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10 Emotions You Have During Wedding Dress Alterations

November 29, 2016 Heather Hall

You found THE dress! Now it’s time for alterations because every wedding gown should fit to perfection. This is also your opportunity to make your dress your own! At Kleinfeld, we help our brides throughout the entire wedding gown process and this is what you might expect to feel during your bridal fittings. Yes, we’ve seen it all.

Dress. CHECK.

 

Let the transformation begin…. 

 

Are you sure that’s tight enough? 

 

Uhhhh…

 

Make sure I can still dance! 

 

Perfect.

 

Wait, can I add POCKETS?! 

 

How’s my shape? 

 

Are you sure? 

 

I’m getting married!

 

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Essential Items You Didn’t Know You Needed For Your Wedding

November 23, 2016 Heather Hall

Photo: Brian Leahy Photo

You’ve written your to-do list, checked it twice, and stayed as close as possible to your wedding budget (ahem, close enough). But like any well-prepared bride-to-be there’s bound to be a few things that you haven’t thought of. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered! Here are 10 things you didn’t know you needed:

1. A day-of checklist

Whether you have a wedding planner or coordinator or not, make it easier on yourself to jot down a few notes. You don’t want to leave your bridesmaids gifts behind and you definitely want to remember to pack an extra pair of panties and/or bra. You never know! Think of this as a list of all the final touches that you’ve worked so hard to pull together and then leave the rest to the professionals.

2. Nail polish

Have some spare polish packed for the bridesmaid who didn’t get her nails done, or in case of a chip. Lots can happen between the rehearsal dinner and the morning of the wedding so having a polish on hand that matches your mani is super smart.

3. Steamer

Most likely your gown is steamed and ready to go, but sometimes the veil needs some steaming and heaven forbid the gal pal who walks in with a crazy wrinkled bridesmaids dress. Find a small portable device that can fit easily into your suitcase. You can even take it along with you on the honeymoon! Unpacking in Italy or Greece will make you happy you were prepared.

4. Portable speakers

Not many people think about the music they’re going to listen to while getting ready in the hotel suite until that morning. Think ahead and have your favorite playlist ready to go. Your bridesmaids will appreciate the thoughtfulness and it makes everyone feel more relaxed — especially during the getting-ready photos!

5. Hairspray

Bring extra. You’ll use it. Hairspray can also act as a substitute static guard if the under layers of your dress suddenly start to stick.

6. Getting ready robes

Colorful matching robes make for great gifts to your bridesmaids. Not only are they likely to wear them again, but coordinated outfits for everyone in the bridal suite while you’re getting ready make for much better photos (your photographer will thank you later, trust us!).

7. Beauty bag

Your makeup artist will create a bridal look to last all day, but touch-ups are inevitable. Many makeup artists will give you a small kit with the products they used, but have a backup bag of powder, lipstick, and blotting papers just in case.

8. Snacks

Stock up on snacks and drinks (mimosa, please!) to keep everyone from getting hungry while getting ready during hair and makeup. Muffins, bagels, or fruit are great brunch items that everyone can enjoy.

9. Emergency kit

Think: Band-Aids, Advil, deodorant, bobby pins, a sewing kit, and super glue. These can definitely ruin or save the day, so be prepared for anything! It’s better to have and not need than to be without.

10. Champagne

Enough said — and cheers!

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Veils: What Makes Them Different From Each Other

November 18, 2016 Heather Hall

Veils are the most iconic bridal accessory and have the power to change your whole wedding day look. Not to mention there are so many different types! Below are some of the main veil styles and how to match them to your dress. Which is your favorite? Tell us in a comment below!

Birdcage

Birdcage veils are short veils typically made of netting. They only cover a portion of a bride’s face and fall above the chin. These veils add a vintage vibe, and they pair especially well with short wedding dresses.

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Elbow Length

You guessed it: an elbow-length veil falls right around the elbows or just below to the waistline. This kind of veil is flattering with nearly all dress types and is perfect for the bride looking for a fuss-free style.

