Frequently Asked Questions
- What are wedding crowns?
- Will you be giving anything back to the Church?
- What forms of payment do you accept?
- How far in advance should I order my crowns?
- When will I receive my order?
- What materials do you use?
- What size are your crowns?
- The price listed--is that for one crown, or for the set?
- Can you use a different ribbon color to join our crowns?
- Can you make us a set of custom crowns?
- Will you engrave our crowns?
- How are the crowns shipped? Do they come in a keepsake box?
- Most of your crowns are the 'wreath' style. Do you make any traditional Serbian styled crowns?
- Where are you located?
- Do you ship interntionally? If so, what are the transit times/rates?
- Are any other crown styles available?
- Can we visit your studio and select our crowns in person?
- Do you offer any discounts/coupoins/put things on sale? what about discounts on "package deals"
What are wedding crowns?
Simply put, wedding crowns (also known in Greek as Stefana, Stepahana, or Stephania)
are actual crowns that the bride and groom wear for a certain portion of the
Orthodox Wedding ceremony. These crowns are steeped in tradition and meaning.
There are many wonderful websites that outline the sacrament of marriage in the
Orthodox Church and the significance of the wedding crowns. Here is a list of a couple of specific site that offer great explanations
Will you be giving anything back to the Church?
At the end of the year,I donate 10% of my profits back to the Church...or rather to IOCC.
This is my way of saying "Thank-You" to all of my customers for allowing me to take part in their special day.
What forms of payment do you accept?
All major credit cards are accepted in the Paypal shipping cart. I no longer accept personal checks or cashiers checks/money orders.
How far in advance should I order my crowns?
The earlier the better, just in case anthing should happen during shipping or the crowns don't look as expected. That way you have plenty of time to get those matters resolved without putting yourself in a time crunch.
When will I receive my order?
Everything listed on the website is available for immediate shipping (or almost immediate). I try to get all orders shipped out 24-48 hours of receiving your order. (Timing is depenant on my work schedule, when a package pick-up is scheduled, time of day your order pops up, etc...) Once in a while there is an inventory mistake on my part, but I try to keep that as minimal as possible. You may assume that your order will ship within the 24-48 hour time frame unless my confirmation email to you indicates otherwise.
If I've run out of a crown, candle, case, etc.. style, you simply won't see it on the website. I do add the ribbon detail right before shipping, since you can specify color/style on all that..but obviously, that does not slow down the turn-around time.
Once your order ships (to review your shipping methods, please visit the shipping page
) you'll be emailed your tracking number. I think both UPS and USPS give ETAs on their online tracking pages, so that can be a useful tool in predicting what day your crowns/other items will be on your doorstep. All orders are fully insured.
What materials do you use?
I love experimenting will all different types of materials, and you will find a
wide variety in the crowns on this site. Anything from satin and brocade to vintage kimono fabric, lace to
pearls, rhinestones, crystals, porcelain, and metals, and even acrylics.
What size are your crowns?
My standard crown size is a round crown whose diameter is just slightly larger than 7". From having been in business for so long, I have found this size crown to be a great fit for nearly everyone. If you're concerned about this size crown being too small or too big, don't be. The crowns can be placed in a variety of positions for secure fit. Your priest knows what he is doing and will ensure that your crown isn't teetering off of your head.
Additionally, I do really like oval shaped crowns, as they feel a little more secure than a round crown (but both round and oval crowns are equally secure and stable on one's head). But oval crowns are not as popular. So I have some of those sprinkled throughout the collections. Read crown descriptions to find out if a crown is round or oval.
The price listed--is that for one crown, or for the set?
Prices listed are ALWAYS for the set of 2 crowns, (or set of 2 candles, set of 2 mini crowns). Crowns will always be joined with a ribbon, unless you send me an email (or indicate in the comments section during checkout) that you do not need/want a connecting ribbon
Can you use a different ribbon color to join our crowns?
Yes. I have a few different ribbon colors from which you may choose. Please select the desired ribbon color and attachment style using the drop-down boxes on each crown item page.
Can you make us a set of custom crowns?
For years and years, I had the time and passion for making really custom crown sets for couples around the world. I still have the passion...and am slowly gaining back the time as my kids get older. I'm always happy to try and alter an exisiting design to make it just right for you. For brand new designs well, it never hurts to ask. we'll see what we can work out. the more advance notice you give me for a custom design, the more likely I will be to take on the project.
Will you engrave our crowns?
YES! Many of my crown designs are elligible for engravings. If the design you're looking at does not have engraving drop-down boxes on its item page, then it's a set that I can't engrave. I really try to make this an option for as many crowns as possible. I have some "stock" fonts from which you may choose...but I can easily accomodate many specific font requests...just ask!
How are the crowns shipped? Do they come in a keepsake box?
All crowns are carefully wrapped in tissue paper and tucked into a white liner box. This box is an excellet way to store the crowns to keep them out of harms way both before and after the wedding. But this is not really a presentation box. To display your crowns, you'll need a case, which can be found at most Greek import stores. I used to sell my own line of custom-built display cases, but my supplier has retired so I have phased those out
Most of your crowns are the 'wreath' style. Do you make any traditional Serbian styled crowns?
Yes and no....While the wreath styled crowns are much simpler to make, they are not a traditional style for all Archdioces. In the past, I have made dozens of these sets on an on-demand/custom basis. I realize I'm ignoring a whole group of couples who want this kind of crown by not having any of these ready to go. I don't keep a set of these crowns made/in stock as they not nearly as popular as the other crowns, they're very difficult and time consuming to make and therefore they're much more expensive. From a business perspective, it makes sense to just keep those crowns to the sidelines.
I have a genuine goal of getting a few of these sets made to keep in stock for those of you interested. please feel free to email and ask about them.
Where are you located?
I am located in Indianapolis, Indiana. If you live within 350 miles of me, default shipping with UPS Ground should mean next day delivery. Most other US locations are 2-3 delivery. California is 3 day delivery.
Australia is typically 7-10 business days.
Do you ship interntionally? If so, what are the transit times/rates?
I ship to just about every country you can think of. Please visit the shipping page
for full details. International shipping transit times and prices are outlined on the bottom of the shipping page
Are any other crown styles available?
At any given time, you may only be seeing a select portion of all the different crowns and products I have available. What you see on the website is availble for IMMEDIATE shipping. If it's not shown on the website, then the materials are out of stock and i'm having problems getting more in stock to get the crowns made. you're alwasy welcome to ask if you recall a crown from the past but no longer see it.
Can we visit your studio and select our crowns in person?
I often get couples asking if, since they live close to Indianapolis, or will be in the area, if they can stop in to select their crowns in person. You're always welcome to ask, but my apologies in advance if timing can't be accomodated. My kids are still young. despite out always evolving schedule, they're starting to have more and more out-of-the-house aciivities. We'll see what we can work out!
Do you offer any discounts/coupoins/put things on sale? What about discounts on "package deals"
I am often asked if I offer sales of if the price listed is the best price possible. Simply put, I don't do sales. And no, I don't issue coupons or discount codes. Every single item you see for sale on my site is hand made--and 95% of it is made by me (I don't make the trays :)
In the near future, i'd really like to have some set "pacakges" of a certain crown set or two, a candle set, and a tray and to offer that trio of pieces at a discount.
far as sales go, I don't really do that. If i'm trying to clear something out to make room for a new style, then yes, I may mark something down. but i don't have sales, per se.
All year long, I try to keep prices as low as possible. I do revise pricese a few times a year to keep up with the ever-chancing metals market...and lately that has meant price descreases for you.
I really do my very best to keep prices low so that crown shopping is as pleasant an experience as possible!