Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

Vintage inspired modern bridal accessories using vintage and upcycled finds

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Hi, I’m Nicola and I create wedding headpieces, veils, finishing touches and gifts based around nostalgic wedding traditions, such as garters and lucky horseshoes. I’m most known for my vintage inspired made modern bridal pieces for the quirkier stylish bride. I delight in old traditions and ensure that they are reflected in little thoughtful touches in my designs.

Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe is best known for its range of vintage inspired but modern bridal accessories designed for timeless, stylish brides, their bridesmaids, and all wedding party members. These include statement embellished headbands, handstitched headpieces, soft full length and birdcage veils and statement capes.

I also have a thoughtful range of gifting ideas from garters to lucky wedding horseshoes and luxurious gift sets for the morning of the wedding.

I adore creating bespoke one off pieces and repurposing family heirlooms into new pieces, keeping traditions alive. My business name – Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe – tells you a lot about the thought behind the brand, something old, new, borrowed and blue and a silver sixpence for her shoe. These lovely touches can make a piece into something you really want to love and cherish, frame, wear again or pass on to a family member or friend. I think that is the ethos behind pretty much everything I do.

I also run workshops, ideal for a hen party activity in how to make your own headwear. Great for something to wear at the wedding yourself as a guest and learning a new skill in the process. It’s a wonderfully unique and sustainable craft workshop often using preloved jewellery as decor for your pieces

It is really important to me to be as sustainable as I possibly can with my work and to be transparent about this. My business was started on the basis of making keepsake items using vintage jewellery and lace to make one off pieces by me at home alone, probably the ultimate in sustainable.

As the years have passed I have evolved and my range has expanded but I am still the sole maker. So you can rest assured you know who made your piece and it is still all made here in my UK studio.

All my core ribbons are made using recycled plastic bottles and my horseshoes are bought from a British farrier and cleaned by my own ( occasional family helper!) fair hands.

I still scour vintage shops for my jewels and laces but where I haven’t I try to buy from small independent businesses like myself. All of my earrings are made from leftover components that I have from my headpieces and veil commissions, making them zero waste and in general my work involves a lot of finding ways to use up remnants. An offcut of a long veil can become a lovely tulle bow with a bit of working out.

My pieces are all designed to loved and cherished forever, worn again in many cases or kept and passed onto the next generation for your something old, new, borrowed or blue, reducing waste all round.

If you would like me to upcycle a vintage piece I have re-beaded full vintage wedding dresses, repaired and repurposed wax flower crowns and made brand new modern style veils from a 1970’s veil someone somewhere dragged out of an attic. Everything can be used and repurposed somehow and everything has it’s own story to be turned into a new beginning.

You can also learn to be sustainable yourself at one of my make your own headpiece craft workshops, a great activity for a hen party where we use one off and repurposed jewellery to make unique headwear whilst learning a new skill that then might just help you do a little bit of mending yourself too!

“I met Nicola at a wedding fayre. She was very welcoming and listened to every detail. She updated me throughout her creation and packaged it perfectly. She ended up creating my hair piece, my bridesmaids hair pieces and my garter. My hair piece was so lovely and kept so well in the box provided that I was able to lend it to my friend for her special day too as ‘something borrowed’. I have also been back more than once to buy gifts for others knowing they will be carefully handmade and finished beautifully. Horseshoes are a perfect traditional gift that often get forgotten today. I loved letting my little boy gift one to my sister in law.” – Lucy Beckett

“I couldn’t recommend Nicola enough for everything she did and made for us in the lead up to our wedding. Nicola was truly the most wonderful and patient supplier that I worked with, and helped me out very last minute for some gorgeous bridal earrings after I had been let down last minute! She created the most beautiful bridal headband for me, a stunning veil and also some lovely earrings for my bridesmaids as a thank you. I would give Nicola 100 stars every single day,” – Catrin Williams

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