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Crystal Heirlooms offers an eclectic collection of one-of-a-kind headdresses and wedding day accessories, each individually designed and skilfully handcrafted around beautiful vintage jewels.
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- Crystal Heirlooms offers an eclectic collection of exquisite, one-of-a-kind headdresses, hair jewels, lace and feather capelets, veils and sashes, each individually designed and skilfully hand crafted around beautiful vintage jewels, silk flowers or antique lace and appliqué. Whatever your wedding style - from village tea party to boho festival or woodland fantasy, from Hollywood glamour to Art Deco or Edwardian romance, from city chic to traditional elegance - we offer designs to perfectly complement your dress, hair style, wedding theme and colours. For vintage lovers we also offer a hand picked selection of authentic high quality jewellery and wedding accessories. Our truly distinctive collection of original Art Deco cufflinks and tie accessories are perfect for your groom. OUR COLLECTIONS The Bridal Headdress Collection: one-of-a-kind headdresses, combs, vines and hairpins - from elegantly simple to intricately sophisticated, from unashamedly glitzy to gently sparkling. All of the vintage elements in our headdresses date from Victorian and Edwardian times through to the glamorous 1960s. The Bridal Accessories Collection: feathery capelets, birdcage veils, sashes and belts each individually designed and hand crafted using a mix of new elements with antique lace or vintage tulle and silk flowers. Genuine Vintage Accessories: browse our collections of genuine vintage jewellery including necklaces, earrings and bracelets and authentic wedding day accessories such as antique tiaras, rhinestone belts and lace gloves. Vintage Shirt and Tie Accessories: a very special collection of vintage cufflinks, cravat pins and tie bars for the discerning Groom and his Best Man. Each piece has been hand picked for its charm, uniqueness and quality. Bespoke designs: we’ll create the perfect headdress or accessory especially for you, perhaps incorporating your own family heirloom pieces.
ExperienceYear Business Was Established2012# Of Weddings HostedMore than 50# Of People In Team2Public Liability InsuranceYes
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What is your most memorable wedding?
Our designer Jean's own wedding in Sicily of course! Not only her perfect day and the start of a wonderful new life with husband Dave, but also the inspiration for us to set up Crystal Heirlooms. Jean created her own, very unique headpiece that incorporated pearls from her Mum's own wedding plus small iconic jewels representing Dave's career as a helicopter pilot, some of the special shared memories leading up to the wedding, and not forgetting their 'babies' in the form of Harley, Morris and Flora the cats!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Exquisite - unique - true vintage
What about your business are you most proud of?
Creating exactly what you want for your special day - even if you're not sure yourself to begin with! Working with you to design and handcraft accessories that you love to wear, are comfortable, that perfectly complement your dress and wedding style, that make you feel truly special all day long, and that you'll want to keep forever!
What is your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Don't buy your hair accessory until you've chosen your dress and worked out how you will wear your hair. With those two key decisions made you can really let your imagination fly, so allow time to shop around for the finishing touches. And remember that your headdress is the one thing that will be seen in every photo of you on the day - so it needs to be perfect!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
The bride very much wanted to revive her look for the reception but a second dress was way beyond her budget. Instead she changed her headdress and created a completely fresh new look, with a contemporary tiara and veil for the church and a flurry of crystals and feathers for the reception!
Describe your typical process with a couple.
We’d love to welcome you to our garden studio in Surrey to try on different styles of headdress and explore what you really want in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We’ll make a one-to-one appointment so that you can come on your own or with Mum, sister or bridesmaid. If that’s not possible we’ll meet you on Skype to get to know you and your aspirations. We can make adjustments to pieces in our ready-to-wear-collections, or we can start from scratch with a bespoke design. Once the design for your unique accessory is agreed we’ll send photos of suggested vintage jewels and embellishments (and samples if appropriate) and whilst its being made we’ll send progress pictures, or have further Skype calls, to make sure you’re happy with everything. Please try to allow 8 weeks for a bespoke headdress, cape or sash - although we will always try to work to a tighter deadline if you need us to!
What do you love most about your job?
Feedback from our brides! Seeing how stunning they looked on their special day and having the opportunity to play a small part in making everything perfect.
What is your favourite style of wedding dress?
Art Deco or 1940s satin dresses, cut on the bias to drape beautifully. Simple, elegant and so feminine!
What is the best way to incorporate "Something Blue" into the wedding outfit?
A tiny blue crystal, pearl or vintage motif worked into your wedding headdress!
What is your favourite wedding dress of all time?
Norman Hartnell's embroidered silk satin dress for Margaret Whigham, Duchess of Argyll, for her marriage to Mr Charles Sweeny in the Brompton Oratory on 21 February 1933.
- Bridebook Discount: 10%
- Bridebook Special Offer: 10% discount on bridal headdresses, combs, vines and garlands in our ready-to-wear collections (exclusions apply)