A Neckline Perfect For You

The perfect wedding dress neckline can make a difference.  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 wedding dress 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.  This neckline 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!  

 

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

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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

 

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!

wedding dress

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!

Best Bridal Wars Around!

 

Best Bridal Wars Around!

Pittsburgh just had the Best Bridal Wars around yesterday!  Teams of three, one bride and two bridesmaids, came together to battle against each other.  These ladies went all out decorating their costumes to match their creative team names.  Just a few great team names were Hot Mess Express, Muscles & Mascara, To The Alter & Beyond, and Diamonds in the Tough!  Costumes ranged from veils, garter belts, bling, tutu’s, and super hero capes!  Some even had wings.  But that was just the start of all the fun.  With over 15 cool vendors, each table offered a special game for these team to compete in.

Each vendor’s table declared a winner.  This Magic Moment Bridal Studio’s Bridal War game was “Who Wore it Best!”.  Each team member had to put on a wedding dress, run down the field, pick up a monster diamond ring or bouquet, and return for the best time.  Our team winner was the Spice Girls!  They were amazing coming in at only 47 seconds for all three ladies to run the course.  Marki Mark and the Funky Bunch came in a close second at 57 seconds.  No matter the time, all the teams were awesome.  They had smiles on their faces, worked together as a team, and laughed until their ribs hurt!  Us included.  It was the most exciting, energetic and fun bridal show we have ever been to.

One lucky bride who won the entire event was awarded $1000 towards her wedding!  Plus, hundred of dollars and prizes were given away to many other teams for their participation and amazing bridal team spirit.  We can’t wait for Bridal Wars Pittsburgh to return again soon.  Plus, we hope the brides and their friends we met will come visit This Magic Moment Bridal Studio soon.  We enjoyed the fun, laughter, and spirit from everyone.  Make sure to watch this fun video of all the excitement and special brides and their teams from yesterday.

Gorgeous!

 

Are you a Smart & Sensible Bride?  Then come shop with us at This Magic Moment Bridal Studio and find gorgeous wedding dresses!  All dresses are marked down 30% – 80% off of retail prices, but still new with the tags on them.  Why pay full price when you can be that smart and sensible bride?  Over 150 discounted designer wedding dresses currently in our inventory.  We have sizes 2 – 24, and currently 28 different national and international designers in stock.

Plus, when you find that gorgeous dress, you get to take it home with you right away!  Need some help with finances?  No worries.  We are the only bridal store in Pittsburgh who can offer you that assistance with a great resource called I Do Lending.  Get pre-approved before even coming to visit with us fast and easily online.  Schedule your appointment today at www.PghWeddingSale.com so we can give you the royal bridal treatment you deserve as you search through these gorgeous wedding dresses.  Bring along the important decision-makers in your wedding dress process and let them see you smile from ear to ear as you find that perfect and magical wedding dress.  Don’t forget your camera!  Yes, you can take pictures at our bridal studio so that you can capture your memories.

We are conveniently located just 10 minutes north-east of Pittsburgh in Allison Park right on Rt. 8.  We have plenty of free parking and lots of comfortable room for you to enjoy your time with us.  Make sure to visit us on Facebook to see highlights of our current inventory.   Just remember, it does change daily and dresses we have posted are not guaranteed to still be in inventory.  No worries though, we will have plenty new ones you haven’t had a chance to see yet.  We can’t wait to meet you and help you experience that magical wedding experience you deserve.

 

 

7 Great Ways for Pittsburgh Brides to Sweat Before the Dress – Beyond the Cookie Table – September 2015

7 Great Ways to Sweat Before the Dress!

Sweat before the Dress

Time to sweat before the dress!  Yes, we all want to look fabulous on our wedding day.  It’s not all about weight, but that works too.  Looking fit and lean is not only good for us to fit into our wedding dress, its going for our health and state of mind.  We’ve compiled seven fantastic workout options for local brides who want to look and feel their best on the big day.  A little sweat before the dress can always clear the mind and refresh the body.

We all know working out is not our favorite thing to do but the push to be be fit before the dress is hard to ignore. Share with us your best work out tips and favorite places to work out in the Burgh. It is always better to do it together than alone.  Our accountability partner(s) can be some of the best time we share together in friendships.  Challenging each other, sweating together before the dress, and getting fit and healthy are great ways to live.  It doesn’t have to be an all day event either.  Make it fit in your schedule.  Make it fun.  Make it a lifestyle.  I personally LOVE fresh air and enjoy a good nature hike.

Source: 7 Great Ways for Pittsburgh Brides to Sweat Before the Dress – Beyond the Cookie Table – September 2015

Pittsburgh Magazine: Weddings and Brides – Pittsburgh, PA

Weddings and Brides of Pittsburgh

Weddings and Brides of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Weddings features stories and blogs on some of the amazing weddings and brides of Pittsburgh.  See what goes on right here in our own city.  See the beauty that surrounds us in churches, banquet facilities, and places to take some amazing and gorgeous pictures.  Learn about some of the best of the best vendors around to make your day perfect.  Who’s who in the wedding world and what unique products and services they offer that may just fit perfectly with your wedding day.

This gorgeous city has so much to offer any wedding and brides of Pittsburgh.  All you need to do is figure out what your theme is and how you want your wedding to look.  Then it makes it much easier to find that perfect location, that delicious cake, that amazing photographer, and that perfect wedding dress.  Don’t give up on your dreams.  They can come true.  Take the time to read through, dream, create and make your wedding the day you always wanted it to be.  Do it easily through these great ideas, inspirations and true stories.   Pittsburgh brides make it happen and happen in some of the best ways.

Source: Pittsburgh Magazine: Weddings and Brides – Pittsburgh, PA