“Time is of the essence”

Recently, we have had some brides coming in with less than 3 months to their wedding date! As seen on everyone’s favourite wedding reality TV series, Say Yes To The Dress, it might not be such a good idea to leave your dress shopping to the end.

As a recommended time line, we would suggest starting at least 8 months before your wedding date (or pre-wedding photo shoot). Not every bride can find THE dress on their very first visit to a wedding boutique. Even if they do (and we have had brides come back and purchase the VERY first dress they ever tried on), more often than not, brides will want to shop around first to make sure that they have picked the best dress for their big day.

When you have decided on your dress, we will place the order for a new gown in your size from the designer. Only then will production on a dress start and designers can take anywhere between 3-5 months to make your dress. Once finished, the dress will be shipped over and then, it will be time for your fitting sessions. Depending on the number of sessions needed and how busy the seamstresses are, alterations can take 4-6 weeks to be completed. So bearing these timelines in mind, don’t wait till the end to start your gown search! You might end up having to settle on a sample gown (i.e. off the rack) that you may not necessarily love but is the only one available in your size or is the next best alternative.

The Prelude’s TIP of the day: Don’t look for too long and try on too many as you will end up confusing yourself. It only takes the joy and fun out of wedding gown shopping. Speaking from personal experience, visiting 3-4 boutiques should be enough to find a gown that you love and is perfect for your big day.

NY Bridal Market Oct 2012

A much overdue post! It was our first time at New York Bridal Market Oct 2012 and it was a real experience, where we were one of the first to see the new Fall 2013 collections by our designers and more. Here are a preview of the new collections and we also picked up a few new designers! More on that to come!

At Temperley, the Florence 2013 collection was floaty, ethereal and elegant, a Temperley signature. We overheard one of the photographers for an established bridal magazine saying that this was the absolute best collection that they have seen across the designers!

At Amanda Wakeley Sposa’s booth, we picked out gowns for our trunk show (held at the end of October and it was a success!). Classic, simple and luxurious. Amanda Wakeley’s gowns are versatile and could easily be worn for at a beach setting or a formal New York wedding. These were the crowd favorites at our trunk show.

At Badgley Mischka, the duo drew inspiration from the heavens, naming their gowns after planets and zodiac signs. The gods were certainly looking out for them as the collection presented was simply divine. Slender and full gowns were both featured, with dramatic embroidery and elaborate beading being a connecting force.

David Fielden updated his classic Grace Kelly gown, replacing the tulle skirt with a simple satin sheath skirt. This will no doubt be a hit at The Prelude Bridal, following in the footsteps of the Grace Kelly gown.

And last but not least, our favourite designer Junko Yoshioka whom we had the pleasure of meeting and chatting to at her workshop. An soft-spoken, sweet and pleasant lady, we can’t wait to see more of her, hopefully in Singapore! Again, the collection showed off her signature style of using unusual fabrics, sourced twice a year from France.

This is an amazing full beaded sheath gown… perfect as an evening gown for a dramatic entrance.

One thing we noticed from all the designers was the presence of lace, long sleeves and more lace. A testament to the effects of the Royal Wedding and the Duchess of Cambridge’s style on both designers and brides. So if you are a bride-to-be and you love lace, you will be spoilt for choice when the new collections hit the stores. The Fall 2013 collections will be arriving at The Prelude Bridal in March 2013. Mark this down in your diaries!

We leave you with this final image. My absolute favorite shot from Bridal Market!