My Cinderella's Dream

Bridal Hair and Bridal Makeup
on location
973-809-5296

Our Story

My Cinderella's Dream co-owned by Mari Milani and Rita Longo was based truly on a dream, a vision to make Brides look and feel beautiful!!  Their story should start out with "once upon a time" but, instead their story is filled with the love of art and creativity. My Cinderella’s Dream is a Montclair based Bridal/Editorial Hair and Makeup Company.

Mari and Rita’s lives paralleled but never came together until a few years ago. When they met they realized they had a similar goal, "a dream", I guess you can say.  Both, loving the art of hair and makeup combined and attending the same school in New Jersey, they concentrated on their strengths and “My Cinderella’s Dream” became a reality.

My Cinderella’s Dream is an innovative service, powered by industry professionals, who are inspired by ensuring each and every bride/client feels beautiful and confident.

Their award winning team has won The Couples Choice Award for the last 5+ years by the Weddingwire Team, Theknot's Best of Weddings Award for the last 4+ years and most recently they’ve won the Theknot's Hall of Fame Award. Both are two internet based Companies which they are Featured and Spotlighted on.  Their team has been Published in Contemporary Bride Magazine, NJ from 2011 to present in the “Real Weddings” and “The Engaged Girls Survival Guide” Editions.  They have built their award winning company on expertise and professionalism.

Renowned for using their technique that perfects the basics of application My Cinderella’s Dream brings the highest of standard of practical skill that is light, fresh and beautiful.

Our Services

Take the center stage; it’s your day!!  Let My Cinderella’s Dream help you find your Bridal hair style!  Whether it is romantic, glamorous, and modern or a classic look we can assist you in choosing your style.  We have made short hair long just by adding a few “clip-in” or “seamless hair extensions”.

In some cases depending on availability, time of year and other scheduled bookings My Cinderella's Dreams Team will be willing to service a single person. A "bride only" service price will differ completely from a wedding party price.


We offer a few side orders

Blown Away!! This service separates you from other Brides!!  Prepping the hair is an amazing way to give your hair tremendous volume.  This is a highly recommended service for anyone with fine, limp hair or for those who want more body.  This service is an additional $50.00.

Brides “Maid” – The Brides “Maid” is a service offered to our Brides for touch ups during the wedding service, picture taking and reception. This service is an hourly rate on top of the bride’s fee. There is a 3 hour minimum.


For Brides living out of state, who are interested in booking with My Cinderella’s Dream, we will be happy to e-mail you a contract. Once the contract is signed and a deposit of $100.00 is received, the hair trial can be scheduled at your convenience.

Our Hair Trials are done at our Bridal Studio which is located in Montclair, NJ.  Trials for hair only are $80.00.  All wedding dates must be secured with a signed contract and a deposit of $100.00.

Press

2014 Pick - Best of Weddings on The Knot
The Knot Best of Weddings - Hall Of Fame
The Knot Best of Weddings - Hall Of Fame
The Knot Best of Weddings - Hall Of Fame
The Knot Best of Weddings - Hall Of Fame
The Knot Best of Weddings - Hall Of Fame
Read all of our wedding reviews on our My Cinderella's Dream Storefront at WeddingWire

Products

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Blog

All Things Pretty Paper

I met Meghan the owner of MLShaughnessy Designs a few years back through a bride of ours and we became friends immediately.  MLShaughnessy Designs sure knows how to make a great first impression of your special event, one to remember with her oh-so-pretty invitations and event stationery. When I asked Meghan if she would like to be interviewed for a blog post I was looking to write, she didn't even blink.  Let us warmly introduce Meghan, the creative darling whose chic designs are equally as admired as her fun free spirit.  

Hi! I'm Meghan and I'm the owner and creative director behind MLShaughnessy Designs - a boutique design company here in New Jersey.  I've always had a love for all things pretty paper (yes, I had quite a few pen pals back in the day) but, it wasn't until after I designed my wedding day stationery that I became extremely passionate about design. Following my big day, close friends inquired about my work and it wasn't long before I found myself working with some of the sweetest couples to date.  I believe that choosing your paper goods for any special occasion should capture your personality with a modern approach, as well as be a fun part of the planning process.

Although I specialize in rustic, shabby chic wedding designs, I welcome "ALL" wedding styles and can't wait to create one-of-a-kind stationery that will leave guests anticipating your next event!

