5 tips from Jovian and Daphne on how to find 'The One’

Planning for a wedding can be a challenge, especially when you have to tick off ‘finding the perfect dress’ on your ever-growing to-do list. Here are some tips from the hosts of TLC Southeast Asia’s Say Yes To The Dress Asia - renowned Malaysian fashion designer Jovian Mandagie and television presenter/actress Daphne Iking, which will help you navigate the process and hopefully make saying Yes to the dress that much easier!

#1   Start with the research

Start with the research

Many brides underestimate the importance of doing their own research before making appointments with a bridal shop. It’s crucial to have an idea of what you like or dislike before hitting up the stores because no one understands your preferences like you do. By having a clear idea of what you want, the consultant will be in a better position to give you proper advice. Also, hot tip - look at saving a few photos of wedding dresses that you like on your phone to show your consultant. From Jovian’s and Daphne’s experience, brides who shop around and are indecisive tend to end up with nothing at the end of the day. But of course, don’t go overboard and shortlist more than 10 design options as having too many choices can also become stressful.

#2   Don’t jump straight into the dress

Don’t jump straight into the dress

Don’t jump straight into the dress

Sure, the dress may be the highlight of the occasion, but there are other factors which are key to making the wedding a great one too. Before the dress, decide on the theme of the wedding and take into account whether it’s going to be a day or night event or if there are any religious or cultural customs as this will determine your dress code. Make sure to take these factors into account to prevent your dress from looking out of theme.

#3   Set a budget. And stick to it!

Set a budget and stick to it

It’s not just about buying a dress, but buying the jewellery, shoes and appropriate lingerie/shapewear to form the whole look. By thinking about the outfit in its entirety and setting a budget for everything you will be wearing from the get-go, you are more likely to stick to it and have more time to shop around for the other important accessories to complete your bridal #OOTD.

#4   Bring your best friend to dress-fitting

Bring your best friend to dress-fitting

Bring your best friend to dress-fitting

You should bring along that person who will be open and honest enough with you to tell you when a dress doesn’t look good. Someone who knows what you want better than you do and understands what looks best on you – like your BFF. Another tip when trying on dresses is to see how it looks in daylight or somewhere with natural lighting. This is so you can assess whether the details on the dress come through and if the nude lining matches your skin tone.

#5   Stay true to yourself

Stay true to yourself

Stay true to yourself

Remember, the dress is something you’re wearing to mark a big milestone so it should reflect your style and personality. Don’t just blindly follow trends because it’s all over social media. Pick one that reflects who you truly are and flatters your physique to a T. Have confidence that your dress is out there somewhere waiting for you so don’t give up!

#6   Remember, it's a marriage of two people

Remember, it’s a marriage of two people

A wedding is held to celebrate the union of two people, so at the end of the day focus on what’s important. Don’t let the stress of wedding planning and the search for the ‘one’ hinder your future relationship with your husband-to-be.

Catch Jovian and Daphne’s journey in helping 18 brides find the one on Say Yes To The Dress Asia, premiering 24 November 2017, 9pm on TLC