Embracing Inner Quirkiness! Profile of Debbie Gillespie Cakes

I first came across Debbie Gillespie when judging the North of England wedding awards. Her customers absolutely rave about her and her fabulous cakes (if you have never tried her chocolate cake you have never lived according to one bride). So I’m delighted that Debbie has agreed to share her business story. She tells us … Read more

Running a Wedding Business Part Time – Wiskow & White

Danielle Wiskow and Lucy White launched their wedding planning business, Wiskow & White, in January 2015 offering a bespoke service for destination weddings in Italy. Both combine running their wedding business with full-time employment – an amazing feat of organisation! Lucy tells us how she manages it: How we started Danielle Wiskow and I met … Read more

My first year as a wedding planner – Chantilly Rose

Christina Barker set up Chantilly Rose Weddings & Events after a relocation and a chance meeting with a Facebook contact. Here she shares what she’s learnt in her first year as a wedding planner – a business that many dream of but which is difficult to establish. Over to Christina….. What were you doing before? … Read more

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

Investing in Yourself. Profile – Chris Scott Photography

Dundee based photographer Chris Scott combines his passion for photographing weddings with commercial work. His stand out style and obvious talent shine out from his photos but Chris also understands the need to keep developing skills and market his business. Here’s Chris’s story: How did you get started? Dundee is a very creative city, so … 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