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Spotlight on Suppliers-Honey Wedding Favours

Spotlight on Suppliers -A series of blogs introducing you to some of the wedding suppliers at weddingbideasy.co.uk

Welcome to the fabulous Honey Wedding Favours!

Honey wedding favours was set up in 2013 to produce small honey favours for friends who were getting married. Honey Wedding Favours thought this was such a great idea so decided to expand to enable other brides and grooms to experience their amazing product.

It is run by James Curtis who has been keeping bees in Essex for 6 years, selling the honey locally and nationally.  All the honey he sells is raw and tastes fantastic. James and his wife made homemade blackberry jam for their own wedding in little glass jars.‘We take as much care over clients wedding favour as we did with our own.’ James tells us.

The honey favours themselves are designed to be highly customised and tailored to each individual wedding. You can choose from four different lid colours, use their standard labels or ask them to design one for you. The labels can be any colour to match your theme and contain the bride and groom’s name, the date of the wedding and a favourite phrase or sentence of your choice.

The booking process

We asked Honey Wedding favours, what a bride can expect when they contact them. This is what they said:

“The Bride and Groom will fill out a brief form telling us what they would like us to do for them. We can send Jar samples alongside different label options.’ James has a background in architecture and design so getting the label perfect is of great importance. An order is placed and delivered within ample time for the wedding to reduce any stress. James tells us ‘Our levels of quality control are second to none!’

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“We hand fill each jar with honey. This ensures we are achieving top quality honey in each jar. We advise that our honey is best sent no later than two weeks before the big day. Our honey will never go off or spoil.

“It will last forever – just like true love!”

We love how passionate James is about his business. Honey Wedding Favours produce a fantastic product to ensure a special day for their customers alongside caring and nurturing for bees. James told us this is what motivates him with his work.

Top tips from a tip top supplier…

We asked James what his top tips are for brides and grooms:

‘Ask to see the product before you buy it. Taste, touch, smell and feel your way to getting the perfect person for the job’

‘Good communication is essential and make sure you know the ins and outs of what you are getting. Make sure there are no hidden surprises at a later date.’

Wise advice. We completely agree!

James went on to say ‘Weddings are often expensive. You can do lots of fantastic things for your own wedding yourself with a bit of time and effort.’

“Recommendations are key. Research really does pay off.”

Achievements

We asked James what he thought his greatest achievement was. He replied:

“We sent 900 jars to Hong Kong for a large wedding. We produced the order ahead of schedule and delivered it personally to the client to ensure it was of top quality when it arrived.’

What a fabulous achievement!

Remember to check out Honey Wedding Favours profile at www.weddingbideasy.co.uk.

You can submit a request for a quote on the website.

Here’s what some of their previous clients had to say about them:

“Lovely honey, and professional service. Really added a little something extra sweet to our wedding theme”

“Amazing honey, great service and very friendly – will definitely be spreading the word!”

“Thank you so much for providing your honey for our Essex wedding favours they went down a treat“

Check out Honey Wedding Favours on social media:

www.honeyweddingfavours.co.uk

orders@honeyweddingfavours.co.uk

www.facebook.com/honeyweddingfavours

www.twitter.com/honeyweddingfav

Would you like your wedding business to feature on our Spotlight on Suppliers blog? Contact us at info@weddingbideasy.co.uk for more information.

 



Spotlight on Suppliers Launch

Welcome to the brand new ‘Spotlight on Suppliers’ feature blogs – brought to you by weddingbideasy.co.uk.

We will be running a series of blogs so that all you lovely brides and grooms can get to know some of our registered suppliers in more detail.

The suppliers will be giving you information about their wonderful businesses with insider top tips and inspiration to help you plan your wedding. Feel free to comment/ask the suppliers questions either on the blog or through their supplier profiles at www.weddinggbideasy.co.uk. Brides and grooms can go to the website and request quotes from all our suppliers or create a private quote request from a specific supplier. It’ so easy to sign up and get started.

If you are a wedding supplier and would like to feature your business on one of our blogs then email us at info@weddingbideasy.co.uk

We are very happy to introduce you to our first supplier featured on our next blog.



