“The pivotal moment in our career as a business honestly was being a part of The Big Fake Wedding…it really made our business real to us for the first time. The connections and friendships we made at The Big Fake Wedding were unlike any other; everyone is so unique and inspiring, and it was so encouraging to learn from others and take in all the advice the veterans had to offer.” When we hear a vendor testimonial like this one, it makes us remember why we do what we do. Madison Ties may have gotten a lot out of The Big Fake Wedding, but we think we got even more out of our friendship with them. Madison had the idea for her namesake bow tie company in high school, and has been making her dreams happen ever since. If there’s one thing we love more than the unique tie selection of this small business, it’s the sweet and fun duo behind it. It was such a pleasure working with Madison and Morgan at The Big Fake Wedding Savannah, then again for our 10th Atlanta event (more about that soon), and we can’t wait to see what’s next for these talented ladies.
“I love these girls. They’ve got something really fun happening in their business – they are professional but not afraid to have a good time. They really want to interact with their clients and I think that goes a long way. Plus, they’ve got killer style themselves that I would trust any day.”
The Big Fake Wedding Savannah Team
Tell us a little bit about the story behind Madison Ties.
We are a business based on the outskirts of Atlanta, loving the tiny details that your wardrobe can hold. With a knack for fashion and fun, we plan to change the outward appearance and inward confidence of the people surrounding us.
This all came together through a series of events. It all began one afternoon when the perfect prom bow tie was nowhere to be found. With creativity and the right mindset, a anxious girl and her date’s mom created the first tie, not knowing that it held a future as a company. After prom, when the word got out about what we had made, the news spread like wildfire.
As college rolled around, the market looked right. With the help of a persistent friend, a brand was established; models were scouted, photographs were taken, pizza was bought and celebration begun.
It’s truly amazing how everything has come together so quickly, and we are excited to continue our growth into bigger and better things. We continually remind ourselves to always try new things and go the extra mile, for that has been paving our path so far.
Who or what inspires you?
I find inspiration everywhere. I love observing people and seeing what they are doing and what they are wearing, as well as what they are not wearing and challenging that aspect. I think with small accessories you can make large statements, and that is definitely how I view my bow tie fabrics when selecting them. But my main source of inspiration would be my dear friend Morgan who kind of just hopped on board in being a partner with me. She is always looking for new ideas and helping me make the right decisions in what direction to go. She is certainly a blessing and is one of the main reasons Madison Ties is where it’s at today.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Throughout the year I’ve had so much advice and assistance; it’s crazy how willing people are to help. But overall, the best piece of advice was probably from one of my good friends, Carter. He was the one who pushed me into turning my hobby into a business and branched out in helping me make my dream a reality. He would always tell me, “You can do it. And if you fail, at least you tried. It doesn’t matter how much money you put in it, what matters is what you gain in the end.”
Describe a highlight or pivotal moment in your career.
The pivotal moment in our career as a business honestly was being a part of The Big Fake Wedding. It was the first wedding show we participated in, and it really made our business real to us for the first time. Since we mostly do online work or markets, we never really get to see grand events or feel like vendors. However, through this show, we were able to see our business lined up next to others and feel as though we finally made it into the big leagues.
What is your favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding experience?
Our overall favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding was making friends with the other vendors, as well as the staff of The Big Fake Wedding. When you work this event you feel like you are a family, and in the end when you all get to sit back and watch the magic happen, it’s truly magnificent. With Savannah being our first show, the nerves were high and the anticipation and anxiety were killing us all week. But once we arrived and made it though the cocktail hour, we already felt at home and loved. The connections and friendships we made at The Big Fake Wedding were unlike any other; everyone is so unique and inspiring, and it was so encouraging to learn from others and take in all the advice the veterans had to offer.
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