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Supplier Spotlight | Modern Heritage Styling

Supplier Spotlight | Modern Heritage Styling

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We are truly delighted to include Modern Heritage Styling on our list of fabulous wedding suppliers. There are many, many, (and many more!) self professed wedding stylists out there but only a few are truly talented and on the ball when it comes to current trends – fewer still dare to be original and push the boundaries for those brides who refuse to follow the herd. Based in Lincolnshire and covering the surrounding counties of the East Midlands, owner Fran Berry is definitely one of the latter and a rare find – a stickler for perfection with an amazing eye for detail and the skill and experience to pull it off. It’s the professional stylists like Fran who make it look easy – (trust me it isn’t!) and I have great admiration for anyone who has the patience to tie two hundred bows (I get bored after about four). But sashes and chair covers are just a small part of what Fran offers. With the largest wedding fair stand we have ever had (she doesn’t do anything by halves our Fran) I’m left standing in awe as she unpacks box after box of her wedding pretties to display and inspire. Fran is quite simply passionate about creating the WOW factor – and she doesn’t disappoint. So I am immensely proud to have her gorgeous business listed with Buckinghams and I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know her a little bit more with her Spotlight Interview. I’ve popped her contact details at the end of the post and don’t miss her special offer too!  Enjoy EJ x

Business Profile

Tell us something about your background.
I used to be a glassblower and have a Masters Degree in design. I have always been creative and innovative and have transferred this into my venue styling career. I am happily married and have a gorgeous 2 year old.

How did you get into this type of business?
I was looking for a complete change in career and decided to take on a franchise in a chair cover company. I left that franchise 18 months ago and set up Modern Heritage Styling on my own.

Tell us when and why you started your business?
I started Modern Heritage Styling in March 2016 as I had the desire to achieve something just for me, I love what I do and wanted to be able to put my own stamp into the venue styling career path I have chosen.

What makes your business different to others in your field?
At Modern Heritage Styling we make almost all of our chair covers, sashes, table runners, swags, cloths and drapes ourselves We source the finest fabrics from the best suppliers and know that our products are quality and not just cheaply bought in. This allows us to create bespoke orders and make sure our clients get exactly what they would like instead of having to compromise the look of their big day.

What do you love least about what you do?
Cleaning wax off candelabras – that stuff gets everywhere!

Modern Heritage Styling - wedding styling in the East MidlandsWhat do you love most about what you do?
I love dressing the venues themselves on the morning of the wedding or the day before. I am very lucky to work in some incredible places with amazing people and seeing the ideas we have discussed at length come to life is brilliant. Safe in the knowledge the ‘WOW factor’ that everyone seeks has once again been created.

Does the responsibility of your job/business ever scare you?
Absolutely, as a venue stylist in the wedding industry you literally get one chance to get it right. It often is only possible to dress the venue on the morning of the wedding itself so you are always against the clock and worry about everything from traffic issues on route to tripping over and dropping chair covers in a puddle when going from the van to inside. I try to be as calm and collected as possible as I like to think I’d have the ability and resources to fix a problem should one arise.

What preparation do you have to do before a wedding?
Firstly I go through all my paperwork and email correspondence to make sure they both marry up. I then pull everything together from my stock. In busy times I have dry cleaners clean and press items but in quieter times I do this myself. Ironing can be tedious but I’m a stickler for detail and I like things just so. I make sure all centrepieces, lanterns etc are fully cleaned and if stationery has been ordered I put all of that together. Everything is packed up and loaded into the van and off I go.

How far will you travel to a wedding?
Unless it is a very large affair I will only agree to travel about 40 miles as problems on route can cause big issues. I can dress more than one wedding in a day and so if I am taking on several bookings I like to keep the radius even tighter to avoid any potential delays from getting from one venue to another.

How much contact do you have with a couple before their wedding day?
As much or as little as the couple require. I take the initial enquiry/quote/deposit then 1 month before the wedding I take the balance payment and work out any last minute details/amendments. I then make all arrangements with the venues regarding set up and collection. Some couples I meet several times but others I never even meet. I am completely flexible with this and go with whatever the client prefers.

How do you start your day when you’re working a wedding?
With a large cup of tea!

