Wedding Gown Care

Must Do’s BEFORE you put on your dream dress

If there’s one thing we know for sure it’s how important wedding gowns are to their brides. I mean duh, right? You save for them, dream about them, work out to look your best in them, and say your vows in them. It’s safe to say that it’s one of the most (if not the most) important articles of clothing you’ll ever buy. That’s probably why when most brides pick up their wedding gown, they hold it as if it’s a carton of eggs. While your gown is definitely tougher than that, we totally get it; you want to keep your beauty safe and in perfect condition until your big day! We know the last thing you want to do is blemish it right before you head down the aisle, so on the morning of the wedding, be sure that you do all of this prior to stepping in it:

We get it - if your gown is THIS pretty, you do whatever it takes to protect it! See these beauties at our Tara Keely trunk show April 15-17 :)

We get it – if your gown is THIS pretty, you do whatever it takes to protect it! See these beauties at our Tara Keely trunk show April 15-17 🙂

Freshen up – Basically, anything that needs to be done in the bathroom should be finished before you get in your gown. Think about brushing/flossing, makeup/hair touching up, and yes, especially that thing that the bathroom was made for!
Hydrate and snack – We know you’ll be super busy the morning of your wedding, but you don’t want to be hit by a blood sugar crash as you’re saying your vows, so make time for a light lunch. If you combine that with a glass or two of jitter busting champagne, we certainly won’t judge
Steam and stain check – Pro tip – invest in a steamer! They’re not crazy expensive, and trust us, it’ll come in handy way beyond your wedding day! Either way, be sure to give your gown a quick once over for any stains or wrinkles you may not have caught earlier.
Get your Namaste on – Your wedding will involve a ton of standing and posing, so do yourself a favor and get some stretching in the morning of. It will help you relax and focus before the (fun) madness begins!

Tell us – are there any other must do’s on your wedding morning checklist?

Unique Wedding Gowns

Easy, elegant ways to step outside of the box!

We’ve been back from Spring bridal market for almost a week now but we’re still in total swoon mode over all of the stunning styles that we saw there! We pinch ourselves every time market rolls around; we can’t believe it’s our job to watch fashion shows and buy pretty, new dresses for the showroom. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it 🙂 One thing we always notice at market is how bridal gowns are constantly evolving. There are so many options out there; wedding gowns can no longer be defined as just “a white dress.” For brides looking to break the mold, these days there are tons of gorgeous ways to step outside the box and wear something unique:

1) Embrace the rainbow! White can be tough color to wear, and if you’re not comfortable in it, don’t feel like you have to wear it. If an alternatively hued dress just feels more “you”, go for it! Check out these wedding dresses with color – still elegant and oh so bridal!

Blush pink is an easy transition for the bride looking for a little color! L to R: Tara Keely style 2510, the Opal gown by Blush by Hayley Paige and Theia's petal gown

Blush pink is an easy transition for the bride looking for a little color! L to R: Tara Keely style 2510, the Opal gown by Blush by Hayley Paige and Theia’s petal gown

2) Think short! While the majority of wedding gowns are still floor length, every year we see more and more styles with higher hems. A shorter dress will be lightweight, comfortable and easy to dance in, and most of them are formal enough to still feel bridal. If you still want the long look for your ceremony, though, consider adding a removable skirt over your short dress, and get the best of both worlds!

Amy Kuschel sure knows how to make a pretty little white dress! Her Jackie Lady Stardust (left) and Mimosa (right) dresses are just stunning! Want to add some length? Jenny Yoo's London skirt is perfection!

Amy Kuschel sure knows how to make a pretty little white dress! Her Jackie Lady Stardust (left) and Mimosa (right) dresses are just stunning! Want to add some length? Jenny Yoo’s London skirt is perfection!

3) Change up the fabric! Lace still reigns supreme in the bridal world (for good reason – it’s gorge) but we’re so excited by all of the new fabrics we’re seeing these days. Completely beaded? Why not! Flowers? Sure! A traditional silhouette in a bold fabric is the perfect way to be unique but still look like a bride!

Theia is the king of alternative fabrics! Pearls and beads and petals, oh my!

