February 2018

February 7, 2018

Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Avoid Wedding Dress Disasters

Written by: Emily Marcus


You spent hours in fitting rooms with extended family and friends, scoured magazines and websites, laughed, cried, and eventually triumphed—you said yes to the dress. Ball-gown, A-line, trumpet, or, sheath, the wedding dress is far more than an article of clothing. Yet with these delicate, expensive, gorgeous, white works of art comes a lot of pressure: How can I keep it looking perfect during my entire big day? Whatever wedding dress woes are keeping you up at night, we have the solution.

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Strapless Dress Slipping Down

Don’t just go to a tailor, prepare for the tailor. Tiffany Hogan, wedding expert and private event sales manager at VIP Country Club in New Rochelle, NY, advises, “You should purchase all of the undergarments that you will be wearing on your wedding day prior to the final fitting. Move around in the dress while at the fitting—sit down a few times, lean in for a hug, lift your arms, dance! Making these movements prior will target any flaws before the big day.” Lindsey Bennett, lead wedding dress designer for Azazie, suggests features like corset backs and silicon elastic to keep strapless dresses in place and fitting perfectly up until go time and beyond.


photo:  Dani Fine Photography

The Weather

If you are having an outdoor wedding, you likely have a rain plan. But if rain is the only forecast you are prepared for, you may want to think again. Heat and wind are two wedding dress threats you may need to combat. To avoid wrinkles, Bennett says, “With the improved technology, polyester dresses will keep longer and make steaming easier. Also, every single bride should have a hand-held steamer in her purse.” As for avoiding sweat, or at least hiding it, she suggests wearing lightweight synthetics like poly-chiffon over heavy woven fabrics, satin, and silk.



We all know white fabric is difficult to keep stain-free. Stains happen, but they don’t need to ruin your dress or your day. According to Hogan, “It is best to remember not to frantically rub at the stain, as wedding dresses have many layers that are often delicate. Stay calm and try separating the layers so that you only have the stained portion, and then use a cloth or Q-tip to dab with a mixture of soap and water. For oil-based stains, dish soap works even better at cutting the grease. If you have a stain stick, this would also work if the stain is not very large.”

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Getting Stuck in the Restroom

Wedding dresses can be long, heavy, and hard to take off and on. If you’re worried about spending most of your wedding day in the restroom, check out products like Bridal Buddy that help gather and lift your dress without extra assistance. Though, as Hogan notes, “Most wedding venues have a bridal suite. This particular endeavor is easiest with increased numbers, so ask for at least one member of the bridal party to assist; two is even better. A bridal suite will provide privacy and a cleaner atmosphere in case the dress accidentally hits the floor. If a public restroom is the only option, make sure that the dress is either completely off, or at the very least, that all fabric is lifted out of the way, including the veil.”


The most important wedding dress disaster to avoid is letting your dress control your day. Lastly, it will be easiest to relax if you feel prepared. Make sure to pack an emergency tool kit. For the dress, Bennett and Hogan recommend Tide-to-go, fashion tape, safety pins, sewing kit, Band-Aids,  Q-tips, oil absorbing sheets, a lint roller, scissors, a backup wrap, and a change of clothes. Being prepared will let you focus on what your wedding day is really about—the people who are celebrating with you—so relax and enjoy.

February 1, 2018

Stephanie and David Ciaschini tied the knot October 8, 2016, at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Worcester. The ceremony was followed by a picturesque reception at the Sterling National Country Club. Stephanie and David's first date was unique, but in traditional New England–style, they arranged to meet on Thanksgiving night. The two met through a dating site, and although Stephanie had her doubts about finding "the one" online, she decided to give it a shot since many of her friends and family members had met great people that way. Because everything is closed on Thanksgiving except bars and fast-food joints, Stephanie had to think outside of the box and decided they should meet at Dunkin' Donuts. David ordered a coffee and Stephanie ordered a vanilla chai tea. The meeting was on November 24, 2011, and they have been thankful ever since.

