January 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Brand new Brides Up North readers (well, hello there!) will soon find out that as well as bringing you a double daily dose of wedding inspiration and wedding gown eye candy, we also work hard to showcase the very best wedding industry suppliers in your region (see our Directory for the evidence, or browse back through our posts with the category "Featured Supplier"). Leaving you more time for shoe shopping and, er, going down the pub.
Today we meet Brides Up North Featured Supplier Karen of Ruby’s Tea Party, a pretty styling outfit based in the North East. Karen’s got a special New Year’s discount just for Brides Up North readers up her sleeve, and wants a challenge: to make your wedding day as perfect as possible. I’ve know Karen for quite a while after meeting at one of my Brides Up North Tweet Ups back in 2012, and it’s time for you to meet her…
Karen is offering a 10% discount on the hire catalogue for any new bookings confirmed by 28th February 2014. Please quote Brides Up North upon enquiry.
When and why did Ruby’s Tea Party begin?
I set up Ruby’s Tea Party in the summer of 2011 because I spotted an opportunity to help brides and grooms with their special day. I noticed the trend towards serving afternoon tea was growing in popularity and I already had a small collection of vintage pieces at home so all I had to do was start collecting more!
Tell us about yourself?
My first ever job was working in the restaurant of a local pub at weekends. I got a real buzz from making sure people were happier when they left than when they arrived and so I went on to study Hospitality Management specialising in events. I worked for top end restaurants owned by celebrity chefs and a 5* hotel to perfect my craft and just fell in love with all things wedding.
What services does Ruby’s Tea Party offer?
Ruby’s Tea Party began as a vintage china hire company and has grown from there. My hire collection includes all the vintage china you could ever need to serve afternoon tea as well as cutlery and linens. Over time I’ve found my collection growing and now I offer various props and decor items to help create an overall look in a venue. I finally left the ‘day job’ earlier this year to focus on Ruby’s Tea Party and since then I’m able to more involved and offer a venue dressing service or work with couples on a full venue styling package.
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