Regarding the CDC’s recommendation for all U.S. Citizens to observe social distancing and limit public exposure, and in order to provide the safest experience for our customers, their guests, and our staff, Castle Couture and Castle Couture Fine Jewelry will temporarily close certain departments for the next 14 days, effective March 18 and tentatively reopening on April 2.
During this time our alterations department will remain open for appointments only and our operating hours will be adjusted. Our new operating hours during these 2 weeks will be Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm.
Our shipping and receiving department will remain open to continue to receive our special-ordered gowns and tuxedo rentals each day. If your dress or tuxedo has already arrived or is arriving during this period, you will be notified and can request an appointment to pick it up.
We will be answering phone calls, responding to emails, and arranging pickups; however, our sales departments (bridal, evening wear, prom/special occasion, tuxedos, accessories, and fine jewelry) will be closed and we will not be accepting walk-ins or appointments. We encourage you to contact us via phone, email, or social media with any questions or concerns.
We wish you and your loved ones health and safety and look forward to celebrating with you soon!
You have your stunning bridal gown, now it’s time to jazz it up with some fabulous accessories! Bridal gowns are all so unique, but what makes your look different and custom to you is the way you accessorize. From your earrings to your veil to your handbag, there are an endless number of ways for a bride to make her look exclusive and catered to her style. Let’s break down all the accessories you should check out next time you’re at Castle Couture!
Add Some Sparkle!
Diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend, so adding some bling to your wedding day look is exactly what you need to enhance any bridal look. Every bridal gown, no matter the style, should have a pair of earrings. Whether this is a classic stud, glistening teardrop, or bold hoop, any earring will bring the eye up from your beautiful gown to your eyes. A big question we receive is typically in regard to when it is “too much” when it comes to accessorizing. We never believe it is ever “too much”; it is really up to the bride and her personality as to how much bling she wants to have. It is the bride’s big day and everything should be catered to her liking and preferences.
you are one of those brides who happens to love lots of bling, we have you covered!
Castle Couture offers an array of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and much more
when it comes to our jewelry selection. Whether you are looking for fine
jewelry to treat yourself with or something simpler like Swarovski crystals, we
have something for every bride.
Grab a Bridal Bag
An accessory that is commonly overlooked would be an evening bag or clutch for the bride. The special occasion purses we have available at Castle Couture are beyond beautiful. They range from ivory and silver to pops of color, all embellished with glamorous beads that will enhance any bridal look. Lots of brides worry about what handbag to bring because, like anyone, they have their necessities that need to be taken care of, such as their phone, lipstick, mints/gum, or anything else you may need to have right on hand that day. The evening bags we sell here are a perfect size: Most are about seven inches long, which is ideal for fitting in a cell phone and a couple of other must-haves.
The Perfect Veil
Veils are one of our favorite accessories! They are such a fun way to add to your look and really enhance your dress overall. There are a few different styles of veils. Some popular ones include elbow, fingertip, chapel, and cathedral! Let’s quickly break down the difference between each so you can ask to see some at your next bridal accessory appointment. Starting from the top would be the elbow. This length is just as it sounds: It ends at your elbow! Just how a fingertip veil literally ends at your fingertips. Both are extremely common styles, they are easy to work with, stay very well in most hairstyles, and can be left on all night (if you want!). The next length brings us to chapel: This one goes a little past your ankles and closely follows behind you on floor. This is a very traditional look and is beautiful with a simple sheath gown. The longest veil of these four is the cathedral length. This veil is at least 100 inches long and gives extreme princess vibes. To learn more about what veil is right for you and everything you need to know about what a blusher is and how to wear one, check out our previous blog, Veil 101. We sat down to chat with one of our accessory stylists, Alice Seepersaud, and asked what advice she would give to a bride who is beginning to shop for veils. “I always love to encourage my brides to go with a cathedral length veil. No matter how long or short your train is, a cathedral veil will complete your bridal look and add drama to your gown. Also, try and keep the detailing of the veil simple. Let your dress speak for itself!”
When to Shop?
We always encourage our brides to purchase their bridal accessories the same day they purchase their wedding gowns, but, of course, that is not always the case. If you are one of our beautiful brides who did not say yes to these accessories the day you found your dream dress, you can always search for accessories the day you come in for your Try on Gown appointment. (A Try on Gown appointment is when you come into the boutique to try on the gown that was ordered for you and to ensure everything is perfect.) At that time, you can meet with our accessory stylists so they can bring over different styles of veils, jewelry, and handbags, and even show you the selection of Badgley Mischka bridal shoes that we offer!
in anytime during operating hours or book an appointment so we can help you
find the perfect accessories.
Like other businesses and retailers worldwide, we are closely monitoring the ongoing developments related to Coronavirus by keeping up with the World Health Organization and CDC for updates and directives. We appreciate you and will always have your health and best interests as our number one priority.
We want to reassure you that we recognize the importance of addressing your concerns and taking extra safety precautions to keep you and our staff safe and healthy.
What are some of the things we are doing to keep everyone safe?
