Category Archives: handfasting

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


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BBQ seasoning – blackened ca…

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BBQ Rub – sweet mesquite bar…

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Steak seasoning – classic st…

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Wedding bouquet photo charm….

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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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Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team Roundup

Happy Weekend! Here is a roundup of the latest items our fantastic Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team members have for you this week. Please, please, as you plan your holiday shopping, consider giving beautifully handmade gifts and hand picked vintage gifts from members of our team. When you do, you are supporting small businesses and individual artisans and helping them have a lovely holiday season as well. Most of our team members sell more than just wedding related bits and bobs, so stop by the blog tomorrow and check out some great holiday gift ideas!

‘Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 11/17/12’ by ravengrrl


Bling Bling Hair Bow / Large…

$16.00

PetalMetal Basic Black Star …

$20.00

Coconut flavored sugar – coc…

$3.95

Cocktail rim sugar – gift se…

$24.95

Bouquet photo frame charm wi…

$7.99

Wedding shoes, Ivory wedding…

$265.00

Vintage Designer Silk Tie Ha…

$16.95

Natural Soap Gift Set Beer S…

$12.00

Wedding Gift Photo Frame Per…

$75.00

Bridal Pearl Necklace,Swarov…

$199.00

Wedding Suite (Dangle) – PDF…

$40.00

Bridal Shoe Clips – New 201…

$28.00

Wedding Besom / Handfasting …

$39.00

Wedding Favor Paper Cones wi…

$1.85

Green Flower Girl Dress–Rus…

$150.00

SALE-Silk Bow-Black Cherry-B…

$52.50

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Saturday’s Latest: A Fab New Etsy Find For the Stretched Lobed Bride: Arksendeavors and Weekly Team Roundup

I am super duper excited to show you that even us stretched lobed brides can find gorgeous bridal ear wear. I’m currently at 1/2″ and working toward 1″ all due to Arksendeavors. When I first got engaged, I knew that my selection of ear jewelry would be just about nil. I searched high and low for a pair of wedding worthy plugs via my go to shops and none had anything that could stand up to my Mom’s triple strand of pearls. I had resigned myself to naked ears on my wedding day, that is until I came across Arksendeavors.

Arksendeavors is run by Amanda, who started experimenting with resin to create special occasion plugs for those of us with modified lobes. When I took a peek at Amanda’s shop, I was so excited and relieved that someone out there was thinking of us non-conformist brides. In fact, I am actually stretching my ears further, because I now know I can find beautiful plugs that will complement my Mom’s pearls.

From pearls, to crystals and cameos, Arksendeavors has your lobes covered!

Here’s the latest and greatest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team. Enjoy your weekend!

‘Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 10/13/12’ by ravengrrl


Bridal Headband – Shabby chi…

$18.00

Wedding Invitations Black Re…

$7.50

Wedding Invitations Box

$13.50

Wedding table numbers coral …

$4.00

Bling Cake stands

$70.00

Wedding Guest Book Destinati…

$85.00

Beautiful Beige Tulle Autumn…

$459.96

17 pcs Wedding Bridal Bouque…

$209.99

Wedding reception card holde…

$122.00

Bridal Crystal Headband- Vi…

$120.00

Jack O’ Lantern lollipop…

$10.00

Mimosa Fleur- handmade Brooc…

$228.00

Dia de los Muertos Calavera …

$16.99

Handfasting cord in seafoam …

$165.00

Brush embroidered French Mac…

$60.00

Pretty Pink and Peach Leathe…

$60.00

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Friday’s Favorites: Treasuries: Sticks and Stones, Mint Chip and More

Welcome to Friday’s Favorites. This week’s wrap up featuring Etsy treasuries will take you from fabulously rustic centerpieces to ultra glam bridal manis. I hope you enjoy and stay tuned tomorrow for the latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team. Have a great weekend!

‘Sticks and Stones’ by ravengrrl

Rustic decorative elements for your wedding day.


