Find the Perfect Fit From These Local Bridal Boutiques
You just got engaged, now what? The wants versus the needs for the big day keeps piling up but there’s no doubt that on top of every bride’s priority is her wedding dress. There are a number of designers and bridal shops to check out but we’ve narrowed down your options to three bridal boutiques, which are already tried and tested by many brides who got a hold of their dream dresses.
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1. Ivory & White Bridal Store
“When I was looking for my own wedding gown, there weren’t a lot of mid range shops offering RTW bridal gowns. It was this need in mind that led us to opening our shop in 2012”, says Katherine Francisco, owner. Conveniently located in Katipunan, Quezon City, the boutique offers a varying selection of RTW wedding gowns in different styles, for different body types. Dresses range from P25,000 to P40,000. For the complete package, they also carry a selection of evening bags, bridal jewelry, and hair accessories. Aside from that, they also offer gown alterations and made-to-order entourage and formal wear for ladies. Still not convinced on getting a ready-made dress? No worries because they could do custom designs for you and your entourage with a three-month lead-time. If you’re lucky, they have limited gowns on sale, which are all below P20,000 so watch out for updates! To get you started, here are some tips to maximize your Ivory & White experience. They want to give exceptional customer service so booking an appointment is a must to make sure that you’ll have ample time to try out as many dresses as you want. Bring 1 to 3 friends when you plan to try out their dresses, who could really help you make the best choice. Next, wear undergarments and heels that you would most likely use just so you could already visualize the look on your big day. “We would like to open other branches so we can serve more customers,” added Francisco. You may contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0917-3242280.
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2. Bridal Boutique
In 2015, right around the time Tina Zamora got engaged, she started scouting Manila for boutiques that carried RTW gowns to find options, as she was always apprehensive to get one made. The stress of having to wait to see it up until a few months, or (if you’re lucky) weeks before the big day was just too much for her. The scarcity of choices in the city left Zamora with no choice but to have one made. While waiting for her dress, she wanted a backup dress just incase. So during her work travels she was able to purchase one. Okay, make that two dresses as options if she ended up not liking the custom made gown. However, her designer pulled through and she loved her dress! She was just stuck with two beautiful dresses that she didn’t want to go to waste. She tried selling them online to friends who might be looking for one. Kristine Ongcuangco, on the other hand, has always been into getting dresses and outfits made for her so the idea of having her own atelier was a dream. From there, the two friends decided that maybe together they could come up with something great.
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Bridal Boutique is a one stop bridal shop as it brings everything a bride needs for her big day-from the dress to her hairpiece, robe, and down to her shoes. At Bridal Boutique, they want to find the perfect dress just as much as you do. They take into consideration all your concerns and tailor fit what you need and want with what they could provide. They go the extra mile in providing not just exceptional service but quality products as well. If the “ready-to-wed” selection cannot be altered to what you want, the founders, together with a team of talented designers, will help you create what you’ve always dreamed of wearing as you walk down the aisle. They will take care of the creative process from design to production, exclusive and very personal; one bride at a time. All these products and services are valued at a very generous price.
Aside from bridal gowns, Bridal Boutique has started offering formal and semi-formal wear for women and just recently branched out to creating suits for men and women too.
In five years, the brand hopes to establish Bridal Boutique as the go-to boutique for “ready-to-wed” and custom made dresses and suits in Manila and other major cities of the country. Hopefully expanding their reach to other South East Asian countries as well. You may contact them at 0915-232-8389 or email at BridalBoutiquePH@gmail.com
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3. White Label
“It started when my sister Joyce was preparing for her wedding, in the year 2012. At the same time, I was doing my masters that year in fashion business. Not being around her during her preparations, I decided to help her canvass some materials abroad. Luckily, I also had some foreign classmates who were getting married that year too, so I decided to tag along with them. RTW bridal shops are very popular in other countries, a concept that was at that time quite foreign in the Philippines. I then researched on RTW bridal stores in the Philippines and found some but they were either too pricey or the options were a bit limited. So we decided to open an RTW bridal store that offers chic and affordable bridal designs. We launched White Label Bridal last August 2013,” said Gaile Tan, owner.
Together with her sisters, Joyce, Kaye and Jacqueline, their goal is to change Filipinas’ perception regarding ready to wear bridal designs. “We try to be as hands on as possible. Aside from picking out the gowns and designs ourselves, we make sure that each piece is carefully sewn and affordably priced. We also attend to all the fittings personally. We try to incorporate as much customization as possible as well. We customize depending on the client’s wants. They could also request for additional lace or beadings, trimming of the train, adding an illusion cover up, changing the design of the belt- basically, anything to help them achieve their dream gown. They get to see that perfect fit and the final product as compared to slowly anticipating the outcome of a sketch,” explained Tan.
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They bring in gowns with different necklines, silhouettes and designs to suit the classic bride, the romantic and sweet bride, the minimalist bride, and the edgy bride. There are also gowns for your chosen theme such as bohemian and beach weddings. Aside from dresses, they offer White Label Intimates, innovative undergarments such as stick on bras, butt lift panties and shapers for the modern day women. Lastly, they have hair accessories, earrings and necklace sets, bridal robes and sleepwear sets as well.
“We’re aiming to tap more brides so we’re planning to open up different branches to be more accessible to future brides to be. We also want to be a one-stop shop for brides, offering more wedding related items,” ended Tan. For appointments, call 0917-548-9115 or email email@example.com.
Whether you’re the classic or modern bride, we swear these bridal boutiques will definitely help you find something that suits your style and budget. Book an appointment now and good luck with your dress hunt!