Here at Emporella we champion small businesses and the remarkable people that are behind them. That is why we wanted to highlight some of our favourite small businesses this Small Business Saturday and encourage you to shop small during the festive season.

Small Business Saturday is taking place on December 4th and will see customers across the U.K. going out to support all types of small businesses, online, in offices and in stores. 

If you don’t already know, Emporella’s online wedding marketplace hosts a wonderful variety of small independent wedding businesses, all brought together in one place in order to make the wedding planning process as simple as possible for a bride or groom.

Carry on reading to see a selection of products that some of our amazing small businesses have available on and hear why we think it is so important to support a small business this year!

Support Small Businesses When Planning Your Wedding Day

Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

About The Business:

HI All, I am Nicola of SIlver Sixpence In her Shoe and I create bridal veils, birdcage veils, bridal headpieces and wedding keepsakes such as garters and lucky horseshoes all around the sweet nostalgic wedding traditions of the past, with a modern edge. 

I'm well known for my vintage inspired but modern rustic florals but have recently launched a newer collection of statement headbands and semi precious crystals pieces also suitable for bridesmaids. 



Personalised Lucky Wedding Horseshoe Gift Rose Quartz Heart Letterbox Friendly - £25.00

This is a real, reconditioned horseshoe that has been hand-painted gold to add a touch of elegance to an old tradition. In order to make the item more meaningful you have the option to have the horseshoe personalised with the couples' names, the date of the wedding or anything that is personal to the recipient.

The meaning behind a horseshoe is to give the couple good luck in their marriage. They can make a lovely addition to a bridal bouquet or could be carried on their own by a bride, bridesmaid or flower girl as a twist on the traditional flower bouquet. 




Personalised Bridal Garter Gift Blush or Ivory Deco Style Lace - £30.00

This delicate ivory or blush lace garter could be the perfect gift for a bride to be. It is finished inside with a tiny blue bow for your something blue and a gold vintage or crystal style jewellery trim. The garter is suitable for thigh size 34- 56cm due to it’s stretch and is one of the oldest wedding traditions, thought to bring luck to the bride and groom.




Personalised Bridal Garter Gift Gold Bee and Flower Ivory Embroidered Lace - £25.00

This delicate ivory floral embroidered tulle wedding garter is finished with a tiny gold bee, flower trim and a small blue bow inside for your “something blue”. Garters make a lovely gift to the bride and a keepsake to be passed on through generations.




Personalised Celestial Moon Lucky Wedding Horseshoe Letterbox Wedding Gift Anniversary Gift - £25.00

This aluminium horseshoe can be made in silver or ivory and is decorated with a lovely pale pink and silver bow. It is finished with a silver and pearl moon pendant and a cluster of handsewn semi-precious crystal ships in moonstone, rose quartz, and clear quartz. The stones represent balance and love so hopefully, it can bring a sense of calm and peace to the bride on her wedding day.



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Sookrah Designs

About The Business:

At Sookrah designs we create luxury, modern day bridal and occasion accessories. All pieces are designed and hand-sewn by Emma Sookrah in Bedfordshire using high end embroidery and embellishment techniques. Each hand-crafted design is made to order and can be adapted to create a bespoke piece that is perfect for you.



Floret Band - £145.00

A blooming sculptural iridescent flower makes the perfect statement for a special occasion. This piece is made to order from faux leather and placed on a iridescent fabric wrapped band. Due to being handmade, each piece may vary slightly and will take up to 14 days to make. This means that your headband will be unique to you. Why blend into the crowd when you can stand out and make a statement.




Ethereal Band - £125.00

The Ethereal band is wrapped in a soft blush tulle and embellished with layered iridescent sequins. Each order is beautifully handmade to order, right down to each lovingly hand sewn sequin. This means that each piece may vary slightly and will take up to 14 days to make. However, if you ask me, that just makes the headband more special.




