New to blogging but not to wedding planning, mention the word wedding and my ears automatically prick up.
What is it about weddings I just don’t know maybe it is the romance or the excitement but whatever it is I love it.
So how did I get into weddings ? I decided to start my wedding path by opening a bridal shop back in 1996 and the thrill of seeing all the excited brides to be coming to choose the most important dress they will ever wear was such a beautiful feeling.
One thing I don’t like is the word NO so I try my best never to say it to a bride, whatever they want they should get although at times you have to gently change their minds especially when you know that their expectations are not achievable. I always found that those brides who had spent years dreaming of their perfect dress ended up with something completely different once they started trying on.
They would come in with one particular style in mind I would always ask them not tell them but ask them to try on my style and see what they thought and nine times out of 10 my style would be their style .once the tears start you know they have found the perfect dress.
I have such fond memories of my time in that shop one bride I will always remember she was tiny she was a dance teacher and she came in with 12 flower girls and they had the biggest beautiful ballroom dresses all of them and looked stunning like a queen and her little princesses.
Time for retirement and a whole new country and lifestyle to get used to we moved to North Cyprus and for the first year, I was quite happy just being retired and doing nothing and then boredom setting there is only so much gardening and sunbathing but you can do before you need something to get your brain going.
I took over another shop out here thinking I would bring a little bit of England to Cyprus their customers and their traditions are so so different to UK and I struggled but still loved what I was doing that was until another wedding planner came in for coffee one day and asked me if I could take on one of her weddings.
What a massive decision I don’t even remember planning my own wedding that alone somebody else’s but I never said no and I took it on and I pretended I knew exactly what I was doing and on the night once everything all the formalities have been done and everybody was dancing in the smiles on their faces I was buzzing and I knew then that this is what I needed to do.
I did tell the couple in fact I thank them for allowing me to choose my new career based on their wedding and they said that they had no idea that I’d never done this job before everything was so perfect so to the Mehmets I will always be grateful.
Everything I do in life I hit the ground running in no time for wasting going checking out this and that and the other I don’t my website I did go and speak to a few Vendels but then I started work and I love love love love everything about weddings and it just makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
I started my first year I think I done about five weddings in my first year and loved every single one of them using local suppliers local venues places that I knew that was going to give my couples exactly what they wanted and then I started thinking I could do better than Florist the decorations and my collection started. I now have my own chair covers and sashes in every colour you can imagine table decorations flowers flower walls it just gets bigger and bigger every year and makes things 10 times harder for me but the satisfaction I get of knowing I’ve put the whole wedding together myself gives me such immense pleasure..
I often take myself back to when I got married here in North Cyprus 25 years ago and my husband’s family planned our wedding and I never had a choice in anything I would hate any bride to feel like that in 25 years time that’s why all my brides keep 100% control over their weddings is so hard building up a trust with such as somebody that you’ve only just met let alone when they are thousands of miles away from you and now planning the most important day of your life so I try to keep in constant contact talking about their day what they want and how they want it and they always get the final say.
The last 10 years have seen me taking on weddings from just 2 people in an olive grove to 250 people in a 5-star hotel.
The last thing I want to do is bore you so will save some until next time.
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