In Any Event, Guernsey’s largest online retailer of balloons, party ware, piñatas and decorations, and The Wedding Fairy closed on Monday.
Owner Lucy Prevel says that it is for personal reasons, despite Covid-19 not helping.
She posted on social media that it was with ‘a heavy heart’ and sadness that she announced its permanent closure.
‘This has been a difficult decision, that’s taken a lot of thought and consideration but sometimes health and family must come first,’ she posted.
‘I have enjoyed the past two years so much, it’s been a dream come true to be involved in this industry – it truly is unique in Guernsey and we are so lucky to be surrounded by fantastic venues and suppliers who support and encourage each other.’
The company began life as The Wedding Fairy in 2006, with package services for brides and grooms. Several years later, in 2011, a stationery supplier was added and it led to the opening of a shop in Mill Street, St Peter Port.
It continued to do well and evolved to include corporate events, leading to a move to a bigger premises on Braye Road in 2014.
However, Ms Prevel, who bought this business only last year, has now called time on both businesses, having previously stated that lockdown had resulted in pressures.
This included initially closure and then limited home deliveries which did not compensate for revenues disappearing overnight and with a mortgage and two children, it had been difficult to maintain.
She thanked everyone for all the support and said she had ‘loved every second and will miss this creative and exciting industry’.
Sprinkle of Magic, a character entertainment and party specialist, have had all existing orders from In Any Event transferred to them.
And Joys, a local event production company, has taken over Ms Prevel’s second outfit, The Wedding Fairy.
The company’s director, Emma Joy, said it was exciting to continue the island’s longest-running wedding specialist, as well as the corporate events.
‘I’ve been talking to Lucy about this for a while and she said she wanted to do something different and, given that we already do a lot of wedding set-ups, it seemed to make sense,’ she said.
‘We’re very excited to take over and have got a very busy 2021, lots of weddings and corporate parties, from simple set-ups to larger events and just a few dates left for weddings now, we’re very lucky in the Bailiwick that we can put these events on still.
‘There’ll be no obvious changes with taking this on and we will run in exactly the same way as it did before, we’ll just be adding to what we can do.’