Pearlescent - £265.00

An elegant ruched sculptural satin band embellished with pearls and diamante. The front of the band is framed with 3D sculptured pearl embellishments. Due to each item being handmade, if you require an alternative colour or would like to add a feature such as pearls or feathers, you can contact the supplier to discuss a custom design. This means that every item will be slightly unique and personal to the recipient.




Luxe Lustre - £265.00

The Luxe Lustre is a 4cm velvet padded band topped with hand cut sequin blooms, pearls and frosty crystals. This statement piece in spring/summer tones has beautiful compositions of bursting florals amongst delicately scattered beading which trickles around the band. Due to being handmade, each piece may vary slightly and will take up to 14 days to make. 



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Sookrah Designs


Vivi Embellish

About The Business:

With Vivi Embellish, I wanted to create a feel of femininity but with a modern edge. Florals are the epitome of femininity and arranged in a way that is bold and not necessarily conventional, you arrive at unique and bold - exactly how a bride should be on her wedding day.

We bring you a gorgeous collection of bridal combs, vines, pins and hairbands to adorn your bridal locks and complete your wedding day look. All are handcrafted in the beautiful heart of England from first petal to last bead, crystal and pearl and lovingly intertwined with a modern bridal feel.

Each and every one of our accessories is available in a choice of finishes, gold, silver and rose gold and all the pieces you see are customisable to better suit your look. 



Caro vines - £115.00

A truly striking hair vine of Swarovski crystals and Japanese Miyuki beads, hand wired into pretty Eucalyptus-inspired branches that reach around the head.

Sold as 1 piece, it can be placed slightly to one side of the head in a soft up-do or even into a tousled half-up style, it is incredibly versatile. It is secured to your hair via 3 loops on the back of the vine using bobby pins.




Palermo Pins - £125.00

A set of 3 individuals, the Palermo pins have been designed to either cluster closely to give the illusion of a larger piece or to scatter slightly to add delicate accents to your chosen look. Understated prettiness with handcrafted florals, clustered beaded foliage and Swarovski crystal buds.





Verona Headband - £275.00

The Verona Headband really is a statement piece, but delicate and overtly feminine. The handcrafted blush flowers are arranged onto a gold plated headband with some of the flowers been left slightly protruding for a subtly uneven, more realistic effect.




Aiyanna Comb - £195.00

The Aiyanna comb is delicate and dainty. Rose buds and open blooms are scattered along the length of the comb, with protruding branches that can be manipulated to trace the texture of your chosen style.



For more of these exquisite pieces, click on the button below!

Vivi Embellish


Hand Dyed Shoe Co

About The Business:

We’re changing the way the world buys shoes and offering a world class service experience. Explore the endless combinations of styles, colour and materials to design your very own unique pair. Feel the anticipation as we hand dye and craft your shoes to perfection and receive a quality pair of shoes, which when looked after, will last a lifetime. We hope you'll wear them with pride.



Mr. Bovine - £289.00

The HDSCo show stopper, Mr. Bovine, is finished in unique hand dyed concrete with a lightly shaded burnt toe, a heel and a dainty sole, making them perfect for the wintery, wet months.

Mr. Bovine



Mr. Longhorn - £289.00

The ever popular Mr. Longhorn chukka boot is hand dyed in oxblood and embossed with scotch grain texture for a versatile, durable winter look, and is completed with the dainty commando sole.

Mr. Longhorn



Mr. Porterhouse - £279.00

The ultimate shoe for a smart/casual dress code is the Mr. Porterhouse. The shoe is a popular design which works really well with denim, but equally as smart in the board room.



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Artful Charlie

About The Business:

I work with both digital and analogue mediums, including chalk, markers, watercolour, pens, paint, indian ink and pencil and can sort the printing if need be. Whether you want something fancy, or something simple, in colour or black and white, I will create the perfect artwork for your day. 

Any of the imagery you see in my shop is example work. This is not all I do! Customisation is key, so if there's something you like the idea of or a style you've seen, just let me know. I've worked on old window panes, flower pots, roof slates, mirrors and more, so if there is something you'd like that seems like a bit of an odd request, just ask!



