How long have you been in the bridal industry?
What made you want to get involved?
“I’ve been here a little over a year now. I was very interested in working with a small business so that I get to benefit the community around me, especially getting to work with the bride and groom through the entire process. My degree was in art history so I really focus on getting people to look their best through visual elements.”
How many people have you helped find the right dress?
“I have personally helped about 50 brides find their dresses. Since we started in 2019, we have helped 307 brides total!”
What sizes do you carry?
“Bridal Sizes are slightly different in that they’re usually 1-3 sizes up from what a street size would be. We carry 6 to 26 but we can go up to 30 in bridal sizing.”
What is the step-by-step process for an appointment?
“We have a couple different appointment types. We can give you a more personal appointment where we shut down the store and serve your favorite food, etc. Our classic bridal appointment starts with a sit down interview with you and your group to get a feel for the wedding vision you have – any strong likes or dislikes you would have. We can usually try on 8 – 10 different dresses in an appointment and then narrow it down to 2 or 3. We’ll take your measurements and then help you pick what’s most comfortable for you.”
How do you balance functionality/mobility with the dream look?
“The best thing about special orders is that we can customize them specifically for you. Something like a mermaid style of dress is going to be tighter, so we can order up a size and then tailor it down in specific areas to still give her room to hit the dance floor at the reception. Our seamstresses that we go through are ‘magic workers’ with the tools they’re able to install, giving you the perfect fit as well as mobility.”
How long should someone expect to get their dress back and ready?
“We always caution our brides the closer to a year out, the better. Right now our dresses are taking about 5 – 10 months to arrive once we place that order. The seamstresses we frequently work with will take 2-3 months to make alterations. That puts you right about at a year so the earlier the better!”
What trends are happening now? Are brides sticking with the classic white gown or are more choosing nontraditional styles/colors?
“We still do have a lot of people going for the classic, simple but elegant look. However, we also have a lot of dresses that are blushes or nudes. I also see a movement away from traditional laces for more floral laces.”
What do you tell someone working within a specific budget?
“All of our dresses do have price tags on them for full transparency. We recommend to only try dresses within that budget because we don’t want you to fall in love with a dress and then, *heartbreak*, you can’t have it. We do hand select all of our dresses when we go to market that allows us to find the right price point for the community we serve.”
Is there any other advice you’d like to share for brides-to-be looking for their dress?
“It’s really important to bring your entire head group with you. You want to surround yourself with your best interest in mind. Especially have everyone when you’re ready to say “Yes!” to the dress, whether it’s mom, sister, grandmother, friends, that way you have a great support system and then be there right away to celebrate as well.”