There are many different ideas for a bridal shower. It depends on your season, wedding day theme, who is coming, how intimate, and many other factors. But the biggest factor is what YOU want. We are going to take a closer look into what it will take to create these different afternoon (or morning) escapes.
Kitchen Theme—A kitchen theme bridal shower usually involves kitchen gifts and activities. Guests are usually asked to bring a favorite or family recipe so the bride can get a jump-start on their recipe collection. There may even be a little bit of baking involved or a “create-your-own” fruit bar. As long as food is involved it will be fun!
High Tea—This bridal shower is all things tea related! Play fun games, get the girls together, and eat tiny sandwiches! If you are a little confused and new to the “tea-party” theme a great place to start is Teavana they are very informative and will be able to direct you to find a good arrange of teas that will go perfectly with your party. Also don’t forget the option of coffee!
Brunch—For those morning people, you can always start the day off right with a brunch theme. Mimosas, a “do-it-your-own” fruit, granola, and yogurt bar, and pastry spread will certainly be the key to a classy and fun event. Besides…it is the most important meal of the day. Jazz Brunch at The Beehive is a quirky and fun place to plan a rocking shower!
Wine & Cheese—Wine & Cheese parties are very fun. It is a great way to get all your fiends together and try different wines. Either have guests bring a bottle of their favorite or create the selection yourself! Baccos in Boston is a great place to start to learn about all the great wine and cheese pairings!
Spa—In the middle of planning a wedding the bride needs a spa day. Many salons have packages and can accommodate a bridal shower for the bride and some of her close friends. A cheaper alternative option will also be make a spa day at home. Set up different stations and try “at-home” remedies for beauty products. Great gift ideas that go along with this theme are bath products, towels, and more bath supplies. Spa’s we love in Boston Exhale & Emerge perfect for any spa day with the girls!
Take this day as a way to enjoy the company with friends and treat yourself before the big day! Enjoy!
Now go plan that bridal shower!!
Not to toot our own horn, but we love the vibe we’ve created at Flair. We want our customers to feel like they’re walking into their friend’s home when they come to see us, or better yet like they’re walking into their friend’s fabulous closet! We strive to be comfortable and warm, yet a little chic at the same time. We’ll be the first to admit though….Flair’s a little small. If you’ve been here you know; we are busting out of this place!
So, we started the search about 2 years ago for a new space. Yes, you read that correctly, 2 years ago. Why the lengthy process? There’s no lack of spaces for rent on Newbury Street, but we were absolutely not willing to settle on the look and feel of our new space. Some spaces were huge and gorgeous, but a little too industrial/cold feeling for us. Others were warmer but didn’t have the big, open feel we like. Yes, we were very picky; realtors hated us. We love our clients though, so we wanted nothing but 100% perfection for them. Finally, after years of searching, we found it; the PERFECT space. It’s bigger (yay!), but not so big that it loses that homey feeling. The builder also really thought about making the space aesthetically pleasing. The wood work is stunning and rich looking, and the floors absolutely gleam. Can you tell that we’re obsessed?! We don’t want to give too much away now, but keep an eye peeled for photos when we’re all done setting up. We are beyond thrilled to share our wonderful new home with you soon!
Cheers to a beautiful 2013 together!
Lindsay and Stacey
Important Note (this means you!):
Our last day at 10 Newbury will be Saturday 1/19. After that, we will be closed for a few days for the move and then will be back open for business on Thursday 1/24. Our new address is 140 Newbury Street, Suite 202 (Second floor) so all appointments starting on 1/24 and beyond will need to go there.
Thanks and see you soon!!
We feel so lucky and privledged to be able to be a part of Boston Weddings Magaine’s “Ask the Experts” in the latest issue of Boston Weddings! We also feel lucky to be featured next to our very fav vendor friends Tom + Melissa Dowler of Long Haul Films.
In the article, Stacey gives invaluable advice to the many brides that the magazine reaches. She touches on everything from upcoming trends to how to prepare for your appointment with us (for example, it’s not really necessary to being 10 people with you to your appointment….just sayin’). She provides a truly great overview of where bridal gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses are at these days (we’ve come a long way baby!) and even shares some personal stories from her own wedding planning experience.
