Making a Statement. Profile – Tissue Blossoms

Susie Bernhardt Phillips creates amazing flowers from paper. She tells us how she started almost by accident and how social media and collaborations have helped her build a successful business. What does your business do? Tissue Blossoms makes bespoke paper flowers that are statement pieces which are unique to the individual customer. Our paper flowers … Read more

Fantastic feedback & devious doubters– my first year in business

Jana Svalbe had a successful career in finance but gave it up to follow her dream of owning a bridal boutique with a difference. Her first year has seen amazing highs – and a tough lesson in the challenges of innovation in an established wedding industry. Here’s Jana’s story: What do you do? MODE Bridal … Read more

Diary of a New Wedding Photographer – Part 2

In the second instalment of his diary, our new wedding photographer, Mike Riley tells us how he’s been spending the winter months – and how his hard work is starting to pay off. Over to Mike……. Since I last spoke to you back in November of last year I’ve been hard at work on the … Read more

Profile: The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company

Established in the 1990s, The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company has survived and thrived many ups and downs from Royal Weddings to bad weather, the rise of online shopping and increased competition. Sally Young tells their story. What does your business do? We grow, handpick and sell online biodegradable real flower petal wedding confetti. When … Read more

Diary of a New Wedding Photographer – Part 1

I’m really excited to bring you this new feature where we follow the progress of Mike Riley as he starts out as a wedding photographer. Mike will be sharing his experiences over the next 12 months and giving a “warts and all” description of life as a newcomer to the wedding industry. In his first … Read more

Brides & Beer Festivals. Profile of YHA Hartington Hall

Hartington Hall Wedding Venue

Weddings are not usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Youth Hostels. But with many UK hostels located in fabulous historic buildings, it’s no surprise that many couples are choosing this option. Rebecca Bourne, who is Deputy Manager/Weddings & Events Coordinator, at YHA Hartington Hall spoke to us about juggling … Read more

Juggling Business & Family. Profile – Lotty Lollipop

Gemma Bannister dreaded going back to 60 hour weeks in corporate life after she had her children. Instead she created Lotty Lollipop and has built a successful business working from home. It may still be long hours, but she can work around her family. Gemma talks about how she juggles her day, overcoming self-doubt and … Read more

Selling success with Etsy – Profile of Grin, Grimace & Squeak

Karen & Rich of Grin, Grimace & Squeak sell their fabulous masks around the world. Here they tell us how they use Etsy to build their business – and how they landed their dream order for a wedding party in India. What does your business do? We design and make masquerade masks and accessories. Around … Read more

A passion for British Flowers – my first year in business

Hannah Walker from Bride and Bloom has had an exciting 18 months – becoming a mum, moving out of London and starting a new business! Here she talks to us about her first year in business and the lessons she’s learned. What do you do? A job I love! I provide a very personal and … Read more