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4 Expert Tips on Choosing Your Blooms from a Wedding Florist

Behind a wedding invite is a huge and tangled mess of decisions to do with the wedding dress, bridesmaids’ dresses, groomsmen outfits, the venue, the menu, the guest list and more. With the stress of such copious decision-making, it’s no wonder that those involved in wedding planning often see the sweetest of lovebirds tearing their own and each other’s hair out prior to the day of matrimony.

When a wedding budget dictates these choices, couples might just only be able to leave a small amount for décor and flowers – which could also be another source of conflict for those who still have high expectations for their big day.

Now don’t get anymore stressed though! We speak to Alyona Yakovleva, florist and founder of Gathered+Styled for tips and to get at the common mistakes couples make when choosing their blooms:

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#1: Put a hold on those Pinterest pins

Ah, technology has certainly made realizing your dream wedding easier… or has it? Pretty pictures of gargantuan floral arches can help inspire the look of your very own big day but Pinterest and wedding blogs can also lift expectations to an unrealistic degree.

In addition, those top-rated Instagram photos of someone else’s wedding are surely swoon-worthy, but the truth is many Internet-browsing couples here have probably already stumbled on the same as well.

“Most of the time, the choice brides make here are pretty standard— they choose the same Pinterest pictures and very few are actually open to try something really different and unusually, though I try and suggest things that are a little out of the ordinary,” says Alyona. “You can get some ideas from Pinterest, but don’t go for the most popular pin; be different. Ask your florist what ideas he or she has, I’m sure you’ll be surprised!”

#2: There’s more than just peony fever

Another issue that comes with browsing the Internet for floral décor inspiration is that these weddings you want to replicate can be halfway across the globe. Sure, love conquers all, including distance, but the blooms of some nameless bride in a photo culled from the Internet may not survive the number of kilometers it has to travel to get to you. You will just end up paying a pretty penny for a bunch of listless flowers – hardly auspicious or cheery for this merry matrimonial occasion.

“People here tend to go for the ‘European style’ in flowers, which means those they end up choosing are imported and most of the time, expensive,” says Alyona. “Every bride dreams of peonies. No, really, every single bride! They are the most beautiful but also one of the most expensive flowers here! I understand this trend, I love peonies myself, but sometimes it’s just too expensive, and for me, very often not worth the money.”

#3: Go regional and seasonal

If you’re still keen on tapping into the trend of exotic blooms, the most ideal and cost-effective arrangement is one that uses seasonal flowers. “Don’t ask for winter flowers in summer and vice versa. You’ll end up paying quite a lot of money for a few small, not really lasting blooms,” says Alyona.

Given the perpetual summer heat in Singapore, taking climate into consideration can make your décor last through the late hours of the party and cut down on your floral budget too. That doesn’t mean you have to stick to traditional choices like baby’s breath or gerberas.

“A lot of flowers and foliage come from Holland, Australia, South America, New Zealand, Taiwan, China, India, Malaysia. Nothing is actually grown here in Singapore,” points out Alyona. “But using plants and foliage suited to this climate can help you save, or will allow you to get more or something bigger even if you keep to the same budget,” she offers.

#4: Go green instead of the standard blooms

It doesn’t help when hotels offer similar blooms to couples in the name of economy. “The more I attend weddings here, the more I realise they are all the same,” says Alyona. “Hotel packages often include flowers, but really, everyone has the same few arrangements. Moreover, they don’t look good at all.”

Going green and tropical is not only more value for money but makes the setting stand out among the other wedding ballrooms and venues that others have used. Sure, cascading flower curtains certainly make a fairy-tale sight but a massive plant chandelier made out of ferns is an equal conversation-starter.

“Your guests might not remember if the scallop was good at the dinner but they will definitely remember and take pictures with a hanging monstera chandelier installation or a flower backdrop full of artichokes!” offers Alyona. “Moreover this year’s Pantone colour of the year is Greenery, so you can save and be trendy at the same time!”

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OF ELEGANCE AND GRACE

The initial romantic attraction, or so called Love at First Sight, took Daniel and Kelly down the aisle in elegance and style.

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Love at first sight. That was how Daniel met Kelly. He laid his eyes on her during a New Year’s party at a café in Jakarta three years ago and followed her all night long. His persistence won him the attractive girl, who is now his wife.

“He wouldn’t stop following me. It drove me nuts, but, oh well, he was cute.” Kelly quipped. “He convinced me it was love at first sight. For me, the feeling grew over the years.”