Q. How did your business begin? 

As previously mentioned, I've always loved stationery.  Fun fact; While most teenage girls were shopping and finding their style through fashion, I could be found in the mall browsing pretty paper in Papyrus.  I even went in that shop at least two or three times a month (which was a lot for an early teen) and couldn't wait to get my hands on fresh stationery to use for my weekly pen pals.  Growing up I was always creative, but my love for design didn't come to light until after I designed my own stationery to keep wedding costs down.  Close friends inquired about my work and I soon realized I was destined to share my creative talents with the world through invitations, stationery, and pretty paper goods.

Q. How does your creative process work? 

Each and every one of my client's journeys begins with an initial consultation.  We'll meet for coffee, Skype, or even chat on the phone and discuss everything there is to know about their wedding day or event.  It's during this time we'll talk all about color schemes, themes, styles(s), and inspirations, which will help us create the perfect design for your event.  After our consultation, I'll then prepare a detailed proposal, along with a digital design to review.  Upon approving the proposal, we'll then continue to work together during the design process until you love your suite.  Once your proofs are approved, your files will go to print and I'll then hand assemble each and every piece before delivery.

Q. What printing styles do you offer? 

We currently offer high-quality (flat) digital, thermography, letterpress, and foil stamp printing options.

Q. What services do you offer?

I currently offer various services for wedding, special events, and more including wedding invitation suites, save-the-dates, menu cards, cocktail napkins, hotel accommodation stationery, thank you cards, bridal shower invitations, baby shower stationery, birth announcements, and even personal stationery.

Q. Is there a particular style you specialize in? Are there any trends you currently love for invitations?

I've always had a love for simplistic designs with clean lines, so I would say my invitations and stationery have a rustic, shabby chic, bohemian style to them.  I currently love using calligraphy-inspired typefaces and anticipate our new die cut silhouettes to be popular choices among 2016 and 2017 couples.

Q.What is your favorite font? 

I find that typefaces by Emily Lime are easy to integrate and fit within any couple's wedding style.  My current favorite is Carolyna Pro Black.  It has whimsy, yet elegant quality that's simply timeless.

Q. How do you stay inspired creatively?

It's safe to say there are so many creative rock-stars in the industry, so I try to surround myself with other professionals who promote positive encouragement.  Of course, I love seeing my business grow but, I also smile when I see other industry friends succeed in their professional journey.  I also find that the little things in life inspire me, whether it be fresh flowers, textile patterns, and elements from nature.

Q. What is your favorite part of the wedding day?

When the couple sees each other for the first time.  There's something so magical about the first time your significant other sees you on your wedding day.  So much planning goes into making your wedding as perfect as it can be, and it's inevitable that there may be small glitches but, when you see your better half, it makes it all worth it knowing you get to spend forever with the love of your life.

Let's connect!! Join Meghan behind the scenes and follow her on: FacebookInstaLOVE and  Pinterest 

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Enchanting Winter Wedding at The Park Savoy Estate by Off BEET Productions

The new year is off to a great start and we must say, this is the perfect wedding feature to kick off 2016.  Let's just say your wedding Wednesday is about to get that much more lovely.  If you're in the early stages of wedding planning and are leaning towards a warm spring soirée or a rustic autumn affair, there's a good chance you might quickly reconsider the time of year you say "I do" after scrolling through the pretty details from this winter wedding.  The monochromatic color tones, classic details, and the dream setting at the The Park Savoy Estate are just a few of the details that take the cake.  Luckily, Off BEET Productions was there to capture all the wedding bliss on camera.

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Contact Us

Thank you for inquiring with My Cinderella’s Dream! In order to quote you accurately, we require the following details

Please keep the following in mind:

  • We “DO NOT” charge a Travel Fee for most locations!!!
  • Parking is not included.
  • If your Event/Wedding is outside NJ, you will be given a package price which will cover the extra travel fees. Also, if required the customer will have to provide accommodation and flights.
  • Dates are only secured by signing of a Contract and Deposit. Otherwise the date remains open for the other inquiries.
  • Please note that all Sundays, public holidays and long weekends incur an extra surcharge.
  • All trials are held at the Studio of My Cinderella’s Dream located in Montclair. The cost of a hair and make up trial is $125.00 and for a hair or make up trial it’s $80.00.
  • Please be aware that there is a cancellation fee for all Weddings/Events that are cancelled.