May 26 2017
A secret garden wedding is best suited to the Spring or Summer months, where you’ll be spoilt with better weather and lots of beautiful blooms. You’ll need to find a venue that has a lovely outdoor space, walled gardens or plenty of gorgeous flowers. However, it’s also handy to choose a venue that has an indoor area in case of any poor weather. Opt for a venue that boasts water fountains, vintage benches and lots of opportunities for your wedding photographs. If your wedding venue hasn’t already got one, you could create a romantic wooden or metal archway adorned with dusky pink roses and lots of greenery. We think pale pink and lots of foliage will look just stunning for a secret garden wedding!
Kick-start your secret garden wedding with your invitations. Pretty pink and green illustrations will give your guests an ever-so-subtle hint of what’s to come. Watercolour hues will help to keep your theme soft, whimsical and full of romance. We recommend keeping the same design throughout your big day to ensure your stationery looks coordinated. For instance, your seating plan, order of service and table stationery. You could also decorate your venue with books about gardening, plants or old-fashioned stories.
When it comes to your aisle style, a blush pink gown is a divine choice for a bride who wants something outside the norm. Alternatively, a flowing gown with layers of tulle and lace will look beautifully bohemian and it will fit in with the setting of your secret garden. A pink bridal flower crown will help add the finishing touches to your outfit. Have you seen our Blush collection of hair accessories? We’ve got a whole range of gorgeous accessories that will add a touch of rosy sparkle to your wedding look. Our Ali Hair Vine and Anais Headband are both the perfect fit for an enchanting secret garden wedding.
When it comes to your bridesmaids, consider dressing your best girls in a variety of pink gowns. From the palest pink, peony pink and rose pink, your team of ‘maids will look stunning as they walk down the aisle with you.
Flowers are one of the most important aspects of your secret garden wedding and they will really help to tie your theme in together. Be sure to let your florist know about your visions and they will be able to help make your dreams a reality. Use flowers to decorate your ceremony chairs, archways, centrepieces and lots more. You could even use real blooms to decorate your wedding cake – just imagine how delicious cascading posies would look on a 5-tier masterpiece! You could also place a few posies in a mason jar and dot them around your wedding venue. This is such a simple idea but you’ll be surprised at just how pretty it looks.
We can’t get over this darling wedding theme and we think a secret garden wedding is a wonderful option for those who are dreaming of an intimate celebration with friends and family.
April 24 2017
Pastel dresses are always a popular choice for bridesmaids, mainly because you can mix and match, while choosing a shade that suits each ‘maid. Choosing one gown for all of your bridesmaids can be a seriously tricky task. From mint green, baby pink, soft lilac or sky blue, there is so much choice when it comes to picking out the perfect gown for your best girls.
There are also lots of options for the groom and groomsmen. You can team pastel waistcoats, buttonholes or ties with navy, beige or grey suits. Have fun and experiment with colour options! Their outfits will look fun with different colour bow-ties too!
We have a collection of wonderful pastel buttonholes that will look seriously handsome on your hubby-to-be. Our Camille Flower & Feather Buttonhole will add a dash of blush pink to the groom's suit - perfection!
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Pastel wedding dresses are a fab choice if you want a unique aisle style, but you can also incorporate subtle pastel hints into your outfit through your shoes, accessories and jewellery.
A pastel colour palette offers plenty of beautiful blooms for your wedding bouquet, and this is a lovely way of tying in your theme. We also have a selection of horseshoes that would fit in beautifully with this wedding theme, and they’re a must-have for any bouquet! Did you know that horse shoes were meant to offer newlyweds good luck on their wedding day?
Wedding balloons are making a comeback for 2017, and we love the thought of using a mixture of mint, blue and blush pink balloons to add the wow factor to your wedding venue. They can also be used as cute props for your wedding photographs with your hubby or your bridal party.
When it comes to your wedding tables, there are lots of ways to give them a touch of Spring. From pale pink table runners to light blue table cloths, your table décor will add a pop of colour to your wedding breakfast. Fill mason or jam jars with posies that match your wedding bouquet. You could even tie a pastel ribbon around the rim of the jar for an English country garden feel. Little jars of chutney, jam and honey will look sweet in each place setting. They can double up as place names and wedding favours – simply tie a pastel luggage tug around each pot. Why not mix and match the lids if various pastel shades. So pretty!
We just love the fact that couples are getting so creative with their wedding cakes. From magnificent macaroon towers to scrummy doughnut walls, the options really are endless when it comes to create the perfect cake. A cake with tiers in different pastel icing will look delicious, but if you wanted a simple cake you could use a pastel cake stand instead.
As you can see, a pastel colour scheme really is the perfect pairing for a Spring soiree!
We’ll start things off by focusing on the bridal look. A floral wedding theme is a chance for brides to have some fun with their bridal look. You could wear a wedding gown with delicate floral detailing, such as embroidery or dainty petal embellishments. Alternatively, why not rock a colourful gown adorned with bright and bold blooms?
If you adore the idea of wearing a traditional white gown on your wedding day, there are lots of other ways to add a floral touch to your bridal outfit. Colour-popping heels will look fab peeping out from under your dress. A flower crown is the perfect match for a boho bride-to-be! A floral buttonhole or bow-tie is all your groom-to-be needs for a nod towards the season.
We have a huge range of bridal accessories that’ll give your aisle style a fabulous finishing touch, with a subtle hint of Spring posies. We styled our Agnetha Tulle Veil with the Ali Hair Vine, which both look absolutely divine wrapped around an elegant bridal up-do. Our Jacqueline Lace Veil also has a pretty floral design that's the perfect fit for this Spring wedding theme. Our floral horseshoe, Nadya, will look lovely tie to your wedding bouquet and it will give your bridal look a good luck charm. Featuring a rose gold centre, our Farrah Flower Head Piece will give your outfit a touch of glamour – heaven!
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Your bridesmaids will look beautiful in floral tea-length gowns or flowing boho-inspired dresses. If you’ve decided to wear a flower crown, you could ask your team of ‘maids to wear smaller versions? Flower girls always look delightful in little flower crowns too.
When it comes to decorating your wedding venue, an abundance of fresh flowers is an absolute must-have. You could fill large wooden crates with lots of leafy foliage and greenery, as well as Spring blooms. We love the idea of adding floral garlands across the entrance of your wedding venue. As you’ll have seen from our Wedding Trends for 2017 feature, statement ceremony backdrops are big news for the year ahead. A flower wall or backdrop will create a lovely space for you to exchange vows, and it’s a perfect reflection of the season.
For your seating arrangements, why not name your wedding tables after various Spring flowers? You could also adorn your table plan with the flowers that you’re naming your tables after. Gorgeous! If you want to incorporate a rustic feel to your floral wedding theme, why not use a ladder as part of your table plan? Decorate the ladder with greenery and flowers, and tie your seating arrangements to the rungs of the ladder.
Decorate your wedding chairs with floral wreaths or entwine pretty posies around the back of your chairs. This will look super pretty and it’ll help to add a pop of colour to your wedding venue. A single flower in each place setting will let your guests know about your floral wedding theme, and it’ll make your tables look oh-so-elegant. When it comes to creating your wedding table centrepieces, we think a simple vase brimming with blooms or potted plant will look wonderful.
Let’s not forget about your wedding cake! Floral wedding cakes are always a popular choice for brides-to-be and is it any wonder? They’re yummy and beautiful! Give your wedding cake table a touch of Spring prettiness by lining it with greenery, foliage and your favourite Spring flowers.
A floral wedding theme is just so pretty and it’s simply perfect for Spring!
February 23 2017
When it comes to the bridal look, green is admittedly a bold colour to rock on your big day. However, there are so many ways to make it look gorgeous. From glittering gowns embellished with green sequins or a relaxed forest green dress, it’s a brave colour to pull off but it can look incredibly beautiful. If you don’t fancy donning a green gown on your wedding day, you could easily incorporate it into your accessories instead. Emerald jewellery, fern flower crowns or a pop of colour in your shoes – there are lots of options.
Our fern products are a fabulous fit for a greenery inspired wedding theme. Our Angelica Fern comb is a stunning finishing touch for your hairstyle, and it’ll fit in with this theme perfectly. We’ve teamed it with a bespoke fern and gold leaf brooch piece. If you want something that’s completely bespoke to you, we can create a hair piece that’s as unique as you are.
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Your bouquet is a fabulous opportunity for flaunting your wedding theme. We do adore colour posies here at Silver Sixpence in her Shoe, yet we can’t help but swoon over a bouquet bursting with wild greenery. Eucalyptus is the perfect choice for your wedding flowers and it’ll give them a divine scent too.
Greenery is a wonderful way of decorating your wedding venue and it’ll instantly give it a botanical vibe. From covering the entrance of your wedding venue with leafy foliage, to hanging chandeliers adorned with ivy – it’s a simple yet effective way of giving your wedding venue the wow factor.
We are huge fans of statement ceremony spaces, and we think a greenery-inspired archway makes for a truly magical place to say ‘I Do’. It won’t be an easy DIY task however, and it’s certainly one to discuss with your florist and venue.
Are you having any signs at your wedding? Signs are a stylish way of showing your guests around your venue and they can add a personal touch to your décor too. Wrap foliage and greenery around your sign for a modern touch – your wedding theme will look totally on-trend.
Show your guests to their seats in style with a greenery-inspired table plan. You could create a backdrop by hanging various leaves to twine ribbon, and attaching each table plan to the string. We love the idea of hanging hoops covered with greenery from the ceiling – modern, stylish and guaranteed to get your guests talking!
There are tons of simple ways to incorporate greenery throughout your wedding tables. We’re talking wedding chair covers, place settings and centrepieces. Greenery is so simple to use and style, but it really does look gorgeous!
What do you think about the latest wedding trend for 2017?
February 20 2017
We’ll start things off with your wedding stationery as this is the first glimpse that your guests will get of your romantic wedding theme. White invitations adorned with pretty pink calligraphy and blush envelopes will help to give your guests a clue about the style of wedding your planning. Watercolour hues will look soft, delicate and feminine, but a mixture of baby pink and fuchsia shades will work brilliant together – particularly if you want a vibrant colour scheme.
Alternatively, you could use heart-inspired invitations for your wedding guests. This will immediately let them know that you are day-dreaming about a romantic pink wedding theme and they’ll love receiving little hearts in the post. You could also use wicker or wooden hearts as chair covers or to decorate the end of your ceremony pews.
