As 2016 comes to an end I thought I would update you on everything that has happened since January of 2016. A hectic year, but mostly all exciting!
In January 2016 I launched the new look website. A bit of stressful start to the year, but it was something on my to do list that was a priority. With more and more customers now using mobile and ipads to do their shopping, our last website provider could not change our website to mobile compatible unless we started again with a new website. With this in mind I decided to use a new provider and in two weeks I had finished creating a lovely new website for the business. Its actually taken up until now to get it the way I wanted it to look! So far I am really pleased with it, although there is always room for improvement. Feel free to comment if I have missed anything out or if there is anything that you would like adding. It has been hard work with a few tantrums along the way when I couldnt get it to look perfect and struggled to do certain things, but I have a great website account manager who was always there to help out!
February was the start of our busy wedding season, with brides and grooms who had got engaged over Christmas, ordering their wedding invitation samples and save the date cards.
March, April, May, June, July and August Wedding Season was just hectic. During these months, as well as preparing invitation samples, chatting to brides about their invitation designs, there were lots of ceremony and reception stationery to design and make. Seating plans, Place name cards, Favour boxes, Guest Books, Menus, the list goes on. Stressful.... but a good job I work well under pressure! As I work on my own, I have to be really organized and prioritise my orders. All orders fulfilled and my happy brides and grooms all overjoyed with their stationery and ready for the most important day of their lives. I love knowing that a little part of Amor Designs is always at a wedding!
September I launched a new section on the website, offering Personalised gifts and wedding accessories. Do take a look, there are some unique and lovely gifts for the bride and groom, as well as wedding signs, card sacks for all the cards and presents you will get on the wedding day. The range of gifts and accessories will expand in 2017, I just haven't had the time to upload the website with new items.
October I added a Gallery section to the website, with invitations and stationery moodboards to inspire you. I created some colour schemes and wedding themes to project lots of different styles to give you ideas on what you can create. If you do have a theme in mind and you want me to create something for you please do ask me. So when you have chosen which style of invitations you like from our collections, I can put something together for you in a moodboard with your other wedding accesories, and you can see for yourself how your day will look.
November I was over the moon to be nominated for a Best Stationery Award for the Bridebook Wedding Awards 2017. The top 10 finalists of each category will be announced end of January 2017, and then the winner of their category will be announced 15th February 2017 so watch this space! If you want to vote for Amor Designs here is the link https://bridebook.co.uk/wedding-stationery/Amor-Designs-Southport-Merseyside-bbK8M67KXo I would love your vote.
December started off finishing all stationery orders ready to be posted out in time to deliver before Christmas Day. I am just working on my final order and then thats it, a well deserved break until the New Year 2017. For the new year I have lots of new designs planned, so keep a look out on the website for the new Amor Designs 2017 Collection.
The most amazing news for December and a fantastic start for 2017 was that I was chosen by Theo Paphitis (yes the real Theo Paphitis from Dragons Den) as an official SBS Winner (which means Small Business Sunday Winner) This is an amazing opportunity and achievement for me! After 10 years in my dream job doing what I love doing, its been hard work but the recognition of all my hard work by an amazing and inspiring business man like Theo has given me such a huge confidence boost to continue in improving my stationery business, learning from Theo and other #sbswinners and I look forward to new adventures. This is only the beginning! Here is my official link to the Small Business Sunday website http://theopaphitissbs.com/profile/1802/Amor-Designs You can read what SBS is all about and see how exciting this is for me.
I have been invited to attend the #SBS Event 2017 in February, which of course I will be attending. I am so excited but will be nervous on the day, as I will get to meet Theo Paphitis to pick up my winners certificate. Watch this space for further updates in 2017 of how it all went. Oh and below is the official winners badge.
Finally thank you to everyone for all your support this year. Thank you to all my Brides and Grooms, past and present who have chosen me to design their invitations and stationery. Wishing you all a fun Christmas and Fabulous happy new year 2017. See you all in the new year for more adventures.