Thornbury’s businesses are proactive and inventive enough to weather the recent lockdown, says the founder of the city’s new wedding collective.
When the Thornbury Wedding Collective launched last week, a national lockdown didn’t seem in sight.
But this morning (Thursday) all non-essential businesses were closed, including many of those involved in the collective.
Nevertheless, Jo Preece of florist Jolies Fleurs claims that it is “not all doom and gloom”.
“We are survivors and we are desperately trying to overcome this.
“All independent companies have problems, but things like this collective are what set us apart,” she said.
The collective includes 10 independent companies in the city, all of which provide wedding services.
“We knew we could have a great wedding experience within the BS35 zip code,” said Jo.
In addition to Jolies Fleurs, the following companies are involved: Free Range Events, Ronnies of Thornbury, The Bridal Room / Wedding SOS, Dees Cakes, Le Beau Soleil, Gemstone Design and Repairs, Hot Rod Wedding Cars, Kayleigh Almara Art and photographer Daniel Sprackman.
The collective hopes to take advantage of the new trend towards micro-weddings, which has become increasingly popular in part due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Jo described the collective as a way to support local brides and grooms whose big day has been postponed while providing more personalized service.
“There have been so many big weddings thrown out the window,” she said.
“We’re at the end of the phone and we’re going to help you find a way forward.
“Our business has changed, but we’re still here in whatever capacity you need us.
“We need flashes of light. Weddings will go on, they may be different, but life goes on. ”
For more information, please visit the Thornbury Wedding Collective Facebook page.