Wedding Supplier Focus: Hunter Gatherings // Wedding Stationary - Bristol Contemporary Photography

Wedding Supplier Focus: Hunter Gatherings // Wedding Stationary

21 May 2020

I interviewed Fran from Hunter Gatherings to hear a bit about her independent business and what she can offer anyone planning a wedding!

Tell me a bit about yourself and how you got into the wedding industry

I am Fran Baxter-Hunter, the creative mind, body and soul behind Hunter Gatherings, a small but mighty wedding stationery and craft party business based in Bristol. I am passionate about all things wedding, craft in all shapes and sizes and lover of a chunky knit jumper and statement earring.

I got into weddings by making things for friends who were getting married here and there and then friends of friends and now anyone and everyone.

Who knew 10 years ago when I studied design, I’d end up creating beautiful stationery for weddings instead of fashion or interiors.

What products/services do you offer couples getting married?

I offer bespoke stationery, which is designed from scratch, exactly as you want them, to reflect you and your special day.  They are designed only for you and give the first hints of what your day may hold for your guests.

Photo: Edina Papp

I then have a number of house collection stationery suites which can be chosen and edited with your details.

They vary from florals to foliage, abstract to minimal. Hopefully you’ll find a design you like and can start to build your wedding day.

I offer stationery from save the dates, to invitations, on the day items  and signage.

I also run creative craft parties for hen do’s, so get your best people together to celebrate your last weekend of singledom.  You can make floral headbands, decorate knickers or make your own sashes all whilst sipping cocktails.

Photo: Bristol Contemporary Photography

What has been your most interesting creative challenge?

I think my biggest creative challenge so far has been to build a 2m x 2m fringe wall so for a couple having their reception in a very cool pub basement. But I needed to do the prep in advance, then transport it and then assemble once down the stairs. However, it turned out brilliantly and has been a big hit and is now available to hire.

Although transporting it is still pretty tricky.

Photo: Bristol Contemporary Photography

What are you most proud of?

Building up a small business on the side is not easy. Juggling lots of different elements of business that I didn’t have as much experience in as I’d thought was a big learning curve. There’s a lot more to it than just painting in watercolour (which obviously I love and is one of the best bits)

Photo: Edina Papp

What advice do you have for couple currently planning their weddings?

Remember it’s about you two! Think about the things you want to have at your day. How can you add personal touches that share who you are as a couple? What can double up as a keepsake and treasured, rather than being thrown away?

And enjoy it, enjoy it all!!! Planning your big day is supposed to be part of the fun and excitement and when the big day comes it will incredible and so worth it!

Check out Fran and all her wonderful creations here.

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