Starting a Bridal Shop Business

This article briefly discusses the bridal shop business. Find out some of the things you need to know in order to start your own bridal shop business.

The bridal shop business is perfect for those who have a flair for fashion and a passion for weddings.

Making a living out of something you love can hardly be called work, could it? It’s easy enough to imagine that running a bridal shop would be loads of fun. It is fun however; it is serious business as well. You need to work hard, have patience, and maintain a positive attitude if you plan on making your bridal shop business a success. Anybody can be a bridal shop owner regardless of education and past work experience. What is important is to have an enterprising spirit and the heart for the trade.

What to sell.

A bridal shop’s inventory typically consists of dresses, shoes, and accessories intended for the mother of the bride (mob), wedding the entourage, and of course the bride.

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You can get your inventory straight from the designer or manufacturer. They usually hold fashion shows to display their wares. See to it that you watch these shows so you can select (before others) what dresses and items you want to order and invest on. Aside from fashion shows, you can also scour the web for possible suppliers or make use of catalogs. Keep yourself from buying too much. The trick is to buy just the right amount of items to fill your stock, no more and no less.

Where to sell.

Choosing a location is one of the more important decisions you will have to make. Consult a realtor to find out where the best available space is located. Of course, you have to choose a place that has a lot of foot traffic. Brace yourself though because places like these charge more than the usual and with good reason since the volume of foot traffic is directly proportional to the number of customers.

Other things you need to consider when choosing a space is whether or not the floor area can accommodate your inventory. Remember, most wedding dresses are quite bulky. You need to have several rows of racks to display them. Make sure you lease a store space with ample room so your bridal shop won’t look crammed and crowded.

Try to check out as many locations as you can before making your final decision. In so doing, you will more options and sites to compare.

Whom to sell to.

The success of your business relies on the number of customers you attract…and retain!

To attract customers, you need to promote your shop. Aside from the usual media advertisements, you can also use other options like joining community or charity events that have press coverage.

To keep your customers, you need to make sure that the quality of your stock is excellent and you need to provide your customers with exemplary service. You must make it your mission to ensure that your customer leaves your store completely satisfied. Be cheerful and helpful even if the bride is doing a bridezilla number on you. Just remind yourself that somewhere in this bride’s life, there’s a cousin or sorority sister or best friend or an officemate etc who at one point or another will be saying, “I do” too.

