Your East Anglian Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 59)

CLARE WARREN CALLIGRAPHY Clare warren says… I create bespoke stationery and signage for your wedding day in unique, handwritten calligraphy. After a rewarding career managing the visual team of a well-known department store, I found real joy in learning and perfecting the art of calligraphy. I started Clare Warren Calligraphy in 2019, and it’s grown into a full-time business. I’m at my happiest with a pen in my hand and a vision in my head, and I’ve been so lucky to help so many couples with such an intimate part of their most memorable day. What’s your most popular product for weddings? Beauty is in the details, and my most popular product is by far the smallest: place cards. These tiny finishing touches don’t just tell your guests where to sit, they show them how important they are with their own name lovingly written by hand on premium quality card. Most of them make their way home with the guests as an extra keepsake, and when they’re matched with a stunning table plan, they can really bring your décor together. Why is it important to choose local suppliers? Small businesses are the heart of a community, and what is a wedding without heart? I talk to every one of my couples to make sure that I understand exactly what they’re looking for, and offer experience and guidance to help them achieve their dream look. Stationery and styling can be confusing and going local is the best way to get what you want instead of just something from a shelf. I’ve supplied stationery for weddings in Beverly Hills, Australia and even further afield, but I’m most proud of the work I’ve done here in Norfolk. Having worked closely with many of the local wedding venues, and collaborated with a lot of other suppliers, I know how much care, passion and skill has gone into every aspect of those events. We communicate, we problem-solve, and we’re often on hand to help out with any last-minute fixes for unpredictable changes. What do you love most about weddings? Every wedding is different, and everybody has their own idea of what makes it beautiful. One of the best things about what I do is that every order is unique, and as long as the couple are happy then I’m ecstatic. It’s even better if my work makes them cry a little bit… just a little bit. Clare Warren, Clare Warren Calligraphy HANDMADE IN... East Anglia Using local businesses when planning your wedding not only benefits you but also the planet. From stationery to jewellery, here’s a handful of companies from across the region you need to know about… AMELIA BRENNAN Amelia says… Amelia Brennan offers beautifully crafted, traditional pageboy and flower girl outfits. The designs are timeless and can be passed down through the generations. What’s your most popular product for weddings? Our most popular outfits are our linen pageboy outfits and dot cotton dresses with matching linen sashes (pictured far right, also available in blue). They offer couples a classical look at a fraction of the price of other designers. Why is it important to choose local suppliers? We are solely based online but choosing local suppliers helps small businesses in our local area. What do you love most about weddings? Being from Norfolk, I love a country wedding, allowing the flowers and natural beauty of our incredible countryside to create the most wonderful backdrop. Amelia Brennan, LOCAL BUSINESS 67