If you do love the idea of using hearts throughout your wedding day, why not tie a little ceramic heart around your wedding bouquet? You could personalise it with your initials or the date of your wedding, and it’ll make your blooms look wonderfully unique.
Our blush pink Camille Horseshoe is also a must-have addition for any pink wedding, and it’ll look lovely tied to a bouquet overflowing with pink posies. It’s a lovely tradition that will certainly bring a sprinkling of good luck charm to your wedding day.
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Let your guests know that you’re using a pink colour scheme as the main inspiration for your wedding day by adorning your venue with lots of pink décor and dainty heart details. A ceremony space covered in pink roses will look simply gorgeous, and it provides the perfect backdrop for when you say ‘I Do’. Huge ‘LOVE’ letters can also be used as a backdrop for your ceremony, wedding cake or reception and they’ll look fab in your photographs.
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Wreaths aren’t just for Winter! Heart-shaped wreathes covered in your favourite flowers look beautiful as part of your wedding décor. They’re also a lovely way of signalling the start of Spring blooms. Hang one from the entrance of your wedding venue, or from the back of the bride and groom chairs.
Don’t forget about your reception tables and place settings – both are a wonderful way of reflecting your wedding theme. Blush pink napkins, table runners or centrepieces are guaranteed to get your guests swooning.
Why not offer them a delicious pink heart cookie as their wedding favours? Ice the name of each guest onto the cookie and use them as their place names too!
It’s time to think about how to reflect your romantic pink heart wedding theme through your food and drink. A pink wedding cake with a super sweet cake topper is an easy way to show that you’re smitten with one another. We adore the idea of surprising your guests by creating a delicious heart-shaped centre – imagine when you go to cut the cake!
Serve your wedding guests a variety of scrummy pink cocktails. We suggest creating your own cocktail recipes and creating romantic names. Opt for a couple of signature cocktails that you and your other half have enjoyed together – you could even go to a few cocktail lessons before the big-day!
As you can see, a wedding theme based around a blush pink colour scheme and tons of heart details and decorations really is rather romantic…
February 02 2017
Green has never been one of the most popular colour schemes for weddings in the past, but ever since Pantone released their Colour of the Year 2017 it seems that the wonderful world of weddings has completely embraced all things green! Vibrant, zesty and refreshing with a botanical vibe, greenery makes for a gorgeous wedding theme. Adorn signs and tables with lots of wild foliage, rock a pair of green wedding shoes or simply opt for divine greenery-inspired wedding stationery. Our Angelica fern cormbs and bespoke fern vine are coming soon and they will be the perfect nod towards this fabulous theme as well as a beautiful finishing touch to your aisle style.
When it comes to wedding table centrepieces, couples are opting for more unusual and inventive choices instead of a traditional vase full of blooms. From hanging geometric vases filled with an array of colourful and exotic flowers, to raised chandeliers entwined with pretty posies. You’ll need a wedding venue with high ceilings to pull off this gorgeous centrepiece, but it’s striking to look at and will save you heaps of table space.
Your ceremony is the most important parts of your wedding day, so you want to make sure it’s extra special. A stunning backdrop will create a wonderful setting for you to say ‘I Do’, and it’s also a fab way of adding to your venue décor. Ceremony backdrops are being seen more and more and it seems that they’re going to be totally on trend for 2017.
Flame Orange Colour Scheme
Orange isn’t just for Autumn or Halloween-inspired weddings. Pantone have predicted Flame Orange to be a fabulous colour for wedding themes in 2017. Flaunt this sizzling shade through your wedding flowers, food and table décor. While orange looks striking alone, it is also the perfect match for deep burgundy shades and even dusty blue hues.
Acrylic and Perspex Wedding Décor
Couples are starting to sway away from traditional details and décor and instead are starting to experiment with unusual textures and materials. Our favourite new wedding trend for 2017 is all about incorporating acrylic and perspex details into your wedding décor. From acrylic signage to perspex chairs, you’ll create a wedding theme with a minimalist and stylish vibe. Work in lots of greenery and metallic details for a glamorous and botanical feel.
There is so much variety when it comes to the predicted wedding trends for 2017. From colour schemes to décor ideas, this year is all about couples getting creative and embracing new ideas and inspiration.
January 16 2017
Floral Wedding Dresses
From delicate watercolour details to bright and bold embroidery – floral wedding dresses are big news for 2017. While we still adore traditional white wedding dresses, we love the fact that brides are adding a subtle splash of colour to their gowns. If you’re a boho bride-to-be, team a floral wedding dress with our Ali Statement Flower Hair Vine.
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Blush Pink Wedding Dresses
If a coloured gown sounds like heaven to you but you want to keep it understated, consider opting for a pretty blush pink gown. The perfect choice for a Princess-worthy bride, a blush wedding dress is feminine, stylish and oh-so-romantic. Whether you’re planning a fairy-tale wedding day or a charming country garden theme, a blush pink gown will fit in beautifully. Head over to our Blush collection to see some ultra-pretty wedding accessories.
The Alternative Wedding Dress
It seems that brides-to-be are still rocking alternative wedding dresses for 2017: we’re talking chic jumpsuits and stylish separates. The alternative wedding dress allows brides to express their individual style on their special day and it’s a unique look that’s guaranteed to ‘wow’. Team a sequin jumper with a tulle skirt, or a lace top with a simple pair of white trousers – the choice is yours and you can get completely creative.
Pretty Pink Make-Up
When it comes to wedding make-up, pink is predicted to be the colour of the year. From shimmering eyeshadow, rosy cheeks and blush lips – pink is a natural choice with an extra touch of prettiness. While this gorgeous shade works all year around, it’s perfectly suited to Spring and Summer weddings. You can vary from shades of baby pink to popping fuchsia – have fun and experiment with your bridal make-up!
There are so many divine wedding hairstyles to choose from and understandably it can become a little overwhelming. However, 2017 will see brides combining our two favourite hairstyles in one: we’re talking braids and chignons. A gorgeous twist on the traditional chignon, brides are incorporating braids into a loose bun creating a look that we are seriously smitten with. The best news? This hairstyle suits any hair length and type, and it also lends itself beautifully to heaps of hair accessories and veils. Our Farrah Flower Comb would work wonderfully with a braided chignon, and it will add a subtle touch of sparkle and a handful of elegance.
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As you can see, there are a whole range of gorgeous bridal trends predicted for 2017 and we really can’t choose our favourite. Which is yours?
December 13 2016
The Wedding Dress
Fingers crossed you’ve already bought your dream wedding dress – or you at least have a few appointments booked in! Wedding planners recommend sorting your gown out at 7 – 10 months ahead of the big day. This allows time for a couple of fittings and any amendments to be made. Plus, your wedding dress is a pretty big deal so you want to be able to tick it off your checklist and get on with the rest of the planning process. Top tip: Bring your bridesmaids or Maid of Honour along to the final dress fitting so that they can learn how to tie up your dress – it’s a surprisingly tricky task and not something you want to have to panic about on the morning of your wedding day! Once you’ve picked out your beautiful wedding gown, it’s time to think about your accessories. It’s important that you pick your dress before your accessories, as you want them to fit in with the look of your gown perfectly.
From garters, horseshoes and hair accessories – there is just so much to think about when it comes to adding the finishing touches to your aisle style. Here at Silver Sixpence in her Shoe, we recommend picking your wedding hair accessories in time for the final dress fitting and hair trials. This way, you can be sure that you’re completely happy with how your accessories look alongside your dress and your hair. We’ve got a show-stopping collection of sparkling, bohemian and vintage accessories to complement your bridal look. If you’re dreaming of wonderfully bespoke wedding accessories, you’ll need to start thinking about the design at least 2 months before the big day. We offer a one-to-one consultation where we can discuss your visions: whether you want to incorporate family heirloom into your headpiece or a fabric cut-off in your veil, we can sort it for you. There really is nothing more beautiful than wearing something completely bespoke on the most important day of your life.
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Last Minute Accessories
Now we’ve covered the main accessories, it’s time to think about additional items you may want to include as part of your bridal style. You can buy our lucky charm horseshoes and our traditional wedding garters as a last-minute wedding accessories, so you can organise those a few weeks before the big day.
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The Wedding Fairs
If you’re stuck for ideas at any point during the wedding planning process, why not head to a wedding fair? We’ll be at The Wedding Fair in EventCity and The National Vintage Wedding Fair, where you can explore our range of delicate hair vines, headbands and hair pieces – there’s something for every style and you’re sure to find something you love. Find out more about these events here or contact us here.
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Amongst choosing your wedding gown and accessories, you’ll need to start thinking about your bridal party. Opt for dresses in your chosen colour scheme, or keep it on-trend with a stylish mix and match look. If you want to add a dash of sparkle to your bridal party, we’ve got beautiful hair accessories that’ll look gorgeous on your girls. Plus, they can be a wonderful keepsake of your wedding day that your bridesmaids will treasure forever.
Let’s not overlook your flowers! Book your florist in the six-month countdown to your big day and think about how you want your wedding bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets and wedding centrepieces to look. You’ll need to discuss your vision with your florist, as you may be dreaming of beautiful blooms that are either impossible to source or not yet in season. Why not add a pretty horseshoe to your wedding bouquet? It’s a traditional good luck charm and they look lovely tied around the stems of your flowers. You can see our full collection here.
Happy wedding planning ladies!
November 23 2016
You may be bold enough to don a delicate blue gown, but we suspect the majority of brides will be swooning over the thought of a traditional white dress. Which is absolutely fine, as there are heaps of ways to include your ‘Something Blue’ into your aisle style. A simple blue sash or ribbon tied around your waist will look seriously elegant and it’ll define your waist too. It also adds a subtle touch of colour to your bridal outfit.
One of my favourite ‘Something Blue’ wedding traditions is to sew a small blue heart on the inside of your wedding dress. Cut out a heart shape from a loved one’s shirt or dress – that way, they’ll be there with you as you’re walking down the aisle. You could also sew the date of your wedding in blue thread on the inside of your dress – so special!
Perhaps you adore the thought of a pair of blue wedding shoes peeping out from underneath your gown. This idea is particularly perfect if you’re going to be rocking a tea-length or short wedding dress, as you get to show them off!
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A blue garter is the perfect choice for your ‘Something Blue’ and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to our Lauren, Brigitte and Loulou garters. You could also wear some pretty blue wedding lingerie as part of your ‘Something Blue’.
Let’s move onto your jewellery. A blue Sapphire or Aquamarine wedding ring is a beautiful ‘Something Blue’ to incorporate into your wedding day. You could display it in a velvet blue ring box or blue lace ring cushion. Alternatively, a delicate blue bracelet could be a wonderful way to accessorise your gown. Why not borrow a piece of blue jewellery from your mother or sister and make it your ‘Something Borrowed’ too?
