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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Emily Brocklehurst and I am the Founder of Envytations. Envytations is a new UK startup which specialises in online e- invitations, designed to take the stress out of wedding & event planning. By sending professionally designed digital invitations straight to guests’ inboxes, we aim to simplify the invitation process without compromising on design or impact.

Covering all wedding events from Engagement Party, Hen Party, Save the Dates & Wedding invitations, we offer an affordable, modern day solution which takes the hassle out of wedding planning – leaving couples to spend more time & money on other elements of their big day.

To use Envytations, simply sign up, choose an existing design & customise your invite by adding details about your event. Invitations are then sent to guests via email; the invite then pops out of an animated envelope to wow your guests! Guest numbers are monitored using our clever online RSVP Tracker. The site also includes a new chatroom feature which allows guests to discuss the event.

We also provide a unique bespoke invitation service where we can customise invitations to match the clients’ wedding theme.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

Seeing a happy bride-to-be! We love to design bespoke invites for our clients – offering a personalised touch to match their thoughts & ideas for their big day. Wedding guests love to see something different & our service gives couples an easy way to get instant feedback & visibility, helping to minimise stress levels in the wedding planning process.

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

Listen to your own advice. Weddings come with such a wide range of options from venues to food and everyone you speak to will have an opinion on the latest idea or trend. Get the main elements booked and you can tweak & add extras as you go along – but make sure it is what you both want!

What keeps you passionate?

Being an entrepreneur is definitely a rollercoaster ride! – but having good friends & family who understand this & support you along the way has been invaluable. I think it is important to set goals on a regular basis to keep you focused on the big picture. It is easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day workload but having a step back & realising where you are going definitely keeps you passionate.

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

I love keeping up with trends but also like to go against the grain sometimes! There are so many new wedding based trends & ideas on Pinterest, so my advice would be to look online to get initial ideas but try to add a twist here & there to keep it unique to you.

What’s next for your business?

We are looking to partner with events planners & venues to help organise big parties & weddings.

How do we book/use your services?

Simply visit the website http://www.envytations.com – sign up & start customising! Or contact me direct for bespoke design enquiries.

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A&D Photography

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Who are you and what do you do?

A Perfect Team

“Alice and Diane Photography” was born when we, as friends and both sharing a love of photography, realised we also made a fantastic team working together. The beauty of having two of us is we can be in two places at once! As one of us is capturing the bride getting ready the other is capturing the groom and the best man. As one is capturing the grand entrance of the bride the other is capturing the expression of the groom as he waits anxiously for her arrival.

Our styles complement each other and work well in producing beautiful photographs, capturing every detail of the day from two different views and perspectives. We are two individual professional photographers, combining our skills and passion to ensure our lovely clients receive stunning images that they can treasure for years to come.

So, who are we individually?

Diane

I would describe myself as a fun, happy go lucky, curious, free spirited soul who loves travelling! The love for photography grew from my travels around the world. It was an amazing experience to be able to capture the stories of people living in different cultures with different beliefs, through the eye of my camera.   Photography is my passion and there is nothing that makes me happier than being able to capture the emotions and ambience of someone’s special day or the buzz of an important event. As quoted by Confucius ‘If you love what you do, you will never do another day’s work in your life’! When I separate myself from my camera (which is not often!) I love spending time at the beach and catching up with those special people in my life over a coffee and cake or sometimes a nice glass of bubbly!

Alice

My love for photography began at an early age when my dad bought me my first camera at 7 years old. Rarely without a camera in my hand, from then onwards I documented almost every moment of family life and filled countless photo albums with snaps of family, pets and holidays. In my uni days I lived in my bathroom, which I had converted into a dark room, and began to explore photographing weddings and taking photos for local newspaper articles. Today my passion continues and I love nothing more than the privilege of capturing the details, atmosphere and emotions of the first day of a couple’s new chapter in their lives. I still continue with the endless pictures of family, of course, and my three year old daughter is the perfect model. Aside from photography my time is spent with my daughter and husband: adventures in the countryside, cosy nights in and enjoying life to the full.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

We just love weddings full stop so to choose a favourite part is difficult. I suppose the best part is the emotions you see and feel which is what we love to capture. The emotions of excitement and nerves from the bride’s room when she is getting ready and the emotions on the groom’s face when he sees his beautiful bride for the first time and of course the emotions on the first married kiss!

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

To make sure you look at current work of the people you are looking to hire and always check there are no hidden costs that are going to surprise you later on. Keep a diary of the planning as there is a lot to organise and it always feels less daunting on paper than circling around in your head!

What keeps you passionate?

Seeing the look on our clients faces when they get to relive their wedding day again looking through our photos. It is the best job ever and we never tire of looking at our photos.

