Monday, 5 March 2012

UK Bridal Shop Directory for those in England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales

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UK Wedding Industry News, Info, Services & Events for those in England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales

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Designer Luxury Bridal Shoes - 2012 Spring Sale - with up to 30% off

Crystal Couture / IWantCrystalCouture from are currently having a spring sale on their Designer 2012 Elite Collection Bridal & Occasion Shoes and clutchbags.

The Elite Collection Crystal Slippers have been reduced from £550 to £385.

The Elite Collection Yona Shoes have been reduced from £495 to £350.

The Elite Collection Yona Slingback Shoes have been reduced from £395 to £275.

The Elite Collection Glitz & Glamour Shoes have been reduced from £350 to £260.

The Elite Collection High Society Shoes have been reduced from £350 to £260.

The Elite Collection Cinderella Slingbacks have been reduced from £325 to £230.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Great News

IWantCrystalCouture has been invited and will attend the White Gallery - Top Designers Exhibition in London on 20 - 22 May 2012.

About White Gallery - White Gallery London showcases the bridal collections of some of finest UK and international designers. This premium international trade event is attended by the world’s most exclusive weddingwear retailers and media.

The show positions itself on the international bridal buying calendar and confirms its third edition will be held in the beautiful riverside surroundings of Battersea Park on 20-22 May 2012.
This show is now the showroom for the industry’s most influential talents, where the top names in retailing view the newest collections in a luxurious, intimate environment.

For more about the event please see

Friday, 13 January 2012

Wedding Ideas Awards - Press Release

January 10, 2012
Crystal Couture Finalist in Wedding Ideas Awards 2012
A Caerleon wedding shoe designer is celebrating after being selected as a finalist in the Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards 2012.
Yona Armstrong, 35, set up her online wedding shoe company, Crystal Couture just over two years ago.
Now the company is building on its success by being selected as a finalist in the prestigious Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards 2012, which take place on Friday, January 13, 2012.
More than 10,000 brides from across Wales and the UK have voted for their favourite wedding companies in the awards which are now in their sixth year.
Crystal Couture is up for the title of Best Shoes amongst a five strong field of well known and established companies.
Mother-of-three Mrs Armstrong, said, “It’s so exciting to be selected as a finalist in the Wedding Ideas Awards 2012.
“It’s fantastic that my designs are being recognised and appreciated, particularly amongst such an established field.
“These awards are important because they are voted for by brides and I feel honoured that people have taken the time to vote for Crystal Couture.”
Crystal Couture’s luxury wedding shoes and accessories decorated with Swarovski crystals have garnered huge interest from retailers and attracted customers from around the world.
It has recently launched a new Elite collection of exclusive shoes with Italian leather soles and intricate designs.
Crystal Couture shoes are on display in high street giants Debenhams featuring in stores at London’s Oxford Street, Cardiff, Swansea and Manchester’s Trafford Centre.
The company has also featured in Vogue and other fashion magazines.
The latest accolade of being selected as a finalist in the Wedding Ideas Awards 2012 adds to the list of previous award nominations last year when Crystal Couture was a finalist at the Bridal Buyers Awards and Welsh Women in Business Awards.
The winners of the Wedding Ideas Awards 2012 will be chosen by a panel of expert judges from the wedding industry and announced in a ceremony in London on January 13, 2012.
Mrs Armstrong said, “I love creating beautiful shoes and accessories which help to add something to a special day and am working hard to expand my business and producing new designs for customers such as the recently launched Elite collection.
“This is a great start to 2012 and I can’t wait to see what the next 12 months will bring.”
For more information, see

*For further information, please contact Alison Watkins on 07854 386054 or e-mail

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

My Other Blogger Blogs: - Main Company Blog - New 2012 Elite Collection Blog - Handbag / Clutchbag / Purse Blog - IWantCrystalCouture Awards Blog - Bridal Industry Awards Blog - Discount Bridal Shoes Blog - Wedding Fayre / Exhibition & Events Blog - IWantCrystalCouture in Oxford Street, London, England Blog - IWantCrystalCouture at Debenhams Blog

Sunday, 8 January 2012

The Wedding Ideas Awards 2012 – the final countdown

The wedding industry event of the year is fast approaching,

It’s just six days until the wedding industry’s party of the year – the Wedding Ideas Awards, in association with

For our 350 guests and for those who can’t join us, I thought I’d give you a teeny insight into the people that make the event happen, and what to expect from the big night, on Friday (the 13th, lucky for us, and 16 WINNERS!)…

This year is the first time that the winners have not been selected by consumers alone. Over 10,000 votes were cast at but then a carefully selected panel of experts picked a winner from the five most popular. That means that this year the winners list includes some of the smaller, independent companies. And being an independent publishing company ourselves, we like that. What hasn’t changed, though, is that almost all the nominees are companies that we work with and feature regularly in the magazine, so it’s clear that working with us is one of the best ways to get your name out there.

