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Wedding Wednesday: Purple and Lavender Glam

Today, I have one glamtastic bit of purple and lavender inspiration for you. When I came across this lavender gown, I knew I had to put a board together for it. Monochromatic decor is very on-trend for weddings this year (see the Winter edition of The Knot) and if you are a fan of purple, then this monochromatic glam inspiration is perfect for you.

In addition, I have some great lavender and purple bits and bobs from the participants of the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show to get you started on all of that wedding shopping. Speaking of the show, this year’s show will debut here on the Belle Memorie blog on Monday, March 18th. This year it’s bigger and better than ever with over 440 shops and LOTS of custom and one of a kind finds to help you make your wedding just as beautiful as your love. So, mark your calendars and enjoy your day!

Purple and Lavender Wedding

‘Purple & Lavender Wedding: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team’ by ravengrrl


Purple Wedding Shoes — Purp…

$183.75

Crystal Champagne Flutes Bea…

$99.99

Elegant wedding cake serving…

$69

handmade Purple wedding broo…

$450

Traditions White Damask on P…

$12

Purple and Silver Filigree F…

$17

Purple Boutonniere, Natural …

$15

Weddings, Wedding Decoration…

$39

Purple Wedding Dress Custom …

$629

Purple bottle wedding favors…

$19.5

Purple Beeswax Rose Taper Ca…

$45

Tutu Flower Girl Dress, Purp…

$165

Purple Wedding Card Box, Eng…

$119

VINTAGE FRAMED CHALKBOARD Ki…

$174

Damask Violet & Charcoal Lay…

$2

Custom make Vintage Beach We…

$109

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Friday’s Favorites: “I Do Garlands” and “All a Flutter Over Red and Blush”

It’s Friday and that means it’s time to do your best TGIF happy dance! ‘Twas a longish week for me as I am not only working to provide you with the normal fabulous content I present to you (I’m modest…yep), but I’m finishing up the final details of this blog’s heart and soul: The Etsy Virtual Bridal Show!

Yes, dear readers, it’s that time of year. The time where the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team takes over the blog for two weeks as we present our best handmade wedding creations and super fab vintage wedding finds to help you bring that one of a kind “authentically you wedding do!” This is our third year and I couldn’t be prouder of this little project. From just 100 shops that I personally invited, to last year’s team creation, and this year’s 440 shops, I know that you will hit the bridal mother load when it comes to finding everything from original couture gown creations to unique ever so trendy garlands to spruce up your event space. March 18th is the day to mark on your calendar for the beginning of the show!

So, this week’s favorites are a treasury of fabulous on trend garlands from many Etsy vendors as well as a treasury all a flutter with a blush and red butterfly theme. Enjoy the treasuries and most of all, remember that this wedding planning stuff, it supposed to be fun!

‘I Do Garlands’ by ravengrrl


Blue Wedding Garland Backdro…

$150

Eco Wedding Garland Decorati…

$38

Spring and Summer Paper Bunt…

$9.5

Wedding Garland Fall Bunting…

$18

32ft LONG READY to SHIP Trop…

$16

SALE Paper Garland, RED HEAR…

$12

Vintage Hankie Bunting – Wed…

$50

Wedding Garland Paper flower…

$120

Rustic Wedding Garland Eco F…

$34

Fabric and Flower Wedding Ga…

$36

FALL WEDDING GARLAND-pennant…

$34.2

WEDDING GARLAND BURLAP

$128

Ivory Wedding Garland – Tull…

$50

Gold Glitter and Purple Pape…

$12.95

Black White Damask Wedding G…

$22

The Petite Glam Scallop Garl…

$16

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‘Blush and Red Butterfly Wedding’ by ravengrrl


Floor Length Backless Chiffo…

$1200

Raspberry Bridal Bobby Pins,…

$10

Ruby Red Bridal Belt, Plaid …

$205

Bridal Necklace, Vintage, We…

$40.91

Red & Pink Butterfly Bouquet…

$55

Custom make Vintage Straples…

$89

Red Wine Pink And Light peac…

$38

Burgundy and pink Flower Gir…

$90

SALE Red Light Pink Butterfl…

$12

30 3D Wall Butterflies, Pape…

$45

Red Pink Ombre hand dyed Fab…

$40

Berry Surprise Combo Sparkly…

$7.8

30 Butterflies, 3 Lanterns, …

$65

Pink and Red Bridal garter,…

$30

Men’s Tie Pink and Red V…

$22.95

Mini Journal Handmade Refill…

$6.5

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Wedding Wednesday: Red and Blush Garden Inspiration

Happy Wedding Wednesday! What have you done for your wedding today? Me, I’m working on flowers made from the pages of “Pride and Prejudice” and watercolor painting them in a gradient blue from navy to sky. I’m really happy with how they are turning out. I’m one of those “don’t reveal too much” kind of brides, so you’ll have to wait until after June 8th to see them. 🙂

Today, I have some red and blush inspiration based on one swoon worthy gown by Jillian from their 2013 Sterlizia Collection. Gowns with print are fast becoming a trend and I have a feeling that we will see more of them at Spring Bridal Market. I love that so many designers are embracing what many brides want: a gown beyond the typical and this gown is anything but ordinary!

