To Spend or Not to Spend??

As any bride can tell you, this is a tough question! Throughout my wedding planning process (spanning the past 14 long months) I’ve had to ask myself, what is worth splurging on and what is not? I think it’s different for everyone. For me, I decided to cut corners on ceremony programs and calligraphy, among other things. I’m sure some of you would gasp in horror at the white address labels on my invitations but to me it really wasn’t a huge deal and it saved me some much needed moolah. Same with the programs, does anyone really read or keep them? I could just see myself taking scarce time and money to create the programs, only to see them left on the church pews. Not happening.

Some things I did splurge on? Almost everything else really! Just kidding (sort of). Seriously though, my main concerns were the venue, bridal gown and bridesmaids’ dresses. I figure if I look good, my girls look good, and the venue is amazing, that’s all anyone will remember, right? OK maybe there are some other important details (the groom I suppose, but they have it so easy – slap on a tux and they all look like 007), but these were my big three. I still cut some corners for my bridesmaids though, allowing them to wear whatever black shoes they want. Hopefully most of them already have something they can wear and if not, they don’t mind investing in a black pair of their choice. So, think about that when you’re choosing your girls’ dresses. Fall in love with a dress that’s a little pricier than you’d like? Splurge on the dress (what people remember most) and consider being lax on the shoes or even hair/makeup (i.e. maybe allow the girls to do their own makeup/hair if they like, to save some money). As for you brides, always splurge on yourself. The sparkly Christian Louboutins patiently waiting in my closet are proof positive that I did!

XO

Lindsay

Things we love: Statement pieces!!!

With the royal wedding right around the corner, there has been non-stop talk (especially amongst the Flair girls) about the statement pieces that Kate Middleton will inevitably wear. 
I mean, come on, she has access to the Queen’s jewels and an endless supply of Philip Treacy hats, of course she’ll pull off some jaw-dropping bridal accessories. So in honor of the upcoming nuptials, we’ve compiled some of the most fabulous statement pieces around…and just because you won’t be gaining an official royal title on your wedding day, doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to feel (and dress) like a princess. 
Bridal headwear by Philip Treacy

Big Crystal & Chain Necklace by Vera Wang
Rhinestone hair accessory by Erin Cole Couture

Ivory vintage lace statement earrings by This Ilk (on Etsy.com)

Crystal Overload head wrap by Ban.do
 Make sure you make a STATEMENT on your “BIG” day!! We sure know Kate Middleton will!!
XOXO
Brooke

Vendor Spotlight: Ode to Wedding Tresses


Hi ladies, I had my hair and makeup trial over the weekend and I have to admit, I was nervous. I’m a little particular when it comes to my hair and makeup, and I felt wary about having someone else do it for me. Can any of you brides relate? Plus, let’s face it, a week after the wedding my man will not be able to recall a single detail about my dress but he will definitely remember if my hair was a mess and I had clown make up on. So, hence my worry.

I chose Wedding Tresses for my hair and makeup because I’d worked with them on a gorgeous Style Me Pretty photo shoot in 2009 and they did an amazing job. Plus, Jackie is such a sweetheart and is SO easy to work with! I went into my trial with a few pictures and ideas and both Jackie, who did my hair, and Holly (makeup artist extraordinaire) did a great job of taking the photos and running with them. By the end, I looked like a slightly more glam version of myself, which is just what I was going for. The last thing I wanted was to not look like myself on my big day. Plus they both had great tips regarding the hair and makeup for my bridal party, mother and future mother in law. Long story short, I should have stopped worrying the minute I booked them!

A few more reasons I adore Wedding Tresses:

1.Their location on Newbury Street is super cute and inviting. Myself and a few others brides were there at the same time and it was so much fun to see what the others were doing and chit chat with everyone.
2. They will travel to you on your wedding day. One less thing to coordinate = heaven.
3. They use makeup that Jackie herself created! It is super lightweight and smooth; my skin never looked so good!
4. All of the girls there seem to really enjoy what they do and they will not let you leave until you are 100% satisfied.

OK, I could go on and on, but check them out for yourself and you’ll see what I mean! This is one thing on your to-do list that you will not have to worry about, I promise!

TTFN beautiful brides!
Lindsay


Stuff We Love!!! Mani’s at Emerge Salon and Spa!!

Lucky us, we got to take a little field trip today courtesy of one of our amazing designers  cough, cough (Coren Moore) who nicely  presented the winners of a fall promo contest with a gift certificate to Emerge!!
We took this opportunity to get a little Manicure and relax for a whole 45 minute! The service at Emerge was AMAZING to say the least we felt very pampered!!  Emerge is the prefect place for a relaxing before the big day or a fun girls day in the city!

