Wedding Checklist

Commonly Forgotten Items

“It is what it is.” “If it’s meant to be, it will be.” “Everything happens for a reason.” “Hindsight is 20/20.” All annoying phrases, am I right? As true as they may be, generally when someone slaps you with one of these, it’s a time when you really don’t want to hear it. Luckily, when it comes to weddings we’ve got the last one covered for you. We’re here with some commonly forgotten wedding checklist items, so that your foresight, current sight, hindsight, and really any sight can have perfect, wedding ready vision 🙂

Your legal documents – Remember that marriage certificate you waited endlessly for at city hall? It’s quite literally the most important part of the wedding day but many brides still end up leaving it at home. Put it on your packing checklist NOW. Also, if you’re leaving the country the following day for your honeymoon, be sure to grab your passport (unflattering photo and all)!

Remembering your marriage certificate ensures you can get a classic, sentimental photo like this one!

Remembering your marriage certificate ensures you can get a classic, sentimental photo like this one!

Your photos – Obviously you’ll think to book your photographer, but also remember to do your photo homework in advance of the big day. Look at your photographer’s blog and choose some shots that you like. Send them to your photographer in advance so that he/she can get a good sense of the style that you’re going for. Trust us, it will make the day go smoothly and ensure that you get the photos you’ve been dreaming of. In addition, choose someone who will assist the photographer in wrangling guests for photos. This should be someone who knows yours and your fiancé’s family/friends well. So, when the grandparents are needed, for example, this person knows just where to find them!

Vendor meals – It’s customary to provide your vendors who will be on site during the reception with a meal. After all, you want them energized and at their best! Talk to your caterer/venue in advance about having a few less formal meals on hand for them. Typically they will work with you to create a lower priced entrée that your vendors will surely appreciate!

Your ceremony seating – Reception seating is planned to a t, complete with seating chart and all. Yet somehow, brides tend to pass over thinking about their ceremony seating. Decide if you want to designate sides for your family and your fiancé’s. If you have individual chairs, plan on providing extra, as people tend to not want to sit right next to each other if they don’t have to.

Whether you assign seating or not, you've got to admit this sign we found on Etsy is too cute!

Whether you assign seating or not, you’ve got to admit this sign we found on Etsy (link to seller above) is too cute!

Tell us – is there another item you’d add to this list? Let us know; future brides will appreciate your 20/20 hindsight 🙂

Hayley Paige Wedding Dresses

Coming to Flair soon!

Flair has a fabulous, fashionable new addition – Hayley Paige bridal gowns! We have carried her other line, Blush by Hayley Paige, for some time now and are so in love with it that we simply had to add the original line to our collection, too! There are many similarities between the two lines that we think you’ll appreciate. Both feature lush, high quality fabrics, modern, fresh designs and a unique, stylish perspective that only Hayley Paige can provide.

Hayley’s fashion resume is substantial and diverse. She has worked with Nina Garcia at Elle Magazine, Jill Stuart ready to wear, and has designed for Melissa Sweet bridal as well as the first Marchesa Eternal bridal collection at Priscilla of Boston. All of that experience and hard work led to the start of her own label, and the dreamy, ethereal and irreverent gowns you see from her today!

The Hayley Paige collection is priced between $2000-$4500, which is amazing considering all of the design and detail you get! Check out Guindon - a New England bride's dream!

The Hayley Paige collection is priced between $2000-$4500, which is amazing considering all of the design and detail you get! Check out Guindon – a New England bride’s dream!

Another thing you can expect from Hayley Paige? Some gorgeous backs, like on Leighton!

Another thing you can expect from Hayley Paige? Some gorgeous backs, like on Leighton!

Want some bling? HP has you covered too! Isn't Star gorgeous?!

Want some bling? HP has you covered too! Isn’t Star gorgeous?!

Want to get to know this amazing designer and collection better? Keep an eye on our social media; we’ll keep you posted as these beauties start to arrive! Also, be sure to schedule your appointment for our upcoming Hayley Paige events. Give us a ring ASAP, these will definitely be popular weekends that will book far in advance!

