Get To Know the Wedding Pro: Quite Quaint Brides by Nazy
Each month, we shine the spotlight on Bride Club ME vendor club members, allowing you, our reader, to get up close and personal with some of the best wedding vendors in town. Here, you can learn more about the people behind some of the businesses you may be using to make your wedding the day you’ve always dreamed of!
This week, we have the privilege of showcasing Nazish Saif, the Founder of Quite Quaint Brides and Quite Quaint Favors. Quite Quaint Brides create bespoke, delicate and oh so beautiful bridal accessories. While Nazish, aka Nazy, can create adornments for any type of bride, she is a personally in love with her ‘Barefoot Bridal Beach Sandals’ and enjoys designing accessories around the boho, beach, barefoot theme.
Nazy’s sister brand, Quite Quaint Favors, offer bespoke, custom made wedding favours and giveaways for weddings. Nazy is passionate about designing favors that complement your weddings style and capture the essence of you and your Groom’s personalities, along with keeping the budget and theme in mind.
We hope you enjoy getting to know Nazy! Enjoy…
♡ How long has Quite Quaint been established and what exactly do you do?
Quite Quaint & Quite Quaint Brides launched last September. Quite Quaint is a representation of how I look at things; an artist’s point of view if you will. A piece of lace is not just that for me, I imagine it in many different forms. As chokers, as ankle cuffs, bracelets. I find inspiration in oddest of places. Designing one of a kind bridal accessories for my brides is my passion. I started my venture by making bespoke barefoot sandals, hair jewelry and ankle cuffs. This soon progressed to making wedding favors. Another project in the making is a clothing line that will launch soon.
♡ What inspired you to set up the business
My inspiration is, and has always, been my parents. However, their artistic talents were undervalued by me for the longest time. When I moved away from home for the first time and got a chance to reflect and look around, there was a natural inclination towards people who held the same virtues and talents as my Mother and Father, and I caught myself going towards the same creativity that had been suppressed for so long. My mother, who has been a successful dress designer for over 40 years, always wanted me to join her but I always refused. My father, an extremely talented graphic designer, calligrapher and writer always wanted me to learn from him. But I did not show interest. And now, my business is a tribute to them and their love for art and creativity.
♡ What do you love most about running your business?
The feeling of being in control of my ideas and making them come to life. I also love meeting new people and clients and helping them get what they want.
♡ What’s been the most challenging thing about running your business so far?
Time. I always feel there is not enough time! And as a homeschooling mother of two children, it has been challenging to segment certain areas of my life. Our homeschooling journey started at the same time as Quite Quaint, and there has been a learning curve for both. And then there is always other things such as clients with really low budgets expecting high quality products. Or investing a lot of time and energy with a certain client for ideas only to be ghosted.
♡ We understand that many of the images in this interview came from your first ever styled shoot, can you tell us more about the concept of the shoot and the experience?
There is so much I can say about this styled shoot. It was an unreal experience to watch a dream turn into a reality. The concept was a ‘Barefoot Destination Wedding’ which had been evolving in my mind because of my love for beaches and barefoot brides. I love anything unconventional, which is what I tried to portray in this shoot.We shot three different looks in soft blush pink, pure white and boho cream. Even though it was my first time, the support and professionalism shown by the team was heartwarming and incredible. Laure Sejean for Make Up, Be Bar for Hair, Similitude Photography, Alegria Events, SG Letters and the model Angilita, all did a stellar job!
♡ Tell us about your design process?
I collect a lot of material; laces, beads, ribbons, and start making samples every time there is an inspiration or an idea that comes to mind. If there is a specific order, I start with a sketch and sample board where I play around with sample fabrics and other materials.
♡ What are the top bridal accessory wedding trends for 2019/2020?
The most exciting question! Now if only I could transfer this energy onto brides to be…Barefoot sandals and barefoot weddings, for sure! Bespoke shoe laces with embellished bespoke converse trainers and a big focus on hair accessories likes crowns.
♡ Do you have a favourite wedding ceremony and/or reception location in the UAE?
Yes! The beaches and beach resorts and I also love the equestrian clubs. I would love to do a country wedding styled-shoot at one of these locations.
♡ What budgets do you cater for?
I love giving solutions and putting my thinking cap on for a client as my intention is to understand the need and customize my product to the clients budget in the best possible way.
♡ Lastly, why did you choose to list with www.brideclubme.com?
These days people are looking for convenience, one-stop shop solutions. A platform like BCME giving information to clients is just what small businesses like mine need. And also because of the name that is behind the brand, I have admired and respected Rio ever since I started interacting and meeting other female entrepreneurs here in Dubai. Rio always stood out, and after a couple of meetings and some stalking, I just knew I had to be listed as a vendor.