8 top tips on how to choose reputable wedding suppliers

Planning a wedding and choosing which wedding supplier to go with is a big task, with finances often being a big issue to consider. The cheapest option may sometimes end up costing you the most in the long run. If it looks too good to be true, it quite possibly is!

I often see posts on Facebook wedding groups from engaged couples who have been ‘scammed’ or let down by wedding suppliers either close to or even hours before their special day. I’ve read stories of suppliers that haven’t delivered what was promised, leaving a wedding in ruins. When a company has let down a significant number of brides and grooms, it can even make the news causing panic, anguish and unnecessary stress during the wedding planning process. This is a bride and grooms’ worst nightmare!

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The majority of suppliers do not come under the ‘scamming umbrella’. They are extremely hardworking businesses that go above and beyond for every single bride they work with, treating each job as if it were their own wedding.

So how do engaged couples tell the difference between the good and the bad? We have put together some top tips to help you safely book suppliers, identify the wedding suppliers that are going to help make your day magical and those that should be approached with caution.

  1. Do your research! Once you have found a potential supplier you would like to work with, make sure you google them at the very least. Have they got a website? Have they got social media? Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram? Are their Facebook reviews switched on? If yes, make sure you actually read them. If Facebook reviews have been turned off, you may need to question why. A reputable business should address any negative reviews or comments on their Facebook wall, not hide them. Do they have reviews online? Is there social media active?
  1. Meet the suppliers face to face. Where possible, we thoroughly recommend meeting suppliers face to face. Have they got an office where you can meet them? Lots of small businesses won’t have as they work from home but meeting at your own home is still beneficial as it will give you an idea of the sort of supplier you are working with. This is vital when booking suppliers such as photographers where it is so important to have a rapport/ connection.
  1. Ask suppliers for references. All suppliers should be able to provide you with references or testimonials from previous work they have done. Even brand new businesses should be able to provide references from jobs they have assisted on or work they have completed during their training. Follow up references where possible.
  1. Always get a contract drawn up. This is vital! If the supplier doesn’t have a contract, it’s probably a warning sign. Make sure you thoroughly read through your contract so you know what the business is and isn’t accountable for should something go wrong. Have a second person look over it for you. Make sure you raise any questions in writing direct to the business if there is anything you are not clear on. Make sure you keep all the paperwork safe.
  1. How do they want you to pay? If a supplier is insisting that you can only pay via cash or bank transfer, it should ring alarm bells. PayPal is perfect for paying your deposit and remaining balance as you can raise a dispute if a problem arises. However, bear in mind that PayPal has time limits for this so if you are booking suppliers far in advance, wedding, steps 4 and 6 will be crucial. In addition, make sure you make a business payment for goods and services not a personal payment through friends and family. You are not covered with the latter through PayPal. I have heard stories from brides that have been pushed by businesses to pay via friends and family so the business doesn’t incur PayPal fees, only to find weeks down the line that the supplier has done a runner and the bride can’t make a claim. Any reputable business should incorporate the PayPal fees into their pricing structure. Always, get a receipt.
  1. Wedding insurance. This is so important to ensure that you are covered for all eventualities. As with any other insurance, make sure you check your level of cover, check what your excess is and read through the policy small print. Wedding insurance will give you piece of mind. Ensure you shop around as there is a huge variation in costing and level of cover between different insurers.
  1. Ask questions! Reputable suppliers should run their business legally at the very least and will always be open to answering any questions you have. Ask if the supplier is registered with HMRC, ask if the supplier is insured, ask for additional contact details, (business address and telephone number), How long have they been trading, how many weddings have they done, what training have they done to make them an expert in their industry. Ask anything you need to know. After all, it is your wedding and you need to feel as relaxed as possible on your big day.
  1. Look carefully at the suppliers Images. Are they using stock photos they have pulled off the internet or are they showcasing their actual work? If they are using stock photos, ask to see examples of their actual work.

Of course nobody can predict the future and even the most reputable companies sometimes face issues beyond their control. However, these companies will go to the ends of the earth to ensure your big day is not disrupted. By following the above steps, we hope that any risk is minimised drastically so that your big day can run as smoothly and stress free as possible.

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