What makes your job a bit easier at a wedding?
Helpful staff and the simplest of things like the chairs already being in situ or the table cloths already on the tables when I arrive. It allows me to get on straight away with the job in hand instead of waiting around and wasting time.

What’s your price range?
It varies from hundreds to thousands – I have no minimum order.

How do couples pay you?
Always a deposit to secure any booking and then the balance payment one month before.

Do you have a cancellation policy for couple’s peace of mind?
Yes.

What’s your favourite memory from a wedding?
When a bride was so happy with the styling I had created she came running up to me in the car park just to say thanks having seen me about to leave through the window. She came out as she was – no shoes, rollers in her hair, only half her make up complete and wearing only a robe just to make sure I knew how much she loved it and appreciated my hard work before I left. It was a great feeling!

What’s your scariest moment at a wedding?
When I dropped a box of sashes into a puddle outside the venue. Luckily I managed to call in reinforcements with replacement sashes. I put on the chair covers while I waited. Thank my lucky stars I carry a decent stock level of most things!

If you could work a celebrity wedding who’s would it be?
Prince Harry if he ever ties the knot. I think it would have all the elegance and class of a royal wedding but with a strong element of fun and rebellion incorporated too.

Behind The Scenes

What do you do to unwind?
Chill out with my little 2 year old boy, read and have frequent trips to the spa!

Favourite meal? Can you cook?
Got to be lasagne or curry, I’m a pretty good cook or so I’m told! There are always plenty of people round to eat with us.

Favourite colour?
Purple

Favourite tipple?
Prosecco

Pet hate?
People leaving their rear windscreen wiper on!

Dogs or cats?
Definitely dogs

Who is your favourite super hero?
Batman

Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
Fransheep (Odd I know but as a student I used to have very curly hair and looked like a sheep!)

Favourite holiday destination?
Canada

Favourite animal?
Orangutan

Favourite biscuit?
Chocolate Hobnob

Favourite shoes?
Kurt Geiger boots

Favourite author?
Jeffery Dever

What are you reading at the moment?
A Simple Plan

Which is your favourite Quality Street?
The green triangle

Coke or Pepsi?
Coke

Do you like Marmite?
Yuk no!

Most famous person you’ve ever met?
George Michael

Secret crush?
Tom Hardy

Choose 4 people you’d like to have dinner with?
My Uncle Ralph, Auntie Ruth, Grandma and Grandad – all passed away unfortunately but one last dinner would be nice.

Favourite memory from your own wedding?
The journey between the Southwell Minster and Stubton Hall – a short time on our own in a gorgeous car drinking Veuve so excited to be married.

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
Possibly still a glassblower which is hard, hot work but so creative.

What can brides expect from your business if they choose you for their wedding?
A quality, professional service

What advice do you have for brides looking to find a supplier in your category?
You get what you pay for so choose someone you like and can put your trust in. You only get one shot on the morning of the wedding to get it right.

What questions should brides ask suppliers in your category before booking them?
Are you available on my chosen date? Can we have a meeting? Can you supply the items I want?

Additional information you may like to share?
Many brides start the conversation by asking how much do I charge to style a wedding. As all my weddings are created to the brief of each couple this is impossible to answer. I am happy to try new ideas and give suggestions to tie everything together if that is required.

Would you like to offer something special for Buckinghams readers?
Free post box or stacked suitcases for all orders over £200.00 when you mention Buckinghams Magazine.

Contact Fran

  • Contact: Fran Berry
  • Business: Modern Heritage Styling
  • Regions covered : Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire
  • Call 07985297572
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Princess Occasions to open NEW Wedding Styling Boutique opening in Melton Mowbray

Princess Occasions To Open NEW Wedding Styling Boutique Opening In Melton Mowbray

I am so excited to announce that Princess Occasions is now moving into a Princess Castle!

Ok its not an actual ‘castle’ but our cute, Grade II listed building in the heart of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire will do just fine! Even better, it coincides with our fifth birthday! What better way to celebrate five years of ‘Princess-ing’ than with a brand new, sparkly showroom?!