In September 2011, Daniel proposed with the ring he prepared months in advance on Brooklyn Bridge in New York. “I got proposed from the man I love in my dream city. Imagine how I felt!” exclaimed Kelly. “Daniel teared and I joined in.”

Three years on, that first gaze of love blossomed. “When we looked at each other in the eyes after the blessing from the priest, the feeling was indescribable – we are husband and wife now,” Kelly recalled the moment they were pronounced married.

Cupid certainly deserved a pat on the back.

The couple tied the knot on 9 June 2012 and held their holy matrimony at Jakarta Cathedral, the oldest and most magnificent church in Jakarta. Witnessed by close friends and family members, the matrimony was a classic wedding affair.

Vintage was the theme for the church wedding. Kelly looked elegant and graceful in her European laced vintage gown designed by Chenny Han, one of the most sought after wedding designers in Jakarta. Her hand bouquet of calla lilies, arranged by Inge Florist fitted perfectly with the alluring theme. Daniel’s suit was tailored by Pizzaro. Kelly’s bridesmaids’ dresses of brocade fabric and silk were sewn by her neighbour.

After the church wedding, they had their reception at The Hall Senayan City to host close to 1,000 guests. Strategically located with a huge hall, The Hall Senayan City was the ideal venue for their grand reception. It also had a room for their traditional Chinese tea ceremony before the reception began.

The hall was decorated with fresh roses and peonies, arranged by Grasida Decoration. According to the couple, they spent the most on the decoration for the hall.  Nevertheless, they wished they had included a Sakura tree to the Garden Theme.

The couple, their bridesmaids and groomsmen danced into the reception hall to the guests’ delight as it was uncommon in Indonesia. They were inspired after attending their aunt’s wedding in the United States in 2011.

Guests savoured food catered by Adhika Cater, and grooved to jazz and pop music by a well-known band in Jakarta. Kelly’s uncle is the lead vocalist in the band and dedicated their performance as a gift to the newlyweds.

Rio Photography took the couple’s wedding photos and did Kelly’s hair and makeup. “Rio is a dear friend. We engaged him as Kelly already had many photo sessions with him,” said the couple. “He is very professional, full of creative ideas and his crew was fantastic. Everyone loved the way they directed the poses.”

The planning of the approximately S$63,000.00 wedding took them eight months. The couple planned the wedding themselves to fulfil their dream wedding. To ensure the smooth execution of the wedding, Kelly and Daniel engaged a wedding planner to coordinate the events on the day itself. Time was their biggest challenge but they had help from people around them.

Very much in love, the couple felt like they were still dating but with more focus and commitment to living together. “He is a keeper. I wouldn’t trade him for the world,” Kelly said, thinking back to the initial romantic attraction three years ago.

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Cooking Up A Hen Party

What do all brides- and grooms-to-be like to do just before their wedding? It’s the hen party and stag party of course! So naturally, it calls for something special when well-heeled individuals like Angelina Seow decided to tie the knot.

The bride-to-be enjoying special coaching from the chef.

“I’m a real foodie and enjoy cooking healthy, tasty European dishes! Some years ago in Provence, my then-boyfriend-now-hubby and I took a unique cooking class involving French cuisine. So naturally, a similar activity with my girlfriends for my hen’s night in Singapore was something I thought would be great fun,” enthused Angelina.

An attentive audience taking delight in Chef Daniel’s humour.

The night began with a pleasantly surprised bride-to-be as she had not expected her group’s work station to be specially decorated just for her. One of Angelina’s girlfriends had made prior arrangements with CulinaryOn to arrive earlier for the set up.

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“The team was very helpful and obliging throughout when they knew this was a hen party. On that day itself, I was held up and arrived much later than expected. But thanks to Portia, the event master’s help, we managed to complete everything just before the bride arrived,” said Carol, who was also the one who suggested CulinaryOn for the occasion as she had previously attended a class there.

One of the spacious and gorgeous cooking studios at CulinaryOn.

“I’m a fan of reality TV series MasterChef and Junior MasterChef. The layout of CulinaryOn makes me feel as though I’m on the set! I had a great time previously and I knew the girls would like it too.”

Delectable canapés prior to class prevent empty stomachs from growling.

Each class is assigned a chef, a sous chef, an event master and other dedicated helpers. Before the class commenced, guests were treated to canapes and free flow soft drinks. Subsequently, everyone was gathered around the chef’s work station for a briefing of what to expect for the evening. Duties were divided up amongst members of a team so each person got to handle a different aspect of the preparation.

