It seems impossible to believe that one year ago this week I relaunched my little business as a luxury brand.
It was such an exciting time, and I felt ready to change how the world saw me and my biz. I changed how I had appointments with couples, to be able to treat them to a nice cuppa and cake in a local tea room.
It has been an amazing year for Fuchsia Fairy, both personally and professionally and now that I have seen more of the kind of weddings I LOVE to work on, I am even more excited to see many new couples in the coming months too.
I am very relaxed in how I approach couples at wedding fayres, none of that hard sell stuff. I know that when people are drawn to see me at my stand its because they love my work, not the amount of money they might be able to save. This means that the couples are truly happy about booking with me when the time comes, because they have more confidence in me and my products rather than temporarily being happy about perhaps having saved a few quid.
Couples people really can tell that I care about my work for a start.
I am not one of those companies who posts ‘just look how many orders are going out this week’ what seems like every 5 minutes.
Is it a bad thing that I don’t appear to be mad busy all the time?
I wouldn’t say so.
I have always valued good customer service in making my own purchases
and there really is nothing much bigger than paying for your wedding (except maybe buying a house but that’s something else entirely!) because you can invest so much of yourself in it. So I know that brides who value that service are going to be the kind of people I want to work with.
I love that I have the kind of business that means my own time is valued
I’ve had so many lovely emails from brides in recent months who are genuinely just as interested in having a bit of a chat as they are about getting their stationery sorted out – sometimes we forget it’s a supplier/customer type of relationship and chat as if we have known each other for years.
I think I’m very lucky to be able to offer that, as well as impeccable attention to detail, which is a must for me.
“Someone said it was the nicest invitation she’d ever received”
If you’re looking for someone who is able to offer that level of service, then why not get in touch?
I love my time with excited brides and grooms to be.
More often than not, we meet at a wedding fayre or my work is recommended by a lovely variety of suppliers I work well with – or by other happy brides who have used my services. However we cross paths, I always like if possible to spend a bit of time getting to know you.
There’s nothing nicer than a sit down and a cuppa!
It’s a nice informal way to have a bit of a chat about the big day, find out what sort of feel it has, and see if my work suits the style of the wedding too. There’s a lovely tea room local to me which works really well for this – they know me in there now as I’ve been using it for a while, I have a table earmarked which gives us plenty of light to see colours as clearly as possible, with enough space should you wish to bring any family or friends with you for the appointment.
There’s always a nice relaxed atmosphere in there, it’s one of those lovely places where they have quirky teapots, all sorts of different teas, coffees, soft drinks and a delicious choice of cakes should you wish to try those too (rude not to!) – in fact one of my couples at an evening appointment recently opted for a beer and a gin instead so there’s always that option if you really want to!
I don’t book my appointments too close together so that you can take your time making any decisions that you might need to make, about the designs, choosing any colours to coordinate with your theme, and have a full brochure of font choices, wording ideas and gift poems too, not so many it confuses but enough different options to really help you personalise your invites and stationery so they suit your personality (there’s none of that fill the blanks stuff when you book with me!)
I don’t ‘do’ the hard sell
(I’m no good at it!) but I tend to find the couples that choose to go ahead and book do so because they love my work and feel comfortable and confident in me and my way of working. I talk you through the booking process at the appointment so you know how and when things will need to happen – and you receive a printed version of this later on once the booking Is confirmed too. I like to make it as easy as possible for you because there’s already so much to think about for your wedding!
The main reason for our appointment
Is to get as much information together as possible about what you want for your stationery, I will get the ‘nitty gritty’ detail down, such as names, venue, times and dates for your wedding so that when it comes to creating a sample invite – which costs £5 if you would like one – it looks and feels as close as possible to your finished invites and we can tell from this if the chosen colours and embellishments (if relevant) will work with everything else you are having for your big day. None of this is set in stone, but its so helpful to have a design in front of you with your own names (and makes it feel sooo real too!) so we can make decisions about it moving forward to getting your invites booked in.
I do find that by the end of the appointment my couples already have a pretty good idea whether they will be wanting to book with me once the sample has been completed (and some just pay their deposit there and then!) so its important for you too as I want you to know that I am the right person to trust with this very important job.
Now that you’ve found out a bit more, if you’d like to book your own tea room consultation (no obligation) why not pop me an email and find out what availability there is or to ask me any questions you may have about it. I am all about making this easier for you and I don’t bite – in fact I would love to hear from you and find out more about your wedding.
I can’t wait to hear from you,
I’ve been in a total daze for the last few weeks I don’t mind telling you!
My sparkly world has completely changed recently and I just thought I would take a moment to spread the love.
Working in the wonderful world of weddings is a funny place at times, for a long time now I’ve been so completely in awe of my lovely couples – just like you. I think it’s so wonderful how you have found someone you are so completely sure about, that you want to share everything in your life with and be happy with, forever.