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  • susan said on May 26, 2009
    good but need more info on how to market a bridal shop.
  • sarah said on July 25, 2009
    This was good, It has given me more information I never thought of. I have a question if I want to start with sample gowns, where can I get them cheaply? Thanx, Sarah
  • chavone said on August 18, 2009
    Very good info. I would like to start a bridal shop that gears more towards renting dresses. where would i get inexpensive sample gowns?
  • kelly johnson said on September 9, 2009
    I work as a sales rep for a couple of brands and we do sell our gowns that we use to make the photos. so they are new and only used on manaquins for a few minutes. we have very good quality and they sell for $200-$299.00 each wholesale, the suggested retail is 900.00 plus. this gives you very good samples at a great price. thanks Kelly (
  • kelechi said on October 4, 2009
    i want to know how best to advertise a bridal company
  • kelly J said on October 7, 2009
    we would suggest the local theaters, and bridal fares. You will be surprised how just doing this and word off mouth gets around very fast
  • zoe said on December 1, 2009
    I am planning to open a vintage wedding dress shop in London. Where can I find vintage dresses before they get to vintage shops? I don't mind traveling to the US to purchase them. Thanks for your help, zoe
  • UM said on December 29, 2009
    i want 2 start a bridal shop basically for rent(hire). where can i get cheap, fairly used gowns? i'm in lagos nigeria
  • kelly J said on January 6, 2010
    What is the amount that you are calling cheap? I will ask around if I know the amount that you are looking for, Kelly
  • desola said on February 21, 2010
    are there bridal factories that do sell wholesale to bridal salons at very good price? PH, Nigeria
  • YN said on February 22, 2010
    Please does anyone have any idea on where to rent a wedding gown for an affordable price in Lagos.
  • caroline said on March 5, 2010
    good points do i need a diploma before i start ? swanage dorset
  • kelly said on March 5, 2010
    No, you don't need a degree, but you should be mentored or trained by someone in the business...
  • cwu said on March 6, 2010
    want to start a bride accessory shop such as invitations, personalized items/gifts, and etc. Any ideas where to look for vendors that sells through catalogs? or just vendors in general with such items? I get mostly direct/open to public sales on the web. I'm in the USA
  • kelly said on March 8, 2010
    there is a company called Stylart. they have a lot of great gift items and wonderful invitations. we have used them a lot for their photo invitations. they have very good quality and service
  • bgaaa said on March 16, 2010
    how many bridal gown will u need to start with kaduna nig
  • kay, Lagos said on March 23, 2010
    Hello YN, where you able to find an affordable bridal dress in Lagos then? Desola, have you got a bridal shop?
  • brandy p said on March 25, 2010
    hey there!! i want to open my own bridal store but i am not sure where to start with it all...can anyone help me out!! i am looking to open it in Pennsylvania, US...thanks brandy
  • kelly said on April 6, 2010
    This might be of some help to you. This company buys a lot of gowns from me, so I know that they work with a lot of people. they have been very good to me and I have had good feedback. Kelly
  • Jmc said on April 6, 2010
    I am considering opening a bridal gown shop. I have done very little research at this point. Does anyone know what a dress that sells for around 1500.00 would cost at wholesale? Basically, what is the average mark up on wedding dresses?
  • kelly said on April 7, 2010
    It depends on the brand, it would either be half or a third...some brands double and some it could be 500.00, or 750.
  • Theresa said on April 15, 2010
    I am planning to start-up a bridal salon in Pennsyvlania and have the following questions if anyone can assist? What is the mark-up and mark-down on wedding gowns and prom gowns? If $4,000 a month to high for rent in a nice area? Where can I order racks for gowns? Where can I locate wedding gowns suppliers and manufacturers to order gowns?
  • jean dennis said on April 22, 2010
    If you would like to contact me, I can give you a list of places that you can get fixtures and other things from to get started.
  • Sandra said on April 22, 2010
    Hi everyone! I am also looking to start my own bridal shop in New England and am researching the process. One thing that I am not seeing any articles on is how to start a relationship with a manufacturer or wholesaler and begin ordering dresses. I noticed that many manufacturers have a contact information on their website, but I would like to know more about the process. Does anyone know what the manufacturers want to see before they agree to sell their gowns in your store? How difficult is it to start working with a typical manufacturer. Any response would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!! Sandra
