Name: Vivienne Ann Bate
Position: Owner / Celebrant
Location: Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast
I create bespoke ceremonies to make my couples dreams come true.
What products/services do you offer?
Weddings, Namings, Vow Renewals and Memorials
Why did you start your business and how long have you been running it?
I love the wedding industry and creating events. 2 years
What struggles do you think most businesses face in your industry and what would you say they need to do to overcome them?
Making their mark due to the huge competitive nature of this industry. Be constantly creating awareness without undervaluing what we do.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Reaching my target in my first year
What has been your biggest ‘fail’ so far?
Reaching engaged couples on IG
What do you love most about your business?
Creating a beautiful start to a couples special day
What do you find most challenging?
Brides will spend their entire budget on the venue and dress, expecting the most important part of their life together to cost next to nothing
How do you promote your business (please include as many details as you can)?
Association, Directory listings, Website, social media, car signage
What business skills do you have (eg. graphic design, customer service)?
What software did you/your designer use to create your website (eg. WordPress, Wix)?
What are some of your favourite business tools and apps?
Canva, LightRoom, Review
What do you like about your website and what’s not working for you?
I have had good comments about my website. Views are increasing but not action/follow through/contact
What lessons have you learnt during your time as an entrepreneur?
Success does not happen overnight. Constantly work at it, looking to vary what you do and find a unique differentiation
What key tips for success in business would you like to share with others?
Get enough sleep, rise early and be present!
What is the one thing that you want everyone to take away from this post?
You won’t know everything from Day One, but One Day you will. Keep going forward.