A Little Vision Never Hurt Anyone Even If you Fall a few Times

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As some of you know, I have been working towards making my online bridal shop a mobile bridal suite that will be perfect for Mountain weddings, weddings at an art gallery, well, any unconventional wedding venue. When I tell people my vision some people get it right away, but most people stare at me with eyes glazed over until I explain a little more. Once I add a little clarity as to what a mobile bridal suite is, the glaze disappears and they get what I am doing.

Today, I thought I would take a moment to describe my vision on this blog. My dream/ vision is to get a vintage camper and transform it into a mobile bridal suite. I will completely renovate the interior so that it is girly and comfortable. suitable for any bride to be and her bridal party. During the Wedding season (March-November),not only will the renovated camper be a space for me to work out of, but, I will rent the unit out to brides, hairstylists, and makeup artists, who need a space for the “getting ready” portion of the wedding day. During off season, I will pop up all around Colorado showcasing local designer goods and vintage items. I feel like the new wave of shopping is the “pop-up shop”. If you haven’t experienced a “pop-up” shop yet, I highly recommend you get on Facebook, Twitter, or instagram and start following your local mobile boutiques and designers.

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I tried the whole online crowd funding route in June. I learned a lot, to say the least. I think the most important thing I learned is that you don’t need Kickstarter or a site like it to raise funds via crowdfunding. While those sites are Awesome for Artist, product centered companies, films, singers, songwriters, and fashion designers. It was not the best route for a mobile bridal suite that will only be serving a certain location. Once the Pretty Bride Shop crowdfunding campaign ended, I had to regroup! I had think of another way to raise the funds. I have a new plan. Here is the new plan. I am doing weekly makeup workshops with an entrance fee, I am doing various fundraising clothing swaps, and at home false eyelash parties. I have have a new game plan. I am going to get the vintage camper, I am looking at Shasta trailers, by January 1, 2014, and I have plans to have the mobile unit fully renovated by June 1, 2014! With that said, if you are in the Denver area and love supporting small business and would like to support mine, please feel free to contact me via email, shopprettybride@gmail.com.

Even though I have come across some hiccup and fallen a few times on my journey to reach my vision, I still have it and as time goes by, my vision only strengthens. I am looking forward to the day that I am blogging about the grand opening of the mobile bridal suite!

Thank you for reading today’s post! I hope you enjoyed it. Stop by Pretty Bride Shop anytime!

xox,

Nicole

Questions are fun!

Photo: Off to pick up the food for tonight launch party! Hope to see you tonight at Beauty Bar Denver! #party #mobileboutique #crowdfunding

Last night, I had the launch party for Pretty Bride Shop’s RocketHub campaign at Beauty Bar in Denver.  I am so grateful to have been able to have my launch party at such an awesome location. I have been a fan of Beauty Bar for a long time, so to be able to have the party at Beauty was such a treat! I am so grateful for the Denver Fashion Truck and La Lovely Vintage mobile boutique for taking time out of their day and set up right outside of the party! And, I am so grateful for everyone who showed up and who started funding the project!Also, while at Beauty Bar I met some really awesome ladies who were at the bar for happy hour. I am so glad I met them because they have some really awesome businesses, have you ever heard of sexy Yoga? One of the ladies owns a studio that offer sexy yoga, how fun is that?! Plus, they joined our party for a bit. I had so much fun and am so excited to see what will happen next.

While at the party I was being asked some common questions. I wanted to take some time to address them on the blog just in cases someone in the internet world has the same questions. I was asked why I want to make my shop a mobile bridal suite/ mobile bridal boutique. I really feel that the wedding business is changing, not just the trends, but the wedding industry in general. I feel that more an more brides are getting inspired by sites like pinterest and magazines like Martha Stewart Weddings. Brides want their wedding to be different. They want it to be unlike  anyone else they know. Which means they are looking at getting married at venues that are unconventional. Often times these unconventional venues do not have a bridal suite. This has been my first official wedding season and I have noticed that it can be stressful trying to coordinate the timeline of getting ready with hotel rooms or someone’s home. For instance the last wedding I was apart of, the brides room wasn’t clean yet when she arrived, thankfully for her the owner of the hotel had a suite at the hotel that is always ready and she was able to use that suite, but what if there were no rooms available? Her whole wedding day timeline would have been off track. I want to offer brides an option to have a guaranteed space to get ready wherever it is most convenient for them on their wedding day.

