Wedding Gown Style: Transformer Dresses

What is a transformer dress, you might ask? It’s a gown that comes with extra pieces–like an overskirt, detachable train or bolero–that, when worn with the gown, completely “transform” the original look. Here’s an example of a transformer gown with an overskirt:

Here’s the dress-

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And now here’s that same dress worn with an overskirt-

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The skirt completely changes the look of the dress, right? Brides will often wear the overskirt for the ceremony and remove it for the reception–guests often think it’s a completely different dress. For brides who really love both the ballgown and fitted looks, a transformer dress is a great way to get to wear both on your big day.

For brides who love the ballgown or a-line look but are afraid that it might keep them from dancing the night away at the reception, a transformer dress with an overskirt could be the perfect answer to your problem! Take a look at this gown from Lillian West

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The ruffled skirt on this dress is actually an overskirt! Once it’s removed, it reveals this short lace gown, which you surely can dance the night away in on your big day.

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Overskirts aren’t the only way to transform a dress–take a look at this design

This gown comes with a removable wrap that can be used to add straps to this strapless a-line silhouette. It attaches with lace covered buttons on the sides of the dress, so brides can easily remove and reattach the wrap as they please.

Here’s a gown with a removable lace bolero:

Some brides will even opt to have both an overskirt and a bolero! It gives them more freedom to change their look throughout the wedding day. Take a look–here’s the dress as is:

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Now here’s the dress with a detachable bolero (we love the split sleeves on this look):

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Now here’s the dress with both the bolero and the overskirt:

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Amazing how these extra accessories truly transform a dress, don’t they?

So, how can you turn your wedding gown into a transformer dress? It’s easy! Many designs nowadays come with the option to order  a matching bolero or overskirt, you just need to ask your consultant about this option. If not, speak to your seamstress! Here at Sealed With A Kiss we work with a lot of brides to create custom boleros and overskirts, and in this way we help brides create a truly custom look. If you’re local, just send an email to pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com to set up a time to meet with us and discuss your options!

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Ask Pat: My dress got dirty during the wedding, how do I get it cleaned?

Dear Pat: I got married outdoors about a week ago, and the hem of my dress got quite muddy. I called my local cleaners and they seemed nervous about working with my dress because of the delicate fabric, so I was wondering how you advised I get my gown cleaned?

Good question! Most local cleaners don’t have experience cleaning delicate fabrics found on many high end wedding gowns, so we, like many bridal shops, work with a company who specializes in wedding gowns. Brides can bring the dress into our shop and we will go over the dress, marking any areas that became particularly dirty, and then we’ll send it off to the Wedding Gown Preservation Company to be cleaned. They clean each gown differently depending on the fabrics used, but each cleaning process is organic and is sure to make your gown look good as new. As their names suggests, they also handle preserving your wedding gown, which is a great way to protect and display your wedding gown. If you’re not near one of our locations, you can contact the Wedding Gown Preservation Company at http://www.gownpreservation.com/ and they can refer you to a local authorized retailer!

Customizing Your Wedding Gown Through Alterations

Here at Sealed With A Kiss we specialize in customizing a bride’s wedding day look to suit her individual style. Sometimes that means working closely with our designers to combine or create pattern changes on a design, but most of the time our owner-designer Susan and our expert tailoring team do the customizations right here in our store. Here’s a closer look at some of the easy ways you can use alterations to customize your wedding gown.

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Our bride Rachel found a beautiful lace style she loved, but after she bought the dress she thought the illusion neckline was a bit too much–so we redesigned it! Rachel was much happier with the regular sweetheart neckline and beaded straps.

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Our bride Sarah loved an all over silk gown from Justin Alexander, but said she would love it more if it had a lace top–so we made her dreams come true! Our owner Susan worked with Sarah to design an off the shoulder lace jacket that she can take on and off on her wedding day as she pleases. The jacket gives the gown a totally different look, and it was exactly what Sarah was looking for.

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Bride Judy fell in love with the fitted gown on the left, but had originally wanted a shorter dress so that it would be easy to dance all night at her reception–so we converted the skirt into a high-low design!

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Bride Kelli absolutely adored this gown from Justin Alexander, but didn’t want a gown with a high neckline–so our tailoring team created this gorgeous v-neckline for her! Kelli loved how her gown turned out.

Alterations open up an array of possibilities for customizing your gown, so feel free to ask your stylist or seamstress about altering areas you want changed. We guarantee you’ll be ecstatic with the end result!

Wedding Gown Style: Beautiful Backs

When we first ask a bride about what wedding gown styles she’s interested in, often the answer is “I want something with a beautiful back design!”. Since we love pretty details on the back too, we’ve put together this list of gowns by designers we carry that are all about that back. Whether you prefer lacy illusion or a beaded back, you’re sure to find a gown you love on this list!

  1. This 1920’s inspired design has a stunning deep illusion back covered with a gorgeous beaded lace. Brides love how glamorous they look when they try this style on!

