Bridal Shower Secrets

guest at bridal showerOne of the events at a wedding that seems to be overlooked is the bridal shower. I spend many hours a week with new brides and rarely is this topic ever brought up. I decided to look them up and see what does a Pinterest bridal shower look like?

Quickly on Pinterest, you can tell bridal showers have turned in to DIY showcases. I saw elaborate backdrops, themed food stations and everything had a personal sign. It was almost as overwhelming as doing a themed wedding search. All of this makes up a beautiful setting, gorgeous to say the least. Except it seems to be missing one thing.

This one thing is what I love about bridal showers. The conversations that happened at bridal showers between mothers, grandmothers, aunts and best friends are some of the most precious moments during this wedding season. This is the time when secrets are shared and advice is given. Some of it may seem outdated but most of it is timeless. You will laugh and maybe even cry a little bit.

So my bit of advice to you going into your bridal shower planning is to make a place for conversation. A small snack, a cuppa t, a and a long sit will fill you up with so much wisdom and advice. You will feel more than prepared when you take that walk down the aisle.

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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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 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.

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!

 

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.

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.