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.



If you are in the market for a bridal gown (or follow TGS on insta), you have probably heard the term “Sample Sale”. Seeing the words “bridal” and “sale” in the same sentence sounds amazing, right? We have put together commonly asked questions and tips so you can successfully shop a sample sale/ TGS RACK!


New Designers Coming to TGS Ann Arbor and TGS Perrysburg!


Exciting news! New designers are headed towards The Gown Shop Ann Arbor AND Perrysburg!


Originally located in Perrysburg, Watters Brides is finding a new home in Ann Arbor! We are ecstatic to welcome this collection in A2! As a designer, Watters offers soft flowing silhouettes and design details that demand a double take. We know our brides will fall head over heels in love with these gowns. (more…)

Trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week 2017


We’ve scoured the runways for the most glam trends of 2017 Bridal Fashion Week

THE best time of year- Bridal Fashion Week! Our lovely designers debuted their newest collections and it is like CHRISTMAS. From elegant sleeves, to out of this world beading, to laces like you’ve never seen, you will not be disappointed. Keep reading for our top picks of the trends dominating New York Bridal Fashion Week.


New Designer in Ann Arbor + New Gown Arrival


New Designer: Martina Liana

Martina Liana has been one of our ultimate loves in Perrysburg for a long time, so we just HAD to bring the love up to Ann Arbor! Her gowns are marked by an impeccable fit, detailing like no other, and jaw dropping silhouettes.  The Martina Liana Bridal Collection is “the embodiment of exquisite couture wedding dress design. Each dress is a perfect choice for the bride who wants to radiates confidence, global glamour, and impeccable style on her wedding day”.  Take a peak at some of the Martina Liana designs we have featured at The Gown Shop Ann Arbor!


A Guide to Bridal Silhouettes


From fabrics to silhouettes to necklines and bustles, there are hundreds of terms when it comes to bridal gowns. We know it can all be a tad confusing when you are trying to nail down your dream gown, so we’ve broken down each silhouette to help you find what style you will look and feel best in!

p.s. love a gown in this post? Click on the photo to get more details!


This sleek silhouette features a snug fit through the hips and thighs and a soft transition out into a “trumpet” shape. Most commonly confused with the fit-and-flair (more on that in a little), the trumpet can be distinguished by it’s soft flair that elongates the body.


GOWN OF THE WEEK: Blush by Hayley Paige “West”


Our TGS Gown of the Week comes from the lovely Hayley Paige. Style #1710 “West” features a fit-flair-silhouette that hugs your curves PERFECTLY. A low, scooped back and head to toe sequin embellishment make this gown a down right show stopper. Available now at The Gown Shop Perrysburg! Give us a RING at 419.679.GOWN(4696) to get scheduled to see “West”.




Once you’re engaged, you may one to dive head first into bridal appointments to find the perfect gown! We’ve put together a list of things you should do before you even schedule your first appointment to make the shopping process as smooth as possible.

             1.Browse styles online

This one may seem like a no brainer but it is super helpful to have an idea of what styles are aesthetically pleasing to you before beginning your shopping. Rather than sort through thousands of styles on Pinterest, gain inspiration from wedding blogs that feature real brides! This will help with the overall vision of what you’re looking for. Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Green Wedding Shoes all have tons of real weddings to browse.

             2. Research the shops in your area

Every shop has a different style and price point. Do a quick search of which designers each shop carries to see if they are consistent with your personal style and your vision of your wedding gown! This will help narrow down which stores will mostly likely have your DREAM gown. For example, The Gown Shop Ann Arbor carries designers that are a bit more free flowing and bohemian inspired whereas The Gown Shop Perrysburg offers a little more drama and sparkle. Don’t be afraid to call and ask questions to make sure a store is the right fit for you.

      3. Nail down your budget

This is one of the most important factors. Make sure you sit down and sort down your finances before scheduling your first bridal appointment. This way you can be sure that your budget aligns with the prices of gowns offered. There is nothing more heartbreaking than falling in love with a gown then realizing it is way out of your price range.



We can’t wait for our upcoming SPRING 2017 COLLECTION trunk show from Modern Trousseau. This design collection is every bit classically beautiful and the construction and fabric on these gowns is absolutely stunning. Want to view the full collection and fall in love? Shop with us at The Gown Shop Ann Arbor.

Learn more about Callie Tien, the Modern Trousseau collection designer!

Watch how she makes each gown!