Forever in Style

By Jett Pe Benito

One of the biggest, if not the biggest, consideration for the wedding are the clothes to be worn on the day itself. Of course all eyes are on the bride’s wedding gown but with today’s evolving concepts, wedding clothes of the whole entourage has to be taken into account as well. The following observations are made for your benefit with the help of three talented designers.

Tricks of the Trade 
One month shy of a full term pregnancy, 8 months is also needed to prepare and to calculate the possible alterations and considerations for the clothes. Tinge is the trend nowadays, according to Merlene Marcelo; white is always a classic for the wedding gown but a hint of another color, your wedding motif, may be manifested in the beadwork. Merlene’s embroidery work with silver threading is what sets her designs apart from the others. Another tip that was discussed was, if the woman was on the voluptuous side, flaunt it. The design can always border on the daring but not on the distasteful. And for those brides who are worried of not being able to “fit the part” in terms of breast size, not worry, some designers have ” materials” that would enhance that part of your body.

Simple Yet Classic 
Edgar Madamba sees designing for weddings as an artistic form, marking his style as early as the 1980’s, as simple yet elegant. He is not bounded by budget but rather works around it and collaborates with the bride. Simplicity is relative to the people involved but in it lies the basic rule that the dress would be timeless. If you were to scout for a designer, Edgar says to pick someone, as the bottomline element, the quality of the designer’s work. Next factor would be the punctuality of the designer to deliver with enough room for changes. Nothing is more nerve wracking than to have everything set for the wedding except the clothes.

Modern with a touch of the traditional 
For beginning designer Regine Vera-Perez, she doesn’t believe in less is more. Rather she opts to bring out the assets of the bride by hyping up the design with beadwork or rhinestone yet keeping the traditional elements of color (white) and length (long) intact. She suggests that, in looking for a designer, you should have someone who incorporates comfort and design. And goes beyond just presenting the made gown but goes as far as providing fittings and service on the day of the wedding. Also an added factor is to look for a designer who, if can’t provide the design for the entourage, at least comes up with wedding gown that complements it. Regine believes in the bride having her day where she could come out as the most beautiful.

In Retrospect 
Your taste is what would dictate your choice. Even before going to a designer, have your own concept in mind. A concept that is a union of both your backgrounds, tastes, personal preferences and even your mothers’ opinions. The designer is there to put your concepts to reality. Remember the things you use on your wedding day are the things that would best describe both of you.