The wedding season is upon us and the search for the dress of your dreams is officially on. When it comes to bridal fashion, many brides often find themselves overwhelmed given the many options out there, but worry not, we’re here to lend a helping hand. To help you choose the fairytale dress of your dreams, we’ve picked some of the most memorable bridal moments from our community of MENA designers. Each dress is timeless, unique and embraces the beauty of feminine form. Now, let’s get that mood board started!

Lara Scandar in Zuhair Murad

In 2017, Lara Scandar walked down the aisle in a custom Zuhair Murad lace gown inspired by a modern take on Grace Kelly. The dress, mainly made from lace, was covered with pearls and beads and was abstract in nature where its intricate details, such as flowers, weren’t visible from afar, but up close the dress comes to life.

Andrea Wazen in Nicolas Jebran

FTA 2020 accessories winner Andrea Wazen tied the knot in the city of love, Paris, in a Nicolas Jebran long-sleeve ruffled bridal gown befitting the theme of the night, “Le Theatre du Merveilleux.” Wazen complemented the look with a crown and a short plain veil, ensuring the dress captured her guest’s attention.

Christina Mourad in Elie Saab

One simple “Elie Saab bride” search on Google would lead you to our next dress — Christina Mourad’s extravagant bridal gown, which was designed by none other than her father-in-law, the couturier himself, Elie Saab. The wedding dress, which took over 450 hours to make (including the work of three pattern makers, six tailors, and ten petites mains) featured a sleeveless, high-neck bodice, with a voluminous skirt and a train of 4.5m in length. The veil, headpiece and tulle combined boasted over 100,000 pieces of bead. It was indeed a labor of love for a new daughter-in-law.

Dima Al Sheikhly in Sandra Mansour

Set in Lebanon’s ethereal Beit Trad, a 200-year-old traditional Lebanese house, Iraqi content creator, Dima Sheikaly donned in a custom off-white gown designed by Sandra Mansour. The three-piece set which features a corset and a long silk train also featured 700 handmade flowers in organza and silk tafta, which were hand-stitched on both the dress and veil.

Jasmine Tookes in Zuhair Murad

Supermodel Jasmine Tookes always wanted to walk down the aisle in Zuhair Murad. “I wanted him to make my dress from the moment I walked in his first couture show,” she says. The ceremony, which took place in a Catholic church in the heart of Quito, Ecuador, was akin to an enchanted secret garden. Complementing the real life fairytale wedding was the 15 foot long train, a dramatic, show stopping work of art.

Nelly Karim in Maison Yeya

Egyptian actress Nelly Karim got hitched on Egypt’s coast in two beautiful gowns by Egyptian house Maison Yeya. The ceremony dress was an off-the-shoulder lace gown featuring delicate white blooms, while the second consisted of a high-slit silhouette with artful draping.

Blair Waldorf in Elie Saab

We couldn’t end this feature without having some fun — Blair Waldorf’s wedding dress from Gossip Girl’s season finale, this is indeed a blast from the past. Waldorf tied the knot in New York City’s Central Park dressed in a light blue lace gown from Elie Saab’s spring 2012 couture collection. The dress merges old world glamour with contemporary high fashion, and takes an unconventional turn with the non-traditional color. Who gets to make the rules anyway?