Wow!!! Just 34 days to Christmas!!! I know this because @OfficialSanta just tweeted it. I’ve tweeted him to ask if we can postpone it a tad, as usual I’m not sure I’m going to be ready in time – where does the time go? If you find out please let me know!! So, Autumn is well and truly here and Winter’s is on on it’s way. Have you seen this month’s Autumn themed window? We’ve used bronze leaves and emerald green outfits and suspended the Men’s canes for extra charm! I love window dressing. Big thanks to Janette Hampton who popped her head in to tell us how much she looks forward to seeing what we do next and that our wedding dress shop window is always the best in town! Thanks so much Janette, we certainly do try!
I’m all excited about Christmas. As usual we’ll celebrate the Christmas season in style and this year store closure is from Sat December 17th to Tues Jan 3rd. Together the team, Rob and I will enjoy dinner and cocktails somewhere fab in town: Kirsty’s going to make us AMAZING luxury cracker presents again, I’ll probably do another randomly weird Christmas lucky dip and Rob will, as usual, buy another rubbish Secret Santa gift for one of us! Lol, lucky lucky lucky!! Are you starting to get ready for Christmas? Well as you may know it’s mine and Rob’s first with our new arrival – our little Daughter Arabella so we’re feeling very excited indeed. She’s doing really well, 18 weeks and we’re into giggling, weaning and teething!
Behind the scenes at the shop we’ve enjoyed another fantastic team building training session during which we popped open a bottle of Cava and scoffed far too many cupcakes! We all did presentations about working with our Brides & Grooms (well done everyone) they were really fantastic, we LOVED Amanda’s clever recipe style presentation and Sarah’s was ….. (how shall we say?) ….. pretty damn reem too!! Here’s a quick pic of our training in action. All of the staff pride theirselves on being professional and knowledgeable and the formal training sessions that we do together throughout the year ensures that our customers receive first class customer service and a totally memorable VIP style shopping experience. Next year the management are attending a number of formal external training sessions and we hope to roll out what’s learnt to the others when we return, I’m really excited but then if you know me you’ll know it doesn’t take a lot!
This month we received yet more amazing cards and photo’s from our wonderful customers, we absolutely LOVE to see the finished results and want to thank everyone for taking the time to send them in, recently we were sent this one from Rosie and Richard who enjoyed an amazing wedding day and honeymoon in the Seychelles followed by a UK church blessing and party, now that’s what I call a wedding!! How lucky are they? A destination wedding in the Seychelles AND a UK wedding celebration too; here’s one of their beautiful pics for you to see, many congratulations once again from us all. Also a big shout out to Emily Vote who popped in to show us her beautiful wedding album. I’m back after maternity leave and was so pleased to be there when she came in. The pics were totally gorgeous Emily, we can’t wait to get them onto our gallery, you looked totally divine x x
Since I’ve returned it’s been mega busy in-store, I really missed the buzz of the shop and it feels so great to be back! Awards season is well underway and as competitively as ever we’ve been busy preparing our submissions and appealing for customer’s votes! You may have spotted that we love entering for awards (local, national and industry based) mainly because it gives us the chance to be tested against other amazing businesses, you see we really enjoy being put through our paces, we strive to be the best business that we can and the interviews, field visits and assessments really do challenge us! Proudly we’re in the finals for three Colchester & District business awards this year, winners announced on Friday this week and (BREAKING NEWS) …. we’re confirmed Finalists in the 2012 Wedding Industry Awards too, winner is announced in Jan! So all in all we’re very proud, very excited and extremely grateful to all of our customers that have voted for us, THANK YOU so very much! Watch this space for results – we have our t0es, legs and fingers all well and truly crossed that’s for sure….