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Happy New Year!

January 3, 2017

Hi Beauties!

Welcome to 2017!! We're are literally bursting with excitement for 2017! Tailor Made Bridal would like to wish you an amazingly wonderful new year.

This may be the year of your engagement, wedding day, vow renewal or any other great life event. For us, it's the official launch of Tailor Made Bridal (coming in Spring of 2017!) It's an opportunity for a fresh start with excitement, joy and love.

So cheers to us as we embrace all that 2017 has in store! We count it an honor to be on this journey with you and hope you feel the same!

To start the new year off right, you gotta have some 2017 resolutions right?! Check out these "7 Resolutions for Bride and Groom to Be." 

Bridal Consignment ?!

January 23, 2017

We're gearing up for our plus size bridal consignment event, "Something Borrowed" in May! It's going to be an exciting time as we launch Tailor Made Bridal to the Grand Rapids and West Michigan brides! 

Some brides have asked us, why consignment? And we say,why not consignment! In this day and  age you certainly don't have to break the bank to get style, quality and fashion forward frocks. So we decided to share our  "Top 5 Reasons to Shop Bridal Consignment."  Take a look...


1. The Deal

Say what you may, we're all looking for a good deal every now and again. Buying your wedding gown at a consignment boutique will possibly be the biggest deal of your wedding planning season. The gowns you'll find in the consignment boutique are priced 45-85% off of the current retail price.  It's very likely that brides will pay less than the wholesale price for many consigned gowns.  

Imagine finding the designer, couture private collection gown of your dreams. In the magazines it's waaaaay over budget, but as luck would have it, you find it in our consignment shop!! Yes, that's how fate works ;-)

This is a great benefit for brides that would like to stick to their dress budget and splurge a little more on other details such as food, entertainment and decor. 

2. The Steal

We don't condone any sort or criminal activity, but when you find a beautiful once loved gown, half the price and in "good as new" or "still new" condition... that's the steal of a lifetime. Consignment boutiques are really a best kept secret. The dresses in the salon could be "good as new" meaning they were worn for a short period of time. Or they could be brand new with tags (BNWT) and never worn. 

Some salons carry styles that have been discontinued, store samples, cancelled orders and more. More often than not the gowns are going to be beautiful and in a ready to wear condition for your big day!

3. The Feel

Probably the hardest part about wedding planning is the wait! It's no different when you're ready to put on your wedding dress and walk down the aisle. But in most cases, if you order your dress, you'll have to wait anywhere from 3-8 months before your wedding gown even arrives at the salon. However, with a consignment boutique you'll get to try your dress on and take it home with you that day! Perfect if your wedding is approaching quickly and you don't have time to order!

4. The Thrill

For us, the most fun part of consignment bridal and formalwear is the variety of styles that come through our doors. Unlike the big box, cookie cutter, seen it before dresses, when you shop consignment you've got a good chance of scoring a gown that hasn't traveled through your circle of friends. We hand pick our gowns from all over. This guarantees that we don't have the same dress for everyone to buy. We specifically look for elements that are rare, and never before seen in this region. Brides can request to be contacted when a gown arrives in the boutique that fits their dream dress description. This is perfect for the bride that's patient and waiting for something truly special. 

5. The Frills

With a consignment boutique your wildest dreams can come true!  Through a careful alterations process (we work with great wedding tailors) your dream gown and come to life right before your eyes! With such low prices you'll be able to create a gown that's tailor made for you and by you. Whether you want to change a neckline, add beading or shorten the train a consigned gown can be transformed into anything! Some of the dresses may need a  little TLC, but if you've got the vision, we can make it happen! 


So could you see yourself shopping bridal consignment? Be sure to shop with us on May 6, 2017 at "Something Borrowed"! Our plus size bridal consignment pop up shop is sure to please. We'll also have formal wear, bridesmaid dresses, prom and mother of gowns for purchase. Not to mention our Fall 2017 look-book of the special order styles we'll carry. 


See you then & bring a friend!  

We Need Your Support! 

February 6, 2017

Happy February! We've been up to some pretty cool adventures at Tailor Made Bridal to prepare for our May 2017 launch. Everyday the dream of serving curvy brides becomes more and more of a reality! We can't wait to meet you all in the future! 

If you want to support us on this journey we could really use  your support with two huge efforts:

1.) Start Garden's 5x5 Pitch Night Competition- We've decided to enter this competition to share our business idea with 5 judges and host of community members. The grand prize is $5,000 to launch our business in West Michigan. Image all of the pretty dresses we could buy with that check! So how can you help? Go to http://5x5night.com/ideas and cast your 1 time vote for Tailor Made Bridal!  Yes...it's that simple! 


2.) Kiva Crowdfunding Mircroloan Progam- Kiva is an amazing non-profit that provides microloans to small businesses through crowdfunding. My loan for $2,000 would purchase gowns, plus size mannequins and merchandising equipment. Lenders can give as little as a $25 loan which will be paid back to them in a timely manner. So how can you help? Go to https://www.kiva.org/lend/1231381 and click the lend button!  


Thanks to everyone that supports us in every way possible! 

With Love,

Krystle


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Meet Krystle, the Owner

November 28, 2016

Hi Beauties! 

Welcome to our blog. It's hard to know what to post so be patient with us as we upload content. We thought it would be a good idea to get to know  Krystle. She's the owner of Tailor Made Bridal . Check out her  "Get to Know Me" tag below! 

  1. What is your middle name? Danielle
  2. What is your favorite color? Almost every shade of purple! 
  3. Who was your first best friend? Definitely my mommy. 
  4. How tall are you? 5'8" perfect model height or so I'm told
  5. Cats or Dogs? Neither
  6. How many countries have you visited? One, but that will change soon!
  7. Are you in/gone to college?  Michigan State University. GO GREEN! 
  8. What was your favorite/worst subject in High School? Loved English; Loathed Math
  9. What is your Favorite drink? Ginger-ale Pop
  10. What is your favorite perfume?  Vera Wang- Princess
  11. Tea or Coffee? Mmmmm...Tea
  12. What would you (or have you) name your children? We'll see when they get here. I do really like the name Ava-Joy. 
  13. What Sports do you play/Have you played? Tennis & Swimming
  14. What is your favorite book? "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World"  by Joanna Weaver
  15. Are you Single or Taken? Single for now ;-) 
  16. Whats your idea of an ideal first date?  Sledding, Hot Chocolate and Conversation
  17. How many Boyfriends have you had? Just two
  18. Favorite memory from childhood? Going to my 1st N'SYNC concert
  19. Do you have any siblings? Oh yeah! 2 Older Brothers
  20. How would you describe your fashion sense? Fun, Inspiring and Bright
  21. What is your favorite restaurant?  Well ... since you asked... Carraba's, Red Robin, Osaka Japanese Grill, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Chipotle, Olga's and soooooo much more. 
  22. What are some of your favorite tv shows? Current: Jane the Virgin, The Fosters, Black-Ish  Nostalgic: A Different World, Saved by the Bell, Boy Meets World
  23. PC or mac? PC
  24. Tell us one of your bad habits. Leaving the clothes in the washing machine...forever. 
  25. Why did you start TMB? The short answer... I LOVE the moment when a curvy bride sees herself as beautiful, gorgeous, sexy and worthy to be loved.