|Posted on January 21, 2018 at 12:10 PM|
Here we are - Chris and I.. and Sonya from Q Radio... It seems like a lifetime ago since this photo was taken.. In November 2011 we were voted Best Finishing Touch Company of the year by the readers of the Getting Married in Northern Ireland Magazine.
What a year that was! It was the end of our first proper trading year and we had dressed just over 100 weddings. We also had our 7th baby and so things had changed so fast for us.
We weren't always a Room Decor Company. Before that, we had been Swift Laundry Service. We had gone from laundering chair covers and line for hotels and other companies to being the busiest company in the area. We were new and had a new approach. We knew that brides loved chair covers and really wanted them, but at that time they were still quite expensive, a luxury item for the reception. Some people didn't get it; they had trouble understanding why anyone would want to change the look of a perfectly good chair.
As a laundry company, we knew exactly how much it cost to wash, dry and iron a chair cover and bow and we timed the set up of a room, the travel to venues and staff time and came up with a new cost per chair cover £1.80... and we could guarantee the laundry of a chair cover. So if someone offers you it cheaper than that, then the venue must be next door, or the price is subsidised by another product, or the chair covers aren't washed. It is simple, we know, and diesel isnt getting any cheaper.
We also bought chiavari chairs and offered this as an alternative upgrade. A pricing structure for fairy liight backdrops based on size. We made room decor affordable and easy to book. We didn't overpromise or claim to be room designers. Still to this day we just ask brides what they like and we try to deliver as close to their dreams as we can based on their budget.
We came runner up in 2011 and in 2012 we won the title.. and again in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.. (2017 there were no awards) We are deeply honoured by the fact that so many brides choose us for their big day decor, they trust us to deliver their dreams. And we thank them for voting for us in the awards. We went from strength to strength and now we have approximately 400 weddings a year. Not including events..
Another company once said to one of our brides "They used to be my laundry company" and our bride assumed it was in a derogatory tone. We don't read it that way.. For one, we still really are, we use professional laundry equipment to make sure clean linen, chair covers and drapes are supplied for your wedding. And secondly we can see how far we have come. We are proud of it, we love our job, we are proud of our company and our weddings.. And we love our brides.