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Brides of Distinction!

The year is 1991, the place, my childhood bedroom. There’s excitement in the air as Teddy Ruxpin takes his place at the front of the audience of troll dolls. Ken joins the bear up front, looking as stoic as ever. Barbie comes around the corner in her fabulous, white wedding dress, complete with enormous puffy sleeves and lace turtleneck; the epitome of understated elegance. Then and there, with my goldfish bearing witness and the honorable Ruxpin presiding, Ken and Barbie pledge their love to one another. There’s not a dry eye in the house.

This, my friends, is how most of us spent our childhood days (atleast I hope it wasn’t just me, right??). We dreamt about our wedding day and made fake plans, with zero regard to budget mind you. That being said, it’s OK if you find you still need some inspiration when it comes time to actually plan your big day. Even I’ll admit that some of my 1991 ideas did not come to fruition for my 2011 wedding. Apparently Joey McInitre was just too busy to be my Justice of the Peace. C’mon, priorities Joe.

So, when the time comes that you get proposed to and you can finally plan your real wedding, I highly recommend attending the Brides of Distinction fashion show and Brunch at the Omni Parker House for some inspiration. While you sit and enjoy a delicious brunch catered by the Omni, wedding experts will dish on what’s hot in weddings this year (for example, the editor of “The Knot” will be there, and you know she knows a thing or two). Plus, you’ll get to taste some gorgeous cakes, discover what flowers are perfect for your season and see some of the wide, wide array of linen and table setting options (who knew there were so many different kinds of ivory linens??). Oh and we will be there too, showing off some gorgeous bridal gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses! Peak your interest? Contact the Omni ASAP for tickets, because they are running out quickly! We would love to see you there! Barbies and troll dolls welcome as well!

Sunday, March 04, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
$39.00 per person

Reservations Required. Please call the Omni at 617-305-1857

XOXO

Lindsay

Bachelorette/Shower Party Planning Tips!

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Bridesmaids, this blog is for especially for you! Brides, we’re going to try and say this nicely: please go away. We love you but we’ve got some surprises to plan for you so TTFN!

OK, now that we’ve gotten rid of our lovely brides, we can get to planning their showers and bachelorette parties! Have you started the process yet? It can be difficult to do, especially when the bridesmaids are all over the country. We’ve all been on one of those never ending email chains where nothing really gets accomplished.

So annoying! Have no fear, LastBash is here! It’s a new social networking type site where you can all get together and bounce around party ideas. Once you choose your location, LastBash also can provide recommendations on local hotels, restaurants and more. Plus, once you get the guest list finalized everyone can head to LastBash to RSVP and get more info on the event. This is seriously one of those ideas we wish we had thought of, it’s genius! Check them out and kiss your party planning woes good bye! Also, be sure to clue your bride in about the site after the fact (we don’t want her peeking at any potential surprises!), so she can use it to plan an epic bash for you one day!

 

Happy planning and plotting!

XOXO

Linds & Stace

 

Bridal gown pricing explained!!

As most of you brides have probably discovered, you encounter alot of mysteries during the wedding planning process. For instance, why isn’t tip always included in the reception costs (no one wants to think about tipping a bunch of waiters on their actual wedding day!)? Are you obligated to invite your officiant to the reception? Who gets the invite to the rehearsal dinner? WHY are bridal gowns so expensive (well, most of them anyways)?? I think you can guess which one of those mysteries we’re going to attempt to solve today…

A great little magazine called “New England Bride” wrote an enlightening article on what exactly goes into bridal gown pricing. One of the most interesting things I took away from reading the article is that it’s what you don’t see that can increase the price of a gown. Well-made gowns have high quality lining and high quality built in structure (i.e. corseting) that contribute to your overall look, fit and comfort. Yes, that costs a little more but you’ll love the look/feel that much more. It can be easy to fall in love with a less expensive dress when you only stand in it for 5 minutes at a time; think about how you’ll feel in it all night long. You will be happy you paid a little more for comfy lining (no itchy fabrics here!) and boning to keep you looking and feeling good as you dance the night away! We’re not talking $5000 either. If you expand your budget to $2000 you’ll be surprised at how much more you’ll be able to get.

The other contributing factor to pricing is a little more obvious. It’s what elicits those oohs and aahs; bling! Not only do the actual crystals, pearls, etc. cost money but you have to remember, someone is taking hours and hours to stich each one on. The article stated that on average a seamstress will work 23 eight hour days working on a single gown. Amazing! Plus, you can be sure that a higher end designer is working with only high quality seamstresses. Sometimes the cheaper gowns are done by less experienced seamstresses, and it shows in the end result.

