First Day of School introduction of yourself…
I’m Katherine Hudson – owner of many beautiful tents and décor at Arabian Tents, aesthetic perfectionist and party girl!
Tell us what you love?
I love quirky, colourful and eclectic objects…things with a story behind them…my office is filled with items from my travels like a white dove I got in Belgium, a vintage turquoise tea-set I found in an antique shop in Edinburgh, blankets from a trip to Argentina, oh, and a giant parrot from a Glyndebourne opera!
Tell us a bit about your HQ…
HQ is an unassuming barn in Sussex, but inside is an Aladin’s cave of trinkets, beautiful fabrics, interesting furniture and lots and lots of cushions!
What made you start up the business?
I wanted to put on a party, in a woodland, and looked for a tent to use that would be fitting for this environment but could find absolutely nothing apart from white plastic marquees. I realised there was a big gap in the market for beautiful structures rather than simply utilitarian ones… and having always enjoyed hosting and parties started the journey that took me to where I am today.
What do you love most about your job?
I love a lot of things about my job and are blessed to be doing what I do so happily but two main things are the most satisfying – firstly being able to think of ideas for tents or décor, and then seeing them transformed into reality, and the other most satisfying thing is hearing or seeing people’s excitement when the tent-build is finished, and knowing it’s their own party palace for the weekend to build their own memories into that will last their lifetime.
What makes you unique?
My creative vision, and the drive and determination to fulfil it….
Who is your ideal customer?
A couple who want a wedding that’s different to their friends, and who is looking for a magical environment that will set the tone for their celebration.
What inspires you?
Beauty inspires me – it is a form of genius…it needs no explanation.
Projects you are most proud of or your proudest moment?
There have been a lot of proud moments. My festival days at The Rabbit Hole were pretty proud – there’s nothing like watching a tent full of people having immense amounts of fun on your watch! Most recently, the calibre of clients and companies we now work with does make me glow with pride, and the proudest recent project we were involved with is a film being made in Italy where the Oscar-winning director said we had the nicest tents he’d found in Europe…which is a pretty cool thing to be told!
What’s your top on the day wedding advice?
Do nothing – whatever you do, make sure you have given someone your To Do list so that you yourself have nothing at all to do yourself apart from relish every moment.
What makes a great wedding?
People make any wedding, people interacting with each other, and the more relaxed they are, the more they’ll connect with each other and the more awesome time they’ll have.
Any new services, ideas or future plans?
Hah! Lots. A wedding venue, a new tent design, and there are always at least a few tent interiors I’d like to make at any given time….if I won the lottery I’d make so many tents!!!
We LOVE the Arabian Tents team… committed, experience, creative and lovely! To find out more about their services and the tents they have on offer you can visit their WEBSITE HERE