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"Advice on opening a Bridal Boutique"
 


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Advice on opening a Bridal Boutique, Bridal Boutique, 14:02:49, 9/17/2004
Organza bags for wedding favors, Organza bags, 18:15:43, 9/17/2004, (#1)
Bridal Bags for Brides, Dina Vostad, 20:49:35, 10/15/2005, (#63)
Help with a Business Plan, Susan, 09:07:18, 1/03/2006, (#85)
bridal shop, Susie, 21:39:05, 2/12/2006, (#119)
bridal, Kris, 15:53:52, 2/24/2006, (#144)
open bridal boutique, Lani Holmes, 13:14:12, 3/04/2006, (#149)
open bridal boutique, Lani Holmes, 13:15:18, 3/04/2006, (#150)
Bridal Shop Info, Clarine, 10:15:32, 3/16/2006, (#156)
Things I need to know to be as great as you, Heather Griffin, 10:31:34, 3/19/2006, (#159)
bridal , Kris, 17:25:19, 3/21/2006, (#160)
Advice on opening a in home salon services and ima..., Angela Smith, 22:25:52, 7/01/2006, (#205)
Help!, Valerie Levario, 12:45:48, 6/29/2006, (#203)
opening a bridal shop, kathy, 09:32:47, 4/01/2006, (#169)
opening a bridal boutique, Veronique, 17:46:57, 5/21/2006, (#189)
New Bridal Business, Laurie Metcalf, 09:26:10, 8/02/2006, (#215)
Thinking of opening a Bridal one time shop, Jackie, 20:31:34, 4/19/2006, (#177)
Suggestion on opening a one time shop, Yolanda , 06:02:04, 7/30/2006, (#210)
need help as well....., krissy, 17:35:39, 6/09/2006, (#194)
Opening Bridal Store, Lori, 08:39:20, 6/29/2006, (#202)
Organza Bags, Yvonne, 08:59:58, 3/14/2006, (#154)
Organza Bags, Pamela, 07:58:00, 3/22/2006, (#161)
Gowns , Julia, 10:16:21, 10/04/2004, (#2)
Thanks!, Bridal Boutique, 12:11:48, 10/04/2004, (#3)
opening a bridal shop, Judy, 20:26:23, 10/16/2004, (#5)
Judy, Chrissy, 06:48:51, 2/18/2006, (#130)
Advice on owning a bridal boutique/RE:Gowns, Daralynn Gilliam, 17:52:20, 3/10/2005, (#23)
Re Gowns reply, Julia, 11:30:21, 3/15/2005, (#27)
Advise , Bernice Puente, 19:37:05, 1/13/2006, (#87)
Daralynn Gilliam, Chrissy, 06:46:37, 2/18/2006, (#129)
wedidng gowns, Daralynn J.Gilliam, 17:56:00, 2/06/2006, (#115)
wedding dresses start at low price, Daralynn J.Gilliam, 16:32:01, 2/13/2006, (#120)
Wholesale event, Janette, 15:06:20, 2/22/2006, (#134)
bridal boutique, melanie shaw, 07:21:41, 4/30/2006, (#184)
Website, Lesly, 13:12:43, 5/24/2006, (#190)
gowns, Kris, 14:53:44, 6/19/2006, (#197)
Bridal Boutique, Francesca Singh, 08:47:15, 4/27/2006, (#181)
bridal boutique, melanie shaw, 07:15:34, 4/30/2006, (#183)
Jewelry, Barbie, 08:20:37, 10/07/2004, (#4)
hello, mariya, 00:12:30, 4/14/2006, (#174)
Bridal jewelry , Katherine T Peace, 12:58:55, 10/20/2004, (#6)
Opening a boutique, Jennifer Thomas, 11:06:15, 10/22/2004, (#7)
National Bridal Market in Chicago, Bridal Boutique, 14:22:01, 10/25/2004, (#8)
bridal, ruth, 04:42:59, 6/21/2005, (#33)
Bride Business, Daralynn J.Gilliam, 05:51:00, 1/14/2006, (#92)
bride business, ruth, 10:31:39, 1/14/2006, (#93)
Not getting any help with Bridal biz idea, Daralynn J.Gilliam, 11:02:42, 1/16/2006, (#95)
bridal business, ruth, 11:05:49, 1/16/2006, (#96)
Bridal Business, Corie Schorer, 20:47:34, 2/09/2006, (#118)
Opening a Bridal Salon, Lucy, 12:47:28, 7/21/2006, (#207)
Bridal Shop For Sale, Jana, 08:49:59, 7/24/2006, (#208)
i am interested, irene, 14:59:54, 7/31/2006, (#212)
selling shop, Jana, 19:10:02, 7/31/2006, (#213)
I am interested, irene, 19:13:22, 7/31/2006, (#214)
Your bridal store for sale, Angela, 09:06:02, 8/07/2006, (#216)
To Angela, Jana, 09:22:32, 8/07/2006, (#217)
bridal stuff in Georgia !!, Crystal from Georgia, 17:29:04, 1/29/2006, (#106)
bridal business, tonya moore, 10:34:29, 2/08/2006, (#116)
Bridal Boutique/event planner, Vanessa, 16:05:45, 2/23/2006, (#139)
bridal boutique, where to start?, crystal from georgia, 18:00:39, 1/29/2006, (#107)
Daralynn J.Gilliam , crystal from georgia, 18:11:37, 1/29/2006, (#108)
bridal owner, Kris, 08:18:09, 2/02/2006, (#112)
Owning a bridal boutique, Denisse Monsegue, 11:25:36, 2/06/2006, (#114)
bridal shop, Dawn , 07:48:45, 2/18/2006, (#131)
bridal store, Vanessa, 16:08:31, 2/23/2006, (#140)
bridal, Kris, 15:51:13, 2/24/2006, (#143)
bridal business, Lily Ho, 13:49:28, 3/18/2006, (#157)
Bridal Shop, Kris, 17:34:34, 3/24/2006, (#163)
bridal, kris, 19:02:45, 3/24/2006, (#164)
Bridal Business in Georgia, Sonya, 19:09:53, 2/17/2006, (#125)
Sonya's bridal business for sale in North Georgia, Daralynn J.Gilliam, 10:31:56, 2/18/2006, (#133)
Sonya's North Atlanta Bridal Business for sale, Nicola, 08:36:37, 3/13/2006, (#151)
New veil business, Susan Sherwin, 18:02:16, 3/18/2006, (#158)
store for sale , jessica hale, 08:54:38, 6/26/2006, (#198)
Relocate store, Sonya, 19:08:55, 6/27/2006, (#200)
beware, Not a Scammer, 07:52:14, 3/14/2006, (#153)
Advice on opening a in home salon services and ima..., Angela Smith, 23:01:48, 7/01/2006, (#206)
Can you help us?, Lisa, 13:08:42, 2/01/2006, (#110)
Are you still out there?, Melanie, 17:21:40, 5/25/2006, (#191)
Bridal Boutique........., Sarah, 20:15:09, 10/25/2004, (#9)
Thanks!, Bridal Boutique, 08:30:58, 10/26/2004, (#10)
Upscale, Sarah, 20:34:04, 10/26/2004, (#11)
Another Idea for customer service, Megan, 10:00:41, 7/31/2005, (#41)
your bridal boutique, msbetty, 16:56:09, 10/28/2004, (#12)
bridal boutique, GT, 09:40:04, 12/28/2004, (#14)
bridal , deb, 11:59:21, 12/28/2004, (#15)
some clarifications, bridalbiz, 09:35:49, 9/08/2005, (#51)
Bridal Store, lisa, 18:55:55, 2/10/2005, (#16)
starting bridal business, rhonda blair, 09:34:20, 3/13/2005, (#25)
Already in Bridal Bus.!, Laura, 12:27:56, 4/24/2005, (#29)
opening a bridal store, terri, 13:52:44, 8/04/2005, (#42)
bridal, Ruth Moore, 15:52:01, 8/04/2005, (#43)
Advice on Opening a Bridal Shop :), Toby Counts, 17:11:55, 8/19/2005, (#46)
bridal, Ruth, 20:00:20, 8/19/2005, (#47)
Designers.. , Toby, 06:31:43, 8/20/2005, (#48)
needing information, sally, 05:52:29, 3/31/2006, (#168)
Looking for information, Melanie, 20:43:55, 5/25/2006, (#193)
bridal, ruth, 04:46:25, 6/21/2005, (#34)
Bridal Biz, Tasha, 12:59:29, 6/28/2005, (#38)
bridal samples, ruth, 13:14:35, 6/28/2005, (#39)
Networking No NO, Mrs. Jones, 10:43:05, 11/28/2005, (#72)
Start up, ChrissyM, 13:26:14, 1/17/2006, (#97)
bridal store/event planner, Vanessa, 16:18:31, 2/23/2006, (#141)
Bridal business, Ronnie Lockett, 20:53:27, 2/24/2006, (#145)
Opening new store ADVICE, Michelle McBride, 11:42:49, 3/14/2006, (#155)
bridal information, Lisa, 21:00:31, 3/29/2006, (#165)
bridal store, rebekah, 13:33:53, 2/12/2005, (#17)
Bridal Business, Flannery E. M. Good, 14:12:52, 2/12/2005, (#18)
Startup cost, Tom Jones, 10:40:40, 11/28/2005, (#71)
bridal networking, Anna, 19:28:36, 12/26/2005, (#82)
networking, tonya moore, 10:42:52, 2/08/2006, (#117)
Networking, Janette, 15:43:58, 2/22/2006, (#135)
bridal, ruth, 04:48:01, 6/21/2005, (#35)
Bridal Boutique, Cristy Steeby, 20:19:39, 11/25/2005, (#66)
bridal, ruth, 10:04:35, 11/26/2005, (#67)
High Price Gowns, Kim, 06:38:10, 12/01/2005, (#73)
help bridal stores, Lisa, 10:58:34, 11/26/2005, (#68)
opening a shop, Christina Jones, 10:32:10, 11/28/2005, (#69)
start bridal business, lily, 12:10:52, 12/24/2005, (#80)
reply, c.Jones, 10:36:26, 11/28/2005, (#70)
bridal, anna, 08:18:03, 12/01/2005, (#74)
Looking for information, Melanie, 20:31:28, 5/25/2006, (#192)
bridal boutique, Deborah L, 06:53:13, 12/23/2005, (#78)
bridal, anna, 16:26:02, 12/23/2005, (#79)
interested in opening a bridal shop, Kristen, 18:15:20, 12/26/2005, (#81)
opening a bridal shop, nina , 16:52:33, 2/23/2005, (#20)
samples, rhonda, 09:37:00, 3/13/2005, (#26)
not sure yet, nina, 05:33:23, 3/18/2005, (#28)
bridal, ruth, 04:49:45, 6/21/2005, (#36)
Confused, Bernice, 19:49:09, 1/13/2006, (#88)
Purchasing sample dresses, Bernice Puente, 19:56:19, 1/13/2006, (#90)
bridal boutique, amanda, 20:28:28, 1/13/2006, (#91)
bridal business, ruth, 10:33:58, 1/14/2006, (#94)
Bridal Business, Tammy, 08:44:25, 1/27/2006, (#104)
tammy, ruth, 11:08:40, 1/27/2006, (#105)
Bridal Business, Tammy, 11:08:38, 1/31/2006, (#109)
info, Bertha, 19:39:51, 2/28/2006, (#147)
info, Lizette, 17:22:02, 4/14/2006, (#176)
opening a bridal shop, nina , 16:52:38, 2/23/2005, (#21)
Confused, Bernice Puente, 19:50:14, 1/13/2006, (#89)
fyi, Tina Janke, 13:45:56, 3/05/2005, (#22)
Bridal Jewelry, Barbie, 08:19:07, 3/11/2005, (#24)
UK line, Chrissy, 19:15:25, 12/19/2005, (#77)
Hillo., Mariya, 00:36:07, 4/14/2006, (#175)
HI, Ellis Jackson, 03:03:59, 5/15/2005, (#30)
Helpful Hints for new stores or anyone thinking of..., Kori, 11:43:33, 5/31/2005, (#31)
how to acquire samples., maria, 08:45:52, 6/22/2005, (#37)
Samples???, Courtney, 00:01:22, 9/11/2005, (#52)
Opening a Bridal Store, Chelsie Walker, 21:14:14, 2/03/2006, (#113)
opening a bridal salon. what vendors are good?, Cheryl, 13:28:00, 10/25/2005, (#64)
bridal, ruth, 08:02:51, 10/26/2005, (#65)
Does this include "staying open" too?, Lisa, 13:13:58, 2/01/2006, (#111)
Interested in opening a bridal salon, Andrea, 09:38:44, 2/18/2006, (#132)
Bridesmaids dresses, Jules, 21:22:10, 1/11/2006, (#86)
ORDERING GOWNS AND CHOOSING LINES, Emily Goodwin, 07:50:33, 2/16/2006, (#124)
Attention Kori, Chrissy, 06:42:09, 2/18/2006, (#128)
Sample Dresses, Janette, 15:52:42, 2/22/2006, (#136)
How did you do?, Lisa T, 12:41:39, 6/08/2005, (#32)
Get a Part Time Job in the Industry, Brandy, 07:30:28, 7/27/2005, (#40)
job in the industry, Chrissy, 16:02:28, 12/31/2005, (#83)
Opening bridal shop/Brandy, Chrissy, 06:31:14, 2/18/2006, (#127)
education, alyssa, 14:51:18, 8/10/2005, (#44)
opening a bridal shop....need advice, Brooke, 06:09:57, 8/11/2005, (#45)
how much, chantal, 09:20:12, 8/21/2005, (#49)
Bridal Business in Boston, Lisa, 17:53:50, 8/29/2005, (#50)
starting a bridal business, Jolena, 00:04:10, 9/19/2005, (#53)
Reply to Jolena, Lisa, 06:24:44, 9/19/2005, (#54)
Cost of gowns, Chrissy, 16:07:38, 12/31/2005, (#84)
Supplier, Tessa Young, 19:32:39, 9/22/2005, (#55)
Children's Dresses and Boys Suits, Carmen, 13:53:57, 9/28/2005, (#56)
Website, Carmen, 15:43:34, 9/28/2005, (#57)
website, Tessa Young, 18:46:12, 9/28/2005, (#58)
Children's dresses etc., LISA, 10:34:10, 10/03/2005, (#59)
Children clothing, Tessa Young, 15:50:22, 10/03/2005, (#60)
dresses, LISA, 10:10:00, 10/04/2005, (#61)
Wedding favors, john, 20:44:17, 10/14/2005, (#62)
Wedding Favors, Rhonda, 05:20:40, 1/26/2006, (#99)
info, Bertha, 19:49:16, 2/28/2006, (#148)
supplies, Dee, 00:00:57, 5/14/2006, (#185)
Bridal Boutique, Ann Broussard, 10:21:52, 12/04/2005, (#75)
bridal line no mins, Chrissy, 20:23:23, 12/18/2005, (#76)
Starting a bridal boutique, Erica, 18:30:29, 1/18/2006, (#98)
I need help on selecting a name!, Lizandra Garza, 07:03:44, 2/15/2006, (#121)
I need help with a name for my boutique!, Lizandra Garza, 07:08:01, 2/15/2006, (#122)
I need help with a name for my boutique!, Lizandra Garza, 07:08:04, 2/15/2006, (#123)
Opening a bridal shop, brideguy, 15:47:10, 6/28/2006, (#201)
High end line, Chrissy, 06:13:20, 2/18/2006, (#126)
"Fiesta" Brand Dresses, Abbie, 14:33:12, 2/23/2006, (#138)
becoming a bridal dress designer, Vanessa, 16:26:03, 2/23/2006, (#142)
"FIESTA" gowns, Audrey, 14:55:34, 3/30/2006, (#166)
FIESTA gowns, Audrey, 14:59:28, 3/30/2006, (#167)
Bridal Shop, Keli Spears, 08:55:54, 2/26/2006, (#146)
Bridal store in ARkansas, Lisa, 05:09:46, 3/14/2006, (#152)
Bridal, Kris, 11:59:01, 3/22/2006, (#162)
Opening a Bridal Boutique in Southwest Florida, Kelly, 08:41:02, 4/10/2006, (#170)
Bridal Shop, Ann, 10:26:02, 4/11/2006, (#171)
WEDDING GOWNS, DE BLANCO, 11:07:31, 4/12/2006, (#172)
WEDDING GOWNS, de blanco, 11:24:15, 4/12/2006, (#173)
marketing to brides, Christine Boulton, 09:22:48, 4/21/2006, (#178)
Bridal Boutique, Marsha, 08:54:17, 4/23/2006, (#179)
Bridal Shop, Sue Stone, 12:35:15, 4/23/2006, (#180)
bridal shop, Dee, 00:13:14, 5/14/2006, (#186)
samples, Kris, 07:20:15, 5/15/2006, (#187)
Advice, Liz, 11:34:41, 6/13/2006, (#196)
Wanted to see how your business is going, Veronique, 17:31:37, 5/21/2006, (#188)
Advice , Liz, 11:32:35, 6/13/2006, (#195)
purchasing gowns, Christine Boulton, 04:58:58, 6/27/2006, (#199)
Bridal Market Show, April, 07:33:17, 7/30/2006, (#211)
gowns, kris, 13:14:34, 6/30/2006, (#204)
In response to those looking for High-end Bridal J..., Stephanie, 16:53:13, 7/28/2006, (#209)

