Perfect wedding dress necklines for you.

Going to look for your wedding dress can be overwhelming at first.  There are so many different shapes, styles, necklines, waistlines, colors, trains….so which one is right for you?  Breathe! Relax and take your time exploring a variety on you.

You will begin to discover what looks and feels best on you for you.  Just because it looks great, doesn’t mean you feel comfortable and confident. Find the one that give you it all.

So to start, let’s get acquainted with all the different necklines you will find when looking for your wedding dress: 

Wedding Dress Neckline1.  V-Neck:  This neckline dips into a V-shape in the front.  It is often a very slimming style on many body types at is elongates the silhouette.  Rounder face shapes appear more oval and petite brides appear a bit taller. V-necks also make it sexy!  The deeper the V, the sexier the bride. It usually works best with smaller to middle-size breasts and cleavage.  It allows for longer necklaces to be worn.

2.  Square:  A neckline that creates a square shape across the upper chest and is usually seen with straps or sleeves.

3.  High Neck:  The high neck appearance is similar to a turtleneck.  A great option for brides looking for a modest neckline.  It also gives a bride a more sophisticated look. Great for the offbeat or high fashion bride as they can tend to be edgy in fashion.  Most times it requires a bride to wear less jewelry and an updo hairstyle.

4.  Bateau or boatneck:  This neckline features a wider opening at the neck that runs parallel to your collar bone and comes together near the tip of your shoulders. It gives off a sweet simplicity.  It can create the illusion of a bigger chest in a small-breasted women.  Boatneck necklines are inherently graceful and usually recommends modest and simple accessories with this classic look.  (Psst….this was Meghan Markle’s dress!)

Wedding Dress Neckline5.  Illusion:  An illusion neckline that features sheer fabric or lace along the top part of the bodice.  Super popular and modern right now. The sheer fabric gives way to a hint of skin and is fashioned in different shapes and materials or lace.  It gives a great balance between sexy and sophisticated. Illusion neckline detailing is great for all preferences and body types.

6.  One-Shoulder:  One-shoulder is a very modern neckline, also known as asymmetrical, featuring one strap.  It is perfect for showing off your shoulders, collarbone, and upper arms.

7.  Off-the-Shoulder:  Off-the-shoulder is a very romantic style that allows the neckline to show off the collarbone with the material hitting the arms below the shoulder.  Think “old Hollywood” or boho-chic! Just remember that the material that sits low on the shoulders and arms restricts movement. Sometimes a trade-off for romance!

8.  Strapless:  Like it sounds, no straps!  A traditional strapless goes straight across the chest. This neckline is flattering on most body types, but is especially great on women with broader shoulders.  It accentuates the collarbone and shoulders. The straight across line can also give more of a vintage look and feel.

Wedding Dress Neckline9.  Scoop:  A Scoop neckline is rounded in the front neckline falling lower than a jewel neckline. Scoop necklines work great on brides with an athletic, pear, hourglass and/or petite shapes as it draws the eye down due to the wider neckline.  This lengthens your neck and accentuates your collarbone.

10.  Queen Anne:  A regal neckline that features a higher collar in the back and a scoop or V-neck in the front. This neckline conveys an Old-World charm and regality.  It highlights the neck and frames the upper chest.

11.  Halter:  A halter neckline usually ties around the neck in some form.  Great when a bride wants to expose her shoulders.  Great for creating a sliming look for broad shoulders.  It will flatter the upper body (shoulders and arms) of a taller bride. It will also help some shorter brides generate a taller figure by emphasizing the neck for a longer silhouette.  Halter necklines not only help show off the shoulders, but the upper back too. Keep it simple with jewelry….just the ears whether dramatic, dangling ones, or simple drop earrings. Perfect for the offbeat bride.

12.  Jewel:  A Jewel neckline has a small scoop fitted right below base of the throat and above the collarbone just like a crew-neck t-shirt. It is simple, modest and perfect for the bride who doesn’t want to be revealing.  It is idyllic for anyone who wants to accentuate their upper body. It makes small-chested women appear bustier.