2ft long-Table OR Hanging Tr…

$50.00

DRIFTWOOD box BaSKET natur…

$42.00

Hand Sanded Manzanita Center…

$120.00

Tree branch centerpieces wit…

$6.00

Manzanita Branches 12-pack …

$45.00

SALE Decorated weathered bra…

$14.82

Tree Branch Candle Holders I…

$150.00

Branches Natural Red Birch 3…

$30.00

Rectangle Concrete Bowl with…

$45.00

Stone votive tealight candle…

$22.00

3 Sunflower Granite Candle H…

$19.00

Rustic Woodland Planter Box …

$28.00

Woodland Chic Stacked Pebble…

$23.00

Rock Tealight Candle Holder

$20.00

Felted wool pebbles for wald…

$52.50

Handmade Table Centerpiece /…

$38.00

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‘Handmade Wedding Invitations:Classic to Leopard and Everything In Between’ by ravengrrl

Handmade wedding invites with 3D embellishment, lace, and even pop ups.


Custom Handmade Wedding Invi…

$9.00

Vintage Calligraphy and Lace…

$6.50

Custom Handmade Wedding Invi…

$3.55

Handmade luxury DL wedding i…

$6.50

Handmade Leopard Wedding Inv…

$5.00

Tattoo Bride & Groom Sugar S…

$9.50

Modern Paintbrush Wedding In…

$2.00

Heart Wings Wedding Invitati…

$2.75

Wedding Invitations Vintage …

$4.00

Vintage Wedding Invitation H…

$7.00

Handmade Lock and Key Hole L…

$3.75

Vintage Lace Wedding Invitat…

$12.50

Custom Pop-Up Wedding Invita…

$900.00

Wedding Invitations – notebo…

$3.50

The Storybooklet Wedding Inv…

$10.00

Vintage Chic Wedding Invitat…

$5.50

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‘Mint Chip Inspiration’ by ravengrrl

Inspired by one of my favorite summer treats: Mint Chip ice cream.


Seafaring Siren Mint Green F…

$69.00

Mint lace dress vintage gree…

$150.00

Petite Filigree Mint Dangle …

$18.00

Green – Brown – Floral Neckl…

$64.95

Simply Lovely Pussy Willow B…

$10.00

Men’s Mint Green Stripe …

$16.00

Mint green/ Chocolate Vintag…

$4.99

Garden Bridesmaid Necklace -…

$180.00

The Reilly: rustic woodland …

$5.85

Ring Bearer Pillows Personal…

$28.50

Kiwi Lime Green Garden Rose …

$34.00

Set of 8// Wedding// Love// …

$3.00

SALE Paper garland, The BIRD…

$10.00

Merrie Mint Chocolate Ooey G…

$15.00

MINT Wedding Handfasting …

$18.00

Wedding cake topper A pair …

$117.00

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‘Wedding Mani’ by ravengrrl

Nail art, nail care, and gifts for your perfect wedding day mani.


Japanese Wedding 3d Nail Art…

$43.99

Artificial Nails- Rose Casca…

$15.00

Japanese nail art, romantic …

$19.50

Japanese 3D Nail Art Set – F…

$15.00

Natural Cuticle Balm

$4.00

Pink Sugar Nourish Cuticle O…

$5.95

Finger Fluff Cuticle Butter …

$12.00

Aloha Natural Manicure Pedic…

$10.00

SHEA N SILENT SNOB Clean Cas…

$18.00

Custom Personalized Monogram…

$5.95

Manicure Kit–Damask in Oran…

$11.99

Spa Gift Set with Free Shipp…

$89.00

tiny iridescent kawaii fake …

$3.50

Nail Wrap Art Decals For Acr…

$6.99

Very Chic Pink Vintage Rose …

$3.20

Ocean Breeze : Custom-Blende…

$7.00

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Friday’s Favorites: Zombies, Lace, and Fresh-picked Bouquets…oh my!

It’s that time of the week where I take my previous day’s posts and show you how to take that inspiration and find it on Etsy. This week we had zombies, lace, and bouquets. Clearly one of these things is not like the other one, but even so, Etsy’s got it!

‘Night of the Living Wed’ by ravengrrl

Two words: Zombie Wedding!


