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!

Styled Shoot at Green Spring Plantation

A few months ago the wonderful Terri of Terri Isenhour Photo approached us about a shoot she was planning with Logan of Real Southern Accents at Green Springs Plantation. They were looking for a gown with some Southern flair that would complement the acres of greenery and old world charm at the plantation. One gown from Augusta Jones immediately popped into our heads, and turns out it was just perfect for the venue.

 

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Vendors

Gown: Augusta Jones Bridal from Sealed With A Kiss

Veil: Sorbello Couture for Sealed With A Kiss

Photography: Terri Isenhour Photography

Model: Brittany Sprinkle

Wedding Planning/Design: Real Southern Accents

Linen: Classic Party Rentals

Florals: Whimsical Floral Design

Hair and Make Up: The Spot Beauty Shop

Cake: My Cake by Rachel

Desserts: Paradox Pastry

Jewelry: Andrew Minton

Venue: Green Springs Plantation, Gordonsville

Ask Pat: What should I do if my daughter and I have different opinions about her wedding gown?

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.

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!

Ask Pat: What ball gown styles are good for a hot summer wedding?

 

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.

 

Have a question you want to ask a real bridal consultant? Email your questions to pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com. Your question might even be featured on the blog!

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

Ask Pat: What’s a bustle? Do I need it?

Hi Pat! My wedding gown arrived recently and it fits almost perfectly, but my seamstress said I might need a bustle added to help with the train. What is a bustle exactly? Do I need to have it added or is it something I can do without?

Good question! A bustle is a series of hooks or ties built into the dress that will bring up all the layers of your wedding gown’s train, making it floor length all the way around. Most brides will have their dress bustled after the ceremony is over, that way they can dance the night away at the reception and not have to worry about it getting in their way or getting stepped on by guests.

As for whether you need a bustle, it usually depends on the length of the train. If it’s not very long and you don’t think it will get in your way throughout the night– remember you’ll be on your feet most of the reception, dancing and greeting guests–then you might be fine without one. If your train is long, a bustle is usually recommended. If your seamstress advises you to get one built in, then it’s best to listen to her advice and have it done.

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!