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Exhibitors Spotlight - Eleanor Whichello

Hands up who would like to wear something unique that no one else will have worn at their wedding.  Eleanor Whichello Bridal Accessories creates handcrafted accessories from semi-precious materials in her Hampshire based studio. All designs are unique and never the one creation is the same.  Eleanor shares with us whats is hidden in her freezer and how her business all began.

How did you come up with your business idea?

Eleanor Whichello Bridal Accessories was born when I struggled to find a tiara for my own wedding. I decided to make my own bridal tiara, to create a design that combined beauty with affordability and the murmurings of a business idea emerged. The ambition is to provide brides with an exquisite accessory for their wedding day, created from the utmost quality materials at a price, which represents fairly, the craftsmanship applied to the design.


What’s the best thing about working for yourself?

I only have myself to get in trouble with! That and the fact that I get to do something I love everyday.


What tune do you put on to get you ready for the day?

It depends on how much I need motivating. I have a playlist compiled to get me going (it is the same one I use to make me go for a run). It features a complete mix from the Rolling Stones Paint It Black to Snap’s Rhythm Is A Dancer (I was young in the 90s).


What do you most love about weddings?

Ok this is ridiculously romantic, but I love watching the groom’s reaction, as his bride walks down the aisle. I also love seeing all the little touches couples give to their weddings and admiring the dress. I can never resist a peak when I see a wedding!


If you were not doing this job, what would you be doing?

I previously worked in fashion and accessories merchandising, so I would most likely still be working in that industry, perhaps in a foreign country though, as there are now a lot of opportunities abroad and I wouldn’t mind escaping the English weather.


DJ or band?

Band if you can afford it and know a good one, otherwise a playlist of all your favourite party songs can work just as well. Just remember it takes a long time to put together a playlist for so many hours!


Wedding Cake or Wedding Cocktails?

Wedding cakes are beautiful and traditional. I love the idea of keeping a tier of your wedding cake for your first child’s christening. Ours is currently in our freezer. Not sure it will survive long enough to become a christening cake though!


What one piece of advice would you give to a bride on her wedding day?

Enjoy every moment and don’t feel bad if you don’t manage to spend quality time with every single one of your guests.


Small DIY or Big Budget wedding?

Can’t I choose a big DIY wedding? I think DIY adds a personal touch and keeps you thinking about the reason you are getting married a bit more. However, you need to know when to pay a professional to help create your dream day and take away some of the stress.


If you would like to meet Eleanor and see a selection of her beautiful accessories, join us on Sunday 8th June at The Nostalgic Wedding Fair, Guildhall Winchester, Hampshire. 

05 June 2014