Ask Pat: Did I say yes to the dress too soon?

Dear Pat: I went wedding gown shopping last month, and fell in love with a dress at the very first store I visited–I had wanted a V-neck ballgown, and I found what I thought was the perfect one. I thought about it overnight and went back to the salon to purchase it the very next day. Then this week I went to a different bridal salon intending to shop for bridesmaids dresses, but I got so distracted by the beauty of their wedding gowns that I found myself asking to try a few on, and really loved a few other styles. Did I say yes to my dress so soon? Now I feel like I might be missing out on better styles out there. 

It’s not uncommon to second guess your wedding gown decision–it’s a tough choice to make, especially when there really are so many truly beautiful dresses out there! As you said, it was exactly what you were looking for, you thought about it overnight and you were positive it was “the one,” so no, I don’t think you said yes to a dress so soon.

We strongly recommend NOT trying on more gowns after you’ve found the perfect one as it can lead to second-guessing, but as you already have done that, I would suggest returning to the first bridal salon to re-try the dress you said yes to. Once you’re in it again, it’s likely that all the happy feelings you had about the dress will return, and you’ll remember why you thought it was perfect. Hopefully that will make you confident that you did make the right decision.

Have a question you’re dying to ask a bridal consultant? Email pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com with your question, and our consultants will be more than happy to help–you might even see your question on the blog!

 

Bridal Market April 2017–Our NYC Adventures!

It’s been a couple weeks since our trip to New York City for bridal market, and now that we’ve finally caught our breath and recovered from walking all over the city we can finally sit down and tell you about our adventures!

Here we are first thing in the morning, about to hit the road for the long drive to the big city.

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It was a long ride, but we made it! Once we checked in at the hotel we were itching to get into the city, so we hopped onto a train and headed straight the The Knot Show, where we checked out the designs by Justin Alexander and Lillian West.

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We were so impressed by the new collections– they had great clean lines, new fabrics and gorgeous bead work. It was hard to choose which gowns we wanted most, but after some deliberation we selected a group of gowns we think our brides will love. After that we headed back to the hotel, but not before making a quick stop outside the one and only Kleinfeld Bridal.

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The next day we were up bright and early, and well before our first appointment, so we decided to check out the new collection from Randy Fenoli. We knew his dresses would be beautiful, but we were still blown away by his designs.

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We even had the chance to chat with Randy himself, and he indulged our request for a selfie!

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Our next stop was across town, to the garment district to check out the new collections from Paula Varsalona and Antonio Gual for Tulle New York.

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                The quality of Paula’s work was, as usual, excellent! We loved seeing the silhouettes and fabrics she’s using (especially the floral prints!) and we’re really excited about the designs we’ve ordered for our brides.

Out final stop of the day was to Antonio Gual. It was the first time we’d visited him in New York, and we were so excited to be there for the launch of his Sarah Black Collection.

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Antonio’s was the last stop of the day, so after a late dinner we made our way back to the hotel to get some rest and prepare for the journey home. Overall, it was a great weekend, and we feel we selected a really amazing set of gowns from the new collections to have in our stores. You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out when they’ll arrive!

Styled Shoot at Mountain Run Winery

The wonderful Emily of Emily Marie Photography contacted us a few months ago with the idea of an Irish themed styled shoot, just in time for St Patrick’s day. She chose to use a new design from Sorbello Couture, our in-house line of wedding gowns designed and crafted by our store owner, Susan, and the dress suited Lynzie, the model, perfectly. The shoot turned out more beautifully than we could have imagined, and we’re so happy to share some of our favorite photos from that shoot with you! All photos were taken by Emily Marie Photo.

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Vendors:

Dress: Sealed With A Kiss

Photography: Emily Marie Photo

Venue: Mountain Run Winery

Designers: Emily Marie and The Posey Detail

Florist: The Posey Detail

Cake Artist: Sorby Sweets

Make-up and Hair: Mane Street Hair Salon

Stationary: Pineapple Street Designs

Rentals: Bride and Joy

Linens: Main Street Linens

Ask Pat: I saw a dress online that I love, how can I track it down?

Dear Pat: I’ve been to a few bridal shops now and have a couple styles I really like, but a couple months ago I saw a picture of a dress online that I really loved and I just can’t get it out of my head. I know the designer and style and have called a few local places looking for it, but they don’t carry that designer. What’s the best way to go about tracking it down?

