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amother




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Post Wed, Nov 24 2021, 1:57 am
What do most people usually do? I am thinking of starting a wedding business and wondering if it’s worth it.
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Elfrida




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 24 2021, 2:03 am
Probably all three, depending on local community and income level. We went to a gemach.

This is an area where local research among your potential clientele is a lot more valuable than asking an international group of women of all income levels and strands of Judaism.
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amother




Mulberry
 

Post Wed, Nov 24 2021, 5:38 am
Depends. I had a weird body shape (size 16 shoulders, size 6 waist and extremely tall) and couldn't find anything from a gemach that fit without a thousand dollars worth of alterations (since it needs to be able to be undone), so I bought from somewhere that includes alterations (where the dresses started based on shoulder size and the rest was taken in to your body shape. I have many friends who went the gemach route. The line between gemach and rental is blurred these days since many gemschs charge
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LovesHashem




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 24 2021, 5:42 am
In Israel a gemach IS a rental service. It's the same thing.
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shabbatiscoming




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 24 2021, 5:48 am
Its a personal decision probably based on finance and who knows what else.
There is no one general way more than another.
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amother




Lightyellow
 

Post Wed, Nov 24 2021, 9:12 am
In Lakewood people buy, rent, or buy used.
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amother




Whitewash
 

Post Wed, Nov 24 2021, 9:31 am
In my dati leumi yishuv in Israel in the last year, I know brides who have bought, rented, and gone to gemachs. All the options are available. It depends on the bride, her taste, and her budget.

I think that a major selling point is good customer service. Can you offer alterations quickly, do you appeal to different tastes, can you add delivery and pick-up? All those matter.
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amother




Midnight
 

Post Wed, Nov 24 2021, 9:45 am
LovesHashem wrote:
In Israel a gemach IS a rental service. It's the same thing.

I paid for two cleanings, one before I wore it and one after I returned it. That's it.
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Chayalle




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 24 2021, 9:46 am
amother [ Lightyellow ] wrote:
In Lakewood people buy, rent, or buy used.


There are Gemachs in Lakewood too.
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amother




Navyblue
 

Post Wed, Nov 24 2021, 9:50 am
Depends what area your in that would help way more in order to guide you.
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amother




Floralwhite
 

Post Wed, Nov 24 2021, 9:51 am
amother [ OP ] wrote:
What do most people usually do? I am thinking of starting a wedding business and wondering if it’s worth it.


See what is around in your area
You need to fill a gap, a need
This is with any business
Also customer service goes a long way
I will go to a store that charges a bit more (up to 20-25%) just for the customer service

The bride and bridal party want to feel special even if they are getting the dress from a Gemach
Don’t act like you are doing them a favor
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