Hi girls, can you tell Curious Wedding readers why you started your own business?
“We started the business to combine our two talents and passions. Lisa had been running her own successful celebration cake business for several years. Katie had been flower arranging for family and friends’ weddings since her own wedding in 2008. We launched Buns and Roses in May 2014; Katie was coming to the end of her maternity leave after her second child so it seemed like a good time. We both have young children so starting our own business together meant we could balance work and family life and support each other.”
I simply love the name of your business called Buns and Roses – how did you come up with it?
“Controversial question as we have a differing of opinion on this. Katie’s husband and Lisa are both adamant they came up with the name … We think we will be still bickering about this one when we are 85 and playing bingo!”
What are you plans for Buns and Roses?
“We would love to build a reputation for helping couples realise their wedding day visions. The cake and flowers are such key style elements to a wedding day and are a chance for a couple to show their individuality. We both also have a dream of owning a coffee/tea shop locally with our bakery and florist workshop on the premises. One day ….”
What makes Buns and Roses stand out from the crowd, why should couples choose you?
“Our obvious uniqueness is that we are providing both the wedding cakes and flowers; which seems to be getting a really positive response from the couples we meet. Couples find this very practical as they are only having to book with one supplier, liaise with one point of contact and pay one deposit. In addition, we work really well together on ideas and suggestions for brides. We have complimentary styles and are constantly bouncing ideas off each other.”
Do you have any advice for new / start up wedding businesses?
“As such a new business ourselves, we can only comment on our journey so far! One huge piece of advice would be to really research your market before taking that first big step. We wanted to be absolutely certain before going into business, that there would be a market for our product. Other than that, believe in yourself. If you truly believe in what you are selling, people are more likely to believe in you.”
What about grooms and brides-to-be, any advice for them?
“Dance on your dance floor, laugh with your new husband or wife, hug everyone (they are all there to celebrate with you) and don’t sweat the small stuff. No one else will as long as you’re having fun.”
Any other tidbits you’d like to share with readers?
“We are really looking forward to the year ahead. We love the current and predicted trends, and are really excited to create some gorgeous cakes and flowers for our couples! We hope that, rather than being labelled with a
specific style, couples will see that we just love working with brides and grooms to create their style.
We are thrilled with the response to Buns and Roses since we launched last year, and we can’t believe how lucky we are to be to be doing this for a living!”
It warms the cockles of my heart to find a new business which not only has a unique twist, but is run by two such fun, supportive women – you go girls!!