Blackpool woman goes above and beyond to launch dream wedding and events showroom
When Boris gave the go-ahead for weddings of up to 30 people in spring, it started a race to launch a dream business for one Blackpool woman.
Lauren Thornton, 25, has opened a showroom in Church Street, Blackpool for her wedding and event styling company, Above and Beyond Events.
The former Montgomery student has always had an interest in table dressing and noticed a niche in the market from planning her own wedding to husband Daniel.
The year of lockdowns has hit weddings hard but when restrictions were relaxed to allow up to 30 guests, Lauren seized her chance to find the ideal location for her showroom, when next door to a Lula Ella Brides became available to create a one stop shop for brides and grooms.
Lauren, who studied English at Lancaster University, before starting her business in 2017, said: “It started from a young age, I loved dressing the table at my nana’s for the family roast and when we got married I noticed a gap in the market. Our eyes were opened by just how expensive things were.
“It has been a bit of a whirlwind, from when Boris gave the go-ahead, I heard about this premises and thought it was ideal.
“We had a baby boy at the start of the year, Jesse, so it has been hectic.
“Brides and grooms can shop for integral elements for their special day, such as the perfect dress and suits alongside our range of luxury centerpieces and venue styling all under one roof.
“The showroom is a vast space showcasing our bestselling items such as luxurious centerpieces, chair decor, arches and flower walls. We have become a recommended venue dresser for a vast amount of venues across Lancashire and the feedback we have received from our couples and other vendors in the industry has been hugely gratifying.
"The business was launched with one goal in mind - a service that goes above and beyond.”
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