Decor, In The Hotseat
Zazzle. Personalised Wedding Gifts & Touches. In The Hotseat.
18.08.2014

 

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Custom Team Bride tote bags

If you are looking for the final personal touches to your wedding then welcome to Zazzle.

Zazzle is a marketplace where near enough everything is fully customisable. From invitations to pillows and badges you can really make your own stamp. Whether you are looking for favours, fun touches for your hen party or gifts for the bridal party there are so many stylish and fun choices and ideas :-)

I have picked some of my favourites in this feature, but there is soooo much to browse over on the Zazzle site.

Let’s get to know Zazzle a little more…

 

 

Hi Lisa, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

I have been at Merchandiser at Zazzle for three years. I have a background in Beauty Merchandise and Marketing and Visual Communications.

 

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I’m getting married pillow

 

What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

I love that I get to collaborate with other departments for a variety of projects. It truly is a team effort. What I dislike is that sometimes you don’t get to enjoy holidays because you are always 2-3 months ahead.

 

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How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

I’ve always loved to merchandise and once I started Zazzle I began to gravitate more towards the wedding experiences. Now I am responsible for our weddings pages, http://www.zazzle.com/wedding+ideas, where couples and get inspiration and ideas. Also, http://www.zazzle.com/wedding+collections, an easy page that couples can navigate when searching for invitations.

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Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

 

What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

That I will showcase products with amazing designs that people will want to incorporate into their big day. 

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Function Central. Live Music for Weddings. In The Hotseat.
11.08.2014

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I don’t know about you but I just love a wedding with live music and entertainment. It creates a real party atmosphere like nothing else. If you are thinking of booking a brilliant band for your party, then I recommend checking out Function Central. They have just about every style and genre of musician to make your reception personal and fun.

Let’s get to know them a little better….

Hi Function Central, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

We’re a leading wedding music booking agency. We’ve sought out the very best wedding bands, musicians and DJs from all across the UK so you don’t have to!

 

Every act’s profile on our site is packed with audio demos, pictures, videos and reviews, to help you make an informed decision about which act to book. We have hundreds of hand-selected live music acts available, searchable by price, genre and location.

 

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What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

First and foremost, we never get bored of reading glowing testimonials from our customers.

 

Secondly, we often book live music for celebrity weddings or other high profile events, which are always fun. Highlights were Paul McCartney’s office booking a gypsy jazz trio for his garden party and 19 Management booking a function band for a surprise birthday party for David Beckham.

 

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How did you get into entertainment and into the wedding industry?

 

We started out as a humble two-man show with only one function band on the books – our own. We’re now a team of ten, working with the very best bands, musicians and DJs available from London to Manchester and beyond.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

We want our bands to deliver real “wow” factor to our clients’ events and exceed all expectations! (more…)

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In The Hotseat, Stationery
Melanie’s Studio Designs. Luxury Illustrated Wedding Stationery. In The Hotseat
04.08.2014

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Fantastic Foxes – Quirky fox illustrations, fun motifs and retro fonts make this the perfect design for a super fun couple to have at their wedding celebrations.

 

I love pretty paper goods and it’s always lovely to showcase the work of a WWW sponsor. This afternoon I get to combine the two as I introduce to you Melanie’s Studio Designs who creates luxe illustrated stationery.

I just love her pretty and whimsical designs and know you lovelies will too.

Let’s get to know Melanie…

 

Hi Melanie, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

Award winning stationery designer, specialising in unique illustration, design lead stationery and beautiful wedding styling solutions. Full collections of wedding stationery are available to order and a bespoke service is also on offer catering for the style conscious couple looking for something truly unique.

With a background in Fine Art and Design I offer originality, sensitivity and quality, creating a truly personalised service. I primarily cover the Cotswolds, Warwickshire and London. However, I welcome the opportunity to work with clients from anywhere in the UK, Europe and America.I am committed to working closely with my clients to understand their requirements and ensure that they are delighted with my work.

I am based in the countryside on the edge of the North Cotswolds. I primarily cover the Cotswolds and its surrounding counties, but often work with clients from London and further afield.

 

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Carnival -  A colourful and fun design with illustrations reminiscent of traditional carnival rides. A combination of geometric shapes and pretty colours make this an exciting addition to your wedding styling.

 

What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

I am a firm believer in working hard but I also strongly believe that job satisfaction is very important.

I enjoy setting career goals and personal challenges. Creating my own business has certainly been one of the bigger tests of my career so far. However, working within the wedding industry, although demanding, it is such a fun a varied field, with a new challenge around every corner.

It’s an industry where working closely with clients is essential. Having a small and creative business of my own means I get to give each and every customer a truly personalised service.

 

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Paris in Lights – A whimsical and romantic design with unique illustrations of the Eiffel Tower, pretty pink fairy lights and soaring swallows. The fairy lights can be altered to suit any colour scheme.

 

What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

When I first talk to a client I am already aiming to achieve the very best for them, regardless of whether it’s a very small order from one of my new ranges of wedding stationery or a large luxurious and bespoke request. Every single client is as important as the next. I like to spend time with my customers where possible so that I can really gauge their personalities before aiming to encapsulate this and incorporate it into their stationery or styling.

