9 episodes

Welcome to the Dressing Up podcast! Join Sarah Kolis as she shares engaging 💍 tips about all things bridal dresses, wedding/event day advice, a little bit of sewing content, and all the tips and tricks of dressing up.

Sarah talks about lots of bridal and general wedding day content, but not exclusively. Oftentimes, she finds that your wedding day is one of the few days in your life where you truly dress up and feel your most beautiful, and she hopes to encourage women to dress up more and confidently outside their wedding day.

Sarah Kolis is a couture gown designer based in Detroit who serves the whole Midwest area and beyond specializing in complete custom couture bridal gowns, veils, and alterations. Sarah has a meticulous approach to quality service and will shape your garment to fit properly and match your personal shape and style. Working with such special gowns and dresses is truly an honor!

Join Sarah as she interviews experts in this field, learn about her opinion on certain topics, and take a moment to show and enhance our own personal style through the clothes we wear.

Visit https://sarahkolis.com/ to learn more, book of fitting, or inquire about designing the custom couture bridal gown of your dreams.

Connect with Sarah:
Website: https://sarahkolis.com/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/sarahkolisdesigns/

Dressing Up with Sarah Kolis Sarah Kolis

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    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Welcome to the Dressing Up podcast! Join Sarah Kolis as she shares engaging 💍 tips about all things bridal dresses, wedding/event day advice, a little bit of sewing content, and all the tips and tricks of dressing up.

Sarah talks about lots of bridal and general wedding day content, but not exclusively. Oftentimes, she finds that your wedding day is one of the few days in your life where you truly dress up and feel your most beautiful, and she hopes to encourage women to dress up more and confidently outside their wedding day.

Sarah Kolis is a couture gown designer based in Detroit who serves the whole Midwest area and beyond specializing in complete custom couture bridal gowns, veils, and alterations. Sarah has a meticulous approach to quality service and will shape your garment to fit properly and match your personal shape and style. Working with such special gowns and dresses is truly an honor!

Join Sarah as she interviews experts in this field, learn about her opinion on certain topics, and take a moment to show and enhance our own personal style through the clothes we wear.

Visit https://sarahkolis.com/ to learn more, book of fitting, or inquire about designing the custom couture bridal gown of your dreams.

Connect with Sarah:
Website: https://sarahkolis.com/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/sarahkolisdesigns/

    8. What is a bustle?

    8. What is a bustle?

    In this episode, Sarah Kolis talks about all things bustles. If you don’t know what a bustle is, you will now! A bustle is a system that picks up the train of your gown so it is easy to move around during the reception and dancing!

    Be sure to head over to Sarah’s instagram and watch her “Bustle” highlight to see images of what she is referring to in this episode.

    This episode is all about why you need a bustle, what type of bustle is best for you and your gown, when to bustle, and most importantly, who should be the designated person to learn the bustle. She also discusses how your shoe choice and first dance can impact the bustle you might choose!

    If you have questions for Sarah to answer, send an email to hello@sarahkolis.com

    Connect with Sarah:
    Website: https://sarahkolis.com/
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/sarahkolisdesigns/

    • 27 min
    7. Saying Yes to the Dress with Cayla Johnson from Becker’s Bridal

    7. Saying Yes to the Dress with Cayla Johnson from Becker’s Bridal

    In this episode, Sarah Kolis visits Becker’s Bridal to speak with Cayla Johnson about all things wedding dresses! Becker Bridal has been a trusted wedding boutique since 1934.

    Becker’s Bridal is unlike any bridal salon in so many ways. As one of the longest operating bridal stores in the country, the tradition of family ownership accompanies small-town service and the largest of design selections. Since 1934, we have had the distinct honor of serving over 100,000 beautiful brides for their weddings!

    For Becker’s, bridal shopping is an experience. From saying yes in their ‘Magic Room’ to celebrating in their ‘Phoenix Room’, they offer an unforgettable experience!

    In this episode, Sarah and Cayla discuss approaching dress shopping with an open mind, who to bring to the appointment, tips for having an enjoyable shopping experience, what to bring to the appointment and so much more!

    Connect with Becker’s Bridal:
    Website: https://www.beckersbridal.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beckersbridal/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beckersbridal1934
    Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@beckersbridal
    Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/beckersbridal
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/beckersbridal/

    If you have questions for Sarah to answer, send an email to hello@sarahkolis.com
    Connect with Sarah:
    Website: https://sarahkolis.com/
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/sarahkolisdesigns/

    • 1 hr 13 min
    6. Creating A Custom Engagement & Wedding Ring with Custom Fine Jeweler, Mary Frances Maker

    6. Creating A Custom Engagement & Wedding Ring with Custom Fine Jeweler, Mary Frances Maker

    In this episode, Sarah Kolis speaks with Mary Frances Maker, a custom fine jeweler. She works with clients to reimagine heirloom stones, rubies, diamonds, emeralds, and more into new future heirlooms!

