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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)

🙂

Spotlight on Jen at the Boston Public Library

Alright, we hate to play favorites but seriously when you see this wedding you will understand why Jen and her two bridesmaids were one of our favorite groups we have had in the store!  They picked out the gorgeous Jenny Yoo “Chloe” gown in Aluminum and the dresses fit perfectly in one of the most elegant wedding venues in all of Boston, The Boston Public Library!  We had the chance to interview Jen about her big day and she shared some amazing tips with all your Flair Brides and bridesmaids out there!!

What was your inspiration for your wedding? The venue was definitely inspirational.  We were married at The Boston Public Library.  The space is breathtakingly beautiful and we fell in love with the courtyard space at first sight.  We used lighting to accentuate the beautiful architecture inside and vintage books in our centerpieces to tie in the Library theme.  The books in our centerpieces were also gifts for our guests.  Each guest/couple received a personally inscribed book that in some way had something to do with them – in most cases it was the title or the subject that tied in with their name or their profession or the city where they lived.  We spent a lot of time shopping for books before the wedding but it was so worth it….everyone loved them!  It was such a great feeling when we found “the perfect book”.  It was so fun to watch our guests notice the books – they couldn’t believe it.

Petalena did our flowers and they were absolutely amazing.  I honestly think they were the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen.  I love flowers, so the fact that they were so beautiful and more stunning than I could have dreamed of, made me really, really happy.  The amazing colors help to tie everything together.


More important to us than anything else was that our family and friends had a wonderful time.  We really always approached the wedding more like it was a party for all of them rather than for us.  For that reason I kept almost every detail a secret from everyone.  I really wanted everyone to be surprised by all the details – big and small.


How did you tie in your vision into what you choose for your bridesmaid dresses/bridal gown? The BPL is such a magical, romantic, and elegant space and it was important that the dresses fit into the space….I wanted them to be equally as elegant and classically beautiful.  I was also always drawn to neutral colors and a more formal but sexy silhouette.


What did you choose? The Jenny Yoo “Chloe” gown in Aluminum Shantung- it was perfect!


How was your experience at Flair? We worked primarily with Stacey.  She was fabulous.  We had shopped around before making an appointment at Flair, so honestly I wasn’t expecting to find “the dress” so quickly and easily.  We hadn’t had a very good experience with the bridesmaid dresses up until that point.  I didn’t want the girls to look too “bridesmaidy” if that makes any sense.  It literally took less than 20 minutes at Flair and we had found exactly what we were looking for.  In addition to making us feel very comfortable – almost like old friends – Stacey was also super helpful in getting us exactly everything we wanted.  The color we selected was discontinued (of course) but Stacey made a call to the designer and was able to get us the color we wanted at a discount – we couldn’t ask for anything more!


Tips for brides when selecting their BM dresses? Bridal Gowns? Don’t settle….follow your heart.  Picking a bridal gown was very easy for me.  I knew as soon as I tried on the dress that I had found the one…that said, I surprised all my friends…no one expected a ball gown!  I tried on a lot of beautiful dresses but the ball gown definitely made me feel the most like a bride.  I will never have the opportunity to wear a dress like that again…I’m so glad I did it!


I’ve heard that some brides don’t want their bridesmaids to look “as good as they do” but I felt the exact opposite.  I wanted my bridesmaids to be show stoppers!  They were the first “surprise” of the night…and I wanted to start things off on a high note.  I think the right accessories are also really important – you spend so much time shopping for the dresses…you should want to make sure that you find the perfect necklace, or earrings, or whatever – it totally pulls the look together!


What were you looking for in a bridesmaid dress? I was looking for a long, classic, evening gown.  I had two girls in my wedding party – my sister and my best friend.  Lucky for me both girls are tall, thin, and beautiful so I wanted to find something that complimented their beauty and their great figures.  My dress was a ball gown so I also wanted to find a different shape for the girls.  The bridesmaid dresses we picked were fit and flare.  We altered the dresses slightly from the original design to give them a little bit more of a sweetheart neckline.  Even the tailors told us they were the most beautiful bridesmaid dresses they had worked on – what a compliment!

(The most beautiful statement necklace was designed by Suzanna Dai)

What three adjectives would best describe your wedding? Romantic, Happy, Magical

What was your favorite moment at the wedding? Everything was so perfect, I’m not sure I can pick just one moment.  I loved the moment when I first started walking down the aisle, the moment we were announced as husband and wife, listening to the speech’s from my father, my brother-in-law, and my sister, and being in the middle of the dance floor with my new husband, surrounded by the most important and special people in our lives.  It was a magical night.


What advice can you give any other Boston Bride? My advice would be to enjoy every minute….of it all….from the planning to the big day.  Everything goes by so quickly so you have to remember to live in the moment.  I would also say that every penny we spent on the wedding was well worth it and I would do it all again in a heartbeat….there are definitely places where you can save money….we made a strict budget and we tried very hard to stay within it…but I would honestly say that if there is a detail that is very important to you…you should make sure you get it!