  • jean dennis said on April 23, 2010
    usually when you are new they want everything paid before they will ship it to you, or even pay when you order in some cases. Everything is pretty much on a cash basis anymore. I can help you locate some wholesalers if I know the price points that you are thinking. Jean
  • Terri Shiring said on April 27, 2010
    I am planning to start-up a bridal salon in Pennsylvania and need assistance especially in the areas of what it will cost me for inventory (wedding and bridesmaid gowns) per year as I am starting to get my business plan in order. In addition, how can I locate wholesalers and manufacturers of gowns? Thank you
  • Jmc said on April 27, 2010
    Does anyone have any idea how many dresses the average boutique sales per week? Assume the average sales price is 1300-1500?
  • Jmc said on April 27, 2010
    Another question: Starting out do I need to carry multiple sizes for brides to try on? or should I just carry a size 10 or 12 only? Should I have larger dresses for larger girls? Starting out it may be difficult to have extra sizes? What would be the best size to have in store?
  • Kimberley said on April 29, 2010
    Hello - i am a manufacturer in Reading, UK. We currently sell our gowns at wholesale prices from around £150 for our own collection and designer gowns from £250-550. Typical RRP we leave down to you as a business but we recommend 3 or 4 times the purchase price. Plus the more you buy sometimes we can negotiate on the prices and particular dresses. If you are interested I would be more than happy to provide you with more details and pictures of dresses that you can purchase. We operate on a cash basis for the first order but over time we allow you to build up credit terms if you can provide references etc. We can be flexible but only once we have completed a few successful transactions with yourselves. Please contact me for details Kimberley on
  • Theresa said on May 4, 2010
    I am located in the Pennsylvania area and considering starting up a bridal salon. Can anyone provide me with information in how to locate some wholesalers? In addition, what is the minimum amount of samples that you need to purchase when dealing with designers such as Maggie Sotterro and Mori Lee?
  • jean said on May 5, 2010
    It depends on the city you are in, and if there is anyone else there that is handling Maggie, they do have a limit of how many stores in an area that they work with...but on average, you would be buying about 12 per me for details
  • Terry said on May 6, 2010
    I am planning to startup a bridal shop in Pennsylvania. Does anyone have any information on how to locate manufacturers and suppliers for bridal inventory?
  • Mary said on May 10, 2010
    I am considering opening a Bridal Boutique in California, any information and advice would be greatly appreciated.Example: How to buy wholesale gowns? Who can I contact?
  • Brandy B. said on May 13, 2010
    Hi Mary & everyone else. I am also in California and am currently a wedding planner. I am looking to expand my home-based business by opening up a bridal gift shop. As of right now, I do not want to sell/rent gowns; instead my focus is office space for the planning, selling favors, attendants' gifts, flutes, cake server etc. and also slowly rent out linens. I am in Northern Calif. and in my area alot of the shops are Mexican (latino) based. Everyone runs to San Jose or San Francisco, while I am right in the middle there doesn't seem to be much right in the middle for most brides who are on a true budget. Any thoughts/suggestions?
  • HYDEES said on May 16, 2010
    Hiya, you can buy bridal gowns from me at an affordable price especially for wholesalers. Nigerians are welcomed. 08452996035
  • mimi otu said on May 20, 2010
    Hi, am into renting of gowns and was wondering where i'll get gowns for sale at affordable prices. I am in makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria. Any suggestions?
  • Heidi Bizzini said on May 21, 2010
    I am selling my bridal business and have inventory of bridal gowns of over 200, bridesmaid samples and dresses to sell, mother of the bride gowns, the racks, accessories, all of the books and vendors #s. Will in to teach new owner how to run business, I am in California, but all of the gowns & accessories can be transferred to your hometown. We have an inventory sheet with all bridal gowns and retail prices the prices are based on our hometown but can be brought up. There is over $55,000 in bridal gowns and $80,000 in inventory. All you need is a location and you can start. The dresses can be sold off the rack, ordered, or rented too. We are asking $30,000, but offers are welcome. My parents are moving to Mississippi and cannot take the business with them. If you are interested please email me @ I ran the business for over a year while I was teaching, but with my parents moving I need to sell the inventory. Great amazing opportunity.
