This afternoon we are back with our regular feature ‘Advice from the Married Side,‘ real life wedding planning...
Happy Tuesday everyone, I hope you are all having a great day. This afternoon I would like to introduce you to a wonderful stationery company who I know you are going to love, norma&dorothy. norma&dorothy, create super cute, rustic, hand crafted wedding stationery with a love for pastels, bunting and glitter. Their work is so pretty with a focus on whimsical styling, rustic details and a really personal service. As soon as I saw their work I knew it would be perfect for all my lovely Boho couples. So many gorgeous designs, perfect for any Boho wedding, I just know you are going to love this beauiful stationery a much as I do.
What made you start your business
I have always loved designing and making products, which is why I studied for a degree in fashion design. I soon realized after starting an Etsy shop selling cards as a hobby that my true passion was with designing paper based products! The shop soon became too busy for me to also have a full time job and I took the plunge and left my day job as a knitwear designer in 2013 to work on norma&dorothy full time. In just 12 months we have gone from just myself to 7 employees
When did you start your business
The summer of June ’13 was when I officially started working on the business full time
Where are you based
We have a studio in Manchester City Centre where all our items are designed, hand-crafted and packaged.
Which areas do you cover
Although are based in the UK, everyday we send our items all over the world!
What were you doing before
I studied Fashion Design at Huddersfield University before becoming a knitwear designer for a couple of years after graduating.
How would you describe your style
We adore rustic, whimsical styling with a focus on beautiful colours, laid back fonts and different paper types. I adore working with textures so often use different paper types, twine, metallic stitching and hand applied pearls!
Your biggest achievement so far
Taking the business from just me working by myself in my living room, to a team of 7 working in our city center office in just 12 months. We are very excited about where we may be in the next 12!
What Makes you different to your competitors
We feel our values are what defines us; always striving for high quality whether that be with the design, product or customer service, creating beautifully hand-crafted items and giving our customers a hassle free experience! We think about every detail from the card stock we use to packaging, to ensure every customer receives a wonderful package.
What do you love most about your job
I love designing new stationery ranges and seeing them inspire couple’s entire wedding days! I feel very lucky to work within a beautiful studio environment with a fantastic team, which makes my working day very enjoyable! Hearing a customer tell us that they love their order makes every step worthwhile.
What kind of couples do you think you attract
Couples looking for beautifully hand-crafted wedding stationery that reflects their personality, style and wedding day!
Can you please give our Boho Readers some information on your pricing structure
We have a clear pricing structure based on quantities ordered plus any extras such as envelope printing and information cards. All prices can be found on our website on each product page.
What is your ideal way to spend a day off
Running a start-up business can be very demanding, but I do occasionally get to take a day off! A perfect day would be having pancakes for breakfast, going for a hike with my boyfriend Paul and finishing off with a Netflix marathon, such as House of Cards or Orange Is The New Black! I love living in the city but on days off there I find nothing more relaxing then escaping to the countryside!
What could you never leave the house without
A beautiful notebook & pen, my phone and a lipstick!
If you weren’t running your business what would you be doing
Working with animals, preferably somewhere sunny!