I don’t think we have ever told you about the office. When we tell people we are on Gottingen Street people generally expect to find us in one of the ground-level storefronts towards downtown. When we tell people we have a “home office,” they tend to expect a little craft cubby space.
Ours is not your usual sort of office. The Make Merry office resides in a large, historic home overlooking facing the grand Admiralty House Museum, and with great the Halifax Harbor and the MacDonald Bridge. It is a rad place and unlike any office we’ve inhabited. When I say large I mean 7 bedroom, 5 bathroom, 3 kitchen sort of large. When I say “home” I mean home to 7 people, 3 dogs, and one heroic little cat. When I say “historic”— it’s a history being unveiled, as we chip away at layers of unfortunate, 1980’s wallpaper, and dig for the wood shingles that have survived for the most part beneath the faded plastic siding.
The office is a bit of a rough diamond. The house is a work in progress, and the progress can be a little intimidating to behold when the whole property has been leveled, the house’s façade has become more than a little disheveled, and the front stairs have not yet been rebuilt.
Despite the detailed directions and forewarnings we give, when people come to the office to view our inventory they often have a deer in the headlights look when we find them in the storm porch. They seem startled when we bring them into the large foyer, which was once the set of a scene in Wise Girls (2002) featuring Mariah Carey. When we bring them into the spacious living room, we can see the wheels turning as they try to imagine all that’s gone on within, which truth be told has been a lot, as from what I understand the house has lived many varied lives as a home for elderly gentleman, a nursery, a Bed & Breakfast, and a set for This Hour has 22 Minutes.
Despite the bravado, the rubble and distraction, we’ve got a perfect first location for our business. Once you find your way past the dogs we’ve got a large, airy space, and a basement storeroom for our inventory. We’ve got a place to scatter quite a bit of rental furniture, and plenty of fireplace mantles for photo shoots.
I’m telling you all this for a reason: I want to get you through the door. This is the time of year when wedding décor plans are still in their infancy, which makes it the perfect time of year to come to the office and give them a jump start. Let me try and tempt you.
If you come to the office we will:
Show you the door from the Mariah movie
Show you all of the things that wedding décor that we have on our website, as well as lots of other goodies that haven’t made it up yet.
Ask you about your wedding venue, style, colors, and plans, and then start pulling pretty things out of odd corners that support your vision. If you are struggling with this vision, we can help you with that.
Set a mock table for you so that you can picture how your vision could come together.
Let you pull things off the shelves and get ideas.
Ask you what vendors will be using, and if you need some recommendations, we will pull business cards out of our antique cardex for you of local wedding professionals that we know and trust.
No doubt find a reason to look pretty things up on Pinterest.
The list goes on.
We would love it if you came over and talked wedding. It is generally early enough in your planning that you have time to get creative and have fun with it. In our experience, it can be immensely helpful to see things in person and put things together in a hands on way, and it can be greatly affirming to be told that you are on the right track and that your wedding is going to be grand spanking spectacular!
So, why not send us an email and set up a time to visit? We promise we won’t kill you and lock you in the basement (like I’m pretty sure this one guy thought I was going to do who once tried to buy tires from me off of Kijiji). We will let you pet all the dogs or protect you from the dogs, whatever you prefer, and we will certainly do our best to give you a jolt of inspiration for your wedding decor.