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"Advice on opening a Bridal Boutique"
Posted by Bridal Boutique on 14:02:49 9/17/2004
Hi, I am planning to open a bridal boutique next year in Central California. I just thought I would see if anyone has any insight into running a bridal shop. I would like to sell high-end (NO POLYESTER) gowns, high-end simple jewelry and have the best customer service in town. There are a few stores in this area that carry high-end gowns, but the customer service is atrocious and the "dressing rooms" look like prison cells. I know a lot about fashion, but not very much about retail. Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!


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1. "Organza bags for wedding favors"
Posted by Organza bags on 18:15:43 9/17/2004
I am in the process of making some beautiful organza bags with beads and embroidery for wedding favors. If you are interested pls email me at [email protected] I can email you some pictures.

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63. "Bridal Bags for Brides"
Posted by Dina Vostad on 20:49:35 10/15/2005
I would like to see what you have to offer.

Please send pictures to [email protected]

Thanks
Dina


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85. "Help with a Business Plan"
Posted by Susan on 09:07:18 1/03/2006
I would love to open my own bridal boutique and I need help putting together a business plan.

If anyone can help me that would be great. My email is [email protected]

Thanks again!!!


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119. "bridal shop"
Posted by Susie on 21:39:05 2/12/2006
Susie,

I am also trying to get information about opening a bridal shop. If you have some information I would appreciate listening. Also, if I find any information that would be helpful to you, I will stay in touch. I do know that when ordering dresses you must order six of each type and that gets very costly. It has been suggested to me to find others to share the orders with and get two each. It is sufficient to have two sizes of each. Stay in touch...where are you located?


Sincerely,
Trish

@ [email protected]


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144. "bridal"
Posted by Kris on 15:53:52 2/24/2006
Hi, I would share information with you, I have been open almost 5 years now and love the business. [email protected]

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149. "open bridal boutique"
Posted by Lani Holmes on 13:14:12 3/04/2006
I would love some information or tips in opening a bridal boutique. Thanks

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150. "open bridal boutique"
Posted by Lani Holmes on 13:15:18 3/04/2006
My email is [email protected]

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156. "Bridal Shop Info"
Posted by Clarine on 10:15:32 3/16/2006
>Hi, I would share information with you,
>I have been open almost 5
>years now and love the business.
> [email protected]

If you don't mind me asking for help -- HELP!
I am building an online store and trying to get it together for a brick and mortar. Any help, suggestions, sanity pills, a way to wade through all the mountains of information, I think that covers the worst of it. LOL
[email protected]


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159. "Things I need to know to be as great as you"
Posted by Heather Griffin on 10:31:34 3/19/2006
Hi, my name is Heather Griffin I'am 25 years of age and am from for Yazoo,Ms. I would like some in sight on how to open and grow in this business, buy me trying to open in Mississippi it's hard. What would you subjust?

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160. "bridal "
Posted by Kris on 17:25:19 3/21/2006
I have had my shop open almost 5 years now and I am so glad that I did this, I am doing very well. I have exceeded my projections by alot. My advice would be to start small and add stock as you can see what the customers are going to buy, don't think that you have to have everything the day you open. Also, by starting small you don't have much debt. You can email me if you want to chat at [email protected]

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205. "Advice on opening a in home salon services and image consultation services"
Posted by Angela Smith on 22:25:52 7/01/2006
Hi, I am a planning to open an upscale personal image consultant company that will provide in home and on location salon services, fashion styling and shopping trips.
The company will provide these services throughout the major cities in the U.S
Do you have any suggestions as to the best way to go about it?
Do you know where I can get a business plan dune at an affordable cost?

I can use all the help I can get. Help, help, help


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203. "Help!"
Posted by Valerie Levario on 12:45:48 6/29/2006
I am interested in starting a bridal shop in a mid sized city in Texas. There is just so much general info and no one around here to really give advice. I would love to hear from anyone that would make thing a little clearer and can answer some questions I have.

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169. "opening a bridal shop"
Posted by kathy on 09:32:47 4/01/2006
I am interested in opening a brial shop. i just got married and loved every minute of it! Even all the stress and anxiety was blissful.. I would love to venture out and open a bridal shop but where do i begin??

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189. "opening a bridal boutique"
Posted by Veronique on 17:46:57 5/21/2006
Hi Kathy,
I too am interested in opening a bridal boutique and want as much info as I can on how to obtain start up funding. I'm new to the business and am eager to start. What have you found out that could be helpful and you don't mind sharing.

Look forward to hearing from you soon,

Veronique


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215. "New Bridal Business"
Posted by Laurie Metcalf on 09:26:10 8/02/2006
>Hi Kathy, (Any Anyone Else in the Business)
I am in the start up phase of opening
>a bridal boutique and need as much information, resources, etc... on inventory, how much lease space, right location, finding reps and inventory lines, start up funding, just to name a few.
>
I am really looking for a "mentor" that is in the business and wouldn't mind helping me out.

>Anxiously awaiting help from anyone!
Thank you,
Laurie
>


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177. "Thinking of opening a Bridal one time shop"
Posted by Jackie on 20:31:34 4/19/2006
My girlfriends and I were talking about possiably opening a wedding shop. I would love some input from anyone who has started or is already in the process of it and how much it costs.

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210. "Suggestion on opening a one time shop"
Posted by Yolanda on 06:02:04 7/30/2006
Hello email me at [email protected]
My business is called Affordable Photo's and Engraving By Yolanda.
Here is how my business works for me. I am a photographer started back in 2001, invested in all equipment. I then got interested in glass engraving I then invested in all that equipment, I do the toasting flutes, knife and server, etc...
Now that I am full time in my business which is home based at the moment I offer: Photography, Engraving, Favors, Printing & Graphic Services, Personalized Candy Bars, Decorations, Planning & Coordinating, Bridal Party Gift Basket.
The kicker is when a bride comes to my home and listen through the 2 hour presentation they do not have to go anywhere else why you ask because I have everything they need. And to make it even better instead of them wrecking their brain on finding a florist, caterer, etc... I have all those vendors on hand I set up their appointment and take them to the vendor or set up an appointment for the vendor to meet at my place of business. We should hook up and start a chain of wedding one time stop shop. Advertising works especially the magnetic signs on the car and word of mouth. I am in the process now of taking my business to a store front. I desire more exposure and more work. I plan to offer everything I mentioned above. My theory is to elimanate as much work as possible on my bride and groom.
email me back on my aol email.

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194. "need help as well....."
Posted by krissy on 17:35:39 6/09/2006
I am in southern maryland and think having my own store would be wonderful, did you get any helpful tips you could pass on to me? thanks Krissy Brookins

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202. "Opening Bridal Store"
Posted by Lori on 08:39:20 6/29/2006
Where are you located in Maryland?

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154. "Organza Bags"
Posted by Yvonne on 08:59:58 3/14/2006
I would like to see what you have to offer. Thanks.