Aveline feeling accomplished with her very well rolled out pasta dough.

As the menu for the night included pasta, guests were shown how to knead the dough and how to create springy, professional standard spaghetti. In fact, guests were taught how to cook all the dishes from scratch, including the lava cake, so that they could replicate them at home with the recipes that were emailed to them after the class.

A bemused Angelina clearly enjoying herself at the cooking class.

If you are wondering whether you need to do any cleaning up, there is no worry about that as the stations are cleaned up after every dish by the helpers who work like magical elves – fast and inconspicuously.

Chef Daniel demonstrating to an enthralled audience the dangers of dry ice on fresh greens.

For this hen party, the class was led by the very affable Chef Daniel who also possesses great comic timing. In fact, all the chefs here are rather fun and colourful characters who don’t just cook, but are able to entertain at the same time and make participants relish the whole process. As Angelina said, “It wasn’t just me who enjoyed it. My friends too, had a jolly good time! The class was entertaining, had a spacious, sophisticated ambience and involved fun teamwork!”

Add a dash of fairy dust to celebrate friendship and marital bliss.

Aveline, another member in the hen party, says, “I would rate this 9… or 10 out of 10! Kudos to the team, especially Chef Daniel for his helpful tips and directions. I wish they have Cantonese cuisine class too!” The group’s sentiments were summed up by Jessica, “I didn’t expect this to be so fun and the certificate we received at the end really makes me feel as though I’ve made great culinary achievements!”

A group photo at the end to commemorate a new batch of ‘graduates’ at CulinaryOn.

At CulinaryOn, prices start from $118 per person for a session lasting 3 to 3.5 hours. Each session comprises of 3 dishes, soft drinks and canapes. Alcohol is sold on the premises or BYO. There are standard and tailored packages for corporate events, team building, birthday parties, hen parties, dating events and children’s workshops, etc.

Bookings can be made online at www.culinaryon.sg or enquire with the team at +65 3159 1482

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Dining At Restaurants With A View

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This Valentine’s Day, Faber Peak Singapore has planned a sweet evening for couples at Singapore’s unique hilltop destination, where picturesque views of the forest, running cable car line and the Sentosa-HarbourFront precinct, set the scene for romance.

Inspired by the theme “Sweet Pairings”, couples will enjoy pre-dinner activities to start off the evening on a sugary note. The lovebirds can bond through a session of making the all-time popular cocktail Strawberry Mojitos, which can be enjoyed during their dinner. Couples can also indulge their sweet tooth at a chocolate fountain and create memories together at a photo booth, accessorised with romance themed props.

On Valentine’s Day on 14 February, couples have a selection of dining venues to choose from at Faber Peak Singapore, including Dining on Cloud 9, Spuds & Aprons and Faber Bistro.

Dining on Cloud 9 (Sky Dining)

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Couples can choose the ultimate private dining experience for an all-time high, and spend Valentine’s Day on Dining on Cloud 9 ($328++ per couple). The 4-course dinner stretches across 90 mins with changing views of the HarbourFront and Sentosa Island as the backdrop. Dinner starts off with a glass of champagne and Salmon appetiser, with a choice of main between Red Quinoa Crusted Black Cod with mashed sweet potato, or a 36 Hour Slow Braised Bobby Veal Shank, ending with a luscious dessert of Fruite Praline Mousse with Manjari Ganache and Raspberry Elderflower Jelly.

Spuds & Aprons

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Faber Peak Singapore’s restaurant-with-a-view, Spuds & Aprons offers a 4-course set dinner ($248++ per couple). Starting off with an appetiser of Smoked Duck Salad with crispy yam duck dumpling and Truffle Scented Silken Hen Consommé, diners can choose from a main of Roulade of Codfish and Shellfish Mousse or Pan Roasted Fillet Mignon with marrow crust. They can also look forward to the Warm Mellow Xocoline Chocolate Cake with Caraibe Sorbet for dessert.

Faber Bistro

Down the hill from Faber Peak Singapore and tucked away in the cosiness of the forest, Faber Bistro offers a 4-course set menu ($200++ per couple). Appetiser starts with Hokkaido Scallops Tartare, with crispy fish skin and passion fruit vinaigrette and Veloute of Cauliflower and a main course of Chilean Sea Bass Fillet with kataifi prawns. Dessert is Apple Toffee with caramelia mousse and calvados jelly.

Each couple will receive a box of handmade chocolates to take home for a sweet ending to the evening and a reminder of their celebration at Faber Peak Singapore.

