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Gilded Social

Wedding season will be here before you know it. And whether you’re graduating, are a bridesmaid, or just need a formal dress for special occasions, Gilded Social can help get you prepared. 

Gilded Social is a designer social occasion and bridesmaid special order dress shop located in downtown Columbus. 

“We specialize in making the dress shopping experience just as special as a bride’s,” says Owner Tanya Hartman. “Whether for a whole bridal party, mothers of the bride or groom, bride in search of a rehearsal dinner look, flower girls, graduating seniors, or just a fancy dress for a special night out, we have the perfect style for every event.”

The collection at Gilded Social includes more than 1,200 samples including plus size options in every line carried in the store. Designers at Gilded Social include: Adrianna Papell, Amsale, Dessy Group, Hayley Paige, Jenny Yoo, Joanna August, Katie May, Nouvelle Amsale, Theia, Watters, WTOO bridesmaid collections, Amsale Evening and Amsale Little White Dresses formal event wear collections, and Babes of the Nile by Joanna August, Jenny Yoo, and La Petite Hayley Paige flower girl collections.

The inspiration behind the business came from wanting to help brides find their perfect wedding style. “We are the experts in styling true mix and match looks for brides who are searching for a cohesive, yet eclectic look and don’t want to resort to endlessly searching online,” says Hartman. “We believe that seeing dresses in person is the best way to style one of the most important days of your life.”

Hartman leads the team at Gilded Social and is supported by Director of Sales Brit Kniceley and Director of Operations Erin Lafferty. 

Together, the three women aim to support brides and bridal parties as well as others searching for special occasions attire through these offerings: special order dresses for all your fancy occasions, discontinued samples off the rack starting at just $75, sample dress rentals for photo shoots, and pre-wedding space rentals.

When asked what makes Gilded Social unique, Hartman says that its the store focuses on everyone but the bride

“Most places where you can purchase bridesmaids and social occasion gowns across the country (and in town) also sell bridal gowns – therefore they almost always focus on the bride because she will be their biggest sale. So inventory, sales process, staffing, everything – is focused on selling to a bride! Also, we have, by far, the largest selection of samples (and plus size samples) in Central Ohio at 1,200. No one even comes close to our inventory.”

Gilded Social also believes in total transparency, education, and communication, to help the customer know exactly what to expect when shopping at the store.

“Believe it or not – that’s not always the case in the industry,” says Hartman. “So we’re pretty proud to have that be a core component of our service.” 

Gilded Social had a big 2019 and is looking forward to 2020. “Our newly expanded shop opened as of November and we added our Amsale Evening collection in January,” she adds.

Gilded Social is located at 65 East Gay Street on the second floor in Columbus.

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