Wedding hair ornaments and hen parties with Glam Hatters

Glam Hatters’ Janie is one of the most enthusiastic, friendly and charming wedding suppliers you’ll find. She’s the milliner and designer behind Glam Hatters‘ tea parties, and we’ve been chatting online about her latest adventures. What a fabulously fascinating life Janie leads! As I type I’ve just realised this is the perfect example of a compelling wedding business story: Janie had me hooked with tales of her adventures, from her own wedding day to international catwalks to Vietnamese beaches to Glam Hatters’ London HQ… so I’ll share her story along with some images to showcase her talents too. Enjoy!
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“This is the hair accessory I made on the beach and sent back to the UK!”

All images: The Wedding Shoot | Lou Denim

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“This one’s a bit unusual. I made the angels in gold plated wire and the wings are pages from “Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, woven into with wire. It’s a love letter to Peter (my husband). His friends call him Dorian Gray because he doesn’t age and they are all quite jealous – as am I!!!”

If you’re planning a crafty hen weekend anywhere in the UK then do get in touch with Janie. She offers the most wonderful vintage-inspired hen parties where you and your girls can make Great Gatsby inspired accessories or vintage inspired headpiece using veiling, beads, vintage buttons, millinery materials and trimmings… there’s a break for a delicious afternoon tea as well!

“Since I last emailed I have travelled the world for a year (with husband whilst pregnant and with a toddler!) and still continued to run my Glam Hatters Hen parties through it all. I have answered customer enquiries from my hospital bed, from a maternity ward in Brisbane and from Lady Elliot Island at 3am to stay with local UK time! I’ve made tiaras on the beach in Hoi An, Vietnam while my 2 year old was at the nursery and sent them home to my studio manager to send out to gorgeous English brides. I’ve been inspired by lanterns in Malaysia, flowers in The Cooke Islands, tattoos in New Zealand, and full on Glam in South Beach, Miami. I’ve been back in London since November and my business is going from strength to strength, it used to be my baby but now I’ve got 2 babies I think of it more as oxygen – it keeps the creative part of me alive and kicking and I love it.

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“This Glam Hatters’ hair accessory is made from silk and paper and I ask the brides to give me pages/poems that mean something to them and then make them into the headpiece.”

“I have collaborated with the photographer Lou Denim quite a few times – once for a Glam Hatters’ Tea Party but also for pictures of the headpieces I made on the beach in Vietnam along with more experimental pieces. The model we used is an actress called Valane Kane who starred in The Fall and Jump: she had such an unusual look and I loved working with her. Lou is also a fashion photographer. She’s shot for a lot of campaigns and fashion magazines.

“I studied Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins and previous to Glam Hatters showed my collections at London and Paris Fashion week and sold my collections all over the UK, Europe, Russia and Japan. Lou and I both love fashion so work really well together on shoots.”

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“This is my take on a wedding veil!”

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” I spent so much time trying to decide what to make that a week before my wedding I still hadn’t started it. It was my busiest time of year at the studio so I spent every night that week in my bedroom making it with the door locked so that Peter wouldn’t see it.”

“Lou Denim also shot my vintage wedding! (She did have to put her camera down for 10 minutes to do a reading in the church!) My wedding was kind of low-fi. It was in a village hall in Oxfordshire and was basically a massive, super fun party with most of the guests wearing my hats!!! The actual ceremony was in a really, really old church but wasn’t solemn at all, my main memory of the ceremony is everyone singing their heads of to the hymns, the bagpipes playing me in with Amazing Grace (Scottish Dad) and Peter trying to hold it together and not cry too much!

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” The dress is a Melissa Sweet dress that I bought in a sample sale in San Francisco while me and Peter were on a road trip. We hired a mustang and travelled round California with the dress in the boot! I hadn’t intended to buy it but I got chatting to 2 girls on a boat who were marrying each other and they told me about this sample sale shop where they had both bought their dresses. They met me at the shop the next morning to help me choose it – I never saw them again!!!”

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The Glam Hatters are based in London with mobile services and hen party packages available nationwide

Find out more about Glam Hatters

Buy hair ornaments by Janie from her Etsy shop: Glam Hatters

Learn to make a wedding hair ornament with birdcage veil from Janie: How to Make a Hair Ornament

With thanks to Lou Denim for the images used above: The Wedding Shoot


Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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