Brides-to-be: are you lost in the sea of wedding dresses? With so many different styles to choose from, and so many bridal boutiques around, it can be a real challenge. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent your wedding gown, here some of the top bridal boutiques in Singapore to get you started.
Best for picky brides: CCM Wedding
Hong Kong-born founder Christie Choi grew up in a dressmaker family, where she first learnt dressmaking under her mother’s tutelage. After completing her further studies in the UK, she returned home to help run the family business, but eventually moved to Singapore, where she started her bridal boutique, CCM Wedding.
A brilliant balance between tradition and contemporary elements, Christie’s creations are built on time-honoured methods like boning and corsetry, while unique lace designs and intricate embroidery add a modern touch. Each new collection pushes the boundaries of creativity while sacrificing nothing in terms of technique or materials.
Each 90-minute appointment ensures that every bride (or mother) is given undivided attention through a detailed consultation. Apart from bespoke gowns, the boutique showcases ready-to-wear collections that are available for purchase and rental. CCM Wedding also specialises in evening gowns, cheongsams and qun kuas (traditional Chinese wedding dress).
Another option: Time Taken To Make A Dress
Jade and Letitia’s passion for design lead them to start their own dressmaking shop. They believe women are complex creatures with multifaceted styles and seek to use their experience to create pieces which flatter each individual’s body and show off their personality.
Gowns range from $1000 for short dresses, $3000 for mermaid cuts and $4000 for ball gowns.
Tip: Another boutique which offers bespoke designs is Caramel & Co.
For alternative brides: Frieda Brides
Not a fan of the cookie-cutter, run-on-the-mill ballgowns you see in bigger bridal boutiques? You’re not alone. Frieda Brides’ story began when founder Natalia was struggling to find the perfect dress for her beachfront wedding. All the designs she’d seen were far too traditional and common – until she came across Katie May. In the end, she found her dream dress on Pinterest, took the plunge and ordered it online (and yes, it turned out great). Seeing how hard it was for brides-to-be to find boho and simpler wedding dresses, as well as good quality designer gowns, without breaking the bank, she went on to start Frieda Brides and the rest is history!
Tucked in the second floor of a shophouse along Kampong Bahru, the cosy boutique is blessed with plenty of natural light, which makes for great photos. Natalia handpicks brands from across the globe, including popular Anna Campbell from Melbourne, and New York-based label Tatyana Merenyuk. You’ll find a fab assortment at accessible prices, from flowy bohemian styles perfect for destination weddings, to more formal designs suitable for the altar. We’ve fallen head over heels with Aussie brand Made with Love – think elegant, lace-focused designs in flattering cuts.
Gown rental starts at $998, with dresses available to purchase from $2248
For a fine art flair: Truly Enamoured
Founded by sisters Linda and Michelle, the modern Parisian-inspired boutique brings in dresses from emerging designers around the world. If you’re into the fine art bridal aesthetic – luxurious fabrics, intricate beading, unique lace – you’ll definitely find something here. Out to splurge? Check out Alon Livne White for his opulent creations, favoured by celebs including Beyoncé. (If Queen B likes it, high chance it’ll be good enough for you!) New styles arrive every month.
Gown rental starts at $2,000, with dresses available to purchase from $4,000.
For wallet-friendly options: The Gown Warehouse
Set in the lush surroundings of Dempsey Hill, this bridal boutique houses a wide selection of on-trend wedding dresses at affordable prices. New in-house designs are brought in every three months. Looking for a fuss-free experience? Head to their website, where you can customise your bridal package to what you need.
Gown rental starts at $500
For bigger budgets: Belle & Tulle
This multi-label boutique offers dresses exclusively for purchase by international designers like Berta (From $14,000), Zuhair Murad (from $12,000), Romona Keveza (from $9,000). Apart from the wide array of bridal dresses – from grand ballgowns to flattering mermaid styles – brides can also shop a niche range of evening gowns if they’re hosting a wedding dinner.
Tip: Other boutiques that carry international designer labels include The Prelude Bridal (with lines such as Christos and Badgley Mishka).
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