Monday, 14 April 2014

Simply Bows and Chair Covers Real Life Bride Hannah and her Berkshire Wedding....

What are your first names?  
Chris and Hannah

Where and when did you get engaged?    

 Donnington Castle, May 2008

What was your wedding date?    

14th March 2014

Where did you get married?    

Shaw Registry Office and then The Donnington Valley Hotel.

Why did you choose your venue?    

We chose The Donnington Valley Hotel because of the setting. Its beautiful for photos and also the flexibility and the proximity to our friends and family in the area. The Donnington Valley Hotel lies in the heart Berkshire near Newbury, it has 111 rooms and  has its own Health Club a& Spa  with swimming pool, also  a challenging 18 hole golf course. Its a fab place to hold a wedding reception.

Did you have a “theme”?     

Not a theme as such but our colour scheme was burgundy, red, ivory and gold.

Why did you choose Simply Bows and Chair Covers and what were they like to work with?

      Great! Straightforward, helpful, creative and a much more reasonable price than the rest!

What sort of dress did you choose and where from?

An ivory off the shoulder dress with a flower design on the trail, bought from Helen Douglas House

Who was your photographer? 

Gemma McGoey


What “special touches” did you add to your day? 

I made my own table names. Everyone had a lotto ticket and a big bunch of flowers for the 2 mums and my Bridesmaid.

 What was your favourite part of the day?  

It probably has to be the registry office, Chris and I don’t spend much time apart yet we did prior to the wedding which made it all a bit more special and quite emotional for us both when we did meet at the registry office.. which I didn’t expect at all!

Where did you go on honeymoon? 

Nice, France

What would be your top tip for another bride to be?

 It is a really stressful time; try to call in as many people to help you as you can! Don't be afraid to ask!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Simply Wedding Fayre Season.....

As wedding fayre season is in full swing we bring you yet another fabulous fayre to attend where our Dundee and Perth office will be showcasing some fabulous designs...

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Simply Beautiful Yet Practical Bridal Lingerie...

Ultimo are the latest company to release a bridal range for 2014 but I have to say, I am really impressed!
Their unique selection of bridal lingerie solutions lend themselves to all manner of wedding dress styles.
One of the biggest problems with wedding dresses when it comes to underwear is the strapless dress solution.. you need some support yet want some cleavage that many strapless bras don't give you. Ultimo's Bridal Multiway Bra from their new collection amazingly manages to give you both... support and shape yet doesn't flatten the chest but enhances it for a great cleavage! Everyone's a winner!
Their Bridal French Knicker collection allows an alternative to a normal brief (where a thong is not wanted) yet rather than be unflattering (and dare we say a little old woman like?!) their feminine and flirty french knicker style are perfect for your special day. Crafted from soft satin and luxurious eyelash lace, finished with a pearl drop and delicate blue ribbon bow they are anything but dowdy!
Tailored pin-tuck detailing and sumptuous satin make this beautiful collection truly  beautiful whilst meeting the practical requirements of bridal lingerie too. Oh and did we mention it is also super sexy... ideal for the wedding night too! ;)
Images supplied are from Ultimo's website

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Simply a Franchise in Focus: Alex who runs our Harrogate office

 I am Alexandra Stead and I cover the Harrogate Area, My venues include, Rudding Park, Wood Hall, Goldsborough Hall, Allerton Castle, and all the Harrogate Town Centre Hotels.

I was trained in Hotel Catering and Institutional Management and worked in hotels at home and abroad. I always enjoyed dealing with the customers and the fact that no two days were the same. Latterly I worked in a variety of small businesses being involved closely in the day to day running of the operation.
 I had known Sarah a number of years and was a huge admirer of her drive and enthusiasm as well as her business acumen. She told me of her idea when she started the company and always said she would like to have me on board. I had seen the company grow and when I was made redundant in 2011 due to the recession I did not need asking twice.
 I have never been someone who leaves the job when I leave the office. I would follow things up in my own time if it was necessary. As I worked for small companies I had always managed to make the job suit my lifestyle. Working for myself is not a whole lot different but the rewards and credits are mine not someone else’s.

