October was a treat. Not only did we get to in a flurry of events across the province (Dine by Design, Oysterfest, The Atlantic Wedding Showcase, and styled shoot in Cape Breton and the Annapolis Valley), we had a chance to put our lives back together again.
We had a chance to dig ourselves out from the beautiful mess of debris that our office had become during busy season. We had time to put away the sandals and dig out the sweaters. I’ve had a chance to take walks with my husband and my Bug dog Emma and enjoy the fresh, crisp, fall air, and Krista has had a chance to buy two copies of “The Life Changing Art of Tidying Up“ (ironic, right?), and to cut her amazing book collection in half. There’s been time for Netflix, nesting, and making real food again; Sprouted Kitchen salads and fall soups have returned and we are going to take a little break from Shadia’s Pizza. Don’t get me wrong- I love a greasy slice, but it was time.
Now, despite the embarrassing number of episodes of Nashville we’ve watched this month, Krista and I can’t be slowed down or distracted for too long. It is November and it’s time to put the pieces back together. So, this past week, over a tippet of Disaronno (Krista’s favorite liqueur) we’ve been rehashing our first season, and what it can teach us, so that we will be better prepared to meet the needs of betrothed Maritimers next year. We may have rehashed the first season of Nashville too, but then we got serious. We even made a spreadsheet. I’ll give you the Cliff Notes version.
We rented for 80 weddings, and nearly 20 other events. Among the weddings, about a third of our clients dealt with wedding planners and/or decorators, two thirds did not. Half of our clientele got married in the HRM. We had quite a few weddings on the South Shore, the Annapolis Valley, a few in Cape Breton, and a couple in New Brunswick and PEI. We had quite a number of couples that were planning their weddings from away. We had a significant number who had outdoor weddings on private properties. We learned that lighting, flatware, and signs were our biggest rental items. We learned that our clients tended to desire direction and décor inspiration in the winter and early spring when many are in the early phases of planning, and lots of last minute details and solutions in the summer and fall, when most of our east coast weddings go down.
Armed with information, we are ready to make New Year’s resolutions:
We will do our best to better familiarize ourselves with HRM venues, and venues in our other popular areas of NS like the South Shore and the Annapolis Valley.
We will add décor items, such as arbors, large furniture, and lawn games that cater to outdoor weddings.
We will have a strong online presence for those planning from away; we will make ourselves available by email and telephone and keep our social media and website updated with details about our new and current inventory.
As wedding season approaches, we will stock up with practical solutions and resources to support your last-minute rental needs.
Over the coming months, when many couples are early in their planning process, we will offer recommendations and share décor inspiration from our own collection and from other vendors and blogs locally, nationally, and internationally.
As well, for those who are looking for help and direction with décor-related decisions, we will make ourselves available to meet with you and talk through your décor needs.
Stay tuned for our next blog entry we will share more about what we can offer in a visit to our wild, beautiful office!