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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Chronicles of a Pinay Bride: the Wedding Dress

Now, here comes my favorite part about wedding planning - finding the wedding dress. I have envisioned my dress to be elegant and simple with a touch of drama.

I wanted the front of the dress to be simple for a reason:  I wanted me as the bride to be the focus of attention   and not my dress on my big day. I want to wear the dress and not the other way around. It also has to fit in with our venue and the tone of the wedding that we are preparing for.

AmsaleHarlow
Source: http://www.amsale.com/bridal/amsalecollection/100714/harlow.shtml

AmsaleNaya
Source: http://www.amsale.com/bridal/amsalecollection/110105/naya.shtml

AmsaleAlexis
Source: http://www.amsale.com/bridal/amsalecollection/091231/alexis.shtml

I wanted all the drama to be at the back of my dress. Why? Consider this, during the wedding ceremony - which part of your dress do people stare at the most?

MoniqueSkye
Source: http://moniquelhuillier.com/ 
My point exactly! It's the back and the side (depending on where you are facing).

MoniqueBellissimaMoniqueBellissimaFront
Source: http://moniquelhuillier.com/

The color has to be ivory and not white. I just think it suits my skin tone better.

VeraErica
Source: http://www.verawang.com/wedding/all-gowns/

And my last criteria was budget. It has to fit my wedding dress budget. So, during my search for the dress, if it falls outside my budget, I did not even bother trying it on so as not to go overboard and regret it later. =)

With these in mind, we went to Sharon Batten to find that perfect dress that not only speaks "me" but that meets all the criteria above.

So on our quest to find the perfect dress for me - I found 3 dresses that I really loved. The first one was from Amsale - Ivory tube top with a full skirt and even though I am a very girlie girl I thought it was a little too much for a 30 something bride to wear.

Here is the second dress that I loved from Monique Lhuillier with impeccable bead work. The back has covered buttons all the way down to the hem. The color was just too stark white for my skin tone.

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As much as I love the beading in front, the back lacks the drama that I was looking for.

Then I tried the Vera Wang dress. It screamed "me" the moment I laid eyes on it. It was available in the Ivory color I wanted. It falls within my budget. The front was simple but the back was full of drama! I guess it is true what they say, you'll know when it is the right perfect one for you. I can't wait to wear it on our big day and see my Gg's face when he sees it!

Sorry, you too will not get to see "the dress" until our big day!

Have a great (almost) weekend lovelies!

xoxo,
Tey

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