DEXTER zombie bride blood sp…

$40.00

Zombie Wedding Cake Topper -…

$45.00

Zombie Corpse Bride Wedding …

$35.00

Upcycled Vintage Blood Splat…

$29.00

Zombie LoVe Wedding Shower G…

$2.95

Gothic Queen of the Zombies

$675.00

Shades of Pink — Zombie — …

$5.00

Zombie Brain Garter

$22.50

Zombie Cake toppers Hallowee…

$60.00

IckyBana Zombie Hand Bouquet

$38.00

HORROR FREAK Zombie Head Cuf…

$7.50

Zombie Heart Locket Necklace

$26.00

Night of the Living Wed // P…

$25.00

BLOODY ZOMBIE Dress – Noir …

$66.66

Zombie Bride and Groom

$65.00

Zombie Sachets for Dryer Clo…

$12.75

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‘Lace Love: Wedding’ by ravengrrl

I love all things lace and plan to incorporate it as much as possible in to my own wedding. Here are some great lace finds. Some are from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team…shameless plug. ๐Ÿ™‚


Forever I Do- Wedding Gown I…

$500.00

Vintage Lace Laser-cut Weddi…

$1400.00

Shoe Clips Ivory / White Gol…

$34.50

Vintage style lace fabric bu…

$33.00

Handmade Wedding shoes Pumps…

$125.00

Lace Wrapped Wedding Recepti…

$525.00

Burlap vases 3 light brown c…

$29.00

Custom Made Lovely Pink Fair…

$278.00

ANGELIKA Floral Bouquet Fren…

$250.00

NEW Vintage Valerie’s Br…

$250.00

Lace Jewelry Necklace Gift S…

$180.00

Vintage Style Veil – Ivory B…

$85.00

Free shipping Ivory Lace Vic…

$57.00

Wedding Wands Lace Ribbon Be…

$61.00

Shabby Chic Wedding Decor Or…

$7.00

SALE Handmade Venetian lace …

$199.00

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‘Forever Garden Fresh’ by ravengrrl


VINTAGE ENGLISH GARDEN Wedd…

$100.00

A dried flower and garden he…

$49.00

Silk Wedding Bouquet – Blue …

$140.00

Romantic Garden Chic Wedding…

$99.00

hand-tied silk bouquet

$55.00

Butter Yellow Chrysanthemums…

$89.95

Wildflower Wedding Bouquet, …

$45.00

Purple, Lilac, and Lime Gree…

$80.00

Where Flowers Bloom – Silk F…

$86.00

Rustic Wedding Bouquet & Bou…

$80.00

Deposit for RED PRESERVED Ha…

$87.50

Wedding Flowers Real Touch G…

$159.00

Paper Flowers Bouquet – &quo…

$149.00

Autumn Sunflowers with a big…

$39.99

Bridal Bouquet – Succulent &…

$125.00

Silk Purple bridal Bouquet s…

$85.00

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Tomorrow, I will have a new segment featuring the newest items from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team. It will run periodically on the weekend as team members post new items. Thanks so much for all of your support of this blog. Tell a friend or ten about it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Monday, Monday, MONDAY! Etsy Virtual Bridal Show

FEATURING GIVEAWAYS FROM:

Hopscotch Couture

This gorgeous necklace

“Marelle’s work has been featured in Style magazine, Vogue for the People/U-Closet, Talk of the Town, Allure Gallery, Weekender, Bergen Performing Arts Center, Janice Charach Gallery, Kirby Center of Performing Arts, and The Forwardian magazine, just to name a few.”

Jolie en Rose Vintage

$50 Gift Certificate

“Paper Patisserie” by Jolie En Rose Vintage is a unique line of Hand Painted and Hand Cut Paper Wedding Cake Toppers and Party Decorations for those who love Vintage Style decor reminiscent of past eras such as the the “Roaring Twenties”, the “Nifty Fifties” and the “Swingin’ Sixties”. Jolie En Rose Vintage Decorations are all handmade and feature original illustrations with added embellishments of vintage German glass glitter, vintage Millinery flowers, antiqued charms, vintage jewelry, vintage buttons, vintage ribbons and reproductions of my vintage fabric collection.”

Moore Impressions

20 yards of personalized ribbon in either 3/8″ or 5/8″ wide

“We offer beautiful custom printed ribbon for any occasion. Use our personalized ribbons for all occasions or special events, weddings, showers, awareness, product identity or just for an added custom touch.”

C.R. Boggs Designs

$30 Gift Certificate

“CRBoggs Designs have been purchased from the likes of Courtney Love to Simone. Custom creations are a specialty. 2011 Brides Choice Award for outstanding Design and Service, 2010 Brides Choice Award for outstanding Design and Service, 2009 Brides Choice Award for Outstanding Design and Service, 2009 Top Designer Choice Award Bridal Services.”