It can be quite lonely working for yourself, with the franchise it is the best of both worlds as the support and back up from the rest of the team is second to none. Our marketing and website is something that would be hard to achieve as a sole trader, and Sarah has initially sourced some fantastic suppliers which ensures the quality of the brand.
Where do I see my business in a years time? In a years time I see the franchise having grown about 100% in the volume of orders and venues that are using our service. I also see myself having dressed some prestigious events. In three years I hope that this growth has continued and we have 2 or 3 teams out dressing events regularly. I would like to think that we will be the primary supplier in the Harrogate Area due to the quality of our product and the efficiency of our service.

 The last two years have been exciting and fun. I am constantly learning things about my business and even about myself. The wedding industry is a fun and vibrant one to be involved in and I have met some lovely people. I would recommended it to anyone!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Simply a Franchise in Focus: Claire from Aberdeen

    Introduce yourself, name, age, which region/ venues you cover...
    My name is Claire, I’m 33 and I cover the Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire area.  This includes a number of great venues, ranging from Fasque House to the south at Fettercairn, Glen Tanar Estate to the west at Aboyne and venues within the City of Aberdeen itself, including The Caledonian Thistle and Norwood Hall.  My territory also includes a lot of National Trust for Scotland venues, including Crathes, Drum and Fraser Castles.

    What is your background?
    I studied Land Economy at University and have been a Town Planning Consultant since leaving University 11 years ago.
    Why did you take a franchise with Simply Bows and Chair Covers?
    I got married in 2011 and loved every part of planning my wedding.  I struggled to find loose fitting chair covers and while I was searching, I came across Simply Bows and Chair Covers and noticed that they didn’t have a presence in Aberdeen.  I met with Sarah, who had so much enthusiasm for what she did, that I jumped at the chance of taking the product north to open the first office in Scotland. 

    Why do you love working for yourself?
    I love that I can fit working around my two children, which gives me the best of both worlds – being at home when they need me, but giving me the opportunity and independence to carry on working, and getting out and meeting people.    
    Why do you love being a Simply Bows and Chair Covers franchisee?
    I love working in the wedding and events industry as it’s such a happy, positive environment and meeting and helping brides achieve their vision for their wedding day is very rewarding.  The products we supply are of a really high quality, which, for me is an important consideration when planning a wedding or event.  Therefore, it’s easy to be positive about what I do on a day to day basis.  Also, Sarah, the Managing Director is very passionate about what she does and is always willing to offer support and advice in helping us grow our business. 

    Where do you see you, and your franchisee in 1 years time and also 3 years time?
    Since I opened the Aberdeen office 2 years ago, we’ve seen bookings increase year on year, so I see this continuing again in the next year.  I would also like to establish connections with more venues in the area.
In 3 years, I see the Aberdeen office well established in the area, recognised for supplying a quality product and providing great customer service.  I also see us adding to the number of venues we supply linen to as part of their wedding packages.  I love my job and know that this won't change!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Simply Setting The Standard; The Tayside Wedding Collective

The Tayside Wedding Collective is a col­lec­tion of the very best Wedding Suppliers in Tayside and our Simply Bows and Chair Covers Dundee, Fife
and Perth office headed up by Susan and Vicki are thrilled to be invited to join them!
Each sup­plier in the collective is a full time pro­fes­sional Wedding Supplier, no mem­ber is invited to join unless they are well known to the exist­ing mem­bers, highly expe­ri­enced and completely pro­fes­sional in their field. 
As a future Bride or Groom plan­ning the biggest day of your lives, you will want the reas­sur­ance that your sup­pli­ers are pro­fes­sional, respon­si­ble and highly regarded in the local area. This web­site brings all the very best local sup­pli­ers together in one place, think of this like a vir­tual Wedding Show.
The Tayside Wedding Collective – the most sought after Wedding Suppliers in Tayside
If you are getting married in this area you really must take a look!