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A little bit about Karen and Ben

Way back in December 2009, we got married. Yay! Ben's a designer so was under huge pressure (from me!) to come up with a cool idea for our wedding invitation. After about 20 failed attempts he finally hit on the idea of doing something people could keep, (after all, why spend all that money on something that people are only going to throw away), so perhaps, oddly, we invented the 'Wedding Tea Towel'.

Eventually, we created the Whale design, then came the day of sending them out. People seemed genuinely blown away and the feedback was amazing and almost all of our guests must have RSVP'ed before the day was out. It became one of the most memorable things about our wedding! And now, we still see them in our friend's kitchens!

So, we got married and we both wondered if maybe the idea was good enough to make a business out of, so that's exactly what we did! Our experience in marketing (I was a Senior Project Manager at BBH and Ben runs his own design agency - Citizen Design) means we totally know how to make you feel at ease, and have the creativity to keep coming up with great new designs.

People often ask "why don't you do mugs, coasters, or sell the idea to schools, and playgroups" but we're not going to diversify in that way and lose focus. It's a simple idea that appeals to the kind of interesting couples we want to work with, and a business that's growing up with a motto to 'design every Wedding Tea Towel as if we're designing our own', that way we know the finished tea towels are created with love and attention.

The Original Wedding Tea Towel
The Original Wedding Tea Towels
Karen and Ben, the inventors of the wedding tea towel

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