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Choices And Costs

Dec 01, 2019

For brides-to-be, the choices are aplenty when it comes to their bridal gown. Be it made-to-measure or off-the-rack, bridal salons and gown designers offer a number of options, whether for purchase or for rent. The route to take will boil down to the bride-to-be’s preferences and the budget that she has in mind.

A full skirt
Photo by Steven Leong Photography, courtesy of Simply Gorgeous

Bustier gown
 Photo by Studio Numb9r, courtesy of Ever After Bridal Gallery

A ruffle point of view
 Photo by Ooi Eric Studio, courtesy of Eleusis

The following are a given :

  • If budget is tight, then renting off-the-rack gowns would be best. However do note that these gowns may have been worn by others before and while alterations are possible, the fit may not be perfect.
  • Some designers offer a custom-made for rent option, where the gown is designed specifically for you on a rental basis i.e. the gown can be returned after your wedding.
  • For those who wish to have a unique gown specially tailored as a keepsake, the choice is obvious then; having one custom designed with your input for keeps.

Lovely neckline and sleeves
 Photo courtesy of Emcee Bridal, byMeichi

Fluidity in motion
 Photo courtesy of Promesse Wedding Designer

Asymmetrical neckline
 Photo by ZA Gallery, courtesy of That Special Occasion

Consider the following too :

  • Silhouettes and the body types they flatter or otherwise.
  • Fabric choices and whether they provide fluidity or a structured look.
  • The amount of handwork i.e. applique or beading required and its inherent investment.
  • Ivory or white?
  • The formality of the design in relation to the style of your wedding.

A halter gown
 Photo by, courtesy of Imprezz Gallery

 Photo by ZA Gallery, courtesy of Inzpire

Off shoulder gown
Photo by Steven Leong Photography, courtesy of Jojo Bridal Design

A few pointers :

  • Take into account the lead time required for alterations and/or custom designs.
  • Look out for sample sales if you are working on a limited budget.

A striking gown
Photo by Armadale Weddings, courtesy of Inzpire

A tie-back detail
 Photo by Studio Numb9r, courtesy of Ever After Bridal Gallery

 Delicate design
 Photo by Omelett3 Studio, courtesy of Emcee Bridal, byMeichi

A sheer effect
 Photo courtesy of Promesse Wedding Designer

 Tiered skirt
 Photo by White Photo Gallery, courtesy of Jojo Bridal Design

Elegant boat neck
Photo courtesy of Simply Gorgeous

Elegant with sleeves
 Photo by Ooi Eric Studio, courtesy of Eleusis

Chiffon drape
Photo by, courtesy of Imprezz Gallery


Tip : Visit bridal salons and try on some gowns. Have a look at the options here.