A wedding dress is a bit of an obsession for every bride-to-be. The selections, the fittings, and the alterations are moments that help to underline the preparations of a wedding, and it is essential to ask the right questions during this process.
Are you just beginning your quest for the perfect dress design but unsure what to do or where to start? We have compiled five questions a bride should ask when purchasing a wedding dress.
Do I have to bring someone along to the showroom?
At Spotlight Formal Wear, we strive to make this moment unforgettable and be sincere and fair in our advice. We fully support you in purchasing your perfect wedding dress. We believe that our role is to explain why and how the dress enhances your beauty. A fabulous wedding dress is what our brides come to us for, as well as our honesty, and that is one of our greatest values. You can, therefore, come alone if you wish, or bring no more than 3 to 4 of the individuals you are closest to that you want to share in your special moment. We will be there to assist you every step of the way.
You will not have the pressure to satisfy anyone but yourself and we will build up suspense among your guests. Some brides prefer to come with someone, as nothing replaces the support and input of a close friend, and their presence can help you if you feel a bit anxious.
What should I bring for my consultation?
We advise you to relax and bring with you the vision for what you want on your special day. Your stylist will work with you to understand your vision and work for you to help find the perfect dress to fit your vision.
Do you have to make a decision on the first appointment?
At the end of your consultation, most brides have found their dress. The more you share your vision with your stylist, the more they will be able to match a dress to that vision.
We encourage you to always go with how you are feeling in the dress you love. Only you know how the dress makes you feel and it is difficult to recreate that feeling once you leave. Ask yourself this question.”Would I be sad if I come back and the dress is gone”? If the answer is yes, then allow yourself to say “Yes to the dress” and have your once in a lifetime moment!
If you fall in love with your dress, we will then take the measurements to determine the size to order, or you are more than welcome to purchase your gown from our instock selection if you prefer.
When ordering your wedding dress, it can take some time before the dress arrives. We want you to feel comfortable with your choice, as once an order is placed you will not be allowed to change your mind or cancel your order. Therefore, once you make your selection and are happy with your decision, we advise you not to look at other dresses once you have found “the one.” If you keep looking at several more dresses, it will only create unnecessary stress and confusion.
Many people say: “When the dress is meant for you, you’ll know it.” Know that this is typically true, however,there are some cases that a bride may feel overwhelmed by their emotions. Some people hesitate for a long time between several dress styles. Your stylist is here to help guide you.
When are the alterations done?
You will certainly not be comfortable in a wedding dress that is too long, too short, too tight, or too loose. Spotlight Formal Wear offers an outside wedding dress alteration service to fit your dress perfectly. Alterations are performed approximately one month prior to your wedding date to ensure proper fitting of your dress the day of your wedding. Doing alterations any sooner can result in having to repeat the process as your body can fluctuate. You will decide together with the seamstress on the optimal length for your wedding dress and then she will take all the necessary measurements and place the pins.
If the dress still needs some alterations during the final fitting, the seamstress will either do them directly or schedule another appointment together to check the final touches. It is very important to bring the wedding shoes or any other support garments you need when the seamstress puts the pins in for the fitting appointment.
You can communicate without any worry, just be open and honest with your stylist and seamstress. When you buy a wedding dress, the most important thing is that you feel beautiful and comfortable.
How do I care for the wedding dress until the wedding?
Cutting a wedding dress requires particular expertise. Moreover, the fabrics used on a wedding dress are generally fragile and require special care.
Before that special day, keep your dress away from any food, drink, make-up, pens, spray tans, children, or animals. In short, avoid any stain risks before the big day. Please resist the temptation to open it or even try it on yourself out of excitement. One way we can help you avoid any of these mishaps is by offering you a storage package and we will keep your dress safe up to the date of your wedding.Ours Stylists will fill you in on the details.
On the day of the wedding, the person who will help you get dressed must have clean hands and not wear jewelry that could catch on the lace of your dress. If you are already wearing make-up and you have to put on your dress from above, cover your face with a clean cloth. Protecting your wedding dress in this manner will avoid blush stains on the neckline. In case of an accident, never try to clean the stains from your dress by yourself. Ask a professional cleaner before the day of your wedding what to do in case this happens so you can be prepared.
When you take your dress home after the final fittings, Spotlight Formal Wear gives you tips on opening and closing the cover without damaging your precious dress, transporting it, keeping it without wrinkling it, storing it, etc. Contact us for more information about your formal wear.
Having trouble combining your holiday traditions? You’re not alone. No matter how long you’ve been dating or cohabitating, now that you’ve tied the knot you’ve likely got new and challenging holiday celebration decisions to make. You may feel excited or you may feel overwhelmed—but it’s likely you feel a bit of both. For your first holiday as a married couple you have to drive the decisions about what’s best for you as a couple—while also considering all the things that are important to you as individuals.
It’s easy to let the stress of making time for all your friends and family dampen the holiday spirit. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few tips for surviving your first newlywed holiday.
Create a game plan
Even if you and your partner have been spending holidays together for years, now that you’re married, your family and in-laws may be voicing different ideas. From the get-go you have to be okay with making some compromises. Talk to your partner about which holidays have special traditions for their relatives and which holidays are important to yours. You can use those traditions as the basis for your decisions or keep it simple and just trade off each year. If your families live closeby, it might not be too difficult to split the day between them.
Keep the peace
Every family values holidays differently, and you’ll need to keep those values and traditions on equal footing if you want to keep the peace. Spending time with your loved ones should be enjoyable—for you both. Focus on the memories you are making now, not what you could be doing instead. Family stress can quickly turn into marital stress, so try to keep the lines of communication open with your partner. This year may not go exactly as planned, but you can use those lessons learned to make the next holiday that much better.
Ask Santa for grown-up gifts
Even if you received every gift on your registry, chances are there are a few things your home could use this holiday season. Creating an couple’s wish list is a great way to round out the things that make a home more comfy for the holidays. You can ask for serving trays, a knife set or extra chairs for the dining room table—think about what you could use to make the holidays easier and try to create a wish list around those ideas. Check out these gift ideas for newlyweds from Redfin.com.
Jingle the bells in your own home
You’re focusing so much on pleasing your families that you may forget to figure out what kind of holiday home you want—including making your own traditions. You can host both families and friends for a holiday gathering at your house, melding both of your favorite traditions. Be sure to include your partner in the planning process to make this a special time of combining traditions and creating your own. If you’re planning on hosting holidays in your home, consider:
Making a playlist of holiday music that appeals to both your family’s tastes.
Decorate your home in your style. Include touches of your family traditions, but when hosting in your home choose holiday decorations that reflect the two of you as a couple.
Remember the holidays can be beautifully chaotic. Your first holiday as a married couple will likely have a few misplaced gifts, overcooked hams or mother-in-law meltdowns, and that’s okay. The best way to get through it is to look at each other, take a deep breath and smile. Take a moment to feel and share the love.