As 2015 is in it’s final throngs, it’s time to get a little reflective and look back at the highs and lows of The White Emporiums first wedding season. I would be lying if I said it had been all plain sailing and smiles. There have been tears, tantrums and the odd dark moment when I have contemplated chucking it all in, but at the end of the day this is what I love, and I am so proud of how far this year has taken me and my little business.
Like many small businesses just starting out I am still working a full time job to pay my bills, life is a constant juggling act, there is always something that needs to be done and even when I get a brief few minutes to sit down my mind constantly races and I’m racked with guilt about the mounting to do list I should be slogging through. I think some of my friendships have suffered, whilst friends meet for coffee I am running round charity shops or firing off emails. Lazy Sundays are a thing of the past, now on Sundays I scrub jam jars and endlessly pack away hire items, would I change anything – No. One day I will be able to cut hours down and push more time into The White Emporium, it will be a day full of excitement but ultimately fear, on the one hand I will be following my dream but on the other hand cutting my ties to my relatively safe but demanding full time job. Am I nervous about this prospect yes, but I am so excited I lay awake dreaming about how I can grow the business and pack full the extra time I will have! I am very fortunate that I have a very supportive family and importantly a husband, he understands my drive and he can see it working, we have made it a rule that every Friday and Sunday night is our time, no laptops and emails. For anyone starting out I would recommend the same, yes it is constant hard work but if you don’t have anyone to share the good times with whats the point. I often talk about The White Emporium as a we (not an I), it really is a team effort behind the scenes, I have friends and family who keep me sane and lend a hand, I have a husband who does my heavy lifting and the occasional wedding fair support and most importantly I have super mum who is a shit hot florist on the side and is real back bone to what I do.
That’s enough of the lows here are the highs – I have a brand spanking new website! It is a million times more user friendly and will properly enable me to share and promote the work I do to you lovely lot. I am so pleased with the work the lovely Jack did on the site and I can’t wait to get firing out emails to everyone I know getting them to have a look.
The White Emporium is in the finals of a regional wedding competition! Words a year ago I could have only dreamed about typing! I’m keeping everything crossed and praying to the wedding gods that we win.
I have been involved in some amazing photoshoots this year with a super talented bunch of local suppliers and we have been featured in some pretty amazing places, Rock My Wedding http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/bridal-inspiration-from-camber-sands/ Whimsical Wonderland Weddings http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2015/11/romantic-boho-woodland-metallic-copper-wedding-ideas.html and your Herts and Beds Bridal. Next year there will be more shoots and they are getting bigger and better.
Most importantly I have got to meet so many amazing couples and to be part of their special day is like recreating my big day all over again. The White Emporium has been so well received and supported by my lovely couples, I couldn’t have done it without them. A huge thank you to all of you!
So onto 2016 – here are The White Emporiums New Years resolutions – To get more organised, sometimes my desk reflects my head – a messy jumble of ideas and to do lists. To build on my customer relationships. To add more lovely product to The White Emporiums range and to grow the styling service I offer. To make sure there is a blog post every week – you guys are allowed to email me if I fail in this!
So here’s to jumping excitedly into 2016!
Thank you for all your love and support in 2015 you all rock!
The White Emporium xxx