Every girl should sparkle!
Today we get to know the lady behind Glorious Tiaras. Heidi makes beautifully designed headpieces, keepsake bouquets and other accessories.
'I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1991 with a degree in Creative Arts, and a final show that explored working artistically with wire.'
'For my own wedding in 1996 I fell in love with a handcrafted tiara that enhanced the ‘vintage glamour’ look I wanted for my big day. A visit in 2002 to the V&A Tiara Exhibition cemented my love affair with this very special accessory.'
'I spent the next few years researching the history of the tiara, seeking out further inspiration and experimenting with wire, crystals, pearls, and in 2011, after encouragement from family, friends and other wedding industry professionals, I gave up my job as a local radio presenter to embrace Glorious Tiaras full time.'
'The designs themselves are completely unique and take inspiration from the high fashion of bygone decades and from the glory found in nature and natural forms.'
'All Glorious accessories are handmade to order using the finest components, and although I’ve made the online ordering process really simple, I also make sure that my brides know that anything is possible when it comes to their accessories, and encourage them to contact me to discuss any changes they’d like to make. I want my brides to have an accessory that they love, because all brides should feel totally Glorious on their wedding day!'
'The process starts with a conversation with my bride, either in person, over the phone, or via Skype. I always encourage brides to come to me after they’ve decided on a wedding dress (or a suit, or a two piece!). It’s not impossible to find an outfit to go with your accessory, but ideally your accessories should be the ‘icing on the cake’; the finish that adds flourish, and that’s easier when the accessory is designed to enhance the detailing on the bodice of your dress, or to add to the feel and look for the day. I ask brides to show me pictures of the outfit they’ve chosen, share Pinterest boards with me, and give me an idea, if they have one, of how they’d like to wear their hair on their wedding day. We also discuss budget. I don’t charge extra for my bespoke service, but I think it’s important that my brides can relax and enjoy the design process without the uncertainty of what the final bill is going to be!'
'Once we’ve agreed on the design for the hair accessory or the brooch bouquet, I ask for a 25% deposit and start work. I stay in contact with my brides throughout the design process, right up to the point that they receive their Glorious accessory, beautifully packaged through the post.'
'A bespoke headpiece or brooch bouquet has a 4-6 week lead-time from the moment the deposit has been placed, and although accessories are very often completed quicker I encourage brides to get in contact as soon as they’ve chosen an outfit as April – August is a very busy time in the Glorious studio and books up fast!'
'My brides are the reason I love my job! Their excitement is contagious, and I never fail to feel ridiculously privileged to be involved in one of the most important days of their lives.'
'As a designer I work hard to stay ahead of trends by watching what’s happening on the catwalks, at the awards ceremonies, and in magazines. Right now, many of my brides are embracing full on 1940’s Hollywood glamour and choosing statement crystal combs and tiaras like our Sofia side tiara and comb. On the flip side, the pretty, rustic, English country wedding is still in vogue, so the popularity of a simple, versatile hair vine, like our Seren hair vine, remains strong'.
'I’m often asked if I can make scaled down versions of our bridal brooch bouquets for bridesmaids and the answer is yes! I’m currently in the process of making some smaller, bridesmaids brooch bouquets that use around 10 vintage brooches rather than the 20-30 used in the bridal bouquets, and hope to have some examples on the website very soon.'
'Your accessories should be what pulls your look together. For example, a bright colour can excite, surprise and add a contemporary pop to your palette; a birdcage veil will ramp up a vintage theme and a crystal comb always exudes glamour. Think hard about what kind of look you want to achieve, be it city chic, contemporary, romantic, glamorous or rustic and seek out inspiration to support your look on blogs, in magazines, and on Pinterest.'
'I’d also encourage brides to try different hair accessories on if they get the opportunity, partly as comfort is so very important – you’ll probably still be wearing your accessory 10 hours after you first put it on, so you don’t want something that pinches or rubs (I wrap all my tiara bands with ribbon so pinching doesn’t occur); and partly because you might surprise yourself. Hair accessories look very different when in the hair rather than on display and you’ll often find that a style you’d overlooked is the one you fall for.'
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Don't forget you can get 10% off your order with the discount code ASTO10 until 26th April 2015.
Come and see where Heidi is exhibiting next, what’s happening with the latest Glorious designs, and grab yourself some Glorious inspiration for your big day!
Photography by Janet Broughton Photography