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#1 All about Silhouette and Proportion
Proportion is extremely important. As most Asian women tend to be petite, you don’t want a dress that’s going to be too big and overpower you. You have to look at smaller details and more delicate beading and maybe a lace with a smaller pattern and more delicate jewellery.  And maybe if you want to wear a ball gown, maybe a slimmer ball gown and lighter fabrics.  Even down to your bouquet, opt for smaller flowers in the bouquet. 
 
The same logic applies with other nationalities who are more curvaceous or a woman with a fuller figure and if she’s taller. You can then work with big patterns, bolder beading and you can do big flowers in her bouquets, because it’s in proportion to her body.  It’s really important that you keep in mind silhouette and proportion when choosing a wedding dress, no matter what ethnicity you are.
 
#2 Work with your natural skin tone
Wear a colour that goes nicely with your skin tone.  For example, if you’re a redhead, you might even go with a gown that has like a pale green or pink tone to it or an off-white so it doesn’t wash you out.  As with any nationality it is important to look at the skin tone next to the colour of the dress because there are many, many, many shades of white to choose from.
 
#3 Achieve the right balance
The right balance is always about complementing the bride’s beauty. Think of the bride as the painting, and everything else is the frame.
 
So every element that you put – that you do, whether it be the dress or the veil or the jewellery or the hairstyle or hair jewellery or you know, anything that you do, as long as it’s accentuating the bride’s beauty and not taking away from her beauty or overpowering it.  And something that’s taking away from the bride’s beauty could be a necklace that is too big, a veil that is too full or even a hairstyle that’s really overpowering their beauty. 
 
For example during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding, there were the two royal relatives – Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie – who had on those really wild hats on their head and for me all you noticed were those hats on their heads. It distracted you from really noticing how beautiful they were. 


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#4 50 Shades of White
First of all there are many, many shades of white.  There’s white, there’s off-white, there’s eggshell, there’s diamond white, there’s ecru, there’s antique white, there’s – I mean there are so many shades of white.  For brides who don’t look good in an entirely white dress – perhaps they’re fair complexioned – I think it’s okay for the dress to have a hint of colour such as a very pale pink, green or blue.

However, I am personally not a fan of coloured wedding dresses because when you have a coloured wedding dress, it is basically evening wear in my opinion. To me, what makes that dress a wedding dress is the fact that it’s white. So I’m more of a traditionalist and I think that it’s good to wear a white dress or off-white or a light colour because at least people know not to show up at the wedding wearing white. And if you wear a colour, a coloured dress, what if somebody shows up at the wedding and they’re wearing the same colour and they look better than you in it? 
 
#5 Locking In That Commitment
I would recommend that brides order their dress six to eight months beforehand, or you may not be able to get the style you like. Finally, after you say yes to the dress, you have to stop shopping! It’s just like when you find the perfect guy, you shouldn’t go to the singles bar after that.

‘Say Yes To The Dress’ Season 14 premiered on March 11 at 9pm on TLC (StarHub Channel 427 and Singtel Mio Channel 254) –  and the next season, ‘Say Yes To The Dress’ Big Day 3′ will premiere 17 June 2016, 9pm on TLC (StarHub Ch 427 / Singtel Ch 254)