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Welcome to OUR BLOG , calling all Bridal Couture Brides!
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who do you believe about wedding dress repairs
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about FREE Alterations..are they really FREE??"
In 2004, when I was 52 years old I
opened the original "Collezione Fortuna Fashion Boutique" (as it was
known then) and I was scared to death. I started out
selling exclusive evening wear. Prior to that, I free-lanced
as a designer for sets, working runway, designed, and made clothing for boutiques
on the Monterey Peninsula using 3 sewing machines, working on my
kitchen table after my family went to bed. I worked long hours from 9PM-5AM
every night to create beautiful wearable art, and meet deadlines.
All of my items sold; many to the entertainment industry
for movie sets and performers . I owe a lot to my
Grandmother and my Aunts who honestly believed in me and always told me "
I had a gift of fashion and design." That
experience taught me a lot about alterations. I owe them
a lot, including teaching me to always add value to your talent and
excited newly engaged brides have been walking
into my store as the 2016 Bridal Season begins, and the
question always comes up, "Are the alterations and a free veil included
in the price of the dress?"
answer to that question is, no. Like other successful bridal salons, I
always recommend that the bride
set aside an extra $200-$500 for accessories, and depending on what is
desired, an extra $250-$1000 for alterations.
These prices will vary depending on
demographics, the fit of the gown (any changes to the brides shape and size) and
fabrication of design.
on a bridal gown take a lot of skill and talent. Not everyone can pull out a sewing
machine and say they can alter a wedding dress or formal gown. It's a
dying art. On top of there being a limited number of great bridal seamstresses
around these days, altering a wedding dress is a time consuming process. You
know the saying "Time ismoney!", that definitely proves to be true
with bridal alterations. You wouldn't do your job for free,
right? Seamstresses need be paid just as you would expect to be paid to do your
job. If you choose not to have your dress altered through our network of
seamstresses, you are free to pick it up and take it to the seamstress of your
IF, we were to
alter wedding dresses and formal wear for free, that expense would have to come
from somewhere. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is! If another
store is offering you free alterations, I would check to see if you could get a
better price on the dress because they are probably marking it up to cover
their cost of alterations. You will usually end up paying for it one way or
When a bride comes
to us and the sample dress that she absolutely loves doesn't fit properly, we will order the
wedding dress directly from the designer.
The ordering process takes 6-9 months ,
therefore, it's important to start shopping for your dream gown 9-12
months before the big day .
order your wedding dress, we will measure you to determine the proper size. We
are trained to measure our brides to achieve the best fit possible to minimize
the alteration costs. Certainly, your shopping for your wedding dress should be completed at a ONE-STOP Bridal Salon that has your dress plus provides the bridal experience for the bride and her bridesmaids.
everyone a Happy Wedding Season! Let it rock!
All my best,
© Cathy Montante,
2016, All Right
I hear this all the time.."it must be a dream to be in the Bridal Business and selling stunning wedding dresses!
I love my work and I wouldn't be in this business if I didn't. It's my passion. To make a business successful you have to me 1000% passionate about working in your business, and love your customers. You have to devote a lot of working hours as the owner, and once you begin, you can't turn back. Doing your "homework" before you invest thousands of dollars into it is a must.
I am not an expert when it comes to legal matters, but before you venture onto your new acquisition, I am not the person to go to to give advice. There are several resources out there that can provide valuable information that do not cost a bundle, and have helped me with my business from legal issues and finding the right location. If they can't help directly they will refer you to Professionals, Consultants, Mentors that apply to your business. It's worth investing into this if you want your business to grow and move with the times.
One of the best resources to begin your search is S.C.O.R.E. thru the Small Business Administration:
The SCORE Association, supported by SBA, is a nonprofit association of thousands of volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories.SCORE members are trained to serve as counselors, advisors and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. Here are some of the ways you can connect with SCORE and get free business advice:
- Email a mentor: Choose a mentor online and get answers to your business questions virtually
- Visit Your Local SCORE Office: Make an appointment with a mentor for in-person advice or attend a business workshop. Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA did provide this service..why not inquire? At one time, Advisors did provide business counseling by appointment at your place of business. I would check if this service is still available in our area.
