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Sell My Wedding. Marketplace for Pre-Loved Wedding Items. In The Hotseat
23.06.2014

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Image by Ally Byrom Photography 

 

I just love the concept of Sell My Wedding; an online marketplace for pre loved wedding items. Selling everything from dresses and accessories to reception décor.

The benefit of buying pre loved? You could bag yourself a bargain, save time on DIYing your day and be eco friendly too by recycling. Or if you are a newly-wed then selling on your wedding items will boost your bank balance, free up space and spread the love to another happy couple.

Plus founder Rebecca has a special offer especially for WWW readers, with 20 free accounts worth £10 each for couples to sell their wedding items and 5 wedding vendor accounts worth £100 each up for grabs, read on to find out more…

 

 

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

 

Hello, I am Rebecca Aspin (34) founder of Sellmywedding.co.uk an online marketplace where newlyweds can sell their pre-loved wedding items to brides-to-be. The website re-launched with a new look in January and is helping brides across the UK recycle their weddings – from the dress to the decorations.

 

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My Wedding. Images by Simon Kench Photography.

 

What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

The wedding industry has changed dramatically since I myself got married in 2007. Not only have wedding trends changed but the daily inspiration from wedding blogs mean that brides-to-be have so much inspiration available to them. Already married, I love the fact that I can immerse myself in this beautiful, inspirational and creative industry on a daily basis. I love the interaction with our users, both brides-to be (our buyers) and newlyweds (our sellers) and seeing the fantastic weddings that they have planned or plan to have.

 

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Images by Ally Byrom Photography 

 

How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

Sell My Wedding was established in July 2011 when following my own wedding I was unable to find a UK website where I could recycle my wedding items with another bride.

Three years on, many of the items from my wedding were still in bags and boxes.  It seemed such a waste to banish such beautiful items to the loft, never to be used again.

Whilst there were websites for selling second hand wedding dresses, there was nothing out there where you could literally sell everything to do with your big day.

I thought that such a marketplace would not only help make a wedding more affordable but it would also enable brides-to-be to gain inspiration from newlyweds, who had already done the hard work by trawling websites and shops to find the perfect items.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

Since we launched we have helped hundreds of newlyweds sell their wedding and we are proud to have over 1,000 beautiful pre-loved items currently for sale.

To mark our second birthday the site underwent major investment and development to make it even easier for newlyweds to sell their wedding and for brides-to-be to find their perfect items.

As well as a new look, the sign up process was improved and an internal messaging system introduced to make selling simpler and safer. The search functionality is bigger and better and you can now search for items to hire as well as pre-loved items to buy. We are also now iphone and ipad compatible meaning our users can add items from the convenience of their mobiles or tablets.

We remain passionate about recycling, reusing and re-loving and in order to bring together the largest marketplace of pre-loved wedding items, alongside our private sellers we have opened up our site to wedding businesses and vendors who specialise in pre-loved, vintage, sample or wedding items to hire.

 

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Dust and Things. Wedding Gifts & Decor.
06.05.2014

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Online boutique Dust and Things is an online treasure trove packed with beautiful items. There are so many lovely pieces perfect to decorate your wedding tables, add to your gift list or to gift to members of your wedding party.

From homeware to wedding favours and personalised presents, there is something for everyone. I so love their natural rustic and quirky products and know you will too :-)

 

Hi Sian-Louise, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

Hello! I’m Sian-Louise, founder of Dust and Things. I have always had two parallel interests; a passion for practical crafts, and a keen interest in the natural world. I live with my (business) partner Mike, a grumpy cat and a very happy poodle named Robin.

One of my life goals is to tend a herd of deer and I drink far too much tea!

 

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What do you love about your job?

 

It’s a bit strange, but one of my favourite things about my job is packaging the Wedding items up ready for transit to their new home. There’s something so delightful about receiving something that you can tell has had thought and care put into it – I hope every one of our packages is opened with a smile.

 

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How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

I recently graduated in Environmental Conservation. Whilst studying I enjoyed learning but I missed being creative.

During my second year, a dear friend threw a crafty life-line at me to create some nature themed things for her Wedding day. I jumped at the chance. Immediately I felt inspired and my spark returned. The honour and happiness I felt at seeing my creations amongst a sea of smiling faces at such a special day made my heart burst and I knew I had to do more.

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Decor, Planning
Seasonal Spring Wedding Flowers Ideas
25.04.2014

A very floral, bright a pretty feature for you lovelies this afternoon.

