Celebrating Small business and Independant creatives in the Wedding Industry

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.

 

Heidi of Giddy Kipper/ Giddy Weddings

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.

 giddy kipper, giddy weddings, personalised wedding heart

 

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.

 rose garden accessories , flower crown

 

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.

 cherry pie lane, wedding sign

 

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.

 dress no9 bridal couture, halo headband HF Couture, image Jason Tey photography

 

Louise of LHG Designs

LHG Designs is a range of Vintage inspired jewellery and hair accessories.Louise specialises in Jewellery and Headpieces made from Original Vintage components. 


She reworks them to create one off wearable designs encrusted with Swarovski crystals and pearls.

The range includes Headbands, Bracelets, Earrings, Necklaces, Combs, Hairpins and Tiaras.


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. 


LHG Designs, audrey russel photography, 2014 goddess collection

 

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.

 

By Harriet, bespoke fascinator, Allyson Byrom Creative Photography Ltd

 

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.

 

triflerabbit, upcycled vintage headpieces, upcycled vintage tiaras

 

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.

 

 I am Handmade , bespoke soaps, Dublin , Irish soaps

 

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.

 

tantrums and tiaras, poppy headband

 

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.

More about ALISON TINLIN

UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow

Comments

  1. Reply

    It’s so lovely to see small business celebrated like this. Small businesses play such a hugely important role in the wedding industry and I believe that without them, weddings would lose their individuality. No one wants that!

    1. Reply

      Thanks Liz, I believe its really important. As a small business you can feel so marginalised x

  2. Reply

    Thank you Alison xxx

    1. Reply

      You are very welcome Harriet, your work is incredible x

  3. Reply

    Wow Alison, what a lovely surprise, and I know some of these ladies too, and they (and you) slog tirelessly to do what we do and do it to the very best of our ability, usually for minimal financial gain, because we care deeply about what we do. Thanks again for a lovely feature Alison, and let’s keep supporting each other 🙂

    1. Reply

      You are very welcome and I will always support you and your work, in business and in friendship x

  4. Reply

    Oh Alison, you wee wonder you!!
    thank you SO much for this lovely post – such a brilliant surprise this morning and after the week we’ve had, it is a complete tonic.
    Thanks for always being so supportive and lifting us up when things are a big load of pants.
    You’re fabulous!
    H xxxx

    1. Reply

      You are so welcome my wee cupcake, it was my pleasure to feature you, and if it helped you smile then job done x

  5. Reply

    A fabulous post Alison. These women are truly inspirational and deserve to be shouted about 🙂 xx

    1. Reply

      Thanks for your lovely comment, its really appreciated, and I agree, inspirational every one x

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