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Spotlight on Deb & TJ’s Wedding!

Deb was married on 6.18.11 to T.J. on the water at Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club in Brewster, MA.  They had over 250 guests in attendance.

What was the inspiration for your wedding? Cape Cod.  My fiancé’s family summer on the Cape.  We love being outside, at the beach and enjoying a nice relaxing summer.  We wanted everyone to experience why we love the Cape so much.

Give us three words to describe your wedding? Amazing, best time of my life, humorous…..obviously Deb had a hard time sticking to just 3!

What is important to you on your big day, except for marrying your fiancé? The Party of course!  And our guests.  We want everyone to have a good time.  We want a big fun party with delicious food and drink.

You purchased your bridesmaid dresses from Flair.  Tell me why you selected your dresses? We were in Flair in October of last year.  I knew that I wanted strapless and a dress above the knee that had a Capey feel.  I fell in love with Coren Moore’s Nolan dress.  The girls could easily wear it again, it is short, has pockets and is adorable.  Plus the dress was available in the hydrangea blue color that I love – Riviera Blue.

Was it easy to pick out your bridesmaid dress? I had an amazing time at Flair.  Stacey was my consultant, she was energetic, bubbly – we were two peas in a pod.  And Lindsay was super helpful.  She answered all the questions that I had about sizing for one of my bridesmaids who had a baby.

Share your secrets with brides who are still hunting for the perfect bridesmaid dress? Make sure to decide on what you would like first, but still be open to suggestions.  Do your research.  All of the designers have great websites.  Visit the sites, narrow down your choice to the style and type you love.  This is super important, as it will make your appointment time run much more smoothly.  Bring no more than 4 of your most trusted advisers to the appointment.  They will help you get to a decision quickly.

What did you enjoy most about planning your wedding? Dress shopping of course! Kenneth Pool was my designer for my bridal gown, I tried it on last summer in NY and fell in love, then eventually bought it from the only place in MA that carries him, Christina’s in Andover. I loved looking for and finding my dress and bridesmaid dresses.  It was also a HUGE relief when we found our venue, then we could move forward with the rest of the details.

What was your favorite part of your BIG day? My favorite moment(s) were during cocktail hour (and the reception, too)–talking to everyone and looking around at all of our friends and family that were there to celebrate with us.

Words of wisdom for all those brides planning a wedding?

I have a few words of wisdom that I learned along the way: If you’re looking to get married in the “high” season (anytime other than winter, basically), book way in advance (at least 10 months for most in-demand places, i.e. the Cape).

Have a contingency plan–you may not need it, but make sure there’s an alternative (for EVERYTHING) due to inclimate weather (if you’re getting married outside or want to do pictures outside); know all of the details about what will be changed, substituted, etc.

Lastly, let your guests enjoy all that Boston/Cape Cod/New England has to offer…incorporate the local “flair” into your wedding (favors, centerpieces, invitations, maps/things to do, etc.). Your guests that aren’t from the area will love learning more about your favorite spot!

Where did you Honeymoon? Our honeymoon was AWESOME! Greece for about a week (Athens, Santorini, Crete), Turkey for about a week (Istanbul and Antalya–southern “turquoise” coast) and Italy for a week (Amalfi coast, Capri, Rome). We had 3 weeks to travel and wanted to enjoy a mix of relaxation (Santorini!) and sightseeing (Rome, Athens)

Deb & T.J.’s Vendors:

Bridal Gown: Christina’s (Andover)

Wedding Planner: Tangorra Wedding Planning (Boston)

Florist: Patrice Milley (Cape Cod)

Cake:  Lisa at Delicious Desserts (Cape Cod)

Band: Business Time (Boston)

Photographer:Areti Bratsis (Foxborough)

Welcome baskets: Jen from Pink Polka Dot (Cape Cod)

Instrumentalists at ceremony: Cello Duo (Cape Cod)

Happily Ever After!

Congratulations to Deb and T.J. it was a pleasure working with your bridal party!! The photographs are absolutely gorgeous!! So happy to help with your perfect day!

XOXO
Lindsay & Stacey

Interested in our other Blog Spotlights!