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161. "Organza Bags"
Posted by Pamela on 07:58:00 3/22/2006
Pls let me know your email address so I can send you some pictures. Or email me at [email protected]

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2. "Gowns "
Posted by Julia on 10:16:21 10/04/2004
Hi. I manage a retail store in Florida and just got married. My advise is to research the companies you plan to buy from a great one on cost and quality is Maggie Sottero, their dresses are satin and silk, their retail for a satin around 700 and silk 1200. The dresses are just amazing and I had to directly had to deal with the company as the customer to get my dress and they were amazing on customer service. The delivery time on the dress I ordered was 1 week. I buy for the store that I manage and be cafeful on the companies that you purchase from make sure the will give you dating on your purchases like between 30-90 days. This might not happen on your first purchase. The is a company that is called Crossroads that have the best toe rings for weddings. I got mine for my wedding and everyone loved it. The rep here is Suzanne Cell (214)535-5406, They retail here for 12.99 and sell better than any toe ring we have ever had. Well if you have any other questions email me.

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3. "Thanks!"
Posted by Bridal Boutique on 12:11:48 10/04/2004
Thanks for the advice! Where is the bridal boutique that you manage? Also, how do you order samples? Do you have to pay for them? And how do you decide which sizes to order as samples? Any guesses on how much capital I would need to start?

Thanks again!


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5. "opening a bridal shop"
Posted by Judy on 20:26:23 10/16/2004
I went searching for advice on opening a bridal shop and found you guys. I currently have a shop on mainstreet in Columbus Nebraska. I provide alterations for everyone in the family and specialize in bridal alterations. The bridal shop closed here in July, owner was crabby anyway. So I thought I would add bridal gowns, bridesmaids, MOB, FG's and prom. Currently I am looking at Alfred Angelo, Eden bridals, PC Mary's and Alexa Claire. Trying to get info from Mori Lee but can't seem to find a way so far.
This is a town of 25,000 about 90 miles from Omaha. There are three bridal shops in Norfolk which is an hour away.
How many dresses should I carry? How many designers? How many BM's? Shoes?
any help would be greatly appreciated!
Judy

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130. "Judy"
Posted by Chrissy on 06:48:51 2/18/2006
Judy,
Please email me direct @ [email protected]
Thanks Chrisssy

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23. "Advice on owning a bridal boutique/RE:Gowns"
Posted by Daralynn Gilliam on 17:52:20 3/10/2005
I read what you wrote about ordering gowns if someone is looking to own a boutique. I'm a certified bridal consultant and looking to own a bridal boutique. Do you look for wholesalers to buy from? I want nice clothing and accessories. But have minimum capital. What do you suggest for someone getting starting?

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27. "Re Gowns reply"
Posted by Julia on 11:30:21 3/15/2005
The company Maggie Sottero is a wholesale company you also should check out bridal shows where all the vendors show up and you can look at all the samples of the dresses and access. there is a place called the Altanta Gift Apperal Show and they are a 3 building mall for wholesalers to purchase from the are online also, there is 11 stories in the buildings and the upcoming show is in April. I should have been more clear on my email, I purchased my dress from a bridal shop that tried to rip me off and they kept telling me that my dress was on back order this was thank-God about 4 months before my wedding and one of their shops went out of business and I thought the hell with this so I called the company, being in retail I know who and what to do to get ahold of the company directly. Well it turned out that they had my dress the entire time and waiting for payment from the bridal shop (turns out they weren"t paying their bills and ripping a bunch of people off.) Anyway I had them send my dress to a different bridal shop that I trusted and everything was fine. But I can say from experience that dealing with companies with orders at my store they were a great company to deal with. Also women don't like to hear the true size that they are in a wedding dress so this one shop orders the dresses in the correct size but doesn't tell the girls because some of them will make the store order dresses too small in the hopes of loosing weight and then well problems happen. The dress I got also came with a handbag which I loved. Also never rely on the date of arrival on the dress always plan on it to be a few weeks late and if there are reps for the dresses stay on top of all your orders with follow-up reps for the most part are lazy and only care about their commission. Well hope that helped and anything else let me know.

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87. "Advise "
Posted by Bernice Puente on 19:37:05 1/13/2006
Hey, if you really want to open a Bridal-Boutique store go for it. Start small and build your way up. Diz into the business and you'll be surprise. Save up and big a good amount, then grow as you go. Don't get yourself into debt, like i said start small and as you grow you continue to purchase.

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129. "Daralynn Gilliam"
Posted by Chrissy on 06:46:37 2/18/2006
Daralyn,
Please email me @ [email protected] Thanks Chrissy

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115. "wedidng gowns"
Posted by Daralynn J.Gilliam on 17:56:00 2/06/2006
>Hi Do you know where to ordered wedding gowns for resell? Trying to get boutique started?


. I manage a retail store
>in Florida and just got married.
>My advise is to research the
>companies you plan to buy from
>a great one on cost and
>quality is Maggie Sottero, their dresses
>are satin and silk, their
>retail for a satin around 700
>and silk 1200. The dresses
>are just amazing and I had
>to directly had to deal with
>the company as the customer to
>get my dress and they were
>amazing on customer service. The
>delivery time on the dress I
>ordered was 1 week. I
>buy for the store that I
>manage and be cafeful on the
>companies that you purchase from make
>sure the will give you dating
>on your purchases like between 30-90
>days. This might not happen
>on your first purchase. The
>is a company that is called
>Crossroads that have the best toe
>rings for weddings. I got mine
>for my wedding and everyone loved
>it. The rep here is
>Suzanne Cell (214)535-5406, They retail
>here for 12.99 and sell better
>than any toe ring we have
>ever had. Well if you
>have any other questions email me.
>


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120. "wedding dresses start at low price"
Posted by Daralynn J.Gilliam on 16:32:01 2/13/2006
Found a website that wholesale wedding gowns starting a $199.00. This is great for people with low capital like myself. The minimum order is 5 dresses if its your first time.

I'm looking for a flea market to start boutique in. The lease is very cheap for starters just to get your name out. Some places rent spaces for as little as $100.00 a month depending on how many days you will need it. This is a thought for all the ladies looking for a bridal boutique. May be if I am some help someone will help me.


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134. "Wholesale event"
Posted by Janette on 15:06:20 2/22/2006
What website did you find the wholesale dresses on? If anyone has information on sample dresses and information about the vendors, please feel free to contact me.

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184. "bridal boutique"
Posted by melanie shaw on 07:21:41 4/30/2006
what is that website?

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190. "Website"
Posted by Lesly on 13:12:43 5/24/2006
Could you please tell me what website you use for purchasing the gowns? Thanks!

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197. "gowns"
Posted by Kris on 14:53:44 6/19/2006
I just purchsed gowns from a company that has a buy 5 get 5 free offer, they sent me a cd with about 30 to choose from. They are neat gowns.
their # is 800-516-0233, give them a try.
[email protected]

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181. "Bridal Boutique"
Posted by Francesca Singh on 08:47:15 4/27/2006
Hello:

My name is Francesca and me and my mother are looking to open a very high end bridal boutique in Florida. We are currently in an area where there are only 4 bridal boutiques in the whole surrounding area which are about almost 2 hours away from where we are at.

We are looking to set it up in a brand new Main street area with a very wealthy clientele surrounding us. We are in the process of getting together a lease for a size of 2,500 square feet. Since it is a new building we have the option to go for a larger square footage if we desire.

Can you please give me any insight that you may have on starting up. I already have my corporation set up. What kind of licence will I be needing and where do I go to get them. Also would you recommend a larger space than 2,500 sq ft? We are going to be in the same area as a Country Club so we are also going to want to incorporate very high end evening dresses.

Any advice or suggestions that you may be able to give us would be so very appreciated. We have never done anything like this and are very excited but at the same time are completely lost. Thank you in advance. Please email me at [email protected] Thanks again.

Best Regards,
Francesca Singh


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183. "bridal boutique"
Posted by melanie shaw on 07:15:34 4/30/2006
how much do you purchase the dresses for and then how much do you sell them for. Any help would be appreciated.

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4. "Jewelry"
Posted by Barbie on 08:20:37 10/07/2004
Bridal Boutique -
Please consider me when buying jewelry. I love to work in pearls, and am good at traditional knotting. I am also capable of a clean modern look. I will wholesale to you.
Barbie
http://www.silverymoonusa.com

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174. "hello"
Posted by mariya on 00:12:30 4/14/2006
Hi this is Mariya! I am also openning a bridal shop of my own, very soon! And would love 2 get more info about the jewelry that u make. Please email me/at [email protected]

Tyhank You!
Mariya Grinchuk


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6. "Bridal jewelry "
Posted by Katherine T Peace on 12:58:55 10/20/2004
I know of a great line of bridal jewlery or for any occasion. The website is www.turqjewelry.com


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7. "Opening a boutique"
Posted by Jennifer Thomas on 11:06:15 10/22/2004
I am also thinking about opening a bridal boutique of the same sorts in East Tennessee. If you get any suggestions please pass them on to me. I would love to hear about how to get going.

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8. "National Bridal Market in Chicago"
Posted by Bridal Boutique on 14:22:01 10/25/2004
Hi Jennifer,
I wish I had gotten a better response to my request for advice on opening a bridal shop. I did find a National Bridal Market in Chicago. The website is: http://www.mmart.com/nationalbridalmarket/schedule.html

Please keep me posted on anything that you find too!

Flannery (Bridal Boutique)


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33. "bridal"
Posted by ruth on 04:42:59 6/21/2005
I have been in the bridal business for over 23 years and have trained several gals that wanted to get started. If I can help answer your questions I will... [email protected]

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92. "Bride Business"
Posted by Daralynn J.Gilliam on 05:51:00 1/14/2006
If you email me back please put Bride business in the subject line.( if not I may delete it)

I am a bridal consultant hungry for business. Please email me and lets talk is you are serious. It took a long time for someone to respond to my bridal boutique until I actually forgot about it. Respond soon.


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93. "bride business"
Posted by ruth on 10:31:39 1/14/2006
Are you looking to add product to your current business, or what direction are you thinking of going in the bridal industry? [email protected]

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95. "Not getting any help with Bridal biz idea"
Posted by Daralynn J.Gilliam on 11:02:42 1/16/2006
I don't want to be critical, but I am not really receiving any help on this site. I have been getting messages from different people back and forth, but not tangible.

This is my last try. I would like converse with SOMEONE who is experienced in the bridal business that can be helpful. I own a carpet cleaning business and will be willing to share any information that I can to help someone.

I desperately need another income stream. If you are in the Georgia area by all means contact me here. If I just get someone that wants to chit chat again I'll will try some place else. The clock is ticking and like others here, I want to really be of help to someoen and receive halp in return. Where can people go with the same goals and pick each others brain. There is plenty of money to be made in this world. Lets pull our brains together and stop being afraid to help someone. You get blessing from helping others. God Bless you all.


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96. "bridal business"
Posted by ruth on 11:05:49 1/16/2006
I would love to answer all of your questions, just email me [email protected]

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118. "Bridal Business"
Posted by Corie Schorer on 20:47:34 2/09/2006
Hello! My sisters and I are in the process of writing a business plan to open a bridal boutique in Washington state. Our goal is to provide excellent, honest, personalized customer service, while selling high quality dresses at an affordable price for our customers. We plan to cater to brides and also to high school girls that attend Prom and Homecoming. In all reality at this point it is the blind leading the blind...we are all working hard and gathering information, but we have never opened a business nor are we very experienced in the bridal industry. This March we are headed to National Bridal Market and hope to make connections there. We would appreciate any professional, experienced advice as to how to get started...we have so many questions! Thank you!

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207. "Opening a Bridal Salon"
Posted by Lucy on 12:47:28 7/21/2006
I am looking to open a bridal salon in the Troy, Michigan area and would like some advice from anyone who has taken the plunge...how do you get financing and where can you get the supplies/fixtures. Also, does anyone have any insight about how to order dresses and how many should be in the store.?