Spagetti Strap, Sweetheart, Cowl Wedding Dress Neckline13.  Sweetheart:  A strapless neckline that dips in the front creating an outline of the top of an upside down heart is called a Sweetheart neckline.  It is the most popular as it is flattering on most people. It is chic and sexy in a regal and tasteful way.  Sweethearts can help bustier brides enhance their natural curves. It works great for smaller shaped brides to create the illusion of a larger bust.  The sweetheart neckline can be slightly dipping (13A) to a plunging deep line (13B).

14.  Spaghetti Straps:  A neckline featuring very thin straps called Spaghetti straps.  This gives a sweet, dainty look.

15.  Cowl: Cowl neckline is a loose fitting and draping material in the front neckline.  It gives some old world romance and softness to the neckline.  

The best way to discover what looks best on you may just be to try them.  Wedding dresses are like no other, so go to a place that will give you the variety and options to try on the different necklines that catch your eye or that you know look best on you.

We hope you come see This Magic Moment Bridal Studio.  With over 25 different designers and over 300 high-end designer wedding dresses, there is a great chance to try on the necklines, styles, shapes, and colors you want to see on yourself. 

Book your 90 minutes private appointment today!  

 

https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/wedding-dress-necklines

https://www.instyle.com/weddings/guide-tips-best-wedding-dress-neckline-your-body-type#2913198

https://www.southernbrideandgroom.com/wedding-dress-neckline-style-guide/

https://www.insideweddings.com/news/fashion/10-trendy-bridal-dress-necklines-to-rock-on-your-big-day/3430/

https://www.moonlightbridal.com/Blog/12-wedding-ideas-inspiration-and-insider-tips/107-a-brief-guide-to-wedding-dress-necklines/

 

Bridal experience and service to make you smile!

Engagement ProposalBesides getting the ring and the love of your life proposing to you, shopping for your wedding dress is on of the most important part of the entire wedding planning process.  Finding your dress is so important, personal, fun, and sometimes scary. 

We see so many brides that walk in our door pale and scared.  They want that perfect and gorgeous dress, but don’t know where to start, what it should look like, and if they can even afford it.  Here at This Magic Moment Bridal Studio, our focus is always on the bride and to make sure she can relax and enjoy as quickly as possible.  

From Rachel on WeddingWire back in December, “I could go on and on about this adorable boutique! Unlike other dress shops, when you make an appointment here, 100% of the attention/focus is on you and only you. There aren’t 10 brides with the same appointment running around, it’s just YOU! I was very nervous about trying on dresses but the owner made me feel comfortable and was SUPER helpful! She helped me pick out the PERFECT dress. She made my experience fun and exciting! I wish i could go back and buy another! Haha!”

Your wedding dress may very well be the most expressive garment you have ever worn.  It’s usually going to be a big “WOW”.  It is a dress you want to be so beautiful in for your future husband.  Plus, you will be the spotlight all day long and in all your life-long wedding pictures.  

Say Yes To The DressAnd then there is Pinterest and Say Yes To The Dress TV show!  Brides are flooded with so much info, so many different designers, styles, colors and looks, it can be overwhelming.  What we say to our brides is “BREATHE!”.  It’s going to be great.  We will discover together what YOU love on your body.  We will try on all the shapes and colors to make sure it is perfect for you.

Here is what Sherri has to say from Facebook, “I walked into This Magic Moment, and immediately felt welcomed. I was the only customer in the store, and was greeted with my name on the chalkboard. Lisa listened to my visions, and we began pulling dresses. As I tried each dress on, Lisa tuned into exactly what I was looking for. When I tried on the last dress, I knew it was the one! The selection was fantastic, and Lisa made me feel like a very special bride. I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding gown shopping experience! My highest recommendations!”

What we see a lot from our brides is everyone has their own imperfections, even if we can’t see them.  As women, we tend to be so hard on ourselves, especially about our bodies.  While we are all made perfectly beautiful just the way we are, we have to believe it.  We tell our brides “he loves you for the beautiful person you are so relax and let your beauty shine.”

The dress does not make you shine, you make the dress shine.  I have seen this proven time after time.  A bride and her inner personality and beauty is what makes the dress beautiful and sparkle.  

This Magic Moment Bridal StudioThe one thing we love is our private and intimate appointments.  It’s just you, your loved ones, and either Mashel or Lisa, or, on a Saturday, you get both of us!  No one us is looking or watching or worst, critiquing as found at so many other stores.  It is a safe place to just embrace the moment, enjoy the experience, and be comfortable and relaxed.