But at the same time I have struggled a little to grasp – truly grasp – just what love is! There are lots of reason for this but it’s mainly because I don’t think I have every truly been in love myself. Until now, that is.
Of course I’ve been in relationships, but honestly and truthfully I was never totally in love with those people, not that butterfly feeling you can’t shake, the heady high feeling that feels as though it should be illegal. Now – I get it. Like completely and absolutely. I have found my soulmate and he has found me. I have honestly never known a feeling like it.
I have heard of love at first sight. I have read about those beautiful, perfect romances which completely sweep you off your feet and take you to places you can only ever dream about.
I simply adore this quote from Wuthering Heights – it says it all.
(feel free to pinch for your wedding if you love it as much as I do!)
Finally I am experiencing it, for myself. I can’t really tell you what an amazing thing this is with my XX (oh, ok, 42) years on the planet having somehow lost the belief that true love was meant for me too, as well as all the lovely couples I work with.
I hope you don’t mind me sharing this special bit of my journey with you – I am usually all about hints and tips but right now – I’m in a spin!
And it has really helped me to be in the excited moments with you just that little bit more – I’m quite an excitable girl anyway (you may have noticed!) but now I can really feel the love in the room and I had to just say it out loud!!!!!
Here we are…. me and my soulmate, Bruce.
In the coming weeks you will see more activity from me in my mailshots, blog posts and various other social media as I begin preparations for upcoming wedding fayres and events as well my usual daily bits and bobs.
I’d love to hear from you on the facebook page posts if you see anything that grabs your attention but for now I will LOVE YOU and leave you 😊
I hope you enjoy the rest of this lovely blue sky I can see (ohh, Mr Blue Sky is one of my favourite songs,ever! Always makes me smile)
And I will be back again in my usually sparkly style very soon
It’s so exciting I just HAD to share. If you are reading this on my blog, it has already happened!
In business, it’s important to keep things fresh. When the makeover began just after Christmas *Ta-Dah!* Do you like? (it hasn’t been visible to the human eye until this point, only fairies and their design team!) it wasn’t immediately obvious that a new logo would follow. I always LOVED my last logo (see below, just in case you had no idea what I was talking about), from about this time 3 years ago when I first found my niche in designing beautiful luxurious wedding stationery, I felt it really showed my personality to all those who saw and began to recognise it.
But once the latest fancifying project began, it became clear that it was time to look to a new logo, one that sang of all things sparkly and luxurious, but still with that feeling of ‘me’. So many thanks to the wonderful Wendy Walker from Ovy Design for this beautiful creation.
So… here it is! Do you like? I would love to hear what you think.
I am literally in love with everything about my gorgeous, newly made over biz and am so looking forward to sharing this journey with you. Now I have that feeling of ‘I have arrived’ (see FB video here) I will be so much happier sharing lots more loveliness with you as I go about my daily work.
I pride myself in good communication with my couples and keep them updated wherever possible – this can sometimes prove tricky as things get busier and (occasionally) life takes over but that is the reality of running a small business. I’m not afraid to be me and share occasionally the human aspects of life/running a business/raising a family as a single mum because there is the very reason behind everything I do. As you join me on this journey you will feel the super sparkly passion behind everything I do which is both very human and very real – and I can’t wait to take you on that journey!
Now that my beautiful website is out there for all in the wedding world to see (hint – you are on it right now!), I really truly must thank my wonderful Biz Coach the lovely Emma Etheridge for everything you have taught me and held my hand alongside to make this possible – thank you for your coaching, your incredible design skills and for all the love you have poured into my new online home. Huge fluffy thank you hug from me with sparkles on top.
For now, I shall leave you lovelies to find your way around. Take your time, grab a cuppa, have a read through my helpful blog posts here like this one about keeping your inner ‘Zilla’ at bay >>>READ HERE<<<
and then, if the fancy takes you, have a look at my designs too – you’ll be so glad you did!
I can’t wait to hear what you think of the new site, please do pop your comments in the link below if you have a minute or two to spare.
And super sparkly love from me,
(aka Glittery ball of wonderfulness, in the words of one of my brides)
It’s all go here at Fuchsia HQ at the moment, so this is more of an update post to show you some of what I have been up to!
I’m working on some lovely new ways of displaying swatches, both for wedding stationery consultations and to show on my website, to make it easier to share with you what is available to really personalise your design choices.
Just look at the gorgeous colours available for some of my designs in the embossed pebble paper.
For ages now I’ve been dreaming about having some pics taken of me ‘in action’ so you can see how hard I work (when I’m not just enjoying looking at sparkly things!) and last week finally got together with Ian from Ian Dearman Media for this very reason. We spent a long while organising some of my favourite designs and the materials used in them and while I worked on creating some beautiful designs he took some fabulous pics which I will be sharing in the coming weeks.