  • hilda said on May 21, 2010
    We run a bridal store in Abuja, Nigeria. We have dresses for retail and wholesale. We can sell our older stock at wholesale prices of upto 25,000 naira- these will be great for rentals. We also have dresses in very good condition we have rented out once or twice, but need to do away with because of overstock, we sell these for as cheap as 10,000 naira, but you have to buy the whole lot(of 5 or more dresses). You can find us at: Qupid bridals and more, Suite 109/110, Blue world plaza, opposite Mr Biggs, Aminu kano crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja. 08037017103,
  • joan said on May 28, 2010
    Just a note....when buying used inventory, there is usually a lot of discontinued bridal gowns, plus other sizes and colors can not be ordered from the wholesalers unless you open your own account with them and purchase their, hard to do much with it..
  • Shana said on June 3, 2010
    I am interested in starting a bridal store within the next year. My main focus for the store is to sell dresses that are under $1,000. My problem is I'm not sure who to buy them from. Do you have to have samples? Can you re-sell dresses from online wholesalers? How many dresses do you need to open the business?
  • Deborah said on June 6, 2010
    Location: England UK. I am hoping to open a new bridal shop and would appreciate any help with how to buy stock and where to buy from ? Many thanks.
  • Bridget said on June 7, 2010
    Hi am starting a bridal design business that sales dresses as well in Atlanta, GA. I would like to know where can I get a supplier that makes high quality dresses at wholesale price. Thanks for your response.
  • pashy said on June 13, 2010
    i am planning to star a bridal business in Africa, rent/hire or even sale..where can i get wholesalers and suppliers. also want to know about shipping..thanks
  • kelly said on June 17, 2010
    Shana, Deborah and anyone else, I would be glad to help you find the gowns you want at the price that works for you. kelly,
  • Beth said on June 20, 2010
    I have recently acquired the entire inventory of a bridal shop that went bankrupt. I have over $100,000 worth of inventory. I would like to sell it for $10,000.00. Included is everything that you would need to start up a bridal shop- wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, prom gowns, headpieces, veils, crinolines, mother's dresses, flower girls dresses, jewelry, tuxedo mannequin's and accessories. Please send all serious inquiries to the above email address. Thanks.
  • kathie said on June 21, 2010
    Hi I want to start a homebased bridal business in Africa, and was wondering where to start buying gowns at reasonable prices. am mainly interested in renting not for sale and please do you have any information about shipping?
  • Rea said on June 25, 2010
    We are a supplier of women dresses, wedding dresses, men dress shirt, and accessories. We have many design for you to chose from and we can custom made the dress for you. We have no minimum order, you can order 1 dress to see for yourself. If you want to see sample picture, please send email to me at Thanks.
  • ESTEE said on June 28, 2010
    am starting in Edo state nigeria in a year n thinking of how to get the wholesale supplies for new sales and for rentals, racks, suspenders and generally an idea on how to display and preserve the gowns.
  • Denise said on June 28, 2010
    Hi Beth, where are you located? I'd like to see what you have for sale if you still have it. No email showing in your ad though. Email me: .. Thanks!
  • mbumba said on July 12, 2010
    i'd like to start a bridal business, am based in Blantyre Malawi
  • cyndy said on July 12, 2010
    I am interested in starting a bridal store within the next year in Houston Texas. I am a hispanic women and I've never done this before but I'm sure I can do this since there is so much of a demand here in Houston. Can anyone please tell me where to get the funds to do this-I need help-please tell me where I can get a loan to start my business. I keep running into brick walls because of all the fake loan applications. Please Please can someone point me in the right direction.
  • Violet said on July 19, 2010
    I am located in China and represent several wedding gown factories. We have a wide selection of affordable and good quality gowns, with no min order requirement. Customization is encouraged! Gowns are available for private label. I can send picture for your review if interested.
  • Audrey said on July 20, 2010
