Dear Pat: I will be helping my daughter shop for her wedding gown in a couple of weeks, but am worried about upsetting her with my opinions on dress styles. I love my daughter, but know from past experiences shopping with her that we do not see eye-to-eye on most things. She has already sent me pictures of styles she’s interested in, and they are nothing close to what I had in mind for her. I want her to love her dress and be happy, but I am afraid that I might ruin her shopping experience if I speak my mind. How would you advise I handle this?
Chances are if you’re worried about differing opinions on the wedding dress, your daughter is as well. She likely knows that you disagree with the styles she’s interested in, but she wants you to be there by her side when she says yes to the dress because she loves you, and she respects your opinion. The key to you both having a great shopping experience will be to keep in mind exactly what you just told me–you want her to love her dress and be happy. When she asks what you think about a dress be honest with her about certain elements of the dress you like and dislike, but remind her that you want her to have what she wants regardless of your opinion. If you sense she’s fallen in love with a dress, be supportive. Just remember that she’s your daughter, and you’ll be glad you had the chance to share the shopping experience with her.
Brides, get excited! More amazing styles will soon be available here at Sealed With A Kiss. Stay tuned for more details, but for now here’s a peek at a few of the dresses you’ll see in store very soon!
With head to toe lace appliques and embroidery, this gown is fit for a queen. It features an a-line silhouette and a regal lace and satin train.
This is a design we are extremely excited to see in store! It’s a chic, unique look that we’re sure our brides will love.
What caught our eye about this dress was the gorgeous lace pattern and the lovely silhouette. We can’t wait to slip this gown onto a bride and watch her fall in love!
Dear Pat: I’m getting married in August and am concerned about getting a gown that I won’t sweat through on my big day. I really want a ball gown, but all the ones I’ve tried on so far have tons of layers and feel really heavy and hot. What kind of styles would you recommend for me? Should I give up on finding a ball gown that will work and choose another silhouette?
Since our Virginia summers can be so hot and humid, many of our brides pose this same question to us all the time. You absolutely can find a style you love and also be comfortable in on your big day. The key to finding a dress you won’t get too hot in, particularly a ball gown style, is choosing a gown with the right fabric and structure. Here are a couple of examples.
The gowns above may look heavy based on the layers and fullness of the skirts, but they are actually quite airy! Both have skirts that are made from layers of soft tulle and netting, which are lightweight. Looking out for these kinds of fabrics will you help you find a style that is comfortable, and won’t get too hot on your big day. But if you’re not a fan of tulle or netting, never fear! There are more options for you. Take the chiffon and silk styles below:
Chiffon is wonderfully lightweight and absorbent, and designers are able to drape it very easily, resulting in beautiful skirts like the one pictured on the left. The gown on the right is a well-designed gown made from a single layer of lightweight Thai silk, which holds its shape very nicely. Both would be great choices for a summer wedding.
If you prefer an all-over lace look, you can absolutely find a style that will be lightweight enough for summer. Just choose a look with minimal layers, and laces like chantilly, that have a light and airy feel.
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This year has been filled with fun, laughter and excitement thanks to all of the 2016 brides we had the pleasure of working with. We are so lucky to have met such amazing women, and we are so touched that they let us play a small part in making their big day wonderful. Here’s a quick review of some of our most memorable weddings this year!
Jenny and Stephen
Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Venue: Farmington Country Club
Photographer: Bessie Black Photography
Cinematographers: Whiddon Productions
Planner: Event Details by Edelina
Florist: Colonial Florist
Transportation: Camryn Limousine &
Central Virginia Wine Tours and Transportation
Alicia and Greg
Dress: Augusta Jones
Venue: Beech Spring Farm
Photographer: Gary Wilkinson Photography
Jessica and Patrick
Dress: Justin Alexander
Venue: The Mill at Fine Creek
Photographer: Mike Topham Photography
Amanda and Michael
Dress: Customized Justin Alexander
Venue: Grace Estate Winery
Rentals and Decor: MS Events
Cake: Pearl’s Bake Shop
Florist: Colonial Florist
Photographers: George Street Photo and Video
Jessica and Evan
Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Ceremony Venue: St Joseph’s Villa
Reception Venue: The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing
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
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
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
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
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!