All that being said, we’d never dream of telling anyone how much they should spend on their wedding gown. Everyone’s situation/budget is different and we totally understand that. We’re here to help, not to jack up prices! Prices are set at what they are for a reason and we thought it was super helpful to have that explained a little better. Also, we just want everyone to be as informed as possible when beginning their gown search. Think about the lining, is it comfortable? Think about the interior structure, is it going to make you feel confident and secure over a long period of time? Don’t forget though, there are exceptions to every rule. There are amazing, high quality designers/gowns out there that won’t break the bank (we have alot of them here!). So, come in and see us, we think you’ll be happy with what your money can get you at Flair!!

Happy Shopping!

XOXO
Linds

Welcome to Flair!!

Well, 2012 brides do we have some exciting news for you…..Amy Kuschel’s dresses have finally arrived and they are quite beautiful.  Check them out….. and then give us a call to set your appointment up!!

They are such a gorgeous addition to our already fabulous selection of bridal gowns.  Priced between $1800-$3000!

{Elle}

{Eureka}

{Juniper}

{Kennedy}

{Lux}

We hope you LOVE them as much as we do! We can not wait to see you in them.

617.247.2828

XOXO

Lindsay & Stacey

Bridal Trunk Show Featuring Junko Yoshioka!!

Here at Flair, we are constantly learning about new things; wedding related and otherwise. Siri for the iPhone, HeyTell, and guest trunk shows, for example. What’s a guest trunk show you ask? It’s when a designer who we do not normally carry hosts a trunk show (i.e. they loan us tons of gowns) in our store. I know, news to us too! We are soso excited to announce one such trunk show featuring Junko Yoshioka!

We were introduced to Junko when we went to bridal market in NYC a few weeks ago. We fell in love with their gowns and we know you will too! They are whimsical yet formal at the same time and their wide variety of silhouettes will flatter all figures. The trunk show will be February 4th and 5th, which I know feels light years away, but we think it’s going to be a HUGE hit so book your appointments early!

Give us a call to book your appointment for the Junko Yoshioka Trunk Show February 4th-5th!!

617.247.2828

XOXO
Linds & Stace

New York Bridal Market at a Glance

Saturday October 15th – Day 1

9:30 AM – Lindsay and Stacey board the Amtrak to NYC! A few episodes of Glee on our computers and we’re there!

1:30 PM – Struggle to catch a cab at Penn Station and Lindsay’s watch goes missing…not a good start…

2:00 – We check into the fabulous Omni Berkshire Hotel in Midtown, thanks to our friends at the Omni in Boston. Seriously, if there is an Omni wherever you are traveling, STAY THERE! They are all so classy and gorgeous, we were in heaven!

3:00 – Explore Midtown a little…we search for a Starbucks that the concierge told us was a block away, but never find it (more on that later) and end up getting sandwiches nearby.

4:00 – Make ourselves pretty and presentable (takes longer than you’d think).

4:30 – Wind ruins our hair as we wait for a cab outside of the hotel…Stacey and Lindsay are NOT happy.

5:00 – Check into Pier 94 (where bridal market is held) and have our first meeting with Anna Elyse, yay! We don’t want to give too much away but let’s just say we are SO excited about her new bridal line. We absolutely fell in love with one gown with a textured skirt…stay tuned! She is expanding and growing her bridesmaids’ line as well and added two new fabrics, chiffon and charmuese. Go Annie!

6:30 – Lindsay and Stacey struggle to figure out where to go to dinner. They end up at the hotel restaurant (Fireside) like major losers.  The salad in the parmesan bowl was fab though!

7:30 – Conference call with Flair’s owner Christine to discuss what we’ve seen so far. We are so excited already!

8:30 – Asleep…not kidding. The beds at the Omni were too amazing to resist for too long and poor Stacey is under the weather. Such a trooper!

Sunday October 16th – Day 2

6:00 AM – Time to wake up and get ready! We are sure to use ample Rave hairspray to avoid yesterday’s windy fiasco. P.S. Stacey confirms that the Omni has the best hotel shower EVER. Bonus!

7:30 – We’re out the door and immediately go looking for Starbucks…which we again did not find. Eventually we stumbled across one several blocks away (with the help of our smart phones – seriously, what did we do before those things?!). A fabulous man in a morning coat compliments Lindsay’s trench and sunglasses (the glasses are forever 21, he thought Tom Ford). Her day is made. Then, a turn for the worse: our lovely cab driver starts to drive away with Stacey still half way out the door. She swung her way in though, crisis averted.

9:00 – Appointment to see a potential new bridal designer, Junko Yoshioka. Such nice guys and gorgeous dresses! We have the best job ever!

10:00 – Time to meet with the Jenny Yoo ladies! We love them! Let us start by saying that Jenny has such a good idea for a bridesmaid’s dress that she is in the process of patenting it. Yes, you heard us, a patent. Can’t wait to show you ladies when the samples come in!

11:00 – Meeting with Coren Moore and her team. They are THE sweetest ever and we love hanging out with them, and of course seeing their new styles! We love their new chiffon pieces, which we’ll have in the store in the coming WEEKS! Eeek, so excited!! Plus, later in the season we’ll have a gorgeous bridesmaid’s dress with a ruffle detail and you know how we love us a ruffle!