Take a peek and let me know if you have any requests for next Wedding Wednesday.

Red and Blush Garden

Friday’s Favorites: Etsy Finds: Geektastic Nuptials and Boho Beachiness

Welcome to another week of Friday’s Favorites, where I round up the week’s posts with great Etsy Finds. This week for Monday’s Finding we had geeky wedding details and Etsy has plenty of wedding geekery. Then, we had a boho beach inspiration on Wedding Wednesday and I found some gorgeous beachy bits and bobs, including a gorgeous bridal gown. I hope you like this week’s finds and enjoy your weekend!

‘Geektastic Nuptials’ by ravengrrl

Doctor Who (my fave), Star Wars, Zombies, and Robots


Doctor Who – Tardis Boutonni…

$24.00

Doctor Who Inspired TARDIS W…

$9.00

police box tardis style doct…

$48.50

Doctor Who inspired TARDIS t…

$25.00

Star Wars Ring – Sterling Si…

$325.00

Star Wars Wedding Cake Toppe…

$32.00

I love you I know cufflinks

$40.00

Padme Amidala Picnic Dress C…

$880.00

Size Medium ivory Moss and T…

$395.00

Zombie Wedding cake topper s…

$50.00

Chocolate Zombie Brains

$6.00

Zombie Brain Garter

$22.50

Silver and Gold Robots in Lo…

$75.00

Bridal Bouquet Steampunk Wed…

$275.00

Gray and Silver ‘Tinman&…

$19.95

Hand Drawn Ink Guest book Ar…

$55.00

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‘Boho Beach Wedding’ by ravengrrl


Beach Wedding Dress. Cottage…

$418.00

Victorian Bridal Headband, P…

$135.00

Beach Wedding Necklace and e…

$290.00

White Mother of Pearl Barefo…

$35.00

Pastel Sea Urchin, Coral, Pe…

$118.00

Sea Urchin Cufflinks – Pink

$44.00

4 silk neckties, groomsmen m…

$144.00

KELVANN — Nautical Shell, S…

$14.00

taupe whisper pink & cream c…

$160.00

Seahorse Wedding Cake Topper…

$50.00

Whimsical Bohemian Beach Wed…

$125.00

Beach Wedding Invitations In…

$13.50

Beach Wedding Candle- Soy W…

$18.00

Mason Jar Lanterns Beach The…

$50.00

Beach Wedding Decoration – S…

$85.00

SHOES OPTIONAL with your nam…

$49.95

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Friday’s Favorites: Maids, Gents, and French Country Style

Happy Weekend! This week’s favorites include three great Etsy Treasuries: Bridesmaids dresses, Groomsmen accessories, and a collection of beautiful French Country wedding bits and bobs in pink and green. If you are looking for more, take a peek at this past week’s posts that Friday’s Favorites are based on. Take care and enjoy your weekend.

‘Sure to Love ‘Maids Dresses’ by ravengrrl

Bridesmaids dresses your maids are sure to love.


Custom make Vintage A Line W…

$177.00

Bridesmaid Dress With 3/4 Sl…

$145.00

Enchantment Dress, Navy Lace…

$239.00

Beach Wedding Bride Bridesma…

$159.00

50’s rockabilly dresses,…

$159.00

Custom Bridesmaids Dresses

$150.00

mix bridesmaid dresses / R…

$99.99

Brown and Blue Floral Cotto…

$130.00

One Shoulder Bridesmaid Dres…

$137.00

Beach Sweetheart Sleeveless …

$123.00

Black bridesmaid dress with …

$190.00

A-line One Shoulder Mini Taf…

$99.00

EXELLE Mocha Lavender Floral…

$230.00

Infinity and convertible wra…

$145.00

Vintage inspired bridesmaid …

$95.00

Soft Chiffon Strapless Bride…

$79.00

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‘Handsome Gents: Groomsmen’ by ravengrrl

Groomsmen accessories


Latte Pure Linen Men Suit

$240.00

Groom Men’s Wedding Neck…

$74.00

Wedding Mens Necktie John Fo…

$51.00

Classic Blue Beige Stripes M…

$54.00

Custom Vest, Printed with Yo…

$90.00

Custom Cravats and Ascots

$38.00

Original Crochet Bow Ties

$12.00

6 damask wedding neckties. G…

$162.00

Smart Kid – Men’s Adjust…

$30.00

6 silkscreened wedding neckt…

$135.50

Fall Necktie Set, Wedding Ne…

$60.00

Freestyle Bowtie for Men Lim…

$28.99

New Ascot Tie Cravat. Elegan…

$30.00

Skull & Crossbones black bow…

$18.00

Custom Set of Vintage Grooms…

$225.00

Black Dragonfly Silk Brocade…

$38.00

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‘French Country Wedding in Pink and Green’ by ravengrrl


