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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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10 Emotions Brides Go Through While Trying On Dresses (In Gifs!)

October 21, 2016 Heather Hall

It’s not every day that a girl gets to go wedding dress shopping. But it’s no simple task! There are a wave emotions that we see when a bride walks through our doors to find her dream gown. Think you know what they are? Scroll down to find out!

1. When you can’t sleep the night before trying on wedding dresses

 

2. When you walk into Kleinfeld for the very first time!

 

3. Having all your closest friends and family with you during this special event

 

4. The look you give your consultant when trying on the first dress

 

5. Deciding between a fitted mermaid style or princess gown

 

6. When there’s too many people telling you their opinions

 

7. After you’ve tried on your 10th ballgown… 

 

8. When you think you’ve just about had enough 

 

9. That moment you found THE ONE!

 

10. And you can’t wait to walk down the aisle 

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Say Yes to the Pantsuit: 6 Unique Wedding Looks

June 22, 2016 Emily Meussner

You’re totally unique. Instead of imagining your Cinderella wedding, your perfect beach ceremony, your fairy-tale celebration in a vintage barn, you are picturing something wildly different. You define yourself and your style as fierce and utterly unique. So, why should your wedding look be any different? These Kleinfeld styles say “good-bye” to basic brides, ball gowns and played out traditions, and say “hello” to something much more modern. Tell us which looks are your favorite @KleinfeldBridal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat!

 

1. Mark Zunino

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Nude strapless jumpsuit? Please and thank you, Mark Zunino.

2. Eugenia Couture

Eugenia Couture Kleinfeld Bridal

Look chic, comfortable and casual in this two piece textured crop and palazzo pants look by Eugenia Couture.

3. Pnina Tornai

Pnina Tornai

Take a little inspiration from cultures around the world, and try this sheer kaftan paired with stunning jewel headpiece by Pnina Tornai

4. Dennis Basso

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Who said everything needs to be white? This all-sheer tulle mermaid by Dennis Basso is everything.

5. Christian Siriano

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Collar? Check. Cape? Check. Art deco-inspired pantsuit? Check! Try this look from Christian Siriano.

6. Tony Ward

Tony Ward Kleinfeld Bridal

Make a small nod to tradition. And, then tear it down with this sheer dress and tulle overskirt by Tony Ward.

 

Loved these? Check out more unique looks from some of our exclusive designers: Mark Zunino, Christian Siriano, Pnina Tornai, Tony Ward & Dennis Basso!


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Kleinfeld Hotel Blocks Celebrates An All-Kleinfeld Wedding

June 3, 2016 Emily Meussner
Kleinfeld Real Wedding

While planning their wedding, Sarah and Trevor had an entire group of wedding professionals at their disposal. That’s because the bride is a beloved member of the Kleinfeld Hotel Blocks team! Between the consultants at the Kleinfeld salon and the ladies of Hotel Blocks, this wedding was sure to stun. Naturally, the bride’s classic lace A-line by Augusta Jones came from the Kleinfeld salon, as well as using the Hotel Blocks team to book her guest’s hotel rooms at The Lexington Hotel. The lovely couple had the quintessential New York wedding. The ceremony and reception took place at the Astoria World Manor, and beautiful photos of the wedding party were taken all over Manhattan: the Lexington Hotel, Carl Schurz Park, Grand Central, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The couple took dance lessons before their celebration, which absolutely paid off during their first dance to Nat King Cole’s L.O.V.E. Their guests enjoyed champagne and chocolate fountains, a fun photo booth, and danced the night away with premiere entertainment company Sound Explosion. Check out all the love below, captured by Pinilla Studios.

 

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Make sure your guests have the best accommodations for your wedding night. Don’t forget to use Kleinfeld Hotel Blocks to book hotel blocks for your loved ones!

Dress Store:                                Kleinfeld Bridal
Dress Designer:                           Augusta Jones
Photography:                             Pinilla Studios
Ceremony & Reception:         The Astoria World Manor
Wedding Rings:                          Favorite Fine Jewelers
Makeup & Hair:                          Beautini
Florist:                                              Prestige Weddings Center
Music:                                              Sound Explosion
Hotel Block:                                 Kleinfeld Hotel Blocks

 


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5 Social Media Questions Answered For Your Wedding Day

May 17, 2016 Emily Meussner
Kleinfeld Bridal Social Media Tips
Many of today’s brides are using social media as a vehicle for spreading their joyous occasion with people all around the world. Searching for those wedding posts has become a new hobby for all types of people looking for wedding inspiration on social media. Brides-to be, the wedding obsessed, event planners, dreamers and the like search Instagram, Facebook and several other social media platforms for photos of special wedding celebrations that will help them create and transform their own experiences. The etiquette around using social media for your own wedding day can be overwhelming! Well, we’ve asked some of the most common questions and collected this social media advice for making sure your celebration reaches its full potential online.
1. How do we let our guests know about our wedding website and hashtag?
One of the best ways to get your guests to share their favorite moments online is through your wedding stationery! The Kleinfeld Paper team suggests adding your wedding website to your ‘Save the Date,’ as well as including a ‘Website/Social Media’ card in your invitation suite. You can also include all your web links and tags on the ceremony’s program. For more stationery tips, check out Kleinfeld Paper’s blog, or make a complimentary appointment at the Kleinfeld Paper Boutique!
P.S. There are some super cute wedding invitation suites that show how you can accommodate your social media requirements! The ‘Side by Side’ suite from Kleinfeld Paper is classic and includes a social media cards for your guests.
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‘Side by Side’ Kleinfeld Paper suite


2. Are there any red flags to acknowledge when using social media for my wedding?
 The same team from Kleinfeld Paper advises against putting your wedding hashtag on your wedding invitation. Only the very special details of your wedding belong on the invitation, which family members will save and cherish forever. It’s also important to remember that not everyone wants to be involved in your social posts! Make sure to respect your guests and ask them before tagging or posting.

3. I’d love to be featured on Kleinfeld’s social media or blog! How do I get Kleinfeld Bridal to share my photos?
We absolutely love featuring photos from our real brides! Try using #Kleinfeld on all your Instagram posts so our team can find you. If we find your photos and want to post them, our team will reach out to you! Make sure to always tag the photographer so we can give proper photo credit. (Pro Tip: We can only see posts from public accounts! If your page is private, we will miss out on all those beautiful photos.)

4. When I change my last name, how do I make the switch on social media?

Hitchswitch, a Kleinfeld partner that helps new brides change their last name, has offered some sage advice. Always keep your old handle/username. If you delete this account, anyone who mentioned you in a caption won’t appear in your new account. Keeping your old handle is the best way to save your favorite memories.

5. How should I use GeoTags?
Including the location of your celebration has lots of benefits! Use Geotags on Instagram so future brides-to-be can inquire for themselves about your venue. Your posts can also include a geotag for your wedding hotel block. Guests can use it to browse Instagram and see who else is staying at the same hotel. (Pro Tip: Try using Kleinfeld’s complimentary Hotel Block service to book the perfect space for your valued guests!)
Looking for more bridal advice? Follow @Kleinfeldbridal on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for more wedding tips and inspiration!

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