Currently I have all my pretties around my house and when I say “around my house” that’s exactly what I mean! My fourth bedroom is full from floor to ceiling. I have a downstairs office (yup, you guessed it, also full!). I have sofas and suitcases and trunks in my lounge, dressers in the kitchen, a bureau on the stairs, lanterns in every corner – you get the gist! To have everything on display in the showroom and get my house back will be amazing!

So now, instead of meeting me in little tea rooms (don’t worry, there will still be tea!) you can book an appointment to come see everything in real life! All our props and styling items will be on display for you to have a good mooch over! We can even set the table and chairs as they will be on your actual wedding day and have a play around until we get it just perfect! After you have had a nosey around the showroom, you’ll join me in the gorgeous lounge area, chat through everything (drink more tea!) and create your own styling plan for your big day!

We’ll be opening our doors for the first time on Thursday 6th July, 7.00-9.00pm by invitation only! With only a handful of invitations left, make sure you contact me ASAP for yours! I have the very best local suppliers in the industry attending with some of their stunning work! Live entertainment, a glass of Prosecco, goodie bags and even the mayor is making an appearance! These truly are exciting times!

Call 07526 008740 now for your invitation

Don’t worry, if you can’t make it on the Thursday. We’re having an opening day the very next day, Friday 7th July from 10.00am-2.00pm so pop along! Failing that, contact me now to book your own private consultation. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Charlotte x

07526 008740

www.princessoccasions.co.uk

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    This Is Why We Really Do Love Extra Special Wedding Suppliers

    This Is Why We Really Do Love Extra Special Wedding Suppliers

    When we say our wedding fairs are extra special….

    …we really mean it! Look at these fabulous photographs from the amazing Sarah Illingworth at Mirror Imaging Photography, Nottingham, taken at our Spring Wedding Fair at Norwood Park this year. Sarah kindly captured for us a smidgen of the twenty-five plus suppliers we had exhibiting at this stunning Southwell venue. As always her photographs are a dream to receive in my inbox. You’d be crazy crackers not to get in touch with these lovely people so I’ve added links to their websites below. You will also find many of them in our Wedding Hub so find them, follow them and send them a message if you’d like to talk dates and prices. If you’ve already found your significant suppliers then simply sit back and wowser at the sheer loveliness!

    Contact these suppliers

    Don’t forget to mention me or Buckinghams when you call these folks – they may have something special on offer for Buckinghams brides!

    EJ x

    OUR NEXT WEDDING FAIR AT NORWOOD PARK IS SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2017 – if you would like advance notification of registration for this event please email EJ at ejw@buckinghamsonline.com x

    WIN £500 Worth Of Venue Styling For Your Wedding Day!

    WIN £500 Worth Of Venue Styling For Your Wedding Day!

    ❤️❤️❤️ COMPETITION TIME ❤️❤️❤️

    WIN £500 WORTH OF VENUE STYLING FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY!

    To enter you will need to email a photo of you and your significant other to fran@modernheritagestyling.co.uk  along with details of your wedding date and venue.

    All photos will be uploaded onto the Modern Heritage Styling page on the 1st June 2017 and then the fun begins.

    You will need to get AS MANY LIKES AS POSSIBLE on your personal photo before the closing date. The couples photo with the most likes will win.  You can make this happen however you like by informing family and friends about the competition and asking them to get involved. They need to like your photo and the Modern Heritage Styling facebook page, after all sharing is caring!

    Your photo can be funny, romantic, posed or candid, the choice is yours but please keep it clean! Inappropriate images will not be published or entered into the competition.

    Have fun choosing your photo, there are no rules as such, just use the power of social media to it’s greatest potential and gain as many likes as possible!

    This competition is only open to weddings taking place in the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire area in 2017/18 and is subject to availability on your chosen date and our stock levels for your individual requirements. Only current stock is included, items that need to be sourced or made will not feature as part of the prize value. No cash alternative will be offered. One entry per couple.

    The competition will end at 4pm on Friday 30th June 2017 and the winner will be officially announced soon after.

    All that’s left for me to say is best of luck to you all!

    Fran xxx

    (Please note: This is a third party competition and not connected to Buckinghams – please contact Fran Berry at Modern Heritage Styling for terms and conditions of entry x)

     

     

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