Custom Luxe Cake Topper - £17.00

This item is a custom, script-style hand lettered cake topper for your wedding cake. You can have your new name, a simple 'love', Mr & Mrs, or pretty much any other design sat with pride upon your cake! 

This cake topper is made from high quality cardstock, built up into 4 layers for that extra thick, luxe effect. The base and internal layers are available in Kraft, black or white card with the availability of any colour paint on top, including various metallic colours!




Custom Wedding Invite / Save the Date - £40.00

These are a great example of high quality fully bespoke wedding celebration invites or Save the Dates in a design of your choice. There are additional options including kraft paper with white ink, gold, silver, rose and copper foiling and patterned envelope liners. Designs can include anything from watercolour florals to hand drawn linework, geometric shapes to photographic elements and more. 

The set includes 30 double sided A6 (postcard size) custom invites in a design of your choice. The supplier takes huge pride in creating designs that are perfect for your special day and want to make sure they are right for you. 




Custom Hand Painted Vintage Metal Heart - £35.00

This beautiful vintage rusted metal heart is hand painted with your own message, initials, names, special date, or quote to be used on your special day. An anniversary or special occasion would also be a great opportunity to gift this to a happy couple. Each heart has a small hanging hole and comes with a length of natural jute string for hanging.




150 Custom Wedding Invite / Save the Date - £95.00

This set of high quality fully bespoke wedding celebration invites or Save the Dates are created in a design of your choice, with additional options including kraft paper with white ink, gold, silver, rose and copper foiling and patterned envelope liners. The designs can include anything from watercolour florals to hand drawn linework, geometric shapes to photographic elements and more. 

You will get 150 double sided A6 (postcard size) custom invites in a design of your choice and the supplier takes huge pride in creating designs that are perfect for your special day and wants to make sure they are right for you.



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Rahma Jewellery

About The Business:

Our pieces aim to be effortless and minimal - modern, yet timeless and classic items that pull your outfits together - whether you choose to go casual, formal or in-between.

In line with our name, Rahma (mercy), our goal is to make jewellery that is a source of mercy and an act of kindness to not just ourselves, but also to the environment. We aim to be fully sustainable and use ethically cultured pearls in order to reduce our environmental impact. Our pearls are handpicked from Bangladesh, where the culturing industry contributes to providing employment for the local men and women. Our packaging is also designed to be reusable and fully recyclable.



Unity Pearl Bracelet - £28.99

Six freshwater rice pearls gracefully sitting together on a 14K gold filled chain. How about customising the number of pearls to represent each friend or family member? These would also make wonderful gifts for a close friend this Christmas or for bridesmaid gifts.




Classic Cream Pearl necklace/set - £150.00

Lustrous high-grade freshwater pearls finished with silver-plated french wire and filigree clasp. This is a timeless and classic piece of jewellery to invest in - not only because pearls are so versatile, but also to keep as your heirloom piece. Add on matching pieces to make a set.




Traveler's Station Necklace - £44.99

Delicate, minimal gold necklace with 5 freshwater pearls connected by a 14k gold filled chain. Wear it on its own for a classical look or layer it up and make a statement. 

Pearls need moisture to prevent them from drying out. Wipe pearls with a moistened soft cloth and wear your pearls often. Not only do they take in moisture through skin but the oils from your skin add to their lustre.

Store your jewellery individually in a soft cloth, tissue or pouch. This will prevent them rubbing against one another.




Oval Dangle Pearl Earrings - £32.00

A single Freshwater oval pearl suspended on a delicate gold chain and tiny gold ball studs. An elegant pair of earrings to finish off your outfit. These oval pearls are of medium grade and hang on 14k gold filled cable chains. The small ball studs are also made of 14k gold. 



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Bridal Emporium

About The Business:

Based in the independent heart of Leeds city centre, The Grand Arcade, Claire opened her quirky bridal boutique to cater to the funky and cool brides out there, who couldn’t find the perfect dress for their unique style! Bridal Emporium started with just Claire Amelia making dresses by herself in the shop window (much to the interest of those passing by!) and selling her collection of true vintage wedding dresses.