Theia is the king of alternative fabrics! Pearls and beads and petals, oh my!

Whatever you choose, just be true to yourself! These days, there is truly a style to suit every bride, so do your research and find what is truly “you”! Happy shopping 🙂

Wedding Dress Shopping

How do you know when you’ve found “the one”?

Quick bride poll: Do you watch any of those wedding dress shopping shows? I always wonder if brides find them helpful or overwhelming. They’re TV shows, after all, so they tend to bring the drama; mean moms, tight timelines and petrifying prices, to name a few. Another thing? Most brides on these shows seem to have that clarifying, aha moment when they just know that a dress is “the one.” Well we’re here to tell you, not everyone has that moment, and that’s OK! We’ve heard brides question themselves all too often: “I’m not getting that feeling” or “I’m not sure if it’s the one because I didn’t cry.” These shows can make us think that there is a particular way we should act, look and feel when we’ve found the right dress, and that’s not always the case. Everyone’s dress shopping experience is different, and their reactions to it are also different. If you’re one of the many who isn’t getting that mysterious, special “feeling”, we’ve come up with some other tell tale signs that you’ve found the dress for you:

Forgive us while we use this blog as an excuse to share pics of some gorgeous brides who found "the one" at Flair! Christa is an elegant, happy and stunning bride in Jenny Yoo's Georgeanne gown!

Forgive us while we use this blog as an excuse to share pics of some gorgeous brides who found “the one” at Flair! First up, Christa is an elegant, happy and STUNNING bride in Jenny Yoo’s Georgeanne gown!

1) You can’t stop thinking about it – Find yourself day dreaming about a particular dress? Thinking about the low back when you should be sending your boss an email? Imagining the beading as you stroll through the grocery aisles? You may have found your dress!
2) You compare all others dresses to it – Most brides don’t stop shopping when they find a dress that they love. We get it; you want to be sure you’ve tried on enough styles! However, if you find yourself constantly measuring other dresses against one you’ve already tried and liked, it’s probably the one for you!
3) You’ve accessorized it in your head – Sometimes our heads are ahead of our hearts! Maybe without even realizing you’re doing it, you’ve already decided what belt to add to a particular dress, or what heirloom jewelry of your Grandmother’s would go well with it. In your mind, you’ve already purchased this dress and are taking the next step to accent it with some bling. There’s probably a reason for that…

Amanda is giving us some serious bridal glam in her Rosemary gown by Amy Kuchel!

Amanda is giving us some serious bridal glam in her Rosemary gown by Amy Kuschel! Breathtaking shot courtesy of the amazing Leah Haydock Photography

Bottom line: If you get that aha feeling, great, but if you don’t 1) you’re not alone and 2) that doesn’t mean you haven’t found your dream dress! No two shopping experience are alike just like no two brides are alike, so just trust your gut, watch for these signs and most of all, enjoy some fun, happy and pressure free dress shopping!

Destination Weddings: Closer than you think!

Photo Shoot Fabulousness: Destination Weddings Edition!

Not to overstate things, but New England is literally the best place to live in the entire world. Bar none. End of story. OK, we may be just a little biased and yes, it’s true, we have to put up with some killer winters, but our stunning Springs, Summers and Falls make it all worthwhile! Plus, with all of our fabulous little states so close together, you can take an amazing vacation without going more than a couple hours from home. Also, we have the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots and Celtics. Boom. Enough said. Going back to vacations though, on the same note, New England brides can throw a stunning destination wedding without ever having to board a plane! There are tons of amazing spots around New England that will be new to you and your guests, but still close to home. The smart, talented staff at Southern New England Weddings Magazine realized what a destination wedding gem New England really is, and they decided to dedicate their new issue to just that! Check out this stunning Nantucket themed shoot to see how easy it is to create a fresh, destination wedding look in our own backyard. Plus, Flair provided some of the gorgeous attire for this shoot, so yeah, it’s pretty epic! Grab the new edition of Southern New England Weddings today to see the entire shoot and start to plan your close to home, destination wedding!

Sigh. We're swooning already and we're just on the cover!

Sigh. We’re swooning already and we’re just on the cover!