Let Adrienne share her experience! “As someone who has watched “Say Yes to the Dress” more times than I’d like to admit, I had an idea in my mind of how shopping for a wedding dress would go. I have to say that my experience at This Magic Moment went above and beyond what I had hoped for. Mashel and Lisa were so attentive, and I love that the studio is only open to one bride at a time, so there is no competition between brides for dresses or bumping into other people. My family was warmly welcomed and encouraged to pick a dress that they thought would be the one for me. As I went through the appointment, Mashel and Lisa both picked-up on the things that I liked best about each dress and kept pulling additional dresses that they thought would work. I have never felt more pampered or more taken care of. I found my perfect wedding dress and couldn’t be more thrilled to have done so the first time I went dress shopping. Thank you, so much!!”

brideOnce a bride tries on that first dress, we are able to relax and settle in.  As we work through the likes and dislikes, that one dress will let us know if it is the one.  It is all in the smile!  Go with your gut and your smile.  You know it.  Be comfortable, confident, and feel beautiful.  We always say when you don’t want to take it off and head grocery shopping in it, you have the one!

When you do find it, take a moment to try on veils while you are all dressed up.  Veils aren’t as simple and basic as they look.  Different veils pull out different parts of the dress.  You can decide which one fits you, your personality and your dress the best.  So many times the veil will just create that perfect complete look for your special day.

From Sarah just the other day on our online appointment system, “There are a million wonderful things to say about this place. I’m going to keep it to-the-point since I could go on forever. The store owner & her associate are wonderful people who are excellent at what they do. They have a gift for finding each individual the perfect dress – even if you aren’t sure or think certain dresses are off limits for you. The prices are very reasonable, the experience is so special and the individualized attention is perfect for making the experience a memorable & comfortable one (they are only open for YOU!). I picked out my veil there too (which was helpful to make sure it coordinated). There was wine, chocolate & comfy seats. I cancelled all of my other scheduled appointments after coming here. Put this place on your list today!”

With us it doesn’t end with the appointment.  We are always available to help our brides throughout their wedding process.  We loving helping sharing vendors we know and trust to do a fantastic job.  We care about how their seamstress appointments go, even though, we do not do then directly at our studio. 

We love that day we are tagged in a brides pictures so we can see and enjoy their amazing day they had.  We are blessed to be a small part of it all.  Watching the smiles on their face is so warming.  Every bride deserves a joyous, happy and fun day.  

Jewel’s experience with us from her own words, “I have nothing but great things to say about these professional women. I was amazed at how beautifully their shop was set up, how helpful everyone I spoke with was, and how quick & easy it was for me to find my dream dress. Even after buying my dress I received help from these wonderful ladies finding the perfect seamstress. I will always recommend This Magic Moment bridal Studio to anyone shopping for dress. Thank You!”

Lastly, we at This Magic Moment Bridal Studio pride ourselves on the high-end designer dresses we bring into the store.  We have over 25 different designers over 300 gorgeous dresses at any given time.  We bring in the best of the best.  

Lucia Cintra PhotgraphyThese dresses all have designer tags on them, have never been worn or altered, and are in excellent condition. Any small and minor imperfections that may be on a small few are able to be fixed in alterations without any troubles or expenses.  

A majority of the studio is off-the-rack, so you get to take it home with you if you say yes!!  We do so many customizations to personalize it to you best through alterations at affordable prices.  We also have the gorgeous Jasmine Bridal line that can be ordered and customized from 6-14 weeks!  There is something for everyone. 

Lastly, our prices are very good.  We love that smart and sensible bride who loves a beautiful dress, loves trendy styles and fashion, loves high quality fabrics and beading, but doesn’t want to break the bank.  Weddings can be expensive, so we work hard every day to find dresses that brides will love at prices that are as low as possible for their value.

We love our brides.  We do our job to make sure they have the ultimate and best bridal experience.  That is why so many have given us 5 stars all around and are recommending their friends to us daily.  We thank all our brides and we wish them all the best.  We love seeing them come back with a family or friend to enjoy another bridal experience.