- Online Workshops: Participate in free, online workshops or register for small business webinars
- E-Newsletters: Subscribe to SCORE’s e-Newsletters and get free business tips and read interviews with small business experts
For more information contact your local Chamber of Commerce in the city you have your business or follow this link:
Don't second guess or ask people who do not know anything about your business to give you the correct advice.
Good luck to you and wishing you much success!
We have been PUBLISHED.........
Mission Ranch in Carmel-by-the Sea, CA 93921 , in December, 2015 was the perfect setting for Sarah and Ryan's Wedding! The ranch setting with views of the Pacific Ocean created romantic ambiance making this venue a popular destination.
I met with the Bride at her appointment and after trying on a few dresses, she wanted an elegant vintage inspired look in her wedding dress. After trying on a few, I handed her the very last dress, and she loved it! It did not take her any hesitation to "say yes" as it was the dress she was actually looking for.
Almost a year went by and I was reading the wedding blog, "STYLE ME PRETTY" ( FYI..it's my favorite wedding blog) and it finally hit me that WE WERE PUBLISHED!! I am sharing the link where you can read more......
Congratulations Ryan and Sarah! May you have a beautiful future together!
I am humbled to share the spotlight with all the fine Wedding Professionals who made this wedding a complete dream for the Bride and Groom!
Bridal Salons and Bridal Boutiques in select areas across the country are starting to charge a fee for Bridal Appointments. With rising costs of operating their stores and inventory costs will this be a new Industry trend in the years to follow?
I have been in this business for a very long time and have seen many changes turn the tide in retail. At one time one was able to walk into a store and be helped by very trained sales staff. They knew who you were, what you needed, and also knew your entire family!
As time went by, and large corporate entities bought out "Mom and Pop" stores and the "Mall" came to being,customer service diminished, and so did the sales staff to go with it and we were left on our own to make major buying choices.
The Internet has changed the way we shop today and is competing with "brick and Mortar" stores. They have no overhead, or customers to wait on because they don't see them let alone talk to them!
Many stores on the East Coast big and small do charge for appointments today. One famous store in NYC charges $250 for a one hour appointment. If you need to reschedule, charged again for another hour. They apply these fees to your purchase, if applicable, if not, this amount is non-refundable. This is now called "Professional Fees."
This trend may take awhile to take hold and appeal to customers. Will it drive customers away to other Bridal stores who do not charge? We'll see..there may be justification.
Hearing thru the grapevine, stores are being faced with "no shows" , last minute cancellations with phone calls a few minutes prior to an appointment, especially during prime Bridal season, appointments are in demand, they have been faced with this decision to charge or not.
Here are a few tips to help you keep the "door of communication" open with the Bridal Salon you decide to patronize, and will not take away from your Bridal shopping experience. Feel free to make any suggestions as we want to hear from you, so we know what to improve to make things better:
1. When booking your appointment for your wedding dress, when you call, be honest on what you are looking for, your budget, and inquire if they do charge for an appointment. This should not deter your decision whether or not you want to patronize that store. From what I have heard, they will usually apply the appointment fee toward your purchase of your wedding dress or another item. The appointment fee is usually a guarantee that you will keep your appointment on that day.
2. Inquire how many people you can bring to the appointment. Some stores are small and may not be able to accomodate as many as you like to be there for support.
3. Your Consultant may ask you to complete a Questionnaire. It doesn't involve anything personal, but some minor questions about what your vision is, budget, what type of dress you would like and budget. They may also ask if you have another dress you love or attending another appointment.
I hope these few tips make your expectations of what to expect at your appointment a memorable one that will last forever!
Edited, January 8, 2016