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Lust in August

August has been quite a quiet month overall, but we have increased the number of enquiries and are taking more and more future bookings. With 2021 now hosting double the number of weddings we’ve really seen an increase in our appointments, and we are super excited on what may be for October, November and December.

New Stock also arrived this month. Dessy have supplied us with some fabulous dresses and we’ve really focused on getting the right stock for as close to or lower than £200. Keep a look out on our Instagram page to see these fabulous new dresses.

It’s definitely an ongoing struggle to find dresses under £200 as the more beautiful the dress is the higher the price and I just seem to have an eye for expensive things (lol) But here at Confetti Bridesmaid we are really focused on keeping costs low whilst still delivering on excellence and I am making it my mission to bring those entry price point dresses to you very soon.

This month we are also exploring the items that are purchased alongside your Bridesmaid Dresses and I am in the process of designing PJs and Robes. These are the perfect addition to our Bridesmaid story, and I can’t wait to show you what we have.

Next month we are signing another new Bridesmaid Brand and adding a new category line of MOTHER of THE BRIDE. We have never been more excited.

September is going to be a great month……

Along came July

When the store reopened on the 15th June there were a few things that we needed to finish. Always the impatient type once we were open, we set about finishing those jobs so that as soon as July kicked off things were almost perfect. I can confirm that these are now all complete.

July’s focus has been building our customer base, making sure that the world and his wife know where we are and what we sell. I’ve really focused on my Social Media preference, the right advertising and collaborating with other wedding organisations.

I’m happy to announce that this month Confetti Bridesmaid is now an official member of Hitched the UK’s most popular wedding planning destination with one simple mission: to help people get married. The outreach possibilities with Hitched are enormous and it was the first place I went when looking for potential stockists. We’ve also started to collaborate with other industry suppliers such as Wedding Venues, Suppliers and Planners. The next couple of months are going to be super exciting. Watch this space.

Over the June

June 15th the government announced Confetti Bridesmaid was allowed to reopen and we are over the June, I mean Moon!

Lockdown gave me an opportunity to get my ducks in a row and complete all the last minute jobs that needed to be finished or tweaked. The lights were changed, new tiles were put up in the bathroom and kitchen and new stock was purchased. The time being closed had actually given me a chance to catch my breath and ultimately finish the work I had started.

I really feel for all the Brides who had to postpone their weddings, so when we reopened the emphasis was really on how we could make our brides and maids excited for their future plans. We’ve introduced a visual guestbook to capture all the fun that happens during our appointments, added some gorgeous jewellery and now stock some fabulous matching Mens Accessories.

Getting more stock was also a focus and replacing a brand who unfortunately went into administration due to Covid 19. We want to be the number one spot for Bridesmaids and having the right stock is paramount.

I am so excited for the next steps and what we have in store and can’t wait to get stuck in.

MayHem

As we entered into May i’d spent a whole month in lockdown and even though I was doing a lot less, the month of April had gone surprisingly really quick.

May was an easier month to navigate as by now we were into our new routine, and food shopping was now being done online. The Supermarket had become my biggest fear and I (who had never suffered from anxiety) hated the experience. May has so far been a peaceful month. Learning more about the virus, finding new ways to communicate with friends with apps like house party and Zoom .

Don’t get me wrong its become easier but I still have my down days and I really really miss going out and seeing my friends. For now I am grateful for my health and family but I do long for this to end.

April Fool

When we were asked to close up shop on the 23rd March I never in a million years thought April would turn out to be a whole month spent in isolation. I really struggled to come to terms with the lockdown and I would definitely say my mental health suffered as I came to terms with it. I became more fearful which in all my 35 years had never driven my life. What we were being asked to do was so foreign for someone who loves to be out and about, socializing with friends and ultimately being free.

Luckily I was not in Lockdown alone I had my mother with me and we were able to navigate through it together. We baked ( just like 99% of the country), we worked out and we did our 100th lap of the development we lived on. As we drew close to the end of the month we reflected, and we planned. Planned for the future of the shop and started to put into action all the improvements we needed to make for when we could reopen, whenever that may be.

Momentous March

March started off with such great intentions. Riding the success of our opening my mother and I were finding feet, sharpening our tools and managing our ever-growing appointment schedule. Its been a great learning curve appointment after appointment, from solo bridesmaids to the whole bridal squad. We’ve steered our way through each appointment with great success, learning the needs and wants of each and every Bride and her Maids. On 8th March we had our first sale, a lovely group of ladies who knew what they wanted and with our help were able to find it at Confetti Bridesmaid. We marked this event with a glass of champagne and a toast to the success we waited to come. I never proclaimed to know what I was doing but it felt like it was all coming together.

Businesswill always have its ups and downs, on Friday 13th we temporallyclosed the doors due to the COVID-19 virus. Having only been open for 4 weeksthis was an unprecedented set back. No one could have prepared themselves forhaving to close their business, but I do believe this time will only make uscome back fighting. Weddings may have been postponed but they have not beencancelled and I believe a wedding will be the perfect celebration onceisolation has been lifted.

During thistime, I am trying to turn each negative into a positive. The break from the dayto day running of the store has allowed me to build up my social media presence,work on a window display and research new brands to add. Listening to ourcustomers we have realized there are some areas we can grow into.

Keep Safe

Love Zara x

We Made It!

The last few weeks have been a minefield. I finally got the keys to the shop after a painful couple of weeks of having to take a back seat whilst Solicitors duked it out. One thing I know about myself is I’m an impulsive and impatient individual. Now don’t get me wrong these traits can often be critical to running a successful business but on a personal level it can drive a person insane.Over the last few weeks I have managed to turn a once tired and lonely beauty salon into a vibrant and fashionable Bridesmaid Boutique. Its everything I envisioned and more and on February 14th (The Day of Love) we officially opened our doors and let the leafy suburb of Wandsworth WE HAVE ARRIVED!

As the journey begins, it’s important to take a pause to thank all those close to me that have helped Confetti Bridesmaid exist today. Having a support unit has been vital and I want to say a massive thank you to Eloise John and Rian Anderson Street who have been my biggest cheerleaders from day one, Angela Baidoo for educating and nurturing my business ideas and to my mum, who has not only single handedly painted 60% of 91 Nightingale Lane but who throughout the whole process has had to listen to my midnight rants and midday moans. From the bottom of my heart I thank you all.

With Fashion week nearly over I am excited to see how LFW will filter into the world of Bridal. Its also the first year I won’t have attended a single show. How the times have changed.

New Year New You!

New Year New You!

Whether you choose to make New Year resolutions or not, every January feels like a new beginning, ripe with possibility and opportunity.

My January, for the first time in a long time, is full of major possibility and opportunity! As I’ll be plunging head-first into owning my own business and forging a new road for my future.

It’s been 8 months since I left my full-time job in Luxury Fashion, to follow my dream of being my own boss. I have worked 15 years in the fashion industry and leaving the comfort of a secure job with some nice perks was not a decision I made lightly.

Yet, on the eve of getting the keys to my first ever Business venture, I am filled with excitement and hope, a lot like a bride before her big day.

Although I must admit that every now and again doubt does kick in and am filled with nerves. Am I going to be successful? Will I be able to pay the rent? Is anyone going to come through the doors?  But this, I am told, is perfectly normal and despite a long to-do list that keeps me up most nights I am going for it, full throttle!

So, how’s your January been so far? What risks will you be taking this year, big or small?
Drop me a message via info@confettibridesmaid.com, as I would love to hear from you, and find out what dreams you are planning on making a reality in 2020.

Love Always
Zara