Reservations are encouraged for Valentine’s Day bookings. For bookings, please call +65 6377 9688, or email: guestrelations@mountfaber.com.sg, or visit www.faberpeaksingapore.com.

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RAIN & KIM TAE HEE’s SGD1,600 WEDDING

When Korean superstar Rain announced his marriage plans with actress Kim Tae Hee on 17 Jan 2017, no one could have expected that the wedding would be held two days later.

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Image source: www.koreaboo.com

In his handwritten letter posted on his Instagram account, Rain had expressed the couple’s wish to have a private and quiet wedding as their country is currently going through emotional and financially difficult times.

In contrast to many of the high profile celebrity weddings we saw in 2016, the couple, both Catholics, held their wedding at Gaheo-dong Catheral in Seoul. The modest ceremony attended by some 50 guests cost just SGD1,600.

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Image source: www.koreaboo.com

A graduate of the Seoul National University with a diploma in fashion studies, Kim chose to design her own wedding dress, with the help of her stylist, instead of flaunting a designer gown.

After the wedding, Kim released her handwritten letter to fans, thanking them for their well wishes and support in spite of the sudden news. She also thanked her partner for his “overflowing love” and promised to be someone he can lean on and count on for support.

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Image source: www.koreaboo.com

The low-key couple had originally declared that their honeymoon will be postponed for the foreseeable future. On 20 Jan, however, their management companies announced in a joint press release that the couple will be leaving for their honeymoon on 22 Jan. Was it a ploy to throw the paparazzi off-guard? We’ll never know.

Although the specific location was not revealed, holiday makers in Bali can keep their eyes open for the newlyweds who will be there for a supposed total of five days.

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Au Naturel at Villa Anugrah, Bali

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Speaking to Kris and Victoria Emerton-Jones about their destination wedding at Villa Anugrah, Uluwatu, Bali, there leaves little doubt that the intimate event, attended by 78 of the couple’s closest family members and friends, was a perfect reflection of what the couple was – affable, natural and utterly heartfelt.

With a breathtaking view set against the majestic ocean, there is little surprise that Villa Anugrah captured Kris and Victoria’s hearts once they set their eyes on it. Rather than setting a theme for the wedding, the couple chose to keep things timeless and let the venue’s wow factor shine through.

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“The natural beauty of the outdoor setting meant that we didn’t have to go over the top with decorations,” Victoria recalled fondly. “We just really wanted to keep things classic and romantic.”

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Kris and Victoria’s first encounter with each other was likewise filled with easy charm, with everything falling into place naturally as love blossomed.

“I actually spotted Victoria on a picture that was on my colleague’s computer screen at work when we were still living in the UK! I then arranged to meet her through the colleague and we hit it off straightaway,” Kris laughed. Their first year of dating saw Victoria relocating to Singapore with a new job, and Kris following suit within the next six months. With eight years of dating under their belt since, marriage was a natural next step for the couple.

“There wasn’t any turning point in deciding to get married,” Victoria affirmed, “We wanted everything to be perfect so we took out time – we’re both delighted that we did!”

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Following the beautiful ceremony at sunset, nightfall saw the wedding take a more groovy turn, as the couple and their guests in loosening inhibitions and dancing up a storm. The night was not without its fair bit of laughs – one of the photographers was so engrossed that he fell into the pool with his camera. Thankfully, the SD card survived the dip, though the same couldn’t be said for the camera lens. The night ended on a high note with a spectacular fireworks display that left everyone enthralled.

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Sharing that they would change absolutely nothing about their big day, Kris and Victoria were quick to point out that the wedding could not have run so smoothly without the professional assistance of their wedding planner, Vara Wedding. Over the span of 18 months, Vara Wedding helped the couple to work down to the details and visualise what their wedding would look like despite not being physically present in Bali.

“There wasn’t any major challenge that could not be overcome by speaking with the planning team at Vara Wedding. The biggest ‘stress’ for us was to decide what food we wanted because everything was so good!” Victoria gave her thumbs up to Vara Wedding.

When asked about their best piece of advice for couples who are currently planning their nuptials, Kris strongly recommended engaging a wedding planner, especially for destination weddings. “This is very important as you can’t see everything physically and meet every single vendor in person. Having someone to coordinate all these for you would leave you feeling relaxed so that you can enjoy your big day.”

