How to pronounce the names of these top bridal designers

14 Jun 2017

Struggling to pronounce the names of your favourite dress designers? Here's a useful guide to conquering those challenging phonetics

One pivotal moment for any bride preparing for their wedding is undoubtedly choosing the dress. But with so many wonderful designers to choose from, and a plethora of different trends, styles, and cuts, it’s no easy feat. Once you’ve spotted 'the one' however, you’ll be bursting to fill in your bridesmaids - and you won’t want the difficult-to-pronounce name of the designer stopping you joyfully discussing every detail of your gown.

To help ensure that you pronounce these famous dress designers like a pro, Katja Wilde, head of didactics at language-learning app Babbel, shares the correct pronunciations of eight prominent wedding dress designers that often cause confusion, ensuring that you can shop for your dream dress with confidence.

Monique Lhuillier (pronunciation: Mo-neek Lew-ee-yay)

Famous for her chic, feminine designs, Monique Lhullier’s gowns have been worn by many celebrities on their big day: Reese Witherspoon, Britney Spears, and Avril Lavigne, to name a few. 


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Caroline Castigliano (pronunciation: Ka-row-line Ka-steal-yah-no )

Caroline Castigliano’s designs are glamorous, luxurious, and elegant, just as her Italian name would suggest. Her signature dress style is all about the silhouette, and she is renowned for her expert corsetry.

Georges Hobeika (pronunciation: Jaw-sjez Ho-bey-ka)

With a focus on lace, appliqué, and sheer fabric, the ethereal, romantic pieces from Lebanese wedding dress designer Georges Hobeika offer something a little different, which is why he has grown in popularity among brides-to-be.


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Sabrina Dahan (pronunciation: Sa-bree-na Day-han)

Honing her craft under the wing of Monique Lhullier, Sabrina has branched out on her own to create her eponymous bridal line. Launched in autumn 2016, her first collection was inspired by the romance of Paris and her personal connection to the city.


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Zuhair Murad (pronunciation: Zoo-hair Moo-rah-d)

As the designer of Sophia Vergara’s wedding dress (the wedding dress of 2015), it’s no surprise that this Lebanese designer’s glamorous and intricate designs are a celeb fave.

Sophia Kokosalaki (pronunciation: Soh-fee-a Ko-ko-sa-la-kee)

Hailing from Greece, Sophia’s heritage can be seen through her classic Grecian draping and flowing designs. Simple and sleek, Kokosalaki dresses are popular among fuss-free modern brides.

Marchesa (pronunciation: Mar-kay-sah)

Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig established Marchesa in 2004, and the design house is named after socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati. Blake Lively wore a Marchesa design for her 2012 wedding to Ryan Reynolds, and Nicole Richie wore three different Marchesa gowns when she married Joel Madden in 2012.


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Ritva Westenius (pronunciation: Reet-va Ves-teen-ee-yus)

Having established herself on the British bridal scene, opening her first boutique in London in 1977, Finnish born Ritva is a household name in bridal design. After teaching her the ropes for 16 years, Ritva took a back seat and passed over the business to daughter Chenca in 2015.


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