Get­ting to “yes” in Se­dona

The Yangon ho­tel hosted its fourth wed­ding fair.

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Weekend | Lifestyle - NANDAR AUNG

WE did not wait for Walt Dis­ney to dream about princesses and wed­dings. The Htai Mathein, or Burmese wed­ding dress, is al­most ev­ery lit­tle girl’s dream in Myanmar.

That dream came true to many at the Se­dona Ho­tel Wed­ding fair in Yangon on 7 and 8 of July. De­signer Myo Min Soe had brought his col­lec­tion of 10 Htai Mathien from Man­dalay so those con­sid­er­ing a wed­lock could de­cide the wrap­ping for their union.

Myo Min Soe’s dresses fea­tured var­i­ous de­signs. From but­ton­less tight-fit­ting hip-length jacket, to long lace shawls and long tail-sarongs dec­o­rated with eye­catch­ing em­broi­dered sparkling se­quins.

His source of in­spi­ra­tion, the de­signer told Week­end, was the Kon­gaung dy­nasty. “Usu­ally, I make bridal jack­ets into two parts. One is just a bodice and an­other is the jacket. But this year I com­bine them to­gether,” he says. The re­sult was stun­ning (That might have also be due to the gor­geous mod­els the pieces were tai­lor made for).

With 11 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, he cre­ates be­tween 70 and 80 wed­ding dresses a year. Myo Min Soe has shown his cre­ation in around 100 fash­ion shows.

For the Se­dona wed­ding fair, he also in­vented a new shawl de­sign rep­re­sent­ing the houses of the zo­diac with Burmese golden and sil­ver em­broi­dery.

His most de­tailed work could also be found in the var­i­ous long lace or satin shawls which are used to cover the bride’s shoul­ders. The shawls were knit­ted with gold and sil­ver span­gles.

Un­like other tra­di­tional bridal col­lec­tion, his close­ly­fit­ted, cut­ting style es­pouses the model’s curves to re­veal their waist­line.

Along­side Myo Min Soe’s pieces was de­signer Nyein Ko’s Chic & Chic col­lec­tion. Neyin Ko’s pieces were pre­dom­i­nantly classy evening gowns. One stop-al­tar The wed­ding fair did not just fea­ture dresses. Part­ners and spon­sors also in­cluded wed­ding plan­ners, flo­ral de­sign, card print­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, jew­el­ers. Vis­i­tors were of­fered spe­cial dis­counts and good­ies.

The 50% dis­count wed­ding pack­age by the Se­dona Ho­tel Yangon proved very pop­u­lar among cou­ples plan­ning to marry soon. The pack­age is an all-in­clu­sive wed­ding plan tak­ing off most of the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the bride and groom’s shoul­ders.

“It takes up a lot of time, money and en­ergy to ar­range a wed­ding re­cep­tion these days,” said Ma Hla Wut Yee who has been or­gan­is­ing the fair for Se­dona since 2015. These sorts of fairs, she ex­plained, is a way to group all that is needed for the spe­cial day in one place and ben­e­fit from spe­cial deals and dis­counts.

Ko Soe Win and Ma Th­wal Th­wal Myint Aung, a cou­ple from Yangon who were there to pay the de­posit for their wed­ding re­cep­tion agreed.

“Most week­ends to­wards the end of this year were al­ready booked when we checked the sched­ule,” Ma Th­wal Th­wal said.

But what the cou­ple was af­ter -- and what Se­dona has to of­fer -- is the fancy at­mos­phere of the Yangon ho­tel. “I’d like to marry at Se­dona be­cause it is a pop­u­lar spot to host a wed­ding. It has a splen­did ballroom, great ser­vice and the prices are fairer than other ho­tels.” Both sounded ex­cited. They had been dat­ing for seven years and had been think­ing of that spe­cial day for al­most as much.

“It takes up a lot of time, money and en­ergy to ar­range a wed­ding re­cep­tion these days” Ma Hla Wut Yee The or­gan­iser of the Se­dona wed­ding fair.

Photo: Sup­plied

Myo Min Soe at the Se­dona wed­ding fair, Yangon July 2018.

Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing

A cou­ple wears wed­ding out­fits from the col­lec­tion by My Dream, Se­dona wed­ding fair, Yangon July 2018.

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