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It's all about the bride at Cloud Nine

Melissa Topey • Nov 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

The stylists at Cloud Nine can set you up either way.

Husband-and-wife team Andrea and Ryan Smith opened Cloud Nine in August, at the corner of Mall Boulevard and East Perkins Avenue.

“Weddings are oftentimes stressful for the bride," Andrea said. "I want them to know they're going to enjoy it."

If you have an unlimited budget and a year to plan? No problem.

A tight budget and two months to plan? Again, no problem.

Exclusive dress lines — Allure Bridals, David Tutera and Tony Bowls – take about 24 weeks to prepare and ship to the store.  

For those who can't wait that long, meanwhile, Cloud Nine has dresses on hand in a vast range of sizes and prices. Walk-in customers can expect to find gowns priced at $400 to $3,000.

“What the bride wants to look like, where the venue is and their price range have to come together,” Andrea said.

The shop is all-inclusive, offering not just wedding dresses but bridesmaid dress and tuxes for the groom and his party as well.

Brides are asked to schedule an appointment, Andrea said, although walk-ins are always welcome.

Another recommendation: Soon-to-be newlyweds should keep their entourage limited to just a few people.

“They're taking away from the bride that day," Andrea said. "Also, make it be about your big reveal — you don't want too many people to see your dress before the wedding."

The formalwear at Cloud Nine isn't just for weddings. The store has dresses suitable for pageants, proms and parties.  

By the end of January, Cloud Nine expects to have 250 formal gowns on hand.

Luxury and high-end events are nothing new to Andrea, who managed a jewelry shop at a mall for 10 years.

“Both are high-end events dealing with brides,” she said. “And both are special occasions.”

When Andrea started to think about opening her own business, she thought for a few months about what the shop should be. She knew the area was already saturated with jewelry stores, so she called on a friend who just happened to own a bridal shop.

“It was a no-brainer,” Andrea said. “She talked about how much she loved it.”

Andrea immediately knew of two people who would be co-workers: Marla Hirt and Kelly Randolph.

“I said, ‘Absolutely, I'm in,'" Hirt said. “She said she would call me when the time was right.”

The next call came when the Smiths signed the lease on the building.

“She asked, 'Can you start Monday and help me paint?'” Hirt said.

With new paint, new decor and plenty of new gowns and tuxes, the crew at Cloud Nine is just waiting for the next bridal party to show up.

But just remember: It's all about the bride.

Cloud Nine Bridal & Formal

Where: 2419 E. Perkins Ave.

Phone: 419-502-GOWN (4696)

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Online: www.cloudninebrides.com

Click HERE for details on upcoming events.

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