Today is the era for modern and minimalist brides. I have been getting so many inquiries about brides who would like to brave the risk of simplicity and elegance. Having to wear something that is plain and simple on your wedding day actually takes a lot of courage for every bride and sooooo much work for every designer.
So, I wrote down some tips for those who would like to see themselves creating minimalist bridal gowns and how to make your brides feel extra special.
1. GET TO KNOW YOUR BRIDE
Make sure you know how to establish rapport with your clients! Understand their personality by carefully curating how they dress up, how they communicate and how they feel about themselves. Before heading with your design, make sure you get to re-affirm your assessment by asking them if they feel right about your assumptions. It's all about trust, honey!
2. LET THEM TRY ON SOME SILHOUETTES
It isn't easy finding the best silhouette for every bride. Yes, there will always be rules to follow but it certainly doesn't apply to everyone. So if you have some basic samples that are A-line, serpentine, sheath or ball, encourage them to try it. It will help you envision the perfect creation for her.
3. FOCUS ON SIMPLE LINES AND SHAPES
When you say less is more, it should really be less! Try to work on with minimal details and lose anything that wouldn't really contribute much with the design. Focus on clean lines and structured silhouettes.
4. MAKE SURE YOU TRACK THEIR WEIGHT
Upon booking, get their initial measurements, give them a copy and remind them to monitor their measurements every month. They're probably getting stressed with the wedding and has been unconsciously eating out! A simple reminder wouldn't hurt. It can be little bit harder for us to hide some extra love handles for a gown that is minimalist but you know a good corset would always help but still not an excuse to slack. We don't want them to look skinny on their wedding day but we definitely want them to look and feel healthy.
In my case, I'm not just their designer, I'm their stalker too so if you don't want someone stalking you or your shenanigans, DON'T BOOK ME! I believe that to be able to make something really nice, you and your bride should know how to work as a team.
5. GO FOR TEXTURE
I have two principles in designing a minimalist gown, I call them my 2Fs : FABRIC AND FITTING. When it comes to something that is plain the key is to find the best material. Never, ever, ever try to be stingy with your fabric and don't try to budget. Make sure you give them the feeling of luxury in minimalism.
6. GIVE THEM THAT PERFECT FIT
Here's my second principle in designing a minimalist bridal gown, since it's too plain, it should always have the perfect fit. If you can tolerate 5 to unlimited fittings then you are totally suitable to become a minimalist designer. Be always on the look out for uneven lines, dirty stitches and bad fit.
7. RECOMMEND SOME CUSTOM VEILS
If you would like to add more fun with your designs but would like to keep a minimalist approach you can recommend some custom veils with embroidery or beadwork, whatever works for the bride.
Embracing minimalism doesn't mean your design has to be less creative or boring, you just really need to stick with your principles. It may be tedious but it's always worth it.
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Stay feminist, lovelies!