2013 has been a year to remember! While it seems the year has flown by with TGS events and fabulous weddings, we’re so thankful it was another prosperous year at The Gown Shop.
January was quite busy with a couple of fabulous trunk shows and a sample sale weekend to remember. We also hosted The Wedding Party event with some great Ann Arbor wedding vendors.
February started off with our second birthday celebration. We offered some great sales and welcomed many new brides. We noticed lace was a big hit during this month particularly; our brides picked some truly stunning looks. Our Facebook page also grew to have more than 1,000 followers! Our Instagram account continues to grow as well; it’s where we show off photos of the latest and greatest TGS arrivals (and we’ve even posted a contest or two as well).
In March, we welcomed a new accessory designer, Bourbon & Boweties. These fabulous bangles have been very well-received by our brides, patrons, and our social followers. Do you bangle? These make for fabulous holiday and bridesmaid gifts.
Moving into April, we had a successful trip to NYC Bridal Market. We met with our favorite fabulous designers, and we also welcomed some new ones to The Gown Shop collection – including Sarah Seven, Nicole Miller, and Tara Keely.
The biggest news of the year came during the spring months as we expanded The Gown Shop in Suite 310, right next to our original location. This allowed us to expand our collection of gowns, which now range from $1,500–$6,000 in price point, as well as house social-occasion/bridesmaid styles from $260–$900. Among our social dress collections, we are proud to welcome (and be the only Michigan retailer carrying) Kirribilla and Dolly Pearl.
June kicked off the busy wedding season. We were thrilled to have our lovely intern, Morgan, there to provide support during the summer months. We also celebrated Audrey’s one-year anniversary with The Gown Shop. Audrey continues to be a stellar addition to the TGS team and an excellent saleswoman. She has personally welcomed more than 125 brides this year and worked with countless brides on accessorizing their big-day look!
We were also delighted when a TGS bridal gown was chosen to grace the cover of HOUR’s Metro Detroit Bride publication for Summer/Fall 2013 – and other TGS gowns were chosen for additional editorial coverage.
September was the most popular month for TGS brides to marry this year; we had 40 brides say “I DO” in September alone! At the end of the month, we welcomed our new employee, Breanna. She’s a University of Michigan student with a passion for all things bridal, and she has been a wonderful addition to the TGS team.
October once again brought the rush for next year’s wedding season; we have welcomed many lovely new ladies as 2014 brides. We made our second annual visit to NYC for bridal market, and we are excited to be welcoming some new designers to TGS. Sarah Janks, Leanne Marshall, and Anais Anette gowns will all be gracing the racks in early 2014, and they are sure to be new loves of our brides. At the end of the month we were chosen to be on Detroit’s FOX 2 news morning show to discuss the latest in bridal fashion. We had a blast preparing for this on-air segment.
November was an amazing month for trunk show events and new fall gown arrivals. We were a part of a few fabulous photo shoots this year, as well as have gorgeous weddings published in magazines and online wedding blogs. And, once again, our White Friday sale was a hit!
December has been great so far as we we wrap the year; I just sent one of my best friends and her eight bridesmaids (including me) down the aisle decked out in The Gown Shop designers. Overall, it was a personal and professional honor to be a part of several close friends’ weddings this year.
There is so much to be thankful for as we conclude 2013; most of all, we are grateful for our brides, designers, colleagues, friends, families, and supporters.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Love & Blessings,