Today I am thrilled to feature the lovely Jennifer of Wedding Buttonique to the Blog, creator of Bridal Button Bouquets.
Wedding Buttonique design and make bespoke Button & Brooch Bridal / Bridesmaid Bouquets, Button Holes, Corsages and Flower Girl Wands plus a variety of wedding table items made to order using Vintage and New buttons, beads and brooches.
Who are you, and what do you do?
Wedding Buttonique is a bespoke online shop specialising in Bridal Button Bouquets for the individual Bride.
Most of the bouquets produced have a Button theme and that theme is then linked to fit the ideas, and wedding colours, of each bride.
The bouquets can be kept simple or they could contain a selection of objects of any vintage like Steam Punk inspired pieces, a group of Butterflies or a random swathe of Pom Poms, to add a dash of colour.
Some brides ask for a brooch to be added, a special button or memory charm of a loved one.
All of the bouquets, corsages and button holes are all made individually by me, in my Craft Studio – also known as number 8B ‘The Shed’.
My name is Jennifer, I am less than a year married and we have a beautiful 9 year old daughter called Eva who has luckily got her mothers’ crafting genes and her fathers’ good looks.
When and why did you start your Company?
Like a lot of wedding suppliers, who produce handmade crafts, the original impetus came from making items for your own wedding.
That is how all of this started for me back in November 2011.
Whilst preparing for my Wedding I came across a picture of a Button bouquet which I loved.
I was inspired and I already had a box of old vintage buttons from my Nan, so I set to work trying to make a bouquet by myself.
After a few months of errors, tears and tantrums a bouquet was finally produced that I was happy with.
A friend of mine suggested I should try and sell it as it seemed so unique to them. This became the start of Wedding Buttonique.
At the moment Wedding Buttonique is run alongside a full time job, but is a love of mine which is fitted in around after school clubs, homework (not so much housework) and looking after a family.
The bouquets are made during the evening or at weekends when I can dedicate the special time they require.
What inspires you?
I love searching and finding old boxes, bags and tins of buttons.
It is what you find inside these little treasure troves that gives me ideas for the next bouquet.
Even if I don’t fully finish a bouquet off I do have shoe boxes with wired buttons ready to use.
I try not to have too much premade stock as Brides usually have their own ideas of how they would like to see something finished.
Do trends influence your work?
Trends do not seem to have too much of an impact on my work.
The bride that wants a button bouquet usually is not following a trend. They are setting their own.
What is your greatest achievement?
Maybe not so much a greatest achievement but a challenge I was happy to be part of was a bride from Athens.
The company she was using in Greece last summer closed 6 weeks before her wedding. By the time she contacted me, via my Etsy site, she was struggling to find someone to help.
I do try to keep wired button stems in stock ready to use and this came in useful to complete her bouquet, and get it posted to Greece, in time for her September Wedding.
It was all a rush to find the diamante brooches and extra beads she also required but I loved every minute of it.
What do you see as the future of your Company?
Wedding Buttonique is still in its infancy stage.
In February, after three years of making, I am exhibiting at my first wedding fair of which I am apprehensive one moment and very excited the next.
Where it will eventually lead I am not sure. My long term plans (all in my head in case my husband reads this) would be to give up my job and open a bridal shop – a one stop dress, accessories and bouquet experience.
Thanks to Jennifer for sharing her wonderful creativity. How lovely to be able to create something so special and a lasting momento from something as simple as the humble wee button…
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