Many brides dream of being a princess on their wedding day and with the help of Kay Shull, owner of Kay’s Bridal and Tuxedo in downtown Sedalia, that dream has become a reality for many women on their wedding day.
With hundreds of dresses in sizes two to 26, a price point for any budget and 15 years of experience in bridal gown sales, Shull is well suited to offer advice on bridal wear and trends.
“I’ve seen a lot of trends come and go over the years I have been in business,” Shull said. “Things that once were popular brides aren’t interested in but they will come back around in time.
“This year lace is big, all over lace or just lace appliques, and Swarovski crystal accents are very popular,” she added. “As far as styles, the fit and flair (mermaid style) is the most popular but the ball gown style is really strong right now.”
Shull said many brides are choosing to marry in ivory or blush colored gowns this season and have tended not to order the traditional all-white dress.
“A dress with some type of chiffon look is the No. 1 look this year,” Shull said. “There are a lot of allusion necklines and strapless dresses are very popular this year as well.
“Most brides are choosing to wear veils again, and we have the perfect veil for every dress,” Shull added. “They have really made a big comeback and they do finish off the dress very nicely.”
Shull commented that once the bride-to-be gets her engagement ring, the first thing they chose is the dress.
Most brides have seen a style of gown online or in a magazine and will come with a picture or several images they have in mind when they walk in the store.
Typically it takes 12 weeks to get the gown once it has been ordered and the store does alterations on the gowns.
“We do recommend that they schedule an appointment when they are ready to try on the dresses for the first time,” Shull said. “Even though it seems like common sense we tell them when they schedule their appointments to make sure they wear or bring the proper undergarments with them when they try on wedding dresses.
“The dress should mold to the bride and not to the undergarment, I can’t emphasize that enough, which is why it is so important to wear that when you come,” Shull added. “Whenever the girls come in we make sure we listen to them but I have been doing this for so long that I can size most girls before they ever put on a gown.”
Typically it takes two hours of trying on dresses before they future bride narrows her choices down.
Shull recommends brides come with their mother or one or two close friends, but said bringing everyone in the wedding with you to the first fittings can be overwhelming.
“I tell them to try to get to three gowns that they really like,” Shull said. “Then they can bring in her attendants and have them help make the final decision.
“When everyone has a say the first go round, that’s when there tends to be a lot of bickering and unhappiness,” she added.
To prevent unhappiness on the part of the bridal party, Shull said a trend is to select a color for the bridesmaids to wear but to let each girl select a style of dress that best fits their individual body type.
Plum, blush, mint and navy are colors that are trending for wedding attendants for the upcoming season.
“The mother of the bride is usually the last person to select their dress,” Shull said. “I think it is because they are so busy taking care of everyone else and helping to make sure that everything is taken care of, that they forget to take care of themselves.”
Shull added that one of the most important things to any bride is the want their wedding to be unique and special.
“No matter what, no bride wants what someone else has done,” Shull said. “They may bring in a thousand pictures that they have found but they all want us to make it different somehow.
“People are getting away from the burlap and trendy look and are returning to classic elegance,” Shull said. “Gold is really big for decorating this year and they are using a lot of crystal elements.
“They may still be getting married at an event barn which is still popular and very nice,” Shull added. “But, they want it to be decorated in an elegant way this year.”
Shull added that her store can do everything for the bride with the exception of catering.
“Last year we had one weekend when we helped with 12 weddings,” Shull said. “I’m not sure how we did it but we did and we always tell our customers a little piece of us goes down the aisle with them and we really do mean it.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484