See the Spring 2015 Hayley Paige Collection at our trunk show October 2-4

and then

See the best of Hayley Paige and the Fall 2015 at our trunk show February 19-21

Technology and Weddings

Taking your big day into the future!

It’s a major understatement to say that technology is a big part of our lives. From bracelets that track our heart rate to phones that…well…do just about anything, it’s hard to remember a time before these electronic conveniences. When it comes to weddings, though, technology is still finding its proper place. Some weddings go completely unplugged, asking their guests to stow their cameras and phones. Others go all out and incorporate technology in many aspects of their big day. Most people, though, fall somewhere in the middle and want to embrace technology, but not let it overtake their wedding. If you’re one of those people, here are some fun, unique ways to pop some technology into your big day:

Photography – Do your research and you may just find a photographer in your area that incorporates drones into their routine. Yes, drones. They’re getting more and more commonplace, and many photographers find them to be the perfect second shooter! They can get angles and images that the average photographer can’t, and will ensure that you get some stunning, unique shots!

Cake – Credit Disney Weddings for this amazing, futuristic idea: images/videos projected onto your cake! Forget the frosting flowers of the past, and imagine your confection decorated with a home video of you and your sweetie. Cue the oohs and ahhs from your guests! Photos, videos, animations…the possibilities are endless!

Cake-Gif-2

Photos courtesy of disneyweddings.com

Photos courtesy of disneyweddings.com

Video – While a professional videographer can never be replaced, you can use technology to get some amazing, candid video of your big day. How about a GoPro camera hidden in your bouquet? Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a video showing your perspective coming down the aisle?! Or consider assigning a member of your bridal party to Periscope duty and help those that can’t be with you to see your wedding in real time.

Dress – Of course we have to address the mix of technology and gowns! One of our fabulous bridal designers, Theia, has paved the way to the future with their custom gown for Carrie Underwood that featured a digital light show! While it may be awhile before a bride is ready to go that far, it’s amazing to think about how far fashion has come! If you want to pop some technology into your look in a more subtle way, how about a 3D printed headpiece? Chic, modern and sure to wow!

Photo courtesy of People.com

Don O’Neill, you’re a genius! Photo courtesy of People.com

We found this beauty on Pinterest. What do you think? Would Kate approve of this futuristic fascinator?

We found this beauty on Pinterest. What do you think? Would Kate approve of this futuristic fascinator?

Let us know, how are you incorporating technology into your big day?

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

The don’ts that every bride should know!

When trying something new, there’s always a little bit of trial and error. No one skis a black diamond on their first try. No one has perfect hair their first time using a curling iron (we’ve all been victim to those tight, Shirley Temple curls). But what about wedding dress shopping? Most of us only get one crack at that, so how do you work out the kinks? Take advice from fab pros like Flair, of course! We’ve learned over the years that when it comes to gown shopping, oftentimes it’s more about knowing what NOT to do. Here are our top dress shopping don’ts:

Yes, we are shamelessly using this blog as an excuse to show off photos of Flair brides who obviously shopped successfully - they look gorge! Photo credit: Leah Haydock Photography

Yes, we are shamelessly using this blog as an excuse to show off photos of Flair brides who obviously shopped successfully – they look gorge! Photo credit: Leah Haydock Photography

DON’T try on a gown that is over of your budget – There’s a reason it’s more expensive. It’s pretty, and you’re probably going to love it. Then you’ll have the hard decision of either raising your budget or trying to forget said dress; a Sophie’s choice if I’ve ever heard one!
DON’T shop too early – Your body may change. Your taste/style may change. New styles may come out that you’ll love more. Enough said. 12-9 months in advance is ideal for dress shopping/purchasing, so do your best to stay within that time frame.

Another pretty, pretty Flair bride :)

Another pretty, pretty Flair bride :)

DON’T focus on sales – Sure, sales are great…if they happen to apply to a dress that you already love. It can be easy to feel like you “love” a dress because it’s on a huge discount, but that shouldn’t be your #1 reason to purchase it. Think about if the dress was full price; would you love it just as much? If so, buy it! If not, it may be time to move on.
DON’T try to change a dress – Aside from little adjustments (extra length, for example) you really shouldn’t want to change a dress if it’s truly “the one.” If you want to alter major parts of the dress (i.e. top style, skirt fullness, material, etc.) then it’s likely not the one for you. Besides, the designer knew what he/she was doing and there’s probably a reason they designed the dress the way they did. Even if they will make the desired modifications for you, do you really purchase a dress without seeing those changes first? Probably not.

