Engaged Hot Tips!

Hot Tips for for those engaged and who just said yes to the love of their life!  Let’s start with congratulations!!!  You got the ring, so now what?

Hot Tips #1 – BREATHE!!  Your best friend and love of your life wants to spend the rest of their life with you.  Life is good as it is right now.

Hot Tips #2 – Get a wedding planner to keep you on-track and organized.  Two hot sellers brides love are The Knot Wedding Planner and Organizer, or for our budget brides, A Practical Wedding Planner.  Click the picture to order now.  
 The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner and Organizer A Practical Wedding Planner

Hot Tips #3 – Reserve your church and reception hall.  Popular ones tend to sell out popular dates over a year in advance.  But don’t fret, take your time and look.  You will discover that their are so many beautiful places, and maybe even a few hidden gems, that will be perfect for you two.  

Hot Tips #4 – When you are ready to buy your wedding dress, start looking.  Pick one or two stores that match your style, personality and/or designers that you are interested in.  Come ready with your budget and an open mind.  

And…..have fun with it all.  If it becomes to stressful, ask yourself why?  Eliminate the why and remember what’s important—the two of you together.  

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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 Some of it may seem outdated but most of it is timeless.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.

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. 

Bridal experience 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.  Our services extends to us helping you find the best vendors to trust and do a fantastic job.  This includes your seamstress work that happens outside of 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.

 

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.

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!

 

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