FOMO! Brides tell us it is real every day.

FOMO!  Yup, brides tell us it is real every day.  Fear of missing out! 

This Magic Moment Bridal StudioWhile a study from a bridal Facebook group determined that the majority of brides only go to one store to shop, we see many brides who have 2-4 shops picked for their marathon bridal shopping weekend with their gang.  

It is even worse when that very first dress stays in first place.  Oh my gosh, how can that be?  Let us tell you, it can be!  Happens a lot.  You know what you want and either picked it or described enough for a good attendant to pick it.

If you have tried on 10-15 dresses, you should have a very good idea if you have had enough choices and options.  Most importantly, just settle into trying on the dresses, take a moment to breathe, and determine if you feel beautiful and special enough for your magical day.

You clearly planned out this day so you have the most important people with you.  They are there to support you.  They are there to celebrate with you when you find that gorgeous dress.  Be present, relax, and enjoy it with each of them.

FOMO is a state of mind.

One state states FOMO as ‘the uneasy and sometimes all-consuming feeling that you’re missing out – that your peers are doing, in the know about, or in possession of more or something better than you’’. Under this framing of FOMO, nearly three quarters of young adults reported they experienced the phenomenon.

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FOMO can originate from unhappiness.  Let us just tell you, you should never be unhappy bridal shopping.  Whatever you body looks like, whatever your life is, whatever your day has brought, it’s a time to be happy, alive, and confident.  Someone loves you for the exact person you are.

Forget FOMO  Focus on all the love!  

If you have done the research, and picked the perfect bridal store meeting your needs and wants, go with confidence your dress is there.  If it turns out it is not there for whatever reason, then try again.  No big deal.

Many times we see our brides relieved at our bridal appointments because they will have the opportunity to try on all the different shapes, styles, colors and materials to fully determine what they love on themselves.

A wedding dress usually is the most expressive garment you will ever wear.  It is like no other!

This Magic Moment Bridal StudioDo your research, pick your place, or two if you must, and go with confidence, go with people who will love on you,  At This Magic Moment Bridal Studio we promise to listen to you.  We will pamper you, and shower you with the love and attention you need.  With over 25 designers and 300 plus dresses, there is no fear of missing out.  

We hope you make us your us your shopping place of choice.  It is so easy, you just go online and schedule that perfect time for you.  Always private with an appointment.  The entire studio is just for you and your party.  

Let the wedding fun begin. 

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.