Two school friends who were reunited through their business ventures have started up a wedding directory to encourage brides and grooms to be to shop in Ilkeston.
Caroline Johnson, owner of Brides Daze bridal shop, and Nikki Williams, owner of Bewitching Emporium jewellery designers, havejoined forces to set up a Facebook group featuring local businesses.
Caroline said: “I only opened up in December last year but as a new business I was approached by other companies in the area working in the wedding trade.
“Me and Nikki got talking and decided to set up a directory to show couples that they can get everything they need for their wedding here in Ilkeston.
“So many times I’ve had brides in my shop and in the days before her wedding she’s fetching the dress from me, something from Derby, then going to Nottingham, nipping to Ripley to collect something elsewhen everything you need to organise a wedding is here in Ilkeston.”
To launch the event Caroline opened the doors to Brides Daze and welcomed in traders and couples planning their wedding.
Caroline added: “Planning a wedding is stressful and we want t help to make it as easy as possible for people .
“Another advantage of the directory is that all of the businesses on there are tried and tested so people can be confident they are receiving the best quality services and products.”
The next event will be held in the run up to Christmas.
To view the group search for Ilkeston Wedding Directory on Facebook.