Today on the blog we feature Faerie Godmothers – everyone needs this duo in their lives! Read on to find out more about the Faerie Godmothers and a typical week in the life of!
1. Introduce yourself and your company!
Hi Iâ€™m Becky, I am one half of Faerie Godmothers, the other half is Dawn.Â We are a Venue Dressing business in the South Cheshire area.Â We specialise in Weddings but also provide dressing for corporate events, parties, proms, christenings and Christmas dooâ€™s! We provide everything from flowers to chair covers.
2. What made you start your company?
Both myself and Dawn had a long past life in hotels, we knew everything there was to know about the hotel industry. A few years ago I decided to give up working in the hotel business and do something I loved, so I went back to college as a â€˜mature studentâ€™ (huh) and completed my NVQ level 3 in advanced Floristry.Â When I finished the course I opened my first high street florist shop which I ran for 3 years.Â When the lease on the shop came to an end I decided I wanted to diversify and thatâ€™s when I decided to venture more into the wedding industry, with a background in hotels and lots of contacts I began spreading the word that I was going to be specialising in weddings and doing complete packages.Â In the meantime, Dawn gave birth to her Son Harry and didnâ€™t want to go back her job in a hotel, so I made a proposition to her, if she wanted to take care of the linen side of the venture I would do the rest and thatâ€™s how we began some 4 years ago!
3. Can you give us a typical â€˜day in the life ofâ€™ â€“ weâ€™d love to know what you do day by day, even the what-might-seem-like-boring bits!
A day in the life of a Venue Dresser, weâ€™ll after pulling myself out of bed… I always take Alfie, the love of my life (English Springer Spaniel puppy) for a walk in the park where he plays with his friends and I chat to the Mummyâ€™s! After breakie we go to the workshop (Alfie too) Mondays are always collection days, and laundry days so pretty much most of the morning is taken up with that.
Tuesdays are paperwork days, getting up to date with emails, sending quotes, also checking what we have the following week!
Wednesday is wholesale day, off to the flower and sundries wholesalers to collect the flower orders for the weddings at the weekend then back to condition the flowers.
Thursday is another paperwork day and sometimes, if we have a Friday wedding, a prep day,Â Friday is also a prep day, flowers, linen and accessories,Â Sat and Sun normally out doing the weddings.
4. What do you enjoy most or what is your favourite part of your job?
Dressing the room and seeing the finished product, I love to see the room come alive
5. How do you come up with your designs?
I have a head full of them waiting to burst out, normally the bride and groom give us an idea of what they are looking for but in general I get a feel of what they are like and let my creative flair run away with me.
6. How do you manage to mix your busy schedule with home and family life? Some secrets to your success please!
I donâ€™t….. I try to switch off but it never seems to happen!
7. Do you manage to ever switch off the phone or laptop, or always sneakily checking emails and calls 24/7?
Always checking, always writing down notes, always working!!!!
8. What top tip would you give couples that are getting married?
I would advise them not to go with the cheapest option, cheap normally means CHEAP! I would advise them to ask to see the work of any professional they intend to use.Â A useful tip to ensure they get what they are after is to make a mood board or a book so that they can show the professional what they are after, itâ€™s very difficult to get inside someone elseâ€™s head and without visual aids it can be a nightmare.
Oh also book in advance!!!!! Even if they are not sure exactly what they want book in advance to avoid disappointment!
9. If youâ€™re already married, what one thing do you wish youâ€™d done differently?
I did everything myself, I wish someone else had done it for me as I got a little stressed by the end!
10.Â What has been your most unusual request and did you manage to fulfil it?
We are pretty lucky we donâ€™t tend to get unusual requests.
11.Â How long do you usually take from start to finish with a couple? Please explain the process that you run through with clients so our readers can schedule it all inâ€¦
Hum well we have an initial consultation where we meet with them and discuss their requirements this is normally an hour or so.
We then normally only see them again around a month or two before the wedding to check on final details, that is unless we have a â€˜worrierâ€™ which means we tend to meet with them a few times, sometimes to do a mock table, sometimes at the venue to discuss where things will be placed, and on a couple of occasions I have been known to stay on site all day on the day of the wedding just to keep them calm!
12.Â When do you recommend placing an order, please tell us how much notice do you need and how far should couples order in advance of the wedding?
We get booked up very quickly and as we have a limit on how many weddings we can do in any one day we tend to say at least 9 months in advance, however, we are fully booked on some dates in 2011 already so I guess 12 months is also advised.
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