So, this is new! Today I’m starting a new blog series all about the talented and lovely folk who work in the wedding industry. Because I have a slight alliteration obsession I will be posting on a Wednesday so that I can call it Wedding Wednesday! I’m easily pleased, I know.
Every few weeks I will be chatting to someone who helps couples to have the wedding of their dreams. To start us off I’d like to welcome Alyssa Williamson of Peach Blossom to the inaugural Wedding Wednesday…
Hi Alyssa, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I own Peach Blossom, an online store selling party decorations and accessories. I love parties, weddings and craft projects so I think I’m in the right job!
Tell us about Peach Blossom, what’s the business all about?
Peach Blossom sells stylish alternatives to the more traditional decorations. I strive to find new and original pieces for styling weddings and through my products I try to offer couples ideas to create individual and fun accessories for their special day.
How did you start your business?
I started Peach Blossom almost three years ago. Having always been interested in event planning I knew it was an industry I wanted to be involved in but I couldn’t find the decorations I’d want to use if I were organising a celebration. I felt like the choice for stylish, original, yet fun decorations was lacking in the UK and I was determined to bring something new and vibrant to the UK wedding scene. I started doing some research to discover products I’d love to use. And so Peach Blossom was born!
What’s the drive behind Peach Blossom, how do you want people to feel when they shop with you?
I hope people feel as excited when they first see the products as I do when I discover them! I also often hear customers say they’ve been looking for accessories and decorations ‘just like this’ for so long and are so happy to have discovered the shop, which is so lovely to hear. This also drives me to continue my aim of finding the best products which I think brides and grooms would love to use on their wedding day.
I recently met so many couples at Brides The Show and hearing they wanted to use my products for their big day was a great feeling! It’s lovely to think that these products and decorations form part of a person’s most special day.
What do you love about working in the world of weddings?
I love the creativity of the wedding industry. Before I worked in the wedding industry I never realised how many endless choices you have when it comes to picking a cake designer, photographer, florist or stationery designer. With a little extra thought I think you can accommodate any budget and still create the wedding you want.
Okay, so what isn’t so great?
I think planning a wedding can be quite intimidating. After all, there are so many factors a couple have to consider when it comes to their wedding day and it can all become quite overwhelming. Tradition and customs can also stop a couple from having the day they truly want, but slowly I think people are realising that it’s perfectly okay to having something outside the ‘norm’.
What have you noticed at weddings you’ve been to that you thought was a great idea?
I think details which reflect the personality of the couple are always lovely – decorations and styling which show what a couple like to do, how they met, their travels together or even favours which reference a couple’s likes and interests.
What advice would you give to a couple in the planning of their wedding day?
Planning a wedding can be incredibly overwhelming so I’d suggest a couple writes down what they want from their day and regularly refers back to that. It’s easy to get caught up in what other people are saying you should be doing but at the end of the day it is all about you and the person you love.
Where do you turn to for inspiration and to keep up with what’s going on in the wedding world?
Wedding blogs and magazines are key to keeping an eye on real-life weddings and what trends are coming up. Pinterest is also so insightful as to what is popular – it’s like a big pool of creations, ideas and inspiration which you can totally lose yourself in (in a good way!). I think different areas of the wedding industry can take inspiration from each other too – I love to look at wedding cakes, flowers and stationery as I think it all ties in together perfectly.
I try not to live in too much of a wedding bubble though so I also try to stay creative in home projects and other ways to make sure I don’t get stuck in a rut or stick with stale ideas. Inspiration for weddings can come from anywhere!
So, what’s next for you and Peach Blossom?
More new products and fresh ideas – there are plenty more to come, there just aren’t enough hours in the day! Peach Blossom is already known for being a place for more creative wedding products and I hope it continues to grow in the same vein – a ‘go to’ place for brides and grooms to find that idea or those products which they can’t find anywhere else.
All images courtesy of Peach Blossom.