Monthly Archives: November 2012

Friday’s Favorites: Bridal Bow Trend, Beyond the Ordinary Escort Cards, and Blush Pink

Well, we’ve made it another week. Here at Belle Memorie headquarters it’s been a doozy: I’ve had a flare up in my Fibromyalgia and our building is getting a new roof. It looks like my body is going to cooperate with my weekend plans, which is definitely a blessing. As for the roof, crossing my fingers that it will be done today…please…pretty please let it be done today. Thankfully, I don’t have to pay for it…lol.

This week’s Friday’s Favorites features lots of beautiful bow detailed wedding dresses and gorgeous blush pink dresses for your maids, uniting two of the biggest trends in bridal. In addition, some great unique escort cards and escort card displays and blush/antique pink wedding accessories that you won’t find in an ordinary bridal shop.

There are a lot of folks committing to purchase handmade artisan gifts for their loved ones this year and as a bridal expert, blogger, and bride, I can’t say enough good things about taking that same commitment with your wedding. As I have said time and time again, buy handmade, there’s nothing like it!

‘Escort Cards and Holders’ by ravengrrl


Unique Wedding Escort Card F…

$4.50

Vintage Tag Escort Cards in …

$315.00

Wedding Escort Card Holder F…

$75.00

Message in a bottle Escort C…

$145.00

CUSTOM PRINTED Raffle Ticket…

$1.25

Place Cards, Cream Sola Flow…

$2.00

ESCORT CARD Vintage Printabl…

$15.00

Escort Cards – Wedding

$50.00

Rosette D’Or – 50 Custom…

$80.00

76 Place Card / Name Card / …

$76.00

Escort Card Holders – SET OF…

$20.00

Vintage Style Heart shaped S…

$31.75

Beach Wedding Escort Cards o…

$50.00

Wedding Escort card holders …

$123.00

Pinwheel Wedding Escort Card…

$100.00

Escort Cards Wedding Recepti…

$40.00

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‘Bridal Bow Fashion’ by ravengrrl


70% Off – 22″ READY TO …

$463.79

Plus Size 1950s ‘Elise&#…

$325.00

Custom Made Wedding Dress –…

$745.00

Sweet Romance Wedding Gown

$350.00

melody/wedding gown/women cl…

$410.00

Balloon Back Bow Wedding Dre…

$800.00

Beach Wedding Dress with Swe…

$395.00

Vintage Lace Wedding Dress B…

$379.00

Satin side bow ” clip o…

$129.00

Bridal Sash, Wedding Belt, W…

$110.00

Bowed sash, rhinestone bow w…

$85.00

12 Colors Choices Huge Overs…

$60.00

Wedding Bolero, Shrug, Jacke…

$220.00

Audrey Silk Ruffle Wedding B…

$179.00

Noble -White Wedding Capalet…

$38.00

BRIDAL SHRUG wedding bolero …

$75.00

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‘Blush: Antique Pink Wedding Accessories’ by ravengrrl


Cyber Monday Etsy Water Lil…

$99.00

Pink sash, Pink bridal belt,…

$40.00

Wedding Shoes — Antique Pin…

$175.00

Bridal Pearls Necklace,Fresh…

$150.00

Bridesmaid Jewelry, Blush Pi…

$14.00

Custom Fabric Flower Bouquet…

$125.00

Pink and Grey Vintage Rose B…

$5.50

Antique Locket, Wedding Lock…

$172.00

Shabby Chic Wedding Invitati…

$50.00

ELLA- Blush Pink and Grey Cu…

$30.00

Engagement Sale Antique Whit…

$216.75

Wedding Place Cards, The Ver…

$1.50

groomsmen boutonniere, embel…

$15.00

Wedding Garter set: Pink Ruf…

$32.95

Pink Sugar Bridal Ballet Fla…

$195.00

Antique Pink & Ivory feather…

$400.00

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‘Blushing Bridesmaids’ by ravengrrl

Blush bridesmaid dresses and necklaces


Sweet Pink SILK Ruffles dres…

$193.00

Angel Peach Alice in Wonderl…

$46.80

Dress Romantic Bridesmaids …

$99.99

Vintage Chiffon Dress One Si…

$59.99

Light Pink Blush Petal Hem A…

$248.00

mismatched bridesmaid dresse…

$99.99

Vintage Wedding Dress One Si…

$159.00

complete set hippie wedding …

$450.00

Pink Blush Maxi Dress With B…

$129.00

Custom Bridesmaids Dresses

$150.00

Bridesmaid Dress Wedding Gue…

$89.00

Pretty Pink Halter Dress

$155.00

Champagne, Blush, Rose Pearl…

$34.00

Clover Necklace : Blush

$21.00

Beaded Flower Necklace – Blu…

$40.00

Feather Necklace – Real Feat…

$19.95

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Stunner Thursday: Blushing Bridesmaids From Head to Toe

