I got so wrapped up in the NZIPP Awards that I nearly missed the opportunity of telling you about The Wedding Collective Show.
Yes our boutique show “serving a sophisticated or specialized clientele.” That is what the dictionary said boutique is. And indeed we had a lovely group of mainly women come along to Eliza’s Manor on Bealey (https://www.facebook.com/ElizasManoronBealey). One man was sent along by his partner who is in London currently.
This beautiful old house was damaged in the earthquake but with the repairs done and everything back in operational order – this was the right place for our show. It created that intimate, nice feeling, which in turn, made everyone relaxed.
The Chef made beautiful soup and a pasta dish for those of us exhibiting at the show. We are all indebted to Anne (and also Harold) for the wonderful work they did in pulling the venue and organisation together for us. I know the feedback was very positive about the rooms that people could view. Getting ready for your wedding at a Eliza's is a possibility, and that first night, as husband and wife, would be very special in the Heritage Room.
I greeted people on arrival and collected donations for The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation and will do a blog about that soon. This is close to our Collective, as we have a member who is currently challenged. Its not good, and possiblty that we are a small country, but most people in NZ know of someone who has battled breast cancer or is currently battling.
I didn’t tell anyone who I was althought I did have my Collective name badge which says "Julie". I am thinking they guessed who I was, as my, Julie Lassen Celebrant banner, was right beside me.
Also sharing the space with me was Wendy and Sharon – sisters and owners of Crown Limos. They are such characters and have many stories to share. A blog about them coming soon.
We had Lisa and her team of two from Brides of Merivale working in one room with a changing space – allowing two brides at a time to try on dresses. Check in the mirror and get feedback from family and friends. More than one bride sent messages and photos to someone they wanted to come in and give their opinion. The beauty of phones – photos sent to people not present had hurried trips into Eliza’s to take advantage of the sale. Yes there were $3000 dresses that were $1500 and lots of beautiful bargains. I kept popping back to see what the next dress looked like in the try on process.
It had me thinking – that The Fitting Room who was present and also a member of The Collective – should have had them fitted in nice new undergarments – because isn’t that the framework on which to place beautiful dresses? I wonder how many brides try on dresses with every day underwear? I personally think something special would be a good purchase first!
Then into the large room and you were flanked by two dynamic businesses on either side of you. One side our florist – Esther, yes Esther with Fleurs De Esther. Her display and those beautiful coloured orchids - outstanding.
Across from Esther was Suzanne – with her sensational table setting. This is such a visual thing so I will have to let the photos tell the story. Suzanne had also come along with three tables with chairs. She decorated these up and this was brilliant allowing people to sit down and look through promotional books from the various businesses and to discuss things they had seen.
Going around the rest of the room – The Fitting Room I have told you about already.
We had our Collectives highly acclaimed DJ – DJ Chick – playing music and creating that lovely atmosphere.
Dina is Hinton’s – a venue on Waikarei Road and she sent her other half, George, along to enjoy the company of The Collective women. He coped very well with us all.
Minnie or Min she is Mk Photography – and she had an array of beautiful photos on display as did Lisa from Words on Wax, having a beautiful display of candles. Lisa personalises the candles with photos or messages. She is a creative soul. Her candles are becoming increasingly popular as people start to appreciate the many ways you can use these special candles. I have already blogged her business.
Mariessa Waddington European Makeup Artists and Stylist was represented by Mia. Mia is beautiful young woman in her own right, and the ideal front person when the lady herself is getting over a bad bout of the flu.
Finally, we have Cherie who is Wedding Print Solutions – and she has lots of ideas. Have you noticed that I have been saying that a woman is her business. I really do believe that each member of The Collective is her business even if they have other people working with them. So we were pretty well represented. A few people within the Collective had commitments that made them unable to join us for the day. Had they been able to be present, we would have had to rethink, how to fit, all of them in.
As I type, I am still waiting for 9 people who were lucky to win one of the 14 prizes that were available to those who came along. We had an engagement shoot; a night in The Heritage Room; an hour in a limo plus lots of other prizes. We did the draw and have posted the results on our Wedding Collective Page.
So we now need to talk to those who came to the show and get their feedback and see if we can help them have the perfect wedding day they deserve.
I think we delivered on our collective message - Making Planning a Pleasure.
PS: I nearly forgot beautiful cakes - minnie cupcakes - so yummy!! I will have to do a blog on Adrienne and her business Cakes Galore. Oh so many more blogs to do!!