Post # 1
After all our experiences I figure we could come up with some good ideas for a bridal store
What would you have/do/provide if you were to open a bridal store?
One thing I know I would do after hearing it so often on here, is have more than just a couple of plus sized samples to try on
I think I would offer a glass of champagne while shopping to relax the bride and to have some fun!
What about you?
Post # 3
I always think this! Let’s see… I would have some kind of refreshements for sure, and a large enough space to hae the bride’s try on the dresses and for people to sit and see her, as well as dressing rooms. I would also make sure the store was clean, and organized because I hate unorganized things! (Especially behind the counter). I would also have alterations in-house and make sure any sized girl would be comfortable trying on dresses. I’m sure there’s more but that’s all I can think of now!
Post # 4
I would have lots of space. Typically girls bring lots of people. I brought three people that couldn’t sit down because another bride brought 12. Yes, 12 people. I’d crank up the AC! Am I the only one that gets hot changing in and out of heavy dresses? I would put my bridal consultants through some rigorous training that included finding the best dress for body types, style, basic manners, how to handle doubt, etc. It seems the girl I had was 13 years old and didn’t know how to listen. I would design displays of shoes, color palettes, mock centerpieces, etc in the season’s popular colors. Inspired brides will buy more I think.
Post # 5
I actually think having a limit of people allowed to come for the shopping experience. For example bride plus 3 people. The more people the more opinions and the harder the decision. I think it would help the sale and actually help the bride in the end.
But then she can bring anyone she wants to the fittings.
Post # 6
I would have little bridal goody bags for brides who come try on dresses. Maybe little wipes, mini deodarant, a bridal guide, bottle water, and something cute. I always got hot trying on dresses and felt uncomfortable. I would also want more space to showcase dresses. One of the difficulties I had finding dresses would be to go through squished dress racks where you couldn’t really see the dresses. I would probably have pictures above the dresses too so if you are walking by, you can pull out a dress you are interested in.
Post # 7
I agree on the champagne part!
I also have noticed a lot of salons have bad decor. I really notice when a salon has forest green carpets and stark white walls, and shoddy set ups for changing rooms.
When someone is spending that much money on something…decor is SO important to me.
My eyes glimmer when I see hardwood floors, beautiful changing rooms and well decorated salons 🙂
Post # 8
I would make everyone take their shoes off at the front of the store! So noone is tracking in their dirty, wet, muddy shoes… when brides are walking around in their dress they don’t want to worry about the floor getting their white dress dirty!
Post # 9
@Pupperoni:that is a good idea. Like a picture of the model in the dress hanging from the hanger? It would be easier to tell what a dress might look like. When its not on a person it can be so hard sometimes.
Post # 10
I would make sure there was an apartment for me upstairs so after hours I can have my sisters over, have some drinks, then head downstairs and TRY ON EVERYTHING.
Post # 11
i would let the girls take pictures of themselves in the dresses. I think not being allowed to take photos is the dumbest rule- there are photos all over the internet if you wanted to haev a replica made, and you taking a few photos isn’t changing that fact! Plus it is a big purchase and I want to make sure the next day looking at pictures I still feel the same about a dress
Post # 12
I’d make mine way more spacious and have more than 2 pedestals with surrounding mirrors, so more than 2 brides can be trying things on at the same time. I’d also have some comfy chairs for the people who come to watch(at least more than the 2 they’ve had in most salons). Most should also have a larger selection of shoes, veils and accessories.
Post # 13
@napabridekelsey: Ahhahaha! The salon here in St. George (yes, one bridal salon) is exactly like that!! Forest green carpet and ugly ass white walls with that floral design across the top! It makes me want to gag! Also, the changing room is the size of a tiny closet. Why would i want to buy a wedding gown from someone who’s decor is still stcuk in the 70’s? Also, the one sales consultant they had told me I was basically trash for not wearing sleeves on my dress (most girls here wear sleeved dresses) and that nothing in the store would fit me!! Really? I’m a size 12-14 and you have nothing? Needless to say I didnt buy anything and I really lelt them have a piece of my mind!
If I had a store I would offer champagne, juices, Voss water 🙂 I love Voss water lol. Anywhere I go that offers me Voss water I always go back! I would definitely have nice hardwood floors, huge changing rooms, beautiful decor, etc. I also think lighting is very important! My sales consultants would be professionals, honestly I think a lot of this stuff should be whats going on anyways but a lot of stores are more like what I posted above lol.
Post # 14
Also, space appointments apart. Every bride wants to feel special. I always hear about women that were rushed through their appointment, and it ruined the experience.
Post # 15
I would tell them UP FRONT all the costs associated with the dress. “This is how much the bustle is, ” etc. When my friend got her wedding dress all of the sudden there were all these hidden costs.
The place I went to was great though – shoes off at the front, pictures allowed and the seamstress was on site right there to walk you through how the alterations would go.
I would also have contracts with Etsy sellers since they offer a great price on veils (and the veils at the salons are stupid costly) and that way I would be helping another small business as well!
Post # 16
Have consultants listen to the bride and what they want and not just pull any god awful dress and not talk about themselves and how they don’t get comission.
I actually thought about going into the bridal industry, because of the degree I had, but I went back to school instead.