Trunk Show Alert: The dresses are here!

The Justin Alexander dresses for this weekend’s trunk show have just arrived, and we thought we’d give you a quick peek at just a few of the designs you’ll see in store!

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Like what you see? Then be sure to give us a call at 434-9795683 to schedule your trunk show appointment before it’s too late!

10 Tips For Preparing Your Dress For Your Big Day:

 

1) Get some air the night before.

Make sure that you let the dress breathe by taking it out of the bag and allowing it to hang, supported by the hanger straps. Be sure the dress is in a room that is safe from the curious hands of children and pet paws.

 

2) Discuss with your hair and makeup artist the best way to get into your dress.

Be sure to come up with a plan to figure out how to get into your dress once your hair and makeup is finished.  Ask your hair and makeup artist for suggestions!

 

3) Put on  your shoes after you put on your dress.

Take a seat and allow someone to help you into your shoes after you are in your dress. Stepping into your dress with heels on runs the risk of snagging the material.

 

4) Determine how you will best use the ladies room.

Yes, we know this is weird,  but this is one of those things a lot of brides don’t think about and is important! Most dresses are going to either be fitted and difficult to maneuver in for this activity, or a dress with a full skirt can make bathroom access tricky. Discuss with a trusted friend, maid of honor, or perhaps a female relative how they might need to assist you.

 

5) Get familiar with your bustle.

Most dresses will have a custom designed bustle. Review how to do your bustle with the one who will be pinning or tying it for you.  It’s helpful to practice this at your final dress fitting.  You can also have your seamstress take a quick video of the process!

 

6) Look out for your train.

Be sure to bustle your dresses train as soon as possible after the ceremony, pictures, or first dance. This will help prevent damage to your dress.

 

7) Make a checklist

Does your dress have multiple parts? A ribbon for a corset, a slip or crinoline, or a jacket or overlay? Make sure all pieces are pressed or steamed, and in the garment bag with the dress. Be sure to include your veil and accessories, too!

 

8) Have a few safety pins on hand.

You never know when a safety pin may come in handy! Accidents happen, regardless of how well your dress fits. Safety pins are a must have for your big day!

 

9) Take one thing at a time.

Don’t rush getting dressed. Take your time! Enjoy every moment on your special day.

 

10) Take pictures.

Invite your photographer into your dressing room to capture special moments with the special people in your life.

Written by Nancy

Wedding Gown Style: Transformer Dresses

What is a transformer dress, you might ask? It’s a gown that comes with extra pieces–like an overskirt, detachable train or bolero–that, when worn with the gown, completely “transform” the original look. Here’s an example of a transformer gown with an overskirt:

Here’s the dress-

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And now here’s that same dress worn with an overskirt-

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The skirt completely changes the look of the dress, right? Brides will often wear the overskirt for the ceremony and remove it for the reception–guests often think it’s a completely different dress. For brides who really love both the ballgown and fitted looks, a transformer dress is a great way to get to wear both on your big day.

For brides who love the ballgown or a-line look but are afraid that it might keep them from dancing the night away at the reception, a transformer dress with an overskirt could be the perfect answer to your problem! Take a look at this gown from Lillian West

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The ruffled skirt on this dress is actually an overskirt! Once it’s removed, it reveals this short lace gown, which you surely can dance the night away in on your big day.

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Overskirts aren’t the only way to transform a dress–take a look at this design

This gown comes with a removable wrap that can be used to add straps to this strapless a-line silhouette. It attaches with lace covered buttons on the sides of the dress, so brides can easily remove and reattach the wrap as they please.

Here’s a gown with a removable lace bolero:

Some brides will even opt to have both an overskirt and a bolero! It gives them more freedom to change their look throughout the wedding day. Take a look–here’s the dress as is:

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Now here’s the dress with a detachable bolero (we love the split sleeves on this look):

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Now here’s the dress with both the bolero and the overskirt:

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Amazing how these extra accessories truly transform a dress, don’t they?

So, how can you turn your wedding gown into a transformer dress? It’s easy! Many designs nowadays come with the option to order  a matching bolero or overskirt, you just need to ask your consultant about this option. If not, speak to your seamstress! Here at Sealed With A Kiss we work with a lot of brides to create custom boleros and overskirts, and in this way we help brides create a truly custom look. If you’re local, just send an email to pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com to set up a time to meet with us and discuss your options!

