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Ten Fun Things To Do With Your Dress

wedding dress after the wedding

What To Do With Your Dress After The Wedding.

So you spent god knows how much on your wedding gown. You love it, it’s probably sentimental to you, but now it’s just hanging in the back of your closet depressed and lonely in a garment bag (like mine).

Just recently I’ve been feeling like a total schmuck for not doing anything with my (amazingly perfect and not inexpensive) Monique Lhuillier wedding gown. It’s just hanging there, lifeless. So sad.   So, I’ve been desperately trying to figure out what exactly I’m going to do with it, and I’ve come up with ten fun options.

If you’re like me, then you too don’t know what to do with your glorious gown after the big day. Ponder the following:

Preserve it. Pretty typical, and definitely one of the more popular options. So what does “preserving” your gown mean? Basically it means a nice deep clean and then packaging it away in a fashion that will keep it from aging or yellowing.   But yes, it’ll just end up in the back of your closet again, so this one’s for the ladies out there saving their dress for their daughter’s weddings (or for wearing around their house and embarrassing their daughters in 20/30 years – looking at you Leslie).

Frame It. Getting your dress framed is a creative way to save your dress and commemorate your wedding day. They look stunning if done well, so if you don’t think you can get your gown into a frame on your own, look into having it framed professionally.  I personally love when ladies have their wedding gowns framed and on display in their big, fancy walk in closets, or dressing rooms.

Teddy Bear. This one is sweet, but first you’ll have to come to terms with having your precious gown cut up. Send your gown in and have it sent back as a soft cuddly (sparkly?) teddy bear. It’s a cute keepsake that can actually be displayed in your home, or even given to your children as pretty addition to their nursery.

Shorten It. Depending on the fit and style of your dress, shorten it in to a dress that you could wear again. It would be an amazing thing to whip out for an anniversary dinner or party, and your hubby/wife will be sure to love every time you put it on (and still fit into it…) Plus you could use the discarded fabric to do some of the other ideas on this list – double win!

Make A Quilt. Again, make peace with cutting your dress up before committing to this one. The good news is you’ll have a nice cozy blanket to snuggle up in, or lay out to accent your home décor.   If you don’t have a trusted mom, aunt or grandma that is a tried and true seamstress/quilter, make sure you go to a professional for this.   Don’t gamble with your gown, do everything you can to make sure you’ll love the end result.

Lingerie. I LOVE this one. It’s a newer trend, but such a great idea. I’ve seen this one floating around pinterest, but you’ll probably have to work with your own trusted tailor/designer. I’m currently researching the upstate NY area to see if someone could meet with me to discuss doing mine.

Jewelry. Taking some of the excess fabric from your dress and turning them into a piece of jewelry is a nice way to wear around a little piece of your wedding day.   You can see an example here, but get creative.   Make a pendant for a bracelet or necklace, or even something for your hubby, like a key chain or pocket watch.

Communion or Baptism Dresses. Since most (but not all!) wedding gowns are white or off white, the fabric would be perfect for a baptism or communion gown.   Again, find your most trusted seamstress and come up with a pattern for whichever dress is most appropriate for your family.   It’s another sentimental way to tie your wedding into other family milestones.

Trash the Dress Shoot. If you can fulfill your sentimental side with photos, then schedule a trash the shoot dress. In case you’re unfamiliar, it’s basically a funfilled photo sesh where you wear your wedding gown one last time, knowing you’ll never wear your dress again. Most sessions take place by water, like the beach or a lake. Have fun rolling around in the grass, mud or whatever you fancy. It actually makes for some really cute photos, and it looks like a ton of fun.

Donate It. This one is probably the nicest, so if you’re looking to do your part with a random act of kindness, donate your dress. You can go through an organized company like Wish Upon A Wedding or Brides Across America, or find somewhere local to donate it to.   It really could make someone else’s wedding dreams come true, and you’ll get that nice warm fuzzy feeling of doing something so sweet and selfless.

If none of these work for you, reach out to me and we can chat. Keeping your dress hanging in the back of your closet is no fun, so I know we can find something to do with it that’ll make you smile.

Love, Mrs. Newman

Wedding Dress Shopping

Dress Shopping

What You Should Know Before You Say Yes to the Dress.

So you’re gonna buy a wedding dress! Insert squeal of delight! So exciting, and so much fun. It’s ok if you’re a little nervous too, especially if you’ve never tagged along to anyone else’s dress shopping escapes.

