New Cumbria Bridal Mag

What is company name?

Castalias Brides

What is your line of business?

I specialise as a wedding planner, and I am the publisher and chief editor of the brand new Emagazine Brides On a budget Carlisle


How and why the company begin?

It started after I helped plan 3 friends weddings, I was always the organised one and they always knew how much of a romantic I am with a love of all things pretty, I tend to go out of my way to help people anyway because I enjoy it so much, and one day, talking about the weddings my fiancée said "if you enjoy it so much why don't you use your skills and go for it professionally" it was a rather  "aha" light bulb moment

Are you married? If so tell us a little about your wedding….

As well as clients' weddings I am currently in the middle of planning ours but we have decided to wait a year, but I've got it all very much sorted already


Why do brides come to you?

Brides come to me because I'm professional, I have reasonable fee's and my work on other weddings tend to speak for themselves, but (putting modesty aside) also because I do go the extra mile, I enjoy seeing people happy and I like to help achieve that by taking the stress out of planning their wedding, I'm down to earth and I can identify with brides on a small budget


What is the most popular item you supply and why?

The most popular item is my free "Wedding Inspiration Kit" it's jam packed full of advice, DIY projects, tips and hints and much more


Where do you get your inspiration from?

I observe, I have hawks eyes and bat ears and I'm always listening and looking for new things, because I'm also a crafter I have a creative brain and I can see the most useless looking inanimate object turn into something beautiful

What is in store for you in 2012/13

Alot is going to be happening towards the end of this year and the start of the next, the first issue of the Emagazine Brides On a Budget will be launched on the 18th November, I am halfway through planning new workshops for brides-to-be in Carlisle and I'm working my way through my diary of up-coming weddings to plan


Who would be your dream client, and what sort of design would you envisage for them?

My dream client would be Stephen Fry, I could see his personality very much shining through at his wedding if he decided to marry, oodles of elegance, classical music wafting softly through the speakers, swathes of pastel shaded organza backdrops, candle centrepieces with splashes of ribbon , oh I could  go on and on all day!

What would be your top tips for brides when searching for a supplier in your industry?

I have only one tip: research, research, research. I tend to get quite a few emails from brides asking me this and that and asking what I would recommend which I love as it means they are being thorough! Ladies, don't just go for the unheard-of supplier just because they are cheap, it doesn't always ring true for all but sometimes you get the exceptional supplier who have had to lower their rates if they have been badly recommended, it pains me to say it but it's true


Tell us something super interesting about you or your business that we wouldn’t already know…?

I am a big history buff, I love learning about the history of far-off places such as Egypt, Japan, China and so on I'm a very big bookworm too and (embarrassing as it is to say it) my "book of the moment" goes everywhere with me, and I mean EVERYWHERE, yes even the bath, my bookshelf is currently at 126 and still counting


Where are you based and where can you supply?

I am based in Carlisle and surrounding areas, at the minute I work from home but I can travel, but if it's just advice or a quick chat by email then I'm "National" ha ha!


How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

You can get in touch via my Facebook page @Castalias.carlisle

by email:

or by text or phone: 07547542594

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