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!

 

Can Only One Bridal Shop Experience Be Enough?

Can only one bridal shop experience be enough?

Yes, Yes & No.

 

Yes, only one bridal shop experience can be enough, especially when you find “THE” dress.  SoBridal Store Experienceme times it just happens.  It is your first experience and time shopping for a wedding dress and you have that wow moment and say “YES”.  Don’t be surprised if it was the first one you tried on either.  I happens more often than you would think.  Don’t doubt yourself or your feelings.  Most brides will know right away.  Many times, you will have those important to you with you on your first visit.  These influential and important people are there to enjoy, embrace, and celebrate with you.  As your number of bridal visits continue, it becomes harder and harder for schedules to work with yours.  Embrace that one day, especially if it is the right dress.

Wedding Dress DesignersYes, one bridal shop experience can be enough, especially at This Magic Moment Bridal Studio.  When you join us, you know you are getting gorgeous designer dresses at extremely discounted prices.  We are often able to offer discounts beyond what a bridal store may offer.  Therefore, down the street is not going to make a difference.  One special reason brides come to us is because we offer a wide variety of designers.  Many bridal stores have only 2 or 3 designer lines.  We currently have over 25 designers.  You will have that opportunity in one place to try on more styles, more varieties, more designers, and more colors than at most bridal stores.  If you don’t like one styles or fit, we have a variety of other choices to make sure you find the dress that fits and flatters you the best.

No, one bridal shop experience is not enough, only when you didn’t find that dress to say yes to.  It happens and it is OK.  Sometimes, one place just doesn’t have the inventory or selection available that you want, especially if you are seeking a very unique style or color.  Or, we find some brides who are just so nSay Yes To The Dresservous and indecisive that they can’t make a decision right away.  Often times, going to lunch and viewing the photo’s, and/or trying another bridal store helps to affirm whether that was the dress is necessary.  If you find yourself at the next place comparing everything to that one you loved earlier, guess what, you found it!

Lastly, relax and enjoy your experiences, whether one or more.  This is a special time so enjoy the moment.  Happy Wedding Dress Shopping!!!

Why is wedding shopping with us so wonderful?

Why is wedding shopping with This Magic Moment Bridal Studio so wonderful?

Let us show you some great reasons to consider shopping for your special wedding dress with us.

Bridal Fitting AreaThe Bridal Studio is only for you!  

This Magic Moment Bridal Studio lets you do your wedding shopping in private and with your guests only.  The entire bridal store is yours for the 90 appointment.  You will always have one to two expert attendants helping just you.  We focus and specialize only on wedding dresses.  Our brides love the quiet, personal, comfortable atmosphere that only dotes on them.  Everyone gets to participate without distractions.  The studio is extremely warm and comfortable for everyone.  A great pedestal surrounded by mirrors helps to show off the bride in her dress.

Designer Wedding DressesA Gigantic Selection of Designer Wedding Dresses.

 Many bridal stores have only have a few wedding designers that they are able to carry and provide.  When you wedding shop with us, you will have a big diverse selection of designers.  At a given time, we average twenty-five different wedding designers at a time.  Our dresses come from all over the country.  Our brides rave about the gorgeous selection and many different styles, designers, and colors available to try on.

Wedding ShoppingPriced for The Smart & Sensible Bride!  

We love working with the smart and sensible bride.  Don’t we all want to be that.  We love brides who set a budget, regardless of what it is because they have their priorities set and in order.  All our brides should be able to afford their dress, love their dress, and enter into a marriage on good financial terms.  We love to be the start of it in the wedding shopping process.  With our new and sample wedding dresses, the prices are always reduced from the retail price.  Newer ones are usually less than a season or two, but still provides the savings.  Every dress is from 20% to 80% (or more) off of the retail price.

Happy BrideTake it Home Today!  

You found that perfect wedding dress to say “Yes”.  Congratulations!  Now, with us, you get to take it home with you today!!  No waiting on orders, no waiting to see if the dress is the right one and right color.  This is your wedding dress.  Take it home.  Look at it.  Do your other necessary wedding shopping and planning knowing how to compare colors because you have the exact dress.  Start alternations on your time frame.  You have it now so never a worry if it will be ready on your wedding day.  So many brides stress over picking up the dress right before the wedding hoping it fits and is all right.  With us, you always have control and ownership of it.

These are just a few of the wonderful attributes This Magic Moment Bridal Studio can offer its brides.  We know this because they tell us these things all the time.  We hope we can help you in the near future experience that special wedding dress shopping moment you deserve.  Book Now your private and personal appointment with us today.  Always remember….breathe, relax, and have some fun!

 

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!

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.

Bridal Wars Pittsburgh

Bridal Wars Pittsburgh

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This weekend you will find us at a premiere event called Bridal Wars Pittsburgh. Bridal Wars is a fun way to bond with your best girls with having some fantastic fun. Teams compete for prizes while completing games and puzzles. Look for us with one of our gowns, compete in our challenge and receive a valuable coupons to go towards your dress shopping experience. an even win a 100$ Gift Certificate towards a gown from us!

Bridal Wars will be at the Cool Springs Sports Complex on Sunday November 1st starting at 11:00 am- located at  1530 Hamilton Rd. Bethel Park, PA 15234

“Grab your girlfriends and meet us on the field! Bridal Wars is a team competition event touring the country with our Host Randy Fenoli star of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress”!  Teams of 3 compete in our one-of-a kind challenges, win great prizes and have a blast doing it!  The challenges are a little […]”

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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.

 

 

Why shop with us?

This Magic Moment Bridal Studio full of discount designer wedding dresses.Why shop with us at This Magic Moment Bridal Studio with all these other great bridal stores around Pittsburgh?  All the bridal stores around here have their speciality and tons of wonderful dresses, but let me share with you This Magic Moment Bridal Studio.  We are proud to say we focus on the Smart & Sensible Bride! The bride that wants a beautiful designer wedding dress, but not having to pay full price for it.  While our dresses may be last season or two ago, they are still in style, fashionable, and gorgeous.  They are just reduced anywhere from 30% – 75% off of the retail price.

Because we get these gorgeous new and sample dresses from around the U.S., we are able to offer a larger variety of world-wide designers.  Currently we have approximately 28 different designer wedding dresses in stock.  If you find that perfect dress in your size, you get to take it home with you today!  Our inventory is immediately available and always changing.

Lastly, we pride ourselves on servicing our brides as best as possible.  We want everyone to have the full royal bridal treatment.  We offer a comfortable, cozy and intimate atmosphere to try on dresses and share with your closest family/friends.  We appreciate your level of modesty, and want to make you as comfortable as possible.  We allow you 90 special minutes of attention just on you.  Try on as many dresses as you like.  Take pictures, make memories, and enjoy the wedding experience. If we can do this, we are honored to be part of those memories.

If this is something you are looking for, we hope you make an appointment to spend some time with us.  We promise to do our best to take great care of you and your family/friends.  Let’s find that amazing designer wedding dress at a price worth smiling over.  Take your savings and spend it on other things you never thought you could have for your wedding.  But most of all, be confident and happy in everything you experience with us.  Come shop with us and schedule your appointment today at www.PghWeddingSale.com.  We can’t wait to meet you.