Gorgeous overload!

Gorgeous overload!

DON’T try to please everyone – This dress is all about YOU. Period. End of sentence. Sure, it would be great to have everyone in your entourage agree on a dress, but we’re here to tell you – that rarely happens. In the same breath, don’t feel pressured to purchase a dress just because everyone in your group loves it. If the only reason you love it is because they do, it’s probably not the one for you.

Lastly, DON’T put too much pressure on yourself. After all, gown shopping should be fun! One way to ensure that it is…come to Flair 😉 We can’t wait to shop with you soon!

Wedding Weather

Beat the heat (or snow, or rain)

As much as you plan for your big day, there’s one thing that you just can’t control: the weather. Mother Nature doesn’t always seem to want to play nice, so it’s important for brides to be prepared for anything. That’s especially true here in New England, where the weather tends to be annoyingly unpredictable. If the 10 day forecast comes out and your wedding day looks like it will be less than ideal, have no fear! There are tons of ways to beat Mother Nature at her own game!
If it’s going to rain:
Grab tons of rainy weather photo props, like wellies and cute umbrellas. You’ll end up with unique, memorable photos, and on top of that, overcast skies actually provide amazing lighting for your photographer! When it comes to your look, make sure your makeup artist uses only waterproof makeup on you and your girls. Also, bring a pair of flats. If you plan to walk outside, the soft, wet ground will wreak havoc on your heels. For your guests, consider having some fluffy towels near the entrance of your ceremony/reception so they can dry off and get ready to celebrate!

Amazing, kind and beautiful Flair bride Molly had Hunter boots for her girls. The result? Adorable overload!

Amazing, kind and beautiful Flair bride Molly had Hunter boots for her girls. The result? Adorable overload!

If it’s going to be cold:
Again, cue the props! Have a pashmina ready for each of your bridesmaids, and how about a glam fur (faux, if you prefer) for yourself? Also, be sure to have tissues and chapstick on hand, as cold temperatures tend to bring out sniffles and chapped lips! Lastly, see if you can have some warm beverages on hand during the photo session. Irish coffee, anyone? These little touches will keep everyone happy and comfortable, and will ensure that you get some fabulous photos! For your guests, think about having some hand warmers around to get them toasty and in the mood to party!

We found this cutie bridal party on theknot.com (photo courtesy of Misha Media Photography)

We found this cutie bridal party on theknot.com (photo courtesy of Misha Media Photography)

If it’s going to be hot:
My own wedding falls under this category. We chose July, so I had it coming, but our day was far above even the normal average temperature. In the days before, we bought tons of water and portable fans for our bridal party to use during the photos. Also, those little oil absorbing face sheets were a lifesaver. Everyone got a little shiny and sweaty as we walked to different photo locations and those babies got us fresh and camera ready! For your guests, consider turning your ceremony program into a fan (after all, most of them will probably do this anyways) and have some cold beverages on hand. You could even have some cubes of watermelon passed around; a fun, cute way to keep everyone hydrated! If your wedding is outside, provide some sunscreen for your guests. They probably won’t think to put any on beforehand and will appreciate the thought.

We found these adorable feta, mint and watermelon bites on hgtv.com

We found these adorable feta, mint and watermelon bites on hgtv.com

Whatever the weather, try to remember that this aspect of your wedding is out of your control, so just roll with the punches! Your day will be perfect regardless, because you’re marrying the one you love 🙂

Making your Bridesmaids Feel Special

Be the Beyonce of Brides (aka the best)!

