Whether you’re the bride, bridesmaid, or guest, check out these wedding gowns and formalwear for every budget!
With the skyrocketing prices that go with planning your dream wedding—from hiring that celebrity photographer to booking a unique destination—sometimes all you want is a fuss-free off-the-rack gown for yourself, and affordable yet pretty dresses for your bridesmaids. After all, sometimes all you really care about is the fun after-party, right?
As a guest it can get expensive, too! Buying and having gowns made to wear to all the many weddings you may attend in a year, in addition to the themes you have to follow to suit the bride and groom’s wishes, means shelling out money.
Thankfully, though, more and more stores and labels now offer chic ready-to-wear bridal and formalwear options to suit your budgets and tastes! Check out these shops and websites for a fuss-free wedding planning—and attending—experience:
The Bridal Room redefines the meaning of RTW (ready-to-wear), as their boutique will have you ready-to-wed in no time. This one-stop-shop provides brides-to-be with wedding gowns, entourage ensembles, flower girl dresses, and all the nitty-gritty details that can drive a stressed-out bride crazy—from the arrhae to the cord to that gown cover-up you need while at the church—The Bridal Room has your back! We love that their reasonably priced, ultra-chic, and classic wedding gowns (some are even on sale for a bargain!), can be rented, too, in case you’re the type of bride who won’t be sentimental about keeping your own.
The Bridal Room, 169 Aguirre Ave., Parañaque, Metro Manila, 02 893 6726, 0919 636 9674, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Style Staple
Do you ever find yourself hassled with thinking of what to wear to all the weddings you’ve been invited to? Especially if you’ll be seeing the same people in these events, recycling that LBD you wore the last time could be a total faux pas. Worry not because Style Staple offers formalwear and cocktail dresses at great prices—some even below P3,500! Updated styles in timeless hues and silhouettes will have you looking classy and occasion-appropriate. Their pieces make great entourage options, too! We’re sure your bridesmaids will love that flattering draped number you chose from Style Staple’s many choices; it’s something they can surely wear over and over again.
Style Staple, 15 Katipunan Ave., White Plains Road, Quezon City, 0917 569 9220, https://www.facebook.com/stylestaple/
With ready-to-wear wedding gowns in the P25,000 to P40,000 price range, Ivory & White leaves you with more funds to throw a fab reception party—or even save up for that dream house! From pretty lace numbers to sweetheart neckline stunners, they’ve got various styles to suit your tastes and body types (sizes run up to a 10, but designs can be created in your specific size, too). Help the staff find you The Dress by bringing pegs of your preferred style, and take along with you the special undergarments (hello, Spanx!), shoes, and other accessories you might wear on the Big Day to envision the complete look then and there!
Ivory & White Bridal Store, G/F Eaglestar Condominium, 25 Fabian dela Rosa St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City, 0917 324 2280, email@example.com, *By appointment only
Before it became an online haven for fashion apparel, Zoo was launched in 2009 as a shoe label by the Zulueta sisters Kat, Karla, and Kim. Their unique footwear designs created a following, and has since spawned a clothing line that includes separates for everyday wear and outfits for special occasions. Always on top of the trends, Zoo’s subtly-sexy off shoulder numbers (check out other ways to wear the statement look in our Trend Watch feature here) make great wedding-guest options, while various styles in the same color story make for an interesting medley of dresses for a bridal entourage theme. The best part? Prices start at P1,490! Talk about a steal!