PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
I’m Cat – the spectacular, spectacle-wearing lady person who founded Fin Flükra. We specialise in creating boundary-breaking weddings for modern couples planning to marry or elope in Scotland. How best to describe me? My personality is pretty much a mix of Monica Geller (73%) with a smattering of Phoebe Buffay (27%)… the perfect combination of super organised whilst still having plenty of fun!
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?
My boyfriend (now husband) turned to me whilst walking along the beach in Nairn, Scotland when we were discussing our future career paths and said to me… ‘what about wedding planning?’. The seed was planted and I never looked back!
HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
Currently, due to the current situation, A LOT of my time over the past year has been supporting my couples through postponing their plans, working with their venues and suppliers to find an alternative that suits everyone as much as possible. As well as discussing scaling down their guest list and helping them reimagine their day for those choosing to go ahead. It’s been a real rollercoaster for everyone this year and it’s a privilege to be trusted by my couples to support them throughout these challenges.
Prior to the pandemic, my days varied… I start the day off with a cup of tea and some custard cream biscuits, emails, seating plans, researching suppliers/venues, site visits, emails, updating social media, meetings with couples or suppliers, more tea and custard cream biscuits, timelines, design briefs, calls and so on… there’s no such thing as a typical day in my job and I love the variety it brings!
Plus on a wedding day itself, I can easily cover at least the distance of a half marathon over a 10-12 hour day ensuring everything is exactly as planned. As one of my brides called me – a wedding ninja! I’ll take that thank you very much :)
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
My couples – simple. I ADORE my couples and getting to work closely with them for on average 18 months to plan their wedding is a really intimate and unique experience (although with COVID some will be stuck with me for nearly 3 years by the time their wedding comes round!). Seeing them say their vows to one another on their wedding day is always a sucker punch for me and I can usually be found hidden at the back having a good sob cause I’m so happy for them… the best part of the job 100%!
AND WHAT IS THE WORST PART?
Ironically the wedding day itself is both the best and worst part of the job… let me explain what I mean by that!
It’s amazing to see all the hard work and effort come to life and see my couples have the day they always wanted, but it’s also bittersweet as it means our time together is coming to an end which always makes me feel a little sad.
WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOUʼVE BEEN GIVEN?
An old boss once said to me ‘feel the fear and do it anyway.’
It really stuck with me and whenever I’m having a moment of doubt or hesitation it’s what pushes me forward toward the unknown!
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR COUPLES PLANNING A WEDDING?
Don’t ‘should’ all over your day! By that I mean when you’re making decisions about your wedding, making sure it’s what YOU WANT and not what you feel you should do for others or because it’s expected of you. This is your day to celebrate your love and commitment to one another as a couple, don’t lose sight of that due to outside influences swaying you from your plans.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR TIME OFF?
I’m a wannabe runner having done Couch to 5k last year, I love being out with my Hungarian Vizsla pup Floki who’ll be 2 years old in May – she has her own Instagram (@floki.vizsla) yes I’m one of those dog people, don’t judge! I love going to the cinema and can’t wait for them to reopen and I’m a sucker for a good box set binge when I get the chance!
Road tripping down the Pacific Coast Highway in the States – Seattle to San Diego.
My husband and I drove Route 66 for our Honeymoon and this was next on our list for last year… but the world had other plans. Soon though, soon!