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

We love keeping up with the latest wedding trends by following our favourite wedding blogs and ideas on Pinterest. Glad to see that gin at weddings is still having a moment for 2017 and warehouse wedding venues are set to be huge! We are constantly linking up with new businesses who are offering unusual and different ideas for weddings. We have just recently linked up with Memini Montage who professionally design a video montage to showcase our photos, bringing them to life and transforming them into a beautiful story that will stand the test of time. We are always on the search for new and unusual wedding venues and have just recently found a hidden gem, which we are very excited about!

What’s next for your business?

We are busy building our new website and preparing ourselves for lots of wedding fairs coming up as we approach the wedding season. We are also enjoying networking with other wedding service providers and to see how we can support each other in business and of course very importantly building relationships with new venues.

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Ingle and Rhode | Wonderful Wedding Suppliers

Who are you and what do you do?

Ingle & Rhode is an independent jeweller based in London, an ethical alternative to the traditional luxury brands. We focus mainly on engagement rings and wedding bands, and we only use materials that are traceable back to source – such as Fairtrade gold, recycled platinum, Fairmined silver, and Canadian diamonds.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

We tend to see clients when they are newly engaged and just before their weddings, so very happy and exciting times.

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

Be as organised as you can, but try not to get too stressed. After making a client’s engagement ring we generally see them a year later for the wedding bands, and they sometime look a bit tired – like they have too much on their plate. It’s important not to worry too much about the small things.

What keeps you passionate?

Maintaining the highest standards. Every single ring is important, it’s somebody’s engagement ring or wedding band.

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

Our most popular designs are timeless classics, so we’re not massively trend-driven. That being said we make most of our jewellery to order, and so we do see changing preferences over time. For example, rose gold is very popular at the moment.

What’s next for your business?

We specialise in bespoke commissions, but we are also planning to expand the range of our in house collection of designs that we hold in stock.

How do we book/use your services?

We like to schedule appointments for our customers to ensure that we can provide them with the best possible service. To book an appointment, you can call in, or email us, phone us, or contact us through our website.

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Lisa Lucas Photography | Wonderful Wedding Suppliers

 

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Lisa Lucas LRPS, and the proud owner of Lisa Lucas Photography. I specialise in luxury wedding photography, but I also photograph Tudor and Medieval reenactment, being part of a Tudor reenactment group myself.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

I enjoy the start of the day, everybody getting ready, they’re all so excited for the day ahead. And it’s early on that I have the privilege to explore the ceremony and receptions rooms, depending on the venue of course, before the guests arrive. I can use this time to capture all the gorgeous details.

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

Make sure you meet your photographer before you book them. You may have visited their website, and fallen in love with their images, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to get on. Your photographer is the one supplier who will spend the entire day with you, so you as a couple must both feel comfortable and relaxed in your photographer’s company. If you don’t get on, if you don’t completely trust them to do the job, then it’s going to show in the photographs.

What keeps you passionate?

Other than absolutely loving photography and weddings, I simply adore meeting new couples and joining them on their planning journey to their ideal wedding. A wedding may have the same basic elements, but every single one is different, and I get so excited hearing about plans and seeing them come to fruition on the day.

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

I’m extremely passionate about my couples taking away a gorgeous photobook of their images, so I include one in my photography package. In my opinion, there’s nothing quite like sitting down together, with a glass of fizz and looking through a book at your images – an online gallery just isn’t the same. The trend for having a photobook seems to come and go, but I will always offer one.

What’s next for your business?

I’m very excited for 2017 as I continue to build my business, invest in myself as a female entrepreneur, and work with wonderful couples on their luxurious weddings. I’m also looking for my first couple who are having a Tudor-themed wedding – with my passion for this period in history, it would be such a pleasure to photograph.

How do we book/use your services?

Drop me a message if you’d like to arrange a consultation meeting – remember to always meet your photographer – and I won’t let you book me unless we meet. I’d be delighted if you feel you’d like to book me at that first meeting, at which point we sign a written contract and a non-refundable booking fee is paid, which reserves your chosen date, and you’ve booked yourself a wedding photographer.

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Big Day Print | Wonderful Wedding Supplier

Today we hear from Frankie and Mark at Big Day Print! As always on our Wonderful Wedding Suppliers feature we have asked a bunch of questions so you can find out some more about them and you can pick up some fab tips for your wedding planning!

 

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Who are you and what do you do?

We are Big Day Print and we create personalised, unique and affordable wedding stationery for your big day. Our aim is to create stationery that mirrors you and your theme/colour scheme on paper. We are a new husband and wife business team based in Leeds – Frankie runs all the social media promotions and Mark is the graphic designer with 10 years worth of experience. Whatever you think of, we can transform that into a quality bespoke design and then print it and have it packaged ready for your special occasion.

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

Frankie: Trust your gut – if you are able to chat to somebody and feel comfortable, they probably understand you and your needs. Also, be open to ideas: they are the specialists and no-one wants you to have a bad day.