 

2. This modern take on a classic fit and flare shape has one of the most stunning backs we’ve ever seen! The way the lace frames the deep illusion back makes for a different but flattering shape, and the buttons are the perfect finishing touch.

 

3. This design features a daringly low illusion back with lace applique details–it’s sure to wow your guests as you stand at the alter!ajkarinacollage

4. This mermaid gown features all-over pearls, crystals and sequins in a floral inspired design. The beaded back design makes this gown a stunner!

 

5.  Brides are sure to fall in love with the open illusion back on this gown! The embroidered design is sure to turn heads, and the jewel neckline adds a touch of elegance to the look.

 

6. This elegant fitted design features an ultra-low open back! We love the beaded detail on the v-neck front as well. ajravennacollage

 

7. Many strapless wedding gowns have gorgeous back design details as well, like this fit and flare design! It features a low scoop illusion with lace appliques.

 

8. This fitted gown has a back with sheer French tulle and intricate lace detail! We also love that this couture gown has all over French alencon lace.

Ask Pat: Why is saying yes to the dress so hard?

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Photo Credit: Jenn Finazzo Photography

Pat: I’ve been shopping for a wedding gown for about two months now, and I just can’t seem to commit to one. At the very first shop I went to I found a dress I thought was “the one,” but didn’t want to say yes to a dress at the first store I visited–I felt like I needed to see what else was out there. Since then I have found two more dresses I really love, but I just haven’t had one of those bridal moments where I put on the dress and just know that this is the perfect one. Will I ever have one of those moments? I know I could probably be happy enough with one of the three dresses I’ve found, but how am I supposed to know which one to choose if I don’t feel more special in one than the other? What if the perfect dress is still out there and I just need to find it?

It sounds like you’re feeling overwhelmed! That tends to happen after you’ve visited a lot of bridal boutiques, and my best advice is to stop looking at new dresses. The more dresses you try on the more confused you will become, and the more you’ll begin to doubt yourself. This will just make deciding on a gown even more difficult.

I know many brides expect to have that moment where they slip into a dress and realize it’s “the one”–it’s a moment dramatized over and over again in movies and in shows like Say Yes to The Dress. The fact is, however, that not every bride is going to have this moment, and that’s okay! Every bride is different, so we shouldn’t expect every bride’s wedding gown shopping experience to be exactly the same.

That being said, if you’re not the type of bride who will have that moment of realization when you’ve found the perfect dress, it can be a little harder to determine which dress is “the one.” As in your case, you might end up visiting several bridal shops and finding several gowns you love.

When this happens, and when you begin to feel stressed by the shopping experience, it’s time to stop trying on new styles. Instead, think about the options you’ve already found. Try to remember how you felt in each dress. Does one stand out in your memory? Was there one you really could imagine yourself walking down the aisle in?

If you can’t remember the gowns well enough, try booking appointments to re-try on each of the dresses you have in mind (and just those dresses!). It’s best to do this alone or with just one family member or close friend who you know will be supportive. Trying on the favorites back to back should make it easier to discern which of the gowns you truly love best.

Often the feelings you had about each gown will return when you see yourself in it again–or you might find you don’t feel the same about the dress at all during this second look.Be sure to try on each gown with veils and accessories so that you can visualize the full look you’ll have on the big day.

In the end, go with your gut. You likely know which dress is “the one,” but aren’t trusting yourself to make the decision for one reason or another. Take a deep breath, get the insecurities out of your mind, and choose whatever makes you happy. No matter what you choose, you will look and feel beautiful on your wedding day.

Color Me Bridal- 10 Wedding Gowns with Color

Brides today want their wedding gown to encapsulate their personal flair and personality, and often think that a traditional white or ivory dress just isn’t their style–they want to wear some color on their big day! Here are ten gorgeous gowns by the wonderful designers we carry that are perfect for the bride who wants to be fun and unique by adding a splash of color to her wedding gown:

1. Casablanca 2177

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While it might be difficult to tell from the picture, this beautiful tulle ballgown is actually in a color called sorbet! It’s a subtle light pink, perfect for the bride who doesn’t want to stray too far from the more traditional white and ivory.

2. Justin Alexander 8596

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This is a gorgeous vintage trumpet gown with ivory lace over oyster colored lining. The color is flattering on most skin tones and the oyster lining really makes the design on the ivory lace pop.

3. Rembo Styling, “Angelique”

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No need to find an accessory to be the ‘something blue’ on your big day if your gown has a touch of blue already! The baby blue slip beneath the ivory vintage lace on this design really makes this gown stand out.

4. Casablanca 2165

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Don’t be fooled by the lightness of the picture! This Casablanca mermaid gown is actually in a light champagne color. It’s the perfect touch of color for a bride who wants something just a little different than the usual white or ivory gown.

5. Justin Alexander 8652

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This mermaid gown by Justin Alexander is a show-stopping silver and gold. It’s perfect for the bride who wants a touch of old Hollywood glam in her look!