When you get to a certain age, it seems like your whole life rotates around weddings. When’s that shower? Where’s that bachelorette? We have HOW many weddings this year?! Not to mention when you’re a bridesmaid in one (or more) of those weddings. After the first one or two times being in a bridal party, the shine can wear off a little. So, when you get engaged, remember that while it’s your first time as a bride, it’s probably not your friends’ first time being a maid. Make your wedding stand out (and earn yourself an A+ bride rating!) by doing some special things for your girls throughout the process:

1) Ask them in style – The first interaction your bridesmaids will have with you as a bride is when you ask them to be in the wedding party, so do it right! You don’t have to go crazy (a Bridesmaids style invite complete with live butterfly is not necessary); a simple, chic, personalized card is a timeless approach that is sure to have them saying “yes!”

These ADORABLE cards (by fab local artist Holly Nichols) are available on our online site, Frills, and can be customized with different names/shoe colors!

These ADORABLE cards (by fab local artist Holly Nichols) are available exclusively on our online site, Frills, and can be customized with different names/shoe colors!

Custom MOH card

2) Plan a get together – Kick your wedding planning off with a bang by organizing a fun event for your girls! This is especially important if your bridesmaids don’t all know each other; it’s your job to facilitate the getting acquainted process. Take a cocktail making class, plan an outing at a local vineyard, indulge in a spa day…the list of possibilities goes on and on! It will be fun for everyone and it’ll show your girls that you care, which will get them excited to help you plan for the main event!

3) Take their opinions into account – This is a good idea across the board, but especially with their look. Think about creating a special “bridesmaids’ style” Pinterest board and give them access to add to it. Then, use their ideas as a jumping off point for your dress shopping trip. They will respect that you have taken their preferences to heart and will end up looking and feeling better for it!

Worried they'll have differing opinions? Jenny Yoo shows that it's OK (even beautiful!) to mix and match dresses and colors!

Worried your bridesmaids will have differing opinions? Jenny Yoo shows that it’s OK (even beautiful!) to mix and match dress styles and colors to suit each girl’s style!

4) Give them a shout out – The rehearsal dinner is the perfect time to make your love for your bridesmaids’ known. Most of the important people in your life will be there, so calling them out specifically is sure to bring a tear to their eye and earn you major bride points (and make up for that inevitable bridezilla moment that every bride has).

5) Be the wedding morning maven – By the day of the wedding, your bridesmaids will have done a ton to help you, so it’s time to let them know how much you appreciate all of their hard work! Order room service, bring in their favorite coffee, pop some champagne and create a fun, stress free getting ready environment full of gratitude!

6) Take your photos over the top – If you have time, talk to your photographer about doing special portraits with each of your bridesmaids. Also offer to have their significant others involved. If they can walk away from your wedding with a professional photo with you and their hunny (maybe even their families!) they are sure to remember you as the bride to beat!

Whatever you do, always remember that your bridesmaids’ whole lives are not dedicated to your wedding. Stay involved in what’s going on in their lives too and make time for non-wedding talk. Trust us, you’ll probably want to get your mind off the big day every once and awhile too 🙂

Skincare for Brides

Put your best face forward on your big day!

So, you’ve got your dress (oh, you haven’t yet? call us!). Your shoes? Check. Jewelry? Done. Hair and makeup plan? On fleek. Did we use that appropriately? Regardless, when planning her wedding day look, there’s one other thing every bride should consider: proper skincare! A flawless face is the perfect finishing touch, and you know you want that effortless glow in your photos! So, we went straight to the source to get you all of the 411. We spoke with Meredith Gizmunt, lead aesthetician, and Dr. Jaimie DeRosa of the The DeRosa Clinic and they have TONS of great tips and advice for brides to be. Check it out:

Dr. DeRosa looks FAB, so you know she knows her stuff!

Dr. DeRosa looks FAB herself, so you know she knows her stuff!

Flair: How far in advance of the big day should brides start to think about getting their skin in picture perfect condition?

DeRosa Clinic: It is ideal to start prepping your skin for your wedding day as soon as you can. Brides typically have 6-12 months to plan a wedding, which is the perfect time to begin the process.  At a minimum, I like to see someone for 3 visits before their wedding day (or big event).  This gives us time to see results and know what their skin responds to best.

F: What are some of the biggest skin care concerns brides tend to come in with?