The judging panel comprised of some of favourite and most respected industry people: Susi Rogol - , Andy Jackson - , Darren Noel - , Alexandra Burns - , Andrew Shanahan - , Claire Davies - , Julie Tooby - , Jayne Bransby , Kim Herbing and Lou Baltruschat -

Each nominee was invited to submit an entry for the award and hats off to the judges – they had a heap of brilliant entries to go through.

Now onto the evening itself. Guests will arrive at, be greeted by us, as well as the team from, and have a formal photograph taken by Paul Collins from who will also be taking the winners’ photos on stage. Then our guests will head upstairs to receive a delicious cocktail from At 7.30pm, toastmaster Richard Birtchnell will call our guests for dinner. Thanks to Adam at for his help in seating 350 guests – it’s no mean feat, take it from us! During drinks and dinner Magic Marco and his team will be doing close-up tricks for our guests The tables, general styling and flowers will be done by the brilliant team that is Clare Price Emma Lappin and

Award-winning wedding dress shop Creatiques with Jenni Falconer

Last year’s meal was delicious, so we’re really excited about the menu we have chosen this year. As soon as desert is served, we’ll be straight into the awards. An introduction by Managing Editor Rachel Morgan will be followed by a comedy sketch by Rob Deering then Rachel Southwood will join Rob on stage to present the awards. The winners are to be presented with a personalised bottle of gold flake bubbly from as well as their award, and a beautiful winners’ envelopes from

Managing editor and Managing Director - Wedding Ideas' Rachels!

Shoot It Yourself will be filming the event and we’re lucky to have secured the services of Antisocial Media to create a fun behind-the-scenes film of the day. We’re also blessed with a great team of photographers – and of course to capture the event. Look out for the pictures at and on our facebook page as soon as we get our hands on them.

The celebrations will continue into the night with a giraffe ice sculpture vodka luge (yes, really) created by A fun photobooth by and a fun and funky disco, with our favourite DJ Darren Daley on the decks. Finally, is creating a gorgeous sweet buffet for us. DELISH!

The Global Ice vodka luge for Giraffe Media's Wedding Ideas Awards takes shape - see link

We know that the awards are going to be a night to remember. They always are. Couldn’t make it this year? Come along mid-January 2013 when we’ll do it all over again…

Wedding Ideas love x

The Wedding Ideas team at the 2011 Wedding Ideas Awards

Crystal Couture is a Nominee / Finalist at the Wedding Ideas Awards 2012 "Best Shoes" Category


On the 13th of January 2011, the Wedding Ideas Awards will take place in London.

The Wedding Ideas Awards, the only wedding industry awards voted for by the readers, is taking part at The Brewery Hotel in London.

There will be a Champagne Reception, a three-course meal, an afternoon of excellent entertainment and of course, most importantly, the Wedding Ideas Awards !

Crystal Couture of is an nominee in the category of "Best Shoes".

I am very appreciative of all the votes that I had to get my to the finals and I would like to personally thanks anyone who voted for me.

Unfortunately I'm not going to be able to attend the event in London as being from Wales, I need to go down for a few days and that is difficult to do when you run a business and have three young children.

Hopefully 2012 will be a successful year for Crystal Couture the Business and the Brand. Who knows it could even begin with an Award, but if not, it's just great to be involved and to get the recocgnition for all my hard work. Hopefully this year, my third in business will be as successful as the two previous and my new Designer Luxury Elite Collection Shoes will prove to be as popular as the "Platinum" Collection shoes that I done previously (of which the best sellers are still available).

Regards & Thanks,

Yona Armstrong
Owner / Designer
Crystal Couture
Twitter: @sparklycouture