If you’re a bohemian bride-to-be, consider wearing a pretty blue flower crown as part of your ‘Something Blue’. It’s perfect for a Spring or Summer soiree and it’s an incredibly unique way of using this wedding tradition. Finish off your bridal outfit with a chic blue manicure or pedicure. You’ll feel preened and polished while effortlessly channelling your ‘Something Blue’ into your wedding style.
There are a handful of different ways to incorporate your ‘Something Blue’ into your wedding bouquet, so let’s get started. A simple silk blue ribbon tied around the stems of your bouquet will look beautiful – you could even match it to the ribbon tied around your waist. Why not tie a vintage blue handkerchief around your wedding flowers? You could ask a loved one to sew your initials on it for an extra special touch.
Add a good luck charm to your bouquet with our Lauren Vintage Horseshoe. It will look stunning alongside your blooms, and it can be passed down through the generations as a keepsake. It also goes perfectly with our Lauren Garter.
Get your groom involved and handwrite your vows in blue ink. This is much more romantic than typing them up on a computer, and it can be your little secret between each other as you read them out.
November 16 2016
Agnetha is a delicate and modern draped long tulle veil with a stunning hand beaded vintage leaf motif design. The veil attaches to your hair with 2 small handsewn ribbon wrapped combs covered by the beaded leaf motifs. The tulle is raw edged for simplicity.
The drape of the veil is approx 40cm and the overall length is approx 165cm if worn as shown but we can make to bespoke lengths and also adapt the comb detail to your design preferences too. It looks amazing with a simple structured dress and shows off back details or flowing locks perfectly.
Starting at £125 she is the style to watch for 2017 brides.
November 09 2016
So let’s talk about the most important outfit of the day: the bridal look. We’ll start with your wedding make-up, as gold is a beautiful colour to focus on. Opt for shimmering champagne tones for your eyeshadow – work in a dark brown into the outer edges of your eyelid for a sexy smoky-eye. Golden tinted highlighter will create a dewy glow to your face so use it on your cheekbones, brow bone and cupids bow. Finish the look off with a touch of rose gold lipstick. Gorgeous!
We’ll move onto your wedding outfit. Golden wedding dresses are seriously hot right now, but if you’re not bold enough to don a sparkling dress why not incorporate your theme through your accessories? Glittering gold shoes will look so glam peeping out from under your dress, and the shade means you can wear them after your big day too! Why not pop on a golden sequin jacket in the evening too? If you’re having a Winter celebration, you’ll need it as the evening draws in. Our Sienna Rose Gold Headband is the perfect partner for this wedding theme. With a beautiful rose gold centre and lace flowers, this can be worn across the forehead or as an Alice band.
Don’t forget about your wedding garter – it’s one of the oldest wedding traditions out there. Our Margaux wedding garter is finished with a rose gold leaf and bead, and it’s the perfect way to bring good luck to your wedding day.
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Let’s not overlook your bridesmaids – their dresses are probably one of the easiest ways to reflect your luxurious gold colour palette. Matching dresses are officially off the wedding scene, so focus on mixing and matching gowns and shades. Long, sequin gowns are seriously glamorous and they will look wonderful at a Winter wedding.
Metallic wedding cakes are huge for 2017, especially when it comes to golden icing. A gold cake can easily be a focal point of your reception, so go all out with your theme and use a gold cake stand and sparkling sequin table runner to display your tasty treats! Add a festive touch by decorating your cake with Winter blooms or a Christmas cake topper.
There are so many ways to include golden details into your wedding décor that we could swoon over ideas forever. Golden tea light holders and vases are an absolute must-have and can be used for your reception tables, venue entrance or even your card table. Why not use antique golden frames to display your table numbers and seating plan? They’ll look so glam and can make even the simplest of venues look sensational. Geometrics go hand in hand with metallic and they’re super on trend. You could hang geometric installations or use geometric vases for your candles and flowers.
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Make sure your wedding stationery is just as glam as your venue décor! Golden envelopes teamed with white invitations and golden calligraphy will help create your colour palette. Add a sprig of greenery around your menus or place names for a cosy, festive touch.
A gold wedding theme will never go out of fashion and it’s a beautiful choice if you want a wedding day that your guests will never forget.
November 08 2016
As with all our horseshoe's Charlotte is a reconditioned real horseshoe (yes we do painstakingly scrub these with our own fair hands!) So straight away you have your something old sorted.
Tradition states that the page boy in the bridal party gives this to the bride as a gift to carry with her bouquet on the big day. Another lovely idea is to hang this in your room on the day to bring you luck when getting ready.
Charlotte is also perfect as your Something Blue as she is finished on a baby blue ribbon tie. Keeping with the trends for leafy botanicals this season, the handmade motif is crafted from leafy lace pieces and a creamy rose bead and as it is in traditional ivory it works with all wedding themes.
So all that is missing now is your something borrowed...and of course this piece can be passed down the generations for future use making it a lovely heirloom piece.
So don't delay- browse our wedding horseshoes today and keep with a wondeful tradition. All priced at £30 with free delivery
October 30 2016
As your wedding stationery is the first indication of your theme, give your guests a clue by incorporating feathers into your design. Delicate feather illustrations will look beautiful on the save the dates, as will a single feather tied with white ribbon around each invitation.
Feathers were seen in abundance at the latest bridal runways, with designers creating stunning masterpieces – so 2017 brides, listen up! A feather wedding dress is completely unique and stylish, and it’s a wonderful if you want something a little different. A feathered skirt will look oh so glam – especially when you’re dancing! If you feel a feather dress is too daring, don a cute feather bolero for a nod towards your wedding theme. You’ll definitely need it to keep warm for those all-important outdoor photographs.
Finish off your bridal look with some feather-inspired accessories. A feather hairpiece is a beautiful option, and is very Gatsby-esque! We can guarantee you’ll look and feel glam on your big day. Embrace the theme by opting for a pair of dainty heels with feather detailing.
Our Camille Horseshoe in Ivory is the perfect good luck charm for your special day! The subtle feather detailing adds a glamorous Wintery touch. Tie around the stems of your bouquet so you can carry it as you make your way down the aisle. Speaking of blooms, feathers are a fabulous addition to any wedding bouquet. Ask your florist to work in soft white feathers – they look stunning with ivory roses and foliage!
It’s super easy to work feathers into your venue décor too. They make glorious wedding ceremony backdrops – simply attach feathers to string and hang behind your ceremony area. Feathers dipped in gold or silver glitter look seriously cool and they’re perfect for a sparkly Winter wedding. Feathers also make fab centrepieces for your reception tables – whether you opt for an elaborate design using large feathers, or smaller feathers placed in mason jars. Accessorise your place settings by placing a white feather on each napkin. They’ll look ultra elegant and your guests will love the Wintery effect they create.
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Get your guests’ tummies rumbling with a delicious wedding cake! Ask your wedding cake maker to use feathers as inspiration for your cake design – how about feathered icing or a cute feather cake topper? Silver, icy blue and cool pink are also beautiful colours to use for a Winter colour palette if you’re stuck for ideas on how to ice your cake.
This is a completely unique wedding theme, as the majority of couples planning a Winter wedding will opt for traditional colour palettes and festive styles. However, a feather wedding theme will capture the season while still being incredibly stylish.
September 30 2016
The 1920s were a time of ultra glam outfits with an abundance of stunning accessories, so you want to incorporate this into your aisle style. Beautiful embellished gowns with dropped waists and fringing are definitely the way forward. Opt for Art Deco inspired bridal shoes – there are so many gorgeous vintage designs to choose from.
And for your accessories? We have tons of bridal headwear that’ll help complete your Great Gatsby gown. Our Sienna Beaded Forehead Headband is the perfect match for this wedding theme, with its beautiful rose gold centre and vintage lace flowers it’s made for a vintage wedding. Alternatively, our Fern Double Leaf Hair Vine will look equally wonderful for a 1920s wedding – the two lace flowers are joined by a strand of seed pearls and it’s truly beautiful. Pearls were seen in abundance during the 1920s, so finish your look with lots of pearl jewellery including earrings and necklaces – perfection!
Your bridesmaids will look divine in a variety of metallic embellished gowns. Mix and match each gown for a fun take on traditional dresses, this way you can make sure your ladies feel extra comfortable. The Great Gatsby era was all about luxurious fashion, so you want to reflect this through the bridesmaid dresses.
For your colour scheme, gold is an absolute must-have! You can accompany this glamorous metallic shade with black for a Great Gatsby wedding theme but navy and purple works just as beautifully. Black and gold Art Deco stationery is a fab way to start the wedding planning, and your guests will instantly know that there is a party to be had. Include a lot of fabulous Great Gatsby signs throughout your wedding day too – maybe include your favourite romantic quotes from the book and place them around your wedding venue.
You can have some real fun with your wedding food and drinks too. 1920s inspired cocktails are an absolute must-have – champagne towers, vintage decanters and martinis will really help to set the scene. Speak to your wedding cake designer about your theme and they’ll be able to create a wonderful Art Deco design that will look too good to eat. Anything with black and gold icing will fit in flawlessly with your stylish special day.
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A Great Gatsby wedding theme is completely glamorous, fun and vibrant – you really can’t go wrong. Your wedding day is guaranteed to be classy and luxurious and it’s one your guests won’t forget.
September 15 2016
When I think of Autumn I think of warm brown shades, rich berry tones and dusty oranges, and I think these particular shades work beautifully for wedding make-up. You can create a wonderfully dramatic bridal look or something subtle and natural. Take a peek at our Autumn bridal make-up ideas…
Autumn is a fab excuse to pull off a statement lip – but one with a twist! Although you may love a bold red lipstick, why not consider something with hints of plum or blackcurrant? A dark berry lip is the perfect way to reflect the season, and it’ll look seriously romantic. Berry lipsticks are on trend this year and it’s so easy to find a shade that matches your skin tone perfectly. You can also go down any route with your eye-make up – why not opt for dusty rose eyeshadow to compliment your lipstick, rather than to overpower it! Our Persephone Vintage Birdcage Veil looks fab teamed with a statement lipstick – all you need now is a sophisticated flick of eyeliner.
