Today I am absolutely thrilled to spotlight on the amazing work of Betty & Dodge, a Kent based brand specialising in beautifully engraved Oak gifts, wedding favours and homeware.
All their items are made to order and can be personalised.
I had a chat with with Elizabeth Kilby who is one half of the creative duo…
Who are you, and what do you do?
“We are a husband and wife team making Engraved Oak Gifts & Wedding Favours in our workshop in Kent, we only use English grown Oak.”
“Betty & Dodge are our childhood nicknames, Dodge is a carpenter and I’m the ideas girl.”
When and why did you start your Company?
“Our company started as a result of our own wedding, we decided to be a bit creative and make our own ‘save the dates’ out of oak.”
“Dodge’s workshop always has a pile of offcuts so we bought an old-fashioned engraving machine and after a lot of trial and error made 100 save the dates.”
“Our friends and family loved them so we decided to make keyrings personalised with everyone’s names as place names/wedding favours which we still see them using 3 years later.”
What inspires you?
“I’m not a writer but lots of things inspire me so I’m going to write a list.”
“Actually finding out I’m quite creative – I never realised!”
“Working with English Oak – it’s the best timber.”
“The wonderful feedback we have had from our customers, family and friends.”
“The lovely photos our customers send us of our products in use.”
“My lovely little boy – when we are trying out a new children’s product it’s always made with his name on it!”
Do trends influence your work?
“Not really we just like to make things that we will use and that has been the basis of our product range from day 1.”
What is your greatest achievement?
“We made plant labels last year to commemorate 100 years of the Chelsea Flower Show.”
“When we first joined twitter and posted a photo of our Personalised Oak Bunting Kirstie Allsopp retweeted it. I was so excited!”
What do you see as the future of your Company?
“Betty & Dodge is my dream, we hope one day it will be a full-time dream.”
Thank you so much to Elizabeth for sharing the incredible artistry of Betty & Dodge.
I love the personalised key rings which are perfect for the dual function of place setting and wedding favour.
I also really like the plant stakes, a unique way to signal your wedding table.
The timing bunting is also just amazing and an incredible way to remember your journey of love.
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