True, the weather in New England can be unpredictable, but who cares when you consider how stunning this overcast shot is!

True, the weather in New England can be unpredictable, but who cares when you consider how stunning this overcast shot is!

I spy Anna Elyse's Madeleine bridal gown on the top right and Theia's petal gown on the bottom right!

I spy Anna Elyse’s Madeleine bridal gown on the top right and Theia’s petal gown on the bottom right!

We love the soft, romantic color palette of this shoot, and that cake with mussel shells is kinda fantastic!

We love the soft, romantic color palette of this shoot, and that cake with mussel shells is kinda fantastic!

Thinking outside the box!

We get so excited when brides think outside of the box! For instance, we’ve had some choose a fascinator in lieu of a veil. Others go for patterned bridesmaids’ dresses (we’ve got ‘em!) instead of the usual solid. Another favorite is when brides wear a chunky, colored necklace with their gowns. These little changes go a long way towards making the look and style of the wedding truly yours, and we love that! For that reason, we take the buying of Flair’s merchandise very seriously. We want every girl who walks in the door to find something that she loves, no matter her desired style or budget. So today, we’re highlighting some of our designer’s bridal gowns that step outside of the box, for you brides looking to wear a little something unique on your big day! Enjoy and give us a call when you’re ready to do a little coloring outside of the lines 🙂

Lynn Lugo's Kristen bridal gown: Slinky, sassy and silver. We love it!

Lynn Lugo’s Kristen bridal gown: Slinky, sassy and silver. We love it!

We are in love with the low back and blush color of Amy Kuschel's Hope gown!

We are in love with the low back and blush color of Amy Kuschel’s Hope gown!

Theia's ombre petal gown; such a stunner!

Theia’s ombre petal gown; such a stunner!

Love, Yu Bridal Guest Trunk Show!

We are in Love with Love, Yu Bridal!

Summer is such a fun time at Flair! One of the things we’re most excited about is our amazing guest trunk show schedule! We love using the summer months to get to know new designers, and bring their gorgeous fashions to YOU! Up first is Love, Yu Bridal. Owner and designer Ee-Lyn Tang was working in the banking industry, but she always had a passion for fashion. So, she bravely decided to leave her old world behind and enroll in Parsons, and the rest is history! Ee-Lyn started Love, Yu Bridal in 2009 and has been wowing brides all over the world since. Flair has always been a fan, so when we noticed that Love, Yu didn’t have a store in New England, we jumped at the opportunity to show off her gorgeous gowns to our brides! Check out some of our favorite gowns below, and give us a call to see them (and more!) in person at our guest trunk starting next Saturday the 31st! This is a rare opportunity to see her gowns in our area, so act fast. We know these appointments will book up quickly!

We love the illusion neckline on the Hailey gown (only $1700!)

We love the illusion neckline on the Hailey gown (only $1700!)

Check out the gorgeous lace hem and detailing on Paige (just $2000!)

Check out the gorgeous lace hem and detailing on Paige (just $2000!)

Maya is perfect for an alternative bridal gown, or reception dress, at $1500!

Maya is perfect for an alternative bridal gown, or reception dress, at $1500!

We are obsessed with the cap sleeves on Olivia (only $1800)!

We are obsessed with the cap sleeves on Olivia (only $1800)!

Madison is the epitome of elegance for just $2200!

Madison is the epitome of elegance for just $2200!

Bridal Spotlight-A Very Flair Wedding!

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.

What color?

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 cohesiveYour 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?

We went to Couples Swept Away, in Negril Jamaica, thanks to the amazing Marisa Cole at Sensational Travel.

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!

Stacey & Zak Trailer- Harvard Club Boston Wedding from Long Haul Films on Vimeo.

 

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!!

XOXO

Mrs. Stacey Kraft (finally)

Want us to shine a spotlight on you and your wedding?

E-mail us!

boston@flairbridesmaid.com

 

 

Theia….now at Flair!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soooooo gorgeous!!

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.

617.247.2828

Happy Fall, we look forward to seeing all of you soon!!

XOXO

Linds & Stace

Jumping for Joy in July over Jenny Yoo!

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!

617.247.2828

XOXO

Linds & Stace

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