from a porcelain georgette which draped beautifully over the wrap style skirt and off the shoulder sleeves. The bodice was pleated and the straps and waistband were embellished with rose gold crystal and pearl trim which sparkled in the sunshine. She wanted to feel glamorous, yet cool in the summer heat and so we selected fabrics that would travel well for her destination wedding!


"Erica was amazing to work with she listened to what my vision was for the dress and worked on the sketch and at each stage of the process got in touch for trials and ensured any changes / adjustments would be made until everything was perfect. The process was really easy and she really makes a bride to be feel extremely special couldn't recommend her enough for that special dress!!!
I felt amazing on the day and really comfortable as the dress was made to my exact measurements - when you have so many things to think about on the big day it was great to know that the dress would be fabulous, also as my wedding was abroad Erica packaged everything so I could take the dress with me as carry on and it was perfect on arrival.

Thank you again x"

Shelley owns an Events Company and so her wedding at the exclusive Aynhoe Park country house was always going to be incredible! Her gown was made from layers of soft grey tulle over the top of champagne satin to give an ombre look inspired by an summer evening sunset. We hand pleated the bodice and created a pale grey 'dropped veil' encrusted in pearls and crystals. Divine!


"Erica NAILED my wedding dress...If you're looking for a bespoke dress and are worried about taking the plunge: do it. You won't regret it."