VIEN RESURRECCION OF WISTERIA BRIDESMAIDS
It’s a given that during the wedding day, all eyes are on the bride. The way she carries her gown, the ways her eyes sparkle, and the way the music brings everyone to tears of joy as she walks down the isle. While there are an endless option of designers that would grab the opportunity to create a dreamy wedding gown, Vien Resurreccion, founder of Wisteria Bridesmaids, opted to design beautiful bridesmaids gowns. Although Vien’s early attempts and successes in designing gowns were actually focused on the bridal gown alone, it was in 2015 where she decided to pursue a bridesmaid line. “I pushed through the idea of creating a bridesmaid line, focused on clean, elegant pieces that the bridesmaids can wear again for other events. We also added in Prep Robes to our packages, to make wedding preps look clean and cohesive with their motifs,” Vien recalls.
Today, you will find Wisteria Bridesmaids as the home of elegant and tasteful designs—a line of jewel-toned and spring colors with popular cuts and flattering fitting. The process to achieve a cohesive but admirable collection however, doesn’t just happen overnight. Vien spills her creative process and how she manages to execute client requests, “First, I meet with the bride to discuss and plan the look and motif of the entourage. I make sure to finalize the rates, color motif, the general look and structure of the bridesmaids dresses. I also collect details in terms of style or cut, and possible church limitations, and basically to have a complete foresight of the event to prevent any problems on the day itself. After the primary meeting with the bride, we schedule a meeting with the entourage, which is usually scheduled in two separate dates to make sure I meet each one of them. I take their measurements personally and the designs that would suit their body types. I make a sketch for the whole entourage lined up along with the materials so the bride can approve before production. I make sure that my sketches match the finished product, or execute the details even better.”
It’s imporant to Vien that she gets to know each bridesmaid, although the bride is technically her client, the reality is that she’s creating dresses for a group of ladies. It can be somewhat of a challenge, especially when time constraints and demanding bridesmaids play a factor. But these are worries and curveballs that Wisteria Bridesmaids have managed to work with. It’s really the heartwarming relationship between the bride and her bridesmaids that keep Vien and her team going. “I really adore a bride who make sure that her bridesmaids feel just as special on her big day. I admire that she would spend much time and money to make her bridesmaids’ dresses look and be of equal quality to her own, at the very least. Caring that much shows an appreciation and consideration on the part of the bride, highlighting her character and making a celebration not just of the union but of
people who have in essence contributed to the lives of the couple”, Vien shares.
It’s Vien’s sense of bonding and rapport that has earned her client’s trust. With her years of service, and flourish of clients, not only has Wisteria Bridesmaids kept in tune with what their clientele requires, but has learned incoming trends that they would incorporate in their line. Traditionally, bridesmaids would make their appearance in grand and over-the-top gowns, which Vien shares isn’t necessarily something to veer away from, “I actually like the idea of grand, over-the-top bridesmaids gowns, because it shows that the bride also wants her bridesmaids to stand out with her. Also, It makes the designer’s job more challenging and it helps challenge and enhance our creativity.”
But Vien does admit there recently there have been frequent requests of simpler bridesmaids gown. It’s been a trend to avoid the copy-and-paste route too, as more brides nowadays prefer a balance between uniformity and variety. “Minimalist and simpler dresses look classy, safe and usually looks good in photos. It is also nice because the bridesmaids get to wear their dresses again and again, without being branded as “the bridesmaid dress”.. Usually, my brides ask if it is better to have one look for everyone or not at all. I often suggest that we use same cuts for the skirt, to make a clean look when lined up in photos. I offer options for necklines: either with more fashionable cuts or figure-enhancing options.”
It’s a definitely a practice that Wisteria Bridesmaids has successfully carried out, customizing a gown that would suit each member of the entourage. Which is why if you were to pick out a bridesmaid from the lot, each dress could stand on its own. Whether its details of sweetheart necklines, drapping skirts, beaded belt bands or trimmed lace, Wisteria Bridesmaids makes sure that each bridesmaids can feel just as confident in her gown as the bride. From Vien’s own words, how a bride requests for her entourage’s gown says a lot about her character. And Wisteria Bridesmaids makes sure, that even though the bride will undoubtedly have the spotlight, the bridesmaids and their impeccable gowns can very well be worthy of attention too.