Well, its been a while since I have done a feature on bridesmaids and I thought that today I would use one of the strongest trends in bridal, blush, to give you some inspiration for your maids from head to toe. Blush is a color that tends to flatter everyone and for those of us who love vintage weddings, it’s a perfect complement. Another great thing about blush is that it’s nearly a neutral, so you can pair it up with both silver and gold and even a secondary color and it will look fabulous!

Blushing Bridesmaids

Blushing Bridesmaids 2

Blushing Bridesmaids 3

Wedding Wednesday: Antique Pink With a Hint of Mint

Today’s Wedding Wednesday centers on this gorgeous gown from Valentino’s 2013 Resort Collection. While not a “wedding dress” per say, I know there are many brides out there looking for something colorful and vintage inspired for their bridal ensemble. I hope you enjoy it! If there is anything you’d like to see on the blog or an inspiration board theme or color palette, please let me know and I’ll be happy to put something together on the blog. bellememorieco@gmail.com. ‘Til tomorrow!

Wedding Wednesday- Antique Pink and mint

Tips or Trends Tuesday: Straight From the Runway: Bows from head to toe

What’s trending in bridal wear? Bows, dahling, and I’ve got some great examples for you today. At both Spring and Fall Bridal Market this year, bows were out in full force. From subtle details to bold and beautiful, bows were definitely on designers minds. Today’s Tips or Trends Tuesday features a variety of ways to incorporate the bow trend in to your bridal look. I hope you enjoy and have a great day!

Wedding Dress Bows 1

Wedding Dress Bow 2

Wedding Dress Bow 3

Bridal Headpieces Bow

Bridal Bow Jewelry and Shoes

Bridal Bow Bouquet Clutch Jacket Gloves

Monday’s Finding: Unique Escort Cards

I love a good escort card display and love out of the box displays even more. Today I have a roundup of some of my favorite unique escort cards and I hope you enjoy them!

Think of your escort cards as an extension of your overall wedding design and ditch the old fashioned tented cards. Remember, escort cards refer to “cards” that are placed at the entrance to your reception so that your guest will know what table they will be sitting at not at the place setting. Even something so mundane as seating your guests can be a fun and beautiful detail to help you carry out the theme and/or color palette of your wedding. I hope you enjoy this little round up. Have a great day!

Unique Escort Cards 1

Unique Escort Cards

Sunday Surprise: Holiday Decor and Gifts from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team

More holiday goodness from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team this week, including great holiday decor!

‘Holiday Decor and Stationery from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team’ by ravengrrl


Christmas Ribbon Personalize…

$29.25

Be Merry Medium sized Burla…

$25.00

Christmas Ninja Tree Ornamen…

$38.00

Black Friday Etsy,HAPPY HOLI…

$33.00

Christmas Time Banner – Rus…

$24.00

Festively Frosted Holly Berr…

$55.00

Christmas Tree Personalized …

$65.00

Christmas Art Journal Handma…

$18.00

JOY Burlap Christmas Banner,…

$18.00

Blinged Candy Canes- Christm…

$1.75

30 Tissue Paper Pom Pom Chri…

$40.00

Custom Holiday Christmas Gre…

$59.95

Laser cut holiday card – &qu…

$2.99

Magic Reindeer Food Merry Ch…

$3.50

Holiday Cards Birdcage – Pac…

$37.50

Christmas Cheer – Vintage Al…

$31.00

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‘Jewelry Gifts from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team’ by ravengrrl


Cluster Bridesmaid Jewelry S…

$52.00

Chunky Pearl Twisted Ribbon …

$148.00

Choose Your Style Locket Plu…

$40.00

Swarovski Purple Crystal Bra…

$50.00

Love Birds Pendant Statement…

$23.00

Floating Opal Necklace

$40.00

Black Double Stranded Weddin…

$20.00

Dazzling Multistrand Rose Go…

$49.00

CARNIVAL swarovski crystal C…

$109.00

Long fringe necklace, gypsy …

$30.00

Holiday earrings burgundy da…

$16.00

Black Abstract Flower Wrist …

$39.00

Verdigris Bird Brooch, Antiq…

$26.00

Vintage Lace Large Oval Neck…

$35.00

Amethyst Stalactitie Slice S…

$105.00

Vintage Wide Green Rhineston…

$20.00

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‘Hostess and Thank You Holiday Gifts from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team’ by ravengrrl