Our entire team is healthy and ready to take care of you! We continue to follow applicable occupational health and safety regulations, every day – regardless of season or sickness. A few of our sanitation and cleaning measures are detailed below:
After each guest, all fitting rooms are sprayed down with disinfectant
After each guest, all items in the rooms are wiped down with disinfectant
Common areas are frequently wiped down with disinfectant
Employees are instructed to follow CDC best practices, such as frequent hand washing, to keep themselves and others safe
What if a staff member or you are ill or have been exposed to someone who is sick?
We are encouraging Castle Couture staff to remain home if they are ill or have had contact with someone who is ill. If you or someone you’ve been in contact with is feeling unwell, sick, or recovering from illness but still exhibiting outward symptoms (e.g., sniffling, runny nose, coughing), we respectfully request that you reschedule your appointment, if applicable, and do not come in to the store. Castle Couture is waiving all cancellation fees associated with our bridal and evening wear appointments until further notice.
What can you do to help?
Please reschedule your appointment, if applicable, if you are ill or have had contact with someone who is ill. It is not personal but a matter of public health, so please do not be offended if we request that you reschedule your appointment if we observe visible symptoms when you are here.
Please understand that, for now, we will exchange SMILES instead of handshakes and hugs. Your flexibility is appreciated if personnel, schedule, or store hour changes need to occur.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation and developments. Please know our commitment to a clean environment will always remain important. Stay in the loop for any changes and announcements by checking our social media outlets.
Thank you for your continued support as we navigate through this worldwide health concern together.
How to Take Your Disney Themed Wedding to the Next Level
Nothing screams romance like a handsome prince charming, gorgeous princess, and a little bit of magic. Now what has all of this fabulousness in one place? Disney! Disney is one of our favorite wedding themes here at Castle Couture. (It’s almost too fitting!) This blog post is going to be for all of our Disney lovers and give them all our favorite Disney wedding ideas. We are going to cover decorations, favors, accessories, and more!
Your wedding day is truly focused on the bride and groom, which means all eyes will be on the two of you, so for both of you to look your best is a must! Some of our favorite touches of Disney to tie in with your look is in your shoes. Heels (or even sneakers!) with Disney decals have us totally gushing. It makes for a great photo op and an adorable way to tie in your whole Disney theme even further. More options for the bride’s accessories would be to wear some simple Disney-themed jewelry. Whether you want to do a simple Minnie Mouse stud, a bangle, or a simple charm necklace, it’s so easy to elegantly blend it in with your whole look. As for the groom, we are loving the looks of these fun cufflinks and adorable socks.
We are always reminding our brides that one of the most special parts of your wedding day is the time that is shared with your loved ones. Family and friends take time to travel and celebrate the love you and your significant other have for one another and nothing could ever top that. That’s why we think it is so important to thank them in a creative and meaningful way! Coming up with a wedding favor that is something they’ll not only enjoy but want to keep forever to remember your big day is such an honor.
When hosting a Disney wedding, here are some adorable favor ideas that your guests are bound to love. We found these charming Mickey Mouse Key Bottle Openers and thought it would be such a great addition to any wedding. If you’re looking for a more customized wedding favor, try doing engraved glasses or fun, celebration buttons! Disney is famous for gifting their visitors buttons to celebrate their birthday, first time in Disney, anniversary, and so much more. Creating a button that celebrates the marriage between you and your love is adorable and totally on-theme for us Disney lovers!
At Castle Couture, we do not think that only one certain style of a wedding gown fits a Disney theme. Each Disney princess is so unique and beautiful in her own way, just like our Castle Couture brides. As long as you find a dress you love, that gown can fit into any theme you are going for! But if you are looking for that truly Disney-inspired gown, Allure has recently announced that they will be launching their Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Collection. This amazing collection was inspired by Disney Princesses and is really designed for that classic princess bride style. They have a gown for nearly every popular princess and styles that will cater to all looks.
Now that you have your look and the gifts for your guests covered, it’s time to decorate for the wedding! Centerpieces are everything when sitting at the table, so you need to make sure to wow your guests. This Beauty and The Beast-inspired centerpiece is everything and more. It is romantic, gorgeous, and a perfect size for your guests to still enjoy the company of their table and being able to chat directly across from one another. Another Disney-inspired centerpiece would be to use a mid-sized Cinderella’s carriage as a table runner as a perfect way to engage your theme.
Now that your tables are perfectly filled with Disney, it’s time to take a look around the rest of the reception. You can find simple Disney-inspired cake toppers, engraved champagne flutes, or even get creative and name your guests’ tables! For example, instead of the basic “table 1,” you can turn a table into “Space Mountain” or “Princess Aurora.” You can even go as far as turning your average guest book into a “Be Our Guest” book.
Our store manager, Caitlin Arvanites, is the biggest Disney guru we know. Arvanites spent her big day in Disney celebrating at the Wedding Pavilion and having her ceremony at the Grand Floridian. We wanted to know what made her choose Disney and her answer made us fall in love with this entire wedding theme! “Disney is more than just a place; it is a feeling that you have when you are there. It is known as ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ where magic happens every day. Why wouldn’t you want to get married here?”
If you are as big of Disney fans as we are, send an email to PR@castlecouturenj.com and let us know how you are planning your Disney-themed wedding!