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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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!
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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.
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.
The new year is almost here, and with it we’re expecting a new set of designs from our designers. We saw many of the new designs at fall bridal market, and have seen “sneak peeks” of the designs expected to be showcased at the upcoming spring market, so we wanted to share what wedding gown trends you can expect to see during 2017.
Photo Courtesy of Justin Alexander Bridal
Photo Courtesy of Lillian West
Gowns with ruffles have been scarce for a few years, but designers are bringing them back! For brides who think that an all-over lace gown or all-over beaded gown are too much, but don’t want a plain skirt, a ruffled skirt is a beautiful way to complement a more fitted bodice. We are so glad designers are sending us gowns with ruffles again!
2. Off the shoulder necklines
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Photo Courtesy of Justin Alexander
Off the shoulder necklines are so flattering, and we feel like we don’t see enough of them on wedding gowns, so we’re glad some of the designs from upcoming collections we’ve seen have featured them a lot more!
3. Plunging Necklines
Plunging necklines are another trend we’re expecting to see a lot more of in 2017, with designers taking a chance on more sultry looks. We can’t wait for our brides to fall in love with some of these styles!
4. Detachable Skirts, Trains and Capes
Detachable pieces have often been popular, but they were usually considered accessories that had to be specially ordered or custom made to go with the dress–but we’re noticing that 2017 is bringing us designs that already come with detachable skirts and capes, allowing brides to change up their look between the ceremony and reception without added time or costs. This is one trend we’re really happy about!
5. High necklines
Designers are also showcasing designs with higher necklines in a variety of styles! Whether you’re looking for a glam style or you’re more boho chic, there’s a high neckline gown you’ll love coming out in 2017.
Tomorrow’s a day we’ve been looking forward to for weeks–it’s the Justin Alexander Signature Trunk Show! During the trunk show we have a selection of gowns from the Justin Alexander Signature collection that we do not typically have samples of in the store, and brides who say yes to a Signature collection dress will receive a 10% discount on their wedding gown.
Sealed With A Kiss Richmond Trunk Show Dates: Friday, October 14th- Wednesday, October 19th. Call 804-393-2041 to schedule an appointment.
Sealed With A Kiss Charlottesville Trunk Show Dates: Thursday, October 20th- Saturday, October 22nd. Call 434-979-5683 for appointments.
About Justin Alexander Signature
Justin Alexander is world renown for their interpretation of timeless vintage fashion–and their Signature Collection is the epitome of elegance.
Every one of their Signature designs has an unmatched attention to detail. Their gowns feature art deco inspired beaded patterns and dramatic cuts that are sure to make any bride feel glamorous.
Every new collection is fashion forward and has designs and styles that are sure to flatter and fit the shape and style of any modern bride.
When we ask our brides why they love their Justin Alexander Signature dress, the most common response is the exquisite details and sleek designs. Their gowns are designed for the bride who really wants all eyes to be on her on the wedding day.
If you’re ready to say yes to a Justin Alexander Signature dress, you won’t want to miss this trunk show. Give us a call or email email@example.com to schedule your appointment.