August 28, 2015 in

WE HAVE EXPANDED!!! We have a new location to offer our fabulous designer bridal gowns to lovely new brides ready to say I DO!

Perrysburg, Ohio is my ‘HOME SWEET HOME’! I have had the honor to dress so many gorgeous ladies from the Toledo, Ohio area – so it was my natural progression to provide the same great experience, service and gowns that Ann Arbor has been offered over these 4.5 years to my HOME! We are now OPEN and ready for NORTHWEST OHIO brides to start calling, scheduling, swooning and saying YES TO THE DRESS at The Gown Shop – Perrysburg!


If you’re not familiar with Perrysburg or the Toledo area. It is a QUICK trip on US 23 from Ann Arbor. We would love for our brides to check out both locations and shop all the lovely gowns we are now offering!



July 24, 2015 in

We are so excited to be expanding and opening our second location in Perrysburg, Ohio next month! We have some extra gowns and dresses that need to find a lovely new home before our big move! Join us on TUESDAY 7/28 & THURSDAY 7/30 fir our big moving sale!

11am-7pm both days and walk-ins are welcome to take advantage of these fabulous deals!

( Donna Morgan, Amsale Bridesmaids, Ivy & Aster)
( Kirribilla, Dolly Pearl AND BLISS TULLE)
( Siri Dresses)

Style File: Romantic Bohemian

June 19, 2015 in


If there’s one thing we know about weddings (and we know plenty!) it’s that bohemian themed nuptials are here to stay–and for good reason. If there’s a wedding style more universally flattering and completely customizable than boho-inspired bashes, then it’s unknown to us! With soft, elegant fabrics, pastel floral arrangements and beading and accessories that sparkle and shine as you make your way down the aisle, bohemian style has never been better. These gowns are elegant in their simplicity, understated without being boring with delicate lace accents, beaded cap sleeves, vintage inspired detailing and delicate ruching. Check out a few of our favorites below!

Ivy and Aster “All My Life”

Ivy and Aster Ally My Life

A beautiful silk gown with a sweetheart neckline and beaded cap sleeves, “All My Life” is stunning in its simplicity. It’s minimalist silhouette is intricately detailed, making this beauty like the perfect romance: uncomplicated, comfortable, and effortless.


Tara Keely 2500 “Gladys”

TK 2500

A truly stunning creation, the sweeping organza ballgown style and sweet Alencon lace detail give “Gladys” a true fairytale feel, while the deep-v illusion neckline keep the look fresh and modern.


Carol Hannah “Downton”


Float down the aisle in this heavenly creation by designer Carol-Hannah. A figure flattering trumpet silhouette is complimented by a featherlight silver tulle overlay and crystal embellishments, creating a gauzy, watercolor type effect on the bodice. The delicate satin ribbon adds a feminine touch.


Astrid and Mercedes “Divine”

astrid and mercedes divine

This gorgeously simple gown, made of luminous silk duiponi, is a true show stopper down the aisle. Featuring an open back and fluted skirt than flairs beautifully into a scalloped train, this is a gown that people will be talking about for years to come.

Sara Gabriel Trunk Show: Friday, July 31st–Sunday, August 2nd

June 16, 2015 in


Sara Gabriel offers completely customizable, personalized accessories of impeccable design, made from only the finest materials–think freshwater pearls, glittering Swarovski crystals, and hand sculpted flowers. Each veil is individually cut by a professional milliner, ensuring care and quality, while all hair combs and jewelry are crafted by hand to the highest of standards. For a truly glamorous and unique look, you can’t go wrong with one of Sara’s gorgeous creations.

Trunk Show: Friday, July 31st – Sunday, August 2nd

Sample Sale: What Brides Should Know

June 12, 2015 in


If you’re in the market for a bridal gown (or follow TGS on Facebook), you’ve probably come across the term “sample sale” once or twice. Though any combination of “bridal” and “sale” is a good thing, what exactly does “sample sale” mean? TGS answers some common questions below.

What Is a “Sample Sale”?

Boutique bridal stores usually only carry one style of gown from a particular designer at a time in a standard size (think 8 or 10) that can easily be pinned and fitted to the majority of figures during the trying-on process. These gowns are often the standard model (i.e. no customized details or color) and are used as a “sampling” of what the designer has to offer (hence where we get the term “sample gown”). A sample sale, then, is a special sale of these types of gowns. The best part? Since the gowns are already made, they’re considerably less than ordering new!

Who Should Shop Sample Sales?

