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September 26th, 2014 | (0 Comments)

If you aren’t following us on Instagram you’re missing out on daily inspiration and a community of Real Chic Brides bringing their dresses to life on their wedding days. Here’s a little snippet of what’s going on at @chicparisien.

This Real Chic Bride lounges in her Lazaro in a quiet moment before her wedding.

Another Lazaro bride! Real Chic Bride Kristen and her husband take off in a vintage car towards their happily ever after.

A Real Chic Bride in Inbal Dror gets a twirl on the dance floor.

A close up look at a detail on a Real Chic Bride’s Romona Keveza gown.

A sweet moment between a Real Chic Bride in Monique Lhuillier and her groom.

We know that a wedding dress is an investment, albeit a beautiful investment that you get to wear, celebrate love and dance in, but an investment nonetheless. Like any investment it requires a bit of care, patience and attention to maintain it.

Brides ask us all the time the best way to care for the dress before the wedding and what to do to preserve it after, so we thought we’d round up a few basic tips that apply to almost every dress and share them here:

  • When you buy your dress we’ll give it to you prepped and wrapped up so that you can just hang it up safely.
  • If you’re traveling to your wedding destination be sure you hang it up as soon as you arrive. Ideally, the dress will be able to hang for a few days before the wedding and rest on the rack.
  • While it may seem like the right thing to do is steam the dress, usually that’s a gentler way to get the wrinkles out, it’s not what you want to do with most dresses. You should press the dress with a new iron on a silk setting and use a clean pillowcase in between the iron and the dress to minimize the direct heat.
  • After the wedding, when you’ve danced, hugged, kissed and are through with the big day – take it to be dry cleaned immediately after. Don’t waste any time.

Don’t forget our Monique Lhuillier trunk show is this weekend (September 19-20). It’s not too late to book an appointment and come try these dresses on in person. And then take care of them after of course.

images via Monique Lhuillier

Hello our chic brides-to-be!

We were thinking a bit about what information might be helpful for you as you start to prep for your big day. Once you’ve gotten the big, obvious things checked of your list – like shopping for a dress! – and your wedding date is getting closer there are a few tips to keep in mind that we’ve collected over 45 years of helping brides.

  1. Do - Try our your hair and makeup in advance. All brides, regardless of how clear a vision they have of their hair and makeup styles, should schedule a trial run with both the hairstylist and makeup artist who will be helping you make your vision a reality. If you are wearing any special headpiece or statement jewelry you should be sure to include them in your test. No one wants a surprise on their wedding day or to feel like they look any less than perfect – a trial run can help you iron out all the details that you might not have considered in advance.
  2. Do - Buy a signature fragrance and start wearing it the day of your wedding. If you’ve ever bought a new perfume on vacation you know how much pleasure it can bring you to remember walking on the beach or exploring the streets of Paris every time you put that scent on. A perfume that you tie to your wedding day will remind you every time you spritz it on of the sensory memories of that night.
  3. Do - Have an extra, more comfortable pair of shoes handy that are about the same height as your “real” shoes. The trend right now is to wear big, beautiful designer heels – which is stunning – in a photo. The reality is you won’t want to fret over your aching feet on your wedding day, so come prepared with an extra pair that will still suit the dress’ hem, but will comfortably keep you on the dance floor as long as you’d like.

photo by ktmerry of a real chic bride in monique lluillier