I pride myself on offering a friendly and innovative service that will leave my customers smiling.

 

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Peonies in Bloom – Pretty watercolour peonies and floral motifs make this the perfect design for a beautiful Spring or Summer wedding. A great design to mix and match your colours with!

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Bespoke Verse. Personalised Poems & Readings for Weddings. In The Hotseat
14.07.2014

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Creating a wedding ceremony which is personal to you both is so very important. Which is why I am so excited to introduce you to Joanna from Bespoke Verse, who creates personalised wedding readings and speeches, which can be printed and framed to keep forever too.

Joanna also creates brilliant personalised gifts in the form of poems and prints which are stocked on Not On The High Street and John Lewis.

Let’s get to know Joanna a little better…

 

Hi Joanna , could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

I’m a bespoke poet based in Berkhamsted and I run a company called Bespoke Verse. We are the UK’s leading provider of personalised poems and poetry prints for weddings and special occasions. We write poems, readings and speeches which are closely based on the answers we receive from questionnaires. We also sell lots of generic prints of many subjects from marriage and parents to wine and dogs – we add personalised message to these for lots of customers.

I am a mum of 3 and apart from time with my family, I love our dog Dickens, books, holidays in New Zealand, Bobby Brown Make Up, Prosecco and Game of Thrones!

 

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What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

I love running my own company and employ a wonderful team of writers and admin assistants. I enjoy working with other wedding suppliers too, but the best part of all is hearing feedback on how the speech or poem we have written has been the best part of a couple’s wedding day. It feels wonderful on a Monday morning to receive orders from people who heard our poems read at weddings over the weekend!

I am rather a workaholic but the downside is that since Bespoke Verse has taken off I don’t have so time to spend with my friends. Luckily, they are very supportive and are happy to lend a hand.

 

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How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

I began Bespoke Verse after writing a rhyming speech for my own wedding which brought the house down and led to lots of commissions. It soon became apparent there was a market for well -written and witty bespoke wedding poems. We now write over 500 a year and have sold over 10,000 generic prints.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

Our aim is to create something for brides and grooms that is talked about, reread and watched over and over for years to come.

We want to help our customers bring an element of uniqueness to the words used in a wedding – there’s no need for the same boring old reading! We also aim to help those who struggle with public speaking and writing and allow brides to give the ultimate in personalised gifts to their groom and the wedding party.

Our generic prints make great gifts for the wedding party too, especially parents and bridesmaids. We also provide a service where we can format and frame readings and poems – this came about simply because brides repeatedly asked us to do it!

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Lord Wordsmith’s Emporium of Poems & Rhyming Speech. In The Hotseat
07.07.2014

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Whether you are looking for a beautiful bespoke gift for the gent in your life or are after the perfect words for that special speech then I may have just the solution this afternoon.

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Paul from Lord Wordsmith’s Emporium of Poems and Rhyming Speech, who creates tailored verse, speech and prose, just perfect for weddings. Plus they can be framed as a memento to treasure forever, lets get to know Paul…

 

 

Hi Paul, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

My name is Paul, and I am a wordsmith. I have started up a venture called Lord Wordsmith’s Emporium of Poems and Rhyming Speech. I provide a service whereby I will write a poem, rhyming speech or prose to any specifications and for any occasion.

My clients firstly fill out a questionnaire with lots of details about the recipient of the poem or speech, and I form them into a funny, touching or serious printed poem or speech; depending on what tone is needed.

Poems for Stag Do’s, Weddings, Best Man Speeches, a unique gift for the Bride & Groom, Anniversaries, Proposals or any kind of occasion in fact – Birthdays, Sorry, a Thank you…if words are needed then I can do it. It can be framed in a choice of coloured frames and card, or unframed if preferred.

Normally, they can be sent out within two to three weeks of receiving all of the information when ordered.

 

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What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

I love receiving all the information about the person and building a rhythmic set of words that accurately portray them. There’s always some things that are unique to each person, which gives each poem a truly bespoke feel.

When those lines click into place and the rhythm is right, it really gives me a buzz knowing that it will be enjoyed.

The reaction from people has been incredible, and that gives me so much pleasure.

 

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How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

I used to have a terrible stutter, and at a young age learned a wider vocabulary to avoid linguistic pitfalls. This meant that I ended up quite wordy, and so I’ve always been asked by friends and family to write poems, many of which have been at weddings. It seemed the natural step to take to offer a service to everyone doing the same.

I love everything about words, and am about to publish my first fiction book in addition to some others scheduled later in 2014 and 2015; so this seemed the perfect venture to set up alongside that.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

I want each and every client to end up with the perfect gift or speech that will make people laugh, cry and gasp if need be.

The end result should look stunning on any wall or shelf, and if it’s being read out, I want time to stop as people listen intently.

If those things don’t happen, then I’m not doing it right!

Tears or laughter or both – that’s all I want!

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