FAQ’s – Your Wedding Questions

Answering your wedding questions and queries about working with me…

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Image by SLR Photography


Who is this Madame B person anyway?

That would be me – Beth Paton, a designer-maker of hats, facinators and fabric flowers that are fun, unique and kind to the planet (see About page for a potted bio). Why Madame B? I came up with the name because I wanted something that sounded exciting and a little decadent – like a softly-lit Parisian atelier full of beautiful things that serves complimentary champagne to its patrons. That’s the sort of virtual space I wanted to create (still working on the downloadable champagne, though…).

Why should I buy from you?

Good question. Well, if you’re looking for an accessories designer who will…

  • Take the time to listen to exactly what you want
  • Keep you in the loop via email or phone all the way through your order
  • Produce something high quality, personal to you and kind to the environment
  • Source materials to exactly match your wedding colours from photos or samples
  • Offer veggie and vegan-friendly options (not available from many milliners)

…I’m at your disposal. If those things appeal to you, visit my Contact page and drop me a line – I’d love to hear from you.

What do you mean by ‘vintage’?

Vintage generally means anything from the 1920’s – 1980’s (although that’s up for debate). My main source of design inspiration comes from the fashion design of the 1940’s -1960’s with a bit of a modern twist. I also use a lot of vintage materials which I find on the internet or at vintage markets. You can find really gorgeous, unusual things there that you won’t find anywhere on the high street. I love finding pieces with interesting stories to them – like a collection of silks bought while travelling the world with the War Graves Commission, that had been languishing in an attic for decades.

I want you to make me something awesome – what do I do first?

Visit my Contact page, tell me a little about yourself and your wedding, and suggest a couple of convenient dates when you’d like to have your free consultation.

How long will my order take?

Custom orders can take anything from a few weeks for something small like a few buttonholes, to a few months for something bigger, like a set of matching bridesmaids’ headpieces (at the moment, my record is 7 bridesmaids!). Please visit my page on the bespoke process for more information about how it all works, and if you have any questions or worries just Contact me, I’ll be happy to answer them.

How much is this going to cost me?

This will depend on the size of your order, the materials, and whether you choose an existing design or want something totally bespoke. Check out my Shop to get an idea of my prices, but I will be able to give you an accurate quote after your free consultation. The only additional charge will be for postage & packing if you choose to have your order delivered. I don’t add any extra fees to that quote.

If you decide that you want to make changes after your order has been finished and paid for, there may be an additional charge, but I will send you a separate quote for that. Please see my Terms & Conditions.

So, can I buy you a drink?

How kind of you – mine’s a G&T. 🙂

Image : Flowers: The Pink Peony, Makeup: Liz Tarrant Make Up, Wedding Dress: Caroline Jane Couture, Video: Oxford Wedding Video, Suits: Suits Newbury, Headpieces – Madame B’s Boutique (Beth Paton)
Cake: Little Bear Cakery, Hair: Perfectly Posh Hair Design, Bride Model: Tia Meddins, Groom Model: Tom Ward, Styling: Ruby Wedding Design, Photography: SLR Photography, Venue: The Great Barn, 
Organised & Designed By: Ruby and Stardust