Check out Kat’s Wedding!

Check out Jen’s Wedding!

Check out Leslie’s Wedding!

If you are interested in having the SPOTLIGHT cast on you and your wedding dressed by Flair please e-mail us at:

Stacey@flairbridesmaid.com


If it seems too good to be true, it probably is…

Don’t you just love living in the new millennium? I honestly do not remember how we lived sans cell phones and the Internet. Hello, I absolutely must have access to Facebook at all times. I am a little bitter though that we 80’s babies didn’t have the luxury of the Internet growing up (well, pre junior high), it would have made all those book reports a lot easier. Remember spending Sundays at the library doing research, using a card catalog, etc.? Eww. It’s SO much better to do that same research from your laptop with the Kardashians on in the background.

Anyways, the internet has also revolutionized the wedding planning process. Now, you can compare vendors and even see samples of their work all from the comfort of your favorite chaise. You can email them when any little detail comes up and have it taken care of ASAP. Really, it’s a God send. There is one tiny exception that we have found…the super discounted dress sites. C’mon, you know you’ve checked them out. We do not take it personally, why not be a savvy consumer? We do want to caution you though…if they are selling the exact same dress as us for a much cheaper price, there’s a reason for it and they will definitely make that money up somewhere (in tailoring costs, exorbitant shipping or other misc. fees, or just in the stress they will inevitably cause you).

For example, we had a fabulous bride come to us a few weeks ago with a dilemma (and she’s not the only one, we’ve heard plenty of these stories…). She’d ordered her dresses from one of these sites (don’t want to name names and call out this business on the blog, but call us if you want to know who to avoid) and they came in with the wrong trim/sash color. OK, not a good situation but for Flair, though, it’s totally fixable. For this site, apparently, it was not. They never returned her calls and really there’s no customer service department to speak of. Long story short, she shipped the dresses back to them (even though she hadn’t heard from them) and now has to go through the annoying process of contesting their charge on her credit card. NOT what any bride wants to be doing in the weeks before her wedding.

Flair to the rescue! Said fabulous bride came to see us and we, along with the designer’s help, got her dresses to her within a week. So we caution you to remember, you get what you pay for. Flair does not charge anything over the designer’s suggested retail prices and along with that you get US! We are here to help you in any way that we can. Let’s face it, mistakes happen and they’re never fun to deal with but I can promise you that we’ll take care of them much easier and faster than one of those sites.

Happy shopping brides and maids, we look forward to working with lots of you this coming Fall and Winter!

XOXO

Linds 😉

 

Let Photographers do their job!

It’s not often that I write a post about my personal opinion but…..here is something new that I have been seeing at wedding after wedding and it has really caught my attention.  I realize how lucky we are to live in the age of digital cameras and phones with the ability to take gorgeous pics and videos.  This is super exciting and it seems we get even more excited about it at weddings.

But, I noticed while at a friends wedding a few weeks ago….as we all paused to watch this beautiful bride walk down the aisle….not everyone was enjoying the sight of a woman walking to her future husband, so excited and in love….. I looked around during the most important part of the wedding and realized what was happening all around me.  It was like paparazzi surrounding Lindsay Lohan….people leaning over other people, stepping in the aisle just to try and get a shot of the beautiful bride approaching the alter.

This is when I realized, um hello this bride and groom probably paid thousands and thousands of dollars for PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS!!!  Your pics will probably turn out blurry, or have half of someone face chopped off, so why the heck are you ruining the moment trying to get a fuzzy pictures, when you were asked to be a guest at the wedding, not the photographer.

I guess what I am trying to say is put your cameras, phones, ipods, ipads and everything else away….at least during the ceremony and PLEASE, PLEASE let the PROFESSIONALS do their jobs.  That is what they were hired to do.  Sit back and enjoy the most magical part of the wedding, take in the sight of two people pledging their undying love for one another!  I promise the pros will get it right and you will be able to enjoy a beautiful and hopeful wedding ceremony.

So, save your photographs for the cocktail hour and reception!!

Take a look and some of our favorite professional Photographers in the Boston area!!

Sweet Jane Photography

Leah Haydock Photography

Pearson + Killian Photography

Kate McElwell Photography

Smile!