If you are planning a Spring wedding, then you are going to adore these Spring wedding flower ideas. Choosing seasonal flowers can reduce costs and your carbon footprint, plus you can give growing your own blooms a go too.

Here are some of my favourite spring florals…

Daffodils

 

Bright, cheery and largely available in the Spring daffodils can come in yellow, orange and white hues.

 

Spring Daffodil Wedding Flowers http://www.onloveandphotography.com/Daffodil Wedding Flowers http://www.babbphoto.com/Spring Wedding FlowersDaffodil Spring Wedding Bouquet Bluebells http://www.rebeccaweddingphotography.co.uk/Daffodil Buttonhole http://www.kat-hill.com/

Images |On Love and Photography, full wedding here |Babb Photo, full wedding here |DIY Spring Wedding Flowers |Rebecca Wedding Photography, full wedding here | Kat Hill, full wedding here |

 

Tulips

 

Tulips can come in so many colour ways, keep them closely packed for a statement or scattered in arrangements with other flowers.

 

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Wedding Signs Ideas & Inspiration. From Rustic Wooden Posts to Blackboard Backdrops.
04.04.2014

Wedding signs are becoming a must have at weddings across the UK. Whether couples want to keep guests informed and organised or to add a fun statement or backdrop; signs at weddings can provide so many uses.

Not to mention how fun and cute they can look. From rustic homemade wooden signs, to beautiful lettering on blackboards they can add so much pretty to your wedding decor.

Let’s delve into the Whimsical Wonderland Weddings archives and take a look at some wonderful wedding sign ideas.

 

Little Ones

 

Your favourite little people, made oh so cuter with a sweet sign. Whether it’s introducing you down the aisle or giving them a voice, its a lovely touch.

 

Wedding Pageboy Sign http://stephiejoy.com/ Flower Girl Wedding Sign http://mstudiosri.com/ Wedding Bride Sign http://www.jonathanong.com/ Here Comes The Bride Sign http://www.kkotkiewicz.co.uk/ Wedding Sign Ideas http://www.cottoncandyweddings.co.uk/ Bridesmaids Wedding Sign http://www.closertolovephotography.com/Wedding Sign Pageboy http://marshalgraystudio.com/Bridesmaids Sign Weddings http://gracephotographyni.com/Flowergirl Sign Mummy http://www.kathrynedwardsphotography.com/

 

Images |Stephie Joy Photography, full wedding here | M Studios, full wedding here |Jonathan Ong, full wedding here |Karolina Kotkiewicz, full wedding here |Cotton Candy Photography, full wedding here |Closer to Love Photography & Design, full wedding here |Marshal Gray, full wedding here |Grace Photography, full wedding here |Kathryn Edwards, full wedding here |

 

Point Me In The Right Direction

 

Are there different areas to your wedding? Make sure guests know where they are going so they don’t miss out on all the activities on offer. Think arrows, rustic wood and fun destinations.

 

Wedding Sign Inpiration http://www.marshalgrayphotography.com/ Wedding Direction Sign http://mstudiosri.com/ Rustic Wedding Signs http://www.brighton-photo.com/ Water Colour Wedding Sign http://www.blissfulwedding.co.uk/ (more…)

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The Pixie. Pretty Paper Flower Creations. In The Hotseat
03.03.2014

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This afternoon is dedicated to the prettiest paper creations.

The Pixie creates gorgeous paper flowers, from bouquets to place settings. They are the perfect piece of décor to really make your wedding reception pop. I so love the ability to use different patterned papers and colours to fit into any wedding décor scheme too.

Lets get to know The Pixie better…

 

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

 

Hi, my name is Mari and I am the girl behind The Pixie.

I studied textiles at art school but it was always paper that inspired me, it has such an elegance and beautiful textures. I create paper flowers from maps, vintage books, music scores, anything paper – old photo’s, watercolour sketches or even comics. It’s a beautiful way to have a one off creation that really reflects a couples personalities, lives and memories, and one that lasts forever.

 

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What do I love /dislike about your job?

 

I love it when I get a new design idea in my head and it comes together perfectly as an actual piece. And seeing people’s reactions to my work, especially when they realise how personalised the designs can be.

 

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How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

After many years in the greeting cards and gift wrapping industry, I decided that it was time to strike out on my own. I was asked to make a full scale wedding dress from paper for an exhibition stand – and covered it in paper flowers. And with a keen interest in floristry, one thing led to another. Wedding flowers were the perfect fit for my work.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

The best thing about my work is that they are designed for a specific couple.

So my aim is to offer something truly unique, a little bit quirky and alternative, working with clients to create what they want. (more…)

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