Good morning! Yesterday I presented the beautiful wedding of Hester & Pete and a hint at the story behind the birth of her company “Wedding in a Teacup”. Today, I would like to share the full story of Hester’s transition from bride to businesswoman as I know it will resonate with so many other small business owners out there who have been influenced by the planning and organisation of their own special day; the frustrations and thrills of seeing the big day all come together. It brings to mind a very special quote, which lives on my fridge and reminds me why I do all this:
Be the change you want to see in the world
Here are a few words from the very talented Hester about her inspiration behind her business and, boy, does it ring true to me! I’d quite like to be Hester’s new best friend, actually!
How Wedding in a Teacup got started….
“Not all brides have dreamed of white weddings since the age of six. I certainly hadn’t. In fact the first stunned words out of my mouth when the man I loved suddenly proposed are too rude to repeat here! The first among my close friends to get engaged, and with a feminist mother who got married in flat boots, weddings were simply off my radar. But I said yes, of course, and then we had to decide how.
With a background in fashion buying I have pretty defined tastes. I love retro, natural, quirkiness and charm. I quickly discovered that my taste isn’t represented in the mass-market wedding industry – big dresses, spangles, sparkles and organza bows on chair backs are just not very me! The waste bothered me too. All that stuff dumped as landfill after a few hours’ use. Why not spend your hard-earned money on something you can take home afterwards to re-use and remind you of the joy of the day?
Then I discovered some brilliant UK wedding blogs showcasing real-life brides who had created fun and original weddings a world away from the mass market. Inspired, I designed our own invitations, planted up a box of daisies to display our seating plan, got lots of candles, bunting and ivy, and sourced ribbon and letter stamps to make sweet rustic favours and name tags. And somewhere along the way, I got really excited about setting up an on-line boutique for brides who think like I do.”
Oh, Hester, I so know where you are coming from! Organza bows on chairs – *shudder*!
And now to present to lovely Retro Bride readers the full beauty of Wedding in a Teacup – I am blown away by the prettiness on this site, and I absolutely LOVE the “Get creative” element behind this!
Wedding in a Teacup holds an array of handmade items and fabulous finds to help you create your own unique and beautiful wedding day. From exclusive invitations designed by us in our Brighton based studio, to classy guest books that we’ve searched the whole UK for, nothing shoddy or tacky or not absolutely saturated in style and gorgeousness has found its way onto this site. We aim to inspire and satisfy you and save you hours trawling the internet for that special, elusive something.
In our Get Creative section you will find a sumptuous variety of do-it-yourself tools and products; this section is not just about saving money, it’s about enjoying fashioning something individual to you and the fun of making things with family and friends. We’re proud of our range of fabulous favours; table decorations that won’t get left on the tables! In our Décor section, we focus on special things that will transform your venue, soak up the joy of the day, and go back home with you afterwards to keep on shining. From jam labels to natty badges, our Bespoke section has lots of goodies that can be personalised especially for you.
Wherever possible our items are made from recycled material or are recyclable, fairtrade or made right here in the UK.
At Wedding in a Teacup, we love all the nuptial traditions – flowers and favours and confetti and first dances. But we don’t think there’s a right way to do it all. We see it more as a wonderful grab bag – just pick out what you want, add to it, and style it how you like!
Many wedding venues provide their own plain white table cloths, napkins and china, which make the perfect backdrop for your creative input. Bedeck the tables with our scintillating little vases holding just a few flowers; strew twinkling tea light holders in among them. Tie up napkins or cutlery with our themed cotton ribbon; string on quirkily-stamped labels for place markers. Add colour and create a lavish mood by scattering our striking favours around.
Our mantra is: take great pleasure in your planning and preparations, it will spill over into your wedding day and light it up. So put enjoy it all at the top of your Big List and relax! We like weddings where the best man’s speech is so rude that the mother of the groom won’t talk to him for an hour afterwards. Where the chief bridesmaid pulls the best-looking usher. Where the bride kicks off her heels and dances bare foot.
Seriously, who wouldn’t want to support a business with these values? I love nothing more than an entrepeneur who actually takes into serious consideration ethical and environmental matters and cares so much about both product and consumer. I cannot wait to see more people visiting Wedding in a Teacup and growing this amazing business into a huge success!