Feature in The Knot Ohio: Advice From A Dress Shop Owner


A TGS Update….

Wedding season is in full swing here at The Gown Shop and we’re LOVING it. With 58 of our brides getting married in July, we have tons of gorgeous photos to look forward to(#TGSrealbrides, keep sending photos our way!! We love to see how your day came together)! We recently did a shoot with Niki Marie Photography at our store in Perrysburg, OH and are counting down the minutes till we get the photos back. What can we say? We have a thing for pretty pictures. We are unpacking new arrivals weekly and will continue to post those on Instagram (@thegownshopbridal). Let us tell you, we have some stunning gowns on the way!

The Knot OHIO: Advice From a Dress Shop Owner

Owner of TGS Ann Arbor and TGS Perrysburg, Stacy, was chosen to be featured as an expert in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of The Knot Ohio! With over 10 years of retail experience, Stacy has seen it all and offers her expert advice on everything from preparing for your appointment to who to bring along for your shopping experience. We are so proud of Stacy and all of the incredibly hard work she puts into TGS and making it an unforgettable experience for each and every bride.

Highlights from the feature (and some awesome advice) :

How should a bride come prepared?

Know your budget and come financially prepared to purchase! We hear so many brides say “I didn’t expect to find it on my first visit!” and to that we say…expect the unexpected, we know what we’re doing here at The Gown Shop! 😉 AND…bring those key shopping people to say “YES” with…Mom, MOH, Sister…!

What’s the biggest mistake you see brides making?

Looking at Pinterest too long! Once you buy, stop ‘shopping’!

What is your advice for a bride on a strict budget? What are some tips for ways to save?

SAMPLE SALES! You can find a fabulous designer gown, so you don’t have to suffer quality of fabrics – but find it at an affordable price. I have The Gown Shop – Rack which is a large collection of ‘off the rack’ sample gowns.

What are three most common questions and how do you answer them?

1.) “Has anyone else purchased this gown?”

This is always a funny one, because the honest answer is typically “yes” – but I know every bride likes to think it’s their ‘own’ magical gown. I typically offer up how they are styling it differently with a sash, veil or jewelry.  However, with social media a bride has usually already seen the gown on multiple brides.

2.) “Do you watch ‘Say Yes To The Dress’?

Nope! I’ve of course seen the show many times, but watching #SYTTD is not how I would choose to spend my Friday night after working with brides all week and how I would prepare for a busy bridal weekend. eeeks!

3.) “What if I lose weight?”

GREAT! Most brides bodies fluctuate before the big day – and that’s why every gown needs alterations!

What’s one pro-tip you’d like all to-be-weds to know?

When it comes to shopping for your bridal gown, decide what is most important to you…. is it having an incredible experience with amazing customer service? is it working with a knowledgeable stylist who can assist you in customizing your perfect bridal gown look? is it having gorgeous fabrics for that ‘once in a  lifetime’ moment? These are all things that I pride The Gown Shop in having as our focus. Many locally owned specialty bridal boutiques pour their hearts into curating an unbelievable experience, along with having gorgeous designer gowns that have been hand picked with the bride in mind. Shopping for your bridal gown is the moment when #ShopSmall and #ShopLocal should mean the most to a bride.

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