- 4 years ago
- Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University
I’m at a crossroads, professionally speaking, and because my experience is in the bridal world, I thought I’d pose this opportunity on the ‘Bee. First, backstory:
I’ve been in the wedding gown business since 2001 when I was a buyer for a store. I then was PR Manager for the now defunct Monique Luo Couture brand as well as her spokesperson at bridal markets. I most recently was the Sales Manager for a very reputable salon for the last 5 years. I live outside of LA (an hour away) and currently work as an Office Manager for a DJ/Events company. My reason for leaving the salon was that I was/am newly married and didn’t want to work nights and weekends anymore (retail….). So I’m working weekdays only, five days a week, 35 hours, which is great.
The thing is, I MISS the dresses terribly. I miss the excitement when a girl I’m helping finds THE dress, I miss the excitement of new seasons, I miss annual markets, I miss the industry! I’m just not willing to work retail hours. When I tell my friends this, they say, “Why not be a wedding planner?” Honestly? Because for me, and my experience, it’s ALL ABOUT THE DRESS. I’ve been that way ever since I was little.
That said, I’m toying with the idea of a Bridal Stylist-type job that I create myself. I know the market, I know the brands stores carry, I know the brands themselves, I know price points, the wholesale end of things, the shapes that look good on various body types, the tweaks that can be made to make a dress personalized, the shipping time frames…ALL of it.
Because so many girls seem to see dress shopping as daunting and don’t want to be taken advantage of, would I be of any use to a bride looking for her dress? Would a bride hire me for that sort of thing? I could do all of the initial homework, the appointments, could talk about what they’re looking for what brands to look at to fit their financial criteria, be available for fittings, offer suggestions on undergarments, etc….they would just hire me for my knowledge and not to make a sale. Say, $250 for a consultation and a bridal store appointment, that kind of thing? I know every bride is different and some wouldn’t dream of using me, but for those that are really nervous, could I be of some help? Is this a viable company?
What are your thoughts? I appreciate any feedback to let me know if I’m nuts!