Post # 1
I am heading to the Philippines in less than a week–woot woot!–and was considering having a designer replica dress made while I’m there. I don’t even know if this is realistic as I will only be there for two weeks, but I’m willing to do measurements, etc. and have the finished product shipped to me here in the States.
For all my Filipina brides–or anyone who’s done this, really–any suggestions or advice on where I should have this done? I will be in Manila for the first three days of the trip, then Baguio, then La Union, and back to Manila for the last three days. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
I tried to look online for seamstresses/bridal stores in PI, but was having trouble finding very many. Also, a lot of the styles are very different from what I’m looking to have done (i.e. no veil, no super long train, no beading). If you have any resources, I’d love to hear about them!
Post # 3
Hi, did this ever work out for you? I’m considering doing something similar after finding a lovely dressmaker through the gallery of wedding dress pics on here. AMAZING designs! Though they are so amazing I’m not sure if it would work out any cheaper hehe
Post # 4
i was totally going to do it, until my cousin’s designer friend quoted me $1000.
if you do this, make sure you find someone that’s really good and really knows their stuff…say monique luhliers old seamstress since she’s from cebu… lol all i’ve seen when i go to weddings there are mediocre dresses made with ugly satin.
Post # 5
I actually never ended up going through with it. The designer samples I had seen were definitely a different type of fashion–agree with PP, lots of ugly satin, or at the least bridal designs that just don’t speak to me.
If you end up doing it, I’d love to hear about your experience! My mom is going back this summer and I still have about 13 months!
Post # 6
You just have to carefully choose your designer. This totally worked out for me, I went with a couturier (did I spell that right? lol) in Manila. Her name is Veluz Reyes, google her name and her website will come up. She’s also on facebook. She does international orders and does a really good job! Book her quick because she gets booked fast, like at least a year ahead. I hope this helps.
Post # 7
I agree that there are a lot of shops that offer lower prices and are willing to knock off designer gowns for you but the quality is not very good. But there are also a handful of good designers in the Philippines. I agree with the Veluz Reyes suggestion. She’s one of the in demand bridal designers now. And NinaT is right. She can get fully booked in a blink. She does excellent lace work.
Some other good designers I’ve heard of: They are pretty much Google-able.
Oliver Tolentino – He has a shop in LA and Manila. I think most if not all of his works are sewn in the Philippines. He did the gowns of 3 people i know and they were all magnificent.