Since we first started, we have had many people comment on our name. All feedback has been positive – whether that is because everyone truly does like it or those who don’t have remembered their mothers’ advice of if you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all, will never be known. I thought I might enlighten you all to how ‘Paper Lily’ came about….
When we decided to go into business, the first thing we wanted to do was choose a name. Given that we are sisters, both Librans and slightly on the stubborn side, we knew this was not going to be an easy task. Every name Connie suggested did not appeal to me and she found fault in all my ideas. The only thing we agreed on was that we did not want the name to be obvious, too literal but not too abstract either. We were not making it easy on ourselves.
If dealing with each other was not hard enough, add a couple of well-meaning husbands and their woeful suggestions to the mix. After tactfully declining their name choices, we decided that we would not think about the invitations as such but rather think of the things we find beautiful, the things that make us feel happy and perhaps a name would come to mind this way.
It was hard not to associate invitations and weddings with the name when this was exactly what our business would be. I thought back to my own wedding and all the little details that made it special. I remember going to visit the florist for the first consultation and she asked me about my wedding bouquet. I had a clear vision for my bouquet – I wanted white lillies. I have always loved lillies more than any other flower and I love nothing more than a beautiful bunch of white lillies in a vase on my dining table whenever I can get to the florist.
I spoke with Connie and mentioned perhaps using the word ‘Lily’ somewhere in the name. She agreed as she also likes Lillies. Finally some progress but what now? It needed more, something to bring it to life, to link it to the business. We tried many combinations of words and then it happened. Paper Lily. Don’t ask me who said it first because it is a blur to me. The only thing that mattered was that we both stopped speaking and realised that we had made our decision.
To make a lily out of paper would require planning, skill, a precise and delicate hand. Crafted by someone with an eye for detail and a passion for the finer things. The end product would be an object of beauty and a symbol of life and love. Everything we believe in and work to achieve is in the meaning behind our name. And that’s where our name came from.