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Shop: Ariel Taub

Fingertip

A fingertip veil falls at or right below the fingertips. It can add drama without the hassle of holding it off the floor. PS we love this satin trim edging!

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Shop: Peter Langer | Photo: Christian Oth Studio

Chapel

Chapel veils fall to the ground or a couple of inches beyond the wedding gown. These veils create a dreamy, romantic feel and can be major statement pieces, especially when they match the dress.

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Shop: Christian Siriano

Cathedral

Leaving a train trailing beyond the bridal dress, a cathedral veil is the longest veil style. Looking for drama? A cathedral veil makes for stunning photos!

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Shop: Camilla Christine

Juliet Cap

Juliet cap veils are as elegant as they are ethereal. With a nod to the 1920s and 30s, Juliet cap veils come in a variety of lengths and make for dreamy bridal portraits.

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Shop: Justine M Couture

Mantilla

Tha Mantilla veil frames the face in lace and is typically worn 2 inches from the hairline. They come is a variety of widths and lengths and are definitely statement pieces. Don’t forget to match the lace when choosing your veil.

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Shop: Cheryl King Couture

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What Your Favorite Disney Movie Says About Your Wedding Style

November 13, 2016 Heather Hall

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Disney movies of all time and how they relate to your wedding style. Want to take a page out of one of these time tested animated films? Be our guest!

Beauty & The Beast

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You love books and the New York Public Library is your ideal wedding venue. Channel your inner Belle by incorporating design details, like teacup center pieces, rose arrangements, and candelabras and choose a wedding dress with a full skirt and floral embellishments. Consider a half-up hair style with small pin, which you can shop in our Accessories Department, and create your very own tale as old as time.

Dress by Tony Ward Couture

Cinderella

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In your mind it’s not a wedding without a romantic carriage ride, but you don’t need a fairy godmother to pull this one off. Think: pretty pastels, glass slippers (ahem heels), add a cascading ballgown and you’ve got — bibbity bobby boo — your dream wedding! Let’s just hope you can make it past midnight after all the dancing.

Dress by Christian Siriano

Snow White

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Your Pinterest board is full of whimsical wedding ideas, such as floral crowns, flower walls, and branch center pieces. Plus, having your pet at your wedding is a must. Look for a gown that has the same down to earth feel, but is elegant and regal at the same time. Try a high low hem to show off a bright pair of red shoes! Mix in some apple-inspired desserts or favors and your guests will be as happy — not grumpy — as happily ever after.

Dress by Anne Barge

The Little Mermaid

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You want everyone to feel part of your world, so beachy details are a must. From seashell decor, sea-inspired bites, and romantic rowboats your guests will love such an attention to details (er, dinglehoppers?). Consider showing off your curves in a fitted mermaid gown with touches of blush ombre and he won’t be able to wait to kiss the girl.

Dress by Mark Zunino

Sleeping Beauty

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You’re a romantic at heart with down to earth style. Your ethereal taste will prove flawless with lots of greenery and touches of floral buds on everything from the cake to your hair. Dainty pastels and an bohemian-dressed alter bring it all to life. Choose an illusion lace ballgown and top off your accessories with a petite crown for the ceremony.

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Aladdin

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You want your wedding to feel like a whole new world, so think bright of pops of color and chic wedding details, including luxe carpeting, intricate beading, and elaborate draping. Great music for dinner and dancing, plus a pair of sparkly flats will go perfectly with your fitted lace gown. Accessory tip: Jewel tones and a statement necklace will show off your décolletage!

Dress by Dennis Basso

The Lion King

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An African safari is your #1 honeymoon destination and desert details, like succulents and animal-inspired decor will enchant your guests like nothing they’ve ever seen before. They’ll definitely feel the love. Channel your inner lioness with a body-hugging long sleeve lace gown and embrace the circle of life with your closest friends and family.

