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I Shop Indie! - Bespoke Wedding Accessories and Gifts

I Shop Indie! - Bespoke Wedding Accessories and Gifts

If you're not aware already, we're celebrating our Shop Indie Week this week! Head over to And so to Shop'd Facebook pages for more details and lot's of FREEBIES. You lucky people!

When you 'Shop Indie' an actual person does a happy dance. Make someone do a happy dance this week and support small. Not only is buying from a small business a delightful shopping experience, you get a totally bespoke product, either made to order or exactly how you want it. You're supporting the economy but most of all, supporting someone's dream and passion. 

You can support small and shop indie by checking out these amazing wedding suppliers we are lucky to have in our And so to Wed community. Today we wanted you to meet a few of many of the talented people we have in our wedding shop community. Meet our talented superstars...

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Extra Special Touch || Extra Special Touch is an embroidery & sewing studio in Nottingham making luxury, handmade wedding & bridal accessories. Beautiful personalised handkerchiefs for your wedding day. All in the detail! 

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Happy Girl || I am a recently married :) 'happy girl' working in London as a PA, my real passion is my drawing and painting and through this I created my company. I started off small, making cards for my family & friends and have grown to supplying designs around the world and in local independent shops. I love each and every time I get to put my pen to paper and working on commissions is my favourite thing to do - dreaming up a personal design unique to one person, one story or a moment in time.
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Beespoke || Stand out from the crowd!
Here at Beespoke we create customised denim jackets for the fashion conscious.
Great for any occasion, from a night out to your wedding day - we don't believe in following any rules.
Every jacket is embellished by hand at our studio in Yorkshire, we have 3 styles to pick from but it you're looking for something a bit different please get in touch.
Our denim jackets are 100% cotton and come in sizes small, medium and large.  Every jacket is embroidered with our small bee logo so you know you're part of the beespoke squad.
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Starbox Jewellery || We are a small independent Wedding Jewellery and Accessories company started in August 2015. We have recently branched out to include other gifts and personalised goods.
Our specialist area is Wedding Jewellery and accessories. So if you are looking for a unique item, then look no further than Starbox Jewellery.
Whilst we may be small we provide high-quality jewellery and accessories to our customers along with exceptional customer service. 
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Suzanne Oddy || Beautiful laser cut wedding day accessories including cake toppers, gifts and handmade dreamcatcher decor! Perfection!