We were so blown away by the beauty of this wedding all captured by an amazing photographer Kelly Dillon….we had to bombard you with pictures, we hope you love them as much as we do!

Cheers to the beautiful couple 😉

Linds & Stacey

 

Ladies, don’t forget Jenny Yoo is having a Trunk show this month….an extra 10% off all floor length bridesmaids dresses!!

 


 

To stalk or not to stalk…

(This picture in no way reflects how Lindsay actually looks/feels)

My wedding is less than a month away and I estimated to my fiancé last night that I am currently 70% crazy. Here’s hoping I make it to July 23rd without reaching a full 100% crazy level. The end of the planning process is the worst part by far. You’re getting so excited for the day to come but you have 1,000,000 little things standing in your way. Gone are the days of fun cake tastings and trying on pretty dresses. Now I’m left with planning the seating chart (ugh), paying final deposits and waiting not so patiently for RSVPs to come back.

Learn from me, Flair friends, and send your invites out as soon as humanly acceptable. Give your guests plenty of time to send their responses, because you know you’re going to have a bunch that push past your deadline. At our deadline we had no less than 20 unanswered RSVPs (a lot considering we only sent a little over 100 invites total). What is wrong with you people?? Don’t you know I’m going crazy enough without having to stalk you for a response? Don’t you know my wedding is going to be ultra fab? Why isn’t your immediate response YES YES and YES?? OK, tirade over.

When the time came to start stalking our respective guests my fiancé was hesitant. “Babe, do we have to?” “Babe, I know ____ is coming without asking.” Sigh, silly boys. It is 100% acceptable to reach out to your guests and ask them for a response. It shows an effort on your part. That way, if they miss the final deadline (i.e. the day you have to send final numbers to your venue) you can atleast say that you reached out and tried. It’s going to be hard to say no to someone who asks to come after that deadline but your hands will be tied and free of guilt. There can be no “Well I misread the date to respond” or any other excuse. We called you, you were slow, so now you have to miss out on the party of the century. OK, I might say it a bit nicer than that, it all depends on my crazy level at the time.

Stay sane summer 2011 brides, our day is almost here!!

XO

Lindsay

Wear it Again……Summer Lovin!

You seriously cannot get much cuter than the Jenny Yoo “Phoebe” dress!

I have been swooning over this dress since Jenny Yoo posted an awesome Blog about a bridal party that wore the Phoebe Dress and added 1 inch straps….so, I decided to not be original and order the exact same dress in the exact same color!!

Perfect for your adorable bridesmaids!

I  re-worn the Phoebe dress for a day at work or a evening summer cocktail party! So Cute! The great part about adding the 1 inch straps….I can tuck them in and it is still a fabulous strapless dress!

As we continue to tell you…..you can re-wear your bridesmaids dresses!

Loves it…..we hope you do too!

XOXO

Stace

Stuff We Love…..Who needs to cut a cake anymore???

Seriously…..who needs a traditional cake when you  can have ICE CREAM!

Even better have it pull right up to your wedding venue or rehearsal dinner by none other than the,

ICE CREAM TRUCK!

Soooo cute and an amazing photo op for both you and your guests!

The Ice Cream Truck has everything you could want and more…..pre-packaged favorites from our childhood,  some amazing soft serve, sundaes and banana splits!

Count me in!!

Sure to be the biggest hit at your wedding….beside your beautiful dress of course 😉

Adorable for a city wedding or on the Cape….remember the Ice Cream Truck will come to you…..and seriously it is way cheaper and cooler than having a regular old cake!!

Check out some amazing Ice Cream Truck Rentals from our friends over at:

Parties Over Boston

and book your Ice Cream Truck visit for your special day….and seriously send us pics!!

Always…..Craving Ice Cream 🙂

Linds & Stace

ok one more…..they are too cute

 

 

Things we LOVE: Say my name, say my name…

OK, I’ve been reading some of the wedding blogs recently and they say to not go overboard on the personalized details at your wedding. All I can say is 1) oops, too late and 2) why not?? I get that your guests probably don’t need a reminder as to whose wedding they are attending (if they do they probably should have been cut from the list to begin with) but I personally am a sucker for personalization.

Why not send subtle reminders to your guests as to who the queen and king are that day? Besides that, I am really proud of the work I’ve put into all the details of my wedding and I literally want my name all over the place. Call me vain if you like, but it’s my day (oh, and his too) and I’ll personalize if I want to! Below are some of my fav personalized goodies. I guess if you want to be a blog follower you can choose just one, but I say, if your budget allows, go for all of them!

