With restrictions easing and the world seemingly opening up, so has the revival of physical weddings where loved-up couples can actually celebrate their nuptials in-person. Thanks to the protracted global pandemic two years ago, many couples were forced to postpone what would be arguably the most important day in their lives. But now, our inboxes are being inundated with save the dates so much so that we hardly miss the Zoom livestream links. Aisles are being dusted off, dance floors are being polished and florists are busy prepping for beautiful bouquets and elaborate table settings to come. Of course, now with normalcy being a new adjustment, brides-to-be may find themselves faced with the next challenge at hand: finding the perfect wedding dress.
After all, choosing your wedding dress can sometimes be as fraught with jeopardy and as time-consuming as finding your Mr Right. Add to that, the variety of choices out there in the market, too makes the big decision that much harder. It’s also an ensemble that’s best tailored and tried on in person, instead of adding it to cart as you would for any online purchase. So the burning question is: where can we find the perfect dress with the right silhouette here in Singapore? Vogue Singapore presents our bridal edit.
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Bespoke is the word. Headquartered in Singapore, sophisticated materials like tulle, organza and lace adorn the walls of the Jessicacindy boutique. The atelier is known for crafting unique, personalised gowns–starting with beautifully hand-drawn sketches. Each piece is tailored to the vision of the client, thanks to multiple consultations with creative director Jessicacindy. For them, “every stitch is deliberate”. The dress will fit like a glove as a result of the refining process alongside precision and flair of the artisans.
8 Mohamed Sultan Rd, #02-01
Make an appointment here.
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Belle & Tulle Bridal
While this boutique in Paragon, Orchard Road lists international names like Zuhair Murad, Viktor & Rolf and Anne Barge for its bridal offerings, our spotlight is on Singapore-born, Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung and Mumbai-born, Indian designer Naeem Khan. Both have dressed powerful, influential women—the former with US Vice President Kamala Harris and the latter with former First Lady Michelle Obama, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Gurung’s inaugural wedding collection—Bridal 2022 was unveiled with the title “A Love Letter”, catering to the most patient post-pandemic bride. Inclusive fashion and diversity are keystones for Gurung from his ready-to-wear through to his wedding collections. Meanwhile Khan clearly encapsulates Asian sensibilities in his work—before honing his skills at legendary house Halston. He learnt about textiles thanks to his grandfather and father, while crafting clothing for regal Indian clients.
290 Orchard Rd, #03-01
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Time Taken to Make a Dress
While custom dresses can be constructed from scratch complete with mock-ups on calico, local brand Time Taken to Make a Dress offers a unique made-to-measure concept in their Woken collection. Born of scarcity and limited access materials during the pandemic and lockdowns, fabrics and laces acquired over the years were used to manufacture inspired pieces. All one needs to do is select the closest dress size. Founded over a decade ago, homegrown designers Letitia Phay and Jade Swee possess the know-how to make a woman feel confident through their handiwork. In fact, Singaporean actress Constance Lau donned their dress to the Hollywood premiere of Crazy Rich Asians—proving you can be red carpet or aisle ready with a Time Taken piece.
337A Beach Road
Call 63919802 to make an appointment.
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This showroom is where couture meets the cheongsam. For the ladies wanting that signature high neckline and a nod to their heritage, a modern, wedding qipao captures this beautifully. Available at Truly Enamoured, CINOBI is a label by Novita Sanjaya from Jakarta, Indonesia, who offers empowering, yet delicate designs crafted with signature handmade embroidery.
For your traditional, classic ivory frock, you can discover various style categories by tier—Classique, Couture, Fine Art and Opulent, from designers such as Toni Maticevski, Watters, Ines Di Santo and Lee Petra Grebenau. Seas of pearly details, fine lace, silk and sparkles in A-line, sheath, cascading ruffles and mermaid silhouettes are at the ready at the boutique in downtown Singapore, with stylists on hand to assist.
138 Robinson Road, Suite 28-01, Oxley Tower
Make an appointment here.
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For a modest vow exchange, one could consult bridal veteran Fatimah Mohsin. After establishing The Wedding Gallery in 2002, the local designer has been part of many a Malay and Muslim nuptial affair, offering makeup artistry, photography and made-to-measure services. Mohsin’s garlanded gowns have also graced the runways of London Modest Fashion Week, Islamic Fashion Festival and Tokyo Modest Fashion Show. Each garment is set to compliment every curve, demure down to the detail.
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Amanda Lee Weddings
After debuting her first collection back in 2001, Amanda Lee has strived to ensure points of differentiation for each wedding gown, so as to deliver each bride an idiosyncratic piece from her namesake label. The Singapore-based brand is not afraid to experiment with colour, allowing hues to speak volumes on the personality of the person donning the dress. Fortune favours the brave as they say, and in this case, the bold. With artists like Henri Matisse and Roy Lichtenstein behind her inspiration to generate what could be considered wearable art, it’s little wonder that her looks are traffic-stopping. That said, minimalist brides on the hunt for something more customary, whether it be clean lines in white or brides seeking a cheongsam can also visit the atelier.
8 Jln Kilang Barat, #06-02