It truly is a must read for all brides out there, so be sure to pick up a copy while they last!
December is a magical time of year in Boston. I know what you’re thinking, it’s freezing cold outside and it gets dark at 4:30, what’s so magical about that? I agree; I’m not thrilled about all of that, but for some reason it’s OK in December because it’s helping to set the mood for the holidays. More darkness means more time to view the lovely twinkly lights on Comm Ave. Cold? Snuggle up with your honey and watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (or sub in your favorite holiday movie…that just happens to be mine).
December is also magical because of Flair’s upcoming bridal trunk show (duh, you knew we’d bring it back to Flair somehow)! The weekend of December 7th-9th, we’ll have extra bridal gowns in the store and will be offering extra discounts for placing a bridal gown order that weekend. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! So, if you’re getting bored of buying gifts for others, treat yourself to the gift of a fabulous bridal gown at a fabulous price!
Call or email us to make an appointment ASAP, these will go quickly!! Hope to see you soon!
Keep Warm 😉
Linds + Stace
Sorry this blog is coming about a week late Stacey and I have been exhausted from all our travel and excitement! Two weeks ago we traveled to NYC for bridal market to check out the newest styles from our designers. Yes you read that right, we worked ALL weekend. We went to fashion shows and chatted with our fabulous designers/friends and shopped on 5th Avenue. It…was…awful.
JK, it was amazing!! It’s seriously one of our favorite weekends of the year, for two reasons. 1) We LOVE our designers and this is the one time a year we get to see them in person. Yes, it’s fun to see their new dresses, but it is equally fun just catching up with them. 2) We LOVE our brides/bridesmaids and we literally cannot wait to show you the new dresses, you’re going to be obsessed with them! While we don’t want to give away TOO much (the new samples will not be here until after the New Year), here are some fresh, new trends we saw for the upcoming season!
1) Straps on bridal gowns: The time has come ladies. We’ve been asking for more strapped bridal gowns for years and this is the first year where we really saw a good amount in the new collections. V-necks, cap sleeves, and halters, oh my!
2) Printed bridesmaids’ dresses: We are sosososo excited for this one. Doing a print on a bridesmaid’s dress is so fresh and modern, and makes for really unique and special photos. Not ready to come around to something so outside the box? Think one print, one textured fabric and one solid, all in the same color way. Google Molly Sims’ bridal party and that’ll give you a gorgeous example. Not all of the bridesmaids need to be in the pattern, but it’s a great accent to solid dresses’. VERY fun!
3) Sherbet: First things first, is it sherbet or sherbert? I always thought it was sherbert but the computer disagrees; the red squiggly line underneath – indicating a misspelling – is really bugging me, so I’ll say sherbet from here on out. Anywaysssssss sherbet colors are going to be HUGE! We saw pale colors take the front seat this year (think blush and champagne) but cool greens and flattering oranges may just steal their spots next year. Stay tuned to see them in person!
4) Tea length bridal gowns: This trend has been slowly creeping up on us. The past few years we have seen 1 or 2 at market but this year it EXPLODED. Every designer had some shorter options, but have no fear, they are still totally bridal looking! Plus, this is a great way to get a gorgeous dress at a lower price AND you don’t have to worry about bustling a train (definitely nice for outdoor weddings).
I could go on and on, we saw SO many amazing dresses! Stay tuned in early 2013 to see them in person!
Lindsay and Stacey
What was your inspiration for your wedding?
Um, this is probably a faux pas especially since I am in the bridal industry but we had no inspiration for our wedding…I know that sounds bad. We were just really excited to be celebrating and I look at wedding blogs daily so I took little things I liked from the past two years of blog stalking and threw them together!
How did you tie that inspiration in to what you choose for your bridesmaid dresses/bridal gown?
I guess if I had to say anything about the wedding style, I wanted it to be pretty timeless. I wanted neutral colors on the girls and dresses that complimented each of the girl’s figures and made them feel great. For my bridal gown I wanted something I would always look back on and think that I picked something that was my style and was classic like our venue!
What did you choose?