DC: Skin concerns with brides seem to coincide with what most women struggle with: acne, hyperpigmentation or sun spots, dull skin, fine lines, etc.  Exfoliation is the name of the game to treat most skin issues.  The idea is to gently rid our skin of superficial dead skin cells, which dulls the skin, and then treat the skin so that the process of healthy skin production speeds up, giving us bright, beautiful, glowing skin. One of my favorite products for anti-aging and clarifying is Brightenex, a product in Dr. Obagi’s new line, ZO Medical. It is a powerful 2-in-1 product that pairs retinol with all natural skin lightening ingredients (non-hydroquinone).

F: I’ve always heard that you shouldn’t do a facial or add anything new to your skincare routine in the last few weeks before the wedding. Is that true? If so, why?

DC: I tend to be conservative by nature and, while I absolutely recommend a facial treatment the week of the wedding, it is not the time to try something new.  Every bride’s skin is different and responds to treatments differently.  I ease into procedures/treatments for most people, guiding them through different peels and protocols, which takes time.  Since the skin may react to something new, I like to see a bride for a few visits before the big day. Once we have determined what your skin responds to best, I stick with that exact protocol for the week of the wedding. It’s simply not worth risking a reaction!

F: What are some common mistakes brides (or women in general) make when it comes to their skin care routine?

DC: When I ask people about their home routine, I find that most people are under-exfoliating. As I mentioned above, it is exfoliation that really makes the biggest change in the skin.  Doing an at-home scrub, a few times a week just does not cut it.  Instead, I may recommend added a gentle retinol to the evening routine, for example, or using a brightening cream or exfoliating pads each morning.  The key is that I recommend to woman to exfoliate their skin without going overboard–for each of us that routine will be different.  I like to review a bride’s current at-home skin care regimen at the initial complimentary consultation and make suggestions on what may be added or removed to optimize her results.

F: Most brides want to get a little color on their skin before the big day. In your opinion, is there any safe way to get a little tan?

DC: I get this question a lot! Having worked in dermatology and plastic surgery offices for over 10 years, including for 5 in Florida, I am going to say NO. There is no such thing as “safe” sun.  Any change in color to the skin is radiation from the sun (i.e. sun damage).  These days we have so many sunless alternatives to the damaging suntan.  A spray tan by a professional is my preferred method to get ‘color’.  For the woman who absolutely wants real sun for their wedding day, I say, at least cover up your face and use a sunless tanner and/or bronzer.  Remember that looking too tan can sometimes age us.

F: What procedures, products, etc. would you recommend to brides getting ready for their wedding?

DC: My most requested procedure by far (from both brides and makeup artists who do bridal makeup) is Dermaplaning. This is a physical form of exfoliation that gently sloughs off dead skin and removes “peach fuzz”.  It is comparable to microdermabrasion but provides 4 to 5 times more exfoliation, making it much more of a dramatic and longer-lasting result.  I often times combine dermaplaning with a gentle chemical exfoliant to get the best and brightest result for your skin. Those two procedures are very complimentary. Your makeup will go on so smoothly and your skin will be radiant. It is how I had my skin prepped for my own wedding!

Brides also may want to consider Botox® treatments, which are performed at The DeRosa Clinic by Dr. DeRosa, who is a facial plastic surgeon.  Botox® can help soften the wrinkles between the brows or on the forehead.  If a bride is considering Botox® for the first time, it’s a good idea to have a treatment at least 4 weeks before the wedding, as the effects will last for 3 to 4 months.

F: Are there any procedures that brides should avoid?

DC: Again, I would go back to the issue of when to try something new.  A week or two before your wedding is not the time to try out a medium depth chemical peel or Botox® for the first time.  While they are great treatments, if you have not had one and do not know how your skin will react, I would avoid it.  Stick with what you know close to the wedding date.  Let me also add that you want to look like yourself on your wedding day.  I would try not to lose sight of that. Your friends and family know what you look like already, it is more important that you feel like your most beautiful and radiant self.

F: In addition to any products/procedures, what lifestyle changes can brides make to help keep their skin healthy?

DC: The basic things like clean eating, exercising and getting enough rest are all going to help your skin be its very best.  Cutting down on “toxins” like coffee, alcohol, sugar, dairy, etc. can all have a positive impact on your skin. The biggest impact and easiest thing to change is increasing your water intake.

