Vendor Conversations: Girls in White Dresses

We’re starting our Bridal Shop Vendor Conversations with Courtney, the owner of downtown Columbus shop, Girls in White Dresses.


Business Name: Girls in White Dresses
Name: Courtney Leister
Address: 274 Marconi Blvd, Suite 110, Columbus, OH, 43215 – in the Arena District!
Phone: 614.821.7000
Email: info {@} girlsinwhitedresses {dot} com
Hours: by appointment only with styling times from Tuesday through Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm and Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  Closed Sunday and Monday.

How long has Girls in White Dresses been in business and when did you take over?
Girls in White Dresses was founded in 2003 and I have been with GIWD since 2005.

Why did you want to own a bridal shop?
I love fashion and styling clients. Bridal is the most important dress a woman will wear so for me it is the most fun to style.

What bridal lines do you carry? 
Augusta Jones, Paloma Blanca, Tara Keely, and Mikaella.

What is the price range of your gowns? 
We sell stylish, quality dresses at a reasonable price in a fun boutique setting that range from $1500-$3500.

What lines of bridesmaid and mother of the bride dresses do you carry?
We focus on bridal and bridesmaids. Our clients LOVE our Jim Hjelm Occasions line for bridesmaid’s and cocktail dresses.

What accessories do you carry?
We work exclusively with Jennifer Leigh for veils who was named one of the top 10 things to have at your wedding by Town and Country Bridal magazine. We also carry jewelry by Ti Adoro.

What is your favorite part of owning a bridal boutique?
I love finding that perfect dress and veil for each and every client and that no two brides are the same.

What advice do you have for brides who are just starting to look for their gown?
Limit the amount of guests you bring to 2 and don’t over think things. If you love a dress, buy it and then STOP looking! 🙂

What trends are you seeing for 2012 that you love?
Tulle, english net, floral embellishments, and ruffles.

Finally, if you were to get married/re-married tomorrow, what dress would you wear?
Tara Keely Dress Style 2160!

My October 8 bride, Valeri wore a dress she bought at Girls in White Dresses, as did her bridesmaids.  Gorgeous!


Thank you so much to Courtney for chatting with me!  Tomorrow we’re going to chat with Kirstin from Big Rock Little Rooster!

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