Bridal Belts

The perfect finishing touch to your wedding day style!

While wedding planning, you really start to appreciate all of the little details that set your big day apart from the rest. You’ve probably been to other weddings that had peony centerpieces, but none of them had your chic mercury glass vases! We’ve all seen our fair share of wedding cakes, but none had your custom bobble head toppers! In pretty much every area of wedding planning there is the opportunity to really customize it and make it your own. With wedding gowns, one of the easiest ways to do so is with a beautiful bridal belt! If you’re considering adding one to your look, here are some questions to ask yourself to help you find the perfect one:

Our girl AB Ellie has a belt for every bride! Oh, and jewelry, veils, straps, and more. Yeah, she's pretty much a bride's best friend!

Our girl AB Ellie has a belt for every bride! Oh, and jewelry, veils, straps, and more. Yeah, she’s pretty much a bride’s best friend!

To bling or not to bling? – You might assume that all bridal belts are just covered in crystals, but for those of you who aren’t looking for super sparkle there are plenty of other options. With lace, pearls, flowers, and more, there is a belt out there for every style and taste!
To bow or not to bow? – With most belts, you have the option to either tie it in the back or keep it clean and simple. If you like the look of a bow in the back, that’s nice and easy; belts come with extra ribbon on the ends for just that! If you’d rather not mess with tying anything, though, you can have your tailor either sew the belt into your gown or make snaps in the belt to achieve your bow-free look.
How much detail? – Some belts come with embellishments all the way around, while others have a small section of detail. Think about your dress from all angles and decide if a belt covered in embellishment would be too much, or just right!
What color? – In general, ivory or other warm-toned dresses go best with gold toned embellishments, while white gowns pair nicely with silver. While your belt and dress are separate pieces, they still have to work together, so try to keep this in mind as you shop.
How much do I want to spend? – The general rule is that more bling = more money. If you want to spend a little less, consider a belt that doesn’t have sparkle covering the entire belt, or opt for another kind of embellishment. If your gown came under budget, though, then go for it and up the accessories anti!

Need some guidance? Give us a ring to set up an accessories appointment at Flair!

How to make your dress unique!

It’s time to take a walk down memory lane. The year is 2002; super boot cut jeans are all the rage, internet is dial up and everyone has that Nokia cell phone with the changing face plates (mine was sparkly pink – don’t be jealous). Can you picture it? What a great year it was. It was also the year I had to shop for my senior prom dress. For a lot of girls, prom is the first time to shop for a super fancy dress, and in my family we went all out. We made a day of it; lunch, manicures and…Party Dress Express. Anyone from Rhode Island will know this place. It’s basically the best prom shop ever…and it’s in a warehouse. From the look of the outside you think you might get murdered, and then you walk inside and it is crystal, tulle and taffeta heaven. The best part? Once you choose your dress, they take down the name of your high school and don’t let anyone else from your school get your dress. Boom! Sorry all other East Greenwich High School seniors, no one else can have my fab black dress with the huge slit up the front and corset back (I must’ve been in a slutty phase).

lindsay-s maid of honor wearing the olivia-u3332

Years later when it came time to shop for my bridal gown, I missed that little bit of exclusivity. While there are tons of bridal gowns out there, there was no guarantee when I chose my gown that none of my guests would have seen it before. As a matter of fact, mine was featured on “Say Yes to the Dress” a few weeks after I bought it. Fail.

So what’s a bride to do? Make it your own with the accessories, of course! Brides are always surprised how much detail a belt or jewelry can add to a gown. Not only that, but one belt can give a gown a totally different look and feel than another. So, we can try the same gown on multiple girls in the same day and get totally different vibes from each, just based on the accessories each girl likes. That’s one of the many great things about our belt designer, A.B. Ellie; she has tons of different styles and on top of that, she is open to customizing everything. Want her belt, but with a custom purple ribbon? You got it. Want more jewels added to a design (who doesn’t)? Not a problem! The sky’s the limit with A.B. Ellie and we can’t wait to help you create the belt of your dreams!

vinscena wearing the lady small-u3378

Hope you enjoyed the flashback to high school!

