posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
378 posts
Helper bee

Personally I would say stay in college, get a degree in business or something of the like and see if you can intern or work at a bridal store first. Dropping out of college to do something you have no idea if you have any talent in seems a little extreme, but that’s just me.

Post # 4
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Don’t drop out of college! If you’re serious about getting into the wedding industry by opening a bridal boutique, take business classes. Talk to people in the industry and find out what you need to know and then learn it, either at college or in jobs or internships. Dream big, but don’t bite off more than you can chew—narrow down where you want to start and hone your skills in one area before moving to the next. A good education is the best asset you can give yourself, especially if you have an eye toward self-employment. 

Also, do you have any experience in sewing? It is much harder than it looks (I do a fair amount myself). Also, you will have to get a seamstress eventually, because it’s virtually impossible to custom-fit a gown on yourself while you’re wearing it. If you want a custom gown I would get one from a tailor who specializes in them because you will probably be much happier with the quality of the product, especially if you’re new to sewing.

Post # 5
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Don’t drop out!! get experience and learn what you need for this business but get your college degree!!

Post # 7
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Is there any way that you could switch your degree to learn more about sewing/fashion design/starting your own business/etc? That would probably be really helpful! Maybe get a job at a bridal boutique to give yourself a small taste of what it is like before jumping in completely!

Post # 8
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

If you’ve already got a business degree, I’d go to work for another event planner for a couple of years and learn the ropes. It’s a LOT harder to plan other people’s events in a professional way then it is to plan your own wedding.

Post # 9
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Oh and as far as doing your own dress…do you have any experience sewing, etc?

Post # 10
7 posts

I have designed and made my own gown (wedding is next Saturday and I literally just finished it!) and it was been such a lot of work – much more than I envisioned to begin with, and I have a fair bit of sewing experience. I’m glad I did it and absolutely love it, but it’s a huge undertaking so to save your sanity, I would stick with your current gown and use your creativity on other aspects of the wedding! Good luck!

Post # 11
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

My friend ended up needing to sew all night prior to her wedding.  We’re talking not a wink of sleep… just to get the dress right.  If you are doing your own dress, do it early!

Post # 12
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

Sewing a formal dress is a huge task for someone who doesn’t have sewing experience.  Just getting it to fit right takes a lot of know how.  I’ve been sewing all my life and making a somewhat difficult dress for my wedding from a pattern (http://tinyurl.com/6jyqux) was a big big deal.

If you have plenty of time and start early, go for it.  But I suggest getting informed about creating custom patterns first.

As far as the business, why not start out with one thing at a time?  Event planning first, bridal site second, storefront third, dress design fourth?  As someone who has a small business on the side, I think it’s much easier to concentrate on getting one new thing started at a time.  Trying to do everything at once can be overwhelming.  And once you’ve got something going, you can let it coast a little (and make you money) while you do the next thing.

Good luck! 

Post # 13
170 posts
Blushing bee

Well… if you have a degree in business you know how much thought, care and research is involved in starting a small business.

Just as an initial list… a business plan, marketing research (is there a sufficient demand for YOUR product or is the industry over saturated? what will differentiate you from your competitors?), pricing analysis and methodology (how will you price your services? how does that compare to your competitors? Will you be able to cover your costs), risk assessment, insurance, up front investment, opportunity cost, internal return rate (r), present value analysis, all of the maketing materials and forms, supplier relationships, references, the incorporation of the business and relate legal expenses, tax implications… and the list goes on.

Also, according to the SBA, over 50% of small businesses fail within the first five years.

So yes, it is a big decision and your passion for the subject is not a sufficient reason to pursue this career change and significant investment. Opening a boutique, event planning, and fashion design are very distinct skill sets and talents. To really succeed in those fields often requires years of training and/or significant experience.

Also to be honest you sound a bit naive. It is unlikely that you will be able to sew a dress, if you currently don’t have the skills.  Vera Wang got where she is with a lot of training and effort and years and years of work.

So think hard about this decision and best of luck.

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