    She is the owner of Mary Frances Maker, a luxury accessories brand with a curiosity for the unique and a passion for storytelling. She and her team are on a mission to build connections and create beautiful jewelry, accessories, and other pieces that share your stories. While they celebrate nature's beauty through their staple Birch collection, in 2022 Mary Frances Maker shifted their focus to primarily designing and creating custom pieces. Whether custom or semi-custom, they create each jewelry piece by hand, adding that personal touch you won't find anywhere else.

    Sarah and Mary Frances talk all about wedding rings and sentimental jewelry, including how to re-imagine family heirlooms, creating new pieces to pass down from generation to generation, and some stories of Mary France’s favorite pieces that she has worked on. They also talk about what to think about when picking out an engagement ring that will match with your lifestyle!

    Connect with Mary Frances Maker:
    Website: https://www.maryfrancesmaker.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maryfrancesmaker/

    If you have questions for Sarah to answer, send an email to hello@sarahkolis.com

    Connect with Sarah:
    Website: https://sarahkolis.com/
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/sarahkolisdesigns/

    • 48 min
    5. Just Got Engaged? Yay! - Important Tips for Newly Engaged Couples

    5. Just Got Engaged? Yay! - Important Tips for Newly Engaged Couples

    Did you just get engaged? Congratulations!! What an exciting time in your life. Before you get caught up in the wedding planning process, take a moment to soak up all of the fun and love that comes with being newly engaged!

    In this episode, Sarah Kolis shares tips for newly engaged couples, including how to protect your ring, how to tell your friends and family, when to start contacting vendors, when to start dress shopping, asking your bridesmaids, getting those perfect engagement photos and so much more.

    She also shares tips for family and friends of the newly engaged couple! In regards to the entire engagement and wedding process, the couple’s happiness is most important. This wedding is all about celebrating the two of them after all!

    Connect with Sarah:
    Website: https://sarahkolis.com/
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/sarahkolisdesigns/

    • 23 min
    4. Etiquette of Dressing Up with Courtney Opalko

    4. Etiquette of Dressing Up with Courtney Opalko

    In this episode, Sarah interviews a very special guest, Courtney Opalko.

    Courtney is a certified etiquette trainer with a mission to spread kindness and civility through important life skills. Courtney's unique programs are designed to help others feel confident, polished and poised for success. As an etiquette expert, she offers modern advice designed to elevate the everyday.
    No matter your background, personal style or desire to dress up (or lack thereof), there is something to be learned for everybody when it comes to dressing up etiquette that can help you dress with greater confidence.

    In this episode, Sarah and Courtney talk about dress codes, why you should dress up, what are some of the most important non-clothing items, and tips for presenting yourself with more confidence. The episode also ends with an extremely helpful Q&A session.
    I hope you enjoy this talk with Courtney!

    If you have questions for Sarah to answer, send an email to hello@sarahkolis.com

    Connect with Courtney:
    Website: https://www.courtneyopalkoetiquette.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/courtneyopalkoetiquette/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/courtneyopalkoetiquette

    Connect with Sarah:
    Website: https://sarahkolis.com/
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/sarahkolisdesigns/

    • 58 min
    3. What to Plan After Your Wedding Day: A Guide to the Days, Weeks, and Months Following Your Wedding

    3. What to Plan After Your Wedding Day: A Guide to the Days, Weeks, and Months Following Your Wedding

    In this episode, Sarah Kolis shares all about what happens after the big day.

    For some brides, planning their wedding day is so fun and they are almost sad to see it end, while for others, that walk down the aisle can’t come soon enough! Either way, whichever bride you are, what is to come after your wedding day is just as magical as the big day itself.

    This episode covers a bit about the night of the wedding, but mainly discusses the days, weeks and the months following the wedding, including what to assign to your friends and family the night of the wedding, when to dry clean your dress, sending thank you cards, post-wedding mental feelings and much more.

    Now bride, with the wedding left only as a beautiful memory, it's time to enjoy that happily ever after part! 🥂

    Hopefully this episode gives you a bit of insight that you might not have already thought of otherwise! If you are loving these episodes, please leave a rating and review on apple podcast and spotify. Sarah loves hearing feedback from you, so please do not hesitate to reach out!

    If you have questions for Sarah to answer, send an email to hello@sarahkolis.com

    Connect with Sarah:
    Website: https://sarahkolis.com/
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/sarahkolisdesigns/

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

cayjohn3187! ,

Great Bridal Tips!!

Sarah’s podcast has been perfect to learn about the bridal journey! Between dress shopping and alterations, she has shared so many wonderful tips and I’d recommend this podcast to any bride-to-be to prepare herself for the upcoming events!! 10/10!

Ralene ,

Essential Tips for any Bride

I can’t recommend Sarah’s podcast enough for anyone anticipating their wedding. The first time I became aware of Sarah, it was because she did some some beautiful custom alterations on one of my client’s bridal gowns.

As a wedding photographer, my heart sinks when I see a beautiful bride in a gown that didn’t receive proper alterations. The wedding dress is truly the centerpiece of a wedding day, and deserves all the special attention to detail that Sarah offers. Sarah’s wedding planning information is essential for brides!

Classic Wedding Reviews ,

Love This Podcast

Sarah has a ton of knowledge about fashion and wedding dresses. She gives some of the hottest takes to listen to that will change your wedding experience. 10/10 would recommend

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