I can fashion a simple ring bearer's pillow with as much decoration as you want (looks nice on your bed after the wedding). Garters can be made to fit your thigh and coordinate with your dress, etc. Headbands, bows, floral sprays, etc can be prepared for your attendants and flower girls. I can decorate a basket for your flower girl to coordinate with her headpiece and dress. Consider embellished gloves for everyone in the wedding. Money bags can be more fashionable than the typical pillow case look, and hold your lipstick, hanky and powder. Again, coordinated to your dress and headpiece. If done subtly, they can be used again at the holidays. All these items can be embellished with lace, ribbon, pearls, sequins, beads, flowers, embroidery, etc so they are all coordinated. I also make hairpins with pearls, crystals, flowers, hearts...almost anything can be put on a pin.

Brides Maids: Any type of headpiece can be designed to coordinate with the bride ... floral, satin, lace, etc. It could be a small hat with a mystery veil, or a bow. Contemporary trends are not to do this. Instead of carrying a floral bouquet, they could have a small wrist purse, embellished with ribbons, laces, beads or flowers. What about some beaded hair pins to decorate their hair-dos? Whatever you would like to coordinate with the dresses. By selecting hair pins or a purse, you can be sure they will have a nice momento and use these items again.

Moneybags: Can be made with a wrist or shoulder strap. Various shapes and styles are available - it need not look like a pillowcase. You can chose a drawstring or flap closure, satin or fur. Consider embroidery to embellish your bag to coordinate with your wedding colors, wedding dress, headpiece, and garter. With these options, you can use this purse again at Christmas or possibly New Years.

Garters: Fashioned of lace, satin, chiffon, silk, or whatever you want. It will be made to fit your thigh and embellished with pearls, sequins, ribbons, or flowers to match your dress. Just be sure it does not "show" beneath your dress as a bump on your thigh. This would be the "keeper" garter ... I also make throw away garters.

Ring Bearer Pillow: Pick a shape: heart, circle, square, rectangle ... now do you want plain, ruffled or flange edges? The fabric can be satin or lace to coordinate with your dress. The pillow top can be pin-tucked and embroidered, accented with pearls, or plain. Or a simple satin pillow with a ribbon at the center to attach the play wedding rings is very elegant. After the wedding put the pillow on your bed each morning after you make it for a wonderful memory of your wedding day - one of those ah-ha moments.

Gloves: Add a touch of elegance to your ensemble by adding lace, pearls or roses to your gloves to coordinate with your dress. The same applies to your attendants. The flower girl could have a circle of ribbon roses around her wrist ... multi-colors to accent a floral print dress, or matching her dress color. How about the brides maids?

Shawls: I custom-design shawls to go with the new, sleeveless and strapless dresses, for both the attendants and the bride. Sometimes the priest will tell you at the last minute that shoulders must be covered. I can use lace, chiffon, organza, or whatever fabric you would like.

Special Requests: One bride brought me a collection of “antiquey” jewelry from her grandmothers – old earrings, dress clips, pearls, all kinds of small pieces. I took them and created a delicate tiara for her. I added some new pearls to add texture and definition. It was a charming, one-of-a-kind piece with so much sentimental value to the bride.

Another bride brought me her mother’s wide rhinestone bracelet from the 50’s. I built a bun wrap from it without damaging the bracelet – she can still wear it as a bracelet.

One bride’s mother wanted a hat like the Empress of Japan had once worn. She made a tissue paper sample for me, and brought the fabric cut off to hem her dress. I created the hat for her … it was a perfect match to her dress at the wedding.

Heirloom pieces from your mother, grandmother, etc can be refreshed, and altered to work with your new dress. One bride brought an antique veil that had been used by 27 brides over the years in her groom’s family. What a treasure, hand-made lace from France. She had already bought a white dress … this lovely hand-made lace veil was no longer white. Washing it by hand helped to lighten it significantly, but not enough. So, I added a layer of tulle over it and that softened the color just enough. I used some light ivory in her headpiece and in the bouquet. Suddenly her ensemble was a blending of Antique and new … the soft color contrast became a focal point rather than a mistake or after thought. There are many, many options.

Storage until the Wedding: Now that you have chosen your veil and headpiece, here are a few tips on storage. Keep the veil and headpiece together on a hangar if possible. The veiling should hang. If it is bunched up in a bag it will get terribly wrinkled. If wrinkled, DO NOT IRON -- Bridal Illusion is nylon, it will melt. Instead, hang it in the bathroom after a long, steamy shower. Leave it there with the door closed for a couple of hours. The wrinkles will fall out. Just hanging the veil for a few days allows the wrinkles to fall out.

If your veil looks flat you can fluff it up by pulling the layers apart. Gently pull the layers apart at the base, where it has been sewn, at the gathers attached to the headpiece. Separate the layers at that base gently. If you want even more fluff, while you have the layers separated, give them a shot of hairspray (very cheap hairspray) right into the gathers. Allow the spray to dry before hanging it. This will give more body. Do not use spray starch, it is too wet, it comes out in blobs and is white. Cheap hairspray works just fine. If this does not give enough fluff to your veil, consider having another layer added to the veil or adding a “ruffle” under the veil to lift it. Now, if it is too fluffy, do not worry … just pet your veil like a cat until it has tamed down enough.

If your veil is detachable, be very careful of the velcro. It can attack and stick to the veiling. If you pull it away roughly, it will tear the bridal illusion. If it is stuck to your veiling, grasp the veiling in one hand near the velcro and with the other hand, gently roll and “wiggle” the velcro back and forth, away from the veiling. Be patient, it may take a few minutes to rescue your veil from the clutches of the vile velcro. Store your veil with the velcro folded back onto itself and put a safety pin through it. This will keep it contained, away from your veiling.