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Dark, smoky eye make-up is perfect for an Autumn or Winter wedding. Blend grey and black together for a dramatic aisle style – you’re guaranteed to turn heads. If you want something slightly more understated, use an assortment of brown, cream and gold eyeshadow. Keep your lipstick understated so that your eye-make up makes the statement. Looking to ‘wow’ as you walk down the aisle? Then check out our Skye Lace Hair Vine – the vintage lace motif is oh so elegant, and is made for this bridal make-up look!
While sparkly silver is perfect for a Winter wedding, gold is simply made for Autumn. Opt for for a variety of golden eyeshadow including champagne gold and even rose gold! Compliment with a few dashes of highlighter along your cheekbones and under your eyebrow – you’ll be glowing as you make your way down the aisle! Golden shades are bound to make you feel luxurious, and our Rose Gold Sienna Headband is the perfect finishing touch. This look is made for the glamorous bride-to-be!
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Orange may not be the first colour that comes to mind when you think of bridal make-up, but it can work beautifully if you get it right. Blend warm orange eyeshadow with a dark brown shade – the combination of colours will really make your eyes stand out. Finish the look off with nude brown lips and a dash of peach-toned blusher. The Margaux Rose Gold Horseshoe has delicate cream and rose gold accents that will look fab in your wedding bouquet – and it’s the perfect match for this make-up style! Opt for rich red and orange wedding blooms.
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Keep It Natural
It’s important that you look and feel like ‘YOU’ on your wedding day, so if you usually keep your make-up understated it’s best to keep it that way on your wedding day. A few lashings of mascara and a subtle rose red lip will look beautiful. Highlight your cheekbones with berry blusher for a healthy, fresh-faced look. This bridal make-up style is simple but still works perfectly for this season. You can never go wrong with natural nude shades! Looking for something sparkly for your hair that is also subtle? Our Louisa Hair Comb adds just a touch of glimmer, which will work wonderfully if you’ve opted for an minimalist bridal style.
There are so many different ways to create an Autumnal aisle style, and there is a make-up look to suit every bride.
September 06 2016
Rose gold is still a hot trend in the world of weddings, and it seems brides and their maids just can’t get enough of this chic metallic shade. It’s feminine, modern and oh-so pretty! So why not use it as the main colour for your bridesmaid dresses? Long dresses will look ultra glam, while shorter gowns are gorgeous. And for your accessories? Our Sally Silver Leaf Headband has delicate rose gold accents that will add a dash of luxe to any aisle style. Your bridesmaids can wear their hair in an up-do, or down in loose waves. This headband suits any style, so your girls will be spoilt for choice.
Silver or grey gowns are such a sophisticated option for your bridesmaids. Although it was once overlooked as a wedding theme, grey colour palettes are becoming seriously sought-after in 2016. Compliment a shimmering silver gown with our beautiful Olivia Leaf Hair Pins in ivory and silver. They add a subtle sparkle and suit any hairstyle, but they look divine with a bridesmaid up-do!
Who doesn’t love a gorgeous flower crown? Especially at a Summer wedding! The Ali Statement Flower Hair Vine is the perfect choice for your girls, as the ivory floral detailing goes with any colour. I think this would look particularly beautiful with cream, white or nude style gowns. Opt for botanical white and green bouquets to complete the look.
Pretty in Pink
Pink is one of the most popular shades for bridesmaid dresses, and it’s a lovely choice for a country garden or vintage wedding theme. Speaking of vintage – have you seen our Delphine Flower Headpiece? The pale pink millinery leaves and vintage jewellery detailing is just made for pretty pink gowns. Pink and silver go hand-in-hand, and they create a heavenly colour combination so opt for silver jewellery. This is a fab choice if you’ve got pink wedding flowers too – we’re dreaming of pillow-soft roses and peonies…
If you’re planning a bohemian-inspired wedding, you’ll love our Joni Boho Headband. It’s perfect for bridesmaids and it can go with any style of dress. Whether you’ve gone for Summery floral gowns or cute white shift dresses, it’s bound to look divine. If you really want to go down the boho route, I recommend mixing and matching your bridesmaid dresses. Your girls will still look coordinated, but a little more relaxed and informal. If you want them to wear the same gowns, consider letting your ladies choose their own shoes or hairstyle for a mini mix’n’match trend.
As you can see, there are so many different bridesmaid styles to choose from so you’ll be spoilt for choice!
August 25 2016
Art Deco Glamour
Are you planning a vintage wedding theme or a fabulous 1920s do? Then it’s time to channel your inner Daisy Buchanan! A sleek up-do will look ultra glam, especially if you’re rocking a statement red lip. Our Stevie Lace and Rose Gold Beaded Hair Vine is the perfect addition to this hairstyle, and combines elegance with a dash of luxury.
Pretty as a Princess
If you’re dreaming of a fairytale wedding day, then you’ll adore this Rapunzel-esque wedding hairstyle. This is a beautiful choice, especially if you’ve got long hair that you want to keep off your face. Add a few of our Rosanna Lace Hairpins for a stunning finishing touch. This is such a versatile hairstyle as you can also use the hairpins to pin a birdcage veil in place – beautiful! A dreamy, princess gown is all you need to complete the look…
This is one of the most popular wedding hairstyles to date. It’s elegant, timeless and oh-so pretty! Curl your hair so that you’ve got natural, tousled waves and you’ll have a style that is guaranteed to turn heads. This hairstyle is perfect if you’ve always dreamt of wearing a veil on your special day. Our Jacqueline Lace Veil would look truly beautiful with this hair do. The scallop edge and lace detailing is made for a fashion-forward bride who wants to WOW her hubby-to-be!
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a boho goddess, take a look at this gorgeous hairstyle. This messy, low up-do can be accessorised in a number of different ways. Whether you opt for glittering jewels or beautiful blooms, it’s bound to look stunning. Why not consider wearing white blooms for a look that is traditional, with a twist! Our Bianca Statement Flower Beaded Headpiece is the perfect combination of boho and bridal, and you’ll sparkle your way down the aisle.
While we’re on the subject of flowers, a half-up do can easily be accessorised with our Skye Leaf Hair Vine! The vine is ultra feminine and understated, yet looks seriously stunning. It works with an up-do, but I love the idea of braiding your hair and attaching this to the back of your hair. The vintage lace will look gorgeous if you’re wearing a beautiful lace wedding gown.
July 25 2016
You can go down a number of routes with your blush and grey wedding stationery. Soft, watercolour designs look delicate and whimsical. Or you could opt for pale pink invitations with sparkling silver writing for a touch of glitz and glamour! You can create a truly dreamy wedding bouquet with this delightful colour palette. Pillow-soft peonies or pink roses are a beautiful choice for your wedding flowers. The Camille Blush Lucky Wedding Horseshoe and the Patti Grey Horseshoe are the perfect accessories for your bouquet! Blush pink blooms in mercury silver vases are a great way of decorating your reception tables, and even work as table centrepieces.
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I love the thought of incorporating this delightful colour scheme into your bridal outfit. Why not consider a subtly coloured blush pink gown, or a faint grey dress adorned with sequins? If you’ve always dreamt of a traditional white wedding gown, you could simply add a grey sash and some pretty blush heels. Sparkling silver jewellery is a must-have when it comes to this wedding theme! Fortunately, pink and silver jewellery works beautifully together and is the perfect finishing touch to your bridal style. Take a look at our Blush range for the perfect wedding accessories! The Delphine Flower Headpiece consists of pink millinery flowers and delicate vintage jewels – the perfect hair accessories for this colour scheme! Or if you want something with a touch of silver, take a look at the Olivia Leaf Hair Pins in grey. Your groom can easily pull of this colour combination too! A light grey suit teamed with a white shirt and pink tie will look very handsome.
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There are tons of options when it comes to dressing your bridesmaids. You could opt for slate grey gowns and small pink bouquets. Alternatively, your girls will love pretty blush gowns and sparkling silver shoes. Or you could simply mix and match the colour of their gowns according to the individual style of each maid.
Keep your reception tables looking ultra chic with dove grey or blush table runners and a few silver candle holders. As mentioned earlier, pink floral centrepieces will complement this wonderfully. Silver cutlery and plates with pink napkins on the side will make your place settings look beautiful.
You can really get creative with your wedding cake! Metallic cakes are seriously hot for 2016, so why not consider a silver iced cake with adorned with blush pink flowers. If a silver cake isn’t your style, a simple white iced cake will look fab with a pink or grey calligraphy topper.
I absolutely love the thought of pink and grey balloons! Not only are they a fab way of decorating your wedding venue, they work as wonderful props for your wedding photographs. Alternatively, pink and grey ribbon garlands will look wonderful hanging from the walls and ceiling of your venue. If you’re a budget savvy bride, it can be an easy DIY job for you and your groom!
Pink and grey are a colour palette made in heaven that create an elegant and romantic wedding theme. We hope you’re feeling inspired, and love this theme as much as we do!
July 12 2016
This theme works perfectly with a blank canvas wedding venue or a venue with a natural, garden feel. We’re talking an abandoned warehouse with exposed metals and crumbling brickwork. If you’re tying the knot ethereal space with overgrown foliage and blooms – even better!
One of the best things about a botanical inspired wedding is the fact that you can add a number of different colours into the equation. Peach tones add a pop of colour while still keeping the theme soft and romantic. Gold accents throughout your day will add a touch of luxury and keeps it modern. However, white is a great colour to use as the base for your theme, as it's fresh and complements greenery beautifully.
A botanical bride wants an aisle style that is soft and delicate. Wedding dresses with simple silhouettes are seriously romantic, and look fab paired with a fern leaf flower crown. Opt for a relaxed wedding hairstyle to complete the look, such as tousled waves or a loose up-do. And to complete your hairstyle? The Angelica beaded fern birdcage veil will finish your bridal style off perfectly. The vintage fern motifs are also made for a botanical inspired wedding! If you weren’t planning on wearing a veil, the Fern lace hair vine will look equally gorgeous. The bridal look definitely fits into the boho bride category, and is perfect for a bride who doesn’t want too much fuss.
For your wedding stationery, crisp white stationery with watercolour green shades is a beautiful choice. Hand-illustrated stationery sets look natural and will fit in with your botanical theme happily. For your place names or menus, place on a white ceramic plate and add a sprig of greenery for a truly botanical look. If you did want a little luxe for your wedding day, why not consider using golden plates and cutlery? I love the idea of using metallic frames as place names or even table centerpieces.
Speaking of table centerpieces, simple cacti and succulents are made for botanical weddings. A wooden tree slice adorned with succulents and foliage add a rustic tone to your day, which will work brilliantly if you’re planning an outdoor affair. While we’re on the subject of blooms, lets talk about your wedding bouquet. Pale green plants teamed with ferns and succulents will look wonderful. For your wedding cake, all you need is simple white icing and a few sprigs of foliage to decorate. If you’ve gone down the route of gold accents, consider adding pieces of delicate gilded leaves. For a splash of peach or pink shades, why not decorate with a single pink Peony?