Snowflake Cameos

$10.25

Black Friday Sale Limited Ed…

$5.40

Santa s Magic Key Rustic Chr…

$11.00

Vintage Spoon KEY RING, Key …

$16.00

Hand Painted, Collage Pin, T…

$18.00

orange paper poppy ring – pa…

$10.00

Small Vintage Map Paper Flow…

$14.50

Our First Christmas Ornament…

$11.95

Teacher Necklace Childs Teac…

$17.95

Turkey Wing Broom – Your cho…

$19.00

Handmade Soap, Natural Soap,…

$4.50

Santa’s Reindeer Wine Ch…

$20.00

The Paper Pickle – a quirky…

$5.25

Tillandsia Air Plant Hanging…

$7.50

Holiday Party Favors Unique …

$2.95

Gold Snowflake on Oxblood Bu…

$10.00

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Saturday’s Latest: Binding Ties and the Latest and Greatest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team

Today’s Saturday’s Latest is a feature on an Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team member whose work I have admired and I’ll be honest, coveted, for a good while. Many brides and grooms choose to have a handfasting ceremony as part of their nuptials (Mr. Wondermous and I will). Be they of Celtic ancestry, belong to an earth based religion, or a secular couple looking to incorporate a bit of long-standing tradition in to their wedding ceremony, the integral part of a handfasting ceremony are the cords that you and your love bind your hands with. It’s a moment that I feel requires the same attention to detail as your centerpieces and wedding day look. Finding all of the bits and bobs for your cord as well as the time it takes to weave all of them together can be a bit daunting. Why not have Claire of Binding Ties make you a breathtaking handfasting cord?

“I married the other half in a fantastic tiny ceremony on a remote beach in Scotland a couple of years ago. We didn’t want a church wedding, and didn’t like the rules that were dictated to us if we got married in a certified location like a stately home, so we had a Humanist ceremony, which meant we could pretty much write the rules ourselves. We had a fantastic time picking a location and planning the whole thing, and we included handfasting as part of the day (I fell in love with the idea after seeing the gorgeous moonlit ceremony in Braveheart years ago!). Trouble was, I really struggled to find any cords that were exactly what I wanted – handfasting has been something that’s been viewed as predominantly pagan until the last few decades, so most cords were a little too un-sparkly for my liking. So I decided to make my own, and a little while after that, Binding Ties was born!”

“Handfasting cords are part of an ancient Celtic wedding tradition, and the origin of the phrase ‘tying the knot’. I create high quality, luxury handfasting cords, as individual and as unique as you and your special day. Cords can be created from satin, silk, velvet, ribbon, lace, or elaborate braiding, or made using more ‘natural’, earthy elements such as leather, suede and cotton. I only use the finest elements, no cheap plastic beads or unravelling cords, and the ends of all strands are either treated to prevent fraying, or fixed into decorative caps which allow for further embellishment. You may only use your cords for one day, but I make them so they last a lifetime.”

Claire has recently begun creating garters as gorgeous and unique as her beautiful handfasting cords. She can even coordinate your garter or jewelry with your cord, giving it the same attention to beauty and detail that prior customers have raved about, “SO AMAZING! The detail and depth, I cannot even believe it! The pictures do it no justice at all. Thank you so much for helping with such an important part of our special day.” Watch the slide show for a taste of Claire’s luxe creations!

‘Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 11/24/12’ by ravengrrl


BBQ dry rub – Southwest Chip…

$3.00

BBQ seasoning – blackened ca…

$3.00

BBQ Rub – sweet mesquite bar…

$3.00

Steak seasoning – classic st…

$3.00

Wedding bouquet photo charm….

$7.99

Luxury garter in teal blue a…

$16.95

Marilyn Monroe Inspired Floo…

$550.00

silk lace wedding shawl, bea…

$220.00

silvery lavender silk lace s…

$190.00

Wrist Corsage, Sweet Pink Fa…

$17.00

Designer Baroque Pearl Neckl…

$395.00

Elegant Holly Boutonniere Ho…

$19.95

Wedding Invitations–Message…

$15.00

Ivory faux fur jacket shrug …

$99.99

Guest Book, Wedding Guestboo…

$125.00

Photo Save the Date

$5.00

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