Aneta Pazeski set herself a lofty goal six years ago – the Cairnlea entrepreneur wanted to create the best bridesmaid dress business in Australia.
That ambitious dream became a reality last month when her business, Bridesmaids Dressing Room, won its first national award – for best bridesmaid business at the ninth National Designer of Dreams Awards.
Ms Pazeski said the award was thrilling.
“Reaching this level in terms of winning best bridesmaid business in Australia is a huge achievement,” she said.
“I wrote a business plan six years ago and on that plan I wrote that I wanted to be the best bridesmaid business in Australia.
“I didn’t quite know what that meant at the time, or how it would come to fruition, but achieving this award is testament that we’re doing the right thing by our customers.”
Mz Pazeski said she’d always had a passion for design, but needed a push to take the leap into starting her own business.
“When I was young, I was always creating clothing and drawing, but my parents told me the corporate world was the way to go,” she said. “I worked in accounting and law firms and then finally decided to follow my passion.”
Ms Pazeski has her sights set on expanding.
“I want to grow my business, develop a sales team and expand nationally,” she said. “The goal is to establish showrooms in each state. Our next step is to set up our East Keilor showroom, which will be happening in about three weeks.
“We’re tripling the size of what we’ve got currently. We’ll have the space to be able to consult with three bridal parties, whereas at the moment we only have the room for one.”