    I am located in Lusaka, Zambia and i'm interested in starting a bridal store by January,2011. where can i get funds to help me start my business
  • Daniela said on July 21, 2010
    I've heard that you need $30,000 worth of inventory to start a bridal business. My question is, is this $30,000 per season or per yr. and how many season are there in Bridal?
  • Daniela said on July 21, 2010
    Also, What are the average expenses for a 1000sf space? What is the average business owner net income? Just doing some research and hoping to get some answers before even considering opening up a bridal shop! Thanks in advanced!
  • kim said on July 23, 2010
    I would like to start a different kind of bridal. I want to have it in my home. When girls find the dress they want, I want to be able to order it and sell it to them at prices lower than a bridal shop yet at a price that I would make a little money also. I would do the alterations myself as I am a 30 year experienced seamstress. Doing it out of my home would save me a great deal in overhead costs. Any advice and information would be most helpful.
  • Michelle said on July 23, 2010
    I am a wedding and event coordinator. I want to start a 1 stop shop. Can you help. Rochester NY.
  • Rebecca Rannells said on July 28, 2010
    I am an independent wholesale bridal sales representative who along with my parter has over 30 years in the industry. We specialize in helping new stores start with the right mix of inventory. You can go to our website: to see our collections and find out more about us. We CAN help.
  • aboloma said on July 30, 2010
    i am trying to open a bridal shop in nigeria but i am looking for a warehouse in lagos to purchase them
  • Immy said on August 2, 2010
    Beth, your email doesn't show. Can you please post it so I can get in touch with you? Thanks!
  • shellie said on August 4, 2010
    I am hoping to open a bridal dress store in Asheville, NC within the next few years. I plan for my niche to be high-end designer dresses only--retailing at 2,500 and upwards. I suspect i will need to go directly to the design houses to purchase same and know they don't sell to " just anyone" and don't want to saturate any one market area to heavily. Pretty sure there are no high-end bridal shops in Asheville right now, so hope that won't be an issue....but how does an unknown such as myself penetrate the big design houses? shellie
  • Emily said on August 4, 2010
    What is the average revenue of a bridal business?
  • lihle said on August 11, 2010
    i would like to find out where i can get wedding gown wholesalers in south africa. i run a bridal shop in central durban. prices from 1000 or more must be quality gowns pls. thanx
  • stef said on August 12, 2010
    There is a shop for sale near me that has been open since 1986 it is for sale for $150k including $150k of dresses then all furniture. They say they gross $92k per year. The rest for the building is $4k a month. Can I really believe these financials? I have never worked in a bridal shop but I am a business development director for a large company. Is it a good idea to buy this shop? Boston ma
  • Amanda said on August 16, 2010
    I am interested in starting a bridal shop that in the Detroit area specializing in sizes 12 and up. Is this concept too "specialized" or is this an untapped market? Amy advice is very appreciated!
  • Kelvin said on August 19, 2010
    Hi, we run a bridal dress factory in China, lots of styles and colors available for ordering. Fine quality but very reasonable price. any question please contact me.
  • Karnisha said on August 29, 2010
    I am not able to locate much information regarding online bridal salons or about dealing with suppliers. How do they feel about online bridal businesses? Because of the economy i'd like to start small out of my home and thru the web? Will suppliers sell to me? Where can I locate any information on this? Also, I am looking for a bridal shop mentor in another part of the country. Is any one interested? I'm in Louisiana.
  • delight said on August 30, 2010
    Delight -harare-Zimbabwe-Africa. i desperately want to start my own bridal wear & accessories shop. i need information on cheap suppliers especially wholesalers who are trustworthy, professional and authentic and able to sell to me without having to travel, i would want to import cheap but good quality stuff. please assist am stuck on the supply side. it will be a home based business. email me or thanks
  • Michelle said on September 1, 2010
