supplier spotlight: wedding in a teacup
Hello lovely readers! I’m back :)
As I was away celebrating our 1st Wedding Anniversary, I asked some of my favourite wedding friends to keep you all entertained. I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading and being inspired by a few new vioces this week.. Just incase you haven’t checked in with b.loved this week (gasp!) here’s a quick catchup of what you missed ~
We celebrated Valentine’s Day with Vicky of Victoria Mary Vintage with a brilliant guide to choosing your engagement ring (perfect for all those Valentine’s proposals!) covering everything from the four C’s to shape and style
Sara from Under the Vintage Veil wrote a discussion post, something of a first for b.loved! Tackling the somewhat touchy subject of wierd wedding requests and dealing with curious family & friends during your wedding planning. Why not share your thoughts here?
Today, I am very happy to introduce you to a real star supplier. Hester Lear, of Wedding in a Teacup introduced herself to me at the end of last year, offering a prize in the b.loved giveaway (some very pretty invitations!). We struck up a conversation over email, and after spending a good while browsing on her site (lots and lots of pretty!!) I was sure that Hester was on exactly the same wavelength as me when it comes to weddings, providing something unique, creative and hearfelt to all her brides.
With a background in fashion, and dreams of one day owning her own shop, Hester discovered the wonderful world of weddings after her husband proposed. Inspired by the creativity showcased on wedding blogs and in real life weddings, and a world away from the formal, blingy image of weddings she had imagined, Hester found it hard to actually source the products she wanted for her own big day in the UK.
“It took me days to track down a plain pillow box made from recycled card, and I couldn’t find pretty cotton wedding-themed ribbon. So I decided to take the leap and set up a site where brides could buy all these things and more under one roof, and I’m so glad I did!”
The products you will find at Wedding in a Teacup are not one particular style, rather following Hester’s eclectic taste and love for anything old and quirky. You will also find a lot of natural materials, with the homemade look favoured over a mass-produced gloss. Mostly though, Wedding in a Teacup is about having fun, finding and creating a style that is unique to you. This makes it the perfect place for brides looking for something different, who don’t want to conform to the mainstream. The place for beautiful handmade items and fabulous finds, from invitations to favours and everything in between, to make your wedding unique.
I asked Hester about the kind of bride Wedding in a Teacup attracts ~
“She is creative and wants to put her own mark on the day – more and more weddings are telling the tale of the couple! She is someone with an ethical conscience – who cares how the products are produced and doesn’t want to spend money on things that will be binned but can be taken home and treasured as memento’s”
I find inspiration everywhere, but real brides the most inspiring, so I’m a big blog fan! I want Wedding in a Teacup to grow and develop and reflect what real brides are after so their feedback is most important.
I’m not a big believer in following trends on your wedding day. I believe more than anything else that your wedding day should be a reflection of who you both are as a couple, not what someone is saying is ‘in’ at that particular time. If you just go with your heart and the look you love then the day will be a huge success. If your house is full of vintage finds then this will naturally spill over into your day, if you’re a glamorous glitzy girl, then don’t let what anyone else says about sparkles or bows on chair backs put you off!
The relationships that you build with your customers are unlike any other industry. It’s such a thrill to be part of something that is just so special and important to them. I’ve had some lovely post- wedding emails, thanking me for some last-minute touches, and what I’m really looking forward to is seeing photographs of the big day – I’ve had a few promises already!
What question do brides ask you most often?
So far it seems that we are attracting a pretty headstrong bunch that come to me knowing what they want already – which is brilliant! So it’s probably “I have this in mind, can you help me do it?”
If you could give future brides one piece of advice, what would it be?
To try not to stress and to enjoy the planning process! I know it’s so much easier said than done, but the actual wedding day will go by in a flash so it is so important to enjoy and savour the lead up too. Get as many people involved in the process as you can, it will bring you all closer as well as taking the pressure off you. But most importantly, don’t lose sight of why you are doing all this in the first place – to celebrate marrying the person you love! All the extra bits are fun, but they are not why everyone is there. If your nametags come out a little smudged, it doesn’t matter! Above anything else your guests just want to see you both happy and enjoying yourselves, so make sure that stays firmly at the top of your list.
Another truly lovely supplier who really does care about your day as much as you do! What are you waiting for? Go and check out the goodies on www.weddinginateacup.com. Or, if you have a bespoke request or need some help sourcing something special, why not send an email to [email protected]