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Sixpenny Bride || On the top floor of a tranquil Edwardian villa you'll find beautifully restored authentic vintage wedding gowns dating from the romantic Belle Epoque era of the 1900s to the hippy, boho 1970s and everything in.
In addition, I design one of a kind handcrafted bridal headpieces using vintage jewellery and interesting finds – bespoke commissions a speciality.
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Threaded || Threaded was first born after going through a really tough phase, maybe I wouldn't call it tough, maybe it was just one of those bad times in life where you needed to find a way out from the rotten core. I was actually working on my handmade products before I started a part time job in the busy Oxford Street of London at a big high street flagship store.
Back then everything seemed to settle the dust, a new part time job that supported me to help start up my business and I was married to a wonderful and amazing husband, who endlessly supported me whenever I needed the help. What more did I really need in life? Although he is a software developer, he still strived and took initiative to encourage me in starting this up. I wasn't enjoying my job entirely after one or two months of and constant telling off from the team. Whats there to like in a company when you aren't enjoying the job fully, there's a saying:
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius"
So a few months later down the line, I also got pushed over by a commuter when I was going to work and happened to injure my knee. Everything for me then seemed to just give in. I decided to leave my job couple weeks after my accident and I sat there at home, wondering what should I do next. If my knee is idle for now, my hands aren't. I needed to keep myself busy, and that's when I created my business "Threaded by Pooja". I started off working on Christmas products, and my husband helped me price up my products. He also helped me sell at a private Christmas Fair that took place at his workplace.
A few months after Christmas, and New year - I decided to apply for teaching jobs since I also had a really good experience of that when I taught in Tanzania. But I can tell you this when the universe has a plan for you, the plans that you make in your life will never end up working out. Months passed, I never got any replies from the agencies. I gave myself a deadline until March end - I will stop applying to any jobs, and continue to use that energy in making product lines for my shop.
I love what I do, and with my husband by my side, nothing is impossible for me. My dream is to just keep pursuing what I am really good at, and enjoy life, travel with the ones I love and keep getting inspired by different cultures.
Behind the scenes...
I usually start off inspiring myself, thinking and pondering upon designs.
When I'm good enough to go and make it, I don’t usually end up sketching out the design, I just go and make it. Eventually, I may make a mistake, but it never usually happens, because on the first go I make sure I take it step by step. When I have to create the second one, the process is already implemented in my mind, so I just flourish and go with it.
I then use a makeshift studio, usually a blank white paper and my Nikon D5100 camera to take the pictures. I then edit them, usually quicker sometimes if the weather is good enough. But we’re not always so lucky with the sun shining in London. :)
I love to package my items with the utmost care because I want my products to reach you intact. Yes, I'm a big hoarder of tissue paper, washi tape, glitter, and anything sparkly!
I hope you like my little shop, with your support - I am always aiming to create beautiful products!
Love,
Pooja x
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Luna || Luna helps make fairytales come alive in beautiful ethical handmade wedding dresses for the modern bride. Using luxurious natural materials and stylish design, the Luna look combines elegance with comfort, opulence with simplicity, and tradition with fashion. Gorgeous fabrics are personally selected from world-loving sources that ensures a conscious-free mind and an awe-inspiring body. With a romantic heart in classic sophistication and an expert eye on feminine fun, the Luna collection dances with magic and mystery as the Luna bride sparkles with individuality and independence. For the optimum feel and look on the ultimate day, choose from Luna bridal, Luna bridesmaid and let us make your dream dress come true.
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Little Sparrow Designs || The art of giving can be one that brings as much joy to the giver as it does the recipient, and here at Little Sparrow we believe in the beauty of giving something a little more unique. Specially curated gift boxes are carefully chosen using the highest quality goods sourced from both small, independent business and larger well-known brands.
Over the years, we have found that the gifts we have given that have brought the most joy have been gifts that we have been able to prepare ourselves with extra thought and extra passion and now we want to help you achieve the same feeling.
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My New Fav || Joyous jewellery created & curated to raise a smile. Gorgeous Vintage styles mixed with kitsch & modern pieces. My pieces are hand-made by me in my studio in Farnham, Surrey from where I source pieces and elements from all over the world, bringing unique, interesting and quirky pieces to the My New Fave range. My range is ever evolving, I cannot resist adding new items, when I see beautiful things that inspire me.
My inspirations come from many places, people and things. My New Fave is a glorious mix of Vintage and modern styles, gorgeous, quirky and sometimes off the wall.
The best feeling is seeing my customer’s reactions to my jewellery – a smile, a laugh, a gasp. I love it, and I hope you will love my jewellery too.
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A Beautiful Sign || Looking for something that little bit special? Since 2013 our team at a beautiful sign have been developing a range of personalised products from our workshop in Cheshire. With over 500 gorgeous products to choose from we are sure to have that extra special gift that you have been looking for! At a beautiful sign .....we always make it personal!
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Glorious By Heidi || Hello! I'm Heidi, an award-winning designer, handcrafting breathtakingly beautiful wedding accessories from my studio in Cheshire.
I've always loved how an accessory can take an outfit from ordinary to extra-ordinary - hence my obsession with making French Knitted bracelets from a very young age...
Glorious accessories take design inspiration from notable art movements in history, from style icons now, and then, and from the beautiful forms and patterns found in nature. Using that inspiration I will craft you a thing of utter beauty that you will treasure forever, and when you put it on you'll know your look is fabulously complete.
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Kirsty's Handmade Keepsakes || Kirsty's Handmade Keepsakes has a wide range of lovingly handmade clay keepsakes, decorations and home decor. Some of the items that I make are baby keepsakes gifts, family keepsakes, wedding gifts, personalised stars, unicorns, personalised dinosaur gift, christening gifts, new home gift, kitchen container labels, rockabilly decor, Christmas decorations and so much more. Enjoy your browsing!
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Sash + Veil || At Sash + Veil, we bring you over 15 years' of experience from some of London's finest couture studios.
We offer exquisitely embellished bridal sashes and hand decorated veils to suit every taste, style and budget. You can select something from our range or we just love working with our brides to make something especially for you - we can even incorporate a piece of your own jewellery or beads or pearls into your sash design.
We can even include a silk panel into the back of your sash hand-embroidered with your names and the date of your wedding.
And… our products will come to you beautifully gift boxed with lashings of crisp tissue paper and luxurious ribbon!
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Gilly Page || Designer Maker lucky enough to be living my dream as owner of my artisan business Gilly Page Jewellery. I design and create bespoke floral heirloom wedding crowns, accessories and fine silver keepsake jewellery using silk flowers, ribbons, lace and beads with personalised silver charms depicting a name, initial, date or special inscription ... each piece tells a story ...Each piece is designed and handmade personally by me in consultation with you to create your perfect heirloom keepsake to be treasured forever and handed down through the generations. 
Gilly Page Jewellery ... each piece tells a story ... what is yours?
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Ava Grace Design || Dreamy and Romantic Bridal Headpieces and Accessories.
Delicately Handcrafted in Scotland and Shipped Worldwide. So delicate, perfect to team up with an elegant veil. 

There are so many more over on the shop too as well as thoughtful personalised gifts for mums, dad, bridesmaid, flower girls and ushers. Make their day, the indie way! Happy Shop Indie Week! Don't forget to enter our competition to win some super cute freebies! 

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