When I finally realized that I had lost all that I could (darn my sweet tooth!), I then decided to seriously locate a couturier 4 months before the big day. After undergoing a lot of interviews with different designers (including one who stood me up twice!), I finally settled on Mia Barlaan.
I had my wedding gown designed by Mia for a number of reasons:
1. I wanted someone quite close to my age who I could relate to. If I remember correctly, she is around the same age as I am.
2. I wanted someone accessible. One who I could talk to personally - not her secretary, errand boy, or any other person in her entourage.
3. I also wanted someone who could give me ideas as to the gown design and form itself. Sure, I had pictures. I had an idea of what I wanted but I was never too sure what would work for me. I wanted to look my best on my wedding day, wearing a gown that I would be happy seeing in after 50 years of marriage.
After numerous fittings (I was such a bridezilla!), my gown finally came out looking like this:
I also had her design and create my mom's gown, a nice floor-length dark red number shown below:
1. She was very accommodating. When we first met, I really had no idea where to start. I had the picture of a gown design I liked, of course, but after that, nothing else. I had no idea as to clothing material, gown forms and other relevant items. Mia was able to give me a brief introduction to fabrics, what works best in a certain body shape, what gown shapes are better for me, etc. She even recommended the perfect shoe color to compliment my mom's gown.
There were also a lot of times when I requested a gown fitting just to check on the progress of the dress. She readily complied. No questions asked.
2. She is very professional. You would be surprised at how many wedding suppliers there are out there who don't return calls or follow-ups. In Mia's case, I never experienced waiting idly for her reply. As long as she's free, she will respond to your inquiries.
3. She is very knowledgeable. She had ideas as to what she thought was perfect for me. One such example, I was dead set on having my gown made without any beadwork or sequins. I always thought those ruined a good wedding dress.
But, boy! Was I happy Mia talked me out of it. My first gown fitting, the dress was ok (didn't have any of the beadwork yet), but it was totally bland! That time I couldn't pinpoint exactly why. I had no other choice but to trust her instincts and waited, with bated breath, til the next fitting. Surprisingly, with half way of the beadwork done that time, it turned out pretty good.
4. She was open to my suggestions. There are some things we didn't agree on sometimes. One would be my constant insistence that my train would and should not be a mile long (not exactly ala-Thalia though, but it was long enough for me). I was never one for the dramatics and a long train would just get in my way. She agreed to shorten it, much to her chagrin, but her motto was whatever the client is comfortable with, the client gets (within limits, of course).
I loved the finished product. Never would have wanted it any other way. J
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For inquiries, please visit her website at http://www.miabarlaan.com/ or contact her at (+63 917) 8617115.
For a detailed list of our wedding expenses and some handy tips, please visit my Wedding Expenses: Our own Personalized Summary of Wedding Needsand Wants post at this link