We have told Our Story. Now we want to share the stories of our inspirational and talented entrepreneurs. These are the local wedding experts, crafters and grafters, and at at How to I Do, we just love to show off their talent. Setting our Meet the Maker series off to a flying start is the wonderful Heidi, creator of the incredible wedding accessory range, Glorious by Heidi.
Tell us a bit about Glorious by Heidi?
I’m Heidi, an award-winning accessory designer based in Macclesfield, Cheshire. I’ve been designing unique, luxury wedding accessories as Glorious by Heidi, for seven super-sparkly years!
What makes your pieces so special?
Each of my pieces is handcrafted by me, using couture techniques, the finest Swarovski crystals, pretty pearls, seed beads, and any other components that work to help me create the perfect finishing touch for your wedding day look.
What about going bespoke?
In addition to the collections, I also design bespoke accessories for brides that are looking for pieces that work perfectly with their personality, and their wedding day style. Brides who commission me to design something especially for them pay no extra for this service, and usually book to visit me in person for a consultation at my studio. I do also conduct these consultations via Skype or Messenger. During the consultation we drink tea (or coffee!), discuss how you might want to wear your hair, try some accessories on, and look at photos of your dress. Between us we agree a budget and come up with a plan for the perfect accessory. Throughout the design process I feed back to my brides with work-in-progress images, giving them the opportunity to be involved in the creation of their piece right to the very end.
All Glorious accessories are wrapped in crisp tissue paper, and beautifully boxed to keep them in pristine condition for years to come.
How did you enter this glittery world?
I launched Glorious by Heidi in October 2011, giving up my role as a radio presenter at a local station.
I’d been designing and making accessories as a way of relaxing and taking time out from the stresses of work and my role as carer to my gorgeous daughter who has Down’s Syndrome. Increasingly the accessories I’d made for friends and family were catching the eye of their friends and family and I was receiving regular requests to make pieces for other people’s special events.
I’d reached the point where I realised that I was far happier learning new accessory making techniques, researching new designs, and working with women who were excited about a special occasion, than I was interviewing local politicians, attending planning meetings, and interviewing the odd celeb. I can honestly say I’ve never looked back.
Being involved in one of the happiest days of someone’s life never fails to bring me a high, and when I get to see those wedding photos showing off ‘my Glorious brides’ I’m unbearably excited and smug!
What are you favourite pieces and why?
My favourite pieces change all the time, but right now, the pieces that make my heart beat a little faster are my Orla headpiece, my Mia headband, and a commission piece for beautiful summer bride Natalie.
I adore Orla for her versatility – she can be pinned into the back of your wedding day hairstyle working equally well to embellish hair up or hair down, or she can be worn over the top of your hairstyle in a a more regal fashion. Her rich tones really warm your wedding day look up and she looks amazing when teamed with other coppery gold accessories.
Mia is the queen of simplicity. Parred back, light, elegant, and romantic with a modern edge, Mia works well with or without a veil, and is just so now!
Commission for Natalie
Beautiful bride Natalie came and met me in my studio for a consultation. She showed me pictures of the loosely curled ‘undone’ up do that she’d got planned for her wedding day hair, photos of her beautifully elegant and simple wedding gown, and we chatted about her personal style, her favourite colours and her other wedding day plans. Between us we came up with a plan to design a pretty, organic piece that would be flexible enough to be pinned through and around her hairstyle, and have enough colour to satisfy Natalie’s love of jewel bright tones.
What advice would you give to those wanting to accessorise?
My most regular piece of advice to my brides is that you should always accessorise to the dress. It’s great fun to browse accessory ideas beforehand, and gathering a few ideas together on a Pinterest board is one of the joys of wedding planning, but it isn’t until you’ve bought your wedding dress that you have the canvas that you’ll be accessorising.
The cut, fabric, detail and style of your gown will set the tone for your wedding day look, be that urban chic, traditional elegance, timeless romance, Hollywood glamour, bohemian or vintage. From there you’ll have a clearer idea of your wedding day style and your accessory designer can advise you regarding which accessories would work well to enhance and complement this.
What is hot for 2019?
The traditional stand up tiara is back, but in a more open, organic style.
For some time brides have been opting for romantic hair vines that can be wound through and around the hair, side headpieces and combs, with the traditional tiara being frowned upon as being too old fashioned. But, as the trend for more elegant, simply cut gowns has gained traction in the last year, so has the desire to finish that simple look with a show stopping headpiece a la Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie. However, rather than trying to pass herself off as a member of the House of Windsor, brides are opting for designs that combine regal shaping with a tumbling bohemia of twisted wires, pearls and beads that work better with the looser, deconstructed wildflower bouquets, seen designed by the regions best floral artists.
My Spring 2019 collection will be featuring a number of pieces that celebrate this trend!
As always, thank you so much Heidi! You are an inspiration.