6. Casablanca 2127

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This a-line Casablanca gown has a flattering princess sweetheart neckline and a scalloped lace hem. The fact that it’s in a lovely Capri Blue just makes it even more gorgeous!

7. Justin Alexander 8726

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This Justin Alexander ball gown has gorgeous beading on the bodice and on the illusion neck and back. The coffee color of the gown really makes the champagne beading pop!

8. Casablanca 2140

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This mermaid gown is all about the details! It has colored beaded appliques and clusters of shells and crystal beads spread throughout the gown. It also comes in a champagne and ivory for those brides who would prefer a more subtle color of beading and detailing.

9. Rembo Styling, “Sandy”

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This Rembo Styling gown is perfect for the bride who wants a flowy and romantic wedding day look. It has satin beige beneath the lace, making the gown a tad darker than the more traditional white or ivory.

10. Modern Trousseau, “Laurel”

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For all you brides who love pink, this might be the perfect gown for you! This Modern Trousseau gown has an ombre pink full skirt and a pink flower at the waist. Light and flowy, this gown will definitely make any bride feel like a princess!

6 TIPS for PLANNING YOUR WEDDING

Why Hire a Wedding Coordinator? Arming the Bride and Groom with Knowledge and Professional Support

Question:

Now that you’ve said “I Will”, how do you prepare to say “I Do”?

Answer:

Hire a Professional Wedding Coordinator

Why, Who, When, Where, What and How

Why?

A Professional Wedding Coordinator can save you Time, Stress and Money!

The fee is often offset by the savings generated, during the Planning process.

  • No matter what the Budget or Wedding size,
  • Will allow you to look forward to your Special Day, versus, wishing it would be over
  • You can determine how much help you need with the safety net of a Professional

Today’s couples work hard and long hours, which leaves little time to devote to the numerous details required to plan an event as significant and of the magnitude of a Wedding.

Who?

Any Bridal couple, who doesn’t have the time or experience, to plan one of life’s most important occasion

When?

Hire a Professional Wedding Coordinator early in the Planning phase …when you have said “I Will” and before you spend a dime.

A Professional Wedding Coordinator

has experience, education, resources and often offers related services and products at a discount

knows money saving techniques

knows how to set and follow a budget

knows how to develop a theme, without going overboard

knows how to review contracts

knows how to manage other vendors

knows Wedding etiquette

A Professional Wedding Coordinator

will conduct a feasibility study to determine how to achieve your Dream Wedding

won’t take over, but will assist you to realize your Dreams

offers a variety of services plans to suit your unique needs

ensure that your wishes and best interest are fulfilled, throughout the Planning process through the ‘Day Of’ activities

Typical levels of service include, but are not limited to:

Consultant

Coordinator for Day Of, Partial or Complete service

or, whatever services you need

Selecting a Professional Wedding Coordinator, a Bride should

ask questions and rate how a potential Coordinator responds

feel comfortable with the Coordinator

have a sense the Coordinator is genuinely interested in fulfilling the Bride’s requests

ask for, and check references

The more questions asked, the more questions that are raised:

Why are you planning a Wedding?

Your reasons for having a public Wedding, versus elopement or civil ceremony

Celebrate

Religious

Dreams

Who are the key players?

Guests

Attendants – your wedding party

Vendors

Financier / decisions makers

Assumes what duties

When do you want your Wedding to take place?

Time of year

Seasonal Concerns / affect

Time of day

Competition

Proms, Holidays, Graduations, Sporting Events

Weather will impact on

Where

Ceremony and Reception sites

Indoors/outdoors – special needs

Home, Church, Rented Space, Hotel, Country Club

Geographic location- site availability and variety

What experience do you possess to organize an event of such magnitude?

Budget – financial resources available

Style

Society, Destination, Family & Friends

Food and Beverage Planning

Bar type

Music

Theme development

Floral needs

Photography style

Formality, Attire

Etiquette

How

To accomplish goals

To select Wedding Professionals for assistance

Hire or fire Wedding Professionals

To find venues

Locate Wedding Professionals

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Writer’s Background:

Linda Vaughan

Special Affairs

Wedding Specialists / Event Planners

Since 1989

info@special-affairs.com

(540) 785-7508

International MBA (IMBA), Stratford University

Professional Event Management Certification, George Washington University’s School of Business’ Event Management Program

BS in Fashion Merchandising / Marketing, Pennsylvania State University

30 years’ experience in Marketing, Retail Sales and Management, Wedding Coordination, Event Management and Cosmetics Sales

Special Affairs

Coordinates Weddings of all types, sizes and budget

Coordinates Destination Weddings

Offers:

Consultation only services

Professional service with a Personal touch

In-home services

Complimentary consultation

Installment payments plan

Full services and products for your Wedding or Special Affair

Let Special Affairs customize a Wedding for you, to reflect your individual style and personality.

Contact Linda to schedule your Complimentary Consultation – info@special-affairs.com