I hate to say it, but it's true, cell phone pics do not always give the best representation.
I have a colleague that is working with a bride who fell head over heels in love with her bridal gown, finished all the necessary paperwork, ordered the dress and was completely happy, until .... she started studying the cell phone snapshots.
Now she is second guessing her choice all because of a picture taken at an unflattering angle.
I would just encourage all brides not to rely too much on cell pics when making this monumental decision. Rely on what you are seeing in the mirror and how you feel in your gown. Also, keep in mind that your "real" photos will be immensely different because you will have your whole look together; hair, makeup, and accessories all make a big difference in how your gown looks. Professional photog's also know how to capture "your good side". :)
Newly engaged people, LISTEN UP! Especially those brides that are beginning their dress shopping journey. I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that if you do not like what you thought your dream wedding dress would be; IT'S O.K.!!!!
I see this issue consistently with brides, and since I have been helping brides for the last 16 (almost) years find the perfect wedding dress, it's more surprising to me if they do walk out with the dress that they have been envisioning. The fact is, that no matter how many online galleries you look at, or magazine articles you read entitled; Find the Perfect Wedding Dress Silhouette for your Body, you are not going to know what you like until you try it on YOUR body.
By all means try on what you are drawn to, but keep an open mind, especially if what you are trying on, just isn't giving you the "wow" that you thought it would. Instead of traveling 100 miles and trying on 250 of the same style dress (let's get real, there aren't that many different silhouettes, after that it's just the detail) maybe, just maybe, you need to step out of the box and try something completely different. If you do, and you fall in love, that's O.K.! I bet your fiance isn't necessarily the "type" of guy you thought you would be marrying either.
I can see the tension rise, and confusion set in when a bride gets a gown on that she loves, but it's so different from what she was looking for. It's almost as if she is being unfaithful to her dream. It's like she needs permission to change her mind.
So, right now, this moment, I give all brides out there my permission to veer from your original bridal gown vision, and just be in love with the gown that makes you feel the most special, and the most like a bride!
We see them everywhere, the pretty corset laces on the back of wedding, prom, and bridesmaids dresses. Not only do they look great, but as an added bonus you can pull those suckers so tight your waistline will magically shrink 5", just like you see on the movies, right? WRONG!!! We hate to burst your bubble, but the fact is that corset laces on dresses are not made to withstand the same kind of pressure that a real corset would. I cringe every time I see someone pulling on a corset laced dress like they are re-enacting a scene from Gone with the Wind; while in my head I am screaming "YOU ARE GOING TO BREAK IT!!!!"
What folks fail to realize is that it wasn't until 1828 that corsets started being engineered with metal eyelets. After those little marvels started being used, the the corset could withstand just about any amount of force you could muster, without running the risk of tearing the fabric. Corsets also became known as hidden killers because of the damage they could inflict on the human body by over-lacing, or "tight-lacing". Fun Fact: Did you know that men wore corsets too; albeit rarely?
Today, dresses with "corsets" are for aesthetic appeal; even more importantly they act as the closure in place of a zipper. While they will give you a certain amount of shaping please take care not to lace too tightly. Fabric and thread, especially delicate fabric and thread, will only withstand so much before eyelets start popping.
Real corsets with metal eyelets.
Notice the corsets being laced go UNDER the dress. It's not the dress itself that is being laced.
So, if it is an hourglass shape you are after, we highly recommend getting an additional body shaping undergarment, and not relying on your dress alone to achieve the look you want.
But by all means, if you want to use it as a wrist loop then do it, after all it is your day and you can do what you want. We just felt that before you do, you should know why the hanger strap is not a wrist loop.
For those of you that have no clue of what we are referring to, it's the long satin loop that you will find attached to the underneath of your wedding dress train. Yeah, that thing! And, it is very uncommon knowledge that it's sole purpose in life, the only reason it exists, is to hold the train of your dress up on the hanger. It is a very handy little invention and we love them for sure, they keep our dresses presentable and the trains off the floor.
It is also a very common mistake that they double as a wrist loop, so that instead of using a bustle for your train you can hook this wondrous piece of satin to your wrist, and carry your train with you all night! And, we totally get why that has become a major misconception. If you will think back to when there were balls and cotillions, and all the ladies dresses had trains, wrist loops were common practice. You may even remember seeing paintings of women, with their trains being held from their wrists by these loops, as they are waltzed around the ball room. But, if you take a closer look you will see that the loop is attached to the outside of the skirt, not the underneath. Can you imagine what would have happened if a lady actually flipped her skirt over revealing the underside of her dress and crinolines?!?! Horror, of horrors there would not have been enough fainting couches in the whole neighborhood!
So, you see dear reader, that while they may seem the same there is a very big difference between a hanger strap and a wrist loop. The real tragedy of choosing to use the hanger strap in place of a wrist loop, or bustle, is that you would be hiding all of the detail on that gorgeous train! Think about it.
We were so excited to take part in a styled photo shoot that was organized by Waterhouse Studios a few months ago. It was most assuredly a team effort, and involved many talented vendors that we would highly recommend to anyone planning a wedding or other special event! Contrary to belief you do not have to go far to find quality weddings vendors, we have some of the best right here in Wilkes!
