If you’re a bride with a wedding set during the “ber” months (September to December), then you have chosen well.
Why? This seems to be the best time to get married. Christmas is just around the corner which means bonuses, people are feeling generous and everyone can afford to buy you expensive wedding gifts. The air will be festive enough with all those Christmas decorations and sparkling lights, it would even feel like the whole world is celebrating your wedding when it happens. The weather would be cool and mild.
The bridal dress would look fabulous.
Your bridal entourage would thank you for the smashing shots they would snap and post on social media. The wedding photos would look great on Instagram and their FB pages.
And of course, the wedding dress, being the piece de resistance, should look particularly distinctive, unique and reflective of the bride’s character. Thus, the importance of a skilled bridal dress designer to make your wedding gown. After all, on weddings, it’s all about the bride.
“Every bride wants to wear something special on her wedding day, be it simple, grand or in between. That is where I come in, to create that special dress and make it a beautiful masterpiece,” said Zandra Lim.
Lim definitely knows wedding dresses. Although educated as a pharmacist in the University of Santo Tomas, Lim decided to pursue fashion instead, establishing atelier Zandra Lim Designs in 2003. She studied Istilista di Abiti di Sposa (Fashion Design, specializing in Wedding Dress) at the Istituto di Moda Burgo in Milan, Italy, and also took a course in Textile Effects at the University of the Arts, London-Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.
Whether its haute couture or straight from the Ready-to-Wed line, Lim makes sure the bride will look elegant when she walks down the aisle. But particularly, on haute couture gowns, the design of the dress is unique to the bride. Generally, she has these words to say to a would-be bride.
“Stick to your own style. Your personality should really reflect your aesthetics on the design of your bridal gown. Your bridal gown is a very special piece of your wedding day, so it should be you, a reflection of you,” she advises.
Her unapologetically feminine designs make use of luxurious fabrics, intricate detailing and sparkling embellishments that makes each gown a perfect frame to complement the bride’s beauty on her wedding day.
“The latest bridal trends are very grand, like you see volume and very intricate dresses. But with 2019, we will see less of it. I see simple, sleek silhouettes incorporating colors, structure and uniqueness in each and every piece,” she predicts.
She also emphasizes how the bride’s design choices and bridal trends have been greatly influenced by social media.
“Wedding dress trends, as with any trends, have evolved and constantly change. But the rapid changes were brought about by social media influences where thousands of pictures are being viewed by future brides every day. In this sense, brides are exposed to different styles and it’s up to the bride’s taste what trend can influence her aesthetically. That being said, trends for the last 10 years have been diverse in all forms, silhouettes, intricacy of designs, simplicity, and modernity. I’d like to believe that I’ve seen it all.”
And to mark her 15th anniversary as a bridal gown designer, Lim will hold the Crystal Bridal Fair on 15 to 16 September at Discovery Primea in Makati City.
“My initial plan was just a fashion show during which we would also accept bookings for future orders and a silent auction of the fashion show pieces. Upon conceptualization sessions with the Discovery Primea events manager Jayjay Hega, the event just became bigger as many people from the wedding industry have joined forces to help with the charity event, thus the addition of the bridal fair,” she reveals.
Proceeds from the event, which included gala fashion show of Zandra Lim Designs (15 September) and a silent auction of the fashion show pieces (16 September) will benefit the cancer patients in the social service of the Cancer Institute of St. Luke’s Medical Center, Quezon City.
She emphasizes: “My husband and I have always espoused charity work without fanfare.
The 15th anniversary of my presence in the wedding industry was a good opportunity to push for a cause bigger than what we have been doing. My husband, Dr. Mars Imasa, who is an oncologist, is always confronted with the delays or even premature termination of chemotherapy of cancer patients due to financial difficulties, most specifically those who are marginalized.”
The Crystal Bridal Fair is held in partnership with Niceprint, Amantefleurs, Rhed Sarmiento Events and Discovery Primea and is sponsored by Metrotech projectors, LST Lights & Sounds, and Pikulyar Photo.
“The participating suppliers will donate part of their sales to charity. That would be a bigger goal than the collection of admission fees.”