My bridal gown was a custom Coren Moore gown. They made the Chloe with lace and made the front a deeper sweetheart and the back was brought down just slightly. I added a customized gorgeous belt from A.B. Ellie! She did an amazing job customizing The Mae belt for me by adding pearls and tons of extra beads to make sure the belt looked like it was a part of my dress!
My girls wore Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dresses most of which are now discontinued. My maid of honor Carly wore the Thea, my sister Allison wore the Margauex, my sister-in-law Ali wore the Riley, Casey wore the Mackenzie, and Lily wore the fabulous Aidan! The bridesmaids all wore some awesome accessories that I found a few years ago and since then, I have forgotten who made them – oops! However, I do know that my maid of honor’s necklace was made by the talented Kristen Kuhen.
I actually did mostly different colors! Carly and Casey were in Slate Eastern Silk, Allison was in Slate Crinkle Chiffon, Lily was in Charcoal Lux Chiffon, and Ali was in Pewter Shantung.
What were you looking for in your bridesmaid dresses?
I was really open to whatever the girls wanted. I guided them in the direction that I liked and then let them choose.
What were you looking for in your bridal gown?
I actually looked all over for my bridal gown. I knew I liked lace and I wanted a fitted style but I was hung-up on a ball gown for some reason. I kept begging to try on ball gowns even though I was advised against it by everyone (including Lindsay)! I finally realized I was just too short to be able to pull off the big dress, so I settled for a fuller trumpet silhouette. Coren’s dress was perfect because when I danced I felt like such a princess with the full skirt!
Tips for brides when selecting their BM dresses? Bridal Gowns?
Timing is everything! There is a method to our madness, I promise. You have to do things in order for your look to be cohesive. Your venue is 1st, then move on to your bridal gown, then work on the girls’ dresses and mothers of the bride and groom. Last but not least help your significant others pick their outfits!
How was your experience at Flair?
Well I own the store….so it was pretty good! 😉
Where did you get married??
Zak and I got married at The Harvard Club on Commonwealth Ave. I can’t say enough about how much I love this venue! It was such a gorgeous and unique venue in the city, so traditional and cozy. Zak wants to move in he loves it that much!
What three adjectives would best describe your wedding?
Funny, Elegant, and Light Hearted!
What was your favorite moment at the wedding?
The entire ceremony! I LOVED walking down the aisle because I thought it was so exciting and emotional all at once. Our ceremony was very “us” we had a family friend marry us so he really knew that we wanted it to be a celebration of life and love. We also wrote our own vows which was nerve racking but in the end it really made our wedding so much fun and personal!
What advice can you give any other Boston/New England Bride?
Write your own vows, hire the best vendors, don’t sweat the small stuff, have fun, dance, eat, don’t drink, take tons of pictures, do a first look if you can, hire a videographer (we remembered nothing after), make sure to leave plenty of time for hair and makeup, take a ton of pictures, smell your flowers, enjoy every single moment and most of all have fun!
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
List of vendors
Photographer: Sweet Jane Photography-Sarah is simply amazing, so much fun to work with and uber talented.
Videographer: Long Haul Films-Tom and Melissa truly made our dreams come true. Their talent knows no bounds they went above and beyond all that we expected, so worth spending the money on video!
Florist: Petalena– Apryl is so wonderful to work with and absolutely surprised and amazed me with the beautiful flowers, I was so so happy!
Hair: Bella Hair Salon-Jessica and Becca are my regular hair dressers and it was so nice that they cared so much about making me and my girls happy it was such a pleasure spending my morning with them and my bridal party!
Makeup: 2 Kiss and Makeup– Lissa, can’t say enough wonderful things about her! Fast, efficient and talented. She truly made me and my girls feel so beautiful!
Venue: The Harvard Club-Tom was amazing and so helpful through the whole process; the day went off without a hitch, super thankful.
DJ: Beat Train Productions-Ari was so great at mixing old favorites with new amazing club mixes no one left the dance floor!
Party Favor/Photobooth: Photo Fun Box-Marissa was amazing to work with and all our guests loved the photo booth it was so so fun!
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited: Kate at Rentals was so helpful helping me pick the perfect chairs to complete the perfect look for my venue.
Bridal Gown: Flair- Coren Moore-Amazing wonderful and accommodating!! What more can I say I love them!
