Post # 1
I’m afraid I’ve been watching this site for awhile, it’s such a fun website and full of great ideas! I thought I’d like to introduce myself however, it’s rather rude for me just to lurk.
I’m a university student at this point, my partner and I have been contemplating getting married for awhile, but we don’t have any particular dates and are not "officially" engaged.
What I did come to ask was a bit of a query. I’ve been contemplating starting a vintage wedding dress shop in the Kitchene-Waterloo area (for you non-Canucks, thats about an hour away from Toronto, Ontario). You’re all a very creative bunch, and I was wondering, if I could poll you?
If you want to answer any of the following questions, I’d be very happy. Any other comments or questions, feel free =)
Would you travel an hour to go to a dress store?
Would a vintage dress be something you were interested in?
and if so: Would have a "green" wedding appeal to you?
How do you feel about shopping online for dresses, acessories and the like?
Thanks so much! It’s very hard to do research on the subject! I’m never sure if it’s because there’s no interest or having a "recycled" wedding is an unknown thing…
Post # 3
Welcome to the hive dragonfruit! hopefully people in your area will be able to answer your questions!
Post # 4
I would totally drive an hour if it was the only place that had what i wanted. I am having a vintage themed wedding, which is so awesome, and having a green wedding sounds fun. i was gonna do that, but just wasn’t going to work for me.
Post # 5
I would certainly drive a hour for some awesome and different dresses.
If you decide to go online, please use real pictures of dresses you have, so many online sites steal and use pics from the designers and that is not cool. Do not mislead the public!
I had a horrible experience ordering a replica vintage gown. However, my accessories were all ordered online and my hat, shoes, jewelry, and flowers are fantastic!
Post # 6
Thank you all so much for your kind words! =)
Right now, I’m more looking for a space in which I could start selling the dresses in person as well as online.
No, my plan would have myself (though I’m rather tall, so vintage dresses don’t always fit me!) or others model the dresses for photos. It’s nice to see a dress in action than a fake photo from someone else.
I’ll give you guys some details as I know further. When my own wedding comes up in the future, I’ll definitely be participating in the boards, I have lots of ideas that it will be interesting to see if they’ll work out or not lol
Post # 7
I drove 3 1/2 hours for my dress! When something seems like it might be right, I’m willing to go to the ends of the earth for it!
Post # 8
I drove an hour and a half for my dress. So, yes, I would be willing.
There is a vintage wedding dress shop near where I went to school that sounds like what you’re wanting to do. I had an appointment there and came really close to buying a dress from her. The owner was telling me that she is constantly searching for more dresses from estate sales, online, etc. One thing that she focused on which I thought was great was the idea of "recapturing" the dresses. Most of the styles and cuts of vintage dresses are much too small for the average woman now, so she was also a skilled seamstress, and would offer ways to lower the back of dresses or even build whole new sections into the sides to make them bigger. She also discussed other types of alterations with people. Many people love the idea of having a vintage dress, but find elements of modern styles much more flattering on them. She often turned long sleeved (especially the big, bell sleeves) dresses into beautiful capped sleeves, lowered necklines, etc.
Good luck with your shop!
Post # 9
Hahaha, yes! Devoted brides =)
I do very much like the idea of "recapturing". I’ve been looking for larger sizes in vintage dresses so they will fit the average woman. I’m looking for dresses that have some modern elements so they fit modern women better, but still have the charm (and cost!) of the vintage dress.
I’m afraid I’m not a really great seamstress, I wouldn’t be able to help them fix the dress myself, but I’m pretty decent at drawing and design, so I could help a bride plan how to alter a dress if need be.
I appreciate all the support =) Sadly with school, it may be awhile until I can set up shop, but I’m going to keep researching (and start my collection =)!).
Any other pro tips? =)
Post # 10
I realize this post is a month old now, but I wanted to add my two cents.
Actually, it happens that I actually live in the KW area that you’re talking about, Ms Dragonfruit! I bet if you are able to connect online with people in TO that are looking for the type of dresses you’re offering, they’d definitely be willing to travel. Also, KW tends to draw people from the surrounding area, where there aren’t bridal stores at all.
I wonder whether you’d need to have more than just wedding dresses to be able to make an actual store profitable, though. I bet by also offering fun dresses that would work for bridesmaids or wedding guests you’d expand your market!
Good luck and you’ll have to let us know if it works out!
Post # 11
I would def. drive an hour for a dress, it is worth it if it seems like the right thing.
I bought my dress from a green bridal boutique here in Seattle, they have used designer dresses in all styles and sizes and I liked the idea of saving money and also reusing something that may have just sat in someone’s closet for the rest of their days but it now has a new life. I ended up finding an amazingly beautiful and unique dress so I’m very happy about it. AND it is a beautiful designer dress for only $200 bucks, amazing!
I do think it can be intimidating to order online, so many ebay scams and you never know how things are going to fit. I say take good pictures, preferably with models to show how the dress fits and maybe even give recommendations based on body types. For example, I have a very small waist but larger hips so I always appreciate knowing what styles would work best for me because I can’t really tell until I try something on.