A final message from Morgan from the Knot last month, “I absolutely love this place. After I lost my first dress I was devastated but the ladies here were so helpful and best part was after I found my dress I was able to take it home with me that day. I’ve recommended this magic moment to at least 3 other brides, and I would highly recommend them to the world if I could. Extremely professional as well as punctual and most importantly treat you as the MVP.”  

 

 

What veil is right for me?

 

Choosing a wedding veil can be a wonderful eveilxperience if you have a little knowledge on the differences of veils. Wedding veils come in seven standard lengths, each of these lengths has its own benefit to the bride. It is not as confusing as one may think to pick the perfect veil and here is quick guide to help you.

45 inch shoulder length: Works really well with shorter wedding gowns or less formal wedding gowns. Especially cute on a shorter hair style.

54 inch waist or elbow length: This is a very popular length for your wedding veils however you need to make sure that the trim of the veil does not compete with the back of your dress. If you have a less ornate dress a very elaborate trim may be the perfect wow factor for walking down the aisle.

72 inch hip or fingertip veilThis is a particularly flattering veil when completed in a raw edge. A single layer provides full view of the back of the dress and still has a fullness or halo effect around the bride. Definitely one of my favorite lengths.

90 inch floor or waltz length: This veil looks really great on shorter brides who want that fuller veil without it turning into a floor veil.

108 inch ballet floor or puddle veil: Depending on your height this veil will end right at floor or puddles just behind the dress. This looks very refined with gown that does not have a train.

126 inch chapel length: This length this generally the go to for a full veil it will extend inches past the train on most gowns  and produces elegant pictures at the wedding. Definitely a wow factor.

144 inch cathedral lengthYou can’t get more grand than this. My best piece of advice is make sure it fits down the aisle.

Ultimately remember to have fun when shopping for your veil just like you did when you were picking your dress. The best time to pick your veil is right after you say yes to your dress, that way you know what the completed look looks like without much fuss.

 

Lace That Makes The Dress

Lace Wedding Dresses

Lace has been around since the beginning of fashion times.  It is known as an important part of royalty in their dress attire and weddings.  And it plans to stay!

Oh do our brides love their lace.  There is a lace for every bride.   Do you want it to be chic and comfortable, or do you want striking and sophisticated?  Do you want it to be vintage, antique, old-world, modern, floral, or geometric?

Lace is a very important part of many weddings and wedding dresses. It must be handled with care as it is very delicate to tearing and fraying.  Keeping it in a safe place, one that is flat is preferred to keep it from stretching. Always have it altered by a wedding dress professional. Always go for quality over quantity to look elegant and stylish, but know that it will cost more than the cheap machine-made lace. Consider your veil as it may also have this beautiful lace matching your dress.

So what are some of the different types of lace that adorn wedding dresses these days and which one do you want to consider for your wedding?

lace wedding dressAlencon Lace is a needlepoint lace that is usually found with a floral design on a sheer or net background. It is outlined with a fine cording and often times is embellished with small crystals, seed pearls, or sequins.  It is characterized by its 3-D effect. It is the most common and is sometimes called the “Queen of Lace”. Named of the city of origination of Alencon, France, it has adorn fashion since the 16th century.

lace wedding dressBrussels Lace is now known as an old-fashion bobbin lace.  This lace is very delicate. The floral details are created separately and woven together.  Open stitches that border the pattern are it’s signature, as well as unusual and attractive patterns.

lace wedding dressChantilly Lace is known for its fine ground, outline pattern and abundant detail on a fine plain netting background. The well-defined outlined pattern is either made with silk or linen. Chantilly lace is often used on wedding dress sleeves and overlays.  Usually, abundant floral details and ribbon motiffs adore this lace, and what people love is the unique light and shadow effect it gives off. Ig is the most fluttery and romantic of the group. It’s sheerness can give off a sexy vintage vibe.

Lace Wedding DressDuchesse Lace is known for its large and exquisite floral motiff with larger open spaces in it than other Brussel laces.  The floral motiffs are joined to each other by bars instead of mesh patterns. These motiffs are raised up from the base layer and most times feature large sprays of floral designs.

Lace wedding dressGuipure Lace, also called Venetian lace, is a stiff, open designed lace without a net background and usually is made into a series of close patterns.  It can resemble embroidery or macrame. This lace is heavier than most other types of lace. Its raised texture gives it a bold look. Often found on winter wedding dresses and gives a dramatic statement.