Clay Bouquet Shop

$25 Gift Certificate

All of my sashes and ribbon headbands are made of jewelry (not appliques) which can be turned into necklaces, bracelets, earrings, or other fashion accessories to wear long after your wedding day. Contact me for details! All of my bouquets, bouts and corsages are custom made for each client. My Brooch Bouquets will be featured in the June issue of (201) Bride magazine!

Three Little Pixies

This personalized necklace

“My name is Liz. I’m a stay at home mom to four wonderful children, three daughters (my three little pixies!) and a brand new baby boy! I’ve been married to my super fabulous (and supportive!) husband for ten years. Each piece is made by hand (my own!) to create something truly special for you and your loved ones. Because of the handmade nature of my items no two items are exactly the same. Each piece is unique and one of a kind.”

Tatty Chic

These gorgeous earrings!

Tatty Chic is a collection of jewellery and accessories inspired by romance and all things feminine. Each piece of jewellery is designed and created lovingly by myself using pretty vintage and new trinkets and treasures which I collect from around the world, the end result being a delicate and romantic, one of a kind piece of jewellery you will want to treasure.

Sash Couture

Tea Length Infinity Dress in the color of your choice! S, M, or L

Sash Couture provides customers with the opportunity to design their own dresses and the chance to own an item of clothing that is truly unique and suited to their tastes. Shauna’s World was founded in July 2008 by the Austrian entrepreneur, Dagmar Klosenski and lounged into “SASH COUTURE” in 2010 with 2 new dressmakers on board: Beverly and Bonnie. Although the style of a dress varies greatly from customer to customer, the high level of quality is consistent. Please feel free to contact us for any request. Dagmar and Beverly are professional Designer and Dressmaker and we use professional equipment.

Mark your calendars for this awesome collection of the best of Etsy!

April 2nd

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Wedding Wednesday: Real Wedding: Tana Marie and Bear’s Handfasting

Today’s post is my first real wedding feature and I hope to bring you more as I solicit them. This one is very special to me as the couple is near and dear to my heart: my good friend and ex-husband, Bear, and his wonderful fiancee and one of my bridesmaids, Tana Marie. Yes, you read that right. I am blessed to have such a great relationship with them and we admit to being a very healthy and unconventional family and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

I was set to plan their wedding when they decided to have a handfasting to make spiritual commitments to one another. They planned most of it on their own until a major snafu presented itself the day before the event. Bear had driven by the park where the festivities were to take place and the grove of trees where they planned the ceremony was fenced off in bright orange and construction had begun in and around the grove. I got a frantic phone call to see what I could do and sprung in to action.

I set off for the park and found another location- sigh of relief. I knew that Tana Marie and Bear wanted things like decoration, but the budget just wasn’t there. So, I gathered up a bit of my milk glass collection and set to making centerpieces from silk flowers I had on hand. Then, I headed to the local party store and got the makings for a candy bar (something they wanted, but was a bit cost prohibited), which was a big hit at the reception. The reception was a potluck affair and there was so much great food and great fun. It just goes to show you that no matter what your budget is, you can have an intimate and memorable event.

Here are a few pics from the day and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Thanks to Eric Murphy of Piscean Dreams Photography for permission to publish.


Left to right and top to bottom: The beautiful bride with her mother. Bridal party. Groom. Bride. Laying flowers at the monument. Me spreading petals. Groom’s party.


Left to right and top to bottom: Last minute centerpiece. Exchanging of rings. Giving of gifts to one another. Officiant and good friend of the family (my son’s adoptive grandma), Audrey. Fairy girl (instead of a flower girl). Handfasting cord. Blessing of the cord.


Left to right and top to bottom: Silliness with Jackie. Lovely moment. Cutting the cake. Kisses. Walking to the reception area. Me (red hair) hugging the bride and groom. Hugs from guests. Portrait.

This pic sums it all up: fun loving, silly, surrounded by family, metal, heathen, and all around good time.

Venue: Babi Yar Park in Denver, CO
Photography: Eric Murphy of Piscean Dreams Photography
Coordinator/Planner: Kristen Sherman, Parties by Kristen