Mark: Ask as many questions as you can and get as much information as possible. Don’t make any rash decisions and shop around. Cheap doesn’t always mean rubbish!

What keeps you passionate?

We keep passionate by meeting new and exciting people, hearing about their wedding plans and making their day extra special by giving them something unique and personal to them. It also reminds us of how excited we were for our day

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

We always like to keep up with trends, and seeing what ‘the next big thing is’ in the wedding industry. Whether it’s something classical, or something modern and contemporary, we can design it and print it for you.

What’s next for your business?

We currently are building our client base, but we continually adding new and exciting products to our ever expanding website for everyone to see.

How do we book/use your services?

Once a client contacts us through our social media or website with their brief, we provide them with assistance of sizes and general ideas that we can provide. Once the client then pays for the item(s) on our website, our creative team then gets to work – we create your products in our design software to your specifications with creative flair and print know-how, so that when you get your products, they are printed and crafted perfectly. Once a design is produced, we email it out to the client, and then it’s at this point that you tell us what you want changing or tweaking. Once the design is settled, we crack on with the printing and finishing of your products and we send them out to you, using tracked delivery. Our customer notification system sends you an email when the shipment is on its way, so you can track your parcels to a 1 hour delivery slot.

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What stationery are you planning to use for your wedding? Comment below to tell us why you have chosen yours!

Fitzrovia Chapel | Wonderful Wedding Suppliers

Who are you and what do you do?

We’re the Fitzrovia Chapel, a Grade II listed secular chapel in the heart of London. With our gold baroque ceilings, stained glass windows and ornate mosaic floor, we provide an exquisite backdrop to your special day.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

We really love that moment when the couple come through our doors for the first time and say ‘wow’! Then we can find out more about them and how we can help fulfil their dreams.

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

We always tell couples to be true to themselves. Keep that dream wedding firmly in mind and don’t compromise, particularly when it comes to venues.

What keeps you passionate?

The Fitzrovia Chapel has only just officially opened as a wedding venue and our team is super excited about creating the perfect location. We love showing it off to our wedding couples as we’re so proud of the building and its heritage.

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

We’re meeting more and more wedding professionals and we read lots of wedding blogs and magazines. One of the biggest trends for us is creating the ‘wow’ factor. That’s something we can do quite easily!

What’s next for your business?

More of the same! Our diary is filling up with ceremonies this year and we want to keep that trend going.

How do we book/use your services?

Please email info@fitizroviachapel.org or visit http://www.fitzroviachapel.org. You can also ring 020 3409 9895.

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  • Website: http://www.fitzroviachapel.org
  • Facebook: Fitzrovia Chapel
  • Twitter: @FitzroviaChapel
  • Email address: info@fitzroviachapel.org
  • Location: Fitzrovia Chapel 2 Pearson Square London W1T 3BF

Leis Atelier | Wonderful Wedding Suppliers

Today we hear from Leis Atelier the gorgeous wedding dress suppliers!

 

Who are you and what do you do?

We are Leis Atelier, we provide made-to-measure wedding dresses to brides all across the world. Our entire system is based online; brides get to pick a dress, fill in their measurements (we have very comprehensive guides and an easy to fill form), and have their impeccable dress shipped to their doorstep. We care about diversity, that’s why we have all sizes available, as well as styles that are suitable for brides from all walks of life. Whether a bride wants to cover up, or reveal more, there is always something over at our online boutique.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

The dress ! We love making our brides happy.

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

Don’t go over your budget, but make sure that you are working with honest, and reliable suppliers. There are many suppliers that will provide you a great service that is within your reach. The problem with the wedding industry is that many companies markup their prices too high. So low price goods doesn’t necessarily mean that they are going to be low quality. Our company Leis Atelier for example, provides high quality wedding dresses for an affordable price. We cut down the costs by supplying our dresses to customers directly online. We ensure that they fit perfectly through our amazing fitting techniques. All you have to do is fill out a measurement form we send to you once you purchase a dress. There are many passionate people who will ensure that you have the best wedding experience, all the while without having you feeling ripped off. Trust them, and you won’t regret it.

What keeps you passionate?

We love seeing our couples happy. It is always a joy to see how pleasantly surprised they are when they receive their dresses.

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

We do keep up with trends, we like to reinterpret timeless classics as well. We really like two-piece dresses, and blushed tones, so we have included some models in our collection.

What’s next for your business?

We are currently expanding our operations to the middle east and are creating branches that will handle customers in their mother tongue. But our current priority is the UK and Europe. We are also working on launching our bridesmaids, prom and formal wear collections.

How do we book/use your services?

You can browse our amazing dresses at www.leisatelier.com ! We ensure you that there is a perfect dress for you, and that when you receive it, it will be one of the happiest days of your life. Leis Atelier is a great way to choose “the dress”.

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