The Wedding Shoppe was founded in 1999. With a small savings account, some credit cards, and an idea, Michelle did what no one ever does—quit her job and opened a bridal accessories store with absolutely no experience in the industry, let alone any retail experience or customers.
In the beginning, TWS only sold bridal and wedding accessories. Things really started to take off in 2008 after adding exclusive wedding dresses and bridesmaid gowns. That’s when TWS brides let us in on a little secret. The Wedding Shoppe was different. Very different. We made each and every bride feel comfortable, listened to, and cared about while she shopped. Our unique collection of dresses weren’t seen in all of the bridal magazines, on the internet, or in other local bridal shops. And the brides absolutely fell in love with The Wedding Shoppe experience.
Over 21 years later, we’ve had the pleasure of helping more than 9,000 brides find their dream dress and thousands of brides find the perfect accessories. And we’ve hand-curated a team that’s a lot more like family than anything else.
All united in the same vision to deliver an unforgettable shopping experience that makes every bride feel deeply valued, appreciated and cared for, we make shopping for your wedding dress one of your most treasured memories.
No longer a novice in the industry, Michelle is a leading expert in bridal retail. She’s the President of the Better Bridal Group, a 501c(3) non-profit dedicated to mentoring and training bridal store owners around the world on providing the best experience for their brides. She’s also a founder and President of the National Bridal Retailers Association. The NBRA is also a 501c(6) non-profit focused on consolidating the voices of independent bridal store owners to effect change in our industry.
Danielle Simone has been with The Wedding Shoppe since day one. As the general manager, she oversees all of the employees, manages ordering, and travels the world searching for unique and beautiful gowns. Every Friday, Danielle leads staff meetings to ensure the team has gone above and beyond to service each and every customer. A self-proclaimed “complete opposite” of her sister, Wedding Shoppe founder Michelle, Danielle says they work really well as a team.
What an incredible time in your life and we get to be a part of it! Our Wedding Shoppe Matchmakers want to hear all the romantic details – how the love of your life popped the question and all the details about your dream wedding dress!
As your Matchmakers, our goal is to help you find “the one.” The dress that makes you feel stunning and beautiful is what warms our hearts each and every time.
We know how important it is to find the perfect dress for your special day. Our Matchmakers listen to every detail you give and use their wedded intuition to help find your best match. Not only will you feel comfortable and full of excitement, your bridal entourage will also be there to support you every step of the way.
While you might fall for the first dress you try on, you may even choose a style you didn’t expect to love. Either way, your Wedding Shoppe experience is all about the whirlwind love affair between you and your wedding gown!
Frequently found pinching herself to make sure she really has found her dream job, Manager Haley Guyot loves the fast pace of The Wedding Shoppe and the way we create magical experiences for every bride. Since 2014, Haley has been working one-on-one with brides to identify the intricate details of gowns that fully express who they are. Aside from the brides she meets, she says it’s the hard working, like-minded Wedding Shoppe team that makes her want to stay long term.
To Customer Service Manager Codi, there’s nothing better than making a bride’s vision come to life. A member of the TWS team since 2011, she says The Wedding Shoppe is a happy place to be. The unique dress selection and commitment to always going above and beyond makes The Wedding Shoppe different to Codi. A very empathetic person, she listens really well and, as a result, consistently delights her brides.
A fan of the popular TV show Say Yes To The Dress, Customer Service Manager Rebecca Miller never knew how much she would love working in the bridal industry until she started doing it. She says The Wedding Shoppe is different because the team bends over backwards for every customer. A detail-oriented task management pro, she always makes the brides she serves her number one priority. Rebecca joined the TWS team in 2017.
As a Senior Bridal Stylist, Cheri Tucker loves getting to know her brides and learning about their vision for their wedding day. To Cheri, The Wedding Shoppe brides are like family, with each one being loved and cared about from beginning to end. Since 2011, she has been helping brides find their perfect dress, regardless of their budget, while helping them to create unique bridal looks that set them apart.