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208. "Bridal Shop For Sale"
Posted by Jana on 08:49:59 7/24/2006
Hello my name is Jana and I wanted to post that I have a bridal/formalwear shop for sale. I'm selling my entire store all at once...it's enough inventory, accessories and fixtures for anyone to start up their own bridal shop. I do not want to sell piece-by-piece which would drive me crazy. The buyer will receive bridal and bridesmaid gowns, flower girls, mob's, prom and pageant gowns. Lots of shoes, veils, tiaras, gloves, etc. Many gift items and wedding accessories. Also includes racks, shelves, furniture, brackets, rugs, displays and mannequins...even the cash register is going. If anyone is interested, please let me know.
Jana

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212. "i am interested"
Posted by irene on 14:59:54 7/31/2006
i am very interested where r u located ...and of course...how much...

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213. "selling shop"
Posted by Jana on 19:10:02 7/31/2006
Irene, please post your email and I will contact you with all the info and pictures and prices tomorrow. Thanks,

Jana


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214. "I am interested"
Posted by irene on 19:13:22 7/31/2006
Hey Jana,

My email is [email protected]..Looking forward to talking (emailing) with you!.


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216. "Your bridal store for sale"
Posted by Angela on 09:06:02 8/07/2006
Where is the location of your bridal store? What is the current asking price? How many bridal stores are located in your area? Any information is greatly appreciated!

Thanks
Angela


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217. "To Angela"
Posted by Jana on 09:22:32 8/07/2006
Angela, please post your email and I will send what I can to you. Where are you located?

Jana


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106. "bridal stuff in Georgia !!"
Posted by Crystal from Georgia on 17:29:04 1/29/2006
HI I have been trying to dabble in the bridal consulting area I went to school and am a certified bridal consultant, and have a degree in fashion design and merchandising I have been planning wedding in the atlanta area (North) and Just keep dreaming of owning my own bridal Boutique. I am a smart person with tons of school and great ideas. But I feel I am only one perosn with lots of built up bridal ideas. Respond with maybe some hope and success stories of consulting or a boutique. Or if you just are like me and have great ideas but want someone to listen to yours email ;)

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116. "bridal business"
Posted by tonya moore on 10:34:29 2/08/2006
hi crystal,

I'm in the Richmond area and trying to open up a bridal boutique but a diffrent one. we need to talk to put our ideas together. I work for a bridal/event planner company but trying to expand.

thx

Tonya


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139. "Bridal Boutique/event planner"
Posted by Vanessa on 16:05:45 2/23/2006
I would like to know if you can email some insite on event planning...such as who to reach for big events...how you get started ...etc....I would love to chat with you.

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107. "bridal boutique, where to start?"
Posted by crystal from georgia on 18:00:39 1/29/2006
HI I have been a bridal consultant in the north goergia area. I went to school and am a certified bridal consultant, and have a degree in fashion design and merchandising I have been planning weddings in the atlanta area (North) and Just keep dreaming of owning my own bridal Boutique. I am a smart person with tons of school and great ideas. But I feel I am only one person with great ideas. I really need help to where to start out. I would like to incorporate both. I am not sure with samples, and store fixtures how much even is an estimate of a start up. ANY TIPS PLEASE RESPOND or if in the north atlanta area please email me, maybe chat or something THANK YOU
[email protected]

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108. "Daralynn J.Gilliam "
Posted by crystal from georgia on 18:11:37 1/29/2006

>This is my last try. I
>would like converse with SOMEONE who
>is experienced in the bridal business
>that can be helpful. I
>own a carpet cleaning business and
>will be willing to share any
>information that I can to help
>someone.

>I desperately need another income stream.
>If you are in the Georgia
>area by all means contact me
>here. If I just get someone
>that wants to chit chat again
>I'll will try some place else.
> The clock is ticking and
>like others here, I want to
>really be of help to someoen
>and receive halp in return. Where
>can people go with the same
>goals and pick each others brain.
> There is plenty of money
>to be made in this world.
> Lets pull our brains together
>and stop being afraid to help
>someone. You get blessing from
>helping others. God Bless you
>all.

Hey I am from Georgia and am looking to open my own bridal shop. If you need ideas or anything email me [email protected]


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112. "bridal owner"
Posted by Kris on 08:18:09 2/02/2006
Hello, I have had a shop for 5 years and am having a good time at it,I would share with you what I have learned if you would like me to.
Kris

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114. "Owning a bridal boutique"
Posted by Denisse Monsegue on 11:25:36 2/06/2006
I will love to hear what you have done so far. I am in the beginning stages of opening and I will love to get advice from someone that has done it before.

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131. "bridal shop"
Posted by Dawn on 07:48:45 2/18/2006
Dear Kris, I am a mother of two, wife to John. I worked in a small bridal boutique for a little more than 5 years when I was in high school, college than when I was first married. I am interested in trying to open my own shop where I live now. I understand the daily routine in "working" the store, however, I'm not educated on the "how to" run the store. I worked for a wonderful woman who had many connections in New York, I however, do not. I would like to know, start up costs, overhead, inventory, etc. any information would be helpful. Thank You for your time, I look forward to hearing from you!

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140. "bridal store"
Posted by Vanessa on 16:08:31 2/23/2006
Hello Kris,

Please email me so we can talk about the way you got start up the do's and don't's. I look forward in chating with you on the business level


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143. "bridal"
Posted by Kris on 15:51:13 2/24/2006
Hi, I would love to chat with you , I have been open almost 5 years now, and just love what I do, and I am so glad that I made this leap into business. email me at [email protected] looking forward to chatting with you...

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157. "bridal business"
Posted by Lily Ho on 13:49:28 3/18/2006
Hi,

I am brand new to this business. I am planning on open a bridal shop in the bay area of california, but not knowing how to start. Please help me. I would love to see your suggestion and tips. I would like to know where to start and how to manage the shop.


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163. "Bridal Shop"
Posted by Kris on 17:34:34 3/24/2006
Hi Kris,
I am inaterested in opening a Bridal Shop of my own. I am in the Tucson Arizona area (South Wes where it takes at least 45 minutes to see any kind of shops, malls and restaurants. I am eager to obtain as much information as possible. I have networked with a store fixture company and can get the racks and display cabinets for decent amounts. I need assistance in ordering gowns and head pieces. Wanting to start small and go form there.

I am in the area of town /county whre Quincernas are optimal and weddings come once a month. Great for business.

I would appreciate it if you could either direct me in the right direction or advise me on what I need to look out for. My plan is in the first stages.

Thanks,


Gloria


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164. "bridal"
Posted by kris on 19:02:45 3/24/2006
Hi, I would love to chat about what I did, and ideas you have for your business, email me at [email protected] I have been open about 5 years now, and am enjoying it. I have had a great prom season so far and am still very busy.Business has increased every year.Love to talk to you

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125. "Bridal Business in Georgia"
Posted by Sonya on 19:09:53 2/17/2006
I have a bridal business just north of Atlanta for sale if anyone is interested. I am willing to answer any questions and help direct it the right direction.

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133. "Sonya's bridal business for sale in North Georgia"
Posted by Daralynn J.Gilliam on 10:31:56 2/18/2006
>I have a bridal business just north
>of Atlanta for sale if anyone
>is interested. I am willing
>to answer any questions and help
>direct it the right direction.


Sonya I live in North Georgia. I would be very seriously inerested if you show me how the business operates. I'm not blind of business ownership , but blind in the bridal industry. Please email me at [email protected] If anyone is wondering about my email address-photography is my hobby. I have a studio in my basement. Some people may not have cared to know that. ( just chit chatting) Please place bridal buisness in the subject line, I hate spam email.


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151. "Sonya's North Atlanta Bridal Business for sale"
Posted by Nicola on 08:36:37 3/13/2006
Sonya, I would love to talk to you about your business for sale. Please email me at [email protected] Thanks

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158. "New veil business"
Posted by Susan Sherwin on 18:02:16 3/18/2006
I am in the process of starting my veil business and need direction on who to contact to carry different lines. Also I would like to know where to buy a rack to display veils on.

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198. "store for sale "
Posted by jessica hale on 08:54:38 6/26/2006
i am looking to buy/ start a store. could the store be relocated? please let me know

Jessica


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200. "Relocate store"
Posted by Sonya on 19:08:55 6/27/2006
Jessica,

The store could be relocated. We would actually sell all inventory, fixtures and everything so that you would have a ready to open store. We would actually include all of our vendor information too.

Sonya


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153. "beware"
Posted by Not a Scammer on 07:52:14 3/14/2006
Beware!!!! There are scammers on this site! HINT: name starts with an "R"

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206. "Advice on opening a in home salon services and image consultation services (Advice on your carpet cleaning company)"
Posted by Angela Smith on 23:01:48 7/01/2006
Hi, I am a planning to open an upscale personal
Hi,
My name is Angela.
This is my first time on the sight.
I don’t know what your income is at this time, but I strongly think that you should offer your services to potential clientele that is in a high income bracket,
That way you get the clientele to support your lifestyle and your growing business therefore releasing you and your staff from working so heard, you will also receive more fretful referrals and more frequent repeat customers in this income bracket.
If I where you I would team up with flourishing real estate companies and other companies that offer there clients such like services.
if you need more info just e-mail me at .
[email protected]

I am going to open a Image consultant company that will provide in home and on location salon services, fashion styling and shopping trips.
The company will provide these services throughout the major cities in the U.S
Do you have any suggestions as to the best way to go about it?
Do you know where I can get a business plan dune at an affordable cost as well?

I can use all the help I can get. Help, help, help


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110. "Can you help us?"
Posted by Lisa on 13:08:42 2/01/2006
If anyone has heard from Ruth, please contact me at the following email:
[email protected]

Thank you,
Lisa


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191. "Are you still out there?"
Posted by Melanie on 17:21:40 5/25/2006
I am interested in starting my own bridal boutique.
Your experience and knowledge would be greatly
appreciated. How do you train people? Where are you located? Where do you suggest looking for capital? How big of a space would be required for a
quality boutique? How many questions can I ask?

Melanie


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9. "Bridal Boutique........."
Posted by Sarah on 20:15:09 10/25/2004
>Hi, I am planning to open a
>bridal boutique next year in Central
>California. I just thought I
>would see if anyone has any
>insight into running a bridal shop.
> I would like to sell
>high-end (NO POLYESTER) gowns, high-end simple
>jewelry and have the best customer
>service in town. There are
>a few stores in this area
>that carry high-end gowns, but the
>customer service is atrocious and the
>"dressing rooms" look like prison cells.
> I know a lot about
>fashion, but not very much about
>retail. Any advice/suggestions would be
>greatly appreciated!

>Thanks!

Hi! Just passing through and saw this post. I, personally, don't have the experience of owning/operating a bridal store but am looking into discount bridal dresses as a business from my home.

However, as a CUSTOMER going into a bridal store, I can tell you what I'd like to see.

1) Smiling faces. Can't emphasize enough how important it is to me to feel like I'm welcome and not an interruption of someone's day. I'll be sure to come back.

2) I'd like to see nice displays. Not just your basic wedding gowns in a window but maybe theme wedding courts and a portfolio of weddings from your customers. Something real to look at (not a magazine) to get ideas and bounce them off of you to see where they land. I'd like to have a win-win relationship with the bridal boutique owner/operator.

3) Knowledgeable employees. No timid mouses and no bull-headed boutique-owner-wanna-be's. If I have a question, I want it answered in concise, clear terms that make sense. I will discuss figures with the owner but not the employee. I'd like to see team-play and smooth hand-off's.

4) It needs to smell pretty but not overwhelming. I'd like to see a stand in the middle where I try on my gown and can see me in the front and back mirrors (not just front mirrors). I'd like for people to fuss over me but not too much.

5) sincerity.

6) I'd like to see the business owner on the floor. This would mean that she/he already has a handle on the accounting end of the business and is relaxed enough to mingle with the clientele. So I'm thinking a really wonderful accountant would be in order.

7) a nice jewelry case. Nothing with so many things in it that I get confused at what I'm looking for. And please offer a wide range of items as well as styles. Hand-crafted items would be great!

8) knowing that, if you decided to take vacation for a week, your office manager/staff would take care of me as well as you would. Again, I would only discuss numbers with you or your office manager and would get all promises/estimates in writing.

9) I know this is probably asking for a lot, but I'd really like to see you or a staff member at my wedding to help me prepare my gown that I've just bought from you for a nominal fee or free service. (1 hour only as a requirement to help me prepare).