Regardless of whether or not you’ve been dress shopping before, here are a few things to expect. With this things in mind, you can walk in to that boutique über confident and totally ready to find the dress.

Make sure you have an appointment. A bit basic, but if you’ve never been before you might assume you can just show up. Technically you can attempt to do a walk in, but it’ll be way easier on the shop if make an appointment, and more importantly, you’ll get the time and attention you deserve.

Tell the bridal shop who you’ll have with you. When you (or your MOH?) make your previously mentioned appointment, make sure they find out how many people will fit in their viewing area. If you plan to have a bigger group with you, they’ll need to know so they can have the appropriate amount of seating available.

Bring photos! Or at least have a few pins on your phone readily available to show your consultant. It doesn’t have to be a specific gown that you want to try on, but a few photos that show the look and feel of your style. Professional consultants will be able to take your photos and pull looks that match your wish list.   Trust me, they’ll be grateful to have a starting point.

Do your research. If you do have specific photos of dresses that you want to try on, get online and make sure the store you’re going to has that designer.   Not every store will have every designer, so make sure you know what lines they carry, and if they fit in with your tastes.

They aren’t going to fit you, yet. Wedding dresses come in one sample size that is supposed to fit an “average” woman. Which means the dresses you try on aren’t going to be your size. The consultant will use clips and pins to get it to sit right on you so that you can get the visual. Unless you just so happen to be the exact size of their fit models, the dresses you try on won’t fit well during the shopping process. Trust your consultant and let her pin and tuck and pull on the gowns to help you see what a dress made to fit you will look like.

Taking photos prior to purchasing might not be allowed. It differs from store to store, but some places prefer you not photograph every thing you try on. It may seem innocent enough (I mean if it’s not on insta, did it really even happen?) …but the store’s thinking you’ll just take the photo to their competitors or try to buy a cheaper knock-off elsewhere. Be respectful, and follow their rules (or at least be extra sneaky about it).

Carry your own bubbly. Some places have complimentary champs to celebrate with after saying yes to a dress, but some don’t.   Better to be prepared just in case your store doesn’t have anything there to toast with. A lot of places won’t mind if you pop one open at the close of a sale, just make sure you ask first. If they seem uncomfortable or even downright insist you not open it there, go with plan b and celebrate afterwards elsewhere.   Respect their rules, like a lady.

Dress shopping can be one of the most fun things to look back on when remembering your engagement, so stay positive, be prepared and enjoy yourself!   Don’t be nervous and don’t rush you’re decision. You’ll find the perfect dress, just like you found the perfect man. As always, contact me if you need extra help, or to discuss wedding styling a bit further!

Love, Mrs. Newman

Spring 2016 Style

Bride trying on her dress

So What Will Brides Be Wearing Next Season?

Coming off the heels of fashion week, it’s not hard to tell what the up and coming bridal trends will be next year. For the past few seasons, we’ve seen tons of lace, plenty of open backs, and the rise and fall of birdcage veils. According to new runway trends, we’re all in store for another era of bridal fashion. So what are we all gonna see next year coming down the aisle?

Illusion Dresses

Not only were designers big into illusion necklines, many embraced illusion bodices as well, with carefully placed lace or fabric amidst sheer tulle.   Whether it’s an illusion neckline, back or entire bodice, brides will give a seductive vibe, with enough options out there ranging from subtle to daring.

Removable Skirts

Two-piece dresses have become wildly popular with the help of viral images on Pinterest and Tumblr. Offering two looks, brides can have a big, luscious skirt while they float down the aisle, only to be able to detach it later in the night for a lighter, sexier version of their gown.   One dress, two looks.

Cathedral Veils

Long dramatic veils will rule the aisle in 2016, especially for black tie weddings. Anything on the “upscale” side will most likely include a long, thin, glamorous veil for the walk to the altar.

Flower Crowns

On the opposite end of the style spectrum, for weddings that are more ethereal and relaxed, flower crowns will adorn not only the brides, but also the maids.   If you haven’t been to wedding that’s embraced this new trend yet, it’s only a matter of time now.

Sky-high Slits

Designers are definitely embracing sex appeal right now, and those thigh high slits have finally found their way onto wedding gowns.   This seductive style gives brides looking for a statement a way to amp up their look while still wearing the long white dress they’ve always dreamed about.

The Return Of The Sleeve

Strapless dresses have definitely owned the majority slot for bridal gown necklines since the turn of the century, but their place at the top is over. Off the shoulder, shirt sleeves, and even three-quarters length have all found their way back into the designers eye, and they’re coming back with a vengeance (less the shoulder pads, thank god).

