An Indonesian Dream Wedding Dress (Part 2)

They say bridal season is from June to October, but love is all seasons. My best friend Ika showed her love for her culture and family by merging elements of her Indonesian heritage with modern American themes for her wedding day.


The table center piece for Ika’s wedding featured the Indonesian flag, American flag and roses in a simple earthy vase. Her wedding theme colors were light creme, white and red. White and red are also the Indonesian flag colors.

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Table setting at Ika’s wedding.


Ika’s simple and elegant 5 layer wedding cake.


Staying true to her culture, traditional Balinese dancers were part of the evening entertainment. Balinese dance features precise, shifting and sometimes abrupt jerky movements in sync with Gamelan music. Gamelan music is the traditional music of Bali and Java which are islands located in Indonesia.


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Balinese Dancers at Ika’s wedding.

Here is a Youtube video by Gustavo Thomas featuring Balinese Dance

Similar to her wedding theme, Ika wanted a bridal dress which was a fusion of a Kebaya and a modern day wedding gown.  As I stated in the blog “An Indonesian Dream Dress” a Kebaya is a long tunic generally donned by women in Indonesia, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries. The bridal kebaya features embroidered beaded lace of various colors.


Ika sent me this image of a bridal Indonesian Kebaya for inspiration. Click this image to check out the blog “An Indonesian Dream Wedding Dress.”

I then drew a sketch based upon her request. Although the bridal Kebaya was her main inspiration, she wanted a simpler dress with an elegant back detail.

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Original sketch for Ika’s wedding dress.


The dress was made out of a light creme lace, layered on silk satin and embellished with hand sewn beaded floral, gold lace appliqué. Click this image to check out the blog ” An Indonesian Dream Wedding Dress”


Adding gold lace appliqué finishing on the dress back. The completed dress was lined on the inside with a red burgundy batik print fabric. There is a slit in the center of the dress skirt at front which allowed a glimpse of the red batik fabric when Ika walked. A Batik is a traditional Indonesian fabric which is dyed through a wax-resist process. 

Ika On Her Wedding Day 



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Thank you for reading! Most brides start preparing for the big day about a year to several months in advance. If you are a bride or know of a bride who would be interested in getting a customized made dress and/or customized fashion item from House of Rubi, email me (Rubi Girl Tenneh) at or just click CONTACT US. Also, visit the House of Rubi website at 

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