New look for the times
On top of countless tasks associated with organising a wedding, brides-to-be also have the responsibility of choosing a gorgeous dress for their bridesmaids. With an endless choice in Hong Kong, wedding specialists Kelly Wong and Sonya Yiu share the latest trends in bridesmaids' dresses.
For this year, black is back. 'Black accents were very popular last year and I see the trend continuing into this year,' says Wong, manager at Mari?e Bridal Couture (www.mariee.com.hk). As many bridesmaids' dresses come in colours such as Tiffany blue, split pea, purple, lavender or ivory, a black sash or black belt completes the look. However, the most popular colour of the moment, Wong says, is silver.
Mari?e stocks bridesmaids' dresses by United States-based Jasmine Bridesmaid. This season's colours are vibrant shades of lemon yellow, candy red and emerald green.
According to Wong, most brides choose from two to eight bridesmaids. However, one of Wong's customers asked 11 of her closest female friends to be in the wedding party.
Another trend continuing this year is choosing the same colour for all the bridesmaids, but varying styles to suit different body types. And, depending on whether you want your female sidekicks to be more festive or formal, knee or floor length are equally as popular, Wong says.
The hottest material for bridesmaids is chiffon, followed by satin. However, for brides, the present fabric of choice is tulle or satin.
A designer bridal gown can cost thousands of dollars, Wong says, but bridesmaids' dresses start from HK$1,400 for a knee-length design, including alterations, and should be ordered two to three weeks in advance.
Blush Bridal Couture (www.blushbridalcouture.com) carries US-based Jenny Yoo's bridal and bridesmaids' collections.
'[Bridesmaids' dresses] no longer look like bridesmaids' dresses - they are getting more and more fashionable and stylish so that you can wear them again at other occasions,' says Yiu, of Blush Bridal Couture.
Yiu agrees the most popular material is chiffon, with her customers mainly ordering floor-length dresses.
When trying to determine a colour, Yiu says most shades the bride-to-be chooses are fine, anything from yellow, purple and pink to turquoise or tangerine.
'But in Hong Kong, red is reserved for the bride,' Yiu explains. 'Also, navy and black are considered not-so-lucky colours.'
For ordering a dress, Yiu suggests at least four months in advance, allowing for alterations. But if you need it fast, a rush-order charge can help speed up the process.
So who pays for the bridesmaids' dresses? 'Whoever is paying for the wedding, bride and groom or the groom's parents usually pay for the bridesmaids' dresses,' Yiu says.
As with any wedding, having a wedding party with beautiful bridesmaids adds a touch of grandeur to the big day. Yiu says 'it's nice for brides to have their bridesmaids in special dresses since the photos would look extra nice with matching outfits and colours'.