    I am looking to start a dress/garment shop where you can buy, sell, rent or trade dresses, suits, outfits for special occasions. I actually am going to meet with our local SBDC tonight to work on a business plan. I want it to basically be a place where people can take their old dresses, suits, etc. that they wore to the prom, or in a wedding,etc. instead of taking them to the thrift store. I have gotten many from yard sales, friends have given them to me, etc. I would like to find where I can get some wholesale at reasonable prices so I have a good range to choose from. I would like to have accessories to go with the outfits, dresses as well. Does anyone have any advice for me? It would be centrally located in a very rural area where now you have to drive 45min or more to a salon and there may only be one or two in that area. I also would like to do alterations and tailoring. I can sew but need some more practice in those areas. There isn't really anywhere to go for schooling or classes in this area for that. I would have to do some on line as best you can as I work during the day. Does anyone know any good, trustworthy websites? I want it to be tailored for those that have the lower income but still want to feel and look special. Hopefully it will work for anyone in this economy. Shop would be located in Northern New York State.
  • Michelle said on September 1, 2010
    Also, does anyone know where you can get the dresses, etc. that are discontinued from different stores or even the stuff that stores like Marshall's or T.J. Maxx gets rid of if it doesn't sell after a certain amount of time? Thanks.
  • Jmc said on September 2, 2010
    I have been researching on starting a wedding dress shop. Does anyone know where I can find industry averages. For example, I am specifically looking for Average % net income to sales for owners. Has anyone seen this or know what the average is?
  • Diana said on September 5, 2010
    Hello My name is Luba, we are in Ukraine and are interested in cooperation with the wedding shops, salons and wholesale buyers of our products. All models of wedding and evening gowns with wholesale prices. All models are varied and original decorated, made from high quality materials, each model is unique in its dress performance. Wedding dresses are distinguished by their exquisite taste and high quality. This wedding collection is very popular with representatives of the bridal salons because of its originality and price ranges from economy to luxury class. (Wholesale price of dresses from 50 USD to 645 USD) Add a new collection every month. Produce models in various sizes, in any color game. My ready to be sent to you at any time convenient for you our catalogs with our exquisite models of wedding dresses. For a price list and catalog please contact us by e-mail: (Specify country, city, name of the saloon and its address, your contacts). We offer you the following options of cooperation:
    1. Minimum of 5 pieces (dresses).
    2. Choose your favorite model in the catalog.
    3. Obgovarivayem production time necessary quantity.
    4. Produce 100% payment order.
    5. Receives an order in any convenient way for you.
    Term of dresses - from 5 to 20 days, depending on the quantity ordered models and season (winter produce faster). Possible delivery models of wedding and evening dresses: the CIS, Europe and the globe on your order. Approximate cost of delivery of the CIS countries and the world:
    Ukrpochta - $ 25 for the first dress and $ 5 for follow-up. Mail EMS (70 EUR - one dress, 75 cu - two dresses, 80 cu - three dresses.)
    Train with the conductors (CIS) - 15-20 cu for one dress. You can also suggest other ways of delivery.
    We look forward to a fruitful and mutually beneficial cooperation. "BridaSV"
  • Tiana said on September 7, 2010
    Hi Diana, do you have a website i could view? i am currently in the process of opening my own bridal boutique and am having a bit of trouble tracking down some good manufacturers? also manufactures that stock brands like maggie sottero, pronovias etc? can anyone help? if anyone could help me out- (i'm only very young) it would be greatly appreciated. email me on
  • onyinye said on September 14, 2010
    hello, pls i live in nigeria, asaba, delta state. i am about opening my bridal home. i need a shop where i can order wedding gowns to hire and sell. thanks
    We have just opened up a wedding gown shop in South Africa and have the most beautiful wedding gowns for sale at competitive prices. We are offering retail as well as wholesale prices. Can you advise us the best way to market our products as we really would love to sell them all over Africa!!! Regards Bev, Michelle and Gizelle
  • Jeanette said on September 27, 2010
    I have just started selling pre-owned wedding dresses in the Midlands in the UK. I am looking for opportunities to sell some of the stock on in batches perhaps to countries such as Zimbabwe, Nigeria etc. The idea of my shop is to sell gorgeous dresses to people at prices less than £200 for wedding dresses and £100 for bridesmaid dresses so on the back of that I would be interested in setting up a supply for the dresses to be bulk sold at around £50 plus P&P. Would be happy to chat / communicate about it. Thanks Jeanette (
