Vendor Spotlight – Bernadette Pimenta – Wedding Dress Designer

Please introduce yourself to our readers. They love to know about you, your passion, and how you came to find and follow your passion for weddings.

I have over 30 years of experience in the fashion & bridal industry and have loved every moment of it. 

My love for creating wearable pieces of art started at a very young age, where during our school holidays my mum would sit with me and my 3 sisters and teach us the basics of sewing. From here, my passion grew with every new skill I learnt.

I truly believe that every gown that we create should be a true reflection of the woman wearing it and that she should feel like the most beautiful version of herself on her wedding day. 

I value expert craftsmanship, which ensures the highest standards are met in the inner workings of my custom couture gowns.  

My designs and creations are driven by luxurious fabrics and I  focus on providing an intimate and personal experience.

What’s one part of the wedding you can skip—and never miss?

In my opinion, the garter/ bouquet throw is a ‘tradition’ that can be skipped and a speech from the bridal couple should never be missed.

What are some tips as an industry expert you can share about wedding planning?

My first tip would be ‘Set a budget’. You should know the amount you can and want to spend on your wedding before you start the planning process. With this amount in mind, you can allocate it to vendors so you spend on what’s important to you and your fiancé,

Complete your guestlist before you start looking at venues. This will allow you to save time by only looking at venues that can cater for the number of guests.

Allow ample time- start early to allow as much time as possible. Take the time to meet with suppliers and see if you not only love their work but also connect with them. They will be working closely with you and your fiancé on your special day, so make sure you feel comfortable & can have honest conversations with them to allow them to bring your vision to life.

A wedding is the beginning of the rest of your lives, so take the time to listen to each other and understand what is important while planning your special day.

My final tip would be to remain open-minded. There may be times when things don’t go to plan, So remember to be flexible and focus on the reason why you’re celebrating.

Enjoy the process – it will involve self-discovery, creativity and collaboration.

How do couples make sure their wedding feels true to who they are?

A wedding should be personal and reflective of the couple. Take inspiration from platforms such as Pinterest, Instagram, online websites and magazines, but remember to make it your own and ensure you’re staying true to yourself.

Try not to compromise on the ‘big things’. In years to come you want to look back at your wedding day and think that it was the wedding of YOUR dreams. 

Follow your heart. Many couples get swept in what they are/are not meant to do by taking on opinions from family and friends. This is the one day that you can forget about everyone else and do what you and your fiance, please.

Any ideas for what to do the day after the wedding?

Your wedding day will be filled with emotions and will go by quicker than you could imagine, so you may not be able to soak in every detail. 

Plan to spend the day after your wedding with your new spouse and reflect on the day gone by. If you’re having a destination wedding, depending on the time, plan to spend some time with your guests. It can be either an organized brunch or lunch or even just a casual day by the pool or an afternoon tea. Take this time to reminisce with family and friends and hear everyone’s highlights.

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