Today we introduce to you the first of our lovely sponsors. Doily Days magazine. You may have seen their wonderful wedding magazine across Sussex. We speak to owner and founder Helen to find out more…
Hi Helen, we love Doily Days, please introduce yourself and Doily Days to everyone….
Thanks! We love you too. We publish a free alternative wedding magazine. It comes out twice a year and we distribute throughout Sussex as well as parts of Hampshire, Surrey and London. We mainly distribute at wedding fairs but copies are also available at select venues, bridal boutiques, florists etc… as well as online. We also offer VW camper van hire for events, jam/chutney wedding favours, vintage china hire, hen parties in Brighton and we hold an industry party twice a year for our advertisers. This year we are working on a new service – a retro themed mobile bar for weddings and events. We’ll be promoting it from the autumn.
How long has Doily Days been established and how did the idea come about?
Doily Days launched in 2009. It started as a vintage china hire business and went from there. Soon after I introduced the camper vans and wedding favours, I started working with a caterer to offer BBQs, hog roasts and afternoon teas. I was managing events, providing simple, rustic flowers and doing lots of styling. I put together a whole retro living room for a festival style wedding!
I had lots of contacts in the wedding industry, I was amazed by all the trends and ideas and I loved writing (I did a Journalism course at The Argus in 2007). Starting a magazine was a dream of mine. I started work on the first issue at the end of 2012 and we launched in March 2013.
What is your favourite part about your job?
My favourite part of my job is discovering exciting new unique and quirky businesses, meeting the people behind the ideas and sharing them with brides and grooms to be.
The Doily Days magazine has been a great success, what can we expect in the next issue?
You can expect two inspirational real weddings, a styled bridal shoot I put together myself, some fab features about local businesses such as an ice cream caravan, a cocktail bar in an Airstream and a photo booth in a camper van! We also have an excellent first dance feature from a DJ called Auntie Maureen, a lovely piece about speeches, ideas for alternative wedding transport, ideas for alternative cakes… and more! Much much more. You’ll have to grab a copy in September to find out!
If we want to find out more about the magazine or are interested in being part of it how do we do so?
It’s a printed magazine but it’s also available online. You can read the magazine and find out the advertising rates via this link: http://www.doilydays.co.uk/magazine/
Alternatively contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fairy Tale Fair is super excited to have Doily Days on board as a sponsor, why did you choose to support us, and are you looking forward to our festive fairs?
We were very excited to have been asked! I love your brand image and it’s apparent you’ve very good at marketing with the number of followers you have on social networks. You’re well known in Brighton and Hove and, as we’ve recently moved further West (to Chichester), it’s very important for our brand to be recognised throughout the whole of the county. We love that you represent small, local businesses like we do. And YES we’re looking forward to the festive fairs, although we fully intend to enjoy the summer first!
Do you have a motto or inspirational thought of the day?!
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” (networking is key to business success)
Thank you for talking to the fairies!