Tell us a little bit about your story and how Fika was started?
I have worked in different areas of the wedding industry for over 12 years and the styling and decor is such a passion of mine. I have worked at amazing venues within the South West & South East, creating wonderful designs for a range of different styles. With this in mind, I decided to go back to my passion and create Fika Event Hire.
How would you describe your style (or your ethos)?
I love various styles as there’s such a huge range to choose from and I’m open to creating different styles and designs based on the couple’s vision for their day.
What do you feel sets you apart from other hire companies/stylists?
Being a wedding coordinator as well, gives me the benefits of planning and being part of the whole wedding, so I have seen the importance of why getting the décor perfect is a must and I’m able to get a good feel for what each couple are looking for, just after a short meeting.
What is the best thing about your job?
Creating wonderful designs and helping couples’ visions come to life to make their special day more memorable. I could honestly talk to couples all day about their wedding and I have many couples tell me I get just as excited about their day as they do.
What is your top tip to our couples for choosing a company to help with their hire items?
Choosing a décor/hire company to help with décor gives couples more time to dedicate to other areas of their day making it less stressful for them. I would advise looking at different décor companies and choosing one that can provide the particular styling you are wanting.
Are there any tips you can give couples on where to start when thinking about their styling their wedding and what to hire/buy?
Start thinking about the essentials first, such as table centrepieces, table plans, welcome signs etc. Once you have those then start to think about if you want to add other décor. This way you’re not overwhelming yourself with everything at once and you can concentrate on getting a style you love, and working to create that style one step at a time. Sometimes purchasing décor yourself can actually work out more expensive and then you have the effort to try and sell everything after your big day, so why not just hire it and let us do everything for you!
What is your typical day like (when setting up for a wedding)?
My typical morning for setting up a wedding is very calm and relaxed, it’s all about the organisation and how you plan your time beforehand.
Where do you find the inspiration for your work?
I’m a keen designer, whether it’s styling an event or people’s homes, I’m in love with decorating and creating new designs so I take inspiration from everywhere.
What are your favourite features at Upton Barn?
I love the Arbour but who doesn’t?! It’s just beautiful and sets the scene for all Upton Barn weddings, so decorating it is just a joy. I also love the chandeliers in the Stable Barn, whether they are left plain or decorated with foliage, they are simply stunning.
Video by Sonder Moments Photography
What services do you offer?
We have carefully selected, created or handmade a range of décor to help you create a day to remember. We make the process as simple as possible, where you choose what you want and leave us to work our magic behind the scene to make your event look amazing. You can relax and enjoy your day without the stress. If you need further style advice and inspiration, we are more than happy to have a consultation to discuss your vision in more detail.
Where can couples find out more about you?
A huge thank you to Kaliegh for taking part in our latest supplier journal – don’t forget to get in touch with the team at Fika Event Hire if you’ve fallen head over heels for their hire collection.