A sucker for a bit of christmas

It’s the last instalment of 2013 from the lovely Rach, who has spent the last six months giving us an insight into the start of a new business (as well as some rather lovely pictures of some very pretty dresses). Rachel thanks all of you guys in this post, but I would like to take the opportunity to thank Rachel herself…her posts have always been so positive, and uplifting, and I really do think she’s got so many of us thinking more seriously about the idea of running our own businesses. Happy Christmas, Rach; can’t wait to see what 2014 brings for you.

As this will be my last post of 2013 too, Happy Happy Christmas everyone. It’s been one hell of a year, with lots of highs and a few lows, and I am so so grateful that AOW, and by proxy, all of you amazing people, are part of my life. With one thing and another, I’ve not been posting/commenting/anything much recently, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been here, watching and listening, crying at your sadnesses, and cheering at your successes. Thank you Any Other Womaners. You are wonderful, and I hope you all get what you deserve; magical, sparkly, christmases with those that you love. That’s it; Soppy Clare over and out for another year.


I can’t help it, but I’m definitely a sucker for a bit of Christmas – not so much tinsel but definitely a bit of bauble and Michael Buble action! It’s also so lovely to see that December is proving an equally as popular time to get married for my Brides as the height of July / August is. I don’t think my girls follow any form of ‘fashion trends’ as in when to get married etc, but I can’t help feeling overcome with romance and cosiness when my winter Brides come to pick up their dresses. There is something so warming about getting married on a crisp December day – seeing the Bridesmaids all wrapped up warm and cosy – and the Bride not needing any form of warmth because her adrenaline is pumping!


The boutique at Christmas (by John Turtle)

This year has taught me lots of things about my Brides, not only are they the best, (I’m biased I know), but also that the Brides who pop in to my little boutique by the sea side are committed to represent who they are on their wedding day – not what magazines promote a Bride ‘should’ be. And for that reason, I adore them. They’re also a hardy, determined bunch – last year I had Brides trekking through the snow in their wellies to get to their appointments!

I also wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you AOWers – you’ve made me feel so welcome, and supported me through my first year of business. I’ve never been part of a blog before and to be part of one with so many wonderful women is a huge honour. At times I don’t think I deserve to have a little series on this wonderful community, but honestly Thank You, I wish I could meet you all and give each one of you a hug to say thank you and you’re lush! Here’s to 2014 – bring it on!


Categories: Any Other Wedding, Money and Career, Wedding Planning
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  1. Posted December 16, 2013 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    I hope you and your boutique have a well earned rest at some point over the Christmas holidays, Rach. I’ve followed your posts with interest and you’ve had such a great year. One of many many more to come, I’m sure! Thank you for everything you’ve shared in these posts, I’m sure I’m not the only one to have been inspired by them x

  2. Fran M
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    It’s been really interesting to read about your business. I wish I’d have found your boutique when I was shopping for my dress – it sounds SO much better than where I got mine – and you come across as really caring about your customers, which can only help your business grow. All the best for 2014! x

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