Great info, right?? The staff at the DeRosa Clinic are the perfect trifecta of knowledgeable, kind and caring and they are definitely the ones to call to get your skin in shape before the big day, or after! It’s never too late to take care of your skin. It’s an investment every woman should make, so give them a call today!

Lis Simon Wedding Gowns

Get to know the Canadian dress designer!

Here at Flair, we think our job is pretty great. Playing dress up with beautiful Boston brides, fashion shows, photos shoots; the list of our fabulous duties goes on and on! Another task we love? Discovering amazing designers! We have high standards for every brand we bring into Flair. They have to have the perfect combination of stunning styles, fair prices, reasonable lead times and top quality materials. It’s a high bar to set, but worth it because we only want to bring you the very best! We’re happy to say that we’ve found a new designer who meets our critical criteria – Lis Simon!

Founded in Calgary, Canada, Lis Simon’s ideals match with our own. They provide brides with dresses made with high quality fabrics, using top notch workmanship. They vow to keep their prices reasonable and affordable, while maintaining a modern, fashionable look. And their customer service? Over the top! They’re always willing to discuss custom options to make your dress truly yours!

We fell in love with Lis Simon’s gowns as soon as we set eyes on them, and we think you will too! To help you get to know this amazing designer, we’re hosting a guest trunk show March 26 – June 2nd. We’ll have tons of the 2015 collection in the store, and it’s the only time you can see these gorgeous gowns in New England! So, act fast and book your appointment ASAP, you won’t regret it 🙂 To get you ready, check out some of the amazing looks from their most recent collection:

We're gaga for gorgeous Gabby!

We’re gaga for gorgeous Gabby!

Gwyneth - now THAT's a ballgown!

Gwyneth – now THAT’s a ballgown!

Ginnifer is the definition of classic bridal elegance!

Ginnifer is the definition of classic bridal elegance!

We're kinda obsessed with Garner's unique halter top!

We’re kinda obsessed with Garner’s unique halter top!

Swooning over Gabrielle's shoulders!

Swooning over Gabrielle’s shoulders!

Wedding Dress Codes

How to give your guests some guidelines

At Flair, office talk typically consists of things like bustles, veils, lace, sweetheart tops and all others things “bridal.” Today, however, we decided to take a minute to discuss another aspect of the wedding wear world; dress codes! After all, you spend alot of time and money making sure you look amazing, so your guests need to follow suit! Here’s a breakdown/explanation of the major dress code options, so you can decide what’s right for your big day:

1) White Tie: This is the most formal option. All ladies MUST wear floor length evening gowns and the men are required to don a tuxedo and tails, complete with a formal white shirt, white vest and bow tie, white or gray gloves, and black formal shoes. This dress code is not for the faint of heart, and you might meet a little resistance from some of your guests, so be 100% sure this look matches your wedding theme/venue before requiring it.

Thanks to the fab mytuxedocatalog.com for this explanation! The main difference between a tux and a suit is that a tux has satin elements. Who knew?

Thanks to mytuxedocatalog.com for this explanation! The main difference between a tux and a suit is that a tux has satin elements. Who knew?

2) Black Tie – The most standard/popular of the formal dress code options. For the ladies, long dresses are still preferred but the occasional, formal cocktail dress is also acceptable. Note to wedding guests: if you opt for a short dress, just make sure it’s a WOW; your average, everyday knee length dress won’t cut it for black tie! As for the gentlemen, tuxedos are still your best bet, although tails, gloves and bow ties are not required as they are with white tie. Depending on the formality of the venue and the time of day, a formal, conservative, and traditional black suit is also an acceptable option.

3) Black Tie Optional – Another popular choice, this indicates that a tux is not required, but that the event will be formal enough that one wouldn’t look out of place, either. So, guests should use that as a clue when choosing their attire. Ladies should still err on the side of long dresses and men in tuxes or dark, formal suits.

4) Semi-formal – This option starts to give your guests alot more flexibility. Dark suits are not required (though jackets and ties still are), and it is perfectly acceptable for the ladies to wear knee length dresses or even formal skirt and top sets. For a daytime, yet formal event, this is a great choice.