Coming Soon: Anny Lin Bridal Trunk Show

 

Starting February 1st Sealed With A Kiss Charlottesville and Richmond will be hosting our first trunk show of the year, featuring designs from Anny Lin Bridal.

Brides who purchase an Anny Lin design during the trunk show are eligible for a trunk show discount, so this is not an event you want to miss!

To schedule your appointment online, visit:

http://sealedwithakissbridal.com/appointment

For questions, send an email to:

pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com

You can find out more about Anny Lin at annylinbridal.com.

Why We Love Anny Lin Bridal

Anny Lin comes from family of wedding gown designers, and she has blended designs and techniques that have inspired her to create truly unique, couture designs for the modern bride.

Every gown in her collection features an array of carefully designed, eye catching details such as beading, feathers, cut outs and draping.

Anny Lin’s designs feature a variety of silhouettes and fabrics. Brides love that she is not afraid to add color to her gowns, so many designs have blush, champagne and ombre options.

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We also love Anny Lin for their willingness to allow the individual bride to be a part of the design process–they will customize and combine designs to create a one-of-a-kind style to suit the needs and wants of the bride.

Be sure to schedule your appointment for the Anny Lin Trunk Show soon! You will not want to miss out on a chance to see these gorgeous dresses.

Real Sealed With A Kiss bride: Jody and Frank

Sealed With A Kiss Richmond bride Jody married her now husband Frank on September 17th, 2016.

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From the setting to the decor, to the adorable unicorn pictured above, their wedding was straight out of a fairy tale. They even had performers from Moonlight Circus put on a show for the guests!

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For her big day Jody chose a stunning gown from Casablanca Bridal that we helped her customize for a unique and comfortable look.

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We are so happy to have been a part of making Jody’s big day special, and we wish her and Frank many happy years together.

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Vendors:

Photography: Jessica Maida Photography

Planner: Kim Moody Design

Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting Design

Hair and Makeup: Lou Stevens Glam Squad

Transportation: Down Under Limousine

November is a great time to visit Sealed With A Kiss!

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but we have a lot of great things going on at Sealed With A Kiss this November! Between our 3rd year anniversary special, Black Friday sale and our trunk show,  you couldn’t find a better time to visit Sealed With A Kiss to find the perfect dress. Read on for the details!

3rd Year Anniversary Special

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We cannot believe that our Short Pump location has been helping Richmond brides find the perfect gown for three years!! The time has seriously just flown by, and we are so happy to have welcomed so many amazing women into the Sealed With A Kiss Family. To celebrate, brides who purchase their gown from either location during the month of November will be eligible to receive a free plain veil or a free pair of designer earrings. Give us a call for details!

Black Friday Sale

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Our Black Friday Sale is back, and is going on now! Schedule an appointment to come in and find the wedding gown of your dreams at a price you will love. You won’t want to miss this!

Paula Varsalona Trunk Show 

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Our Paula Varsalona Trunk show is going on now and continues until Saturday, November 26th! Designer Paula has sent us many designs from the new collection and some past favorites, so if you’re looking for a stunning, one of a kind design give us a call and schedule a time to come in! If you say “yes” to a Paula Varsalona dress during the trunk show you can receive a 10% trunk show discount- just ask your stylist for details!

Small Business Saturday

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Saturday, November 26th is Small Business Saturday! It’s a day to “Shop Small” and support your local shops and boutiques. To celebrate, we’ll be offering specials and complimentary champagne for brides who schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to help you find your dream dress!

Paula Varsalona Bridal Trunk Show

Sealed With A Kiss is pleased to announce our fall Paula Varsalona Bridal Trunk Show!

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About Paula Varsalona Bridal

Here at Sealed With A Kiss we love Paula Varsalona Bridal. We’ve visited designer Paula’s studio in NYC multiple times to not only see the latest designs, but to see and feel the fabrics she uses and watch how her gowns are made. We are always impressed with the work she does.

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Paula’s collection varies in style, but the newest collections have two focuses- city chic and boho bliss. From full ballgowns to fitted mermaid styles, every one of Paula’s designs is an excellent display of fabrics and craftsmanship.

 

We also really love that Paula is more than willing to customize her designs for our brides. Whether you want to add sleeves or change a neckline, Paula can work with you to create the gown of your dreams.

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Brides, you really don’t want to miss this chance to see and try on Paula Varsalona’s latest designs- so book your trunk show appointment today!