With TWS since 2013, Senior Bridal Stylist Jessica Stowinsky helps brides from the minute they walk in the door to the minute they walk out with their dream dress in hand. With more than 10 years of bridal industry experience, Jessica loves hearing a bride cry happy tears because she’s found the perfect gown. Often mentoring less experienced stylists, Jessica is proud to work for a company that’s dedicated to customer satisfaction.
In 2013, Katie DeClercq came into The Wedding Shoppe with her best friend. They loved their experience so much, her best friend bought a dress and Katie got a job. Today, Katie loves being able to give every bride the time she needs to have an ideal experience. Skilled at reading body language, she has a knack for picking up on things that aren’t said during an appointment, which empowers her to truly help brides make their dreams come true.
In 2013, The Wedding Shoppe welcomed Erika Stewart to the team. On a day-to-day basis Erika processes wedding gowns as a Bridal Specialist. She loves helping brides build their wedding vision. When asked how The Wedding Shoppe is different from other bridal stores, she said “We actually care about and listen to the bride. We don’t just seek the sale, we are comforters, supporters, friends, and consultants that truly care about their well-being.”
Christina Tomlinson has been fitting and altering wedding gowns as an alterations specialist at The Wedding Shoppe since 2015. When asked why she chose to work at The Wedding Shoppe, she told us she was drawn to the kind and supportive atmosphere that allowed her to get to know each bride personally. Often praised for her calm demeanor, she works tirelessly to ensure every bride she serves has a happy and memorable experience.
Marina considers it a true pleasure and honor to help brides find their gown while creating memories that last a lifetime. In 2015, she joined our team as an experienced Bridal Stylist. To Marina, it’s business as usual at The Wedding Shoppe when the team is listening to the bride’s they service and focusing on their unique needs and wants instead of on making the sale. That’s simply the way good business is done!
Bridal Stylist Shawn Spears-Vilk joined The Wedding Shoppe team in 2016. A sales specialist, Shawn’s favorite part of her job is interacting with the brides. She says it was the reputation of The Wedding Shoppe that drew her to the job initially but it’s the people that prompt her to stay. Her uncanny ability to connect with brides plays a vital role in providing the excellent customer service she’s known for.
Melissa Maybee has been a bridal stylist at The Wedding Shoppe since 2017. Drawn to the job because of The Wedding Shoppe’s impeccable reputation, she loves being part of a bride’s story. Gifted at authentically connecting with the brides she serves, Melissa says The Wedding Shoppe is different because they anticipate and solve problems before they happen. You’re most likely to see Melissa helping brides find their dream wedding gown. Melissa has been a Bridal Stylist for over 20 years!
Dressmaker and seamstress Elisa Colone is the visionary behind some of our most stunning dresses. With a keen eye for detail, Elisa sought out her position at The Wedding Shoppe because of it’s reputation for being the most beautiful, fashion forward store. For more than 20 years she’s been a head seamstress in top bridal stores throughout east Michigan and we were fortunate to welcome her to The Wedding Shoppe in 2017.
Kelly Cialone says it never gets old watching a bride light up when she sees her reflection in the mirror. As a bridal consultant, she works with brides and their families to ensure their vision becomes their reality. On the team since 2018, Kelly says working here makes her feel like she’s part of a family. Fueled by the bride’s happiness, she says at The Wedding Shoppe, it’s not about the sale, it’s about the bride.
When Brittany Ustick joined the TWS team in 2018 as a Bridal Stylist, she was ready for a big change. She was excited to work in a supportive environment that would allow her to grow. She loves our focus on the bride and providing each one the most amazing experience possible. She likes to make her appointments laid back, relaxed, and memorable for the bride and her guests. For Brittany, watching a bride have her “bridal moment” as she falls in love with her wedding dress is what she loves most about her job.
Riley joined the TWS Team in 2019. With experience in the wedding and event industry, she jumped right in to help our brides and bridesmaids look smashing for their upcoming weddings. Our brides adore her calm demeanor. She loves taking the time to connect with our guests on the phone and in person. You’ll find her smiling face at our front desk, the accessories area, and the bridesmaid department.