The best place to start is the designer’s website! Most designers have a page where they list their retailers, or stores that carry their designs. Look for the retailers closest to you and give them a call. If they don’t have the particular style you’re looking for, it couldn’t hurt to ask if they could get it. Often times designers have a loaner gown program, where they can send a requested dress to one of their retailers for a limited time–just keep in mind that there’s sometimes a charge for this service. Also ask if they’ll be hosting any trunk shows by this designer, since they will often be sent a variety of designs by that designer that they do not typically have in store. They might not be able to guarantee that the dress will be part of the trunk show, but often there’s a good chance!

Have a question you’re dying to ask a bridal consultant? Email your questions to pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com and one of our experienced consultants will be more than happy to help. Your question might even make it on the blog! 

Wedding Gown Style: Fit and Flare

Fit and flare styles are perfect for the brides who want to have a fitted, figure flattering dress without going for a full-on mermaid look. Whether you like lace, beading, or both, there’s a fit and flare style you’re bound to love!

  1. This strapless fit and flare style features all over embroidered Italian tulle. The corseted bodice ensures a snug, flattering fit and the chapel length train is just the right size for this stunning look. mtsailor

 

2.      This wedding gown is all about the details! It all starts with an illusion Sabrina neckline, which adorns a bodice with all over embroidered sequins. The illusion back features an embroidered lace illusion back and a monarch length train.

3.  The back of this fit and flare gown is bound to turn heads! It also features a a high illusion neckline and “tattoo” lace sleeves.

4.  This gown is so chic! You’ll find that this fit and flare gown has delicate floral lace over pinstriped taffeta. It also features a lace illusion back with detachable taffeta tails.  MTdove

5.   This fit and flare gown is perfect for the bride who wants a classic style with a modern twist. This gown has all over beaded lace, a deep sweetheart neckline and and an illusion back.

6.  Brides will look ever so graceful in this gown! We love the scalloped lace along the neckline as well as the hem, and the key-hole back is stunning!

7.   This elegant fit and flare look features long sleeves adorned with lace appliques, and an illusion button-up back. A simple chapel length completes the lacy look.

8.  This gown’s off shoulder neckline perfectly complements the fit and flare silhouette. The all over lace appliques feature sequins, adding a touch of subtle sparkle to the look.

Ask Pat: How long before the wedding should I get my dress altered?

Dear Pat: My dress just arrived (yay!) but I still have about six months before the wedding–when should I start my alterations? I’d like to get them out of the way, but what if I gain or lose weight between now and the wedding? When do most brides start the process?

Here at Sealed With A Kiss we usually tell our brides to start alterations 6-8 weeks before the wedding–typically this is close enough to the wedding date that you’re unlikely to lose enough weight to change how the dress fits. While this is a general rule, however, we often recommend starting alterations sooner under these circumstances:

If you are not doing your alterations locally. Many brides will have their alterations done in their hometown or the town the wedding will be located, rather than where they live, which can often mean arranging time off of work and booking flights. In this case it’s okay to start alterations early enough to give yourself plenty of time to make at least two trips to see your seamstress or tailor.

If you are planning on re-designing any portion of your dress. Making major changes to your dress–for example adding an illusion top to a strapless dress, or drastically altering the silhouette of your dress–will take more time than typical alterations, so you’ll want to give your seamstress plenty of extra time to re-design your gown.

If the dress is way to big or way too small (we’re talking more than two sizes). If you bought a too big or too small dress in a sample sale, or if you’ve drastically changed in weight since ordering the dress, adjusting a gown more than two sizes can mean a lot more work for your seamstress. Adjusting it to your size may mean adding fabric or completely taking it apart and readjusting for your proportions, which can be tricky. In this case the more time you can give your seamstress to work on your dress, the better!

In some cases, it might be best to wait until just a few weeks before the wedding date to begin your alterations. Usually your seamstress will recommend this if:

You tend to fluctuate weight.

You plan on actively losing weight up until the wedding day.

Depending on the dress, just a difference of five pounds can mean the dress fits a little too big or too small, so if either of the above applies to you it might be best to wait closer to the wedding date to have the dress altered.

In all cases, it’s best to call your seamstress or tailor, tell them what your dress needs done and when your wedding is, and ask them what they recommend. They have the expertise to know how long certain alterations will take to perform, and will be able to give you a good sense of when to get the process started.

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