Another question I was getting asked a lot was, “how many people will be able to comfortably fit in the mobile suite and how big will the RV have to be?” This is a great question! I am look at RV’s that are 20-30ft in length. I would like to be able to service a bridal party of up to 10 people comfortably. Also, I was asked if anyone else is doing something like this. “Do I have any  competitors?” The answer is yes and no. IF you are in business in any industry, you have competitors. There are some companies that go on location and do hair and makeup at the venue if there is a bridal suite, or to the hotel, or home. No one in Colorado, that I know of, has really built a mobile bridal suite, as in a physical location that will travel to the bride, YET! Also, there are a few other mobile boutiques but there is not a bridal mobile boutique in Denver yet. I feel that I would be able to collaborate with some of the other awesome mobile boutiques in Denver.I feel that this is a great idea and I am sure that I am not the only who has thought of it, but I hope to be one of the first to build it, with your help! If you feel that this is something that brides would love to experience, fund this project: http://rkthb.co/28007.Every Dollar Counts! Any Feedback will help, Feel free to comment with any feed back that you have.

Thank you so much for reading tonight’s Post! I hope that you have enjoyed it!

xox,

Nicole

Fun Times: Project Pretty Bride Shop

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This week has been so interesting. It started out with a radio interview with an awesome business talk radio show, Experience Pros.. I have never been on radio before, but have always wanted to be on talk radio. A fun fact that not many people know about me is that I have a bit of an addiction to talk radio, so you can imagine how excited I was! It was a great experience and I highly recommend the Experience Pros radio show. It is positively informative.

About an hour after I was on the radio talking about how I submitted my Kickstarter campaign, I received an email from Kickstarter saying that my project went against their guidelines. I was pretty bummed out until I found the site RocketHub. For the past couple of days I have been dedicating pretty much all of my time to find the right crowdfunding site for the project, Pretty Bride Shop: Mobile Bridal Suite/ Mobile Bridal Boutique.  After Hours upon hours of research, I determined that RocketHub is pretty amazing! I am glad to say that i just finished submitting my project to RocketHub. I really like the layout of the site. I like the type of projects that are on RocketHub. I like that is is a “keep everything that you raise” deal. That means that I keep everything I earn even if I don’t make my goal. Plus, I learned even more about crowd funding than I knew before I found the site. After submitting my project, I feel confident and excited as I approach the launch of my campaign. I even felt comfortable enough to fund another project! It was such a simple process and I am super excited for the tea company that I helped fund! I guess everything happens for a reason.I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it!

Stop by Pretty Bride Shop anytime!

xox,
Nicole

Help Kick Start Pretty Bride Shop

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Pretty Bride Shop started as a small idea in 2011 and I have had such a great time building and watching the company grow. Lately, I am feeling like it is time to take Pretty Bride Shop to the next level. Now that I am finished with school (woo hoo!) , I can really focus all of my energy and attention to helping my business grow. Up until now, I have self-funded Pretty Bride Shop, but I have reached a point where I need help. There are two things that have become increasingly apparent as I am going through my first official wedding season. 1) I am in need of a physical space to meet clients that is convenient for both me and my clients and 2) In this economy I am going to have to get creative! I am currently working on plans for a Kickstarter campaign to help make Pretty Bride Shop an “Everything but the dress” mobile boutique.

In case you are not familiar with Kickstarter, it is an online crowd funding platform that allows anyone to contribute to a specific creative project to help “kickstart” businesses, bands, writers, artists, and such. When you contribute to a project you receive a reward. The rewards can vary from a handwritten thank you note to hundreds of dollars in products that relate to the project. The more money you contribute, the juicier the reward.

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You have all seen those food trucks and more recently the fashion trucks. Well, my dream is to get a vintage motor home, do a gut renovation on it and join the up-and-coming mobile boutiques in Colorado. My vision is to carry really awesome bridal accessories that are handcrafted by new designers, super cute shoes, handpicked vintage finds, and even have a hair and makeup station. The mobile boutique can be turned into a bridal suite for those brides who are getting married at an unconventional venue that doesn’t offer a bridal suite, like a field, the mountains, an art gallery, and such. On June 20th I am going to launch a 30 day Kickstarter campaign to make my dream come true so that I can help my client’s dreams come true!

Feel free to leave any feedback and comments, stay tuned for more details on the project by following this blog and don’t forget to ‘Like’ our Facebook page.

