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Betsy Couture

Betsy Couture

Posted - Dec. 31, 2014 at 2:19 p.m.



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This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Betsy Barker of Betsy Couture said her dream came true when she was invited to London to showcase her one-of-a-kind handmade wedding dresses earlier this year. This has been a huge factor in the growth of her business, Betsy Couture, where she designs, sews and hand makes custom and original vintage wedding gowns. It only makes sense for someone who grew up on a sewing machine and feels like she's been able to sew almost as long as she's been able to walk.

This skill has come in useful throughout her life but especially in her current business, Betsy Couture. After moving to California 20 years ago, Betsy started working in a wedding shop providing alterations. Along with that, she started designing wedding gowns for the shop. That meant at the age of 21, she had already designed her first wedding gown. As she grew and matured, so did her need to expand, to try new ideas and to explore new ways of creating fashion. The result of this desire for innovation was the creation of Betsy Couture in 2009.

Each Betsy Couture dress is unique and based on what the bride wants. Of course it can be the traditional length, but many times Betsy creates tea-length gowns, which brides love. She has brides fly in from all over the U.S. to meet with her, especially working professional brides. She once made a convertible dress for a bride who wanted to get married on the beach in Hawaii. A convertible dress? Yes. It had a full separate dress underneath the wedding skirt with a hand-beaded sash in the middle to connect everything.

Betsy goes all the way to Los Angeles to hand pick the fabrics she uses for her gowns. Brides want their dress to be an expression of who they are, and that's what Betsy creates for them at Betsy Couture. She's made dresses in all styles and many different colors. Betsy's best advice for brides is: Don't take too many people shopping with you — too many opinions get confusing.

For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.

Betsy Couture 8096 Top of the World Dr. SLC, UT 84121 801-898-0721 www.betsycouture.com

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