Eyelet Lace is a cotton fabric that is sweet and summery.  Embroidered cutouts often give it a country-spun feel. Usually seen with scalloped edges that provide an heirloom quality.  Its lightness and breathability is often a great choice for an outdoor, warm-weather wedding.lace wedding dresses

Brocade Lace is a class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics, often made in colored silks and with or without gold and silver threads.

Embroidered Lace is growing more popular.  This embroidered lace has delicate patterns .  They are tightly stitched onto an illusion base, such as tulle, to give the appearance of an applique.  It also comes in a variety of patterns.

Your natural eye will gravitate to the lace that is appealing and attractive to you.  High-end designers will have one of these laces or ones similar.  The quality will be obvious from the naked eye.  If it is coming off or there edges are fraying, it’s not of top quality.

With that quality, dresses will cost more.  A very good price of a high-end designer lace dress at our store usually goes over $1000.  At most bridal stores, you will need to reach at least $1200-$1500 to start.  The delicate laces will be found around the $3000 price point or higher.

So with all this info, if there is a type you love, research designers that have a large portion of their inventory with that lace.  Let your eye and gut help guide you.  Try different ones on within your budget and see if there is a difference.

Most importantly, have fun at your bridal appointment.  Enjoy the experience.  Keep an open-mind.  Make sure to try on different styles and lace if possible.  These dresses are like no other so you never know until you try it on.

Pick the one that you feel most beautiful in, lace or no lace  Say YES and celebrate!  Come see us and let’s try a bunch of them on!  Schedule your private and intimate appointment today online!  XO

 

 

 

References:

Types of Wedding Dress Lace

https://www.theknot.com/content/wedding-gown-lace-glossary

Seven Types of Lace to Know While Shopping for a Wedding Gown

 

Micro-wedding’s for the Minimalist Couples

micro-wedding

All week the word “Micro-wedding” keeps coming up, so let’s talk about it as it is a big trend.  Micro-wedding differs from elopement. Elopement is organized by the bride and groom and is a secret!  Micro-wedding still keeps many of the traditional aspects of a normal wedding, but just on a much smaller scale.

MIcroweddingPeople tend to classify a micro-wedding with 15 or less people.  With the costs of weddings going up and up, now approaching almost $28,000 in Pittsburgh (just below the country norm of $29,900), brides and grooms want to save that money and use it in better places for themselves.

Couples tend to be together much longer before getting married, even living together has increased over the years.  So instead of spending tons of money on feeding food and cake to a bunch of people, some of which they haven’t seen in years, is no longer attractive.

Our brides and grooms are in a world where the experience is more important.  They would rather register for a trip to Europe then fine china. They would rather be with a few close friends, versus friends they haven’t seen in years or co-workers they really don’t care about.  

Instead, it is a small, highly intimate, and personal wedding with just the closest of family and friends they are desiring.  They want to relax and enjoy the ceremony and reception with everyone. It’s basically up close and personal and usually very memorable.

micro-weddingBrides and grooms pick places where they first met, got engaged, or love to go to.  Extended family and friends are more willing to be ok with not being invited knowing it is so small. The bride and groom still get to do traditional wedding things such as a ceremony, cake, dancing, photographer, and flowers.  

It is just on a mini or micro level.   But as always, it is your day and you can do what you want big or small, traditional or non-traditional, lavish budget or DIY budget.  If you do not want any or all of these things, elopement may be the way for you.

Share with us whether you want the big wedding (over 200 people), medium wedding, micro-wedding (under 20), or to just get away alone and elope?  Tell us why and help other couples make a decision knowing they are no alone.

Resources:

https://www.valuepenguin.com/average-cost-of-wedding

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/smarter-living/what-to-know-about-having-a-microwedding.htm

http://www.theelopementco.com/

How to be a last-minute bride and still keep your chill

So you want to get married and you really do not want to plan out a wedding over a year? Everyone is telling you that you cannot break the rules. Well I’m here to tell you that is a lie.

Traditionally buying a wedding gown would take upwards to nine months. NINE MONTHS! This time included shopping, ordering, waiting, waiting, waiting again and then alterations. Can you see why this take so long? We are at This Magic Moment Bridal Studio have a different take on this old tradition.