If you really want to go down the garden-inspired route, you could even source vintage garden furniture for your tables and ceremony seats. It’s a style that most wedding guests won’t have seen, and they’re guaranteed to be impressed. Want to keep your wedding décor simple? Botanical installations and wreaths are a beautiful addition to your wedding venue and they’ll give a subtle nod to your wedding theme. You could create your own botanical ceremony arch or backdrop – think of the amazing wedding photographs!
We can definitely see why the wedding world has taken a step back from the traditional themes and is now embracing all things natural. We simply adore a wedding that transports you to a botanical paradise.
June 14 2016
The Classic Plait
This can be left as a simple plait but it can also be accessorised for something that is seriously aisle-worthy. Create texture by adding a few floral springs to the plait, or go boho with a fabulous flower crown. Our Ali Statement Flower Beaded Hair Vine is a beautiful addition to your hairstyle. The elegant combination of seed pearls and velvet flowers make a truly stunning bridal look. The beauty of this plait style is that you can create any look with your hair accessories. The Stevie Lace Hair Vine will create a gorgeous Grecian feel to your bridal look and is guaranteed to wow your other half! The classic plait is the perfect choice for ladies who don’t want to fuss!
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The Head Braid
If you want a mixture of elegant up-do and boho braid, then this is the perfect hairstyle for you. Wear your hair in a low loose bun but braid the front part of your hair so that it starts at your forehead and goes around to meet then bun. This is such a pretty hairstyle and it would look gorgeous with a flower pinned in the bun.
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The Chignon Plait
A twist on the classic chignon bun, this style is ultra stylish and will always be an elegant choice. The chignon bun is made up of around three small plaits twisted together. Pull a few strands of hair out to frame your face and add a pretty, feminine feel. A delicate tiara, flower crown or even a birdcage veil will completely this hairstyle perfectly.
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The Milkmaid Braid
This is still an incredibly popular choice for brides and we can definitely see why! This is a fab alternative to a traditional bridal up-do. This style looks best kept simple, as the braid does all the talking!
The Fishtail Plait
This is a style that’s perfect for a boho bride who wants to look effortlessly beautiful. This unusual plait has recently taken the wedding world by storm and it looks like it’s here to stay. It’s quick and easy to do, and keeps those loose flyaway hairs at bay! The Olivia Leaf Beaded Hairpins from our range will add a touch of luxe to this hairstyle, and can weaved in and out of the plait.
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These 5 bridal braids are relatively easy to do yourself after a bit of practice (and a lot of YouTube tutorials). However, if you’ve got a professional styling your hair, even better! One of the best things about bridal braids if the fact that you can easily incorporate your own personal style into your bridal look. Whether you want boho flower crowns or luxury gilded tiaras, the choice is yours!
June 03 2016
The Wedding Outfit
You have a number of options when it comes to featuring your rose gold wedding theme in your aisle style. You could go all out and wear a dazzling, glitzy rose gold gown if you’re feeling brave! However, if you want to wear a traditional wedding dress, the best way to reflect your theme is through your accessories and even your make-up. Delicate rose gold jewellery will complement your look beautifully – sequins and sparkles work perfectly with this theme, so you can get away with wearing very glittery jewellery without looking too OTT. Silver Sixpence in her Shoe have a huge array of beautiful rose gold themed jewellery that will add a subtle touch of colour to your wedding outfit. From bohemian inspired hair vines to vintage headbands, there is a stunning selection to choose from. We particularly adore the Florrie headband. Pretty rose gold shoes in soft shades of pink will give a subtle nod to your wedding theme. If you’re planning to dance the night away, opt for some pretty blush pink pumps for the evening reception so you can look classy while being comfortable!
Happily, rose gold is an ultra flattering colour that suits the majority of skin tones. Dressing your best girls in different shades of rose gold or embellished gowns will look beautiful. Why not consider different metallic colours if you want to go for a fab mix and match style? If you want to really add to the glitz and glamour of your special day, vintage style headpieces will look fabulous. If you’d rather head down the soft pink route, add a touch of light sparkle with rose gold hair combs or clutch bags. The Olivia Leaf Beaded Hair Pins from Silver Sixpence in her Shoe in rose gold are a fab addition to any bridesmaids’ look! Made up of seed pearls and lace motifs, the hair pins are beautifully delicate and your girls will look lovely.
The Table Décor
It is definitely worth investing in (or even hiring) rose gold sequin table runners for your table décor, as they are a great way of adding a touch of metallic to your wedding reception. If you wanted to use white as a base colour for your table, accessorise with rose gold cutlery, vases and candle holders for an ultra chic look. Small tea lights are relatively purse-friendly and will also create a warm, romantic glow for your guests. Pale pink peonies are the perfect addition to your table centerpieces (and for your wedding bouquet), as they complement the rose gold colour combination perfectly.
The Wedding Cake
You can get really creative with your wedding cake, as there are so many beautiful designs out there. Why not keep it simple with a white iced cake and a golden cake topper, or you could make a statement with a metallic iced show-stopper! Metallic-inspired wedding cakes can look spectacular and really contribute to your wedding theme. Your wedding cake maker will be able to create a bespoke design that’s perfect for your big day. Present your wedding cake on a sequin table runner and it’s guaranteed to give the ‘wow’ factor.
The Wedding Invitations
Your wedding stationery is a fun way of giving your guests a sneak peek of what’s around the corner. Sending out sparkling wedding invitations will get your guests talking and will definitely put a glamorous picture in their minds. All you need is a hint of glittering gold or a subtle sparkle – but be sure to keep the same design throughout your wedding day so that it looks complete.
October 09 2015
Birdcages have been our bestselling style in some form or another for the last 5 years at Silver Sixpence headquarters so we were slightly nervous about the recent return of the traditional veil and the rise of the boho 70s look. Would this mean an end to what we are perhaps best known for? The bridal mags are full of floral crowns and vines., not birdcage veils. It was starting to feel a bit out of date?
Of course as a fashion focused bridal brand we must evolve with the trends and we do. We have never wanted to be pigeon holed as a “retro” or 1950s “kitsch “ type of brand either. We have always prided ourselves on presenting a feminine soft edge to our birdcage styles, perfect for any bride rather than just an Era specific one. We want our pieces to be timeless. You can see here how versatile the birdcages we have designed are. Fine veiling, merry widow veiling ( awful name!) tulle and double layers have all become integral to our collections. We sell just as many simple veils to be worn alone as we do alongside their matching headpieces.
Looking back over the last 5 years we have done so many birdcages for our gorgeous brides it’s impossible to count. These brides all look timeless to us in their own way and we think the key to a stylish birdcage veil look is simplicity.
You can see some of the brides we have done over the years here
In addition to our brides, the lovely hens that we regularly see at our Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe and Era of Experience hen party workshops love them too. In a group of 10 girls there are usually half who are brave enough to have a go at making one! We know these are worn that evening on a night out as we often get enthusiastic emails all about how great they all felt in their pieces they had made.
It was at the last Vintage Wedding Fair in Manchester at Victoria Baths in March that we had a thought. This birdcage veil thing just just isn’t going away regardless of what the trend predictions say. Customer after customer approached the stand saying they were having a lace tea dress or a 1950s style full skirted dress, or a 1920s beaded dress and wanted to try on our birdcages to compliment these styles. Perhaps it’s the fact that you really can wear your veil all day or that is is easy to remove after your ceremony and so light and comfortable to wear. You can even wear some of the birdcage veils with glasses really comfortably. Either way we are glad to say some new veils will be heading your way as part of our 2016 collection very soon.
We will leave you with our most recent bespoke creation. It’s been one of our faves. An oyster silk headpiece with fine birdcage veil. We included some of her mum’s jewellery. This lady has just married her childhood sweetheart.
August 09 2015
We have also been working hard on improving some of our prices and you will be pleased to hear we have a few pieces that are really up there on the affordability front for a more budget conscious bride who doesn’t want to compromise on something unique and handmade.
Our delicate lace Anais headband is now £65 and can be turned around in just 3 weeks.
Our Juliette flower lace headband is now £50 and can be turned around in just 3 weeks too.
New this month for us ahead of our new collection launch is our 1970's inspired Joni Boho headband. We have discontinued our Indian summer headband and this replaces it. A really gorgeous and affordable corded lace piece with tiny seed pearls at £45 and again a 3 week leadtime. Wear it as a forehead or alice band style.
And finally onto our garters and lucky horseshoes. Of course these are fabulous gifts and of course you need these quickly. We should be able to provide you with all of these pretty much immediately as we have been working our fingers to the bone producing handmade stocks. At most these will be available to you within our new 3 weeks timescales.
So here you are ladies, you can get shopping. Don't forget if you pieces aren't suitable we offer a full refund if pieces are returned to us unworn within 14 days. We are taking a little holiday ( as we are so tired from all the sewing!) from 19th-30th August so get those orders in quick!
June 24 2015
Rachael is the owner of a fab new online lifestyle store called Object. We have worked with Rachael at her events and so on for years now so when she asked if we would like to be a part of Object White her wedding section of the site we were thrilled! The cool clean style and muted blush tones fit well with lots of our pieces. Rachael currently has a few of our garters, horseshoes and veils and going forwards we will be adding our new collection products too. We just had to give you a sneak peek of these images of some of our pieces shot in a lifestyle setting over at a windy rugged beach in West Yorkshire form her launch lookbook. Lucy Little has done a fabulous job and Rachael’s styling is great.
You really must check out some of Rachael’s other pieces she sells- here are a few of our favourite images
Happy Shopping People!
June 24 2015
Florrie began life as a small one off piece of lace bought from a french lace seller online. It sat in a box for a year before being beaded and ribboned and turned into a one off boho headband. Back then most of our pieces were complete one offs. It sounds terrible to say but as the Blush collection was launched both online and at the wedding fairs in January of 2012, people went nuts for Florrie and she became the bain of our lives here at Silver Sixpence headquarters! Press kept requesting this piece and query after query came through from brides asking for the exact same piece as the original. Sadly it just wasn't possible! Luckily we managed to satisfy all our lovely brides to be for about the next 2 years of sales by painstakingly sourcing individual laces that matched the original sample as close as possible.The time and effort to do this and the time spent contacting our brides with options, making sure everything was just as they hoped was long but worth it for the happy emails we got in return. You can see some of these special pieces and lovely ladies below.