Since sample gowns are essentially sartorial models, they are limited in sizing and design. However, that isn’t to say sample gowns aren’t unique (plenty are). Rather, they cannot be endlessly altered or customized like new gowns. The perfect sample shopper has these qualities:

  • The bride knows exactly what she wants and is able to easily select a gown that meets her requirements without doubt or trying on different styles
  • The bride does not want or require customization in her gown, and is happy to select one as is
  • Brides who have either waited too long to purchase a dress, have a quick engagement, or are having a small ceremony and/or elopement and need a gown quickly
  • Brides who fit into standard sizes (6-10)
  • Brides on a budget

Who Should Avoid Sample Sales?

As wonderful as sample sales are, they cannot cater to every bride. Those who should schedule a bridal appointment are:

  • Brides looking for specific details, colors, or customization for their gown
  • Brides who fit outside standard sizing (< Size 6, > Size 12)
  • Brides with specific requirements or who are looking for unique fits or uncommon styles

How Do Sample Sales Work?

We select a sample gown from our collection and put it on sale in Suite 355. Once there, the gown is immediately available for purchase–no waiting or shipping costs! If you fall in love with a sample gown, an associate will pack your dress and you can take it home with you the very same day.

Can I Order Samples?

Yes and no. A sample gown found in a boutique is sold as is–that means you purchase the gown in the style, color, and size you see on the rack. There is no custom sizing or detailing when you purchase a sample gown, as they are already made. However, if you fall in love with a sample gown, you do have the option of ordering it new and to your specifications from the designer–at a much higher price. Be careful of this, as some sample gowns have been discontinued and are no longer available. Always check with your associate to see if the gown you love is in circulation before attempting to place a new order.

How Much Do Sample Gowns Cost?

Every boutique is different, but at TGS, our sample gowns range in price from $150-$2,500. That means there’s the potential to purchase a $4,000 gown for $2,500–what a steal!

Why Are The Samples On Sale? What’s Wrong With Them?

Nothing! Though some bridal boutiques will offer damaged or discolored gowns in their sample sales, TGS is not one of them. All of our sample gowns are new and current designs and in pristine condition. However, with so many new gowns coming in, we simply can’t fit all of our dresses in one place, and have to swap out some designs to make room for the new. That’s when sample sales happen and gorgeous, on trend gowns go for discount prices. What’s not to love?

What Designers Are Part of Sample Sales?

All sorts! In the past, we’ve had Carol-Hannah, Modern Trousseau, Ivy & Aster and Tara Keely. We regularly add in samples from our complete range of designers, so check back often!

Is A Sample Sale The Same As A Trunk Show?

No. Though both are in-store events, a trunk show is vastly different from a sample sale. A trunk show is when a designer makes an exclusive appearance (along with their entire collection) to a bridal boutique to sell their gowns. Gowns at a trunk show will sell for full retail price (though some designers offer 10% discounts for buying day-of), can be customized, and will not be available immediately to take home. On the other hand, sample sales feature gowns from a wide variety of designers in all sorts of styles and colors, with the added benefit of getting the gown the same day you shop.

Gowns By Venue: What To Wear For Each Setting


One of the first things we want to know when helping a bride find her dream gown is where her venue will be. Though this question may seem entirely unrelated to wedding dress shopping (aren’t we supposed to be asking whether you’re into ballgowns or mermaid styles?) the venue where you have your wedding can be a crucial deciding factor on which dress you end up choosing. The reason? The venue you choose determines the entire look and feel of the event, making it one of the most important aspects of wedding planning–and, by extension, dress shopping! We’ve narrowed down some of our favorite gowns from TGS Social (and the venues we think they’d fit best in) to help you make your choice. See a dress you love? With our new continuous sample sale, just walk in and buy it! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Beach Wedding

Many brides believe that if they’re having a beachside wedding, the dress they wear must be simple and flowy–nothing too structured, nothing too sparkly, and, of course, nothing even resembling a ballgown! At TGS, we say you don’t need to follow convention. These three gowns offer style and comfort, proving you really can have it all.

Gown: Tara Keely “Rosalie”



We know what you’re thinking–THAT dress, on a beach?! Though the gown is undeniably gorgeous, trust us on this one! A mermaid style gown is a great way to add a bit of glamor and sex appeal to your big day look while still keeping things simple (no elaborate detail, trains, or fabrics, for example). The tulle skirt of this lacy beauty fans out beautifully to create a romantic look that’s perfect against the sound of gently crashing waves and the soft glow of sunset photos.

Original Price: $2,025

TGS Social Price: $1,500


The Gown: Carol-Hannah “Windsor”



The flattering v-neck and trumpet silhouette give this gown a streamlined, modern feel that can be either dressed up or down. Throwing a laid back beach BBQ? Skip shoes and pin a flower in your hair (we like this one from Sara Gabriel) for a relaxed, bohemian vibe. Looking for a simple gown but still enjoy a bit of glamour? Try a colored band that coordinates with your color scheme or tie a glittering satin sash for a little sparkle and shine for your big day.