That’s where we come in as a alternative to the waiting game. 90% of the dresses on our racks you take home the day you find them. Of course you are still going to need alterations and with a little planning that can go off very smoothly. We can easily take that nine month turn around down to three months. In extreme situations It can be even shorter if you have that relationship with a seamstress set up prior to shopping.

You don’t want a dress off the rack and you want something a little more custom? We can do that too! Our line of designer gowns call Jasmine has a 14 to 6 week turnaround. Takes a little more planning but you can still be done in that 3 to 4 months time range.

So my best advice to you is to start working with an expert who understands that not everyone has a year to plan a wedding. Work with somebody who will listen to you as an individual and will guide you through the process. You’re really lucky you found that person and now we want to meet you face to face.

Visit us at www.PGHweddingsale.com to book your private bridal experience. Let myself or my team guide you and help you pick your gown easily. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

When do I start shopping for my wedding dress?

First thing to do when getting engaged and planning your wedding is to prepare your budget.  Budget’s are important for almost everyone.  It keeps you organized, it keeps stress down, and it keeps your wedding in perspective for you.  Do some research and see what your area’s averages are for all your vendors, including wedding dresses.

You have no idea?  Today’s Pinterest is so handy to view a variety of designers and dresses.  Look through bridal magazines.  You may discover you start liking a designer.  Find out that designers average price ranges and you will get a good idea on what a dress of your taste costs.  It’s a good starting point.

If it is above your price range, don’t stress.  Trust us, there are gorgeous dresses in lots of other price ranges.  This is just you getting an idea of what you like and what average costs may be.  It is not set in stone.  Plus what’s on a model (maybe even photoshopped) may be very different on you.  So this is just about getting ideas.

One of the best advice we can give is go shopping with an open mind.  Don’t say no to this and that without ever trying them on.  And your prom dress is still very different as wedding dresses are made and altered so much better to fit you perfectly.

Make sure you try on the different shapes, different materials, different colors, and different styles.  This dress is like no other.  It will probably be the most expressive garment you will ever wear, and may surprise you on what it looks like.  It is probably like nothing you have ever worn before.

Once you have a budget you feel comfortable with, are prepared to buy, it’s time to look.  Depending on your designer, average time frame for dresses to be delivered run from 9 months to 10 weeks.  That’s a large time frame.  Obviously buying sooner is better without knowing.  Ideally about 1 year to 9 months out because it allows for a little shopping time, time to order and get the dress in, and then, don’t forget, another 3 months for alterations.  Look to see what bridal stores carry some of the designers you liked.

We see so many brides, first place, even first dress, and they fall in love.  Then they get worried as they just came to try on or play.  They came with friends or by themselves and are torn as their loved one is not there.  Make sure to come shopping with those one to three people who are very important to you and who will love on you.

Wedding dresses are very emotional and important decisions in a persons life.  It is nice to have that someone special there for approval, guidance and support.  Plus, it is a lot more fun as you have them with you to celebrate when you say YES.

And if it is that first store or first dress, it’s OK.  You know what you like and you know what you feel beautiful in.  Trust yourself. You know yourself pretty good!!  Ask yourself in that moment, is it in my budget? Do I feel beautiful in it?  Do I love this dress on me?  Am I comfortable in it?  Yes comfort matters to as you will more-in-likely be in this dress for 12 hours.  If you answer all with a yes and you don’t want to take it off, you probably have a perfect dress for you.

Know the stores policies on payment.  Almost every bridal store is all sales final.  So if you say yes, that is your dress.  And that is perfect.  You loved it, your loved ones loved it, it’s perfect.  No more looking.  Big check on that part of your list.  Now start planning the bridesmaids dresses, flowers, etc.  Many stores require a downpayment to order (between 50% and 75%), then the remainder at delivery.  A few many offer payment/layaway programs, but if time is to short, this option will not be available.

So when you are ready to look and buy, find a store or two you really want to go to.  It is always great to get recommendations from friends who have had great experiences.  Or, check out the local Knot, WeddingWire, Google, and/or Facebook reviews to get a good feel of a store for you.  Gather your loved ones calendars together, and book your appointment.

Come energized, come ready, and come to have fun.  It is fun!  Embrace being the center of attention, embrace feeling beautiful, embrace the entire wedding experience.  Be gentle with yourself, love yourself, be you.

