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the perfect planning pressie: say hello to hook box

July 6th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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When it comes to a wedding you may think that all the gifts come after the big day, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Thanks to a clever new concept put together by wedding supplier duo Lisa Steane, a Brides Up North Sponsor and owner of The Bobby Pin, and Katherine Cocksedge, owner of The Bridal Market, you lucky brides-to-be can treat yourself to a helpful planning pressie every month in the run up to your wedding.

Through Hook Box, brides-to-be will receive a pretty package containing priceless information, fabulous inspiration and wonderful treats, all relevant to current wedding trends. From planning tools and glossy magazines to beauty treats and stationery, it’s bursting with show-stopping ideas from a range of handpicked wedding suppliers. Brides can pick to subscribe, or alternatively there are one-off boxes for brides-to-be, bridesmaids and festival hens (the latter of which is apparently glitter-tastic!) Interested? Then read on as the lovely Lisa lifts the Hook Box lid…

Can you give us a brief overview of Hook Box?

lisa says: Hook Box is owned by myself, Lisa Steane, and Katherine Cocksedge, who owns The Bridal Market. We became partners in October last year and really saw a massive hole in the market for brides to acquire great gift boxes to help with wedding planning as well as introducing brides-to-be to amazing independent wedding suppliers available in the UK. Our subscription box aims to give brides the choice of what is out there in the wedding supplier world.  We give them helpful hints and tips on how to plan their wedding and also add in a few gifts and wedding ideas for them to keep.

Can you tell us what types of items brides can expect to find in their Hook Box?

The great thing about our boxes is that we have some amazing suppliers on board that will be introducing their products in our boxes.  The products range from beauty, stationery, favours and decorations – the list is endless as we put products in our boxes that are trend relevant and are amazing quality. Our box also includes the latest edition of Wedding Ideas Magazine, which is a great addition.

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How far in advance of the wedding would you advise brides to subscribe to Hook Box and what different subscriptions are available?

We would say in order to get the full enjoyment of our box, a 12-month subscription would give you the best overall value, but the subscription can be picked up at any time as it offers so much information and different ideas that it could help a bride that is already halfway through her planning. We offer a monthly rolling subscription and then a three, six and 12-month subscription offer that gives discounts for signing up for longer periods.

What brands are you currently working with at Hook Box and what kind of style does a brand have to have in order for you to work with them?

We are currently working with fantastic wedding suppliers like Team Hen, Treat Kitchen, Mix & Twist Cocktails, Ginger Ray, Wedstock Stationery. We are open to working with more independent wedding suppliers as long as we feel it is the right fit for Hook Box.  The Hook Box brand is all about unique products that will offer fantastic ideas to our brides.  We love new products that haven’t been around long because we are all about offering brides things they haven’t seen before in the market.

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You also do one-off Bride-To-Be and Bridesmaid Hook Boxes, can you tell us a little about them?

Yes, we offer one off Bride-To-Be, Bridesmaid, Hen and also a summer Festival box for the girls who love glitter. These are similar to the Bride-To-Be box in terms of they are full of amazing gift products and wedding ideas. The one-off gift boxes are great to give to your bridesmaids to either pop the question or to say thank you, and our Hen box is great to give to your bride-to-be on her hen night. All the products have been handpicked for the type of box it is and has no tacky plastic products in sight!

How have Hook Boxes been received by brides so far?

We have had so much love for our boxes. I think the brides are totally amazed on how many products you get inside our box for the £25 subscription. It is great value for money but it is also full of great planning help that is so valuable when you are starting out with your wedding planning journey.  It can be daunting when you first start and we wanted to take the stress out of it.

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handcrafted with love: say hello to the bobby pin

October 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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To finish off your week in style we’re bringing you a whole lot of pretty as we introduce our wonderful new Sponsor, The Bobby Pin.

With a clear love for all things bridal, accessory designer and owner of The Bobby Pin, Lisa Steane, creates beautiful finishing touches for brides in the form of elegant headpieces, hair vines, sashes, cuffs and jewellery, plus much more.

In addition to her stunning ready-to-wear collection, which is available to buy online, talented Lisa also offers bespoke designs, perfect brides in search of a special one-of-a-kind piece for their big day.

So without further ado we’ll hand you over to the lovely lady herself to explain more about her dreamy designs…

With images by Fkb Photography.

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Tell us a little about your background and how you came to set up The Bobby Pin?

lisa says: I lived in Canada for three years and I needed a head piece making for a special wedding I was going to. I knew a girl I worked with did millinery on the side so she made me a piece. I absolutely loved it and thought how amazing would it to be to have a business making these beautiful things. So when I moved back to the UK I decided to enroll on the millinery course at Leeds College of Art. I loved it from the word go and just started doing my own designs and making pieces for family and friends when the occasion arose. The big push was in spring this year when I decided to leave my head buying role in toys and set up The Bobby Pin. I always wanted to be my own boss and I was finding the commute and the travelling a bit too hard to juggle with a one-year-old. So I trademarked my brand, made my stock and launched my website in August.

What types of accessories do you offer?

I make and sell bridal headpieces, halos, vines, pins, bridal sashes, bridal cuffs and jewellery. I am also going to do more flower girl and bridesmaid designs.

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How would you describe the style of accessories that you design and what types of brides do you think that your products appeal to?

I would describe my style as delicate and pretty. I think my designs will appeal to most brides as I do a range of different styles and designs and also experiment with different colour pallets. Above all I think I will appeal to brides who want something beautiful and different, but also that’s affordable.

What are the main materials and detailing that you use in your designs?

Most of my pieces are made from gold and silver plated wire with Swarovski crystals, pearls and beads. I also work with beautiful feathers, tulle, lace and silk. I want my pieces to look the very best quality so that’s why I always use the finest materials.

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Why do you think accessories are such an important part of a bride’s attire?

I think bridal accessories complete the overall look for a bride. Some brides chose to have a fairly plain dress then really go crazy with their accessories. I love these brides! I also love that brides are choosing to wear bridal sashes to give their dress a lift. I think sparkle brings opulence to a bride and makes her feel special on the biggest day of her life. I’m finding that brides today are not afraid to experiment with their look and I love creating bespoke pieces for these kind of brides.

How does your bespoke service for brides wanting one-of-a-kind accessories for their big day?

The process for my bespoke commissions is that I start with a consultation which can be on email, skype, or even at my studio in Yorkshire. Once I get an idea of what the bride requires I draw up some designs to show the bride to see if this is on the right lines. If all is good, I go into making the piece. When the piece is made I send though images of the design to the bride to see if she is happy. This is the time we can tweak anything. Once that is done the piece is shipped to the customer or they can come back for the piece to be fitted.

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