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TWD owner, Beth Chapman’s Tips for Wedding Gown Shopping in Martha Stewart Weddings

TWD owner, Beth Chapman’s Tips for Wedding Gown Shopping in Martha Stewart Weddings

Newly engaged?!  Be sure to pick up the Ultimate Wedding Planner issue of Martha Stewart Wedding!  TWD owner, Beth Chapman is featured in an article discussing tips for wedding gown shopping.  Below is the article and Beth’s advice. 

     

Shopping at a boutique:  What type of person is best suited to shop at a boutique dress store?

I always recommend that brides shop for their wedding gown in the type of store where they shop for their everyday clothes.  If you prefer a smaller, more intimate environment with specialized attention and specific and unique inventory, then a boutique is the right fit for you. If you are a department store shopper and prefer a large selection and one on one service is not important to you, than a larger bridal store might be your best bet. 

 

What does a boutique dress store offer that other options don’t?

A boutique style dress shop is going to offer a more intimate experience for the bride. They will provide individualized attention and a smaller, more focused selection.  Depending on the size of the boutique, you may be the only bride in the store while shopping.  

 

 How do you recommend brides-to-be prepare for their appointment?

Brides should visit the website of the bridal boutique to see if the selection of the designers that they carry matches the aesthetic that you are looking for and to ensure that the price point of the gowns works within your budget.  Your should contact the boutique at least a week in advance in order to schedule an appointment.  When you go for your appointment, you should have your Pinterest board or fashion inspiration available to show the sales associate.  You should also inquire with the boutique if they offer shoes and undergarments to try on with the gowns.  If not, you should bring your own.  It is important that you have your wedding date and gown budget secured before beginning the shopping process. It is nearly impossible to select your gown if you don’t know the time of year when you will be getting married and can’t envision yourself in your wedding venue. You want to select a gown that reflects your personal style, but that also emulates the overall look and feel of where you will be getting married. 

 

Can you provide a play-by-play of what to expect with a bridal consultation at a boutique?

Every boutique is slightly different. In my boutique, The White Dress by the shore, brides and their guests are offered drinks and welcomed into a private fitting room where they will have their appointment. They are provided a profile form to fill out so that the stylist can learn a little more about the details of the wedding and what the bride is looking for her in her gown.   Their dedicated stylist will review the profile form with the bride and offer to take the bride through our collection or will pull gowns herself based on what the bride is looking for.  During the hour and a half appointment, the stylist will assist the bride in trying on gowns and pairing them with accessories, helping her to narrow her selection to the one that works best with the her body type, venue and overall wedding aesthetic. 

 

General tips for dress shopping:  How far in advance of the wedding day do you recommend shopping?

I recommend that a bride begins to look for her gown 7-12 months in advance of the wedding.  Gown shopping is generally the next step after the wedding venue is selected and the date is set.  The gown will set the tone for all of your other wedding decisions.  Most of your venues will inquire about what your gown looks like when you have your initial consultation with them.  Brides often get nervous about committing too soon to a gown for fear that they will no longer love it when the wedding rolls around.  I like to compare saying yes to the gown to saying yes to your fiancé.  There might be other men out there are charming and good looking, but you don’t want to marry them!  When you commit to your gown, it should be a gown that you would want to wear today, tomorrow and in 20 years! 

 

What advice do you have on who to bring to your bridal consultation?

Bring a select group of people (no more than 3) that truly understand your personal style and your vision for your wedding. Too many opinions can be detrimental to the decision process.  If you feel the need to share your gown selection with ALL of your bridesmaids, then have them attend one of your gown fittings, or bring them along when you select your veil or accessories. Selecting your gown is a very personal decision and you should share it with a select few whose opinions you cherish the most. 

 

How do you recommend people come to bridal appointments? (Any tips on hair/makeup?)

It is important to take a little extra time getting ready when you set out to shop for your gown.  It is nice to style your hair in a similar fashion to how you think you will wear it for your wedding. It is much easier to envision how you will look on your wedding day if you hair is styled and your make up looks great! 

 

What questions should you ask about the dress during your appointment?

You should understand the lead time of the designer so that you can ensure that you have enough time to order the gown without any rush fees.  You should also ask if any customizations can be made to the gown.  Often brides want to add buttons, change a neckline or add a strap.  Ask if that is something that can be done by the designer or if it should be done during the alternations process. Note that customizations almost always incur a fee.  You should inquire with the boutique if they perform in-house alterations and understand the days and times that these are offered.  Be aware that alterations are almost NEVER included in the price of the dress, so be sure to include room in your budget for alterations. If they do not perform in- house alterations, ask about their referral list.  

