...and planning a new adventure
After growing from an idea over a year ago, I opened Couture Marie in August of 2018. I started Couture Marie intending to serve more than just brides in the wedding industry. The original goal for the business was to create custom garments for bridal, prom, pageants, and more. But feeling as though I needed to focus on just one industry at a time, I chose to pursue bridal wear as my area of expertise.
I've discovered the wedding industry isn't the place for me. The high stress and demand from the industry, along with the repetitive nature of alterations began to take something I enjoy [sewing & design] and turn it into something I wanted to avoid.
The business has grown in ways I did not expect it to, and my own ambitions have too. I feel that I need to take a step back and reevaluate my past and current goals and what I want to accomplish with Couture Marie.
Because of this, I have decided to leave the wedding industry and move on to new ideas. For now, I will no longer be accepting new clients for alterations and/or custom garments as I decide where to go next.
The past year was in no way a "failure". I gave my idea and my dream a try and put in a good year of work. I accomplished new heights in what I thought I could do with fashion design and sewing. And picked up some new friends and good experiences along the way.
As a one-woman show, I have to come to the conclusion that I can't accomplish everything... but I can certainly try.
Closing Couture Marie as it is, I can look back and say that I tried out the wedding industry and found it wasn't for me. Now it's time for a change.
Thank you to everyone who supported me this past year! Whether it was through a dress order, reading my emails and blogs, following my socials, or just telling me "You can do it".
I'm taking Couture Marie on a new adventure, and I hope you choose to stick around and see what happens next.