How Long has The Wedding Bell been in business? How long have you, Katie Love been helping brides?
The Wedding Bell opened it’s doors in 1988! 25 years ago!!
I walked into the store in the summer of 2001 looking for a part time job while I was in college, a few months later I was the manager. I left The Wedding Bell in 2002 to open the White House Black Market store at the Eastwood Towne Center. After managing WH/BM, Ann Taylor Loft and Cache I found myself missing my connection to brides. I didn’t want to sell another sweater…I wanted to once again work with the bride and her family through the incredibly important process of buying her wedding gown. I met the man of my dreams and we married in July 2004. I then went back to The Wedding Bell to see if they would hire me again. Well, the owners were ready to retire and like they say…the rest is history! My husband and I have owned the store now since Sept 2005. Seven years and three children later I still love and have a passion for my brides and do whatever I can to make their wedding dress shopping fun, relaxing, and stress free! I look forward to many more years and maybe one day my daughters would love to help me in the store and share my passion for brides and their families!
We love your store and your story. What makes The Wedding Bell different?
We genuinely care for our brides!!
My husband can attest to the fact that Brides can contact me at any hour of the day! Every bride has access to an email address that goes right to my iPhone. I answer questions at any hour. Sometimes I know the answer right away, sometimes I email back and say “I will check first thing in the morning”. Brides have told me over and over how much they appreciate this! Questions have ranged from…”Help, I can’t get my last bridesmaid to place her order”, to “Can you email me a ship date for my gown” to “I saw this pin on Pinterest, do you have anything like this?”. I LOVE answering questions from my brides!!
Who do you work best with?
We work with brides that have many tastes, styles, and budgets. When brides make an appointment with us we email them an interview form. This helps us prepare for their appointment. It gives us a glimpse into their style, venue, budget, likes and dislikes. This allows us to prepare for their appointment and pull dresses that they may just love! Of course, all brides can look through our entire store and try on whatever they choose, however this really prepares our consultant for the brides arrival. We love brides with an open mind. Our consultants love pairing the perfect bride with the perfect dress!
This sounds like a great place to shop! How and when should brides make an appointment?
Thanks!! Most brides don’t realize the amount of time a gown takes to arrive in the store. Most of our brides choose to order their gown in the color and size of their choosing, as well as make customized changes that many of our designers offer. Most special ordered wedding gowns take around 6 months to arrive. This certainly can vary depending on time of year and designer shipping dates. Once the gown arrives most seamstresses like 4-8 weeks to make all the perfect alterations. So, as you can see that already pushes us to around 8-9 months before the wedding. So when magazines like “THE KNOT” recommends 9-12 months before the wedding to order their dress, they arn’t kidding! No one wants the stress of a wedding gown coming in dangerously close to their big day. ORDER EARLY and then RELAX and leave the rest to US!
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