Two Piece Dresses

Tops with separate skirts are on track to grow into one of the biggest trends of 2016 and 2017. With varying ways to execute the style, they’ll appeal to plenty of different tastes. It’s not a secret two piece dresses are a popular look outside of the wedding world, so their entrance into bridal fashion was only a matter of time.

Check out my Pinterest page for some of my favorite bridal styles, including all the recently released styles for the 2016 lines. If you need help with your own bridal style, or want your own bridal stylist, reach out to me and we can talk about it more!

Love,

Mrs. Newman

Wedding Dress Style – Which Neckline Is Right For You?

Pinterest - neckline

If you’re starting to shop for your wedding dress, then I’m sure you’ve noticed that there are a TON of different styles to choose from.  To help you get prepared, here’s a list of the most popular necklines.  This way you’ll be more familiar with the wedding-dress-lingo at your upcoming appointments.  Plus, you can see which kinds might suit you best, and even more importantly – the best way to wear your hair with them!

Disclaimer: I’m not an artist, so my sketches are just meant to give you a visual.  If you want to giggle at my artistry (or lack there-of), I won’t blame you.

 

Neckline: Sweetheart

sweetheart

Great for: Almost anyone! They accentuate a nice rack (and if you got it, flaunt it). They also can give an illusion of bigger boobs for smaller chested gals. If you’re insecure about your big bubbies, then this one isn’t for you -it will definitely draw attention to the bust.

Hair: Up, down, or somewhere in the middle!

 

Neckline: Strapless

strapless

Great for: Like a sweetheart neckline, this one works for most brides, as long as you don’t mind attention on your twins.   The only person this won’t work for is the modest bride or someone who needs extra support up top.

Hair: Pull it up and highlight your décolletage and collarbone.

 

Neckline: Halter

halter

Great for: Athletes and athletic bodies. They’ll accentuate your toned shoulders and highlight your defined collarbone.   It isn’t the most supportive shape so bigger busts beware.

Hair: Pulled back or piled up in an up-do.

 

Neckline: One Shoulder

one shoulder

Great for: Toned arms. It brings the focal point up so eyes will be drawn to the shoulders and upper arms.   It’s also a great choice for petite or boy-shaped brides because it can help with the illusion of curves.

Hair: Pulled up into a side bun or braid, or pulled half up.

 

Neckline: Bateau

bateau

Great for: Modest or traditional looks – this one gives a classy and elegant look that’s also very demure. On the other hand, it can also give the illusion of a bigger chest, so you can be secretly seductive but still grandmother-approved.

Hair: Pulled into a chic bun.

 

Neckline: Scoop

scoop

Great for: Everybody. A few things to consider: the straps give support, the scoop enhances the goods, and the neckline can be tailored to your preference on how low or high you want it on your wedding day.

Hair: Pulled back into a low chignon.

 

Neckline: Square

square

Great for: Busty brides. The straps are supportive and the neckline is flattering without being too revealing. Even if you don’t have curves square necklines are still flattering as the cut can help draw the eyes up, accentuating the chest, neck and décolletage.

Hair: Waves with the top half pulled back.

 

Neckline: V-Neck

v-neck

Great for: Adding length to the necklines. It’ll help give the appearance of a longer torso. Depending on how low the V dips, it can work for any look – a low v is perfect for a bride who wants a sexier cut, while a higher v still accentuates the chest without being overly revealing.

Hair: Pulled back into a pretty updo.

 

Neckline: Off the Shoulder

off the shoulder

Great for: Pear shaped brides. The off the shoulder neckline can help balance out a fuller bottom. If you don’t like your arms, then skip this choice, as it will definitely draw attention their – that’s right where the fabric will lay.

Hair: Down in loose waves.

 

Neckline: Spaghetti Straps

spaghetti strap sketch

Great for: Brides who love strapless necklines, but are afraid they’ll spend the entire night pulling their dress up. Adding delicate straps provides a little bit of support for a curvy bride, and for a smaller chest it can help keep the dress in place when it doesn’t have much to cling to.

Hair: Swept up into a pretty updo.

 

Hopefully these guidelines help, but keep in mind that there are no universal rules. When you’re shopping for your wedding dress, you need to think less of following body-type guidelines and more of what makes you feel beautiful, special and like a bride.   If you feel beautiful, that’s the one.

Love,

Mrs. Newman