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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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Style Thursday: Ring Bearer Style and Ring Pillow Alternatives

Looking for some cool duds for your ring bearer? I’ve got a few ideas traditional tux and non-traditional attire that is sure to get your guests “awwwing” over your little guy. In addition, some great ring pillow alternatives to add that extra bit of thematic detail to your special day.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the weekly roundup featuring creations and finds from the best of Etsy!

Ring Bearer Style 1

Ring Bearer Style 2

Ring Pillow Alternatives

Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team: Welcome Wonderxue and Roundup

Today I’d like to welcome Wonderxue to the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team! Here is a taste of Wonderxue’s gorgeous designs and the weekly roundup of the latest vintage finds and original creations from the team.

‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team’ by ravengrrl


Bridal Wrist Cuff Charms: Si…

$36.00

Handmade Chiffon Flower Brac…

$16.00

Large Ostrich feather Pen (…

$28.00

Vintage Mens Womens Unisex T…

$36.95

Vintage Mens Suit Teal w/Oxb…

$72.00

1950’s Mens Blazer Black…

$48.00

Khaki Green Cotton Twill Men…

$41.95

Ivory bridal wedding hair fl…

$15.00

custom wedding hair bridal b…

$40.00

Valentines wedding bouquet p…

$8.99

Large Ostrich feather Pen (…

$28.00

Lilac Bridal Headband Fascin…

$44.00

Yellow Calla Lily Boutonnier…

$11.00

blue lace shawl in bamboo, m…

$175.00

PROMOTION: A Pair of Elegant…

$18.00

Perfect for Spring Brides- …

$65.00

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Friday’s Favorites: Gloves, Beasts, and Flora

Woot! It’s Friday! I’m looking forward to the weekend. It’s not supposed to snow, so Sunday I think Mr. Wondermous, the kiddo and I will be discovering a new trail to tackle. I love living in CO!

Today’s Friday’s Favorites feature: some great handmade and vintage bridal gloves; Beauty and the Beast wedding bits; and gorgeous flower girl dresses, baskets, and basket alternatives all from Etsy (as per usual). Enjoy the finds and remember to support individual shops and artisans, the only people they exploit are themselves. 😉

‘Bridal Gloves’ by ravengrrl

Fingerless, beaded, lace, vibrant colors, and new takes on tradition can add a pop to your wedding day look


White or Ivory lace bridal g…

$60.00

Bridal victorian lace cuffs…

$28.00

White lace fingerless bridal…

$23.00

white bridal gloves fingerle…

$21.00

Ivory Tulle Wedding Gloves B…

$16.99

Ivory Gloves in Elbow length

$18.00

Bridal champagne lace finge…

$24.99

Ivory Bridal Tulle Lace Cuff…

$60.00

Vintage Sheer White Ruffled …

$7.00

Vintage Gauntlet Gloves Heav…

$89.99

Dusty Pink Gloves with MOP A…

$13.00

Pair of Vintage Cream Bridal…

$26.00

Black Bridal Wrist Cuffs,Got…

$34.00

Namid Lace Fingerless Gloves…

$34.00

ON SALE Lace Fingerless Glov…

$14.03

Sample Sale – Tiffany Blue L…

$100.00

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‘Beauty and the Beast Theme Wedding’ by ravengrrl


Adult Beauty and the Beast …

$1300.00

Beauty Wig

$340.00

Beauty and The Beast Pocket …

$17.00

Bridal Glamelia Real Touch R…

$135.00

Custom Shoes- Beauty and the…

$125.00

Royal Blue Maxi Dress Brides…

$99.00

The Little Prince / Le Petit…

$19.00

Flower Pomander Kissing Ball…

$32.95

Beauty and the Beast Tutu Dr…

$45.00

Belle Beauty and the Beast i…

$4.75

The Beast Prince boys set cu…

$265.00

Handmade Boutonniere, Elegan…

$11.00

Beauty and the Beast Cake To…

$55.00

Yellow and Gold Tulle Skirti…

$70.00

Be Our Guest Straw Flags Par…

$2.00

Beauty & Beast pillowcase se…

$40.00

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‘Flower Girl Style’ by ravengrrl

Flower girl dresses, baskets, and basket alternatives.