Thank you for reading today’s post. Stop by Pretty Bride Shop aanytime!

xox,
Nicole

Let’s Catch Up…

I can’t believe it is already the end of May! Wow… How time flies?!?! So far, this year has been a real learning experience for me. This is Pretty Bride Shop’s first official wedding season and I am loving every minute of it. I wanted to take some time to write about some of the exciting things that have been going on with Pretty Bride Shop.

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(Girly Head pieces hand crafted by Pretty Bride Shop pictured above)

I am still having fun making really awesome head pieces for the off beat bride, but this year is the first year that I have offered on location makeup services as well. I realized that after doing makeup for almost eleven years for other people, I can’t give it up,  but I still want to work for myself, so I added makeup services to the Pretty Bride Shop service menu. Plus, I have always loved bridal makeup more than any other kind of makeup and there is something special about be able to be part of the final hours before a bride-to-be becomes the bride.

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(A girls best friend… A makeup kit)

At the beginning of the year, we had the opportunity to rent space from a really awesome cupcake tasting room in Denver, Yours Truly Cupcake. Below are some photos of the space.

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The photo above is the outside of Your Truly Cupcake, which is located in the RINO district in Denver. It is such a great neighborhood filled with delicious restaurants, galleries and such.

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These are some of the super cute and yummy cupcake from Yours Truly Cupcake!

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Above is a photo of the Pretty Bride Shop displays.

Last Month in April i held the first ever Pretty Bride Shop trunk show. Which was a learning experience and a lot of fun!I have never organized an event before and have a new found respect for my event planner friends. There are so MANY details and you have to be crazy organized to put on any size event.  I am so grateful for all  of the awesome people who stopped by and helped out with the event. Check out some of the photos from the event.

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Above are some of the new designs from Pretty Bride Shop for Spring 2013.

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As always my niece Lily had a fun time!

In addition to all of these fun things, Pretty Bride Shop has made an appearance in a few bridal blogs. I have plans to be apart of  more stylized bridal photo shoot as well as to organize photo shoots specifically for our brand. This weekend we will have a booth at the launch of Denver Fashion truck since they will be carrying some of our hand knitted bows.

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(If you are in Denver, you should stop by this event and check it out)

So far this has been a really awesome year and I can’t wait to see what happens next with Pretty Bride Shop

Thank you for reading today’s blog post! I hope you have a wonderful day.

xox,

Nicole

Stop by the Pretty Bride Shop anytime!

One Lovely Blog Award

WOW!! I am so Honored and excited that the Pretty Bride Shop blog has been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award! I am so grateful.  Thank you so much to Two Birds One Stone and TLC Events for nominating my blog. I so appreciate your support!

So here is the run down on how this Award works:

1. Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
2. Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.
3. Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire.
4. Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

7  Things about me:

1.  My secret dream career is to be an opera singer.  I guess it’s not really a secret anymore 😉 I even took and paid for my own voice lessons while  in high school. 

2.  I can eat Mexican food all day everyday, this is no joke people.

3. I originally went to design school to become the west coast version of Donna Karen. I even had a name lined up for my clothing line, NRLA which stood for Nicole Ramirez Los Angeles… it sounds super silly now looking back, but I was a lady with a plan!

4. This is a well know fact, I absolutely love my nieces, Lily and Emma,  more than I ever knew I would. I believe that they changed my life for the better!

5. In addition to starting up the Pretty Bride Shop, I am  a make up artist and have been  for ten years! I thought it would be a one year gig at most, but ended up becoming a career.

6. I started the Pretty Bride Shop in 2011 because I wanted to create pretty things. When is comes to pretty, you can’t have a better muse than a bride!

7. My favorite movie is Rear Window ( the Hitchcock version) because of  the wardrobe and there is no sound track, the only sounds you hear throughout the movie are the sounds that the main character hears. They sure don’t make movies like that anymore. 😉

15 Bloggers I admire:

1. Two Birds One Stone

2. TLC Events

3. A lot On Your Plate

4. Bliss

5. Clouds of Colour

6. Sadie & Dasie 

7. Stuff I Tell My Sister

8. Charming Trinity

9. Live. Learn. Love

10. The Bride on a Budget

11. The Monkeycosm

12. Frugal Foodie Family 

13. Sweet Little Thang

14. Tulle and Trinkets

15. California Pixie

Thank you for reading this. Have a great day!

XOX,

Nicole Ramirez

Stop by the Pretty Bride Shop anytime!