12:00 PM – Quick trip to see our accessories designer, A.B. Ellie. Ashley is a true genius when it comes to bridal and bridesmaids’ belts. They really add SO much detail to our dresses. We added a few new pieces for the store and we know our girls are going to L-O-V-E them! Plus, we love seeing Ashley and her sister, they are so down to earth and fabulous!

12:30 – Off to Nicole Miller! Her dresses are so much fun, we love seeing them on the gorgeous models. Plus, she has A-MAZING party dresses that are really well priced!

1:30 – MUCH needed lunch break! Stacey and Lindsay wander the waterfront area for awhile and stumble upon a cute little pub. Slow service but great food, just the pick me up we needed!

3:00 – Lynn Lugo time! We are SOSO excited about Lynn’s new styles! In particular, there are three new tops with ruffle details that we fell in LOVE with. They are super cute and wearable, trust us! Plus, she came out with some great soft colors that we think will be very popular this year. Lynn and her husband Pete are the cutest couple ever, so we just love to chat and catch up with them. Plus, they gave us these amazing cups with her logo on them which we now use every day!

4:00 – Definitely time to grab a coffee in the buyer’s lounge area. We are starting to fade!

4:30 – Quick stop at Dessy. Theirs is always an easy one, we know we’re getting everything! We figured out what colors we wanted and were on our way!

5:00 – Our last meeting of the day is with 57 Grand. We love these ladies, definitely be on the lookout for them. They get the best magazine exposure ever and landed another Martha Stewart editorial just recently! They have a super cool bridal style with a removeable tulle skirt, so cool!

6:00 – Headed back to the Omni!

6:30 – Hour and a half conference call with Christine, we have SO much to discuss!

8:00 – Stacey and Lindsay get brave and venture out for dinner! Watch out NYC here we come! We went to this adorable Italian restaurant with THE fastest service ever. The entrees were there literally 2 minutes after we ordered, crazy! Plus, our waiter had a crush on us and gave us a glass of wine on the house. Not gonna lie, we needed it!

9:00 – Back to the Omni, we laugh and watch The Proposal and fall asleep by 11:00 (such rebels after last night).

Monday October 17th – Day 3

6:30 AM – Wake up time! We were ready super early yesterday so we slept a little later.

7:45 – Out the door, we try yet again to find the “close” Starbucks but again end up at the farther one we went to yesterday. Whatever, we’d travel miles and miles for the bucks.

9:00 – Meeting another new designer, Amy Kuschel. She is THE perfect fit for Flair! Her bridal gowns are definitely going to be a step up for us and we KNOW our girls are going to love them! Plus, former Flair girl Leah works with them at her new bridal boutique so we got to catch up with her there. We miss her! Ladies, you are going to DIE over these dresses, we are counting down the days until we can start showing them to you!!

10:00 – Travel to the Intercontinental Hotel where Siri is showing. She got the presidential suite there, go Siri!!

11:00 – Meeting with Siri. She has an absolutely adorable rouched sweetheart style that we know will KILL at Flair.

12:00 PM – Last stop of the trip, Badgley Mischka in Times Square! No new styles but it was still so nice to see their showroom, it’s gorgeous!

12:30 – Quick change into scrubby, train clothes in the Omni bathroom. We ask the concierge yet again where the closer Starbucks is…and still don’t find it. We are convinced it doesn’t exist.

1:00 – Quick lunch in Midtown. We get to eat outside because it is so gorgeous out!

2:00 – Amtrak home! A man and woman behind us refuse to stop talking even though the train is supposed to be quiet. We give a few mean glances, to no avail. On the brighter side, Stacey meets a new man (in the form of an adorable 7 month old baby, who was a major flirt).

Tuesday October 18th – Back to Flair!!! We only wish we had all of those new styles with us, but we should have a lot of them soon after the new year! Stay tuned brides and maids!

 

We had the best time at Bridal Market this year and we are so excited to share all the new gems!

Here’s to a happy, successful, beautifully dressed and healthy 2012!

XOXO

Lindsay & Stacey

 

 

“If I Could Turn Back Time”

Probably the biggest regret I have when I look back on my wedding planning is that I didn’t consider videography more seriously. We talked about it once or twice but ultimately decided that that was one area where we could save some money.

Cut to today, as the Flair girls are crying watching the beautiful videography of Boston Wedding Films, I Do films, Kiss the Bride films and more. Now I really really wish I had one of my own. Seriously, call up Michael J Fox because I want to go back in time and right this wrong!

OK, let’s face facts though; videography is not cheap. You’re already paying a pretty penny for a photographer so it can be easy to, like me, think that videography is not necessary. However, to have an audible recording of your vows, a full visual of you walking down the aisle…priceless! Grab some tissues and check out some of our fav videos on Boston Weddings Films’ blog and we’re sure they will convince you of the same!

Regretfully yours,

Lindsay 😉

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 🙂

 

 

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!