Anastasia Flower Girl Tutu D…

$127.00

Exquisite Silver Lace Fairyt…

$158.00

Wedding Flowergirl Dress

$97.95

flower girl tutu dress ,vint…

$69.99

Lacey…Vintage style Flower…

$109.00

Degas Flower Girl Dress- Blu…

$425.00

Corin- Silk Dupioni flower g…

$130.00

Flower girl red dress, casca…

$495.00

Flower Girl Basket Wedding B…

$125.00

Rustic Twig Flower Girl Bask…

$34.00

Birch Bark Flower Girl Baske…

$58.00

Beach Wedding Pearl Nautilus…

$50.00

Here Comes The BRIDE Wedding…

$38.95

Flower Girl Basket Alternati…

$38.50

Pale Gold Nude Beige Peacock…

$18.00

Flower Girl Woodland, Fantas…

$45.00

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Style Thursday: Flower Girl Duds

Yep, I’ve changed the name for Thursdays. “Stunner” just didn’t translate well, but the type of posts for Thursday will remain the same. It’s all about style from bridal gowns to bow ties.

Today I have some of the cutest flower girl dresses, hair accessories, and shoes for you. Whether you are plannning a classic or a rustic vintage affair, here are some great looks for your flower girls. My personal faves? The floral wonder from Sayles Livingston Design, the purple flower crown from Rebecca Grace of Natural Art Flowers via Style Me Pretty, the felt floral embroidery hoop via Love My Dress, and the bling toed Converse from Glamour Toes. I hope you enjoy and find a bit of inspiration for your own flower girl. 🙂

Flower Girl Dresses

Flower Girl Hair Accessories

Flower Girl Baskets, Flower, and Sign

Flower Girl Shoes

Sandals – from H&M
$8.13 – hm.com

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Tips or Trends Tuesday: Tip: Kiddos and Weddings

Kids and weddings…it’s one of those issues that can be divisive and lead to major argument and hurt feelings. In my opinion as a mother and a former wedding pro, a couple has a right to ask that there be no children at their wedding. It’s their day and I see nothing wrong with a couple wanting a kiddo free environment. If that is your wish, you should be prepared for some hurt feelings and even some guests not being able to come as they may not be able to afford a sitter for that length of time. However, there are some options that can ensure guests and their kids have a great time, still feel included, and hopefully alleviate any potential drama on the subject. Either way, your guests should hopefully understand that this is ultimately your wedding and not to be hurt by your decision to include or exclude children from the event.

Wedding and event sitters such as Wedding and Event Sitters by Charity or L.A. Wedding Sitter allow parents and couples the peace of mind that the kids will be well taken care of. This option gives you the best of both worlds: child free environment for the wedding and reception and ensures that your guests won’t have to miss a thing while their kiddos play just a room away. Most wedding sitting services provide entertainment, crafts, goodie bags, nap area etc. for the kids and provide a great solution for your guest’s need for a safe and reliable sitter so that they too can enjoy the festivities. In addition, many can be hired for just the ceremony, allowing the kids to join in on the party.

If you are one that want to include kids and accept the spontaneity they can bring to such occasions, then here’s a little idea I’ve used. At one of my recent weddings as a planner, the kids were an integral part of the wedding and they surprised all of us with their excellent behavior. More times than not, kids understand what’s expected of them throughout the wedding and reception as long as you tell them. There were nine flower girls and two ring bearers and each one of them set an example for the rest of the kiddos. For the reception, an activity table was set up and filled with a craft that illustrated the theme of the wedding, glow sticks, and a few little toys to keep them busy. It was a definite hit!

Whether you decide on a sitter for your entire event, special kids table, activity table, or any combination thereof, here are some great table and activity ideas:

Kids and Weddings