October 1st, 2014
While it’s pretty easy to google body structures vis a vis wedding gown designs, it’s not very easy to actually choose a flattering wedding gown for one’s body structure. Call it the battle of wants vs realities. We want something but the style just doesn’t agree with the reality called “current body structure”.
We thought it would be a great idea to interview all 3 designers who made it to the top spot of the Weddings at Work Top 10. Yes, they each have Supplier of the Year trophies — Ms. Veluz Puno - Reyes (2005), Mr. Cecilio Abad (2008), and Mr. Boy Kastner Santos (2011).
For part 1, we will focus on the responses of the one people lovingly call, Tito Boy.
Q: When a bride comes to you for a gown design and her pegs are totally not possible given her body structure, what do you usually do?
A: I discourage her from pursuing. I make sketch options.
Q: If the bride wants a lot of beadwork and has each of the following figures, where would you put the majority of the beadwork?
A: For petities, beads would be on the upper part or the sides. For those with inverted triangle figures, the beads would be at the center. I avoid highlighting the shoulders. For pears, the beads would be on the upper part, and for full figured women, I focus on the cut because it’s more important than the beads.
Q: If the bride wants a ruffled skirt, but has a certain body structure, would you say go or no?
A: For petites and those with hourglass figures, I would say, “go”. But for those with pear and rectangular figures, I would most likely say, “no”. For inverted triangles and full figured individuals, I can go with “maybe”.
Q: Many want bustiers or tube top gowns, is there a particular body structure that doesn’t agree with this kind of neckline?
A: I would discourage those with fuller chests.
Q: Which neckline can you consider as versatile?
A: Sweetheart and v-neck are pretty versatile
Q: What cut best hides or takes away the focus on the following:
A: For those with big tummies, empire cut; for those with big hips, I cut on the first hip. Those with bigger legs are fine with long gowns while those who want to hide their arms can have draped sleeves.
Cut on the first hip
Draped with beads
Q: Most full figured women go for sleeves and off-the-shoulder cuts, would you go with the same options? Why/not? What would you recommend for plus size brides?
A: I recommend a semi-plunging neckline to accentuate the decolatage and elongate the figure. Off-the-shoulder is ok.
Q: If a bride wants to lose weight, up to how many months prior to her wedding date can she put off the measurement taking date?
Peak season wedding (October, November, December, January, February, May)
A: 4 to 6 months
Off-peak wedding (March, April, July to September)
A: 3 to 4 months
Q: What percentage of brides per year actually end up altering their bodies after they declare they want to lose weight before measurement taking? (Rough estimate e.g. Only 1 out of 10)
A: 4 out of 10
Q: Any general tip regarding gowns and body structures?
Listen to your designer. Consider the inputs he or she gave. Inspiration and budget should go hand in hand.
(W@Wie in 2009; married Emman and forayed into the world of weddings in 2010, and has since been blessed with two W@W Top 10 stints — first, as wedding planner in 2010 and second, as event host in 2013)