WHO IS MAD PHILOMENA?

Mad Philomena is actually my lovely crazy mother. She was a district midwife in London during the 1960’s and I use her picture as part of my logo and branding. She is an inspirational force in my life and the lives of many others and has always instilled in me a desire to stand out from the crowd and follow my instincts. As the number one inspiration in life it seemed apt that I should name my business after her. She of course, finds it all rather amusing and has to tolerate seeing her pictures on various elements of stationery and marketing material. I think there’s even some in our local village post office - that should get the local’s talking!


WHAT CAN MAD P DO FOR MY DAY?


Mad Philomena is uniquely both a Wedding Styling AND Stationery business.

We can help you with everything from bespoke stationery, to props and light up letters, to complete Wedding Styling. As we do both the styling and the stationery this means that the end result has perfect design consistency - ie, it all matches and looks great!

We make lots of our props from scratch, as well as having a good collection of things you might want to hire. Our specialty is in creating a Style Guide for your day - helping you nail the look you want to achieve and then taking you through the steps of how we can make it real.


I am Liz Musson, the creator behind Mad Philomena.

I do all the creative work and roll my sleeves up to make your day a whole lot more memorable and unique.

I got married to Paul in 2013 and found a lack of styling and stationery services that could offer something a little unique. I could see lots of inspiration online but all the suppliers I looked at were offering the same look. That’s why I decided there was a Mad Philomena shaped space in the Wedding Industry and set about creating a unique brand and an offering that tailors creative Wedding design to each individual bride and groom.

My husband Paul takes an active role in the business too, and together we are a very creative and practical team who can make just about anything you might desire!

My background is 12 years in retail, both store design and trend development and for the last 3 years of my career I evolved and led a team in the creative development of trend themes, designs and product ranges which have been successful at a mass market level.  Many of the ranges and products I have directed have graced the pages of Living Etc, Ideal Home, Style at Home, and the National Press.

I am a trend forecaster with a great eye for colour, design and detail. I approach weddings in the same way I would approach a new product range - it needs to be considered,  visualised from the start and consistent in its design and style in order to create the final wow factor. During my retail career I have also worked on numerous interior styling projects such as press shows and photo shoots with great results. So now I use these abilities to creative unique personality led Weddings!

NATIONAL AWARD WINNING STYLING

At the end of Mad Philomena's first year we won the coveted TWIA - Wedding Industry Award for Best Venue Stylist in England.

Competing against over 70 other businesses based all around the country Mad Philomena scooped the top prize at the awards night in Leicester Square, London. This award was a great testament to the hard work and originality of Mad Philomena and a reflection of fantastic feedback and voting scores from lots of wonderful brides and grooms. To whom I am forever grateful.

Not only did we win the regional and national award for Best Venue Stylist, Mad P also scooped the Best Newcomer award for the East Midlands!


LET'S HEAR IT FROM THE BRIDES!

“Where do we even start to say how fantastic Liz’s work is!? We met with Liz a year before our wedding and talked about things we liked and how we envisaged the theme looking however what Liz did for us in the style guide was better than we ever could have imagined!
The stationery and invites were absolutely beautiful and perfect for our romantic theme. Liz took away all of the stress couples feel the day before the wedding in setting up our venue and we knew we could rely her 100% to make the room look out of this world and she didn’t disappoint. It’s been 6 weeks since our wedding day and still one of our best memories from the day was entering the room as a married couple and seeing all of Liz’s hard work and amazing extra touches.
From the style guide through to the place names or stickers on the cake boxes, all of Liz’s designs were incredible and she really helped to make our day a dream come true! We can’t thank her enough and would (and will!) definitely recommend her to everyone we know! Xxx”
This is very hard because words simply can’t express how amazing Liz from Mad Philomena is. She has amazing talent and excelled at knowing exactly what we want (even when we didn’t! ) Prices were reasonable communication was second to none and nothing was too much trouble. We cannot fault her.
Liz was absolutely fantastic right from the first meeting, through to setting the venue up on the day. She completely understood what I wanted to achieve and came up with some amazing and very unique ideas. I wish I had met her earlier in the planning process as I would have used her for everything.
We were pointed in Liz’s direction by Natalie at Yummy Little Cakes who said she would be able to provide favour boxes for our treat table. Once we’d had a look at her Facebook page and seen the sort of things she had already created we decided to meet her at an upcoming wedding fair and the rest is history. We only needed a couple of meetings for her to grasp our vision and give it her amazing injection of creativity. We were blown away with the results and are so proud of our wedding look!
What an amazing and talented lady. She worked such magic for our wedding. She took the stress out of everything and she wowed us with her creativity and flair. Everyone commented on the wow factor of our wedding and that was down to her. Her work was superb. She genuinely puts the customer first!!
Mad philomena’s service ideas and vision where out of this world. Always quick to respond to me, understood everything I wanted and was so helpful always giving unique ideas. She did an outstanding job with my stationary and styling of the day and I would recommend her to everyone without a doubt.
Liz is a one of a kind type of person let alone a supplier. She understood my quirky ways upon our first meeting yet isn’t afraid to say if she feels something won’t quite work. She takes your ideas and processes them and gives them life and brings a thread of continuity to your special day.
Liz did an amazing job on quite a tight deadline. It was her ability to think on her feet and do last minute details when setting up that really impressed me. She made me feel like she really cared about what she was doing and did not miss a single detail.
We met her husband at a wedding fair, we explained that our wedding was anything but traditional and explained the theme. Liz then contacted us with a moodboard and we were overwhelmed. It was if she had climbed into our heads! We knew at that moment that we had found a gem!
She was welcoming, warm and very helpful. Never pushy or ever tried to enforce her own ideas on me. She always worked to my budget or did what she could to work around it. I loved her unique style which I had never seen before. Her prices were very reasonable which also helped. In a nutshell she ticked very box and the work she did was perfect.
You only need to look at a few of the creations by Mad Philomena to know she has a gift! I continue to recommend her to friends and wish I had an excuse to go back to her again!
We knew how good she was from a friend’s wedding and we were not disappointed.
She styled my sisters wedding a few months previously and did an amazing job, I wasn’t going to have a stylist for my wedding but seeing the wow factor it gave soon made me change my mind.

Mad Philomena Limited. www.madphilomena.co.uk   email:liz@madphilomena.co.uk