NEW YORK CITY – A Filipino designer is creating couture gowns to fit anyone on a tight budget.
Puey Quiñones, creative director of Cocomelody, said it’s a dream come true for him to open a pop-up bridal store in the Big Apple that offers high-quality but affordable wedding dresses to New Yorkers.
“I did a show here a couple of years ago, and I told myself, you know, I’m coming back,” said Quiñones.
This time, Quiñones showcased Cocomelody’s 2019 budget-friendly bridal collection. The average wedding cost in the US is about $33,000, with brides spending about $1,500 on wedding dresses, according to the Knot’s recent real weddings study.
But Quiñones said brides can walk down the aisle feeling like a queen with gowns that cost from as low as $300 to about $1,200 dollars.
“I would have never thought that any of these gowns are under like $5,000, to be frank, I mean the quality, the creation, like they’re beautiful gowns,” said Sheen Suarez.
Quiñones said his 2019 collection showcases top silhouettes and mermaid dresses embellished with beads and lace that transform ready-to-wear gowns into couture.
“Finding a dress is like finding your husband, it’s love at first sight. It has to fit the body and it has to fit the budget,” he said.
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