Hello! I’m Amanda Cookson. I am a wedding invitation designer and lead coffee maker for Be My Guest. We are based in Mosgiel, 20 minutes south of Dunedin.
I started Be My Guest so I could flex my creative muscles on a daily basis, while having more flexibility with a young family. I now manage a small team who look after the different aspects of designing and printing our range of beautiful wedding invitations.
Creativity has always been an outlet for me. It’s not just creating something I enjoy, but the challenge of problem solving. I love the process of creating… taking raw materials, lines on a screen and turning it into something beautiful, practical and awesome.
Wedding Invitation design that’s good for the soul
I love the flexibility, empowerment and mental stimulation that running my own business lends. When you support me, you also support the New Zealand economy. All Be My Guest’s team are based in New Zealand. I use a local printer and source my envelopes from local manufacturers.
I love being able to support couples with stress-free service and always strive to hear “the wedding invitation design process was my favourite part of the planning process”.
Reviews of Be My Guest
It’s all well and good having me rabbiting on about how wonderful Be My Guest is – it’s my website, I can say what I want, right? So I wanted to share my reviews, which have been written by my fabulous brides and grooms.
Why I do what I do
My family are SO important to me. Having my son made me re-evaluate my life priorities, and I made the decision to follow my heart. Be My Guest was born! I get to design pretty things, work with awesome people, and I can pack Henry & my laptop in my car and work from anywhere. This means a ton of kilometers on the OD and a bit of juggling, but it also means we get to be together as a family. My husband works away from home a lot, so this compromise means I actually remember what he looks like!
What makes me special?
I juggle. That’s what I’ve always done. I did my degree while working full time (Bachelor of Communication – after eight years of part time study). So being a Mum, being Be My Guest, and being Amanda (somewhere in the mix) is just part of who I am. In my former life, I organised events – over 1,000 of them. I’m organised, I’m a details person, and I bring a fair amount of experience to the table.