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Vendors List:

Vara Wedding – Wedding Planner
Bali Metro – Videography
Terralogical – Photography
Lumbung Catering – Food & Drink
Aisle Project – Decoration
Bali Floating Stage – LED flooring and video drone
Yeanne Make-Up – Bridal Party make-up
British Consulate Bali
KLM – Business class flights
Villa Anugrah – Venue
Azimuth – Sound and lighting
Balloon Bunga – Fireworks & Sparklers
LED Balloon Release
Wiracana – Hand Fan
Sofitel Nusa Dua – Pre-wedding party
Bespoke Brides – Wedding dress (Chester, UK)
Shoes of Prey – Brides shoes designed herself
Light in the box – bridemaids dresses
Rossi – Grooms Suit & Hand Made Shoes (Singapore)
Next – Groomsman suits
AppyCouple – Website/app
Luxe Singapore – Invites

7 Feng Shui Life Hacks for Romance

Not just for the home, the art of Feng Shui can be useful in the quest for love too.

If you are on this site looking for wedding ideas, there’s a high chance you won’t be spending this Singles’ Day alone. But what if you want to share the love and play cupid to your extremely eligible single friend who is less lucky in love? Well, these hot tips from Way Fengshui Group may just be the right antidote to lift the single spell!

Fengshui tips for love

  1. Wear more pink or red

As the colours most associated with love and passion, it shouldn’t be a surprise that pink and reddish hues help enhance romantic luck. Furthermore, studies have shown that women’s use of red is linked to sex and romance, and that wearing red has a significant positive effect on the sexual attractiveness of both men and women.

  1. Switch up your makeup

Tao Hua, or peach blossoms, is representative of love or attraction to the opposite sex in Feng Shui. The area between your eye and temple is known as the Tao Hua region, so giving yourself a makeover may actually improve your love life!

To attract potential suitors, cat-eye makeup and soft-coloured, rounded brows are the way to go. It’s also said that straight Korean brows – so popular right now – may attract suitors with impure intentions, and are not looking for a stable relationship. No wonder all the heroines in Korean dramas are always crying!Fengshui tips for love

  1. Reap some fringe benefits

To attract your soulmate, people with long faces should try out hairstyles with a prominent fringe, while those with round, square, heart-shaped or diamond-shaped faces should opt for a wavy or curlier ‘do. Small face shapes do the best with short hairstyles, while those with oval faces have the freedom to wear any hairstyle they please. As a rule of thumb, sharp features at the sides of the face, such as prominent jawlines, should be covered with hair.

  1. Show off the right arm candy

On top of looking pretty, these precious stones may bestow amazing energies and benefits that could certainly improve your romantic life:

  • Rose Quartz: The numero uno crystal for love, this powder pink stone is said to radiate love and wash away pain, disappointment and other negative energies that might have closed your heart.
  • Pearl: Besides enhancing romantic luck, pearl also promotes good health and prosperity.
  • Pink Kunzite: A stone of emotion, this helps in opening and connecting the heart to the mind, allowing the heart to be more receptive to unconditional and abundant love. This beautiful crystal not only improves romantic relationships but also interpersonal ones, so you are more popular all round.
  • Moonstone: This gem is believed to be best in inciting passion and intensifying physical relationships while amplifying passion. Despite its fiery powers, it also helps calm the mind.

Fengshui tips for love

  1. Redecorate your nest

Symbols are important in classical Feng Shui as they help generate positive romantic vibes. Boost the qi or energy in your love life by introducing some symbols of love into your home, which include:

  • Flowers: Flowers, especially peonies, have a strong healing energy, and are said to help single women find their match.
  • Water fountains: Fountains not only promote wealth and prosperity, but also romance; the peacefully moving water of a fountain distributes qi, allowing positive energies to flow.
  • Mandarin ducks: Among the most popular Feng Shui antidotes to a lacklustre love life, Mandarin ducks, which represent devotion and loyalty, are said to attract romance and desire into its owner’s home.
  • ‘Double happiness’ magpie – Known as the “bird of happiness”, magpies have a significant role in Chinese folklore – forming a bridge from earth to heaven to reunite the star-crossed lovers – Cowherd and the Weaving Maid. Together with the ‘double happiness’ symbol, which represents conjugal bliss and an inseparable bond, the ‘double happiness’ magpies help to strengthen romantic energies, while bringing happiness and unlimited opportunities.

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  1. Clean up your act

While symbols are great ways to increase your luck in love, too much clutter can block the positive qi from entering your life. Keep all areas of your house clutter-free for the smooth flow of qi. This in turn, will help improve romance luck

Make sure to also gift, sell, or donate items gifted by an ex-lover, or items that remind you of him or her. This helps you to move on more easily, and get rid of the negative energy associated with your ex.