10) a Follow-up call after I come back from my honeymoon offering me additional services (wedding gown preservation, a scrapbook made of my wedding and/or honeymoon, bouquet preservation, etc.) Of course, I would expect these services to be outsourced from your office but would like to take care of the matter at your boutique instead of running to 4 or 5 different places.

Am I asking too much? I know a lot of this covers the customer service end but this is actually from the customer's perspective. I've heard a lot of good things on this forum about SCORE on getting plans and funding together. Seems they are a good resource for the business end.

Sarah

Sarah


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10. "Thanks!"
Posted by Bridal Boutique on 08:30:58 10/26/2004
Hi Sarah! I just wanted to thank you for your posting! Those were some great ideas, and I look forward to implementing them in my future store! Let me know if anything else comes to mind.

Thanks!

Flannery


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11. "Upscale"
Posted by Sarah on 20:34:04 10/26/2004
Upscaling your services will win you some really rewarding customers (IMHO). Being a one-stop-wedding-shop is just the thing. Take your basic business plan and expand/expound on it.

I.E.
Providing a conceriege who can get anything anytime anywhere at any price. (Might seem impossible but with the advent of the internet, "impossibles" turn into "drop-shipping" to your customer's homes or your shop).

Provide a small chapel for the wedding and a reception hall that's full of glamour and romance. Nothing but the best even for the young and broke clients. (Weddings are extremely special and personal to me).

Offer a "tea" area for the bachelorette parties or wedding showers with specialty cakes from an upscale bakery (I saw a bakery make little individual classy purses for a client's party once - all the purses were different styles and colors and worked out beautifully).

Hand-crafted invitations would be very nice.


I know this sounds like something out of a movie (The Wedding Planner comes to mind) but if you think about it, the Donald Trump's and Martha Stewart's of this world are out there and ready to spend big bucks to make their little girls' weddings an event to be remembered forever. It's a lot of work. I'm tired just writing this! But, I truly believe in the end, it will be well worth it to you and your business.

Sarah


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41. "Another Idea for customer service"
Posted by Megan on 10:00:41 7/31/2005
Hi... i was just reading some of Sarah's ideas on customer service and she has some great ideas... I worked in a bridal shop back in minnesota and one of our policies is that you never leave your bride alone for more than 5 or 10 min... its a good idea that you are there to help them into wedding gowns since some are not easy to put on alone such as a dress with a corset back...listen to what she is looking for in a dress what she likes and doesnt like then go through your inventory and see what you have and show her anything you think she might like so be sure that you and your staff know what you have in stock. i hope that gives you some ideas too.
Megan

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12. "your bridal boutique"
Posted by msbetty on 16:56:09 10/28/2004
I design and plan business's for other people and i have a great Idea for a bridal shop but have been to busy to do it myself if you would be interested in an idea that I believe wil be a real money maker please contact me at [email protected] and I will be happy to discuss it with you FREE OF CHARGE
Betty

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14. "bridal boutique"
Posted by GT on 09:40:04 12/28/2004
Be sure that you do your market research before opening your shop to be certain that your area can support a shop. I live in an area with 450,000 population within a 30 mile radius. We see bridal shops open and close all of the time. The area can support about 3 shops (they sell prom dresses and formal wear in addition to bridal gowns). There is a bridal shop 120 miles away in a community of about 40,000 and another one about 250 miles away, so the competition is just local.

You won't sell a gown every day, and other days you might sell 5, so you can't depend on a steady clientele. You also have few repeat customers, as other businesses do. You will have a fairly high inventory cost if you stock the shop well. These are all things to carefully consider before opening your doors.


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15. "bridal "
Posted by deb on 11:59:21 12/28/2004
hi there
being a recent bride, i can tell you things that REALLY were bad about the place I went to.

Each alteration was a FORUTNE! $$$$
Best to describe the costs up front, and not nickel and dime brides to death, they get pissed very quickly!

Scheduling issues with bridesmaids!
The place INSISTED all girls come at once! yea right! That is a nightmare!
Set up an account where when people say THE JONES WEDDING - the shop KNOWS who the heck they are talking about. the disconnect is horrible!

LACK OF SHOES!
OMG- that was the biggest pain! Last thing we all wanted to do was ALSO shop for shoes!
You need a LARGE selection! and include WIDE!
so many bridemaids are fat!

LACK OF VEILS!
talk about cheezy!
for an upscale place, the accessories were crap!
stay top of the line all the way around, not just mark up crappy accessories!
smart brides have been searching online and know the deal and the differnece.

Dressing rooms as you mentioned!
You need them BIG - WITH LOTS OF MIRRORS!

Undergarments!
PLEASE HAVE SOME ON HAND TO USE, AND PLEASE WASH THEM REGULARLY! YUCK!

FLOWER GIRL DRESSES!
There has to be a way to have these at the store and have them NOT COST A FORTUNE! $$$.
Moms do NOT want to spend a ton for kids! That is key!

MOTHER OF BRIDE
PLEASE HAVE THESE IN BIG SIZES! MOST OLDER MOMS ARE NOT A SIZE 6.
MORE LIKE 16.

PURSES!
Again, stay away from crap!
There are so many cool purse sites out there, something original would be refreshing.
That lord and taylor crap is on sale each week lets stay CREATIVE!

ok
also
SERVE WATER !!!
IT GETS STRESSFUL!
HAVE SOME SORT OF MUNCHIE AVAILABLE!
EVERYONE GETS CRANKY WHEN HUNGRY!

SECRET CODES ON DRESSES
OK, every bride goes , finds a dress, then tries to find it online.
Well most shops have a funky secret code.
Ya know, if you are just upfront and tell the bride the make and number- they will appreciate it and if they like you and your shop, they will come back.
dont try to con them with fake #'s.


WHEW!

I love the bridal biz!
but hate most places i have went to!

GOOD LUCK!
SOUNDS EXCITING!


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51. "some clarifications"
Posted by bridalbiz on 09:35:49 9/08/2005
I know this post is kind of old, but I wanted to address a couple of comments:

>okalsoSERVE WATER !!!IT GETS STRESSFUL!HAVE SOME SORT
>OF MUNCHIE AVAILABLE!EVERYONE GETS CRANKY WHEN
>HUNGRY!

Bridal shops should not have food available in the stores anywhere near the merchandise. Your inventory will be ruined either by sheer accident or by careless customers. Bad, bad idea! Brides: EAT before you go shopping, please. It's not the bridal salon's responsibility to make sure you're fed. If you get hungry, take a break and come back another day. It's ok to do that and not be mean, rude, or cranky while you're shopping.

>SECRET CODES ON DRESSESOK, every bride goes
>, finds a dress, then tries
>to find it online.Well most shops
>have a funky secret code.Ya know,
>if you are just upfront and
>tell the bride the make and
>number- they will appreciate it and
>if they like you and your
>shop, they will come back.dont try
>to con them with fake #'s.

Salons *must* do this because they're losing money because of brides coming into the shops, trying on gowns, and then going online to comparison shop. So the salon is paying a lease, utilities, employee wages, and inventory costs so brides can use the shop as a dressing room and buy elsewhere. Salons can't stay in business that way. It's not fair to the salons at all and many are suffering because they're being used in this manner. To help protect themselves (and stay in business), most salons use their own coded tags that mask the gown manufacturers' catalog #. It's not a con at all. It's smart business.


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16. "Bridal Store"
Posted by lisa on 18:55:55 2/10/2005
I am online trying to find information on how to operate a bridal store. I can not find a thing. How did your search go. Go luck with your store.

Lisa


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25. "starting bridal business"
Posted by rhonda blair on 09:34:20 3/13/2005
did you find out any information on how to start a bridal shop business. I have looked everywhere for some sound advise. please email any information you can . thank you rhonda

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29. "Already in Bridal Bus.!"
Posted by Laura on 12:27:56 4/24/2005
For a very long time, I knew the bridal industry was the place for me. I thought it would be so great.... One year later, I can tell you all the ups and downs and how to get started, what you need to do to get stock, etc. One of the biggest things is keeping your enthusiasm going... at least for me.

So if anyone wants to chit chat; exchange ideas; or could go for sharing moral support, please feel free to email me: [email protected]


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42. "opening a bridal store"
Posted by terri on 13:52:44 8/04/2005
hi,
i live in maryland and have begun researching the bridal business. location is one of my main problems as well as how much to buy initially. i want to open a small chic store for the contemporary bride. can you share some pointers as to how i begin?

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43. "bridal"
Posted by Ruth Moore on 15:52:01 8/04/2005
Location is very important..Lease the best location that you can fin, it will pay for itself. When I know the size of the store I can tell you how much inventory you will need..[email protected] respond with and questions...I would love to help you.

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46. "Advice on Opening a Bridal Shop :)"
Posted by Toby Counts on 17:11:55 8/19/2005
Hello,
Would like to get Some sound advice on Owning
a Bridal Shop.. I Live in Kentucky and Worked
in a shop for a few years.. My biggest question
is how long does it take to get set up with
different companys, such as Alfred Angelo, etc
And is it Hard to aquire gowns?? I already have
a great location in my view, but have cold feet..
Because working in a large business I remember the night mares of the Bride to be's and the mom"s ... But loved every minute of it!!!
So any good advice would be great..
Thanks for your Time..

Toby


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47. "bridal"
Posted by Ruth on 20:00:20 8/19/2005
Hi Toby...it can take a few months to get in with designers, and some will not take any new customers if they already have someone in the area. Others are simple however, they just start new clients out on a cash basis. I would love to assist you in getting started pls email at [email protected]...This is our 10th year of working with new store owners.

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48. "Designers.. "
Posted by Toby on 06:31:43 8/20/2005
Ruth,
Thanks for you for your promt reply!
I still plan to do my homework on this..
Thanks so much for the info...

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168. "needing information"
Posted by sally on 05:52:29 3/31/2006
>For a very long time, I knew
>the bridal industry was the place
>for me. I thought it
>would be so great....
>One year later, I can tell
>you all the ups and downs
>and how to get started, what
>you need to do to get
>stock, etc. One of the
>biggest things is keeping your enthusiasm
>going... at least for me.
>

>So if anyone wants to chit chat;
>exchange ideas; or could go for
>sharing moral support, please feel free
>to email me: [email protected]

Hi
Was hoping to get information on all aspects of
opening a Bridal salon. I have a unique place to
set one up and have a strong desire to get started
but no idea on how to start or even the cost involved.

Help !


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193. "Looking for information"
Posted by Melanie on 20:43:55 5/25/2006
I am in the infant stages of opening a bridal shop. I am interested in any information you could provide. How much capital is needed to get started? What square footage should I be looking at? Did you higher a designer/architect? How did you get in with the dress designers? Please email me. Thank you!
[email protected]

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34. "bridal"
Posted by ruth on 04:46:25 6/21/2005
The bridal business is alot of fun and very profitable if you do it right, I have done this for 23 years and still love it. I would love to answer all of your questions. [email protected]

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38. "Bridal Biz"
Posted by Tasha on 12:59:29 6/28/2005
I have been trying to start a bridal biz for some time now and the only thing that has held me back honestly is the high cost of gown samples for the shop. I could use some help. Let me know if you guys have a network or want to form one.

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39. "bridal samples"
Posted by ruth on 13:14:35 6/28/2005
yes I do have a network.So the cost of opening is a fraction of what it is if you open on your own. Pls respond to [email protected] for an answer to all of your questions. We buy from every designer and save you the cost of buying the minimums every 6 months.Because we are buying for several stores we are able to cover all company's.

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72. "Networking No NO"
Posted by Mrs. Jones on 10:43:05 11/28/2005
>I have been trying to start a
>bridal biz for some time now
>and the only thing that has
>held me back honestly is the
>high cost of gown samples for
>the shop. I could use
>some help. Let me know
>if you guys have a network
>or want to form one.

Many designers will make you sign a contract limiting your networking. Please be careful. I see so many young girls these days thinking they can just start a shop for a couple of thousand dollars and Network. NOT TRUE!!!!!!!
Email me for details - [email protected]


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97. "Start up"
Posted by ChrissyM on 13:26:14 1/17/2006
Hi,
I am looking for information on how to open my own store and I found this sight and have been looking at all the postings. Where is the first place to start.

