With the fast-changing preferences of the modern Filipina bride, the wedding industry has been trying to keep pace in order to provide the best for the bride-to-be's big day. We live in the age where breathtaking (literally) under the sea and cliff weddings are pretty expected; lantern, hanging, flying, and gigantic cakes are normal; plain-looking reception halls are a big no no; wedding bouquets are made of papers, accessories, chocolates, and almost anything under the sun.
Despite these changes, one thing remains the same—whatever happens, all eyes should be on the bride. As she walks down the aisle, her radiance should capture the attention of everyone, especially the man of the hour.
Enter the wedding gown.
The dress should encapsulate the beauty and character of the bride, making it one of the most stressful concerns in her wedding preparation. Since her big day is supposed to be exceptional, brides tend to resort to the most luxurious way of showing it—even if it means spending a great deal of fortune.
Ready-to-Wear (RTW) bridal gowns have been living in the shadows until recently, when singer-songwriter Kitchie Nadal wore one for her wedding. Her P799-worth RTW gown became a trending topic, primarily because it's expected of a celebrity to don a designer gown. Cool as she is, she proved how something less pricey can look exquisitely beautiful as well.
Kitchie Nadal looking lovely as ever with her Spanish husband Carlos Lopez. (Photograph from MangoRED Studios' Instagram)
Kapamilya TV host, VJ, singer-actress Nikki Gil also plans to wear an RTW piece when she marries businessman BJ Albert this month. Nikki showcased very well the beauty of RTW bridal gowns when she closed the runway for sought-after designer Veluz Reyes-Puno's "Unveiled" fashion show in May.
Nikki Gil wearing a Veluz A-line cut gown featuring a delicately embroidered lace bodice with a touch of gold and a full skirt in layers of tulle. (Photograph from Nikki Gil's Instagram)
If celebrities can rock RTW bridal gowns, brides-to-be should also be inspired and consider it as a good alternative if custom-made gowns are way over their budget. It's really not wise to empty your savings account for something that will only be used for a few hours.
Convenience is also one of the pros of off-the-rack gowns. If the couple has limited time to prepare, RTW pieces can save the day. Brides-to-be can also instantly check if a certain design suits them or not. There will be some cases where custom-made dresses will not turn out as imagined, and lo and behold, you'll already be cutting it too close to your wedding day and changes cannot be made anymore.
The idea that ready-to-wear dresses are not as chic as custom-made ones is a thing of the past, because today, various notable wedding designers have also been coming out with RTW Bridal Collections.
Pricetags shouldn't be the basis when making momentous decisions like picking a wedding dress. Yes, wearing a designer gown for this special moment is a dream come true for soon-to-be brides, but do know that the fairytale should not be shattered if you can't have one. True beauty still depends on how the bride carries herself as she sashays towards her happily ever after.
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