5) Casual – Up until this point we were focusing on ensuring that your guests look formal enough, but with a casual dress code you want to make sure they don’t overdress. Typically, a casual dress code is for a daytime, outdoor wedding, so long dresses might look out of place and tuxes certainly will! For the women, a summery sundress is more than appropriate, just make sure you choose one in a light fabric; satin dresses need not apply! For the men, you can leave your jackets and ties at home! Slacks and a button down shirt are perfectly acceptable.

Want to ensure that your man is dressed just right? Amazing menswear company Paul Fredrick created this super helpful graphic!

Want to ensure that your man is dressed just right? Amazing menswear company Paul Fredrick (http://www.paulfredrick.com/) created this helpful graphic!

Now that you’ve thought about which dress code is right for you, it’s time to tell your guests! When creating your invitations, put your dress code at the bottom center or the bottom right of your main invite card – if the reception and ceremony are in the same location. If the reception is in a separate venue, it is also acceptable to list your dress code on the reception card.

Duh, we had to use Kim K's invite as an example. Her marriage, however we won't emulate ;)

Duh, we had to use Kim K’s invite as an example. Her marriage, however we won’t emulate ;)

Make sense? Attire is important so if you have any questions, your favorite wedding fashionistas at Flair are always here to help! 🙂

Bridesmaids’ Dresses

Caring for your wedding wardrobe

As we unpacked box after box of shiny, new bridesmaids’ dresses this week, we got to thinking about what happens to these beauties after they leave our showroom. We LOVE getting photos from our brides’ big days; seeing the dresses come to life and fit in with all of your other gorgeous wedding details. But what about before the wedding day? We realized that maybe it was time for a little crash course in “I just received my bridesmaid’s dress, now what??”

Just a small sampling of the dresses we unpack on a daily basis. Side bar, this is going to be one beautiful, blush bridal party!

Just a small sampling of the dresses we unpack on a daily basis. Side bar, this is going to be one beautiful, blush bridal party!

So you pick up your dress, you’re all excited, and then you get it home and kinda freak out a little. This is a super important dress and you have to keep it safe and in perfect condition until the wedding day (which for some people is months away). Don’t panic, here’s what you do:

1) Try it on…ASAP! – We’re going to start off by saying that 99.9% of the time our dresses leave the store in perfect condition. However, there is that other 0.1% to consider. If you get your dress home and you think something isn’t quite right, we have to know about it right away. Most likely, it’s not an actual problem and we can talk you through it. In the event that there is a true issue, though, our designers will only consider fixing a dress if they know about the problem quickly. The longer it’s in your care, the more likely the problem occurred on your end, and the less likely they will be to remedy it.

2) Find your dress a home – Once you’ve tried your dress on and are happy with it, it needs a place to live. Find a nice, dark place (like the back of your closet) to keep it safe. Avoid anywhere that gets direct sunlight, as prolonged sun exposure overtime can affect the color slightly. Also, make sure the dress isn’t smashed/crushed; giving it ample space will avoid wrinkling. Last but not least, always keep your dress in the bag we provided it with!

3) Plan your tailoring – Most dresses will need some adjustments, so use this time to research where you want to take yours. Of course, Flair has a preferred, amazing tailor, but ultimately you can take your dress wherever you like. We strongly recommend choosing a reputable tailor with great reviews (ideally someone you know has used/loved them). Remember, the cheapest option is likely not the best option. This is not the place to cut corners!

4) Let out some steam – While many tailors will offer to steam your dress for you, it is likely to get a few wrinkles between pick up and the wedding day. See if the venue where you will be getting ready has a steamer on hand for last minute adjustments. If not, most dresses can be steamed in the bathroom during a nice, long, hot shower. Just avoid actual water contact with your dress; keep it far enough from the stream to just get a nice, little steam.

Perfect steaming form! Pull the fabric out and get the steamer close, but not touching the garment. Fab photo courtesy of Calvina Photography

Perfect steaming form! Pull the fabric out and get the steamer close, but not touching the garment. Fab photo courtesy of Calvina Photography

See, nice and easy! If any other questions come up between pick up and the wedding, though, just reach out to Flair, we’re always here to help!

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