Thanks,
Chrissy


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141. "bridal store/event planner"
Posted by Vanessa on 16:18:31 2/23/2006
Hello Ruth,

I'm looking into openning a bridal store this has always been my dream I would like to talk with you on some ideas for getting started and findind funds to help out. Please email me


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145. "Bridal business"
Posted by Ronnie Lockett on 20:53:27 2/24/2006
Hi I have been wanting to do this for a while but i have been a little aprhensive. I have a place for my shop but can't get in touch with designers. they always give me the run around as if I am a single customer. How do I go about getting dresses. What's the secret? I have my vendors lic.

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155. "Opening new store ADVICE"
Posted by Michelle McBride on 11:42:49 3/14/2006
Hi I would love any info you could give me. YOu seem very knowledgable and I am interested in opening a bridal boutique. I really have no idea how to get started although I have owned other sorts of businesses. I would appreciate any help you can give.!!!

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165. "bridal information"
Posted by Lisa on 21:00:31 3/29/2006
Hello,

I just happened to come across a website that had your reply regarding opening a bidal store. You mentioned you were in business for 23 years. I was wondering could you give me some pointers. I have an opportunity to purchase one and I don't know where to really start. I am doing my research now.


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17. "bridal store"
Posted by rebekah on 13:33:53 2/12/2005
where at in Central Cali? I am in Fresno and was thinking of doing the same thing. I worked for a privately owned store in Spokane, Wa and was given excellent tips etc. I am working on the business pla b/c start up cost are high

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18. "Bridal Business"
Posted by Flannery E. M. Good on 14:12:52 2/12/2005
Hi Rebekah,

I am in Fresno as well. Let me know if you would like to meet for coffee some time to brainstorm. My email is [email protected]

-Flannery


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71. "Startup cost"
Posted by Tom Jones on 10:40:40 11/28/2005
Beware of Networks. If you get caught networking you could be banned from ever carrying designers on your own!!!!!!!!Expect at least $50K (avg or $300 gown) in just inventory...at the lease to start your shop. Don't forget insurance, building permits, architects, leasehold improvements, computers, etc. I opened my shop years ago and would be willing to give it to you straight. [email protected]

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82. "bridal networking"
Posted by Anna on 19:28:36 12/26/2005
I am going to give the other view of networking in the bridal business. I have belonged to a very good one for over 4 years and the person that put me on to it was one of my reps from a very well known bridal designer. It is simplee the new way of doing business. He is also not the only rep that is part of the network.
I credit the network with the success of my business. Anna

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117. "networking"
Posted by tonya moore on 10:42:52 2/08/2006
could u give us some advice. really trying get the correct advice.

thx

tonya


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135. "Networking"
Posted by Janette on 15:43:58 2/22/2006
Can you tell me about what network you are with and a little more about it. I can be reached at [email protected] I am very interested.

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35. "bridal"
Posted by ruth on 04:48:01 6/21/2005
I can help with those start up costs, we have a buying system worked out that enables us to open stores for a fraction of what it used to cost. ruth. [email protected]

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66. "Bridal Boutique"
Posted by Cristy Steeby on 20:19:39 11/25/2005
>I can help with those start up
>costs, we have a buying system
>worked out that enables us to
>open stores for a fraction of
>what it used to cost. ruth.
> [email protected]

I am really interested in any info you can pass my way! I have wanted to open a bridal boutique for so long but I never know how to get started!


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67. "bridal"
Posted by ruth on 10:04:35 11/26/2005
Hi...I would love to help you with your planning...since every store is different, if you want to email me I can answer your questions...[email protected]..thanks

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73. "High Price Gowns"
Posted by Kim on 06:38:10 12/01/2005
>Hi...I would love to help you with
>your planning...since every store is different,
>if you want to email me
>I can answer your questions...[email protected]..thanks

I have been wanting to open a bridal shop for awhile now. I am running into problems because I am only interested in high priced gowns. I have been on the knot looking at the designers listed. Do you know anyway to get the designers that I want and still be able to start my business?


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68. "help bridal stores"
Posted by Lisa on 10:58:34 11/26/2005
I'd like to offer my assistance as well. Email at [email protected] -

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69. "opening a shop"
Posted by Christina Jones on 10:32:10 11/28/2005
>>I can help with those start up
>>costs, we have a buying system
>>worked out that enables us to
>>open stores for a fraction of
>>what it used to cost. ruth.
>> [email protected]

>I am really interested in any info
>you can pass my way! I
>have wanted to open a bridal
>boutique for so long but I
>never know how to get started!

I have owned my own shop for years! Please email me for free advice. I don't charge and don't ask that you join any network. Please be leary of networks. Designers and reps frown on networks and if you are caught you could run into many problems. Email me for more details. [email protected]
>


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80. "start bridal business"
Posted by lily on 12:10:52 12/24/2005
Hi,

I would like to start a bridal business but don't know how. I don't know where to start. I would like to know the capital that needed to start this business, where to make purchases, etc. please give me advice.

thanks,
lily


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70. "reply"
Posted by c.Jones on 10:36:26 11/28/2005
Please email me if you are interested in opening your shop. I have owned one for years and can give you some free advice. Be leary of Networks!!!!!! Want to learn first hand how things work. Go to a Bridal Market and ask tons of questions. Go to one outside of your own market so people you are talking to will really help you. [email protected]

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74. "bridal"
Posted by anna on 08:18:03 12/01/2005
I am in the bridal business and would be able to answer some questions. [email protected]

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192. "Looking for information"
Posted by Melanie on 20:31:28 5/25/2006
I noticed an old posting that you would be willing to answer questions about starting up a bridal business. Please let contact me. I would be most appreciative of any advise or suggestions on getting started. Thank you! Melanie
[email protected]

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78. "bridal boutique"
Posted by Deborah L on 06:53:13 12/23/2005
Hi, I would like to hear about start up costs and just in general how to get started. I have been wanting to open a bridal shop in a small town where it is needed and I can't find any FREE information on how to get started. I plan on taking the next 6 months to a year to really dig into the business and learn the ropes. Any help you could give me would really be GREAT! Thanks

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79. "bridal"
Posted by anna on 16:26:02 12/23/2005
I can tell you how to get started if you want to email me @ [email protected] there is alot of info I can give you, so it is alot to put in this. Thanks Anna

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81. "interested in opening a bridal shop"
Posted by Kristen on 18:15:20 12/26/2005
Hello!!

My mother, sister-in-law and I are interested in opening a bridal shop. I would be interested in any information you can give us to get started. What is about the initial start up costs? did you start small and then expand your business. How many dresses do you have in stock? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

Kristen
[email protected]


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20. "opening a bridal shop"
Posted by nina on 16:52:33 2/23/2005
I feel the sameway about the bridal boutiques in connecticut. I am planning on opening my own shop up but i am confused on how to get the sample dresses in my store can you help?

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26. "samples"
Posted by rhonda on 09:37:00 3/13/2005
did you find out how to get sample dresses for your store. I would appreciate any information that you could give me. thank you

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28. "not sure yet"
Posted by nina on 05:33:23 3/18/2005
Have you found out anything? because i have not yet

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36. "bridal"
Posted by ruth on 04:49:45 6/21/2005
I can help you with those samples. each designer wants a minimum purchase every 6 months, but we have a network that we use for purchasing that has cut cost greatly. [email protected]

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88. "Confused"
Posted by Bernice on 19:49:09 1/13/2006
Well you will definately have to put out some money so that you may have dresses available. People usually want to try them on. You can also have them order straight from your catalog, but the customer may want to see the sample material, so make it an investment and order what you think will sell. Remember start small then grow as you go.

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90. "Purchasing sample dresses"
Posted by Bernice Puente on 19:56:19 1/13/2006
You can buy the minimum from wholesale companys, usually the wholesale is a great buy. When you sell you can double your money and make up for what you bought. Always remember, you will have to invest some money to make money. So go for it. Buy only what you think will sell. Always the company you are buying from for their catalog. You can always show your catalog and order what they want.

>I feel the sameway about the bridal
>boutiques in connecticut. I am planning
>on opening my own shop up
>but i am confused on how
>to get the sample dresses in
>my store can you help?


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91. "bridal boutique"
Posted by amanda on 20:28:28 1/13/2006
I am interested in opening a bridal boutique that also rents out tuxedos and orders invitations. How can I get started and how do I get a hold of wholeseller and sample dresses?

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94. "bridal business"
Posted by ruth on 10:33:58 1/14/2006
I have a training center that we show you what you need to do to get started, then we help you with ordering and mentor you in the business. [email protected]

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104. "Bridal Business"
Posted by Tammy on 08:44:25 1/27/2006
Ms. Ruth:
I have been reading several messages that you have posted and I am interested in any help that you would be able to give me in opening up a Bridal Boutique. I am a wedding coordinator and want to expand my business in the Mississippi area. You can reach me by my e-mail. I would like to discuss this in more detail with you.

Thank you for your time in advance.


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105. "tammy"
Posted by ruth on 11:08:40 1/27/2006
I would be glad to email you with some suggestions, but I need an email address....[email protected] Thanks

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109. "Bridal Business"
Posted by Tammy on 11:08:38 1/31/2006
Ruth: Thanks for responding. You can reach me at [email protected] I would appreciate any help that you can give me.

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147. "info"
Posted by Bertha on 19:39:51 2/28/2006
I need some help in finding sample dress as well as wedding gowns wholesale. Thank you.

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176. "info"
Posted by Lizette on 17:22:02 4/14/2006
I would like the same kind of info

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21. "opening a bridal shop"
Posted by nina on 16:52:38 2/23/2005
I feel the sameway about the bridal boutiques in connecticut. I am planning on opening my own shop up but i am confused on how to get the sample dresses in my store can you help?

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89. "Confused"
Posted by Bernice Puente on 19:50:14 1/13/2006
>I feel the sameway about the bridal
>boutiques in connecticut. I am planning
>on opening my own shop up
>but i am confused on how
>to get the sample dresses in
>my store can you help?


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22. "fyi"
Posted by Tina Janke on 13:45:56 3/05/2005
Brand New company from the UK looking to break into the US market or international. Dresses made and designed in the UK (near London) also carrying a label made and designed in Paris! Would like to hear from anyone interested in entering the Happy industry - email me [email protected]

For home workers, shops, auction lots etc.

bridal
Bridesmaids
Flowergirl
Holy Communian
Suit Hire
Mother of the Bride and Groom
Prom
Evening

Soon to design Dance wear for colour guards (yes i love DCI! i used to be in it myself!)

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24. "Bridal Jewelry"
Posted by Barbie on 08:19:07 3/11/2005
Hello Everyone - I design and manufacture by hand a line of good jewelry (pearls,sterling,gold-filled,austrian crystals,etc...)I will dropship to any of you a custom order for your client upon receipt of payment. (pay pal works) I can design a custom look at reasonable cost and will wholesale the work to your Bridal Boutique. I am about to make up an advertisement to place in local bridal salons, and will be happy to send a copy out to you. Email [email protected] You may see my regular line at silverymoonusa.com I've already done several weddings with 100% happy brides!

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77. "UK line"
Posted by Chrissy on 19:15:25 12/19/2005
Hi, I emailed you last night and it came back as not being able to send. Please email me direct as I am interested and if you are looking for an account rep for dealers. I can help you there. Please email me direct @ [email protected]
Thanks Chrissy

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175. "Hillo."
Posted by Mariya on 00:36:07 4/14/2006
Yes i think i would be interested! But i would love to have more info from you, about this. Please e-mail me/[email protected]

Thank You!
Mariya Grinchuk


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30. "HI"
Posted by Ellis Jackson on 03:03:59 5/15/2005
Im not in the bridal business, but I can tell you some of the things you can do to get you started at low cost and be more cost effective for you.

Instead of trying to be a regular retail store how about doing this:

Only carrying a couple of each dress. I dont know womens sizes, so im just gonna use small, medium, large, extra large to help illustrate my point.

Carry all the different sizes/colors. But do not carry additional inventory. By having the different sizes/colors, the customer can see, feel the dress and try it on. If they like it, then you would order the dress for them to be delivered either to thier home or have it shipped to your store. I would make it an option for the client. Of course the dress you sell would be marked up to retail value once you purchase it at wholesale/discounted rate. This is utilizing dropshipping to its fullest and allowing you to carry more choices and items then you would have been able to do by actaully stocking an inventory.