 

Any other tips to share?

Enjoy the shopping process. In this day in age of online shopping, having the experience of shopping in a bridal boutique with a dedicated, knowledgeable associate is a luxury.  This experience is nostalgic.. It is something that your mother and your grandmother experienced and now it is your turn! Don’t be drawn to online retailers who sell wedding gowns on the internet.  No bride should have their wedding gown delivered the same way that their groceries are.  Let yourself be pampered and enjoy the intimate, memorable experience that a bridal boutique has to offer to you! 

Beth Chapman’s Tips for Wedding Gown Shopping in Martha Stewart Weddings

 


​Warehouse XI Soft Floral and Industrial Inspiration Styled Shoot

When we saw the color palette for this unique warehouse shoot, we immediately wanted to include this amazing watercolor Romona Keveza Collection gown. We felt that the gown’s soft floral with pinks, blues, and soft touches of red complimented the rustic nature of the warehouse and made the dress and details of the shoot really pop.

For the bridesmaids dresses we chose to go with a deep burgundy color to soften the blues incorporated in the shoot as well as to compliment the copper elements. The design by Infinite events  and florals by Stoneblossom were modern yet romantic which we felt worked perfectly with both the gown and the bridesmaids dresses.

For the men’s fashion we collaborated with Aldo’s House of Formal to create a look that spoke to a fashion forward, modern groom that was looking for touches of unique flair. Warehouse XI was really the perfect venue for this shoot, providing a clean industrial feel to coincide with the softness of our watercolor palette.

 

Check out this behind the scenes look at this industrial styled shoot from Artistic Wedding Films.

 

Vendor List: 

Design and Concept: Infinite Events   |   Photographer: Adeline & Grace 

Invitation: Paper Perfectionist    |    Videographer: Artistic Wedding Film  

China: Borrowed Blue       |      Furniture Rentals: AFR    |      Florals: Stoneblossom     

Cake: Confectionery Design   |     Dress: Romona Keveza     |    Dress Shop: The White Dress by the shore 

Bride accessories: Haute Bride for The White Dress by the shore    |      Tux: Aldo’s House of Formals 

Hair & Makeup: Ali lomazzo Beauty    |   Bridesmaids Dress: Amsale for  The White Dress by the shore

Bridesmaids accessories: Perception Jewelry      |   Styled by: Beth Chapman Styling – Lauren Melkus 

Venue:Warehouse XI Venue

 

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XOXO, TWD


Romantic Mount Hope Farm Styled Wedding Shoot As Seen On Style Me Pretty

We were thrilled to collaborate on this romantic styled wedding shoot at the beautiful Mount Hope Farm and even more thrilled as it was just featured on Style Me Pretty!

The inspiration for the shoot was Spring with romantic touches, so I immediately thought of The Milay gown by Kate McDonald. The blue watercolor floral was the perfect compliment to the rustic elegance of the shoot and I loved how the pop of color from Yumiko’s florals played off of it.  I have a current obsession with Sara Gabriel’s ombre veil and it brought a perfect extra pop of blue to the shoot.  

Every detail of this collaboration was perfectly thought out and lovely. I can’t wait for Style me Pretty’s brides to be inspired by it!

 

 

  

 

   

  

  

 

Photos: Maggie Conley Photography  

Floral Design: Hana Floral Design 

Beauty: Lynda Williams 

Destination: Mount Hope Farm

Stylist:  Beth Chapman Styling | Lauren Melkus 

Decor & Planning:   Exquisite Events 

Catering: Russell Morin Catering & Events 

Dress: Kate McDonald – Milay 

Veil & Accessories : Sara Gabriel 

Maids: Amsale 

Formal wear: Carl Anthony Tuxedo 

Models: The Beauty Within Agency 

Click below to see more of the pretty! 

Style Me Pretty 

 

 


Elegant & dramatic Black tie affair at Blithewold featuring Carolina Herrera Ansel

We were so thrilled to find our elegant and dramatic styled shoot at Blithewold featured in this year’s issue of Bliss Celebrations. Blithewold Mansion has a stately feel to it which called for a classic and elegant gown. TWD Owner and Stylist Beth Chapman selected Carolina Herrera’s Ansel gown, since the silk striped skirt provided a New England vibe and the beaded neckline made it perfect for a black tie affair. The gown really served as the main inspiration for the entire shoot.  She also had a vision for a reception dress with feathers, and JLM Couture delivered with a gorgeous, flirty dress (a runway sample, which {sadly} never got produced!) Scroll down for all of the pretty as well as the amazing vendors who made the shoot a success.