We really do love the sourcing process, it’s one of our favourite bits of the job and one of our strong points as a business. But it was getting tricky! Over the years we have even attended a lacemaking course to try to learn to make the lace motif ourselves. It was fantastic to learn a bit about the true art of lace making but it turns out she isn’t even lace, but a special and intricate technique called tatting. Hence the slightly corded look of the piece. And of course to make life difficult, on further investigation we discovered tatting is a bit of a dying art ( though we would love to hear from any tatting fans or do-ers out there who would disagree on this )
2015 arrived and Florrie is still as popular as ever. Thankfully we have finally found a source for our gorgeous motif! Joy of joys! A lovely and very talented lady can make handmake ( of course) these for us so Florrie can be enjoyed in Ivory or Teastain over and over again just as you see her online we may even develop a few new colours this year….rose gold anyone? Yum!
Garters are a perfect finishing touch for your big day and then best way to include “something Blue” All of our Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe garters have a tiny touch of blue included somewhere. This month we are offering our brides the opportunity to purchase a piece of our headwear and to receive a garter of their choice for free. In order to do this please purchase both items as usual on our Shop page and enter the code garter gift when asked for any codes. The full cost of the garter will then be deducted from your order before checkout. Our terms and conditions listed below apply.
1. LImited to1 transaction per customer
2. If headwear is returned for a refund the garter must be returned also
3. Our usual lead-times may apply
4. Garters are set to our standard sizes and cannot be made bespoke in this instance.
5. This offer is not available on our Rosanna lace hairpins but on all other items of headwear.
Thanks so much and happy shopping
April 09 2015
We designed this birdcage veil to be versatile from the start. She is working with blonde and dark hair, with updos or down dos here in our Blush collection shoot on our 2 models.
She has been used on shoots in many different ways too. A dreamy romantic south of France shoot by the lovely Katy Lunsford and a high fashion editorial styled shoot can be seen here too.
We have sent this headpiece out to places as far as Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Ireland and and the USA as well as to lots of UK brides. It was when we started to receive thank you images back from our brides of their own wedding style that we started to realise just why she was so popular. It is definitely down to her versatility. She is worn in so many ways and with so many different dress styles. Some of our brides have been quite casual choosing lace slip dresses from the high street and some have chosen full on bespoke gowns. Some of you like to be traditional and wear the birdcage right over your eyes and some of you like to wear it across the top of your head with it just skimming the eyebrows. Since we can offer a bespoke service too with our brides we are able to include a favourite brooch or work to a colour requirement. For example with our Irish bride Fiona who wanted a pale ivory pearl instead of the usual darker vintage gold toned pearl we have used on so many of them. So we sourced a lovely pale pearly tone brooch for her. How cute is the picture of her and her Dad together here.
Here is a collection of some of our lovely brides we have had the pleasure of working with in the last few years on this headpiece. It’s been such a pleasure.
We have recently added Persephone in vintage diamante to our collection.
She too can be styled in so many ways and you can see here we did a fantastic Vintage Glamour styled shoot for some how to wear ideas with our friends over at the Vintage Beauty Parlour. Persephone looked fantastic with loose finger waves and glam red lips!
This summer we have our 1st Vintage diamante Persephone bride- can't wait to see her pictures! Our Persephone birdcage veil headpiece is available to buy online or we can work a bespoke version for you- just email firstname.lastname@example.org. To see more of our real brides hop on over to our Pintrest board https://www.pinterest.com/silversixpence1/real-brides-silver-sixpence-in-her-shoe/
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March 03 2015
This month we are loving the 70's bridal look that has been coming through strongly for a while now. Our new collection is nearly ready and will be dominated by this Californian, dreamy look. Floral crowns and hippy foreheadbands are key to accessorising this look so there will be lots of these for you to team with your bohemian influenced dresses. Here are some of our favourites on that very topic
Lu by daughters of Simone- image source Etsy
This is a typically flower child look that would look great with an authentic embellished foreheadband or small flower circlet. We love the off the shoulder look here too and having seen this dress in the flesh we can vouch for how beautiful the crochet detail is! It could look fantastic with our Indian summer headband
For a more 70s glam look Bianca by Claire Pettibone from the Romantique collection is perfect,
...and requires a slicker hairstyle and therefore slicker acessories- such as our Delphine headpiece seen here
Finally how fantastic is this Victorian influenced dress!
...and we love the single sunflower instead of a bouquet. This screams out for our Lilianna floral crown- worn here as a floral vine in a twisted relaxed updo.
Our favourite idea on shoes for this look are the fabulous Swedish hasbeens- so comfy for dancing all night too- Agnetha is our current fave
If you are looking for some ideas too for flawless natural makeup and relaxed hairstyles, check out this recent piece DIY shoot we did featured on You and Your Wedding for some great tutorials. Photos are by Lucy G and the hair and makeup was done by the talented Bethany Jane Davies
Peace and love eveyone x
October 30 2014
Dreaming of weddings...
I remember fantasising about my wedding day when I was little. I used to have trouble sleeping and my mum would always say ‘think of something nice and you will fall asleep’. I would imagine my wedding and my future husband and that would lull me to sleep within minutes. When I got older I wasn’t sure that I wanted to get married, it just seemed like a formality. But when I met my future husband, all of that changed and now I run my own wedding advice blog!
Adam proposed to me in an Italian restaurant on the Thai island of Koh Samui. It was Christmas day and we were both missing our families back home in England. As you can imagine the proposal made my day, and lead to a beautiful December wedding two years later.
As a very petite bride I knew that there was no chance I would find a ready to wear dress that fitted me perfectly, so I had a fully bespoke dress designed and created by The Little Bridal Co. I loved the whole process from sketching initial ideas to the final fitting, it was a wonderful experience.
Of course I have to recommend my own wedding blog, Lace & Love Hearts, when it comes to planning a wedding! I’m not a big fan of wedding magazines as they tend to be very expensive and not as innovative and forward thinking as blogs. Pinterest is also an excellent tool if you are looking for inspiration.
I did my own makeup after a disappointing trial. I’ve been applying my own makeup for fifteen years, so no one knows how to do it better than I do! My hair was done by my local hairdresser who also had a salon at Wynyard Hall. She did an amazing job!
Dealing with stress and nerves...
I planned our wedding almost exclusively on my own, so I found it quite challenging on occasion. I put my heart and soul into our big day and I have to say that it was 100% worth every single sleepless night and moment of doubt.
I was surprisingly relaxed on the morning of the wedding and spent most of my time pampering while my page boys and flower girls played around me in the bridal suite. The nerves hit me like a brick wall as I stood outside the ceremony room arm in arm with my dad, but disappeared as soon as I saw Adam waiting for me at the other end of the aisle.
To eat and drink...
We had a drinks reception immediately following the ceremony which included delicious canapés, followed by a three course for meal for our wedding breakfast, and buffet-style refreshments in the evening. Oh, and we also had delicious wedding cake! Our guests were very well fed!
My four gorgeous little nieces Skye, Beth, Phoebe and Lily were my flower girls and my best friend Rayya was my very hard working and attentive maid of honour.
We had four speeches following our wedding breakfast. My dad went first with a lovely heartfelt speech which was very complementary, and absolutely hysterical! Adam’s dad went next and spent almost all of the speech waving my running order around and making our guests giggle by at my level of organisation! Adam followed and scored some major brownie points with our family for being so sweet to me, and his best man and eldest brother Michael was last. Michael’s speech was as epic as expected and he managed to make me cry the first happy tears of the day.
As Christmas followed on the heels of our wedding we decided to delay our honeymoon until the beginning of 2014. We spent two fantastic months travelling around Australia, swimming in the sea, sunbathing on the beach, meetings fellow travelers and taking in the sights and sounds of this amazing country.
Life after the wedding...
Being married is wonderful and I still enjoy being referred to as ‘Mrs Clarey’! In terms of our relationship I don’t think we have changed much. We were together for almost eight years before we got married, so we were already living together and had created a life for ourselves. I guess I do feel a little more grown up now and the ‘when are you going to have a baby?’ questions are more frequent these days!
Advice for brides to be…
1) Sit down with your groom, your parents and his parents (and anyone else who will be contributing financially to your wedding) and work out your budget. Then stick to it and don’t tease yourself! If you have £1000 to spend on a dress, don’t visit high end bridal boutiques filled with £10,000 dresses.
2) Try your best to involve your groom in the planning process, however if he doesn’t seem keen to get involved don’t force him. Discussing flowers, wedding stationery and bridesmaids dresses may not be his ‘thing’. Perhaps he would rather book the wedding day transportation, locate suits for himself and his groomsmen and organise something fun for them to do on the morning of the wedding?
3) Write your guest list and finalise it with your parents before searching for venues. You need to know your numbers so you can rule out inappropriate venues. You don’t want to end up having to slash your guest list in order to fit in a venue you’ve fallen in love with.
Thanks Lottie! XX
P.S. Check out Lottie's wedding blog, Lace & Love Hearts
October 07 2014
Why go to a big department store and buy a vintage-style headpiece – and risk someone else wearing exactly the same piece, when really it is quite straightforward to make a simple yet very effective and pretty headpiece yourself at home.
I am here to guide you through the whole process. If you have any questions, just get in touch with me on Twitter and ask me directly.
What you are going to need:
In addition you will need:
Step 1 – sourcing materials and planning
Some bits you will already have, and others you will need to go out and buy. As you collect items you should get a feel for the type of thing you are going to create. Obviously if you have your item of clothing that you are planning to wear already you will want to start with that as your inspiration, with regard to colours and materials you want to look for.
Source your base, clip, needle and thread, scissors glue, feathers and unpicker from craft shops or online – see links above.
For embellishment, have a look through your (and your mum’s / gran’s / best friend’s) jewelry boxes to find any lovely odd earrings, necklace pendants that you no longer wear, or old brooches. These all make great embellishments.
Get your vintage fabrics from old pieces of clothes, either from your wardrobe or try vintage shops and flea markets. It takes a while to source the right bits, but if you frequent such places, you could learn to always keep an eye out. Of course you could get scraps from fabric shops too.
Lay out all your bits and bobs in front of you, see picture, below. At the start, it’s good idea to have a loose plan for where you are heading with your headpiece. Here are a few suggestions, but feel free to do what you want; after all, it’s your unique piece.
Step 2 – make the base
Position your croc clip on the back of the sinamay base and sew securely as demonstrated (below) from back to front of the base. This is so all stitching will be hidden on the inside. Knot securely.