Also you are not carrying an inventory, so if you dont sell it, your not stuck with it. Which also means your not out of money on it.

So the strength of this idea:

1) More choices for the clients
2) Hardly any inventory=less space you need or you can have more stuff in the same allocated space of your botiuqe.
3) No getting stuck with inventory and taking a loss on it.
4) Initial start up cost would be way lower by implementing this sort of idea and allow you to use the rest of the initial investment money on marketing/advertising.
5) Unlike other products, weddings are planned events and are not somthing they need to have at the moment they are shopping for it. Since most brides shop for thier wedding dress way in advance, so the extra time for delivery from your wholesaler/manufactorer/etc wont affect your ability to sell to them.
6) Since you do not need as big of space, nor take loss on inventory, you can actaully charge lower for it as well and could be used as an incentive. I usally dont like to fight on price wars but it can be a feasible option for you if you do decide to utilze prize war.

Hope that helps


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31. "Helpful Hints for new stores or anyone thinking of opening"
Posted by Kori on 11:43:33 5/31/2005
HI,
Just wanted to chime in and let anyone out there who is thinking of opening a bridal store know what I think may be one of the most important tips. Most every bridal company has a "minimum" number of dresses that you MUST order each season in order to keep their line in your store. You need to do your research and CAREFULLY pick the companies that you choose to carry. Some companies have minimums of 4 per season, some can be as many as 20 per season...this means you may have to buy 40 dresses a YEAR from ONE company!! These bills will add up quickly so be VERY CAREFUL. My family opened a bridal store last year and we are still learning!! This is a great business and I do recommend it to anyone who has done their homework. Many great bridesmaids companies will send you their entire line of samples for free! The companies will usually stamp them with "sample" in permanent ink so they can not be sold but who cares...they are meant to be samples and you don't have to pay!!
Unfortunately you do pay for every bridal gown that you order as a sample...so make sure you can devote the time to help each bride to be try on the dresses...and I do mean actively help them put the dresses on as this will keep the dresses from getting stained by make up and such. You want to keep them looking great because you can sell them for those last minute brides that do not have time to order. If I can be of any help to anyone let me know!!
Goodluck to everyone!

Kori


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37. "how to acquire samples."
Posted by maria on 08:45:52 6/22/2005
hi kori I hope you read this. I thought the imformation about getting whole lines of brides maid dresses for free was great. My friend and I are both single mothers with a dream of opening up a bridal store in arizona. I was wondering if you had any specific names of brides maid lines the give free samples. Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated.Please email me at [email protected]

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52. "Samples???"
Posted by Courtney on 00:01:22 9/11/2005
>HI, Just wanted to chime in and
>let anyone out there who is
>thinking of opening a bridal store
>know what I think may be
>one of the most important tips.
> Most every bridal company has
>a "minimum" number of dresses that
>you MUST order each season in
>order to keep their line in
>your store. You need to
>do your research and CAREFULLY pick
>the companies that you choose to
>carry. Some companies have minimums
>of 4 per season, some can
>be as many as 20 per
>season...this means you may have to
>buy 40 dresses a YEAR from
>ONE company!! These bills will
>add up quickly so be VERY
>CAREFUL. My family opened a
>bridal store last year and we
>are still learning!! This is
>a great business and I do
>recommend it to anyone who has
>done their homework. Many great
>bridesmaids companies will send you their
>entire line of samples for free!
> The companies will usually stamp
>them with "sample" in permanent ink
>so they can not be sold
>but who cares...they are meant to
>be samples and you don't have
>to pay!!Unfortunately you do pay for
>every bridal gown that you order
>as a sample...so make sure you
>can devote the time to help
>each bride to be try on
>the dresses...and I do mean actively
>help them put the dresses on
>as this will keep the dresses
>from getting stained by make up
>and such. You want to
>keep them looking great because you
>can sell them for those last
>minute brides that do not have
>time to order. If I
>can be of any help to
>anyone let me know!!Goodluck to everyone!
>

>Kori

Hey Kori any advice you would be willing to give would be greatly appreciated as I am in the process of starting mine. I am getting my website up and going and have already arranged with a wholesaler for dresses (brides). I still need help with all the other stuff as this is as far as I have gotten and am now stuck. Also am looking for bridesmaids, flowergirls, and possibly tux's along with accessories for the bride and her party. Please email me at [email protected]

Courtney


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113. "Opening a Bridal Store"
Posted by Chelsie Walker on 21:14:14 2/03/2006
I have just recently thought of the idea of opening a bridal store. I think it is a great investment and I love working in retail. I have no clue as to how to start, so if someone has any advice, please let me know. My e-mail address in [email protected] Thanks!

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64. "opening a bridal salon. what vendors are good?"
Posted by Cheryl on 13:28:00 10/25/2005
Hi. I saw your post and I am in the very early stages of pulling together information and compiling a business plan to open a bridal/formalwear shop. I'm trying to find out the best vendors to deal with who have high quality and who offer samples for free or have low minimum purchase requirements as I start up...trying to keep inventory costs down at the early stages. Any other advice would be much appreciated!!!
Thank you.
BTW - I live in Dutchess County, New York (upstate NY area)

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65. "bridal"
Posted by ruth on 08:02:51 10/26/2005
It is very important to have access to all bridal designers, that way you are not going to lose a sale to a bride wanting a brand that you have not bought into...It is almost impossible to buy into them all on your own, so if you are interested in bridal business training and networking pls respond, we assist many stores in opening every year..[email protected]

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111. "Does this include "staying open" too?"
Posted by Lisa on 13:13:58 2/01/2006
Ruth,
We are very interested in "staying open" after you showed us "how" to "open". Would that be possible?

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132. "Interested in opening a bridal salon"
Posted by Andrea on 09:38:44 2/18/2006
Ruth,

I have just started looking for information on the web about opening a bridal salon. This is a business opportunity that I have thought about for a very long time. I found your email address on this site and saw the numerous postings had offering out assistance to anyone interested in owning this type of business. I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in TX and have really just starting the process of looking into opening this type of business. Any information or assitance you might be able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me at your earliest convenience. ([email protected])
Thank you,


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86. "Bridesmaids dresses"
Posted by Jules on 21:22:10 1/11/2006
Hi, I'm also wondering how to get these free samples you speak of. Could you help me out too?

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124. "ORDERING GOWNS AND CHOOSING LINES"
Posted by Emily Goodwin on 07:50:33 2/16/2006
Hi,
I am opening a bridal shop in Chattanooga, TN and would like some assistance in the ordering of inventory. I've finished my business plan and turned it in to the bank for approval for a loan. Right now I'm just trying to plan the lines that I intend to carry and budgeting for it. I realize that I need to choose just a few lines a first so I don't get overwhelmed with the costs of all the company's minimums. I will be carrying couture dresses. I will open on Aug. 1st of this year. I'm going to market next month in Atlanta. Since I won't be open until August, I'll basically be going to market twice before I'm open a month (March and August). So, I'm trying to plan very carefully. How many lines should I go with first, how should I handle the August market - pick up another line? Buy more from the same? I will be carrying prom too, so in March I will buy for holidays and homecomings, but in August I will have a big prom purchase (as well as additional bridal). Any suggestions you can offer would be helpful.

Email me at [email protected]

Thanks!
Emily


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128. " Attention Kori"
Posted by Chrissy on 06:42:09 2/18/2006
Kori,
Please email me direct@ [email protected]
Got some questions Thanks Chrissy

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136. "Sample Dresses"
Posted by Janette on 15:52:42 2/22/2006
Hi Kori, Can you send me the name of the company that has sample dresses. My email address is [email protected] Thanks

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32. "How did you do?"
Posted by Lisa T on 12:41:39 6/08/2005
I was thinking of doing the same thing. Have you started your business yet? How is it going? Any advice for me? I live in Canada, and we lack the savvy/trendy boutiques here.


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40. "Get a Part Time Job in the Industry"
Posted by Brandy on 07:30:28 7/27/2005
I left a much higher paying job to work as a bridal consultant for a local bridal shop. Most shops need extra people on the weekend so you do not have to leave your current income. It also lets you see the good and the BAD before you jump into a carrer. Pay attention and ask questions and you will be an expert in no time! This is the best way to learn and now I am planing on opening my shop in March!

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83. "job in the industry"
Posted by Chrissy on 16:02:28 12/31/2005
While this is a good idea. Be forewarned that you may have to sign a non compete. This is the owner's way of protecting her self incase you decide to take her secrets and operate your own shop. If you want to carry a great line no mins contact me @ [email protected]

I will be closing my Aol account soon so those of you that are in the process of deciding please copy my other address. Thanks Chrissy


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127. "Opening bridal shop/Brandy"
Posted by Chrissy on 06:31:14 2/18/2006
Brandy,

Please email me with your location and state and I will be happy to see if your area is available. We also do packages for new shops. All price points plus custom. Email me direct @ [email protected]
Hope to hear from you soon. Chrissy


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44. "education"
Posted by alyssa on 14:51:18 8/10/2005
I am thinking about opening a bridal boutique in the future. I am 15 years old, and, i would like to know what to major in in college. Is a college education important for this career?
My email is [email protected] if anybody would like to respond to my question. Thank-you

~alyssa


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45. "opening a bridal shop....need advice"
Posted by Brooke on 06:09:57 8/11/2005
Hi everyone out there! I'm looking to open a bridal boutique and need all of the adivce I can get. I have been in the corporate world for 10 years now and am an accomplished divorced mother of 2. Other than wanting to own a bridal boutique always being a dream of mine (and working for myself) I am fairly illiterate on this subject. I have done my market research and know where I want to start my shop, but after that I draw a blank. I am clueless of where to go from there. Any help you may can offer please contact me at [email protected] Thanks for your help!

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49. "how much"
Posted by chantal on 09:20:12 8/21/2005
Hi,

I am considering opening my bridal salon as well... I'd like to know what is the cost of a wedding gown (approx) for the vendor??

Chantal


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50. "Bridal Business in Boston"
Posted by Lisa on 17:53:50 8/29/2005
If there is anyone out there in the Boston area looking to do this, I would love to explore partnering or chat about the local market. Also looking for full time seamstress for my business. Email me at [email protected]

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53. "starting a bridal business"
Posted by Jolena on 00:04:10 9/19/2005
Hello!!
I am very interested in opening a bridal store I already have a location and I don't have to pay a lease since my father owns a new strip mall on a busy part of town the only part I need help with is an idea of how much capital I may need to start up. I have some accessory vendors lined up mainly handcrafted but I would prefer not to spend to much on sample dresses since the less I pour into my business the less I have to make up. Getting bridesmaid sample dresses for free would be amazing!! Let me know if anyone has any info. Thanks again!!! [email protected]

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54. "Reply to Jolena"
Posted by Lisa on 06:24:44 9/19/2005
Jolena,

Are you in the boston area? If so email me at [email protected]


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84. "Cost of gowns"
Posted by Chrissy on 16:07:38 12/31/2005
It depends on the vendor. The desogner thati am a new account rep for is reasonalble. WS on most is under 200. She also has sample sales and specials. Email me off list eith your town and state and I will check for availability. Email me at [email protected] Hope to hear from you soon! Chrissy

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55. "Supplier"
Posted by Tessa Young on 19:32:39 9/22/2005
Hi there
My company carries the best children bridal items such as children's dresses and gowns and boys suits and tuxedoes. Contact me for pricing and sizes if interested. There is no min/max to buy and your satisfaction is guranteed
Thanks

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56. "Children's Dresses and Boys Suits"
Posted by Carmen on 13:53:57 9/28/2005
>Hi thereMy company carries the best children
>bridal items such as children's dresses
>and gowns and boys suits and
>tuxedoes. Contact me for pricing and
>sizes if interested. There is no
>min/max to buy and your satisfaction
>is guranteedThanks

What is the name of your company and do you have a website?


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57. "Website"
Posted by Carmen on 15:43:34 9/28/2005
Hi Carmen
You may contact me at [email protected] for website address or leave your e-mail where I can send you the address.
Thanks
Tessa Young

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58. "website"
Posted by Tessa Young on 18:46:12 9/28/2005
Hi Carmen
Please contact me at [email protected] for website address or leave me your e-mail address.

