Ask Pat: Do I need a separate dress for my wedding reception?

Hi Pat! I recently went wedding gown shopping and have found that I really love the look of ball gowns, but I’m concerned about being able to dance in it, especially with the long train dragging behind me! If I do decide to get a ball gown, should I get a different dress for the reception? I just want to be sure I’ll be able to bust a move on my wedding day.

Just because you’re getting a ball gown dress doesn’t mean you necessarily need a second dress in order to comfortably dance the night away. Often once the dress is in your size and altered to fit properly, you’ll find that moving around in it is much easier than when you tried on the store sample. Having a bustle built into the dress to get the train out of the way will also help so much–it will keep you (and your guests) from stepping on it.

All that being said, if you’re planning a big first dance number or you know you’ll want to be completely unencumbered by the many layers most ball gowns have, then getting a second reception dress is definitely a good idea! Your dress shouldn’t get in the way of you having a great time at your wedding.

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!

Coming soon to Sealed With A Kiss!

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!

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 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.

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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.

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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!

Real Sealed With A Kiss Bride: Lorena and Matt

Our bride Lorena and her new husband Matt were married on December 10, 2016 at Old Metropolitan Hall.

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The dress Lorena chose for her big day was a design by Casablanca Bridal. When the dress first arrived to our store she happened to see a picture we posted of it on our Facebook page, and she thought it could be the “one.” She contacted us and set up an appointment to try it on, and not long after that she said yes to the dress.

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Lorena was a blast to work with, and we’re so glad that her big day was as wonderful as she’d hoped. Congrats again Lorena and Matt!

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Photos Courtesy of Jen Fariello Photography

Designer Day and Trunk Show with Antonio Gual this month!

In just a few weeks, Sealed With A Kiss will be hosting a trunk show and designer day with the one and only Antonio Gual. We can’t wait!

During the trunk show we will have a variety of designs from Antonio’s Tulle New York collection for brides to see, feel and try on. You can check out the collection here:

 http://www.tullenewyork.com/collection/.

Designer Antonio Gual himself will also be in store to meet with brides, tell them about his work, and to offer design and styling input. Not many brides have the  chance to meet the designer of their gown, so this is truly an amazing opportunity!

Appointments will be limited, so be sure to call today to schedule yours!

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Here’s a quick peek at some of the gowns you’ll see during the trunk show weekend!

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See more of his designs at: http://www.tullenewyork.com/collection/.

We hope to see you at the trunk show!

Wedding Gown Style: All About that Back

  1. This two-piece gown has a bodice that features a gorgeous lace illusion back. The ruffle skirt is also one of our favorites!

     

  2.  We love how low the scalloped v-back on this gown goes! It is such an elegant look.

 

3. The back of this gown features lace appliques and a cut out design- perfect for the bride looking for a boho chic look.

 

4.  This gown may look simple, but it is all about the details! Brides feel luxurious in the Dupioni silk fabric, and the bow closures on the back add a touch of fun to this a-line silhouette.

 

5. For brides looking for classic elegance, this gown is sure to fit the bill! This gown features a lacy illusion front and back design with a scalloped-edged look.

 

6. For brides who prefer a little sparkle in their look, this Grecian inspired a-line gown is bound to be perfect. It features an illusion neckline and back with gorgeous hand beading.

 

7. This gown exudes elegant simplicity. This v-neck gown features a sequined illusion top, giving off the perfect touch of sparkle

8. For brides looking for a truly show-stopping look, this fitted gown is sure to be perfect! The button up illusion back creates a stunning circular lace pattern, and the monarch length train perfectly complements the regal style of this gown.

 

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.

Congratulations to all our 2016 Sealed With A Kiss brides!

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
Planner: Anyvent
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
Photographer: Shannon Moffit Photography

 

Alinna and Stephen

Dress: Lillian West
Photographer: Sarah Cramer Shields

Amanda and Kyle

Dress: Watters
Venue: Swannanoa Plantation
Photographer: Lisa Mims Photography

Kerri and Paul

Dress: Justin Alexander Signature
Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation
Photographer: Macon Photography

Lindsay and Brian

Dress: Lillian West
Venue: Pharsalia
Photographers: Ashley Eiban Photography
Catering: Harvest Moon
Hair and Makeup: Lou Stevens Glam Squad
Cinematography: DeVries Productions
Florists: The Faded Poppy

Heather and Nick

Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Photographer: Amanda C Blake Photography
Venue: Pavilion on Lakeland Farm

Cameron and Will

Dress: Charlie Brear
Venue: Market at Grelen
Photographer: Lindsey Zovko Photography
Coordinator: Margaret Murray of Panorama Farms
Floral Design: Hedge Fine Blooms