  1. Set your clock for romance

Don’t dismiss the potential for finding love online, just be sure to time it right! According to Way Fengshui Group, the best times to swipe right to Mr Right are from 11am to 1pm, 5pm to 7pm, and 11pm to 1am. Happy swiping!

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Hottest Wedding Dress Trends for 2017

For all brides-to-be, picking out your wedding dress will be one of the most anticipated but also nerve-wrecking experiences in your entire wedding planning process. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favourite trends off the Spring 2017 bridal runways to help you get started!

The 2017 bridal runways are looking elegantly sexy, with lots of skin showing — practically every designer turned out plunging deep V necklines. If you’re more of the understated type, cutouts and off-shoulder necklines, which were also all the rage on the runways might be the trend for you.

We also loved the new ideas the designers threw out in terms of colour and format (wedding pants, anyone?) — these might be what you are looking for, adventurous brides!

Check out all the 2017 bridal trends below!

Deep V Necklines

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We’re loving these designs by Berta — they’re sexy, modern and sophisticated and perfect for the city girl!

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This deep-V neckline gown by Ines di Santo is a perfect example of how sexy is done elegantly. Definitely a crowd-pleaser!

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If an open deep V-neckline is too much for you, this Jenny Packham design which features a modest sheer overlay will do the trick.

Cut-Outs and Off-Shoulder Designs

For brides who would like to bare some skin in a more modest way, consider picking gowns with clever cut-outs that offer a peekaboo of flesh. We are loving the sleek lines in the following designs by Angel Sanchez, Christos and Ines di Santo respectively.

Off-shoulder designs are another dainty way to show some skin without overdoing it. Modern brides who appreciate clean lines would definitely fall in love with this classic Christos gown below. For brides who are into the vintage and bohemian aesthetic, Marchesa would be your best bet.

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Pantone Colours

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The 2017 bridal runways saw designers taking their cues from Pantone’s colours of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity, with beautiful blush and blue-hued gowns. For brides who are looking to shake things up a little with your colour palettes, these are definitely the two hottest colours to pick!

pan-rose-mira-zwillingerpan-rose-legendsbyromonakevezaThese two rose pink gowns by Mira Zwillinger and Legends by Romona Keveza respectively are feminine, romantic and fit right into our strike zone of what makes a perfect wedding gown.

pan-ser-jmendelpan-ser-moniquelhuillierThese two pale blue gowns by J Mendel and Monique Lhuillier are charming in their own ways — the former is modern chic with its asymmetrical hemline that offers movement with every step; the latter is Monique Lhuillier at its best — whimsical, romantic, and oh-so-lovely.

Bows and High-low Hemlines

This season, designers are injecting lots of fun into their weddings gowns with exaggerated bow details and high-low hemlines that bring some additional bounce to your step.

We know how exaggerated bows done wrong can easily read clownish and childish, so we’re definitely appreciating the stylish designs seen on Carolina Herrera and Oscar de le Renta’s runways! As for high-low hemlines, we can definitely see these designs by Ines di Santo and Monique Lhuillier working in Singapore’s sunny climate!

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3D Flowers

Flower details have long been a mainstay on bridal runways, and this season we are seeing designers take on this traditional detail in a new way by making them into 3D appliques. Good choice, we say, as these 3D flowers make the good old wedding gown much more interesting with their volume and added levels! The following designs are by Lela Rose and Marchesa respectively.

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Wedding Pants

For unconventional brides who do not want to be boggled down by a wedding dress, this new trend off the 2017 bridal runways might just be the one for you. We are totally loving how designers are exploring different options to suit the varied lifestyles and personalities of different women!

We love the first design below by Elie Saab Bridal for its luxurious and glamorous vibe, despite the strong modern aesthetic. The second design below by Monique Lhuillier is the perfect marriage of the traditional wedding dress and the modern-day pantsuit. The third design below by Lela Rose is sleek and minimalist and we can definitely see it being worn again after the wedding day. How functional!

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Toppers

With all the skin-baring on the 2017 bridal runways, modest brides will be relieved to know that there is no reason to despair, as designers have also put out options for brides who are less comfortable showing skin. Enter toppers — little capes or shrugs that help to provide some coverage, while still keeping you tip-top fashionable. With these gorgeous designs by Naeem Khan, Elie Saab Bridal, Lela Rose and Oscar de la Renta respectively, there is something to satisfy every bride out there.

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