Getting to “yes” in Sedona
The Yangon hotel hosted its fourth wedding fair.
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.
Myo Min Soe at the Sedona wedding fair, Yangon July 2018.
A couple wears wedding outfits from the collection by My Dream, Sedona wedding fair, Yangon July 2018.