Today’s supplier is a wonderful find we stumbled across whilst browsing Etsy. Kellie from Canary Gem Craft Co got into designing beautiful, bespoke chalk boards after creating them for her own wedding. Her designs are stunning and she can personalise everything for your wedding, so there is no ‘off the peg’ here! We had a chat with Kellie to find out more about her new business…
Tell us a a bit more about Canary Gem Craft Co…
I custom design and make signage and decoration for weddings and events! I specialise in chalkboards, but love to dabble across lots of medias.
What inspired you to start your business?
I get a bit fidgety if I don’t have some sort of project on the go, so since planning my wedding last year I’ve had a creative hole to fill! I’ve made many, many chalkboards for the weddings of family and friends, so they all pooled together to convince me to make a more official go of it!
How are you different from any other similar suppliers?
Mine are 100% totally bespoke – whether you have specific flowers, themes, motifs, fonts in mind… they are absolutely unique and designed especially for you, so you know you have a true one-of-a-kind. There are lots of chalkboard painters on Etsy, however so many of them are generic, with just the couple’s names painted on – your day is special and unique to you, so your wedding décor should be too!
What do you love most about working in the wedding industry?
There’s absolutely no happier occasion! I love everything about weddings – getting together with old friends, making new ones, gorgeous food, dance floor silliness with mens ties around their heads, champagne toasts and late night jagerbombs! To get to be even a small part of people’s days, through a welcome sign or place name, is a true honour and a privilege.
What would be your number one piece of advice for a bride to be?
Sneak off on the big day with your partner! You’ll feel obliged to see everyone and give them all a piece of your time… but don’t forget your newlywed! It’s so easy for one of you to be at the bar while the other is on the dance floor, or one is with the family while the other is having a celebratory cigar…. No one wants to wake up with a whole day of amazing memories but none of them involve your partner! Find a quiet area (my husband and I lay on the grass, looking at the stars), away from everyone to reflect on the day, talk about the future and steal a cheeky kiss.
Tell us about the best thing you have seen at a wedding you have been to?
I’m going to go with one of my favourite parts from my own wedding…. when my groom, his ushers and loads of our friends burst into a surprise dance routine! I have never been more shocked in my entire life – it was hilarious, totally out of character and just absolutely amazing!!
Finally, in one sentence why should someone choose Canary Gem Craft Co?
I’ve been through it before! I know the pain of people hearing the word ‘wedding’ and adding 20% to the cost, to spending weeks before getting back in touch – if you work in weddings then you should understand how important every element of this day is to the couple!
In addition to this I’m nice, I’m friendly, my boards are all designed and made totally with you in mind, will add a little bit of handmade specialness to your day, and if I do say so myself I think they’re rather good…!
Kellie’s quick fire questions!
Platinum or gold…platinum
Hotel or campervan…I pretend to be campervan, but hotel is more honest…!
Up or down…^^^up^^^
Dinner party or party party…Dinner party, with enough prosecco for it to feel like a party party
Band or DJ…Band followed by DJ!
Coffee or tea…Tea! All day, every day
Smart or casual…Smart – I love a reason to get dolled up!
Sunrise or sunset…sunset
Thanks so much Kellie! We love your quick fire answers too 😉 If you want to see more of Kellie’s stylish wedding signs and decorations or get in contact with her, then have a look at Canary Gem Craft Co in our directory.