XOXO

Stace

Our Kim Kardashian Wedding Dress Prediction!

Although we do not have any so-called “royals” here in the good old U.S.A the closest thing we have is the Royal Family of Reality TV…..

THE KARDASHIAN’S!

Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphrey’s will be getting hitched this Saturday……so Lindsay and I put our head together and debated for hours upon hours over the past few weeks and here is what we have come up with!

We know the designer is Vera Wang, a close family friend and we think she will stick with the Mermaid silhouette.  It’s gotten her this far why would she veer off course now! So, we think it is going to be a mix between these two gowns below….and don’t be surprised if you see her in something other than WHITE! (Although we think that would be such a crime)

We are thinking this will be the shape of the dress and possibly the color!

With a train that will W-O-W and a sleek satin bodice!

As for the gaggle of bridesmaids we had a tougher time….we thought she would want to something a little different from Khloe’s wedding, so here is our best guess!

Soft, romantic and flowy!! However we are voting for a grey color!

I guess we will all have to wait and see. But in the meantime let us know what you think Kim and her “dolls” aka bridesmaids will be wearing on the Big Day!!

XOXO

Your fav Flair Dolls!

Lindsay & Stacey

Check out our prediction from the real “Royal Wedding”!

I’ve been there, learn from me…

Hi pretty brides! I’m sure all of you 2011 brides are in stress central right? I was there approximately 1 month ago and you’ll get through it, I promise. I just got married on July 23 and it truly was the best day of my life. The feeling of having (almost) everyone you love all in one room is so overwhelming (in a good way!) and amazing. There’s nothing like it! So, keep that in mind as you do those last monotonous things. It will all be worth it in the end! I’ve come up with some tips to help you through the end of your planning process.

1)      Don’t sweat the small stuff: I know, it’s much easier said than done but really try to live by this mantra. Practicing what I preach: my bridal gown had little organza flowers on the skirt and people kept stepping on it which pulled some of the flowers off. This is not an excuse to go all Jeckyll and Bride all over said guest(s). My exact quote was “whatever!” Seriously, by the time your day gets here you’ll be so happy that stuff like that just doesn’t seem to matter anymore.

2)      Have a photo plan: The time you have between the ceremony and the reception goes by in warp speed. If you go in without a plan it’s going to pass you by and all you’ll have to show for it are a few cheesy posed shots that no one really likes. Know where you want to go and what groups of people you want photographed. Also, if time allows definitely save time for some photos of just you and your honey. It’s a nice way to relax a little and make it just about the two of you. It is your day, after all!

3)      SLOW DOWN: As anxious as you are to get married, take your walk down the aisle slowly. I sped through mine and it was tough for my photographer to get good photos. Whoops, fail, etc.

4)      Cheers!: Plan ahead and have some bubbly waiting for you and your bridal party after the ceremony. It will loosen them up a little for the photo session and it’s a great excuse to have people toast to you and tell you how fab you are.

5)      Girls night!: Don’t plan ANYTHING to do the night before the wedding (besides the rehearsal/ rehearsal dinner of course). Spend your last single night with your best girls. If you’re anything like me and my friends you’ll end up gabbing and doing those cheesy dance moves that you can’t do in front of your fiance. Well, soon you can because you’ll be married and he’s stuck with you no matter what…

Boston’s Best Moderately Priced Bridal Gowns~Round 2!

Hello bridal world we know yesterday was amazing….and we hope you loved those Jenny Yoo gowns as much as we do!!

But, today hold on to veil’s girls……and check out Coren Moore’s gorgeous gowns!   A born and bred New England-er Coren Moore has some classic and beautiful shapes!

Coren Moore’s “Seraphina”

With some gorgeous lace Seraphina is a traditional strapless gown with an A-line skirt.

Coren Moore’s “Colleen”

Shown in Silk Shantung with a sweetheart neckline with a contrasting waistband and A-line skirt!

Coren Moore’s “Addison”

This is quite the show stopper….an one shoulder ruffle gown with a fit and flare skirt!!

Coren Moore’s “Chloe”

A traditional look with a sweetheart neckline and a super flattering fit and flare skirt!