Fashionably Yours,

Lindsay 🙂

 

Spotlight on Katie’s Perfect Pink Wedding!

We are on a roll with some seriously gorgeous weddings!!  We are so lucky to be a part of so many wonderful bride’s weddings, and Katie is no exception.  Every time she graced us with her presence at Flair we all left with a smile on our face!! She is warm, sweet and extremely kind!  Her wedding was infused with pink and complimented her venue in the Adirondacks Mountains. Enjoy her perfectly pink wedding.

What was your inspiration for your wedding?

The color pink and the Adirondacks!


How did you tie that inspiration in to what you choose for your bridesmaid dresses/bridal gown?

Our bridesmaids wore Coren Moore silk shantung azalea (light pink) dresses, I wore an azalea Coren Moore bridal sash for the reception and the groom and groomsmen wore pink Vineyard Vines ties.  The Coren Moore dresses and my gown were a perfect fit for a day wedding in the Adirondack Mountains.


What were you looking for in your bridesmaid dresses?

I wanted our bridesmaids to look and feel great in their dresses!  Two of our bridesmaids helped me select a handful of different styles from Coren Moore’s bridesmaid collection for each of them to choose from.  Though I did not let our bridesmiads decide on the color of their dresses, I wanted them to be able to pick a style of dress that they felt great in.  When you look and feel good in what you are wearing the day is always more fun!


How was Stacey/Lindsay/Brooke most helpful?

Stacey, Lindsay and Brooke were all very helpful!  Brooke helped me each time I visited Flair, she had wonderful suggestions and ideas for outfitting our bridal party.  All three girls assisted with placing orders and notifying me when anything arrived at the store.  Everyone at Flair was incredibly friendly, accommodating and responsive.

What did you choose for your bridal gown?

Coren Moore’s Chloe Gown in ivory silk shantung.  I wore an ivory bridal sash and my mother’s veil for the ceremony and an azalea bridal sash for the reception.

How was your experience at Flair?

Fantastic!  I highly recommend Flair to any bride for both her bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses.

Where did you get married?

We were married at Sacred Heart Church in Lake George, NY.  Our Reception was at The Sagamore Resort on Lake George in Bolton Landing, NY.

What was your favorite part of the Wedding?

All of it!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

For our honeymoon we vacationed at the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay.  We highly recommend this location to any couples looking to honeymoon in Hawaii, it was so much fun!

List of Vendors?

Bridal Gown: Coren Moore from Flair

Veil: My Mothers!

Shoes: Kate Spade

Bridal Alterations: Newbury Tailoring Company

Bridesmaids: Coren Moore from Flair

Groom and Groomsmen: Vineyard Vines, Smathers & Branson, Brooks Brothers

Flowers: Finishing Touches

Band: Total Soul Party, this band is perfect for Weddings!

Photography: Goldman Studio

Reception and Catering: The Sagamore Resort (for New England Brides to be, The Sagamore is a sister Resort to The Samoset Resort and Wentworth by the Sea).  The service at The Sagamore was truly exceptional!

 

Congratulations to one of the sweetest brides of all time!

XOXO

Lindsay & Stacey

Spotlight on Lindsay & Jay! A “Flair-y Tail” Wedding!

What is a “Flair-y Tail” wedding you ask?

Once upon a time on a hot day in July after months and months of planning and thinking about her big day, the manager at Flair finally got married!  Although it was one of the hottest days of the year…..hovering around 90 degrees all day….it was a beautiful clear summer day for Lindsay and Jay to tie the knot, and as a guest at the wedding, it truly was a magical and gorgeous day! Here is what our esteemed manager had to say about her big day! XOXO

What was your inspiration for your wedding?

This is going to sound bad coming from someone in the wedding industry but I really didn’t have a theme or any one thing that inspired the wedding. As I got to each to each item (stationary, cake, dresses, etc) I really just chose what appealed to me most visually and hoped that everything looked great together in the end (which it did!). Personally, I am not a huge fan of theme weddings but every bride is different! One theme that did sort of creep out after we made a few decisions is that most everything was black, white and gray, so we ended up with a very neutral wedding. We really only had pops of color in the pink flowers and some pale pink in the cake. Brides, I encourage you to not get too caught up in a theme. Yes, sailboats are adorable on your personalized cocktail napkins, but you don’t necessarily need them on your cake, men’s ties, etc. This is your one chance to just choose things that you love and make it all about you, so go for it!