Wedding Invitation Set of 10…

$52.00

Custom Vintage FRENCH GARDEN…

$61.95

Green Metal Basket-Metal Wir…

$14.95

Vintage pink blush bow comb …

$20.00

Wedding Ring pillow exquisit…

$103.00

Wedding Thank You Tags, Pink…

$0.75

Wedding Favor Cones, French …

$2.15

Pink Shabby Chic Birdcage. W…

$49.99

Bridal hair piece – LEONA d…

$39.00

LOVE BANNER hand made french…

$20.00

French Macarons – Custom by…

$18.00

Mint Green French Easel / Co…

$20.00

Marie Antoinette Style pumps…

$60.00

Summer necklace made of drea…

$30.50

Ready to Ship – Wedding Cake…

$88.00

Je t’aime I love you – R…

$27.00

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Wedding Wednesday: Provencal Style Inspiration

Light and breezy, sunlit, pastels, chippy paint, aged furniture, lichen covered stone walls, airy draperies, aromatic herbs drying in wavy glass windows, pottery sitting on open shelves, honey bees buzzing about in the garden, these are just a few aspects of Provencal style. Whether you are planning a destination wedding at a French countryside chateau or a local outdoor Provencal inspired fete, today’s Wedding Wednesday inspiration is perfect for you.

Provencal style is definitely in when it comes to 2013 weddings. It evokes the popular vintage style of 2012, but subdued and with a bit more white space to relax the eye. I like to think of it in terms of Coco Chanel’s quote about looking in to a mirror before heading out the door and removing one accessory. Vintage inspired details, but not to the point where every surface has bits and bobs all about. It’s nature driven relaxation at its finest.

Today I have a gorgeous inspiration board for you and I hope you love it as much as I do!

Provencal Style Inspiration

Tips or Trends Tuesday: Happy Maids and Gents = Happy Bride

Today, I have some advice on how to keep your bridesmaids and guymaids happy and you’re relationships with them in peak condition throughout your wedding planning process. First things first, remember that these are the women and men that you love and cherish the most. So much so, that you have asked them to stand next to you on what is the most important day of your life. Keep that in mind as you progress through the months leading up to your wedding. You don’t want to lose your besties by turning in to an unhinged Bridezilla.

Trust me, nothing positive will resort from Bridezilla antics.      Source:  http://marryingananti-bride.blogspot.com/2012/09/sooo-what-is-anti-bride.html

Trust me, nothing positive will resort from Bridezilla antics. Source: http://marryingananti-bride.blogspot.com/2012/09/sooo-what-is-anti-bride.html

Second, keep the finances of each of your attendants in mind when choosing your bridesmaid’s and guymaid’s attire. If you have one person who could realistically afford a $400 dress/suit and another who can only afford to spend $200 or less, don’t make the one with the smaller budget feel insecure, misunderstood, and feeling like he or she has to get a part time job just to pay for being in your wedding. What to do? Either choose a more affordable dress or pay the difference. Remember rule number one: these are the most important people to you, treat them with love and respect.

Next, consider the body type of ALL of your bridal party when choosing what they will wear. I went through this hell with my sister many years ago. The dress she chose was great for the other bridesmaids who were smaller busted, but me (even at 15) was busting out all over. Even though my mom hunted down matching lace for the top, I was still showing a bit too much for my age. Groomsmen were hitting on me and once we got to the reception venue where an Air Force event was taking place, let’s just say I couldn’t go anywhere unescorted. It was totally embarrassing and I would hate for anyone else (15 or not) to have to deal with a similar situation. If you have petite or plus size maids, pic a style that will flatter everyone. No one should have to crash diet or wear sky high heels just to work an outfit. This too goes back to rule number one.

Fourth, when planning events such as the bridal shower and bachelorette parties, keep the budgets and beliefs of your maids and gents in mind. That trip to Vegas could conflict with religious beliefs or be unattainable due to finances. Trust me, you can have a great bachelorette party keeping it local and affordable and by everyone present keeping their clothes on. If you and your maids can do the weekend in Vegas, then by all means drop some dollars in the slot for me!

