The first thought that pops into many bride’s minds as soon as they are engaged is THE DRESS. One of the most exciting parts of wedding planning can be dress or outfit shopping… there is just something about all the flowing gowns, the beautiful fabrics, princess skirts, tulle, lace and intricate details that is straight from a fantasy.
According to Sandra, the designer behind Elvi Design, the one thing every bride wants is to feel amazing on their wedding day so it’s natural to start with the search for the dress. It can also be an overwhelming mission, with a huge range of options out there and so many things to consider… What suits me? Will it be comfortable to wear all day? Will my partner love it too?
“I suggest enjoying the experience but don’t say yes to anything in the hype of the moment,” Sandra said, “Your search for a dress will probably start with a few bridesmaids or family members in tow… Then go home, sleep on it and consider all your options before you say ‘YES to the dress’.”
Gone are the days of all dresses being much the same as styles evolve and more and more brides are getting creative with their wedding day look. A recent trend Sandra has seen is a move towards minimal designs in luxurious silk fabrics.
“We have seen a lot of lace and heavy detailing in recent years, so it’s no surprise brides are now looking for an alternative to this,” Sandra said, “I would say this return to minimal styling reflects the gowns that brides wore back in the 90s.”
She said now you will see brides wearing anything from an elegant bias cut gown with a cowl back in a heavy silk crepe to an epic princess style skirt in a plain silk dupion. There is even an increasing number of brides wearing luxe pant suits. With wedding dresses being a significant spend, there are many brides who are opting for beautiful separates that they have the option of wearing again.
“It’s the one time in your life you will spend a considerable amount on your outfit so why not find a way to be able to wear your special outfit again?” Sandra said, “This also follows in line with the environmental ethos many of us are adopting in our everyday lives.”
With all of these ideas in mind, the single most important consideration in chosing your wedding day outfit is finding the right style for you as an individual.
“It’s actually really interesting, deep down we all know what suits us as an individual,” Sandra said, “One thing I will always ask is ‘what styles do you normally wear?’. We will then work from there to make sure that your wedding dress reflects you on your wedding day… and sometimes that means ignoring all the trends.”
It is this process of working with the bride that Sandra says is so special about what she does.
“Given that each of the gowns we design are handcrafted by us, every gown is memorable and has a story,” she said. “We enjoy meeting with each of our brides and then spending time with them in the lead up to their wedding day.”
Some of Sandra’s latest designs will be part of the Wedding Upmarket pop up fashion showcases – catch them at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm inside UWA’s Winthrop Hall on Saturday 5 May. You will also be able to meet with Sandra and other designers to discuss your wedding outfit goals.