1) At just $17.99 for 100, these cocktail napkins are a no brainer. Plus, it can’t hurt for people to be thinking about you along with their alcohol, especially when they may have their checkbooks on them…

2) This hanger is absolutely adorable. My Flair girls got it for me and I am ob-sessed! It will obviously keep my gown looking good on the day of the wedding, but in the meantime it has a place of honor hanging on the drawer of my bedside table. I know all of my other hangers are jealous…

3) My Bridal Bling is a super cute company started by a newly engaged bride. They have personalized goodies for the bride as well as the bridal party, and honestly who can’t use another item of clothing with crystals?? http://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Bridal-Bling/

4) My fiancé is half Chinese and I could not resist getting these fortune cookies for our favors (of course I checked with him first to make sure they weren’t too cheesy but luckily he gave his seal of approval!). The fortune inside has our names, wedding date and thanks our guests for coming; such a nice touch! Plus, they come in tons of colors to match your scheme and they are delish! Of course I broke into them already and am saving the fortune for my wedding memory book. Too cute! http://fancyfortunecookies.com/

 

XOXO

Lindsay 🙂

Things We Love: Easy DIY projects (no, really!)

We’ve all seen them…those annoyingly perfect, almost completely DIY weddings. I’m sure you, like me, think “how do they have the time and energy to do all of that?!?” My wedding is now just under 6 weeks away (!!) and I can barely handle the tasks I have left to complete let alone think about doing them completely myself, from scratch. Not only that, but does anyone else feel a little subpar when trying anything DIY? Martha Stewart and co. make them look sooo easy and then I attempt them and it takes me an hour to make one favor box, and it’s not a pretty favor box by the end of that hour. As a complete crafts failure, I am here to spill the deets on some seriously easy DIY projects that should save you some time, money and sanity (and who couldn’t use a little more of that!?).

1)      Place cards: When I saw these place cards I almost died. They must be too good to be true! Here’s the scoop: I paid $10 for a gorgeous template that I can type right on and print at home. So, I can choose a fab font that looks pretty without paying a calligrapher and I can print them at home for the price of some cardstock. Genius!! She has different patterns and colors to suit your needs but I chose the below patterns, perfect for my mostly black and white affair.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/61284932/posh-printables-the-black-and-white?ref=sr_list_1&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=posh+printables&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

2)      Shower game: This suggestion is for you, maids. We all know that opening gifts is a necessary part of any bridal shower but let’s face it, it can be uber boring for the guests. Bridal Bingo is the perfect way to keep them interested! You can print the bingo cards at home (see below for an example) and the guests fill in the gifts they think the bride will receive in the blank spots. When she opens said gift, the guest can mark their spot and once someone gets a Bingo a fab prize awaits! The mention of a prize will certainly keep people paying attention to the lovely bride no matter how many gifts she has to open!

http://www.bridebingo.com/Bride_Bingo_Blank.pdf

OK, I know that my projects all involve the printer but like I said, I am not crafts proficient and this is about all I can handle! Hopefully that’s a good start for you, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more easy projects to make this whole wedding planning process thing a little less stressful!

XOXO
Lindsay

 

 

 

Ladies….it’s time for your wedding, now RELAX!

Wedding season has kicked into high gear and you know what that means….lot’s of weddings will be happening in the coming weeks and months!

Just a few things to  keep in mind as your wedding day approaches!

1. When dresses come in, come get them!  We have a limited space here at Flair and we want you to have your beautiful  dress as long as possible so you have time for tailoring/transporting your dress.

2. Remind your girls that they will have tailoring to be done.  99% of girls that come in need some sort of tailoring.  The size you ordered is the closest to your size, not made to your measurements.

3. Make sure your girls have had dresses steamed or pressed before coming to the wedding unless you have your hotel or venue doing that for you the day before the wedding! We don’t want wrinkly girls walking down the aisle!

4. RELAX……this is supposed to be the happiest time of your life. You have done all the planning and worrying up until this point, let the people around you worry and make all the magic happen. Unfortunately something probably will go wrong on the BIG day but you will probably be the only one to notice it, because everyone else will be noticing you!!

RELAX…..step back and enjoy the best day of your life!

 

Just chillin…..

Stace 🙂

 

Jump for Joy!! Great June Sale’s!!

Ladies have we got some great news for you!!

Our designers are offering some outstanding June Sales!!

Check it out and jump on these great savings.

Ladies you know this means if you have 7 or more BM in cocktail length Jenny Yoo dresses and you order this month you get 25% off the regular price!!  Hello, HUGE savings.

Such a cute BM Belt….see how you can wear it everyday!!

Now you can add one of your contrasting colors to your bridesmaids’ attire!! So cute!

 

Don’t forget about our $211 dress sale!! All the info is here.

 

Stay cool!

Stace  xoxo

Time to shape up ladies!! Why not do it at Exhale!!

So we are huge fans of

When we heard they were offering a Bridal Boot Camp we were so so excited to tell all our Boston area brides all about it!!

So here’s what the package includes:

UNLIMITED Core Fusion and Yoga classes

Weekly Private Check-in’s with your Mind Body Manager

Three or More Facials with an Exhale Skincare Specialist

One relaxing restorative massage

A private mind body class for you and up to 25 friends!!

The fabulous part is that you can start whenever you want and you can do a 6-week program or 12-weeks depending on how far way your wedding is!!  The 6-week program is $680 and the 12-week program is $975. Such a great deal for all you soon-to-be-brides who want to get in shape for the BIG day and that amazing honeymoon you have planned!!

 

Relax and exhale….until next time!

XOXO

Stace