Coren Moore’s “Reese”

Similar to the “Chloe” silhouette a lace gown with sweetheart neckline and a fit and flare skirt!

Coren Moore’s “Ruby”

An adorable dress with a sweetheart top with a pleated skit in dotted tulle!!

Coren Moore’s “Skylar”

A one shoulder ruched bodice  dress with a super cute gathered skirt….shown at Flair in white seersucker!!

Coren Moore’s “Katherine”

A simple and elegant sweetheart neckline with a fitted trumpet skirt.

 

Coren Moore has some amazing bridal gowns with a classic feel that you will never look back and and say, “what was I thinking!”

Call us to make an appointment soon!

617-247-2828

Until next time…..when we will be featuring Nicole Miller gowns!

XOXO

Lindsay and Stacey

If you missed out on the Jenny Yoo Bridal Blog check it out here!

Boston’s Best Moderately Priced Bridal Gowns!!

We know….Flair is known for selling bridesmaid dresses….it even says it in our name but we don’t discriminate against brides! In fact we love brides and we love brides who are looking for simple yet elegant gowns!!  So, with that being said our next few Blogs are going to be dedicated to the Bridal Gowns we carry here at Flair!!  So, maybe next time you come in you won’t be saying, “Oh, you guys carry bridal gowns?  I had no idea!!”

Jenny Yoo

Simple, Modern and understated….add a sparkling belt or a elegant flowered sash and make any of her dresses your own!! Don’t forget all of these are 15% off this month!

Jenny Yoo’s “Aimee” in eastern silk regular price$1,199 

$1019.15 this month!

Jenny Yoo “Charlize” in organza $1595 regular price

$1355.75 this month!

Jenny Yoo “Elysia” in Silk Shantung $1399 regular price

$1189.15 this month!

Jenny Yoo “Mackenzie” in Eastern Silk $725 reg price

$616 this month!

Jenny Yoo’s “Madison” in Silk taffeta $1475 regular price

$1253.75 this month!

Jenny Yoo “Mira” in silk chiffon $875 regular price

$743.75 this month!

Jenny Yoo “Naomi” in Silk Duchess Satin $1800 regular price

$1530 this month!

Jenny Yoo “Riely” in Silk Shantung $1375

$1168.75 this month!

Jenny Yoo “Tara” in silk shantung $850 regular price

$722.50 this month!

 

What we are trying to tell you is come see us to try on some beautiful bridal gowns as well as bridesmaids dresses! We promise you will not be disappointed!

 

Stay tuned next up…..

Coren Moore’s bridal collection!

XOXO
Stacey & Lindsay

Boston’s Best Bridesmaid Dresses!!

 

We don’t know if you heard yet but we have had quite the year here and were very excited to find out that we were named

2011 Best Bridesmaid Dresses by Boston Magazine

&

2011 Best Bridesmaid Dresses by The Improper Bostonian

….and we could not be more excited and thrilled that two esteemed panels of judges consider us to be the BEST in Boston!!

We try to make each and everyone of our customers feel special and we hope you know that your weddings are very important to us and we could not be more thrilled to be helping the bright and beautiful brides in Boston find both bridesmaid dresses as well and bridal gowns!!

Thanks for all the support and love!

XOXO

Lindsay & Stacey

Spotlight on Kat’s Wedding at The Towers in Narragansett, RI

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Kat came into Flair and made quite the impression on us. We could tell right away it was going to be a beautiful, fun and bright wedding!  Boy were we right!! Looks like that had a beautiful day at The Towers in Narragansett captured by he talented Kate McElwee.

What was your inspiration for your wedding?
Our inspiration for the wedding was summer beach party fun! We wanted  our guests to be casual and comfortable so they could enjoy the night.


How did you tie that inspiration in to what you choose for your bridesmaid dresses/bridal gown?
Our bridesmaids dresses were so colorful and fun! My favorite colors are turquoise and pink, that’s why I chose the color scheme. The cut for the girls was absolutely perfect – extremely flattering, and they were in alignment with our casual theme. My dress was all alencon lace, a fit to flare cut, and while extremely elegant – -it wasn’t too much dress and was easy to get around in!


