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Myth & Truth of Saying, “Yes” To Your Wedding Dress

Before you start your wedding dress shopping process it’s important to differentiate between reality and reality TV. TV shows and movies add dramatic moments surrounding saying, “yes” to your wedding dress for entertainment. At best, they give you an outline of the wedding dress shopping process, at worst, they put so much pressure on you, brides, to have a specific reaction, or emotional moment that it sabotages your experience. We are here to help you have a successful dress shopping process by differentiating fact from myth.

Myth #1- “If you do not cry, it’s not your dress.”

Truth: There is so much thought and pieces that go into a dress shopping appointment. Most brides are so shocked they found their gown they do not cry at all. Even brides who are “criers” are often so confident with the wedding dress they fall in love with they react calmly. Other brides who are usually very stoic, cry like they never have before. It’s an experience we only do once in a lifetime. You don’t know how you’re going to react until you experience it. Don’t put pressure on yourself to react a certain way because a TV show says it’s a must.

Myth #2 “You can’t try on a veil until the last dress of the day.”

Truth: We do not wear bridal veils with a wedding dress every day. If you do not try on multiple styles of veils you won’t know what options exist.  Veils can also change the feel and look of a wedding dress, so it is important to try them on with your favorites. TV shows like to make putting on a veil a magic moment. Sometimes it helps you realize you are truly, finally a bride, but it is important to envision yourself as a bride in multiple different styles to determine which is your favorite.

Myth #3 “You have to bring all your favorite people with you to go dress shopping.”

Truth: Only bring people with you who you know, for a fact, will support your wedding dress vision and style. It seems fun to bring all your friends and family, but it quickly turns into negative chaos with too many opinions. No two people have the same exact style preferences, body types, or wedding day visions. It is important to only bring people with you who will put your wants and needs over their own. There are so many wedding planning related events you can share with your friends and family together. Keep dress shopping only with your closest family members or confidants.

Myth #4 “There is only one wedding dress that is ‘your dress’.”

Truth: Dress shopping is fun because wedding dresses are made to make us all look beautiful. You truly can fall in love with multiple dresses from multiple different stores. The most important thing is to keep in mind your budget, time frame, wedding day vision, and comfort. Then, choose the wedding dress that checks the most boxes. You can go dress shopping forever, but if you don’t narrow down your bridal shop options, style, or price point you will never get a gown in time for your wedding day. The most bridal shops you should go to is three shops with different designers. That is more than enough options to find a wedding dress perfect for you. Extra Pro-tip: Don’t go to more than one shop in a day!

Myth #5 “You will not be able to sit in a mermaid dress.”

Truth: No dress silhouette should restrict your movement if it is fitted correctly. Bridal sizing runs very small, do not pay attention to the number of size in which you measure. The goal is for the wedding dress to fit. The last thing you want to do is order a smaller size because the number sounds better and have your wedding dress come in way too small. Trust the consultant with the size they recommend with your measurements, even if the number is much bigger than your normal size. When the gown comes in the consultant recommended size, a good seamstress will ensure you can sit, squat, stand, dance, and move so you can dance the night away on your wedding day.

We hope helping you learn myth from truth will help you have a great wedding dress shopping experience. Always remember every bride, wedding, dress, and shop is different. Find the combination of those things that work for you and enjoy planning your wedding!

Pinterest: Pins of the Week

Statement Back.  We often find ourselves swooning over bridal gowns, but when we saw the back of this bridal number, we were literally speechless!  We’re not sure we’ve ever seen such a magnificent backside view of a gown.  Sometimes guests complain about having to stare at the back of the happy couple as they say their vows, but with this dress, we don’t think anyone would mind!  Wanting a blinged out backside like this?  Think hair up and simple jewelry to really let the gown sing.

Paul Vincent Photography

Streamer Backdrop.  Springtime in Chicago is upon us, and that means we’re gearing up for some fantastic outdoor summer weddings.  While we love some of the popular outdoor venues in the Windy City, we also love how more and more couples are embracing backyards, nearby parks, and hometown nature preserves.  This simple streamer backdrop adds the perfect amount of pizzazz, without distracting from nature’s beauty.  We love the multicolored streamers, but we also think this backdrop would look beautiful with shades of white, draped with ivory, cream, and tea stained linens.

Erin Chen Photography

Embrace Neon.  Neon is one of the biggest wedding fashion trends of the season.  We’re seeing it in both men’s and women’s fashions, with brightly hued chinos, handbags, and sunglasses.  So when we saw these groomsmen’s neon pink socks, we couldn’t help but love their attention to both trends and personality.   The pairing of the spunky color with the classic argyle print is a match made in sock heaven.  We also love that these socks add some whimsy without distracting from the overall look too terribly much.  Bring on the neon socks!

 

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Vendor Spotlight – Veiled In Elegance

“Vendor Spotlight:” Veiled In Elegance – a Q&A session with Owner Kathy Lager

What is the mission statement of Veiled in Elegance, and what type of clientele do you cater to?

Veiled In Elegance brings high quality bridal gowns and unique complimentary accessories to brides, to make them look and feel their most beautiful on their wedding day.  We do this in an intimate setting and with personal attention throughout the planning process.

How has the company evolved since its inception?

VIE began in 1995 as a bridal accessory shop offering custom veils and headpieces.  Jewelry, shoes, and flowergirls naturally followed.  When gowns and bridesmaid dresses were added,  I joined the company with my expertise as a custom bridal gown dressmaker.

What is your specific background with regard to dresses?  What dress experience does the rest of the staff add to the Veiled in Elegance experience?

I was a custom bridal gown dressmaker for 10 years, then began doing alterations for the brides at Veiled in Elegance, soon after I bought the business from the original owner.  All the girls assisting the brides, whether in choosing their gown, accessories, or with alterations, have studied fashion design.  They are professional and knowledgeable of each detail of the item they are working with.

How is Veiled in Elegance different from the next wedding dress shop?

We have an intimate setting and provide personal service.  Our headpieces, veils and jewelry are all custom made to compliment any gown.  When deciding what designers to carry in the shop, I look for high quality silk fabrics and lace, with great construction and fit.  I also search for designers who provide all this at an affordable price to brides.

What style of dresses and accessories do you specialize in?  Do you have a specific aesthetic that you aim for?

Our gowns have a simple, classic and elegant look that is timeless yet modern, and even, at times fashion forward.
The accessories are unique with special attention paid to each detail.

What does the future hold for Veiled in Elegance?

At Veiled In Elegance, we continue to seek original designs in gowns and accessories, offering details such as hand embroidering the bride’s new initials in her gown, or creating a bouquet for the wedding rehearsal out of ribbons saved from her bridal showers.  We even work with an eco-friendly dry cleaner to preserve the gowns after the wedding.

For more information about Veiled in Elegance, visit www.veiledinelegance.com