Good Morning Everyone, I hope you are enjoying your week and dare I say it this current bizarre spell of April weather?! I was wondering if anyone else has found themselves sporting unusual attire this past week? eg sunshades and snow boot accessories in the past 24 hours? Sandals and a raincoat? I cant imagine for anyone who is getting married this week they foresaw this forecast when they booked all those months ago. Perhaps of course with exception of ski lovers who are saying "I do" on the sunny slopes somewhere. Personally I am more than ready to enjoy the bank holiday with some spring sun. So I shall be doing a little sun dance in the garden fairly soon at this rate.
Anyway, I wanted to share with you an update on Iconic Bride, because as of the 8th April Iconic Bride celebrated passing its first milestone of trading its first quarter (yippee!) How time has flown in those first 12 weeks. Our launch date already seems a distant memory, as we have enjoyed so many fun filled days with brides, their maids and not forgetting the bridal families since then.
So what has stood out during that time? Well we are not afraid to admit we have done a lot of learning. From the little things of re buying the right hangers for our beautiful dresses so they remain hung up and neatly displayed in the cabinets, to some big things like recommissioning our website to ensure we reached all you Iconic Brides out there. Our very first learning lesson was importantly being able to successfully work the card machine to take our first payment! Our brides have been incredibly supportive during our "learning phase" and in fact have laughed with us at some of our early mishaps; even stepping up at times to help resolve some brain confusing issues (a special thank you to Laura and Shona at this point for your IT rescue services).
The most important thing to have stood out however is something we anticipated and that is the incredible privileged of sharing the bridal journey of all those getting married as they come to see us in Nottinghamshire to find their wedding dress. We have enjoyed catering for brides local to us in Edwinstowe and the surrounding towns / villages and we have equally felt honoured to have had brides travel from over 2 hours away, specifically to come and see us.
In terms of what has gone well in the first quarter of trading, we have had a phenomenal amount of compliments from both brides, their families and local businesses alike about our boutique and stock. People have been so admiring of our beautiful boutique, they share with us that not only does it look classy and glamorous but it feels warm and welcoming too. It makes all that hard work and slog over xmas 2015 so worth it. Though dad I still haven't find your missing tools!. We have heard people like our bridal collections too. They feel we offer a stylish and versatile range of bridal dresses which are of high quality and a worthwhile cost investment for their special day. We have also listened to our brides and their families when they have recommendations for us. We have heard that you would like us to have more jewellery in the boutique to view, and bridal shoe sizes that fit feet both large feet and small . Brides have told us they would like more guidance on when to use a petticoat and to have this supplied by us. By listening to brides about what they want we are able to stay bridal focussed and responsive. This gives us confidence that we really are filling a bridal need.
Quick Facts about Iconic Bride, Nottinghamshire:
- We currently have over 560 Likes on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/iconicbride/)
- We have posted 133 images to our Instagram account(https://www.instagram.com/iconicbride)
- We have attended 3 bridal fayre across Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
- We have had 2 feature articles wrote about us (Newark Advertiser & Nottinghamshire Save the Date Magazine).
- 95 people are following our Tweets on Twitter (https://twitter.com/BrideIconic)
This really feels like such a positive start for our new business. We know that like the journey of being a bride, a new business can equally have its stresses as well as good times. We would therefore like to thank everyone who has supported Iconic Bride, Nottinghamshire so far. Your support means so much to us and helps us to feel that our Iconic Brides and supporters really are equal partners in Creating Brides People Will Remember.