Finally, be respectful of your maids’ and gents’ time. Give yourself a good old fashioned reality check when it comes to your expectations of your crew. Expecting them to attend each and every wedding related event from dress shopping, making favors, to parties is incredibly selfish and unrealistic. They have lives too and you have to keep in mind that they have to work, take care of their kids, pay bills, etc. and that your only expectation should be for them to attend the rehearsal the day before the wedding, purchase their outfits, and stand next to you at the wedding. That’s all that should be asked and expected of them. Don’t be like this real bride who sent this letter (that has since gone viral) to her bridal party:

“To my lovely Bridesmaid: [Names removed to protect the brideslaves]

As you all know I picked 10 wonderful ladies to stand by my side, share and make happen my special day to Jake. Each of you individually have a reason and a special place in my heart of why I picked you to be a bridesmaid. We have set our date for Saturday, August 31, 2013 in Vail, Colorado. That seems far away but it really isn’t, the earlier the planning the better. You may have already knew that my wonderful sister L— will be the Maid of Honor, she’s in charge under me. Also my lovely mom will be a big help as well. L— has a big role in throwing me a bridal shower and bachelorette party, of course all of you guys do but at the end of the day shes the go to person and makes it happen+Doe.

You all have a big roll in this wedding, so before we continue I’m going to be setting some ground rules and its very important you read and think about everything through before you accept this honor to be a bridesmaid. If you guys email anything I would also like you to put L— in the CC. Not all the bridesmaid need to be CC’d unless its coming from me or L—, if it something everyone needs to see then well do it. We set the date to August 31, 2013 if that’s a problem we need to know NOW. Also by the end of the week we will be setting dates for the engagement party, bridal show and bachelorette party.

Our wedding party is really the most important people at the wedding besides my self and Jake so we want every single one of our bridesmaid and grooms at our parties, I have 10 not 8 where two couldn’t make it so if you already know you cant make one of the parties then we have to find someone else, not to be harsh in the slightest it would sadden me and of course you’ll still be invited to our wedding, engagement ect. But it’s different if your not in the wedding party and couldn’t make it. We’ll give everyone well advance dates for the parties and it will always fall on a weekend. The wedding as I stated will be in Vail the engagement party will either be in NY or CT and the bachelorette party will be in Vegas, cliche yeaa but I’ve never been.

A few girls live out of town so if there is going to be a problem with coming to either one then I need to know now because after this week I don’t want to be surprised. I would like everyone to send me any dates they are going away or planning to go away after February so if your going away in January I don’t care. I want any dates from February to the day of our wedding in August, that way we know not to plan something when your away. But after this week the dates are set in stone. Also if money is tight and you cant afford to contribute to say the bachelorette party or wont be able to afford a dress etc then L— and Myself don’t have time to deal with that, I’m sorry. This includes flights as well, everyone knows the states where the parties are going to be held so if you wont be able to afford a flight then that means you cant make a party which ultimately means I cant have you as a bridesmaid. Obviously we’ll get the best deals and were not gonna books flights for $1000 and shit that’s why were doing this in advance, that goes for bridesmaids dresses as well everything will be affordable but if you think by affordable its going to be a $25 forever 21 dress then your going to the wrong wedding.

If your out of state though don’t think you have to fly in for all fittings, that we will work with you, find stores in your town, get measurements..you don’t have to worry about that. Also if you accept this honor another thing is that you need to be available, I’m not going to harass you with wedding stuff every hour of everyday but if its something important and it takes you a week even 2-3 days to get back to me seeeee ya! I don’t have time to wait around for responses, everyone has their phone on them, it shouldn’t take you more than a day to get back to me, even if your out of the country, check your email!

Furthermore, Ever since I could remember I have dreamed about this day all my life. I want to share it with the people that are most important to me. You only get one time to plan your dream wedding and I couldn’t pick a more amazing group of girls to make that dream come true! So please, what’s stated above think about it all and by Wednesday I need to know if everyone is 100% in, and what I have asked about sending me dates if your gonna be away between Feb-Aug ill need that on Wednesday. If you don’t think you’ll be able to attend one party but can make the rest of them I’m sorry but I’ll have to take you out as a bridesmaid and put you as a guest. If you want to get back to me before Wednesday, that’s fine. Really think about everything I’ve said. This is really going to be the most epic wedding ever so I hope you girls can share this special day with us!

Love,”

Read more: http://www.uproxx.com/webculture/2012/10/this-bridezillas-letter-to-her-potential-bridesmaids-is-sad-terrifying/#ixzz2I1Xnn8rF

Really? That is one big mess of crazy and I would hope that her bridesmaids stood up to her.

So, with that said, how about some affordable bridesmaids dresses for under $150?! For your guymaids, rental suits and tuxes are typically under $150, but here are some great accessories under $50 so your guys can spice up those cookie cutter rentals. Don’t forget to come back on Friday for bridesmaid’s dresses and guymaid’s accessories from Etsy.

Bridesmaid Dresses under $150

Pink dress
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Formal evening dress
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orchid dress
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Men's Ties "Guymaids" under $50