The wait is over, it’s Monday (boo) and we have very exciting news… Woo! Our post about Advertising on Rock My Wedding was certainly the point of some debate but it was actually written to support this one. As I wrote this I realised there were basic messages to be conveyed on our policies before we shared the news. Thank you to all of you for being patient while we share our latest venture in what is not strictly wedding eye candy, but something that we hope will make both your wedding planning easier and help you to totally Rock your day, in whichever way you choose!
So what have we been doing that prevented us from sharing the survey findings thus far? Well, there’s the thing. You see one thing stuck out like a sore thumb from the survey responses. Something loads of you, (the most important people around here) wanted and I’m pleased to say, something we had already started developing. Great minds eh? In fact, it’s something that Charlotte had in mind right from the very start of the blog and we have been slowly but surely designing, (Thanks Adam , ) tweaking, promoting and perfecting for what feels like forever now. And it’s almost ready.
Before I share the news, here are some of the responses we received from our survey when we asked you what would help you the most with sourcing suppliers for your wedding…
‘It would be easier sometimes knowing where the supplier is based, looking for suppliers is so stressful and then finding what you think is your, (for example) perfect cake supplier, to only find they are based at the other end of the country is just heartbreaking!’
‘I would want suppliers specific to my area, and often the adverts aren’t.’
‘…either already booked or they are things that I want to source locally.’
‘…None in Scotland (that I’ve seen).’
‘…Although I live in London, I am originally from Scotland and am getting married up there. I do find that most or your advertisers are England based, so not convenient for me.’
‘…I have clicked on them but would only really use local companies.’
‘…Usually looking for someone local’
Hmmm. I see a theme here ladies.
So what exactly are you saying you want readers?
‘I did find it a struggle to find certain suppliers when I started looking and I think it would be good to have a directory of them all in one place.’
Suppliers ‘divided into local area sections perhaps so they are easier to see.’
‘Regional listings i.e.grouping recommended suppliers by geographic location’
‘I think separating them out into sections somehow would really help. So it is really clear what the advertisements are about.’
Love Lust is born…
So that’s what you’re getting ladies and gentlemen, The Love Lust List.
The Love List List will be a regional directory of suppliers that we think Rock. They will be personally invited by us to apply and there will be exceptionally high standards. In the interests of continuing transparency, there will be a nominal fee, but lets just say it’s less than we all probably spend in Starbucks in a week or so (insert any other vice you may have here!) so certainly won’t be enough to sway us into including anyone that is in anyway less than completely A.mazing.
And fear not, ‘amazing’ is not code for a bl*^dy rip off. Members will be chosen for the innovation, creativity and professionalism and it’s a sad truth of consumerism that as demand for a product (person) rises so does the price but we will be working our backsides off to source budget but still beautiful products and professionals.
The list will be divided up region by region so you can look for suppliers in your area and will also be divided into supplier type categories so you can search for either people who work nationally or online based companies. And it’s not going to be an endless list. It will be highly edited with a limit on the members in each area taking the leg work out of finding Rock My Wedding endorsed, like minded, super cool people who genuinely want to Rock your wedding. Aside from relying on our growing (combined) expertise in the UK wedding market we will also be heavily investigating Brides recommendations from their own experience, starting with over 250 recommendations left in our survey by you, our readers.
Next week, Charlotte will be talking you all through it and sharing some sneaky screen shots of Adams genius but in the mean time, to keep you all happy, here is our brand spanking new Love Lust Logo… you like?
Seriously, Adam is a genius (and a very patient one at that, putting up with all our tweaks and guiding us through the design process, he deserves a medal!)
One last thing, an apology that this hasn’t come sooner for those of you it is too late for, but we hope each and every new Bride finding the site and still to book suppliers will find this a stress saving, useful, reliable and just all round wicked resource.
(a very nervous) Rebecca
PS! Just in case you were wondering, this isn’t the sister site we have mentioned, that remains under development, just waiting to pop out and wow you all!