Post # 1
I live in a massive city in Mexico (monterrey) and while looking for wedding shoes I noticed theyre incredibly hard to find here
The massive malls have normal shoe shops that do one or two pairs (normally horrendous), the wedding dress shops don’t sell them at all and the main way here seems to be buying online, or crossing the border (3 hour drive) and looking in texas
There is only one shop that actually does a range ofnice shoes in white and ivory. (It’s nearly entirely shoes but also does a few accessories too). Even at this shop the range is quite limited. Its pretty far out of town,around 25 mins from the centre, so I was thinking that there is surely room for another shop. Either more of a central location, or a bit outside of town on the other side
I don’t currently have a job as im waiting for visa issues to get sorted out but the same restrictions don’t apply if you start a business
Fi, (husband in 27 days!) said that he could help me start it up financially and is very enthusiastic as last year he set up his own business and its doing really well (pallets, not shoes obviously). So he knows the ins and outs of getting things started – paperwork and whatnot
Obviously I’d need a business plan and to sort out the logistics but I can’t decide if this is a ridiculous idea or worth pursuing
Post # 4
Interesting. I’d definitely do some market research as to WHY there aren’t any bridal shoe stores in your area. It could be simple lack of demand? “Wedding shoes” is a pretty niche market (obviously limited already by only women, further limited by a “once in a lifetime” event) which seems like a pretty tough sell, and definitely hard to establish a repeat clientelle.
I think if you do make a go of it, I think your ideal location would be in an are that has the formal wear/wedding dress stores already in place, assuming they don’t sell shoes. I don’t know what the shopping situation is like in Mexico, but in Canadian cities a “bridal row” with several stores selling various lines of wedding dresses is fairly common.
Post # 5
I’m having so much fun with wedding planning, it’s making me want to get into the wedding business, too!
Especially since you live in a large city, there should be a good market for the product. And you could sell veils, jewelry, purses, and all sorts of wedding accessories along with shoes.
The first business problem you’d have to solve is, who would be your supplier? Where would you be getting the shoes from? Is there a high profit margin on the shoes?
You could also add value to the product by ordering plain shoes and then adding jewels or jewel clips yourself, if you have any DIY spirit in you. That way you can sell “custom” bridal shoes, as well. And then there’s the whole business of bridal party shoes, you could offer color dipping and matching for bridal parties.
If you’re able to get it off the ground, you could also sell the shoes online, which makes for almost-passive income. The only extra work you’d have to do is pack and ship the shoes, but everything else just piggy backs on the work you’ve already done.
That’s great that your almost-husband is business savvy and could help you out! You should start identifying costs to see how much product you’d have to sell to start seeing a profit.
Post # 6
My advice, if you choose to do this, is to have a range of sizes and styles. Flats, kitten heels, and wedges, along with the evil stilettos. And please offer in narrow and wide – finding wide shoes in a pretty bridal style is hard!
Post # 7
@nyscpa2be: thats what id want to do. i found it incredibly hard to find small heels, they were all massive skyscraper heels
@SapphireSun: it is a very good question why there aren’t more. I mean ive been to three different bridal expos and they were packed with people, vendors, and had a million er…counters (cant think of the word) except shoes. it was bizarre. ill probably discover that the only shoe shop has mafia connections or something.i wrote that as a joke and then realised it’d be all too possible here. the lady did look particularly smug when we commented it was the only shop around
@sunsetchristy: working out where the shoes would come from is definitely a pretty important point! i know a friends family’s business is supplying shoes (men and women’s), so i don’t know whether they’d be able to make some bridal ones exclusively for me
im intrigued by the idea, and then i remember reading that somethign like 50% businesses fail in the first year and it makes me nervous. im wondering if one of those short crash courses in business might be a good idea