Royal Wedding guests wear Philippa Barter, Alison Tod

dressmaker Philippa Barter has made dresses for four of the guests from Wales

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When Kate Middleton walks down the aisle, most people will only be interested in one dress.

But it will be her guests' outfits keeping two Welsh designers glued to the television.

Monmouth-based dressmaker Philippa Barton and Abergavenny milliner Alison Tod are dressing nearly 20 royal wedding guests.

They say they cannot wait to see their creations on show at Westminster Abbey.

Mrs Barter runs an haute couture business from her home in Osbaston, where she lives with her husband Martin.

She has spent two months making embellished gowns in silk and wool crepe for four Welsh guests.

"I can't name them, but I've also designed wedding dresses for a couple of these ladies," said Mrs Barter.

"They all live in Wales and are used to dressing for occasions so they know their dress code and know that they've got to be able to curtsey in what they're wearing.

"For clients like this I work pretty much on my own, which means long hours at the sewing machine."

After 28 years of running her own business, Mrs Barter has built a strong client base through word of mouth.

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miliner Alison Tod has made couture milinery for guests at the wedding

She has made many exclusive dresses for royals, actresses and people attending events like Royal Ascot and the Dubai horse racing world cup.

But having her designs worn at the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William is the pinnacle of her career.

"I shall be glued to the television on the day of the wedding," said Mrs Barter.

"I can't wait to see my babies out in the wide world - that's how I think of them."

Miliner Alison Tod has also been hard at work since the royal wedding invitations were sent out.

She has made bespoke hats for at least 15 clients from Wales, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire who are attending the ceremony.

"People have gone for quite big creations and clever combinations in an array of colours, from pastels to brights, with jacquard and floral designs," said Ms Tod.

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