So is it time for you to fit your gown? Aside from the “Things to ask your Bridal Gown designer” questions that can be found HERE, these are the things that you must prepare before your fitting and the things that you need to bring with you. These are all based on my personal experience and if I may have forgotten something, it’s also best to ask your bridal gown designer for more info.
This has been a serious topic for me during my preps especially since we’re on a tight budget. But because I couldn’t really ask my ex-fiance about details things when it comes to my gown, I’ve asked my mom, my close girlfriends and a lot of women who have been married or is going to get married like me at that time. Unfortunately, they have different views about it which made me more confused. And every time I would go to the mall, to different wedding gown boutiques and ateliers, like Rosa Clara, Pronovias, to name a few, I would be more than confused. More so, whenever I would read blogs and see wedding videos of celebrities with their jaw-dropping bridal gowns! I’m always left with the question.. now what?!
Photo Prenup Stylist: JEFF GALANG
Supplier Rating: 5/5
Package: Gold (4 layouts with Stylist OTD of the Prenup)
* We will show the full set later after the Prenup Photo Supplier Reviews are completed. *
We thought we can DIY our prenup attire and accessories since we already bought shoes and some clothes as per our theme in mind and thought that stylist fees are just too expensive for our budget. But we ended up hiring one after we had a meeting with our photographer and discussed our theme where he clearly explained that stylists can help especially if there is not enough time to create mood boards etc We considered this since we were also really busy with work and the preparations for our flight back to Manila 2 weeks before our scheduled prenup shoot. We used to see Jeff Galang’s works as a celebrity stylist before from our researches online, so when our photographer dropped his name as one of his recommended stylists, automatically we knew we have to get Jeff.
The bride’s gown has been (and always will be) the centerpiece of a wedding event. Whether the ceremony is well decorated, the reception has the best food being served, the groom looked dashing or the flowers are just magical. Nothing still beats the attention that the bride will receive on her wedding day. And yes, all eyes will be on what she’ wearing. Cliche as it may seem, all girls have their dream wedding gown made by their dream wedding designer or Couturier. Unfortunately, not all couturiers are affordable. Unless the couple wanted to go all out and is willing to spend Php 500k +++ for a one-day-gown then it’s no big deal! It’s not difficult to choose THE dream designers since names like Vera Wang, Michael Cinco, Elie Saab, Krikor Jabotian, Monique Lhuillier, Ezra, Berta, Zuhair Murad etc were all over the place.
But for budget weddings like us, practicality would always be top priority. Practicality doesn’t mean we can’t afford them, but we just decided to keep things within our range.. besides there are other great wedding couturiers in the Philippines who can produce the same great quality but on a lower price scale. Personally, I don’t want my dress to only look gorgeous but I want it to be remembered as the most important gown that I will be wearing for the rest of my life!
Below is a list of awesome Philippine-based designers that we have researched so far and their starting price range only as of October 2015 and will definitely change without prior notice.
Bridal Gown rates normally include the veil, cord, pillows etc. Prices also vary depending on the following: the reputation of the designer, the fabric to be used, gown style if 1 way or 2-way, pegs, embellishments (pearls, Swarovski etc), accessories, and the degree of difficulty to be done. These designers can be researched easily since the majority have websites and FB pages with their portfolios (past and recent designs). One thing we noticed though, once a designer features a celebrity, automatically their price range would increase by 10%++ aside from that fact that they do increase on a quarterly or semi-annual basis! So if you find what you think would fit your budget, better book an appointment with them now! Happy preps 🙂
SOME RATES ARE UPDATED AS OF SEPTEMBER 2018
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