To cut a long story short, we are two (slightly mad) old friends from university who got married the same summer and were not ready to leave the world of weddings behind us.
Mission Tie the Knot was Irene’s brain child and one day in the pouring rain at Spitalfield’s Market she shared her dream with Francesca. And since that day we haven’t looked back. Irene is an ex-city lawyer and the super-organised one of us (surprise, surprise). For her wedding in August 2014, she made a 22-paged wedding itinerary and got 10 copies printed and bound for her bridesmaids and ushers. Guess what the title of that itinerary was? That’s right... Mission Tie the Knot!
In the UK, hiring a wedding planner is not commonplace and couples are left to do most of the organising themselves. When Irene was planning her wedding, she wished that there was a website where she could just buy everything in one place. She loved Etsy, but shipping from the USA takes too long and the hunt through thousands of products was a daunting task. So, Irene thought, wouldn’t it be great if there was a wedding marketplace solely for weddings based in the UK!
Then along came Francesca. She just had to be involved after overhearing Irene’s interrogation of unsuspecting stallholders over the need for an online wedding marketplace in the UK. Not only were the stallholders excited by this idea but Francesca was captivated. Before we knew it we were bouncing ideas off each other. That was the day that Francesca and Irene decided to build Mission Tie the Knot together. Two days later, Francesca had designed the Mission Tie the Knot logo and our journey began.
We want to see a world where weddings mean discovering your perfect day. We have devoted all of our time to building an easy-to-use website and hunting for our community of exceptional sellers to do this. Ta dah – here we are, we hope we make your wedding planning easier!
Irene & Francesca