Hi Gill! Tell us a bit about yourself and how you founded the business…
Hi my name is Gill! I am a mother of three and a grandmother of six.
At one of my daughter’s weddings, I was watching a company from Essex who came in to do the chair covers and as the gentleman was on his own I thought I would lend a hand. Not being biased but my bows were better than the company that I had employed! I remember being proud of how a simple thing that I had done looked so good and then thinking wow, I can do this and get paid! Three months later, we were up and running…
How long have you been trading and how has the company grown?
I have been trading for 8 years now and I have to say it was a little bit of luck that kick started Coversbygill.
A good friend of mine who was working as a Wedding Coordinator at a venue in town, asked to see what I had with the thought that if it was good enough, we could become a recommended supplier. As I only buy the best stock, it came down to me to show I could do the job…. I can happily say that after 8 years I still am on the supplier list for this venue!
What’s the best thing about your job and what you do?
The best thing about my job is transforming a venue and bringing the brides vision to life. The girls that assist me are great as well. We always work in a happy environment :)
If you could give a piece of advice to a couple planning their wedding, what would it be?
Always meet with your suppliers and be strong about what you want. Keep to your budget and remember that sometimes less is more!
How do you feel about being a recommended supplier with us? What type of things have you done at the barns?
I am delighted to be a supplier for the barns because it is one of the most prestigious venues in our area. With such a beautiful setting, the photos always look fab which is great for Coversbygill. The staff are so accommodating and helpful, often assisting whilst we are there.
How could you help with alternative events such as corporate seminars/exhibitions etc.?
Coversbygill also supplies different colour table cloths, as well as chair covers, so if your event needs a little something different, we can provide those extra touches. Some corporate events also love to have the company colours integrated in to their set up which we also accommodate with chair bands and cloths etc.
We repeatedly provide racing colours for events in and around the horse racing town of Newmarket which is just a few miles from the Granary Estates.
What areas of the business have changed since you started? What trends do you see making their way through this year?
Coversbygill’s main business is chair styling and so the biggest change I have seen in recent years is the introduction of the chavari chair. At first this seemed a bit of a negative thing for us, mainly as these chairs are stunning on their own and don’t have a need to be covered, therefore making our services redundant.
However, luckily for us, the beautiful vertical chiffon drops and soft sashes were introduced by our suppliers which enabled us to bring something else in to the industry. We still continue with the event chairs however which always need a full cover as well.
What is/are your favourite colour/colours to work with?
I love working with ivory as it always looks so chic. Navy and pink are timeless and I really love it when a little bit of sparkle or green foliage is added to the equation. When I first started Cadbury Purple was king, but I haven’t seen it for a long time now. Lilac is pretty, and Hessian and lace give a lovely rustic theme.
I see the vision of my brides and as long as we meet that I am happy! On the down side tying Hessian is a task but good for the muscles!
What have you got lined up for the rest of 2019?
2019 is going to be a great year for the chiffon vertical or horizontal drops as new colours are coming out all the time. We are busy with lots of weddings in the spring/summer, with lots of Christmas parties in the Autumn and Winter. We also have a lot of Christmas and New Year weddings coming up. Who doesn’t love a Winter wedding?!
To see more images and the array of options on offer with Coversbygill, take a look at the company Facebook page by clicking HERE!