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.”  

 

 

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.

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.