Tell us about your business, what services do you provide for weddings?
We are a stationery business based at Stoneywood paper mill. We are the largest independent craft shop in Scotland and are proud to be the winner of Best Craft and Creative Business Scotland 2016.
We are slightly different from other stationers with what we provide our customers with, we offer a free, no obligation consultation in our show room which has literally hundreds of invitations. At the consultation we discuss the client's ideas for their wedding, show them the samples we have and discuss how we can create the stationery that is perfect for them. We then design a free of charge custom sample for them.
We can supply everything from save the dates to invitations, table plans and even quirky signs.
What's your favourite part of your job?
I absolutely love working with clients to create their dream stationery and hearing their ideas for their wedding. I love a challenge and find it great when a couple come in and say "oh I’ve got a bit of a quirky idea".
As each and every couple are different, each day is different in the shop so there’s always a new challenge which is great.
What sets you apart from your competitors?
We create invitations for our clients rather than saying this is what we have and you can change the colour. We also offer a DIY package. Some people look at me like I have 2 heads when I first suggest the DIY option but it’s a great option for people who either want to save a wee bit of money, get more involved in the creative process or simply want the satisfaction of saying they made their own invites. With our DIY packages we print everything, cut everything, score everything, provide all materials needed and show the clients how to put them together. All they need to provide is a smile and their time.
Do you have an unusual or funny story about your business/previous clients?
One of the weddings which always stands out in my mind is an appointment where the couple wanted their invitations to be based on their tattoos and to show me his tattoos the groom took off his top in the wedding area. That was definitely an unusual day.
Are you attending any wedding exhibitions ? if so, where and when?
We will be attending the Jurys Inn Aberdeen Airport Open Day on the 30th of October, the Your Wedding Exhibition at the AECC in January and the Dedicated 2 Weddings exhibition in April at the moment, but we add more during the year .
Have you won any awards or accolades? what for and when? Do you have a claim to fame?
We are very fortunate to have won some amazing awards in our time:
Best Craft and Creative Business Scotland at the Scottish Business Awards 2016
Best Craft and Creative Business Aberdeen 2016
Achievement of Excellence from British Airways for work with their charity
Best Craft Shop Scotland
Best Independent Craft Shop Scotland 2013, 2014, 2015
We have also received a highly commended from the AECC organisers for our exhibition stand.
Along with the shop awards I have been featured as a Best of British Card Designer. Both myself and Debbi have had numerous work published in international craft magazines.
Do you have a top tip(s) for couples getting married in the North East of Scotland?
A top tip for stationery is to be organised.
It may sound like a simple tip but stationery takes longer to organise than people realise and it is the first indication people will see of your wedding so you want to get something you are definitely happy to send.
I recently got married so now see things for weddings from both a suppliers perspective and a bride's, and I would say that my top tip is not to get stressed out and make sure your day is about the pair of you and what you want not what someone else wants you to have.
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us here at TLWB Blog, Charlotte - enjoy your birthday