Adley 66105 Sample Wedding Dress - £750.00

Sample Wedding Dress by Lillian West

Name: Adley 66105

Size: 14 US (18 UK)

Colour: Pink/Champagne/Ivory

Excellent Condition

Priced: RRP £1,300 Sample Sale £750

Measurements: Bust 39” / Waist 31” / Hips 42.5”




Annie Sample Wedding Dress - £550.00

Sample Wedding Dress by Eliza Jane Howell

Name: Annie

Size: 12 UK

Colour: Vanilla

Condition: loose threads, acceptable condition.

Priced: RRP £1,650 Sample Sale £550

Measurements: Bust 39” / Waist 31” / Hips 42.5”




Bradley 13716P Sample Wedding Dress - £600.00

Sample Wedding Dress by Wtoo Watters

Name: Bradley 13716P

Size: 2 US ( 6 UK )

Colour: Ivory

Good Condition

Priced: RRP £1,250  Sample Sale £600

Measurements: Bust 34” / Waist 26” / Hips 36.5”




Dakota 53106 Sample Wedding Dress - £750.00

Sample Wedding Dress by Willowby Watters 

Name: Dakota 53106

Size: 6 US ( 10 UK )

Colour: Ivory/Nude/Blush

Excellent Condition

Priced: RRP £1,650  Sample Sale £750

Measurements: Bust 36” / Waist 28” / Hips 38.5”



Check out the range of wedding dresses available in our bridal sample sale by clicking the button below!



Jordan Lily Designs

About The Business:

It is simplicity, geometric shapes and minimalist forms that inspire my designs. Some of my favourite pieces to make are my personalised pieces; from necklaces and bangles, to cufflinks and bracelets, I love seeing your personalisation's and little messages! Many of my pieces are made with Eco Silver, it's exactly the same as Sterling Silver 925, but is 100% recycled which is amazing!



Aventurine Green Gemstone Studs - £24.00

These lovely green Aventurine studs are set in sterling silver. With a gorgeous light green tone, these earrings are subtle and pretty. The perfect finishing touch to your Bridesmaid's outfits, or a lovely little thank you gift - these simple studs are bound to become a firm favourite!




Hammered Sterling Silver Square Cufflinks - £48.00

Simple and modern, these striking sterling silver square cufflinks are handmade in Jordan’s home studio in Cornwall, and finished with a unique hammered texture. These subtle cufflinks are the perfect finishing touch to your suits and make for lovely Groomsmen gifts too!




Simple Hammered Disc Studs - £15.00

Beautifully simple, these sterling silver disc studs are textured by hand with a hammered finish. Lovely and elegant they are the perfect little finishing touch to your Bridesmaid's outfits, which will be treasured for years to come!




Interlocking Heart Necklace - £36.00

Handcrafted from recycled sterling silver, these little hearts are hand-formed and textured in Jordan’s home workshop in Cornwall. Beautifully simple and full of charm, this necklace is formed from two interlocking hearts, one smooth and one finished with a lovely hammered texture which catches the light beautifully. This necklace makes a lovely gift for Brides and Bridesmaids. Why not make them a part of your Bridal Party proposals or thank yous?



Find more of Jordan Lily Design’s wonderful products by clicking on the button below!



Why Small Businesses Are So Important

Emporella’s mission is to create a marketplace that helps and supports small businesses to grow to their full potential. We want to see small businesses thrive and stay vibrant in the wedding industry but we can’t do that without YOU.

By shopping at small businesses you are showing your support for the people who dared to dream big and create a business of their own. The money you spend at their shop will support them directly and not go into the pockets of a large corporation who will then make oddly shaped rockets to blast into space...

Make a difference in your retail therapy and champion brilliant small businesses this Christmas.

Have a look around our marketplace by clicking the button below. We host some remarkable small business that I KNOW will brighten your wedding day.



Written By Ryan Hirst