Dress by Lazaro

Frozen

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Letting it go means allowing your family to help with last minute wedding details and being okay to enjoy the day. You’ll ‘wow’ your guests with ice sculptures and frozen specialty cocktails, while twirling on the dance floor in your beautifully beaded ballgown. Whether it’s a summer or winter wedding make a statement by choosing a gown with a hint of shimmer and pop of color!

Dress by Hayley Paige

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5 Rules for Accessorizing Your Wedding Dress

November 2, 2016 Heather Hall

Photo: Mary Neumann Photography

You found the gown. Check. Now it’s time to choose your accessories. Adding the right finishing touches to your dress can create a whole new look or help to further define your wedding day style. Whether you’ve already got an uber embellished gown or it’s sleek and simple, here are a few ways to help pick the perfect pairs:

Decide: To veil or not to veil

It’s true! There’s no bridal handbook that states you have to wear a veil, although nothing personifies a bride-to-be more than this airy accessory. Stick to the traditional styling of including a veil and/or go with a headpiece (shop both in our Accessories Department!), but be sure to match the color of your veil to the exact shade your dress. An ivory veil might look worn against a bright white gown and vice versa. If your dress has lots of detail, like a beautiful back that you don’t want to cover up, then choose a sheer veil rather than one that is layered and may steal the spotlight. Lastly, when it comes to the length of your veil: 1.) keep in mind that a floor-length or cathedral style veil works well with petite types because it elongates the body, 2.) mid-length styles, like fingertip or elbow-length veils, balance a tall frame, and 3.) shorter veils that frame the face, like a birdcage veil, work for all shapes and sizes, plus they add a vintage vibe or unique retro flare.

Match your jewelry to your dress

Did you know? Certain metals work better with various shades of white and ivory. Gold accessories can highlight an ivory hue while silver or platinum accents compliment a bright white dress. If your wedding gown has beading already on it, then let that set the tone for the accessories you choose. Pick a necklace, bracelet, or earrings with the same metal base — be it silver, rose, or yellow gold. Remember: Less is more when it comes to jewelry, but don’t be afraid to have fun!

Think about your neckline

Be mindful of your wedding dress neckline when thinking of highlighting key areas, like your décolletage. Let’s say you’re wearing a strapless gown or sweetheart neckline: trade the necklace for a pair of elegant earrings. This keeps the focal point on the dress and helps frame your face. Want more? Add some silk flowers to your hair for a more fresh feel, or some vintage pins and finish with an art-deco-style bracelet to complete the look. You can even add a pop of color. If you’ve got a V-neck dress, definitely decorate your décolletage. A simple pendant or locket is an elegant way to accessorize, maybe incorporate a family heirloom or pearls, or go for a statement piece, like a crystal choker or bib necklace with matching earrings. For a halter style dress, don’t worry about the accessorizing the neckline. A romantic updo hairstyle with hair accessories will do the trick. Add some sparkle with a floral-inspired headband or crown, or try some crystal pins to pull back some of your locks and show off your shoulders (ahem, and gown).

Keep the shoes comfy

While we love a fabulous pair of shoes (shop them here!), don’t forget that your wedding day is going to be a busy one and dealing with angry feet should be the least of your worries. Don’t let a pair of perfect stilettos ruin your first dance! If you’re used to high heels, then find a pair that feels right for you, and if you’re not — go with some sleek flats, wedges or sandals. You could always get both and change shoes for the reception. Add a pop of color, or a “something blue,” by choosing a brightly colored pair, or think back to your metals and other accessories to match a more traditional gold or silver pump or flat.

Consider a cover-up

A must-have accessory if you’re getting married during the colder months or will be in a church setting that requires covered shoulders, a cover-up can come in many forms. From boleros to capes, fur stoles to wraps, it depends on the dress for finding the right fit. You may want to spice up a simple gown by adding a delicately beaded caplet or other embellished bolero — choose something that suits your style. Otherwise, pick a long sleeved lace topper, jacket or sleek chiffon shawl to balance an already ornate wedding dress and avoid competition between pieces.

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