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March 02, 2020 4 min read

Looking for the perfect wedding dress is never easy. If you think you can waltz in a store three weeks before your wedding and find the perfect gown with the perfect fit, you might be headed to a disaster. Sure, it’s possible, but it’s very risky. Getting the gown tailored just for you takes six to eight months at most, and if you want to be the glowing bride you envisioned yourself to be, you need to prepare and do your research. 

The first and most obvious source for the perfect wedding gown is your favorite celebrities and style icons. These stars do not settle for second-best. Browsing through the glossy pages of style magazines, you can see that they take this wedding businessseriously and they don’t come to play. From the venue to small details like table name plates, these celebrities make sure everything is perfect. After all, everything will be photographed and shared with the public eventually. So if you want perfection, follow the trails of these celebrity weddings and they will not lead you astray. 

No need to fly to France and try on a Fritz Bernaise like Maya Rudolph inBridesmaids, you’ll find gorgeous dresses by local designers right here in Manila. With the extravagance of Filipino celebrities, many still opt to have their gowns designed by world-class designers in the country. It’s all about knowing who’s who and envisioning yourself walking down the aisle. Tearing up already? Wipe those tears away and let’s get shopping!

Patricia Santos Officiel

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If you’ve seen Dani Barretto’s breathtaking princess wedding gown and fell in love with it, the designer to run to is Patricia Santos. With a wide range of modern styles from mermaid silhouettes to classic ball gowns, Patricia Santos creates the gowns of every bride’s dreams. Dani Barretto’s off-shoulder sheer lace ball gown has gorgeous details that definitely made her glow on her special day. This brand also designed Moira Dela Torre’s stunning gown with a sweetheart neckline on her wedding last year. If your perfect gown is detailed, modern, elegant, and filled with bling or lace, Patricia Santos Officiel is the way to go. 

Francis Libiran Bridal

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Remember Liza Soberano’s jaw-dropping wedding gown inDolce Amore? The designer behind it is the well-known Francis Libiran. If his name sounds familiar, you’ve probably seen his works on television around the world. Making appearances inAmerica’s Next Top Model,the Golden Globes red carpet, and even in Miss Universe where Pia Wurtzbach strutted along with his famous blue custom-made winning gown. It’s safe to say you definitely cannot go wrong with his Hollywood-approved designs. If you’re looking for an avant-garde wedding gown, Francis Libiran creates some geometric and line art pieces ranging from subtle and dainty to full-on extravaganza. 

Monique Lhuillier

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Remember Anne Curtis’ fairytale-esque wedding gown back in 2017? We’re still thinking about it until now! Its classic lace details, sheer long sleeves, and cathedral-length train is exactly what you’d envision a classic bride would look like! Monique Lhuillier keeps her fabric quite traditional while adding unique flares in every gown she makes. This Filipino-American designer is perfect for those who are looking for a classic wedding gown that wows people and stays timeless at the same time. 

Mak Tumang

Mak Tumang bridal

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Mak Tumang gained traction when he designed the crowd-favorite gowns of Catriona Gray. Many admired the stories behind every gown he created and how he perfectly represented the Filipino heritage. What people don’t know is that he also creates some stunning bridal gowns that are just perfect for a bride looking for something extra unique. We know Tumang’s work centers on meaning and we can definitely see it through the intricate details of his bridal gowns. 

Actress Dianne Medina’s wedding gown is the perfect example. Her subtly-colored dove gray ball gown with lace details and a train fordays stands out perfectly in the gorgeous backdrop of their wedding. If you want to stray away from the traditional spotless white gown, Tumang has both pops of color and subtle off-white colored dresses to choose from. 

Sassa Jimenez

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Saab Magalona keeps it fun and playful as she wears her friend Sassa Jimenez’s youthful pink ruffled mermaid gown to her wedding. Sassa may not be as famous as the other designers on this list, but we’re obsessed with her bridal pieces! This young designer isn’t scared to have fun and be more experimental with ruffles and pops of color. She doesn’t often make bridal gowns, but when she does, she definitely delivers. Saab’s gown perfectly encapsulates her youthful exuberance and her carefree personality. If you want a gown that screams fun and spontaneous, head over to Sassa’s studio and she can make just that!

Rosa Clara

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If you don’t have the time to go to fittings and wait eight months, Rosa Clara in Greenbelt has some ready-to-wear (RTW) pieces for you. Celebrities Bianca Gonzalez and Bea Soriano wore simple RTW gowns perfect for a rustic setting. These gowns fit so perfectly that no one will even notice they’re RTW! So if you’re planning to grab a wedding gown during a quick stroll at the mall, Rosa Clara might have some pieces for you. These gowns are for brides looking for subtle and classy gowns for a more simple, fuss-free, wedding.  

Looking for wedding gowns may be stressful so let these celebrity designers guide you whether you’re still trying to figure out what style you want or you’re set on getting them to create your dream gown. Of course, the prices will be steep, but you already know these celebrities have some cash to spend and that you’re paying for world-class designs. So if you want the best of the best and know that it’ll be all worth it once you walk down the aisle, go for it!

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