Elegant & dramatic Black tie affair at Blithewold featuring Carolina Herrera Ansel

Elegant & dramatic Black tie affair at Blithewold featuring Carolina Herrera Ansel

Elegant & dramatic Black tie affair at Blithewold featuring Carolina Herrera Ansel

Elegant & dramatic Black tie affair at Blithewold featuring Carolina Herrera Ansel

Elegant & dramatic Black tie affair at Blithewold featuring Carolina Herrera Ansel

Elegant & dramatic Black tie affair at Blithewold featuring Carolina Herrera Ansel

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Photography: Carla Ten Eyck

Design + Florals: Whim Events

Paper: Coral Pheasant Stationary 

Styling: Beth Chapman Styling

Hair: Emily Reale

Makeup: Brandon Ward

Gown: Carolina Herrera, reception dress: JLM Couture

Bridesmaids:  Amsale & Theia 

Lighting + draping: Ryan Designs

Bar + event lounge: Reserve Modern Event Rental

Rentals: Peterson Party Center

Venue: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum 

Featured in Bliss Celebrations 2017 issue

xoxo, TWD

 


Pretty Post: Lauren Ann & Steve’s Spring Orchard Wedding as seen in Martha Stewart Weddings

We love all weddings – but when it is a friend’s wedding, plus a collaboration of all of your favorite vendors (who are also friends!) we can’t help but fall even more in love!  And what better way to celebrate your first anniversary, then having your wedding featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

The groom, Steve DePino, is an incredibly talented photographer.  Steve has shot at virtually every wedding venue in Connecticut, so when it came to his own wedding, he and his fiancé Lauren Ann, wanted a venue that was totally unique.  Steve was raised and still lives in charming Guilford, Connecticut, so it was important to him that all of the wedding festivities take place there.  The couple planned their ceremony at Bishop’s Orchard, which was established in Guilford in 1871 and is a town landmark. When Steve and Lauren Ann were scouting the location, they noticed that there was one clear spot in the apple orchard where a tree had been removed. They decided to use that spot as their ceremony location.  They wanted to get married in April, however at that time, apple trees are not yet in bloom. Floral designer extraordinaire, Yumiko Fletcher of Hana Floral Design transformed the tree that sat right behind the ceremony site into a living tree!  She and her team hand-wired thousands of cherry blossoms to the tree and created the most spectacular backdrop for the ceremony!

The reception took place at The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center. The Marketplace is situated in the center of town along the historic Guilford Green.  This location is also a town landmark that was recently renovated to be a charming, retro market.  Steve, Lauren Ann, and their son Luke are regulars, so having the reception there was a no brainer! The atmosphere is hip, laid back, and fun, just like the couple!  They even coined their own whimsical hashtag for the wedding: #grocerystorewedding.

The wedding images below by Justin & Mary Marantz are nothing short of epic. The couple is stunningly gorgeous, and you can see their love radiating through the images! We are so happy for you Steve and L.A (and Luke)!  We were honored to have a small part in your big day!

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Photography: Justin and Mary Photographers

Styling + Day of Wedding Dress Service: Beth Chapman Styling

Event design: A Jubilee Event

Florals: Hana Floral Design

Ceremony location: Bishops Orchard

Reception Location: The Marketplace a Guilford Food Center 

Gown: Hayley Paige

Beauty: d.d Nickel

 xoxo, TWD


As Seen On: WWLP’s Mass Appeal – Bridal Gown Shopping Tips

TWD boutique owner & stylist Beth Chapman recently appeared on WWLP’s Mass Appeal providing tips for bridal gown shopping. Topics include: securing your wedding date and venue, setting a budget, research, planning ahead, limiting options, having an open mind, don’t be alarmed by sizing, and lastly but most importantly – have fun!

Watch the segment below for a more in depth conversation on bridal gown shopping. Then ring us at 860.669.4596 to schedule an appointment with one of our stylists! 

                         

Bridal Gown Shopping Tips

xoxo, TWD

 


As Seen On: WWLP’s Mass Appeal – Mix & Match Bridesmaids

Last week, TWD Owner and stylist Beth Chapman appeared on WWLP’s Mass Appeal where she highlighted top bridesmaids trends! Trends included floral patterns, separates, black tie elegant & shades of color.

View the video below and then check out this month’s amazing bridesmaids promo from Jenny Yoo!

During the month of September, save $20 off ($10 off each separate) 7 or more Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dresses!

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Ring us at the boutique to take advantage of these amazing offers {860.669.4596}, or request an appointment below.

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xoxo, TWD

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