If you’d have told me a year ago I’d be doing four of my own weddings in 2018 and helping with a bunch (had to get some floristry humour in there somewhere!) of others throughout the year, I wouldn’t have believed you.
For me it all started out with a couple of floristry classes just to do something different outside of work, which moved on to doing my own floral projects on a weekend that I shared with friends and family on social media. Before I knew it my best friend’s sister asking if I could help out with her wedding flowers, and one wedding turned into four quite quite quickly from there.
Then it occurred to me – I could really make a substantial part-time business out of this, which I could focus on during the weekends outside of my day job. I chose a business name, set up a business account, got myself some insurance and trade accounts with local wholesalers, and here we are!
The Raven Rose as a blog has been going for around nine months at this point, and as a business for around seven months. As you’ll have seen from my Business on a Budget series, I didn’t have a lot of funds to set everything up but big dreams start small and I’m proud of what I’ve been able to achieve so far.
The plan is to build on event bookings by around 25-30% each year, so within a couple of years I’m doing an average of one wedding a month on my own.
My biggest pieces of advice to anyone in a similar position to me is not to put too much pressure on yourself, be willing to put in a fair few extra hours on top of your normal job, and be proud of even the smallest of achievements along the way. Keep an eye on my advice tab for more pieces like this!