Step 3 – decorate
Now comes the fun part - decorating your design! Here are a few suggestions to inspire you.
You can bow or gather your Russian veiling as shown. This is a really simple but really effective idea to add height to your headpiece.
To make a cute bow from your pre-cut fabrics, fold inwards, pinch in the middle and secure by sewing. Easy peasy!
If you have a feather, try curling it into circular shape as demonstrated in the picture below. Wrap with a piece of thread at the base and knot tightly to secure. Another interesting way to play with feathers is to layer them on top of each other to create texture.
Take your pre-made bow and play about with positioning it on your base. I find they always look best when arranged at an angle or at least off-centre.
Step 4 - embellish
Now we are going to embellish with buttons, jewels, gems, vintage earrings, bits of jewellery – all the really gorgeous bits for you magpies out there! The next few images show variations on how to use your embellishments. Use them to make the headpiece really personal to you!
If you have any old vintage earrings with the backs removed, you will need to sew through the holes on the back of these as shown.
Time for some finishing touches! When decorating your headpiece with tiny beads or sequins be really careful when using fabric glue. A good tip is to try using an ear bud to apply the glue.
Step 5 - wear!
Apply your favourite lipstick, style your hair and start wearing your fabulous, unique headpiece!
Don’t forget to post me a pic on my Facebook page, can’t wait to see what you’ve all created!
If you want to make your own headpiece but haven’t got the time to get all the bits and pieces together, then you may like to check out my “Made By You” home kits, which cater for all levels of sewers.
These kits are for everyone - for those of you who learnt your tips and tricks from your Nanas, to those who experience utter frustration when trying to thread a needle, we’ve all been there! Each pretty pot is individually made using an array of vintage fabrics in different colour ways and textures. Each home-kit also contains a selection of hand-picked gems that you can use to glam up your head piece. >> Order one now
Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe also offers bespoke handmade headpieces, made to order for brides and guests too – also why not have a look at my handmade collection? And don’t forget my vintage horseshoes and handmade garters too.
January 28 2014
When I set up Silver Sixpence in her Shoe nearly four years ago I hoped, as any new business owner would do, that it would be a success and that I might find a market for my products here at home in the UK.
In that time I’ve been surprised but delighted to find that Silver Sixpence also has international appeal, with us regularly receiving orders from as far away as Australia and New Zealand, as well as other parts of Europe and America, via our new website and, previously, from our Etsy and Not on the High Street stores.
In fact, last year we began working with our first overseas supplier, the gorgeous Primrose & Finch bridal boutique in Auckland, New Zealand. Primrose & Finch is a perfect fit for Silver Sixpence accessories, stocking beautiful vintage-inspired dresses by Claire Pettibone and Charlie Brear, amongst others, all of which complement our pieces beautifully. It’s a real thrill to know that somewhere across the other side of the world there are brides wearing our headpieces and accessories on their big day and the feedback we receive tells us how much they love them.
One stunning example of this came to us via photographer Hilary Cam, who is based in Sydney, Australia. She photographed the incredible September wedding of Laura and Ryan, who wed in the Blue Mountains National Park. The setting was truly breathtaking and Laura looked an absolute picture in her modified Maggie Sottero gown and Silver Sixpence’s Persephone headpiece and Allegra garter, both of which she’d purchased via our Etsy site.
Laura and Ryan’s wedding is full of beautiful, personal detail which we can’t do justice to here so visit Hilary Cam’s blog to hear all about their dream day and daydream about their lovely nature-inspired wedding.
Laura told us, “I absolutely loved the headpiece! I loved how it made such a difference to my entire look and really complemented my dress. “ – who could ask for better feedback than that?
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January 09 2014
From the moment we first started planning our wedding, both Sam and I knew that we wanted to create a celebration that was intimate and special with just our closest family and friends in a venue that was different from the other places we had seen. We found the perfect venue at the Little Theatre, our local art house cinema, nestled amongst the pretty cobbled streets of Bath.
We loved the Art Deco style of the venue so much – with its old-fashioned cinema seats for our guests and a fantastic place on stage for us to say our vows amongst chiffon drapes and candle light – that we wanted to mimic the romantic and luxurious feel that it offered in our other details.
In order to acknowledge the cinema location we therefore chose to loosely follow an Oscars-style theme for our ceremony, complete with the Orders of Service presented in gold envelopes and finishing up with post-ceremony fizz and popcorn.
My stunning dress, Ginger by Amanda Wyatt, was the perfect red-carpet style to complement our theme. It was beautiful, soft and draped, and I felt fantastic in it. I teamed my gown with a gorgeous bespoke headpiece designed by Nicola at Silver Sixpence - a detachable blusher style veil on a lace motif clip decorated with family jewellery to make it entirely personal to me. I hadn’t known exactly what I wanted, I just had an idea of the sort of look that I was trying to achieve, and Nicola took the time to hear all about my plans for my wedding day and to talk through different colours, styles and designs until we had something that was, quite literally, made for me. A bespoke horseshoe from Nicola finished my look and I absolutely loved the end result and would highly recommend Silver Sixpence in her Shoe to all future brides.
Following our ceremony we chose to continue our celebration at Same But Different in Bath, an independent family-run restaurant which serves delicious tapas and, for one day only, our very own mojito-style cocktail called ‘Cazam’! This venue was exactly what we wanted, with its own cosy yet stylish atmosphere. Instead of formal speeches we had a quiz with questions all about our guests to enhance our theme of intimacy and togetherness.
As we’d kept the day itself to just 30 people we knew we needed a big party to include all our friends so a week later we had our second celebration, this time at the Castlefield Rooms in Manchester, where we both used to live. We wanted our party to be everything that signified Manchester to us so we chose a venue with views over the canal, the Manchester Metro and all things red brick!
Holding two very different celebrations allowed us to have the very personal and intimate wedding that we both wanted whilst enjoying the opportunity to really celebrate with our wider circle of family and friends and we could not have been happier with our choices, we had two completely wonderful days.
December 12 2013
Steve and I married at a beautiful and unusual venue called the Pines Calyx near to where we both grew up on the Kent coast. The Pines Calyx is not only beautifully situated in lovely grounds with incredible sea views but it is also the only venue in the UK to be classed as carbon zero, meaning it generates more of its own power and heat than it uses.
We were incredibly lucky with the weather and had a gorgeous sunny day at the end of May for our wedding. We’d chosen an indoor country garden theme, incorporating lots of greenery and ivy, which worked beautifully with our rural setting.
I was incredibly happy with my dress and accessories for our day. I wore a beautiful Benjamin Roberts gown with a pretty lace bolero, though I’m not really a heels kind of a girl so I also wore very untraditional purple Converse under my dress!
My stunning Celine headpiece was made by Nicky at Silver Sixpence and I couldn’t have been happier with it. It complemented my dress perfectly (no accident as Nicky and I spoke a lot about what would work best) and I chose it partly with the intention that I could take my Bethany Blusher veil off after the ceremony (which I didn’t actually do until the photographer told me to because I loved wearing it so much!). I had so many compliments on my headpiece and it arrived beautifully packaged in a gift box which I can keep it in forever and pass down to my daughters to maybe wear one day. Nicky also made me a lovely wedding gift of a matching lucky horseshoe to carry on the day.
Our two daughters Connie and Kitty were our flower girls and I was incredibly proud of how beautiful they looked on the day. Walking into the ceremony room with them and seeing Steve’s face as he waited for us at the end of the aisle, surrounded by all the people we love most in the world all there under one roof, was definitely my happiest moment of the whole day.
We had around 80 people in attendance and our wedding day was a very joyful and raucous celebration! After our incredible day at The Pines Calyx ended we simply moved the party back to our favourite pub at home in St Margaret’s Bay, The Cliff, and continued there until the small hours!
There were a lot of sore heads the next day, ours included, but I wouldn’t change a single thing about it – our day was truly magical.
November 16 2013
Whilst Nicola takes some time off to get to know new baby Angus, we are very pleased to introduce the very lovely Gemma, who will be holding the Silver Sixpence fort for the next few months.
Gemma has been with us since April and is a gift from God when it comes to meeting the needs of our Silver Sixpence brides – she is creative, an excellent sewer, supremely organised and an entirely lovely person into the bargain, what’s not to love?!
Gemma graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Fashion and Textiles. Alongside setting up Jam magazine in Manchester several years ago, she has spent the time since running her own business creating children’s clothing and running crafting sessions, making her brilliantly placed to lead our ‘Craft it Yourself’ and ‘An Era of Experience’ hen party workshops.
As well as being super talented, Gemma also makes the time to be wife to Mark (a videographer) and mum to Ollie, who is three, and Eve (who is six going on 16).
So it is very much business as usual while Nicola is off and Gemma would love to hear from you, whether it’s to discuss a bespoke order, answer your queries or just have a general chat so email her on email@example.com
November 16 2013
Some of you may have already picked up on our exciting news via Twitter and Facebook but, in case not, we’d like to introduce you to Angus, the latest addition to the Silver Sixpence family (or the Wellard family, as they are more commonly known).
Angus arrived late at night near the end of October, after putting poor mum Nicola through the wringer for many hours. He is here at last though, a healthy 8lb 1oz and utterly gorgeous. As you can see from the pics, big brother Dougie is pretty taken with him too and is putting in some serious effort into being the best big brother in the world, ever.
So, as a result of her perfect new arrival, Nicola is taking a bit of time off but she’s leaving you in the more than capable hands of the lovely Gemma, who you can read a bit more about just up the page…!
September 28 2013
The Shape of things to come…
Hopefully if you’re reading this then you’ve liked it enough to stick around too. I’m really proud of it and think it does a great job of reflecting what Silver Sixpence is all about – helping brides to finish their wedding day look with accessories that are beautiful, feminine and entirely personal to them. Big tick in the box there.
The website was designed and built by the lovely Andy at MadeByShape. Andy, along with his colleagues, made the whole process of getting this website up and running both lots of fun and remarkably simple (for me, maybe not for them), considering what a technophobe I am. Visits to the Shape offices always involved a lot more laughter than you would expect building a website to entail, due in no small part to the boys’ bizarre obsession with eating tinned mackerel (don’t ask, no idea).
Despite collectively looking and dressing like a bunch of eager students, Andy and his colleagues completely know their stuff and got what we were about and what we wanted to achieve right from the off. The site showcases all the lovely product imagery, from the fantastic photographers Katy Lunsford and Lucy G, to its absolute best advantage. And now you can shop directly from the site too, making the whole process super quick and easy for everyone – what more could I ask!
