Dress shopping is probably the most fun part of wedding planning. Think about it — you get to go from dressing up dolls in wedding gowns when you were a kid to actually putting one on! When you’re looking for just the right dress, Jingles is the place to go. Check out our interview with Ellen Clark, the owner of Jingles Bridal.
Tell us a little about your business – what does the company do and who are your customers?
We are a full service bridal salon, servicing brides and their parties for over 15 years. We have brides that have come from not only the Richmond area, but Charlottesville, Tidewater and Northern Virginia/Washington DC as well!
Tell us why and how you became involved the business.
I have been in sales for over 20 years. At the end of the day, it’s all about forming relationships and providing good customer service. I have always been a believer in both and decided to do something on my own.
What’s your favorite part of a typical day at Jingles?
The moment that you realize that you have helped the bride find the true “dress of her dreams”. Being part of that “Aha!” moment with the bride is a great feeling.
Who gives you the best advice about your work?
We get the best info from other wedding vendors (our close associates) and bridal representatives that we work so closely with.
I would say being voted one of Richmond’s Best Bridal Salons every year by Richmond Magazine and Style Weekly.
What part of your job would you gladly give up?
The alterations – although a very important aspect of the wedding day – it can be a bit challenging when the bride decides to lose 20+ pounds after her gown has been ordered. Brides should embrace themselves for who they are. Bridal designers and today’s society are to blame for this.
What do you do to relax/unwind?
I love to spend time with friends having cookouts or at the beach. Reading is also a passion, mostly fiction.
What is your favorite thing about Richmond?
Its close proximity to so many different geographics – mountains, beaches and larger cities. I also enjoy the great variety of restaurants.
Thank you Ellen for spending some time with us. To learn more about Ellen and Jingles, visit www.JinglesBridal.com.