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

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

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

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

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

A Passion for Writing: Profile – Kings Celebrant Services

As a humanist celebrant, Karen King has to deal with anything from dodgy weather to drunken wedding guests. But it’s clear that her passion for her job and the couples she weds shines through everything thrown at her. Here she shares her story: What does your business do? King’s Celebrant Services offers bespoke, tailor made … 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

Profile – Angelic Weddings and Events

Catherine Starling started her stationery and wedding design business, Angelic Weddings and Events in 2007. Despite having to take a 6 month break in 2011 she has managed to rebuild the business. Here she shares her story to date, some top organisational tips and talks about the importance of pricing. What does your business do? … Read more