What dress did you choose?
We chose the Coren Moore “Courtney”  two-toned dress for the bridesmaids. It was ivory silk shantung on top, tiffany blue silk shantung on the bottom along with the pink sash.
The junior bridesmaids wore the junior lilly dress in the tiffany blue silk shantung with a pink seersucker sash.
The flower girls wore the junior lilly dress in white seersucker.


How was Stacey/Lindsay/Leah most helpful?
Stacey, Lindsay, and Leah were wonderful! As you can see, we had an extremely large wedding party, 8 bridesmaids, two junior bridesmaids, and two flower girls…not even including the boys! Many of the girls are from out of state. Stacey, Lindsay, and Leah were so patient taking orders and making sure sizes were spot on. They were also great with the kids who wanted to try everything on! As far as a bride goes, they were fun to work with, calm, and most importantly – – they girls don’t pressure you. Stacey, Lindsay, and Leah also gave us great individual attention in all of our appointments.

Tips for brides when selecting their BM dresses?  Bridal Gowns?
My only advice for a bride when selecting their bridesmaid dresses is that they should really go with what their heart tells them! I went with my favorite colors – -so I knew I couldn’t go wrong. Plus, the colors matched the season.

How was your experience at Flair?
My experience at Flair was amazing! My mother, sisters, and I took numerous trips to Boston to search for bridesmaid dresses, and nothing was unique or had the extra oomph that we wanted. When we walked into Flair, we were so excited to see different dresses that matched our theme perfectly. They also have a wide range of styles in different colors – – something that fits every body type.

Who designed your bridal gown?
Ana Hernandez out of Boston personally designed and sewed my dress!

Where did you get married?
Our wedding was at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Narragansett, RI. The reception was held at “The Towers” in Narragansett.

What three adjectives would best describe your wedding?
Fun, casual, and family-oriented.

What was your favorite moment at the wedding?
My favorite moment at the wedding was walking out of the church with Alex, as a newly married couple. The weather was sunny and beautiful, the church bells were ringing and we were just so excited to be married!

What advice can you give any other Boston/New England Bride?
My advice to other brides is to relax, take a deep breath, and use the help of your family and friends. Some of the planning can be a bit stressful… of course it’s time consuming, but try to laugh your way through it, and enjoy it!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We went to Oahu, Maui, Kaui, and stopped in San Francisco on the way back! It was awesome.

List of vendors
Photographer – –Kate McElwee, Boston
Band – –Soul Sound Revue, Connecticut
Wedding Dress – Ana Hernandez, Boston
Hair – Moss Salon, Providence
Makeup- “2 Shine Cosmetics”, Providence
Cake – –Scrumptions, East Greenwich, RI
Invitations – –Paper Source, Boston

 

Congratulations to Kat & Alex, such a beautiful wedding we appreciate them sharing there special day with us!

XOXO

Stacey & Lindsay

For more pictures from Kat and Alex’s beautiful wedding check out

Kate McElwee’s Blog Post #1

Kate McElwee’s Blog Post #2

Fun and Unique Wedding gift ideas!

We know you will have many people to thank when your wedding day comes as well as many weddings to go to this summer so we thought we would show you some even cooler wedding/Thank You gifts…..here are some cool idea’s to help you say thanks to all the people who made your special day possible or to congratulate the happy couple!

Wine Hourglass $75 for set of 4! Check out the video below!

Wine Hourglass Video

Hurry up and drink up!

Personalized Wall Art

Depending on the amount of letters $149-$175

Show off your new last name!

Wine Bottle Tea Light Holder Only$60

Perfect for all those Wine-O’s out there!

Dessy Collection Trapezoid Clutch $28

Perfect for all your adorable bridesmaids!

Dessy Collection Flip Flops $15

Get them in your wedding colors….and they come with an adorable bag!

Personalized Melimine Platter $34

You can choose a variety of colors and designs!

Don’t forget to check out the last post we did on fabulous wedding presents!

Happy Wedding Season!

XOXO

Stace

&

Linds (soon to be bride….countdown 4 days)

🙂