 

How do I know what style looks good on me?

I’m in panic mode as I view all the pretty wedding dresses on Pinterest because what one would be for me?  Let’s be honest, they all look great on these pictures.  Of course they do, they are models standing still and more-in-likely photoshopped too!  Be let’s get back to reality.

How do I pick a style?

If you are browsing through Pinterest, which ones do you like best?  Would it be something you have worn or would like to wear?  Is the A-line (break at your natural waistline) looking pretty to you?  Many times this can also be a princess dress–full bottom skirt.

Is it a fit-and-flare, where it comes in at the waist, hugs the hips, gets tighter below and then flares out?  Many refer to these as trumpets or mermaids.  Some flare a lot, other’s just a little.  But I like then all!

Yes, they are all pretty.  So how do you pick that style?  You try them all on!  You will discover that some you thought you may have liked you don’t on you, and vice versa.  Sometimes, you know your body, you know your comfort, and you get it right the first time.

Keep an open mind and try each style on.  Wedding dresses are like no other.  It will probably be the most expressive garment you will ever wear.  It most times isn’t your “normal” day to day outfit.  Lots of sparkle and lots of puff just may surprise you?

Lastly, know that you are perfect and beautiful just the way you are right now.  He loves you.  Make sure to love on yourself.  Find a fit that doesn’t make you conscious of any part of your body you may not like, even if we don’t see it!

Be Confident!  Be Beautiful!  Be Comfortable!  –You got this!

 

Tips for your dress shopping trip.

Tips for your dress shopping that really help.

How should a bride approach her first dress shopping trip?

Finding that perfect wedding dress is an experience and you should be educated on tips for your dress shopping trip to make it easier, fun and stress-free.  Shopping for a wedding dress can be a very overwhelming experience unless you come prepared.  Here are some quick and easy tips to help with your wedding dress shopping jitters.

Recently I shared a quick Periscope (PghWeddingSale) on this very topic. What is Periscope? Periscope is a mobile app that lets you “go live” and share events and information. Perfect for having a fun interactive conversation with people anywhere.

Tips for your dress shopping trip covered during the live Periscope feed.

Do not try to visit too many shops in one day, you will wear out and not remember what dress was in what store.

Most stores do not let you take photos so be sure to ask before you take out the camera. We however do let you take phones, we are just nice like that.

Bring your shape wear with you, you will be amazed what a difference it makes.

Invite 3 or 4 people to be your support system, skip the large group of people, too many opinions makes it hard to choose your dress. Your own thoughts and wishes will get lost in the sea of too many opinions .

Have an idea of what your day is going to feel and look like.  Are you getting married on the beach , in a barn or a grand ballroom  Wedding dresses should fit the venue and the theme of your big day.

Look at dresses online before and think about the fit you would like to try on first. What shape is most appealing to you?   Be open to trying on different shapes and styles because a dress attendant can surprise you with her expertise.

Lastly Have a budget and stick to it!  There is no reason to spend too much on the dress and have buyer’s remorse.

We hope you found these tips useful and informative. Watch our live Periscopes on Wednesday and check back here on Thursdays for a recap.

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Never guess a wedding dress by the bag!

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Never guess a wedding dress by the bag it is in.  When you are looking at gowns enclosed in even clear bags on racks, you have no idea of the beauty that lies inside unless you take it out.  The bags are great because they protect your dress from dirt, snags, tears, and discolorations, so they are absolutely necessary.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a dress in the bag and never gave it a second glance.  Then, it was taken out and tried on, and I couldn’t believe my eyes.  This wedding dress I so easily passed over was beyond gorgeous and stunning.  The front had so much more to be seen in the lines and details,  Then, I turned it over to the back and it was unbelievable.  The trains on so many dresses are pulled up and hidden, and they are what brides fall in love with the dress so many times.

Not only do you need to take it out, but you have to try it on.  You will never know if it is flattering or not until it is on your very own body.  So many brides come in with Pinterest pictures of the perfect sized model, with perfect photo alterations, and want only that dress.  Very rarely does it ever work that way.  Be open minded, and if something sparks your eye, try it on!  Until then, you will never know what looks best and amazes you the most.  And, always remember, have fun finding that magical wedding dress and trying it on.  Make happy wedding memories!  Hugs!