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The Altrincham Duck catches up with Jenny from Honeyblossom Bridal a new (ish) local business start up.
Thanks for chatting to the Altrincham Duck Team, can you let us know a bit more about who you are and what your background is?
I'm Jenny, Manchester born and bred and Sale resident, owner of Honeyblossom Bridal in Sale. I've taken a slightly odd route into the world of bridal! At University I studied Economics, and went onto to become a Chartered Tax Adviser and a Chartered Accountant. After being chief bridesmaid three (yes three times!) my interest in all things wedding became more and I took on a part time role in a Greater Manchester boutique alongside my other career working in a tax team for a Big 4 accountancy firm. The boutique opened my eyes to the bridal world in a way that I wasn’t expecting and I soon set my sights on setting up my own boutique. After lots of planning, saving, support and encouragement from my family, friends and colleagues, Honeyblossom Bridal was born. Oh and yes, I still work as a tax adviser! I'm extremely lucky to have an employer who is so supportive of flexible working and entrepreneurship.
What services are you offering?
Honeyblossom Bridal focusses on wedding gowns. We work with three British designers - MiaMia, Catherine Parry and So Sassi. I'm passionate about offering choice and a variety of styles, which I think comes across in our collection - from your princess gown through to boho chic! In addition, we have those essential wedding accessories - veils, hoops and belts to really finish the look on a brides big day. Further, we're moving into the world of personalised items, and are already selling some beautiful hand embroidered vintage hankies - the perfect keepsake.
Tea or Coffee?
Tea everytime - I am picky on the brand though!
We know it is early days for you, but how has it been so far?
I am enjoying it so much. The brides I've met so far have been so lovely - I'm always super interested to hear about people's big days. As an appointment only boutique, I can focus solely on the bride I'm with, without distraction. Being part of 'that moment' when brides walk out of the changing room in a gown they love to their waiting family and friends really is incredible. I've definitely learnt a lot - being customer facing is only the start of it, but I've had a lot of support from other local businesses, suppliers, friends and family.
Plans for the future?
Good question! We are thinking about adding another designer to our collection, and will be checking out the options at the London Bridal Show in March. We are also currently in talks with some local suppliers about additional personalised accessories.
We see that you are getting married in 2017, and the Altrincham Duck Team would like to send you best wishes.... Are you getting excited yet?
Thank you and yes we are both very excited about the wedding! Planning has taken a bit of a back seat whilst we set up the boutique, but now everything is up and running with the exception of a few bits, we can get back into it. Lots to do but I have the most important thing - the dress!
Anything else that you would like to share with our audience?
Over the time I've worked in bridal, two of the most important things I've learned are, as a bride, to be open minded about styles and to be honest. It's great when brides come into the boutique with an idea of what they like (I'm a big fan of having a look at Pinterest boards!) but sometimes the reality doesn't live up to the expectation. The key is not to get disheartened, there will be another style that will make you feel amazing, its just a case of finding it. Which brings in the honesty point - its ok if you don't like one of the dresses in the boutique - I will not be offended, its important to find your individual style. The brides that tell me what they like and what they don't about styles helps me identify what might work for a bride, its not always easy to tell from a dress on a hanger!
Honeyblossom Bridal, 48 Washway Road, Sale, M33 7QZ
0161 637 6830