How did you tie that in to what you choose for your bridesmaid dresses/bridal gown?

After months of cutting out wedding gown photos from magazines, I found that all of the ones I loved had a few things in common: mermaid, strapless, ruffles. Turns out, I had a very specific style! I found just that at Kleinfeld in NYC; it was a great experience, though I would have loved the ease of purchasing my gown at Flair!!

I felt a lot of pressure when it came to the bridesmaids’ dresses. First things first, I wanted to make sure my girls loved their dress. Secondly, I work so close to the bridesmaids’ process that I really felt pressure to do something unique. This lead me to my two tone dresses. I am madly in love with them! A big thanks to Lynn Lugo for doing the two tone for me, I highly recommend it to brides looking to set their dresses apart a little.

What did you choose?

I chose the Tate dress by Lynn Lugo; gorgeous! Yes, I went with a trendier style with the one shoulder, but that truly didn’t bother me. It was my favorite and the girls’ favorite so that’s what we went with. Don’t overthink it brides! If you find one that everyone (or most everyone) likes by all means STOP LOOKING and go for it!

What color(s)?

Keeping with the neutral theme that developed, I went with a silver top and a gunmetal skirt. My sister/MOH had a black crystal A.B. Ellie belt to set her apart a little (more like a lot…she had more bling than me…). I love neutrals, it makes it much easier for the girls to rewear (fingers crossed) and you can always add color in the flowers, shoes, etc.

Tips for brides when selecting their BM dresses? Bridal Gowns?

1) Don’t overthink it! Brides are constantly asking themselves “Is this too trendy” “Does this go with the table linens?” “What will soandso think?” If you like it, don’t question it, go for it! You don’t want to look back and wish you’d gone another way.

2) When you find a dress you love, stop looking! There are lots of pretty dresses out there so you could torture yourself and keep looking but you’ll just end up stressed and tried.

3) Know from the start that you may not make all of your bridesmaids’ happy. Pretty self-explanatory, but it’s true. If they’re your good friends they’ll wear whatever you want them to. You’re the one that has to look at the photos for forever, so make sure YOU like how it looks first and foremost!

4) Be ready to do some tailoring, every dress needs some. I had some and all of my bridesmaids did too. So, even the “experts” aren’t immune. It’s just a fact of bridal life so get used to it!

When and where was your wedding?

I knew from the start that I wanted a chic, downtown wedding. We were married in St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Back Bay with the reception at the Skywalk at the top of the Prudential Center. Great views for our out of town guests!

What was your favorite part of the wedding?

Our first dance! In the last two weeks before the wedding we decided to add 6 dance lessons to our already packed schedule; certifiable but was worth EVERY minute. It was nice to escape and take the lessons together and then wow our guests with an amazing choreographed dance. I will never forget their reactions!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We are waiting to honeymoon until the winter. It’s so nice in New England right now but we’ll be glad to escape the snow in a few months! We’re thinking Hawaii or the Atlantis in the Bahamas.

List of Vendors

Bridal gown: Alita Graham exclusive for Kleinfeld

Bridal Alterations: Newbury Tailoring Company (we wouldn’t send you a place we wouldn’t use too!)

Bridesmaids: Lynn Lugo from Flair (duh)

Veil: etsy!!!!

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Flowers: Rob from Twig in the South End = genius!

Hair/makeup: Wedding Tresses (they are amazing!!)

DJ: DJ ACT1 (nicest guy ever!)

Ceremony Music: Intermezzo Chamber Players (Coldplay and Journey on the strings? Yes please!)

Photography: Mary Paulk for The Pros Photography (best deal around!)

Cake: Konditor Meister

 

So nice to finally be able to celebrate Lindsay and Jay’s wedding….she truly deserved such a beautiful and special day, especially after dressing hundreds of other bridal parties in and around New England!

Congrats to Lindsay & Jay!

May you live happily ever after……..

xoxo

Stacey 🙂