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 Some of it may seem outdated but most of it is timeless.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

 

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!

 

Tips for shopping with us!

Tips for Shopping With Us!

Some helpful and simple tips to make your wedding shopping experience as best as possible.  Do you have a style or silhouette in mind before you come to the bridal studio? Share the style with your consultant so that she may select dresses for your initial try on. If you’ve already tried on a trumpet or A-line  and absolutely know that will not work for you, sharing it with your consultant will make it easier to find your gown.

Our brides at This Magic Moment Bridal Studio never worry they are trying on too many gowns.   Our bridal consultants want you to feel the best you can on your wedding day and it is our job to help you navigate through the process of picking your gown. Honestly we love helping you and when we see you in your gown for the first time we might cry with you too.

Try to resist trying on gowns that are over two sizes larger than your size. You may be drawn to a certain silhouette or applique but once you start to have alterations done the gown will lose a lot of its integrity. It is our goal to try to fit you as closely to a perfect fit as we can . Our idea of alterations would be as minimal as possible. Not to mention this will also save you tons of money .

Make sure you invite the important decision makers with you . Due to the nature of how we get our dresses and the fact we can not order them.  We would hate for you to leave without your dress because someone was missing from your entourage . Of course we are always happy to take pictures and even send video to someone who can not make it. Technology can be your best friend when you are planning your wedding.

Some other quick tips that will help your shopping experience is to come in makeup free and hair up. It really help to see the top or back of your gown when your hair is up. Bring along a pair of heels that you think are the size you will wear with your dress . And if you have any special undergarments bring them along so you can have the best fish ever .

We hope you find these tips and hints helpful , it is our pleasure to assist you and we look forward to helping you soon.

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