We decided to vary the colors for you ladies out there!!

If you get the chance you should check out EMERGE, it is quite the oasis in the middle of the city!! 
XOXO
Brooke, Lindsay and Stacey

Bridesmaids the movie….coming soon to a theatre near you!!!

      Finally, after the boys got “The Hangover”, hilarity is sure to ensue when Bridesmaids hits theaters on May 13th!!  I mean really who can go wrong when you have SNL stars Maya Rudolf and Kristen Wigg staring in it!!  So, be sure to grab your girl friends aka “Bridesmaids” and go see this and laugh your tush off!!

Even the trailer had us rolling on the ground laughing!!

XOXO
Stacey

Stuff We Love!! Long Dresses…….These dresses are long on style ;)

Floor length dresses have always been a point of debate in the bridesmaids’ community. When and where are they appropriate? Are my bridesmaids going to be comfortable in them? Do I have to pay an arm and a leg to get a gorgeous, long dress? Your friends at Flair are here to answer these hard hitting questions and find the floor length dress of your dreams!
  Dessy Collection is a great place to start looking for moderately priced floor length gowns. Most are in the low $200 area, some even under $200 (especially if you have a large number of bridesmaids – the group discount is your friend)!
   
Style #2829                              Style #6613                            Style #2832
 Plus, their flowy styles are perfect even for a summer wedding. Some brides think that if they are getting married in the summer that they have to get short bridesmaids’ dresses and that’s just not the case! You can find light, breezy floor length gowns that scream summer! Plus, Dessy’s newer styles have a blousy look that mimic our fav summer maxi dresses, making them easier to re-wear in the future (c’mon, with a jean jacket over it you’d totally wear it out to dinner)!  
   “Margaux” in Slate Crinkle Chiffon                            “Talia” in Concord Chiffon          

Above we have Jenny Yoo’s chiffon gowns and they are amazing too. The styles are elegant and timeless, perfect for a more formal, evening affair. Even better, the chiffon is so lightweight that all of your girls will feel comfortable in their gowns all night long! In general, bridesmaids tell us that they appreciate a long gown. It’s a change of pace and you don’t have to worry as much about the shoes since they are hidden. So, if you’re leaning towards long, go for it! We can help you find you a gorgeous gown for any occasion! 
Tell us what you are loving!!
XOXO
Linds & Stace

Stuff We Love: Customizable Jewelry by Amelia Rose!!

We have always loved Amelia Rose Design. Her jewelry is locally made and so thoughtfully done, it makes the perfect gift for anyone! Bridesmaids’ jewelry can be tricky though. Finding the right design in the right colors can be time-consuming. 
Let’s face it, when you’re planning a wedding you have a lot on your plate and adding endless hours of searching for the perfect jewelry is not something most brides want or have the luxury to do. Have no fear, Amelia has made it easy for you!
To start, she has three great pieces (2 pairs of earrings and one necklace) to choose from. Once you’ve made your selection there are three metals to choose from to set your jewelry. There’s gold, sterling silver and gold filled (a less expensive option for gold lovers). Finally, you can choose from 14 different colored jewels/crystals to finish the look. It’s so simple, and every bride should be able to find something that she loves! Check it out below:
http://www.ameliarosedesign.com/jewelry/bridesmaid.htm

Stuff We Love-Longest Winter Ever Edition!

Winter…what a drag!  
We know, there is sooooooooo much snow and enormous lake size puddles out there. We are going crazy!  We are praying for spring to come soon.
So, we know it really has nothing to do with the Bridal/Bridesmaid industry, but we thought we would give a little shout out to our fav winter gear!
HUNTER BOOTS!
Apparently, this is what our owner Christine stumbled upon when she came into the store last week and thought it was hilarious! We do love our Hunter boots and obviously we all love them in BLACK!  So, enough said…winter without a pair of these beauties is a cold and sad winter indeed! Quick go buy a pair…..before the next storm!
XOXO
Brooke, Lindsay & Stacey

Stuff We Love!!

Hello Beautiful Brides & Bridesmaids!!!
The perfect for a gift for any bride-to-be.
She will love seeing her new last name beautifully hand-crafted in metal, ready to hold her beautiful wedding dress!!


Even more exciting news!! 
10% of all profits are donated to The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund!!

**Make sure you order early in the month, she sells out quickly and they take 8-10 weeks for production!

XOXO
Stace & Linds
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