Wedding Talk: The Dress

I wish I were the type of kid who grew up imagining her wedding because it would be so much easier to piece up everything now! We do have planners (quite brilliant), family and friends who are helping out, and we still have nine months before the big day but OMG!!! Try overseeing the whole wedding planning 6,000+ miles (plus 7-hour time difference) away – it’s a challenge! The details are killing me because no matter how many suggestions people give you, it’s still ultimately your (and your partner’s) choice. Thank God I only ever plan to get married once! (And thank God I have the best partner to go through it with – yihee).

Case in point: THE DRESS = STREEEEESS! But give me some leniency naman – everyone judges the dress! Practically speaking though, what’s the ROI of a wedding dress?! A couple of “Ooohs” and “Aaahs” and nice photos? If this is the most expensive dress I’ll ever purchase then it better be perfect and timeless – I don’t want to look like a poofed up kamote in photos 20-30 years from now.

My wedding gown dream team consists of  three Lebanese designers and a Filipino designer who are truly masters of their craft. Their clothes really celebrate brides and what they should be on their wedding day.

FYI: Photos in this post aren’t mine.
Elie Saab‘s S/S 2009 couture collection was the first one I truly liked from him. Since then, I’ve admired the way he transitioned from the early years to the signature look of today. His much coveted pieces are detailed and elaborate yet sophisticated, textured but also dreamy and almost ethereal with their movement.
I like the structure of this dress. Very power woman!
 Classic ES. See how gorgeously embellished that gown is?
Very regal, very classy

 Can you say fun and flirty? And the plaid skirt is perfect when you’re marrying Plaid Boy!
 Fresh and simple
I doubt this will be allowed in church, but I love this dress to bits.
Zuhair Murad to me is like the lovechild of Gucci & Versace because he does sexy and glamour in a chic way. This guy understands curves like no other (JLo, Blake Lively, Alessandra Ambrosio are some of his loyal patrons). 
This dress has been pinned so many times but I still can’t get over it. Imagine in white over nude!
Such a classic silhouette. Imagine this in white – tres chic, no?
 This came as a surprise when I saw it in the A/W ’13 collection – so delicate!
If this dress is good for JLo… then, uh, yay for her. #iwishihadhips

Reem Acra‘s silhouettes are simple, feminine and timeless. Her bridal gowns never fail to remind me of regal beauties of yesteryear. Ultra-feminine and ultra classy. 
I love the simplicity of this gown…
…but I love the awesome back more!
An understated elegance – perfect for Gatsby themed weddings!
I love the neckline and the illusion sparklies.
Simple, elegant, beautiful. You’ll definitely feel like royalty. 

Last, but definitely not the least, my designer. After tossing and turning and choosing from a long list of AMAZING Filipino designers I chose him because I’ve seen him develop from a young college designer to a great mover in the Philippine fashion industry. His romantic bridal gowns are much coveted and I can see why. His work is impeccable and his attitude is way too fantastic (it’s almost infectious). No wonder people fall in love with him as much as they fall for his gowns. 

 His signature look is volumised, textured & dramatic
(three words I wish I could use to describe my lashes)

But he’s also good at simpler designs without sacrificing quality and style.

He collaborates well with clients (keeping his nervous brides calm) making sure their requests are seen to…

 …and reels them in by producing absolutely impeccable designs.
He definitely knows how to make a statement and I can’t wait to see what he can do for me.

Phew. Admittedly I still haven’t totally made up my mind about the type of gown I like. My pegs are all over the place and quite jumbled. I guess I’ll leave it to my designer for now. Can’t wait to see his sketches!

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  1. 5th December 2014 / 7:56 am

    Another useful piece of advice for finding the ideal wedding dress is to try on many different styles of dresses. Even though you may be certain that you want a particular style you may find that the style that looks so appealing in magazines does not suit your body type. You may also find that a style that you would have never have considered before can be flattering to your figure. for best wedding dress and I hope this is the best place to collect your wedding dress.

  2. 18th December 2015 / 6:54 am

    So nice of the long strapless lace bridesmaid dresses you post in the article. I like it very much.