Bridesmaid Dresses: Flair- Jenny Yoo-Elegant and beautiful dresses for my girls, I was so happy!
Invitations: Boston Invites-Shara was so helpful picking out an invite that matched our venue and wedding!
Enjoy our 5 minute wedding trailer via the talented Long Haul Films!
I feel so lucky to have the job I have, and I am so happy I was able to share my big day with you!!
Mrs. Stacey Kraft (finally)
Want us to shine a spotlight on you and your wedding?
Here at Flair, we pride ourselves on providing our brides and bridesmaids with the “Newbury Street experience” but without the “Newbury Street price tag.” We firmly believe that every bride and bridesmaid deserves a high quality, gorgeous garment and stellar service, no matter what their budget is!
So, when it comes to the dresses we carry in the store, we spend hours researching designers who have that same philosophy. Then, once we zero in on a Flair approved designer we spend several more hours going over their dresses and choosing just the right ones for our brides. It’s fun work, but definitely a long process. So, you can imagine why we are SO excited to welcome a new designer to our family: Theia bridal!
We love Theia for so many reasons but here are just a few:
1) Quick lead time – We can get most of Theia’s bridal gowns here in a matter of weeks, not months, which is UNHEARD of in the bridal world! So, planning a wedding quickly? No problem! You can get a gorgeous Theia gown without a rush fee!
2) MAJOR style variety – We had a hard time choosing samples for the store, there were just SO many dresses that we felt would be perfect for Flair. In the end, we chose some lace, some chiffon, some strapless and some strapped; truly something for everyone! Plus in the coming weeks we’re getting a gown in their “petal” fabric. We’d never seen anything like it, and are SO excited to show all of you as soon as it arrives!
3) Crazy prices – We had to triple check their prices, they just seemed too good to be true! None of the styles we picked up are over $2000, and many are under $1000. YES, you read that correctly, and trust us, the styles look like they are worth WAY more. With Theia you’re really going to get the most out of your budget, which we LOVE!
Most of our samples came in today (and if you’re wondering, yes, we tried them all on!) so, do us a favor and make an appointment to come in and see them (as well as our other gorgeous gowns) because we are literally dying to try them on you.
Happy Fall, we look forward to seeing all of you soon!!
Linds & Stace
I have always been a shoe girl. I’d much rather spend my hard earned money on shoes than say a handbag or jewelry. So, when I got engaged naturally one of the first decisions I made was to purchase my first pair of Louboutins for the big day (though hopefully not my last pair…I am a 39 in their sizes and my birthday is January 24th….just sayin’). I mean, if you can’t justify $600 shoes for your wedding day, when can you? Plus, $600 is really a bargain for a pair of CL’s, so you can understand why I had to get them.
I of course take the shoe selection just as seriously when I am a bridesmaid in a wedding. I was in a wedding this past June and the fabulous bride just told us what color she wanted (a light gold) and then said we could get whatever style we wanted. Score! Shockingly, when the wedding day came, almost all of us were in the same shoe designer. We didn’t really discuss it, it just happened that way. What designer, you ask? Nina Shoes!
Nina really cannot be beat. Their prices are amazing (ranging from $50 – $120ish depending on the style you choose), there are TONS of styles to choose from and they have a wide color selection.
There is of course the basic silver, gold, black and ivory, as well as fun pops of color, such as cobalt and fuschia. While we don’t love using the colored options to match the dress anymore, how fun would it be to get a more neutral dress (grey, black, etc) and then do a fun, colored shoe?! We LOVE that idea! Plus, the colored options are a super fun option to pair with your bridal gown. Finally, and most importantly, the Nina shoes that I wore in the June wedding were the most comfortable pair of heels I’ve ever worn. Seriously.
Flair is a proud new retailer for Nina shoes (and their accessories too, more on that later!) so come and see us and check out our new selection of samples!!
Call or e-mail us to find out about the great discount on Nina Shoes if you purchase your bridal gown or bridesmaid dresses here!
Well, summer is in full swing here at Flair and we are so excited to share with you some amazing July Promotions!
See what all the fuss is about and book your appointment to come in for some one on one attention and get some great deals on Jenny Yoo’s bridal and bridesmaid collection!
What are you waiting for…..call us!
Linds & Stace