Happy Friday, lovelies! It’s finally the end of the week, and we’re here to kick-start your weekend festivities by introducing you to a sweet service that will sweep your premarital feet off the ground.
Meet Tulle La La, the deluxe subscription-based service for brides (and grooms!)-to-be that delivers monthly wedding planning tulles (i.e. gifts) and advice to their doorstep to help manage and enjoy the wedding planning process.
We had the pleasure to chat with Tulle La La’s founder and CEO Marguerite Pressley-Davis about weddings, running a start-up, and girl power. This is what she had to say:
Who is the woman behind Tulle La La?
At heart, I’m just a lover of making other people happy mixed with a healthy obsession for all things weddings! My beginnings are actually on Wall Street — prior to launching Tulle La La I worked for years as a senior analyst at Goldman Sachs. I always knew at some point that I wanted to be an entrepreneur, and I knew I always wanted to do something that would allow me to give back, but I wasn’t sure exactly of what that was until I had the idea for Tulle La La. That’s when I knew I had found my passion!
What inspired you to start Tulle La La? Can you tell me a bit about the process of starting your own company?
Tulle La La was born from a real life experience. When I was planning my own wedding, I had multiple friends who were also engaged and planning their own dream weddings. We all had very different experiences; a couple of them were very, very stressed out. On the other end of the spectrum was me. I was having the time of my life! The stress was not overwhelming, and I was enjoying every step of the process.
However, I felt bad that my fellow bride friends’ experiences were so vastly different from mine. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to ensure that all brides were able to have the experience I did — to have guidance and feel supported and pampered in the process of planning their special day without feeling extremely stressed?” In short, after discovering this huge need, I was determined to create a solution. And so, year after my own wedding, I launched Tulle La La and haven’t looked back since.
Being an entrepreneur takes hard work and dedication, but most of all passion. It is truly a 24-hour job and more complex than any role I’ve had in the past. But for the first time, work doesn’t feel like work to me. It just feels like just me living my life the way it was intended to be. When you start a company, It’s always on your mind. You’re constantly thinking about the strategic moves you can make to achieve your growth targets, you’re thinking about how your team is doing, the relationships you are building, how will you change the game, and ultimately, how are you being impactful.
Tell me about the monthly boxes. What kind of stuff do you send brides-to-be? What makes your gifts special?
Our monthly boxes are customized for the bride depending on where is she in her wedding planning journey so the tulles (gifts) that brides receive each month vary from bride to bride. However, each box will always contain 4-6 different tulles (gifts) related to the planning stage the bride is in. Each box will also always includes advice from past brides as well as tips and tricks from industry experts. Some products are designed by the best creatives just for our Tulle La La brides, while other products are directly sourced from great companies across the globe.
Why do you think engaged women should subscribe to Tulle La La?
Our tulle la la boxes are a perfect gift for the bride from a parent or friend who may be out of town and can’t be there for all of her great wedding planning moments. Planning a wedding can be so stressful, and Tulle La La is a great way to relive some of that stress for the bride and keep the process fun and manageable for her.
What inspired you to be a charitable wedding vendor?
I’ve always felt like giving back is something that you should do, no question about it, so it very ingrained in me. I’ve always volunteered, donated, and given back in other ways for as long as I can remember. Having a company like Tulle La La is an opportunity for me to continue this in a larger capacity.
Do you do anything to give back to the community?
There are a few ways that Tulle La La gives back. First, a portion of our annual proceeds are donated to Girls Inc., an organization that supports the empowerment of girls. We are also helping Girls Inc. build their very own “tulle box” to inspire young girls to have confidence, make sound decisions, and lead healthy lifestyles. Recently, we also volunteered to lead workshop at Girl Boss Camp, an entrepreneurship camp for girl in middle school through high school.
If you can’t tell, we LOVE girl power. I believe it’s super important to empower young girls so that they can grow up knowing that they, too, can dream big and succeed.
Do you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share with brides-to-be that are in the process of planning their wedding?
My go-to tip is pretty straight forward: enjoy the journey that’s half the fun! Your big day will be amazing, but it’s also important not to forget to enjoy the everything else leading up to that day. Time flies by quickly, so take advantage of the time between “yes” and “I do”!
Know a wedding vendor that’s going above and beyond to help others? Leave us a comment and we might feature them next time!