Photography: Lauren Waterhouse of Waterhouse Studios Photography
Floral Design: BryantandDeanna Reid of Edenhouse
Bride's Dress, Groom's Tux and Accessories: Bridal Traditions Wedding & Prom Attire
Venue: Desi's Farm
Tabletop Decor: Andi Gelsthorpe of Miss Match Rentals
Vintage Furniture Rentals: A Bushel & A Peck Vintage Rentals
Models: Brianna Tincher and Jason Vannoy
Hair: Claire Powell of Stillwaters Salon & Day Spa
Makeup: Kristin Lyall of Stillwaters Salon & Day Spa
Cake: Sarah Kilty Houser of Sweetness Squared
Invitations: Whitney Sutton Newman
When brides are in the wedding planning stages, dress shopping is a very early part on the planning agenda. Brides should expect to order their dress on average, 9 -12 months prior to the wedding, but what is the one thing we hear most often when preparing to place that very important order? “Well, I am planning to lose weight”. A good majority of brides have this one thing on their mind when they go shopping for a gown, but the reality is you should dress the body you have now, not the one you hope to have later. Life happens and the weight does not always come off as fast as expected or in the places expected. Talk about added pressure by ordering a size smaller than what you are; as if the planning process weren’t pressure enough! If you dress who you are today and the weight comes off great! Dresses are made with alterations in mind and can be taken in an average of two sizes or more depending on the style and construction. If you dress who you are today and the weight doesn’t come off, or (gasp) you gain a tiny bit, you are still good. With the right alterations expert in your corner you will fit beautifully in that dress you have dreamed about for so many months.
Having your wedding dress altered is a necessary part of wedding planning, and it is quite an undertaking in itself. Wedding and formal gowns are not made from the fabrics that we are used to wearing everyday. These fabrics are not typically "stretchy" so they need to be altered to fit your shape. All gowns are structured differently and each woman has her own contours that are unique to her, the key is to mold the dress to your body shape while keeping the integrity of the gown design. The good news is that most formal gowns are made with alterations in mind, the bad news; this takes time and multiple fittings.
The most common misconception that I see with alterations is that people don't understand why it takes more than one fitting, or why the dress is not perfect at the second fitting. Depending on the dress, the person, and the type of alteration it can take several fittings to get a dress just right.
"Show up with an open mind. It may take more than one appointment to get a perfect fit, so don't despair if the dress puckers or pinches." Randy Fenoli - Much Ado About Alterations
If you are in the alteration process, please be patient with your seamstress, remember she/he is trying to mold this delicate, unforgiving fabric to the shape of your body, and that is not an easy task. Everything that is done to one part of dress can affect another part, which it is not always predictable.
For more information on this subject please read; Much Ado About Alterations, a must read article about the alteration process based on an interview with Randy Fenoli of Say Yes to the Dress.
We are seeing definite trends in men's formal wear. The top two priorities on the groom's list; color and fit. Grey (in all shades ) is the forerunner in the color department, as more men steer away from basic black, grey is the perfect neutral to pair with other, bolder colors. Tan has been making an appearance for several seasons now and it the perfect color for destination or a more casual wedding. Navy is hitting the market in a big way this year and I have a feeling that a lot of 2014 grooms will opt for this classic color.
The tuxedo manufactures are now offering slimmer cut coats and pants, which give a more tailored appearance. This is a huge contrast to the more traditional "boxy" looking coat styles that most of us are used to seeing. These slimmer styles are being asked for and greatly appreciated by grooms and groomsmen alike. Also, there are now three pant options to go with most jacket styles; a traditions pleated front pant, the more modern flat front, and even a slim fit. All I am waiting for now is a low rise tux pant, and we should really be able to make the guys happy.
We are excited to be able to offer grooms these trend options, plus all of the traditional styles that we still love too.
Knockoff dresses being sold online are a huge issue in the formalwear industry right now. This has been a problem facing us for the past few years and as prom season approaches I would just like to remind everyone of the dangers of shopping online for your prom gown.
Overseas manufactures are actually counterfeiting gowns from the actual designers which, is an illegal practice. One of the best ways to tell if you are looking at a knockoff is the price. If the price online is much cheaper than the authorized retailers price then most likely you are going to receive a very cheaply made version of the original dress. Remember, if it's too good to be true it probably is.
Problems associated with buying a gown online:
These are all problem that we have encountered personally with customers who chose to order online thinking they were getting a great deal. In the end not so much, they wind up spending more money than they would have to begin with if they had purchased the dress from an authorized retailer.
This article is geared more toward the prom customer, but it does happen to brides on a regular basis as well. There is nothing like having a bride come in the week of her wedding to get a gown because the one she ordered online did not arrive or it was a disaster when it did arrive.
Remember that retailers do have affordable options if you are on a tight budget and for us personally we have payment plans and will work with you so you can have the dress of your dreams. These are special moments that do not happen very often in a lifetime, we should be creating good memories. Do you really want to look back and say; "Man, my special occasion was a complete disaster."?