Original Price: $2,565

TGS Social Price: $1,500

Word of Advice: Avoid trains (and veils) longer than chapel length. Being so close to the water, any quick turn is just recipe for disaster.

Garden Wedding

Garden weddings have had a surge in popularity recently, and for good reason: getting married amongst lush gardens, full of fragrant, blossoming flowers and the sound of rushing rives and streams is incredibly romantic! Besides being incredibly beautiful, tying the knot in the great outdoors is also cost effective–with so much natural scenery, you hardly need decor! (Which leaves more funds left over for your gown–er, ceremony).

The Gown: Sarah Janks “Eden”



Though the name alone would be reason enough to choose this dress, we think Eden’s unstructured, flowing silhouette and delicate Chantilly lace trim would make for a completely breathtaking look amongst blossoming blooms and lush, green grass.

Original Price: $2,629

TGS Social Price: $2,000


The Gown: Sarah Janks “Garnet”



Our love affair with Sarah Janks continues with this “Garnet” gown. Laser-cut tulle appliqué flowers shimmer on the sleek bodice and skirt, giving off a romantic, fairy tale feel.

Original Price: $2,885

TGS Social Price: $2,500


The Gown: Nicole Miller “Jamie”



Tip toe through the tulips in this lace-covered, body conscious stunner. Featuring a ruffled train and plunging v-back, hold your head high as you walk through the gardens with impeccable style.

Original Price: $1,400

TGS Social Price: $1,000

Club/Ballroom Wedding

For the bride who knows how to make a statement, TGS provides a collection of timeless, stunning gowns to match the glamour and elegance of your venue.

The Gown: Tara Keely “Gaby”



What can we say other than this gown has some serious “wow” factor? The fit-to-flare silhouette, made of ivory satin, melds into a puff of tiered tulle with horsehair hem detail, creating a gown that is as glamorous as it is detailed.

Original Price: $2,695

TGS Social Price: $2,000


The Gown: Modern Trousseau “Bryton”

BRYTON bridal gown by Modern Trousseau


If you’re looking for a gown that looks and feels like a million dollars, look no further than this “Bryton” gown. Inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, this silk gown features a bateau neckline in Chantilly lace, paired with a stunning fit-to-flare silhouette and deep v back that’s finished off with an oversized bow. Simply put, this gown is couture at its finest.

Original Price: $3,200

TGS Social Price: $2,500


The Gown: LeaAnn Belter “Adele”



Prim and proper, this gorgeous gown is bound to give any bride that fairy tale feel on her wedding day. The elaborate crystal brooches sparkle against blush colored silk dupioni, while chic bows and delicate draping of the sweetheart bodice cascade into a full, A-line skirt.

Original Price: $3,100

TGS Social Price: $1,700

Barn Wedding

For the bride who embodies “rustic chic”, there’s the barn wedding–a little wild, a little country, but undeniably charming all the same.

The Gown: Sarah Seven “Practically Perfect”

practically perfect


Look just as good as the name suggests in this Sarah Seven stunner. With its sweet A-line silhouette, sweetheart neckline and beautifully draped bodice, you’ll be able to dance the night away in style and comfort.

Original Price: $1,800

TGS Social Price: $1,500


The Gown: Sarah Seven “Amour”



Float down the aisle in this romantic, draped A-line gown. Featuring capped sleeves and delicate lace detail, this gown moves and feels like a dream.

Original Price: $2,120

TGS Social Price: $1,700


The Gown: Lea-Ann Belter “Sybil”



Silk dupioni and French Alencon lace create a striking silhouette, complete with lace sleeves and fluted skirt. The sweetheart neckline and deep scoop back finish off this romantic ensemble that will photograph beautifully and wear comfortably all night long.

Original Price: $3,400

TGS Social Price: $1,700

Museum Wedding

The bride who chooses to have her wedding at a museum is often at the cutting edge of fashion and design, a super stylish and chic trendsetter who’s not afraid to take risks–especially when it comes to fashion. Nail your big day look with these stylish and unique gowns.

The Gown: Ivy & Aster “Gardenia”



There’s just something about “Gardenia” that we can’t put our finger on. Maybe it’s the cascading ruffles on the gorgeous chiffon skirt, or the brilliant starburst bodice, but we know one thing–put together, these details create one killer combo!

Original Price: $2,640

TGS Social Price: $1,200


The Gown: Ivy & Aster “Take on Me”

take on me


Though we’re always inspired to hum this catchy tune whenever we see this gown, any association between this beauty and polyester pants and Aquanet stops with its name. This unique, blush toned gown features a deep v-neck with pleated bodice and jeweled lace insert, with matching jeweled sleeves adding balance and intrigue to the finished silhouette.

Original Price: $1,870

TGS Social Price: $1,200