  • Jeanette said on September 27, 2010
    I would also welcome inquiries from people who are looking to buy their pre-owned dress for their special day. I have the space and facilities to try the dresses on. If any of the suppliers are willing to supply dresses at prices that mean I can offer them at the greatly reduced cost to the public please also contact me at Thanks Jeanette
  • Chelsea said on October 6, 2010
    10 years wedding dress factory want to make the dreamy wedding dress and evening gown for you with high quality and low price.Pls contact me. Email/MSN:, Website:
  • Greta said on October 6, 2010
    I own a large and successful bridal store in central Wisconsin. But, I have accumulated nearly 300 discontinued gowns over the years. They are not too old - the oldest is about 3.5 years old. They are still current looking styles and in very good condition. I really just want to get rid of them at this point. I am looking for $70 ea - take as many as you would like! Contact me at if you are interested. Thanks! Greta
  • Kathryn said on October 15, 2010
    I am looking for honest advice on the pros and cons of opening a bridal boutique in this day and time.
  • Karen said on October 22, 2010
    I am investigating opening a bridal boutique. Would like to have sample gowns and preowned "new" with tags gowns. A few questions:
    1. Can I sell gowns I have purchased from individuals that are sold exclusively to certain stores such as Oleg Cassini, Galina, etc.?
    2. Can I leave the original tags on the gowns to show original price?
    3. Do I have to sell the dresses at the original msrp or can I name my own price since I am not buying from the manufacturer?
    4. Am I cutting my own throat by not offering alterations in the store?
    5. I see gowns offered on Ebay made in China. I know that some are very poorly made but some of these sellers have great feedback. Can I resell these gowns bought from them? Any info would be appreciated. If you have a successful shop I would love your input.
  • Armard Hicks said on November 9, 2010
    Hello can anyone help me with any tip on how to started a bridal salon. I want to know the standard sizes you are suppose to have in your store. Where do i get supplier for gowns at wholesale prices? How many gowns do you get per lot? What is a standard lot amount? What is a good price on gowns? Thanks looking forward to any tips and you can reach me at in your subject (tips for a bridal salon).
  • jessie said on December 6, 2010
    Hi could anyone tell me what is the average number of dresses they sell a week in their wedding store?
  • Bluce said on December 7, 2010
    Hello, Here is Holy wedding dress factory in Suzhou, China. Professional in wedding dress and evening dress. Directly manufacture and reliable supplier,can be high quality with good price, look forward to doing business with you. if you need more information,please feel free to contact me. E-mail:
  • Stephanie said on December 10, 2010
    My family and I currently own and operate a restaurant in Mississippi. We are toying with the idea of transforming it into a Bridal/Formal dress shop. We have an excellent corner location with wonderful display windows and plenty of square footage. I am the 4th generation of my family to join the restaurant industry. Our current cafe has been in business for almost 23 years, so we are not new or naive to the business world. We are, however, new and naive to the possible successes and pitfalls of the formal wear industry. Any info you have would be greatly appreciated! I can be contacted at
  • Jasmin said on January 6, 2011
    Hello Everyone, I am researching starting a bridal salon in Katy, TX serving the surrounding communities including Houston. I am interested to speak with anyone who has experience in the business that can assist as a mentor or just provide guidance. I have read through the entire thread and have a great starting point. However, I am looking for the business context to be able to weigh the pros and cons, obtaining inventory, marketing, selecting the best location, startup costs etc. Please if you can help or know anyone please let me know via email
  • oma said on January 10, 2011
    Hi, everyone i live in london, i am thinking of opening my own bridal shop, but i don't know where to start, please is there anyone who could give some advice. thank for your time. please e-mail me.
  • Anne-Marie said on January 12, 2011
    Hi I live in Norfolk (UK) and i am looking at opening a bridal boutique. Any help would be appreciated. Any idea of how many dresses to have in stock, bridedsmaids dresses too. Also size variations and accessories. Many thanks
  • nwanneka D. said on January 20, 2011
    please anybody in need of a fresh model for descent bridal or any fashion display can contact me on 08133533051
  • grace said on January 23, 2011
