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

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