Here are a couple I just LOVE. Aren’t they great?
I’m also giving my website a makeover (in between orders of fabulous wedding invites) so will have more news on that very soon, it’s all very exciting so thought I would pop this here so you know I’m still on the planet and haven’t disappeared off to la la land…..
Oh, talking of which, have you SEEN the film? I finally went with Amanda from Opulence Bridals on Saturday – it’s FABulous! Can’t beat a bit of singing and dancing 🙂Must go, pretties to create,
Planning a wedding is a BIG thing! It’s like a project in it’s own right, but as such the thinking behind planning your wedding stationery should also be treated the same.
There are lots of important details you need to be clear on before you can really be clear on how your wedding stationery fits in. The thing about your wedding stationery is that it sets the scene. It really does begin to tell the story of your special day, it’s the first and last clue your guests will have about the journey the two of you have taken together, from sending Save the Date cards to Thank you cards when the big day has passed.
I’ve met so many brides over the years who’ve sent save the dates ordered from one of those internet printing places (you know the ones) before they’ve even looked at wedding dresses, it’s something that’s often done as soon as the venue is confirmed.
There’s nothing wrong in this at all, there’s no right or wrong when planning your wedding, but it can be such a missed opportunity. By just waiting a couple of weeks in the really excited period of your wedding planning you can create such a pretty picture in the storytelling and really wow your guests from day 1. You might have started a pinterest board where you can see everything else taking shape and then realise those bargain postcards just don’t fit in with the theme at all.
Having said that what a lovely unexpected surprise for your guests to then be presented with beautiful handcrafted loveliness inviting them to your special day a few months later – it truly does depend how much the ‘whole’ picture matters to you. Does it all need to be just so?
So before you stock up on stamps and update your address spreadsheet have a think about your theme. Have a think about the ‘feel’ of your big day and what you want guests to remember it for. Do you want it to feel a bit ‘thrown together’ or do you want it to be seamless? Every little detail you take the time over is what will leave a lasting memory, for them but also more significantly for you.
I clearly remember when I first started planning my own wedding in 2003. My head was a jumbled mess of colours and patterns, I do laugh now when I think about the absolutely hideous sparkly material I had been looking at convinced my bridesmaids would look FABulous in it, if I could only find it on the market and get someone to make the dresses up for me. I had absolutely no clue. I couldn’t decide on colours, I kept thinking peach, everyone expects peach don’t they? I don’t even really like peach! Eventually thank goodness I found much more suitable alternatives and to this day dread to think how I’d have felt looking at my photos if I’d stuck with the peach.
‘There is no Should’
You can make this a picture perfect memory from whatever point feels right to you. Don’t rush into sending Save the Dates just because you think that’s what you’re supposed to do.
Here’s a few things to consider before you begin planning your wedding stationery.
1. Guest list – are there any restirctions on this ie venue or budget?
2. VIP guests – make sure you consider grandparents, godparents or anyone extra special in your life.
3. Dates – when do you need to to send them, when do you wish to receive your RSVPs by?
4. Timings – are you allowing enough time to have them made?
5. Wedding details – are both venues confirmed?
6. Themes – there is a world of choice out there!
7. Colours – your colours are not your theme, they can be different but still related in some way.
8. Evening numbers – remember you only need to count your daytime guests once!
9. Cost to send by post (are they bulky or especially large?)
10. Your budget – an important one to consider for every aspect of your wedding planning.
11. The reliability/ reputation of the supplier – have you found them by recommendation or by chance?
12. Have you got a clear idea what wedding stationery items you need? if you sign up here to receive my newsletters I can send you a FREE wedding stationery checklist!
13. Can they provide you with bespoke design if that’s what you want? And will this cost extra?
14. Do you need to make time for an appointment or can it be done via email instead?
15. Are you ordering from a real person or a website? Consider if its not a nearby supplier that there may be extra costs for them to be sent to you before you can post them out, and the extra time needed for this.
16. Have you seen their work or any samples or are samples available?
Once you have all of these answered and if you have already found a supplier then move on to the next stage of booking an appointment or ordering a sample. You should alwaysALWAYS make sure to see a sample of their work no matter how pretty the pictures look, if time is of the essence then see if you can get to a wedding fayre where they are showing their work or something like that, and set your mind at rest. I can’t stress this enough having met so many brides over the years who were really disappointed once they had received samples from individuals whose work just wasn’t of the standard expected. Make sure there is going to be enough time to get everything done as is needed.
I’ve got so many hints and tips to share with you so I won’t keep waffling on for now but I hope this has helped and perhaps given you something to think about that you might not otherwise have thought of.
I’m always here if you have any questions about planning or booking your wedding stationery – I’m just at the end of an email address and available for a cuppa and a chat if that is what you would prefer.
What lovelier way is there to begin organising for the biggest day of your life?
I look forward to hearing from you if you need to know any more,