    Thank you for the great info, i'm planning on starting a bridal boutique that focuses more on renting dress and photography. The only problem is I don't have enough fund yet...hope i can accomplish my dream in two year or hopefully sooner.
  • Gemma said on January 24, 2011
    I am thinking of opening a Bridal Shop in Kent (UK) and would like to know the best places to go for supplies - dresses, accessories etc. I am not sure the best way to go about this and would really like some good advice on how it all works. I would like to do some 'budget' type dresses with a designer look (so affordable for brides with a limited budget), is China the best place to buy from? I would also like to get involved with other designers e.g Essence, Maggie Sottero etc. Thanks
  • Marcia Silva said on February 3, 2011
    I am from Angola-Luanda (Africa) and the market is favourable here for selling wedding dresses and to hire them, so i would like to know where to get the closest dress supplies from those designer that can help me sell to brides at affordable prices.
  • kemi said on February 7, 2011
    hello to everyone. i own a bridal store in lagos nigeria. i started as a small bridal business from home by buying wholesale from big stores in newyork. to my surprise, they all had made in china on them and so i decided to make inquires on the good quality manufacturers in china. i was initially apprehensive but i took the plunge and went to china myself. to my surprise, i found the actual manufacturers of really big brands that are known world wide. check wedding dresses from big brands and a lot of them have made in china on them. so yes i can help you get the EXACT same quality dress as any dress from brands like oleg cassini,morilee,maggies sottero, demetirous e.t.c. we also do budget good quality dresses for brides that cannot afford designer wedding dresses. all our dresses on our website are budget dresses. you need to email me for real pics of the real dresses from manufacturers of designer wedding dresses.we also specialize in reordering of dresses for the brides that find what they want but maybe you dont have the size or colour they desire.this is also a good selling point for your business. you can email me for more can also check our website for real sample dresses.
  • Rachel said on February 9, 2011
    Hi, I would like some more information about the dresses you're talking about. I am planning on opening a store and would like to know where I can get good quality dresses at good prices. And could you send me photos?
  • Erin said on February 9, 2011
    I am in the process of opening my own Bridal Shop and having a difficult time locating a wholesaler that carries good quality gowns at a good price. Ultimately I don't want to have gowns priced over $800 to keep cost low for our brides. If you can please guide me in the right direction I would appreciate it greatly! Thank you for your time.
  • Lisa said on February 13, 2011
    I am looking into opening a bridal shop in ct. What I would like to know is where can I get my inventory. Do I have to pay all up front.
  • Debbie said on February 28, 2011
    Selling huge inventory of a 25 year bridal business in NY. going out of business would love to sell at least 100-150 bridal dress samples, lots of veils,headpieces,sewing equipment,sewing notions (lace buttons stones etc)at least 500 MOB guest dresses,communion,bridesmaids samples, longline bras and more. Anyone interested would love hearing from you. thank you
  • Nonye beginner adviser said on March 2, 2011
    We are into wholesale and retail sales of bridal gowns and accessories. We have stock of over 200 gowns with lots and lots of styles to choose from. We supply other bridal stores in Nigeria and West Africa. So if you are looking for a good and reliable supplier, please email us at Let us know what your budget is and how we can help you set up your business. We can give good advice on bridal consulting.
  • Joe said on March 2, 2011
    After much searching. Would anyone be able to provide a link to a Good reliable supplier of wedding dresses and accessories. That has credible reviews from independent buyers? or even an independent websites for supplier reviews? There are several companies in this thread whose credibility is in serious question in my personal opinion. With So many scam artists out there - Of which there is a breeding ground for them, namely the one that advertises on tv apparently bringing the "Buyer and supplier" together.
  • Carra said on March 15, 2011
    I live in the US but will be opening up bridal shop with partner in London, England. Would like to feature US designers. Where do I begin? I want to get samples going asap as shop will open in Fall 2011. I also need info or sites on accessories. But priority are US designers/manufacturers and sample gowns. Thank you!


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