Paola, welcome to the Midlands Bridal Fair 2017 in KZN. We are so excited to introduce you and your business to our Brides- and Grooms-to-be!
Tell us about your business and what you offer
PetalMania is the only floral freeze drying specialist in Southern Africa. Whilst based in the KZN Midlands, we create and supply floral bouquets, petals and flower crowns for weddings and events all over Southern Africa and beyond.
This is a specialist method of preservation used all over the world to extend the life and use of flowers and petals in any environment. Flowers and petals look fresh but are completely dry which means they can be prepared and stored well before any event and in any flower or florist-unfriendly location.
Flower/petal colours are completely natural which means they will not stain and, as no chemicals or preservatives are used, they are all 100% biodegradable and non toxic. Totally eco-friendly.
- Petals – for table decorations, confetti and for scattering along aisles and pathways – in all available natural colours
- Pre-made bouquets, boutonnière, corsages
- Flower crowns for brides, bridesmaids and flower girls
- Flower wands and hoops for bridesmaids and flower girls;
- Flowers for decorating cakes
- Floral gifts and favours
- Wedding bouquet keepsakes
How did you get into the wedding industry?
I was manoeuvred into the wedding industry through personal evolution – effectively a mid-life crisis – which exposed me to the marvellous world of flowers and their effect in celebrations.
How long have you been doing this for?
Phew! All of 10 years now.
What do you love most about your job?
Creating and supplying what my customers envisioned.
What differentiates your business and makes you stand out? What are you known for?
Being the only floral freeze drying specialist in Southern Africa helps but, other than that, service. Going the extra mile is always a measure of dedication to making a special day, like a wedding, a success.
What can visitors to the Midlands Bridal Fair expect to see from you at the fair?
Petals, bridal bouquets, flower crowns, boutonnière and corsages, hair combs, flower girl wands, flower arrangements.
Any client testimonial/s you’d like to share?
“I just wanted to thank you for the gorgeous bouquet and hair comb. Everybody absolutely loved it! And so did I! I’m so glad I found out about freeze dried flowers! You were the only place that could guarantee the type of flowers I wanted in the bouquet, which was awesome!”
Tell us what inspires you. Any websites, people or companies that you follow?
Natural and country looking arrangements and www.realflowers.co.uk
Any upcoming wedding trend forecasts?
Eco sensitive. Natural. Unstructured.
What advice would you give Brides- and/or Grooms-to be?
Try to enjoy every minute of it ! A bit of stress is ok, but leave the majority of it to the specialists.
Do you have a favourite quote?
No…that would be limiting!