With almost 20 years in the bridal industry, Patrick Chan from The Wedding Present knows what brides want, and executes their ideas, perfectly.

Exquisite Gowns From The Wedding Present 3From left: Lace and organza gown with jewel neckline, asymmetrical ruffles and crystal-embellished satin sash, lace and organza bustier gown with crystal-beaded bodice as well as floral applique, and organza mermaid gown with lace applique.

When Patrick started his career in the bridal industry in the mid 90s, he began as a designer in a local bridal boutique that’s no longer around today. His reason? “I always wanted to dress women during special occasions and the bridal industry provided me with a chance to create one-of-a-kind designs for brides on their special day.”

A few years later, he started The Wedding Present in 1998 in a bid to design sleek creations for the modern and stylish bride.

“Fashion is constantly changing and evolving and sometimes looks back in time for inspiration. My design philosophy is the same. I love classic tailoring techniques and highlighting the structure of the gown with hand-sewn 3D embellishments. The fabrics we use are always about creating textures and layering to achieve fluid and elegant silhouettes.”

 Exquisite Gowns From The Wedding Present 4From left: Bustier gown with lace overlay and tulle train, and crystal-embellished gown with taffeta skirt.

From sensuous wedding gowns to dramatic evening gowns in hues such as metallic golds and bronzes, bold fuchsia, peacock blue and turquoise, you can expect a wide variety of styles here.

Brides hoping to create bespoke designs can look forward to collaborating with Patrick and his team of designers. He says: “The entire process is very much between us and the bride; ultimately, she should feel comfortable in it, and feel that it reflects her personality well.”

Look out for the salon’s new collections, which include its signature lace bodice cut-outs, unique fabrics that offer a slinkier silhouette, laser-cut details, crystal embroidery and organza pleats.

Made-to-measure gowns need at least three months to complete, but the timeline is flexible, depending on when the wedding is held, and the design of the gowns – the simpler it is, the faster you’ll be able to get it.

The Wedding Present is located at 30 Joo Chiat Place, tel: 6323-2182.