My friend and PR lady Rosie and I made several visits to see Andy in an attempt to learn how to update the site ourselves. We thought we’d cottoned on fairly quickly for a pair of total Luddites but Andy later informed us that it had taken longer to teach us how to use the Content Management System than anyone else he’d worked with. Ever. And even then we hadn’t really got it. So you might have to excuse the odd Gremlin in the site as we get to grips with how to do things but, thankfully, the product design and creation doesn’t include anything even slightly technical so all will be fine!
Massive thanks to Andy for all his expertise, help and patience. – I really can’t recommend the team at MadeByShape highly enough. Though don’t work with them if you get thirsty quickly - we’re still waiting for that cup of tea we were promised the last time we came round…
September 28 2013
How It All Began…
My husband Ed and I met when we were at University at Nottingham Trent when I was just 19. It then took us 11 years to get round to getting engaged but, after his gorgeous proposal on Waterloo Bridge, we took just seven months to actually tie the knot, proving you can have the wedding of your dreams without years of planning!
As is the case with most women, one of the first things I started thinking about was what I was going to wear on the big day. As all of my friends would attest, I’m not exactly a traditional huge dress kind of a girl and I must admit the whole process worried me a little. I imagined I’d probably go for something vintage (or, at least, vintage inspired) but knew that finding something I loved of that kind could be a nightmare.
In the end, I have my Mum to thank for my gorgeous dress, which she spotted while we were out shopping one day. Rather than a traditional bridal dress, this was an elegant, ivory silk evening gown. Once I’d tried it on, I knew my search was over – it was perfect and, as it turned out, this dress inadvertently lead me to begin a whole new business venture…!
As my dress wasn’t typically bridal, I had to think outside the box a little for my accessories, as the more traditional headpieces on the market just wouldn’t have looked right. I scoured both the high street and the designers to no avail and it struck me that there was a big gap in the middle of the market.
Armed with five inches of cut-off material from my too-long wedding dress (I’m only 5’ 2”!), I began sewing soft blowsy flowers which in turn became my bridal head dress. Having a fashion degree meant that I could sew and pattern cut and I was surprised by how naturally the ideas came to me to make something that was both beautiful and unique to me.
Thrilled with my success in making my headpiece (which I subsequently named the ‘Nicola’ and is available to buy as part of the Modern Vintage collection!), I also made myself a garter. I loved knowing that my accessories were hand made with real care and attention to detail rather than being mass-produced and the sense of achievement I got from them was huge.
So, from this rather humble beginning, Silver Sixpence in her Shoe was born. I wanted to help fill that gap in the market that I’d identified by creating beautiful, hand-crafted accessories, made to order for brides like me who wanted something that wasn’t run-of-the-mill for their special day. I launched my business a few months later (though had to have a slight pause for a while due to the arrival of our son, Douglas) and now we are in our third year of trading and I couldn’t be happier. My designs have been sold all round the world via my online stores on Etsy and Not on the High Street, plus my first overseas stockist, the lovely Primrose & Finch bridal boutique in Auckland, New Zealand.
I’m so delighted to have launched my new website, not least as it allows me to fully show off the gorgeous imagery of my products, taken by the super talented photographers Katy Lunsford and Lucy G. Thanks in no small part to them, my designs have appeared in regional, national and international media and, with the launch of this brand new website, hopefully Silver Sixpence will continue to go from strength to strength.
September 25 2013
When Nicky married Ed…
Ed and I got married in October 2009 and our day was everything we hoped for and more. Months later, our wedding would lead to me setting up Silver Sixpence in her Shoe but, at the time, all we thought about was making our day as happy and as personal as we could and I think we succeeded.
We only gave ourselves seven months to plan our wedding, which shows that it’s perfectly possible to have the celebration you want in not very much time. Our day was all about our love of our adopted hometown of London, where we’d lived since graduating from university in 2000, but with a few Scottish touches thrown in, to reflect my Scottish heritage.
We’d desperately wanted to marry at Stoke Newington Town Hall but sadly it was closed for renovation so we had to travel a bit further from home, to the Council Chamber at Islington Town Hall. This was no hardship as the room we married in was beautiful, full of old oak panels and a circular layout, meaning we were married with our friends and family all around us.
You can read all about how I chose my dress and handmade my own headpiece and garter here. I finished my look with ‘something borrowed’ gloves of my grandmother’s and a cute ivory brolly (as it was October in England, there was always a chance I’d need it!). My bouquet and wedding flowers were provided by the fantastic Flowers N16 in Stoke Newington and included cream roses, eucalyptus, African Sunset and thistles, as a nod to Scotland! They were absolutely beautiful and I can’t recommend our florist highly enough.
I had just one bridesmaid, my best friend Helen, who looked beautiful in a wine coloured dress from Coast. I also had two of our young cousins as page boys and my lovely mum gave me away – somehow she did so without crying, which is more than can be said for me!
Ed looked gorgeous in his Ben Sherman suit. Having been together for eleven years, we knew pretty much all there is to know about each other but still nothing prepares you for how you feel as you walk up to meet your husband-to-be on your wedding day.
We had two readings on the day, one by Ed’s mum and one by my friend Ellen. We let them choose the readings themselves so we had no idea what to expect until the day, which made a nice surprise.
Following the ceremony we had a drinks reception at the Town Hall, which was great as it allowed us to say hello to all of our guests straight away. Everyone then climbed aboard our Wedding Special Routemaster bus to go on to our reception venue, the fantastic Empress of India pub in Victoria Park.
Our venue was perfect for the casual day we had in mind and the staff at the Empress were absolutely brilliant. The food was fantastic and everyone loved the informal set up in the room. We named our tables after London landmarks and beat all our guests to it by preparing a sweepstake game for everyone to play regarding how long the speeches would last!
We had our first dance to an Ian Brown song called El Mundo Pequeno , not perhaps a traditional first dance choice but it reminds us of our time travelling South America together and was the closest we would ever get to an ‘our song’.
And after that, the rest of the evening turned into a blur of drunk people and dancing! One of my standout memories of the day was my Aunt, who is in her sixties, dancing to Loaded by Primal Scream – these are the sort of things that only ever happen at weddings, one of the many reasons they are such amazing and joyful events.
Ed and fell into a cab back to our flat at about 3am before we set off on our honeymoon to Iceland the next day. Our day was perfect for us and I’m happy to say that I wouldn’t have changed a single thing.
August 04 2013
Adam and I married in a huge rambling old house in a place called Macerino, a tiny hamlet in the middle of nowhere in the Italian countryside. We stayed there for the week with our family and hosted the entire wedding ourselves.
We didn’t have a theme for the day but instead tried to create a rustic and informal yet classy feel to everything. We wanted to capture that Italian conviviality – amazing food, great music, lots of quality booze plus a twinkly, magical atmosphere in the evening. I’d like to think we achieved what we set out to do!
We kept our wedding very small, just 35 immediate family and close friends. It was a very hard decision to make but we made up for it after we returned to England with a big party to celebrate with everyone who wasn’t able to attend.
Trying to plan a wedding abroad could be really complicated but thankfully I had an amazing wedding planner who I would wholeheartedly recommend (Italian Wedding Dream) - she made our vision come to life.
Our entire wedding took place outside: from the ceremony on the lawn, to the long table on the patio for dinner, followed by cocktails around the pool and then dancing under a canopy lit with fairy lights and candles.
We kept our table decorations simple, using just a white tablecloth, hessian runner and mixed jars of gysophilia, blue hydrangea and pale pink roses. We also hung white candles in jars from the trees and white paper chains and paper flowers.
Music was always going to be an important part of our day and provided two of my highlights of the whole wedding. Our first dance was ‘Green Eyes’ by Coldplay as the lyrics express perfectly how I feel about Adam. We were so lucky to have a little live set performed by some friends of ours. Amy sang and Andy accompanied her on the guitar, playing a lovely mix of sentimental and pure cheese – ‘In My Life’ by The Beatles; ‘Is This Love?’ by Bob Marley; ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ by Roberta Flack and ‘Rule the World’ by Take That). Everybody cried and sang along – it was a beautiful moment and I will never forget it.
The bespoke pieces I got from Nicola at Silver Sixpence exceeded all my expectations. Everyone commented on how stunning they were and I felt they complemented my dress perfectly. The fact that the veil detached from the lace headpiece was a genius idea from Nicky, as I have a baby who seemed intent on trying to rip my veil off every time I held her!
Nicola offers a very friendly and personal service. She'll guide your choice and be honest with you if you need her to be, and she's very patient too - I changed my mind twice before settling on the final design! I have told every bride-to-be that I know about Silver Sixpence. If you want something that is beautiful, unique and well crafted but feel you need some guidance, I would definitely recommend speaking to her about a bespoke piece.
June 12 2013
Rosie and I have been friends since we were eleven and I’ve helped nurse her through endless boyfriend traumas over the years so it was really lovely to see her happily married at last.
Their wedding took place well over 200 miles away from Manchester, where both Rosie and I live, down on the gorgeous south coast of Cornwall. The wedding taking place so far away allowed us and all of our friends to make a weekend of it so we left our young son Dougie with his willing grandmother babysitter (I know, mean parents).
They married at a lovely venue called the Rosevine, just outside Portscatho. The Rosevine is, quite literally, a big house by the sea, separated into several pretty self-catering apartments. The house is a stone’s throw from the beach so everyone piled down there for a BBQ on the Friday night before getting chased back up the hill by the incoming tide a couple of hours later.
It would be a lovely venue to get married in at any time of year but Rosie and Gavin hit the jackpot with the most incredibly warm and sunny day, even more remarkable considering the rest of the spring had been a total washout before then. There were lots of tears, mostly from Gavin (happy, hopefully) and Rosie’s Ritva and Chenca dress, decorated with row upon row of iridescent beading, sparkled like the sea in the sunshine.
Rosie and Gavin’s friend and colleague Sharon Latham, whose day job is to be the official photographer for Manchester City FC, took all their lovely pics, including the hilarious photo booth at the end of the night. Most of them are too embarrassing to share but I love the one of me and my friends too much to resist (that’s me in the cat mask – miaow!!)
And, as if one fantastic wedding day wasn’t enough, Rosie and Gavin chose to do it again just over a year later, with a Catholic church blessing back home in Manchester. This time she wore some borrowed Rosanna hairpins (which she subsequently managed to lose – end of friendship!) and a horseshoe I made as a gift. So really, Rosie should count as two Silver Sixpence brides (though she’d better not get married again, I can’t afford all these presents…!).
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