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59. "Children's dresses etc."
Posted by LISA on 10:34:10 10/03/2005
>Hi thereMy company carries the best children
>bridal items such as children's dresses
>and gowns and boys suits and
>tuxedoes. Contact me for pricing and
>sizes if interested. There is no
>min/max to buy and your satisfaction
>is guranteedThanks

Hi,
I would like to get some pricing and sizes.
Do you have catalogs?


Lisa


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60. "Children clothing"
Posted by Tessa Young on 15:50:22 10/03/2005
Hi Lisa
Yes we do have catalogs but even better if you contact me via e-mail then I can give your our website address where you can browse and see our products and pricing. Everything we offer will be on the website.
Thanks
Tessa

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61. "dresses"
Posted by LISA on 10:10:00 10/04/2005
>Hi LisaYes we do have catalogs but
>even better if you contact me
>via e-mail then I can give
>your our website address where you
>can browse and see our products
>and pricing. Everything we offer will
>be on the website.ThanksTessa

Hi Tessa,
my email address is [email protected]


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62. "Wedding favors"
Posted by john on 20:44:17 10/14/2005
I am trying to track down where to buy wedding favors on a wholesale basis from the manufacturer. Can anyone help me here?

John


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99. "Wedding Favors"
Posted by Rhonda on 05:20:40 1/26/2006
Hi,

I produce wedding favors and sell them wholesale. I would like to talk to you about your needs and how a can assist you. Please forward me an email so that I can follow-up with you.

My email address is [email protected]

Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Rhonda


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148. "info"
Posted by Bertha on 19:49:16 2/28/2006
Are you still in business? I would like info as far as prices on wedding prices. Thank you.

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185. "supplies"
Posted by Dee on 00:00:57 5/14/2006
Please send me information on your children dresses,bride's maids clothes etc...

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75. "Bridal Boutique"
Posted by Ann Broussard on 10:21:52 12/04/2005
Hello,
I would like to open a bridal boutique within a year.

Were do I begin


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76. "bridal line no mins"
Posted by Chrissy on 20:23:23 12/18/2005
Hi everyone
I am a new account rep for a designer who does custom and is coming out with an elite line as well. Dresses are made to customers's measurements and delievered in weeks not months. Dropshipping also under your business name no extra charge.
Please email me with your location town and state.
[email protected]
Thank you for your time and hope to hear from you soon.
Chrissy

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98. "Starting a bridal boutique"
Posted by Erica on 18:30:29 1/18/2006
I am thinking of openning my own bridal boutique and I need help on where I should start.

If anyone can help me that would be great. My email is [email protected]

Thank You!


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121. "I need help on selecting a name!"
Posted by Lizandra Garza on 07:03:44 2/15/2006
Hi,

Can any one help me with an awsome name for my bridal boutique? I want something original not comething typical. Thank you so much!

Lizandra


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122. "I need help with a name for my boutique!"
Posted by Lizandra Garza on 07:08:01 2/15/2006
Can any one help me with an awsome name for my bridal boutique? I want something original not something typical. Thank you so much!

My email is [email protected]

Lizandra


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123. "I need help with a name for my boutique!"
Posted by Lizandra Garza on 07:08:04 2/15/2006
Can any one help me with an awsome name for my bridal boutique? I want something original not something typical. Thank you so much!

My email is [email protected]

Lizandra


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201. "Opening a bridal shop"
Posted by brideguy on 15:47:10 6/28/2006
Two things you need to know when thinking about opening a bridal shop: 1) Learn what a trans-shipper is and stay the heck away from them. 2)Realize that no three day seminar can prepare you for the reality of this business. You're better off buying "Small Business for Dummies". I opened my shop for about 40K intitally and have about 60k total invested. If you can't stomach at least that much AND the fact you have to buy minimums from designers, you're better off selling lemonade. Sorry if I sound a little P.O.'ed but there are certain folks on forums such as this painting a rosy picture and just plain preying on good people (like an unmentioned friend of mine). The SBA offers a free resource for potential small business owners. they are retired executives who are happy to give free, practical advice to anyone willing to listen. CAVEAT EMPTOR!!!

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126. "High end line"
Posted by Chrissy on 06:13:20 2/18/2006
Hi everyone,

If you have emailed me and have not gotten a response please resend to my new email address. The emails are coming in and my account has so many I am not able to find your emails in order to answer them in a reasonable period of time. Please accept my apolgies.
Old Emails - [email protected]
[email protected] closing this account.

Email to use - [email protected]


I need the town/city and state wher your store or homebase business is located in order to check for territory availability.

We now offer High end price points

Hope to hear from you soon!
Thank you again
Chrissy


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138. ""Fiesta" Brand Dresses"
Posted by Abbie on 14:33:12 2/23/2006
Looking for information on who sells Bridal and Formal dresses with the label "Fiesta".

These dresses are made in the USA.
Please email [email protected]


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142. "becoming a bridal dress designer"
Posted by Vanessa on 16:26:03 2/23/2006
I would like to know if there are any manufactures out here that looking for NEW designers. I have always dreamed of my own wedding dress designs. Never had the time but now I do and would love some one to sketch my design and sew it for a high fashion show to see who will market it. Please email me....serious inquires please!!

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166. ""FIESTA" gowns"
Posted by Audrey on 14:55:34 3/30/2006
Did you ever find out who carries these gowns? I too have been looking for the answer to this question. If you have the answer would you please email it to me? Thank you!

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167. "FIESTA gowns"
Posted by Audrey on 14:59:28 3/30/2006
Audrey@busleyhouse@yahoo.com

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146. "Bridal Shop"
Posted by Keli Spears on 08:55:54 2/26/2006
Hey all. I found this on a search for opening a bridal shop. I am like most of the people on the list just beginning and lookign for help on different things. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] and we can correspond back and forth. I have been planning my wedding, and having a blast at it. So much fun that is why I want to open a shop of my own. I did everything for my wedding by hand and loved it. Would love to pass ideas on to other people.
Keli

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152. "Bridal store in ARkansas"
Posted by Lisa on 05:09:46 3/14/2006
Hello. I just read your article and I am trying to do the same thing here in ARkansas. Did you ever get a response from any one? Would you mind passing that on to me? The service here is terrible and the gown selection worse. David's Bridal is taking over - most brides like alike, and they are not kind people.

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162. "Bridal"
Posted by Kris on 11:59:01 3/22/2006
Hi,I am in the bridal shop business 5 years now and really like it alot. If you want to chat about how to start, email me [email protected] I started small, and am continuing to grow all the time.

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170. "Opening a Bridal Boutique in Southwest Florida"
Posted by Kelly on 08:41:02 4/10/2006
Like many other postings I've read here, I too am very interested in opening a high-end bridal salon in Southwest Florida. My passion was ignited while shopping for my own gown here - a very anti-climactic, disappointing experience at every salon I visited. There are no 'nice' salons for 50-75 miles around, and I believe there is a market here to be tapped into. So, I'd like to give it a try. I just don't know where to start. I have lots of questions about start up costs, inventory, business plans, financing, etc. If you have any information on getting started in the business, I'd love to hear from you. Please email me at [email protected]

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171. "Bridal Shop"
Posted by Ann on 10:26:02 4/11/2006
I am interested in opening a bridal shop in Wisconsin. Any ideas as to where I should begin? Please e-mail any info to [email protected] Thanks!

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172. "WEDDING GOWNS"
Posted by DE BLANCO on 11:07:31 4/12/2006
My company was established in 1948 and since then we
have manufactured Wedding, Quinceañera, First
Communion gowns and accesories.
We are currently looking to export to U.S.A. since we
are located in El Salvador our market has always been
Central America. But with the recently signed free
trade agreements we can take advantage by paying less
tariffs.
I hope to hear from you soon.
Regards,

A. Atanacio


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173. "WEDDING GOWNS"
Posted by de blanco on 11:24:15 4/12/2006
contact me at [email protected]

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178. "marketing to brides"
Posted by Christine Boulton on 09:22:48 4/21/2006
Make sure you also include marketing in your planning. The wedding industry can be brutal. Ultimately, WOM will be your strongest tool, but you have to get the buzz going in the first place.

Christine
Bridal Marketing Diva
http://Thinklikeabride.com/free


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179. "Bridal Boutique"
Posted by Marsha on 08:54:17 4/23/2006
I am interested in opening a bridal shop.. I'm in the Wedding Business with an e-commerce website, I sell both Wedding Accessories and Bridal Accessories at retail and wholesale. Lately, I have been getting alot of e-mails from brides asking if I sell wedding dresses. Any information will be helpful as to where I should begin? Please e-mail any info to [email protected] Thanks!
Marsha
www.shopamericanbride.com

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180. "Bridal Shop"
Posted by Sue Stone on 12:35:15 4/23/2006
I'm in the process of putting my business plan together and hopes of opening my shop in early fall. I would love some advice - specifically on where/who to purchase gowns from - that's where I'm really stumped. Did you go to a trade show to learn about your vendors? I'd love to hear more. Thank you. Sue

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186. "bridal shop"
Posted by Dee on 00:13:14 5/14/2006
Kris, I am thinking of opening my own bridal shop in Ms. My aunt has a flower shop and does most of the wedding in town. My uncle just brought a new building and my aunt moved in one of the stores and it is one vacant next door. I would like to get that store for the bridal shop. I understand about the permit, Insurance and etc... but I need to know where I can gt my samples. Resources is my problem. I will like to get a couple of sizes and colors of each and go from there. How does it work? If they like the sample then you order from the supplier? Help me get the concept. Thanks for any help. When is the best time to open the shop? Would it be before June? Thanks!!

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187. "samples"
Posted by Kris on 07:20:15 5/15/2006
Hi, I have alot of different brands that I order from, but there is one company that we sell the most of, called D'Elegance. They are a great price, so we can mark up more than with some brands. I have been open just over 5 years now, and I would love to visit with you, email me... [email protected] send any questions that you have.good luck to you. Kris

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196. "Advice"
Posted by Liz on 11:34:41 6/13/2006
I would be glad to help you get started! Email me directly at [email protected]

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188. "Wanted to see how your business is going"
Posted by Veronique on 17:31:37 5/21/2006
Hi my name is Veronique and I live in the metro Dallas area and ran across this website and your post. I realize that it was posted in 2004 and thought I would contact you to see how your business is going. I too want to open a bridal boutique and wanted to know what you've done and what advice you could pass my way.

Look forward to hearing from you soon,

Veronique (pronounced Veronica)


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195. "Advice "
Posted by Liz on 11:32:35 6/13/2006
I would be glad to help! Email me directly to [email protected]


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199. "purchasing gowns"
Posted by Christine Boulton on 04:58:58 6/27/2006
People seem to be stumped on where to buy gowns.
There are bridal markets held at least twice a year in Chicago, Atlanta, Vegas, Dallas and the Couture show in New York. In the UK it is twice a year in Harrogate.

Do a search for the appparel marts in the different cities and GO. The best way to learn the ropes is to check it out in person.You will then have a much better idea of who the manufacturers are and what their policies are.

Christine
The Wedding Diva
http://thinklikeabride.com
http://thinklikeabride.blogspot.com


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211. "Bridal Market Show"
Posted by April on 07:33:17 7/30/2006
I looked into going to the Bridal Market show in Chicago but it says you have to show proof of being in the retail industry. I am just looking into starting a boutique, so I do not have anything to show them. Do I have any other options?

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204. "gowns"
Posted by kris on 13:14:34 6/30/2006
I would like to add more gowns to my shop, wondering what ideas you had,thaks for the help.Kris

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209. "In response to those looking for High-end Bridal Jewelry"
Posted by Stephanie on 16:53:13 7/28/2006
I have exactly what you're looking for and I am the owner/designer/creator of Ocean Creations. Everything is made and designed by me and IN THE USA. NO "Made in China", "Made in Hong Kong", "Made in Thailand". If you are interested and serious about having High-end Bridal accessories and jewelry in your store, then contact me. I'll send you a CD of my collections. Otherwise I can email you pics of a few different designs. -Stephanie Peterseim of Ocean Creations 239-549-9748 / 440-336-4256

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