We first met Sarah Eastman of Trip Me Not at a United With Love happy hour and when we heard the story of how she started her business, we have to admit we were impressed. Some of the best inventions ever created were made because someone thought "wow, I could really use something that does this!" and went ahead and made it. That's exactly what she did and we love that brides everywhere can now rest easy and put away their fears of falling on their wedding day. A new mom and all-around wonderful person, we wish Sarah all the best with her brilliant business and hope her product serves bugged-out brides scared of tripping down the aisle for many years to come! Are you ready to meet Sarah and hear all about her wonderful invention? Let's do it! How did you get started in the wedding business? When I was getting married, my biggest fear was tripping when I walked down the aisle. I realized that I needed a way to practice walking in my gown. After discovering there was no product for practicing, I invented one.
My patent-pending product is like a skirt, except it's long enough and wide enough to simulate the train on a wedding gown. It fits over a bride’s everyday clothes with a belt at her waist, allowing her to practice walking, dancing and climbing stairs.
What do you do when you are not working? In theory, I have hobbies, but between work and a baby, I can't really remember what I do in my free time. It's been too long!
Tell us about your product: It is a long skirt with an opening at the front, making it easier for the bride to see her feet as she practices.
It has a long train with a patent-pending, embedded-wire design to simulate the length and weight of a wedding dress.
With an adjustable belt, it is one-size-fits-all.
What inspires you in your work? When people send me videos from YouTube of brides tripping. It happens a lot more than you'd think.
What do you find the most rewarding about your job? When a bride sees my product and exclaims, "Oh, my gosh! I need this!"
What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business? The one thing I wish I could tell brides is that this product is really intended in many ways for the men in her life. The guys are the ones that often cause the tripping. (No offense intended, guys.) If a man is walking her down the aisle, he needs to put a space between where his foot is (at her side) and where her dress hits the ground. Otherwise, he'll step on her train, and she'll go flying. Men usually don't know this, because they're not accustomed to escorting women with gigantic gowns on. And let's face it... men are visual, and sometimes they just need to see what to do. It's like show and tell.
The other thing is that, in addition to selling the product on my website, it is also available for rent at Soliloquy Bridal Couture in Herndon for $19 a month.
What do you love about weddings? The thing I love is all the pretty stuff. I love the flowers. I love the dresses. I love the photographs. In a way, weddings are really performance art, and art is beautiful.
What do you hate about weddings? The fact that they cause stress.
What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding? My husband's face when we exchanged vows. I know... I'm sappy. Insert "awwww" sound here.
What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding? When you're planning a wedding, people will tell you, "Why make such a big deal? It's just one day of your life." That's not really true. Last Tuesday was just one day of your life. You've been thinking about your wedding day for a long time, and you're going to reflect on it many times in the years to come. So it's really not just one day. It's much more than that. It's one day that lasts a lifetime. Do whatever you need to do to minimize stress and feel confident.
Who is your favorite artist or band? When it comes to music, I'm kind of an old soul. At our wedding reception, we danced to "Just One Look" by Doris Troy. You may remember that song from the old Pepsi commercial with Cindy Crawford. Look it up on YouTube [ed. note: here it is] - I think it makes a great wedding song!
What is the worst song of all time? Anything by Milli Vanilli... just on general principle.
Open mic, final thoughts: I'd love to offer a sale to your readers. Go to www.TripMeNot.com and enter code TMN30 for thirty-percent off. And thanks so much for featuring Trip Me Not on your fabulous blog!
Sarah, thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us and we hope brides (and their men) everywhere will be that much less stressed out during the wedding planning process thanks to your genius invention!