INTRODUCING THE LITTLE WEDDING HELPER - Styling for Success
The Little Wedding Helper: Styling. Inspiring. Hiring. Kirsten Butler is an extra pair of hands on the day, helping to transform your venue with my eye for detail and gorgeous vintage props. We find out more from Kirsten herself...
What is your most popular product/service?
Without a doubt it's my on the day styling. I turn up at the venue with my kit in hand and work a little wedding magic. It gives the couple a little extra piece of mind; they know I'll be there making sure everything looks as special as it should do, rather than having to rely on the rest of the wedding party who should be able to celebrate and enjoy the day with you!
What inspired you to launch this as your business?
If you'd told me in 2006, the year I styled my first wedding, that I'd be working full time as a venue stylist I wouldn't have believed you. I was helping my best friend Sarah plan and style here special day and the eureka moment really came from there. It's all grown very organically and I haven't looked back.
What drew you to "vintage"?
I think my favourite thing about 'vintage' props and furniture is that you really get to cherry pick the most beautiful elements of bygone times. Whether it's a timeless G Plan sideboard or well-loved enamel jug filled with fresh flowers I love giving new life to items that might otherwise go unloved.
If you could supply any individual, business or event with your product/services who or which would it be?
I would absolutely love to style a party for Strictly Come Dancing Party; maybe with a Through The Ages Theme with all the costumes and music from different decades. Sequins would play a massive part, especially as I co-founded The Sequin Collection with Helen of Pudding Bridge. I can't think of anything more perfect than disco balls above and sequinned linens on every table. So much glitter! Anton Du Beke would have to promise to play barman though!
How would you like to see your business grow & the Vintage Industry develop over the coming year(s)?
I'd like to develop the hiring side of the business further and really build on my current collection of furniture and props. I'd also like to create more of an ambience at vintage weddings. It doesn't just mean 100 tea cups and yards of bunting — I'd love to see more couples incorporating family treasures into their decor, using vintage furniture for their cake or gift tables, and using vintage props for photo booths. I think there's a fine balance between authentic vintage pieces that are really beautiful and faux-vintage just because it's 'on trend'.
Anything else you'd like to add?
I'd love to encourage more couples to step outside the box on their special day — make your wedding yours without a lycra chair cover in sight! If you're looking for a little inspiration visit me on Instagram and Pinterest; I've packed both with gorgeous vintage treasures and ideas for your wedding.
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