I realised I blogged about almost everything apart from the wedding dress and thought maybe it’s time. Aside from choosing the man, choosing the wedding gown had to be the most tiring experience in my wedding preparation planning. A very long one in fact.
It all started with the Elie Saab dresses. I knew I had to have one, if not an Elie Saab “inspired” one. Like these:
I love sheer long sleeves and “flowy” dresses. However one would cost at least 10k. Not willing to part with my money, I set out looking for another.
Once I set my eyes on Olive Suite it surely was no turning back. One mistake was to look at just one bridal studio. Anyhow, the prices they gave seemed affordable so I booked my first appointment. I dare say they have one of the prettiest gowns in Singapore, whimsical yet soft and romantic.
First appointment – Decided to go for made to measure white gown and evening gown. Even had all the drawings done and measurements made.
The evening gown:
Second appointment – Mock-up was made and small alterations were made.
Then the storm started.
Olive Suite did not inform me of a top-up, not just a little top-up, it was an additional $2k. That would add up the total cost of about $5.8k ($3.8k + 2k) , just for 2 gowns mind you. To be honest, I felt a little cheated, however the staff there were very apologetic, they were just too nice to be screamed at so I took the night to ponder about it and decided that 6k is just too ridiculous. Changed the package from 2 made to measure gowns to 1 made to measure and the other, off the rack – that would be 2.6k instead of the initial 3.8k.
Tried gowns after gowns, none of which I felt comfortable in. It came down to 2 gowns, a tulle ballgown and and mermaid one. Went for the tulle ballgown since it was more “me”, didn’t really like the mermaid as it was difficult to walk in.
The tulle ballgown:
Then I changed my mind that night. oops.. talk about bridezillas.. Called OS again that I wanted the mermaid gown instead. But guess what. It was reserved till the following Tuesday by another customer after me. How awesome is that.
Tuesday came and OS called and asked if I wanted the mermaid gown since the other customer didn’t take it, and of course I said yes. As the evening gown was already an additional 1k, the mermaid one was another 1k because it was a “premium gown”. A total of 4.8k instead of the initial 5.8k.
To cut the story short, a few days after the wedding photoshoot, my mother disliked the dress saying that the chest area is too bare, preferred if I could change the dress. Sigh.
Made an apologetic trip to OS yet again, and tried more gowns again. I was ready to get death stares by the staff , but they were so understanding.
Some of the more covered-up gowns I tried:
Down to this:
which I was this close to getting it. However there was another 1k top-up. Whats with all the top-ups.
Took another week to ponder on whether I should splurge that 1k or not. I loved it, Eugene however didn’t so I decided against it. Instead, I’ll added off-shoulder sleeves to my existing mermaid gown, with just a top-up of $100-200 which turned out pretty nice I must say (with the approval of my mum of course) and it covers my unflattering arms too!
And so I say my wedding gown experience was exhilarating. Not. Well, although it isn’t my initial dream dress, this one is just as pretty and most importantly, the bride’s happy.
Lessons to be learnt, “don’t say I never say”:
1. Always ask for your mother’s opinion unless you want an unhappy mother on your wedding day (applies to mother-laws too).
2. Have more options, visit more bridal studios.
3. Know your prices, know what you are getting into.
4. Be open, be open to different silhouettes.
Ok, now that I’ve said my piece, peace out.