David proposed to Stephanie on June 25, 2015, in Wells, Maine. Luckily they share a love of coffee and the beach. They were vacationing for the week and celebrating the end of another school year working in the public schools with children on the autism spectrum. That weekend, Stephanie's father, and her sister and brother-in-law with their nine-month-old daughter, came up to celebrate Father's Day. Everyone knew what Dave was planning including Stephanie's co- workers who managed not to spill the beans at the year-end get together. Stephanie even missed the hint when her sister asked her when she thought Dave would propose. David initially wanted to go to Perkins Cove for a walk, but the rain put off that adventure. They decided on a shopping trip in Portsmouth instead. David was so anxious he just got down on one knee and proposed at his family's beach house. The rain finally stopped and, of course, they celebrated with a trip to Dunkin' Donuts and a walk through Ogunquit. The two joked that if the proposal had happened at Perkins Cove, the ring might have gotten lost in the rocks because David's hands were shaking from nervousness.

Taking a little more than twelve months to plan their wedding, Stephanie and David enjoyed every second of the process. Touring all the possible venues and seeing all the great choices Central Mass has to offer got them excited about creating the wedding of their dreams. An October wedding in a church were two priorities for the couple. Stephanie's faith is very important to her and she had always dreamed about getting married in the church she was brought up in. After looking around at countless options, they decided on Sterling National Country Club because of the breathtaking views and amazing services. "The events coordinator was absolutely wonderful to work with. She is genuine and extremely passionate about her job."

With no set theme, they decided to play off the season. Beautiful blooms of sunflowers and calla lilies dressed the tables and adorned the wedding party's arrangements. For centerpieces, half of the tables had sunflowers in mason jars and the other half had pumpkins with candles inside. The wedding favors were magnetic frame strips for their guests to take home their photo booth pictures and, of course, two-ounce Dunkin' Donuts bricks of coffee. Incorporating Stephanie's heritage as second-generation Polish-American was also a priority, so they honored that by having an Eastern European blessing of marriage, which includes wine, bread, salt, and a silver coin. Each item represents a wish or blessing of the marriage. Religion and heritage aside, Stephanie had one more priority: to make sure they did the chicken dance at the reception.

The day went by quickly, but the most memorable part for Stephanie and David was the first glance they had at each other as Stephanie's father walked her down the aisle. Some advice the couple would like to share is that if something small goes wrong, don't sweat it; mostly likely no one noticed. Don't worry about anyone else but the two of you. Enjoy just being the new Mr. and Mrs., and give a groomsmen or bridesmaid the duty of keeping problems and negativity away from you.

The Particulars:

Ceremony: Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 34 Ward Street, Worcester, MA www.olcworcester.com

Photographer: Dina Godzik Photography, 113 Morningside Road, Worcester, MA dinagodzikphotography.com

Reception: Sterling National Country Club, 33 Albright Road, Sterling, MA Sterlingcc.com

Baker: Cakes by Chris, 81 New Braintree Road, West Brookfield, MA cakesbychrisgadaire.com

Florist: A Beautiful Bouquet, 26 Pine Street, Leicester, MA abeautifulbouquet.org

Videographer: Jason Giroud, 508-340-3405

Music: DJ Derek, 508-344-3163

February 1, 2018

Lindiana and John were meant to be together since the moment their paths crossed. They share many passions, including a love for salsa dancing. John proposed to Lindiana during a couples photo shoot he had arranged with Teranie, owner of New Life photography. Lindiana had no idea he was about to propose. She was thrilled when he got down on one knee in front of city hall in Worcester.

Every detail of Lindiana and John's wedding reflected the beauty of their love. It was breathtaking. They were surrounded by loved ones as they said their vows, which brought tears of joy to many. The bride and groom danced the night away under the stars with the distinctive song of the Puerto Rican coqui in the background. The fresh air from the El Yunque rain forest carried a breeze that mingled with the fresh flowers placed around the reception, leaving everyone feeling enchanted.

The couples' beautiful wedding ceremony and reception took place at the stunning Hacienda Siesta Alegre, a uniquely designed Spanish Colonial venue that features countless open spaces and lovely gardens. The "house without walls" allows the gentle trade winds to cool and the delightful sounds of the evening to thrill. This is possibly the most romantic setting in Puerto Rico, and the nearby El Yunque rain forest helps to make the landscaping everlastingly lush.

Wedding Particulars:

Venue: Hacienda Siesta Alegre Inn

DJ: Big J Music Big J Music Services

Bride's dress: Vows

Decorations: Black HC Flowers

Catering: Nilsa Colon

Officiant: Aida M. Mari-Roca

Wedding Coordinator: Yolanda De Jesus

Photographer: New Life Photography

Assistant Photographer: Youri Claessens

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