A Chit Chat with Arabia Weddings: Sam Saboura

Getting married soon?Looking for a Wedding Planner?Let's help you find the right one for you.
A Chit Chat with Arabia Weddings: Sam Saboura

Fashion expert, stylist and co-host of TLC’s hit wedding show "Something Borrowed, Something New", Sam Saboura, has devoted his career to bringing out the best in women.

Widely known for his dazzling style transformations on ABC’s international hit series Extreme Makeover and on TLC’s Real Simple. Real Life, Saboura is just as comfortable dressing real people as he is styling stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston, Cindy Crawford, Nicole Kidman, Patricia Arquette, James Franco, and Mark Ruffalo, to name a few.

Always on the cutting edge of fashion trends, Saboura’s sought-after style advice regularly appears online and in national publications. In addition, he is a regular contributor on national television shows and news programs, has done extensive fashion commentary at red carpet events, and is the author of the best-selling Real Style: Style Secrets for Real Women with Real Bodies, as well as the highly successful companion workbook, My Real Style: A Makeover Journal. 

In addition to launching his own womenswear collection, Saboura remains in high demand as a personal stylist for celebrities in the film, television, and music industries and works extensively as a freelance wardrobe designer and consultant.

We were thrilled to ask Sam Saboura a few questions on the top of the mind of every Arab bride, and here is what he had to say:

  • What is your best advice for any bride-to-be when choosing her perfect wedding dress?

The bride should always start by doing a bit of research--and with all the excitement that surrounds an engagement, that part should be fun and easy. I always say, use your “secret weapon dress” as a reference. This is that go to dress in your closet that always makes you look and feel your most gorgeous no matter what. Consider the cut and shape of this dress and use it as a jumping off point when deciding on a style for your big day.

Once you have an idea of style, fabric and shape, start trying dresses, but always remain fluid. Most of my brides end up choosing a dress that’s the exact opposite of what they thought they wanted when they started shopping. Try everything you love, but also try a dress or two that are outside of your comfort zone—trust me on this one!

"The fit of the dress is everything"


  • What are the latest bridal fashion trends you love?

Bridal Market just wrapped up in New York for the Fall 2015 season, and there were so many wonderful trends that are sure to suit any bridal personality.SheerIllusion and sheer details were everywhere for fall. Some were simple, clean and pretty, but most were embellished with applied lace, beading and intricate details. Most created the illusion of floating shapes, silhouettes and tattoo like embellishment.ColorColor made a return to bridal fashion once again, with pastel tones, pale golds and nudes finding their way into many prominent collections.

From the Vera Wang Fall 2015 Collection

Cropped and CutCrop tops and sexy cutouts were also featured in many collections, and not only in the youthful labels. This fresh modern look was most certainly inspired by the RTW collections from the last couple seasons in fashion.Tiers and SlitsSexy gowns are definitely in, and many of fall’s hottest gowns had skirts that were slit up to there, but tiered skirts in lean columns and voluminous shapes, were a nice contrast and just as popular.Sexy BackThe back was once again a huge focal point for designers this season. Plunging backs and detailed portrait backs are sure to top every brides shopping wish list.

Straps and SleevesWhile strapless gowns will always be de rigueur when it comes to bridal fashion, the thin spaghetti strap was a big trend of the season. Anti-strapless brides who are in love with the sleeve trend are also in luck. This season, sleeved gowns were back on the runway, but they were more opaque that the lean lace versions we’ve seen in seasons past. Many were even some balloon sleeves and billowy options normally reserved for the boho spring bride.

From the Ines di Santo Fall 2015 Collection

  • What is the worst mistake a bride can make that can ruin her look?

Many brides make the mistake of doing too much with hair and make-up on their wedding day. Instead of looking like the best, or ultimate, version of themselves, they end up looking like the exaggerated version. These images last forever and you’ll want to remember your day—and look—with fondness. Let your natural beauty shine and keep your look timeless and classically pretty.

"Let your natural beauty shine and keep your look timeless and classically pretty"

  • What are the top 3 styling tips for a bride on her wedding day. 

#1 The fit of the dress is everything, I think often when a bride is responding to a sample dress in a salon, she is responding because that dress fits her body and proportion better than the others she’s tried on. That said, always make sure the dress balances your shape and proportion and is tailored perfectly. To me this is almost as important as the style of the dress—if not more so.

#2 Do less! Here’s a poorly kept secret, every bride ends up looking radiant and beautiful on her wedding day. There’s a joyful glow that naturally comes into play, so there’s no need to overdue your look. Less is more when it comes to hair and make-up, even when it comes to the most polished affair.

#3 Have a “dress rehearsal” a week or so before your wedding. As a stylist, I know better than to rely on everything going off without a hitch. The last thing you want is any extra stress when dressing for your special day. Do a dry run a week out and make sure everything with your dress and accessories are just as you want them to be. This way, your last minute tweaks won’t be so last minute!