Hi there! So, you’re a nosy parker and want to find out a bit about the person writing this blog, do ya?
I like you already.
You see, I like to know everything before I make up my mind whether I like it or not. And I like people who do the same thing. It means you’re prepared to think for yourself, which is a rare quality nowadays.
So, despite the fact I’ve been working in the wedding industry since 2011 (when I began my handmade wedding stationery business as a fresh-out-of-uni 21-year-old with no idea what to do with her life… but more on my origin story in a bit), and the fact that I LOVE a bit of a Pinterest sesh to ogle all the beautiful weddings, I’m not exactly sold on the whole, slavishly follow all the trends and spend tens of thousands of pounds on one special day.
I mean, if that’s your thing then fine. Each to their own, and there are plenty of people and blogs that will help you do that.
But, I know that the weddings you see on Pinterest are well out of reach for the majority of people, who need to watch the budget because they’re saving up for a house, or a new car, or because there always seems to be more month left at the end of the money than you’d really like. Because life gets in the way, essentially.
Now, I don’t intend on specialising in budget weddings. I’m not going to encourage you to spend weeks crocheting your own wedding dress or make 150 jam jar candles as favours, or any of those other things. Well, not all the time, anyway- as you’ll find out later, I do love to get creative, so when I find an amazing tutorial I may well just have to share.
So, if I’m not going to be talking specifically about high-end, budget or handmade weddings, just what am I going to be writing about?
I want to talk about realistic wedding plans. The kinds of wedding most of the couples I’ve worked with over the years plan. A few special, luxury items paired with budget options and yes, some wedding DIY.
I want to talk about what you should and shouldn’t spend your money on, and how to tell the difference.
I want to talk to you about when you should admit defeat and pay a pro, and why there is no shame in that at all.
I want to talk about finding your own wedding style amongst all the noise of ‘wedding trends’, and how to make those trends your own.
Each wedding is as individual as the couple. Let’s celebrate that, rather than trying to conform to the beautiful images in the magazines and online.
It may not be ‘Pinterest Worthy’. It may not go exactly how you want. You will probably have to make a hundred tiny compromises (and a few big compromises, as well)
But it will be your wedding. Which is why it will be perfect.
And at the end of the day, you will have married the person you love and have a wonderful life ahead of you.
Isn’t that all that matters?
So, I’m here to help you cut through all the fluff and style your wedding, your way.
You’re an individual. Be individual.
Ok, so if you’ve made it this far, you might actually like to learn a little bit about me and how I got started.
Well, my name is Rosie, and I live in a small town between Nottingham and Derby in the UK. So ‘between’, in fact, that we’re almost exactly the same distance between each, and I never really know which one to say I’m from.
So I say both.
Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, I have my own small wedding stationery business. I’ve been specialising in luxury, handmade stationery for the past few years, but have recently branched out into personalised printable invitations for the DIY bride or groom, with a range of printed designs coming soon to bridge the gap between handmade and DIY. You can view my designs and find out more about my business on my website.
The fact I make wedding stationery by hand should probably lead you to (correctly) surmise that I quite like making things.
This is very true.
As part of my degree in Contemporary and Traditional Crafts (which was as useful in the real world as it sounds… but a lot of fun, so there’s that going for it), I did wood turning, ceramics, lace making, enamelling, felting (both wet and dry) and metalwork. I eventually narrowed down my focus to jewellery making, creating a range of pierced pendants and jewellery with embroidered metal.
However, as is often the case with these things, I’d entirely had my fill of that sort of thing by the end of my course. I went back to working at a local craft supplies shop.
It was at this job that I met lots of couples wanting to make their own wedding invitations, but lacking the practical knowledge and design skills to make a good job of it.
When asked why they wanted to do this, the answer was generally that they couldn’t find a design they liked, or everything they did like was way out of their budget.
I knew could help.
I could design beautiful invitations, make them to a high standard in a time-efficient manner and source materials at an affordable price. I was very used to designing within specifications, so bespoke or custom work would be easy and fun.
And so, with a little nudge in the right direction*, Little Vixen Designs was born, and I’ve never looked back 🙂
Of course, things have evolved and changed since those early days, and this blog, in particular, is a bit of a deviation from the wedding stationery tunnel vision I’ve had (so you will probably find a lot of stationery-specific posts here), but my main goal remains the same; to help couples get what they want for their wedding at a sensible price. Not bargain basement (because unless you’ve very fortunate and hit the sales at the right time, you run the risk of it looking cheap) or trying to emulate someone else’s wedding. Their wedding, their way, to suit their budget.
So, if you’re picking up what I’m putting down, make sure you sign up to receive a notification each time I publish a post 🙂 xxx
*I lie. It was a massive push off a metaphorical cliff. You see, my mum, bless her heart, signed me up for a wedding fayre before I’d even decided to start this business. This left me just 3 months to research the market, find suppliers, come up with a business name, set up a website (no mean feat for a technophobe like myself), figure out marketing materials and the like and create a design collection… all whilst working full time! Did I mention my boyfriend lived 100 miles away at this point? Yeah. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep much for those few months!