Don’t take it from me! – a fresh perspective…

"The baby’s cries were clearly audible from outside - or maybe my ears are more attuned to it now. Getting louder and more hungry with each step, Dad gingerly entered the Pavilion. But she’d already sensed it, and Mum was up from her front row seat. Milliseconds later, baby was hushed. An hour later, and Mum is at the microphone, her inspiring and informative words reassuring another kind of audience. She is just one of a whole day’s line up of women who have all begun their creative wedding businesses themselves; who have learnt to juggle and adapt to parenthood; and who have made it work and decided to share what works with others just like them. Sharing and leading others is what The Hub is all about - it’s what so many of... read more...
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POSTED ON Feb 26 2016 by | no comments

Make mine a large please! Are you ready to play big?

Have you ever felt so inspired that you just can't sit still? That even despite your natural want to sit quietly and not make a spectacle of yourself you secretly long to jump in the air and do a heel click whilst you're at it? Write a long list, action that list, wish you were in a different place to do it and do it right now without obstacles?! Have you ever felt part of something, a real community? Had the real feeling and knowledge that you're NOT going it alone, that others have your back, understand what you've been and are going through and where you want to go?Have you ever wanted to feel part of something big? Something much bigger than yourself, something that may even end up result in being not only life changing for... read more...
POSTED ON Feb 19 2016 by | no comments

Fear holding you and your business back? Here’s how to STOP IT DEAD.

      A few years ago we, my now husband and I, decided that we wanted to be away for Christmas. Its a thing we do - we love being away in the heat when its cold at home or exploring somewhere when Mister has enough leave from the day job. Anyhow, to cut a long story short, we spent  a week - including Christmas day in Egypt exploring the history, the myth and the wonder of the country.But on the way home we experienced what I can only describe as one of the most scary experiences that either of us have ever been through.Whilst the UK was having storms and ridiculously strong winds, we had been blissfully unaware as we spent our days exploring beaches, temples, the Nile and soaking up the warmth. Only our flight back... read more...
POSTED ON Jan 18 2016 by | no comments

So you want to know what does work? 5 ways to get ahead.

  Alright so last week I wrote to you guys about what drove me crazy about the new year! - All of these confusing messages coming from so many different places which were about 'what you have to do in order to make 2016 a success' or 'what you must do to live a better life' - did you notice it too? Wasn't it all a bit much? its totally why I chose to take the first work week of 2016  as a learning week. I spent time, quietly working my way through both a really bad cold and the courses that I'm currently enrolled upon to make sure that I personally felt good about the direction that I was taking for the New Year. But I also spent it ignoring everyone else. Ok not everyone, but all of these adverts and messages that told me I... read more...
POSTED ON Jan 11 2016 by | no comments

Why I’m over all the ‘help’!

    Happy New Year all! I hope you've all had an incredible break with your loved ones and are feeling refreshed and reenergised for this coming new year. Now I don't know about you and I know its probably my fault for signing up to so many things (must be time for a Spring clean!) but I'm getting a little tired of all the 'You must do this' and the 'You need this for a great new year' emails, adverts and posts everywhere. Are you? Ok don't get me wrong I know its a fantastic time to make change or take action in your life or work if you want to, we've all had a break, time to reflect and now its time to get back to things. But do we really all need a thousand things or ways or discounts and offers to get us... read more...
POSTED ON Jan 5 2016 by | no comments

Breaking The Acceptance Story Cycle. The secrets to growing your business, improving your lifestyle and working with purpose.

All too often we get caught up in the cycle. The cycle of being busy, of juggling our business, our family, our admin, our dreams, our social life, our should be doing, could be doing's and importantly also our worries and thoughts. And its SO easy to get caught up in that - to get stuck right in the middle and lose sight of where it is we were supposed to be going or even embracing living right now because we're just doing our darn best to get through it all today. The trouble is that we tell ourselves that this is how it has to be, if we're going to make our businesses work, we HAVE to push through this because this is the ONLY way to grow and we accept that story (one thats been taught to us all of our lives by society)... read more...
POSTED ON Dec 18 2015 by | no comments

Work smart, live smart, be smart. A true fresh start for 2016.

Let me ask you - WHAT ARE YOUR INTENTIONS? Both, Dear Creative, for your business AND for your lifestyle? With a New Year looming it seems we always turn our thoughts to exactly what it is that we want, what we want to do better, what it is that we would like to achieve with this fresh new energy that a new year brings with it. Around 18 months ago I wished for the world to stop spinning. Not in quite the way that it sounds but simply so I could find a way to make sure that time stopped flying past me at a rate of knots. I wanted to actively stop chasing my tail, chasing myself - around in circles - taking the extra long way around to getting something done or something achieved and ending up feeling... read more...
POSTED ON Dec 17 2015 by | no comments

A little insight – behind ‘The Hub’.

I had the most wonderful and inspirational meeting with Victoria Stanton and Laura Caudery of Fetcham Park yesterday. Not only was the setting one of the most serene and pretty places I have ever had the pleasure in taking tea in (no I did not want to leave!), but it was incredible sharing thoughts, ideas and perceptions of the industry that we work in, with other people who are quite simply, on the same wave length and two of the nicest ladies that you could ever hope to meet! I can't possibly begin to tell you the feeling that I felt on leaving our meeting and you'll find out more about the plans we have to come very soon, but in short I came away feeling so excited about things that I could barely sit still!  Many of us in the... read more...
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POSTED ON Mar 13 2015 by | 2 comments

Start here!

Hi there and thank you so much for dropping by! You're visiting at our go live point which is so exciting! I hope you like what you have seen and read about us so far. My intentions with the Chosen Wedding Collective online site here are to separate it from being just another blog. I want it to be an interactive place that you can visit, that you have input into and that you feel is really something useful that you can refer back to as and when.  I will be posting within the blog often during the lead up to our event The Hub - in June - where you can come and meet with us and other industry professionals, address business issues, enjoy a break from the norm and gain invaluable advice and inspiration. More information on that, our... read more...
POSTED ON Mar 2 2015 by | 2 comments

Make the leap!

One of the absolute best things about organising wedding fairs is not only the sheer volume of creativity that comes through the doors from both exhibitors and brides to be - but the amount of joy, energy and smiles exchanged on the day as inspiration, ideas and excitement is shared. I feel so blessed to have such responses from both sides of the fence (exhibitors and visitors) that are so positive. Especially on something that I had started out of pure frustration that I couldn't find the level or standard that I knew existed at any other events. After our Spring Bristol show on February 1st, I was overwhelmed by the amount of contemporary creativity out there, by the amount of people who are becoming more open to pushing creative... read more...
POSTED ON Feb 2 2015 by | no comments


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