Today I would like to do something that isn’t done enough, and that is celebrate small business and some amazing independant creatives that I am privileged to know in the Wedding Industry
Earlier this year David Cameron said that small Business is the “lifeblood of the economy” and this is so true, a huge percentage of the business people I have met over the last 5 years make up the wedding world.
I would love to take a little time to focus on just a few ladies whose creativity is part of that lifeblood.
These women have always been a huge support to me in my business, buck me up when I am feeling challenged, and generally are fantastic friends, and I value them greatly.
Giddy Kipper is an award winning special touches company.
All of their products are handmade to order and hand painted for a truly unique wedding gift or to add that lovely finishing touch to a clients special day.
They specialise in personalised hearts, stars, signs and quirky little extras in a vast array of colours to suit any wedding theme or scheme.
The Giddy team were a top 5 finalist in the Best Special Touches category of The Wedding Ideas Awards 2011, and winners in 2012, and 2013.
Diana of Rose Garden Accessories
Rose Garden Accessories specialises in wedding and special occasion accessories.
All Dianas jewellery is designed and handcrafted from a small workshop in rural Cambridgeshire.
She only use the best quality materials, and every item is made to order.
She is also passionate about sourcing as many components, fabrics and crystals from the UK as she can.
Her hair decoration, jewellery and bridal accessories have been designed to complement many styles of wedding dresses and occasion wear.
Rose Garden pieces are made using Swarovski crystals and pearls, freshwater pearls, sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones.
Diana’s speciality is creating bespoke silk flowers.
Charlie of Cherry Pie Lane
Cherry Pie Lane creates awesome ceramic art and keepsakes – all handmade to order.
Whether looking for something special for your wedding, for a Christening, a Naming Day, an anniversary, birthday or just something nice for yourself or your home, Cherry Pie Lane can create something beautiful for you.
Each piece is designed and handmade in Sussex.
Many of the items are hand stamped using real-life vintage typography stamps. Some of their latest pieces are made using transfer prints of our own design work.
Some of their best-selling products are the beautiful ceramic new baby decorations, their wedding signs and the freshly designed greetings cards.
Jane of HF Couture.
HF Couture is the creation of Jane Hardman-Ferris. Jane has been designing and creating bespoke tiaras, headdresses, jewellery and accessories for over five years.
Her designs are inspired from the vintage age of fashion and jewellery.
She uses pieces of vintage jewellery to create truly unique pieces for the bridal and fashion market.
The likes of Miriam Haskell, Stanley Hagler, Dior and Schiaparelli and others have inspired her creations.
Jane is always looking for new inspirations and has included forms from the natural world into some of her designs.
Louise of LHG Designs
She reworks them to create one off wearable designs encrusted with Swarovski crystals and pearls.
Each piece of the signature range is designed and made by Louise, at her Studio in Renfrewshire, Scotland.Inspired by both modern and art deco designs, Louise loves to create one off designs for customers.
Harriet of By Harriet
A designer specialising in exquisite bespoke tiaras, fascinators, birdcage veils and bridal jewellery for weddings, black tie events and special occasions.
Each tiara, jewellery, birdcage veils and fascinator design is brought to life using sumptuous materials, from Swarovski crystals, pearls, beads and shells, to elegant feathers, flowers, silks and sinamay.
Valerie of Triflerabbit
Maker of unique and bespoke handmade and original Vintage Tiaras, Vintage Combs, and Vintage Headpieces
She designs and create tiaras and headpieces using vintage jewellery. Each and every design is unique, a one off handmade piece.
Each piece of vintage jewellery is carefully chosen by Valerie and her designs are inspired by the jewellery.
Celine of I am Handmade
I am Handmade is a small Irish company based in Dublin who specialise in the design & production of luxury Irish artisan handmade luxury bath & body products such as Pure Silk traditionally made cold process soaps, Double Whipped Body Butters, Sugar Cream Body Polishes and Luxury Lip Butters.
Kelly of Tantrums and Tiaras
Tantrums and Tiaras, are award winning creators of bridal tiaras, jewellery and accessories for Weddings and are based in Oxfordshire.
Incorporating Swarovski Crystals and pearls, freshwater pearls and diamante Kelly has put together stunning collections of hair accessories and bridal jewellery whether it be a bracelet, pendant, earrings or necklace.
I have huge respect for each womans business ethic and their resilience in a sometimes tough economic climate.
Each one is truly gifted at what they do and their customer service is impeccable as well as being fantastic friends.
Each one of these ladies are truly special with a huge hearts and enormous talent and I am blessed to know them.
I would encourage you to consider a small business and independant creative for your own Wedding.