They say that her wedding day is the best day of a woman's life. This cliché holds true to most women. Even more if you are a celebrity and can spend as much as you want for that one day when all eyes are on you and Mr. Right waiting for you at the altar.
Because they can afford it, celebrities often approach acclaimed designers to create their bridal gowns.
During the 90s, Vera Wang was often a celebs' best friend on their wedding day.
Vera Wang worked as a Fashion Director for Vogue magazine and a design director for Ralph Lauren. That was when she realized that there was no fashion when it comes to the bridal business. All dresses were traditional were lacking style and sophistication. To resolve this, she created a bridal line of her very own.
Vera Wang's salon which showed off her bridal collection opened in 1990. The freshness of detail and the exuberance of elegance quickly gained her recognition the world over.
Celebrities who have donned Vera Wang wedding dresses are Jennifer Lopez (off-shoulder lacey ruffled dress), Jessica Simpson (meringue color) and Sharon Stone (light pink chiffon.) Other celebrities who wore Vera Wang on their special day are Mariah Carey, Uma Thurman, Holly Hunter and Karenna Gore.
Remaining true to Paris haute fashion, Vera Wang uses fabrics that are luxurious and rich to detail such as beading. Combining modern style to traditional touches, Vera Wang wedding dresses include sweet bows and tulle dresses. Her creations convey that brides can be seductive.
A Vera Wang wedding dress ranges from as cheap as $2000 to as expensive as $7000. These can be obtained at her bridal salon and department stores like Neiman Marcus, Barneyís and Saks Fifth Avenue.
But lately, another designer-to-the-stars is making a name for herself when it comes to creating wedding dresses.
Monique Lhuillier is of French, Spanish and Filipino heritage. She grew up in the Philippines. Because of her mom's glamorous style and her family's usual traveling, Monique's influence led her to dream of becoming a fashion designer.
She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Afterwards, she worked at a small French firm. By designing her own wedding, her vision of her own firm was concretized. By 1996, she launched her first-ever bridal collection.
Celebrities have strutted the red carpet and are featured in editorial spreads wearing Monique Lhuillier creations. But it is her wedding dresses that have been featured more.
Celebrities who have worn Monique Lhuillier's wedding dresses include singer Pink (in an ivory and black Monique Lhuillier creation), Lost star Emilie de Ravin (in a lacey long gown), and ìEveî star Ali Landry.
But it is when she designed wedding dresses for two high-profile celebrity weddings that placed her creations on the A-Listers' wedding brochures. She designed Christine Baumgartner's wedding dress for her fall 2004 wedding to hubby director and actor Kevin Costner. Prior to that, she designed Britney Spearsí two wedding dresses to hubby (now her ex) dancer and aspiring singer-actor Kevin Federline.
Monique Lhuillier also designed the five burgundy silk crepe dresses for the bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom.
She has also designed the wedding dresses of Debbie Metenopoulos, Charlotte Ross and Natalie Imbruglia. She was selected by 300,000 Today Show viewers to take part on their Today Throws a Destination Wedding 2004 series.
She also designed gowns for the red-carpet, worn by Allison Janney, Jamie-Lynn Discala, Megan Mullaly, Famke Janssen and Teri Hatcher.
Lhuillier's wedding dress designs are quite feminine. Its trademark is the exquisite workmanship and the extravagant fabrics used. Very few of which have sleeves but a majority are like full skirts with a flair for drama.
Most importantly, Lhuillier's wedding dresses have a stylish and modern feel. Perhaps this is the reason why her creations are in demand for celebrities walking down the aisle. At the same time, they still have the traditional sentiment of romance.
A Monique Lhuillier wedding dress has a price range from $2000 to $10,000 dollars. Her wedding dresses can be found in boutiques such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
Her wedding is truly any woman's special day. With a Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier dress, these are only icing to the wedding cake!
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