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Saturday’s Latest: Welcome to Celestial Dresses and Anjay’s Designs, Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team Roundup

This week’s post welcomes Celestial Dresses and Anjay’s Designs. Celestial Dresses is a great designer of detailed bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and special occasion dresses. My favorite part about Celestial’s dresses is the attention to detail and sparkle that makes their dresses unique in a sea of yawn. As for Anjay’s Designs, LOVE! Nature inspired engagement, wedding, and special ocassion jewelry like nothing you’ve ever seen. Me, I’m in love with their butterfly rings. I wonder if I can convince Mr. Wondermous to consider one for an anniversary ring?

As per usual, the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team has been busy creating beautiful items for your upcoming wedding. Don’t forget that when you buy directly from the artisan, you support sustainable businesses that contribute directly to their families and communities.

‘Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team: 12/15/12’ by ravengrrl

Wedding head piece, lace app…


Holiday Sale – Long Elegant …


14kt rose gold diamond leaf…


NEW Vintage Valerie’s Br…


White Freesias and Hydrangea…


Cake Sillouhette Stationery …


Love Photo Prop Sign – Mouli…


The Sand Dollar


Custom Wedding Shoes — Ivor…


Egg plant short sleeve satin…


Formal Gold & Turquoise Shor…


Ready to Ship: Gold Lace Up …


Wedding Toasting Champagne F…


Sparkling Romance Ketubah


100 Custom Map Postcards – C…


Ring Bearer Pillow- Bridal P…


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Friday’s Favorites: Signs, Burnt Orange Deets, and Marie Antoinette inspiration from the Belle Memorie Tumblr

TGIF! I’m really looking forward to the weekend. Tomorrow is our cake tasting and Mr. Wondermous and me are bringing the kiddo with us. In addition to our wedding cake, we want to do special cupcakes for the kids with their very own flavor. So, the kiddo is coming along to pick the kid’s cake flavor and then we are going to get him fitted for his tux. It’s hard to believe our wedding is seven months away!

For today’s Friday’s Favorites, I have two Etsy treasuries based on this week’s posts: wedding signage and burnt orange details. Then, I’d like to introduce you to the Belle Memorie Tumblr’s posts on Marie Antoinette inspiration. Enjoy!

‘Wedding Signs’ by ravengrrl

From directions to sentiments.

Custom Directional Wedding S…


Rustic Bride and Groom Weddi…


Mustache and Lips banner – …


WeDDiNG MeNu SiGn – HaND Pai…


Every Love Story rustic wedd…


I have the rings- ring beare…


Beach Wedding Guest Book, we…


Bride & Groom Wedding Signs …


Subway Sign, Personalized su…


Here Comes The BRIDE signs W…


Wedding Sign Southern Weddin…


Thank You Wedding Sign – Pr…


Over the Moon Wedding Sign-C…


Happily Ever After Wedding B…


Rustic Moss Hand Painted LOV…


SMOOCHY SMOO Wedding Signs W…


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‘Burnt Orange Wedding Details’ by ravengrrl

Burnt orange is great for Fall weddings, but when paired with an equally saturated bright such as fuschia or purple, it becomes a great Summer color palette.

Dark Burnt Orange Veil Sinam…


Burnt Orange Wedding Garter …


Silk Bow Tie – Burnt Orange …


Burnt Orange, Deep Rose, Cin…


Vintage Lace Wedding Invitat…


Bridal Ring Bearer Pillow Li…


Set of 6 Burnt Orange Shawls…


lace clutch purse / crochet …


Autumn brooch wedding bouque…


Burnt Orange Satin Bolero Sh…


Bird Cage Wedding Card Holde…


Chunky and Fabulous Orange a…


Instead of Rice Jumbo Ribbon…


The Sarah Wedding Guest Book…


Cherry Tree and Lotus – oran…


Burnt Orange Feather Boutonn…


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I’ve started a Tumblr for those ideas and whims I tend to get, that may or may not deal with weddings. It’s a step beyond the blog and my Pinterest boards. As of late, I’ve been drawn to Rococo and Marie Antoinette style, so today I’ll have a few Tumblr posts for inspiration. Here is the link to the main Belle Memorie Tumblr:

Basic Rococo/Antoinette style inspiration:

Stella de Libero Rococo inspired wedding gowns:

Ian Stuart Antoinette-worthy wedding gowns:

Achievable Marie Antoinette inspired wedding ‘dos:

Antoinette-worthy bridal bouquets:

Decor inspiration:

Antoinette wedding cakes:

Saturday’s Latest: Pink bridal gowns and the latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you know Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake were wed last weekend in Italy. The buzz has been all about Jessica’s gorgeous Giambattista Valli pink bridal gown. Just in case you haven’t seen it…here ya go.

If you are considering a pink gown for your own wedding, consider a design from one of the members of the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team. Many of our designers and vintage purveyors have gorgeous pink gowns from Champagne to Bubblegum. In addition, most of them can create a custom design just for you! Here are some great pink gowns in a variety of styles: boho, vintage, 50s, classic, Great Gatsby style, etc. In addition, I have a roundup of great new bits and bobs from the team. Enjoy your weekend!

‘Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 10/27/12’ by ravengrrl

Check out some of the team’s newest finds and creations.

Boutonniere, Purple Satin Ro…


Marie Antoinette Extra Ruffl…


Marie Antoinette Lavender an…


Marie Antoinette Extra Ruffl…


silvery lavender silk lace s…


Wedding Cake flavored rim su…


Popcorn – old fashioned popp…


Popcorn – old fashioned popc…


Swans , Decorative 3D Gift -…


Flower Girl Tutu Dress–Vint…


Made to Order Custom Details…


KETUBAH Ketubahs – Custom Ke…


1920s Flapper Great Gatsby A…


Two Dozen of French Macarons…


Ninotchka-Weddings Bridal Fa…


Keys and Locks Pattern Cotto…


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Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Coming April 2nd


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

Belle Memorie Blog

Monday’s Finding: Modest Wedding Gowns

Happy Monday! Yep, I know…grr.

Today’s Monday’s Finding came about as a search for wedding gowns on Etsy for the Second Annual Etsy Virtual Bridal Show (coming in March/April). I began to notice that modest gowns for Muslim, Mormon, Orthodox Judaism, and for those with a personal preference for more gown coverage were practically non-existent. In my search, I used the strictest modesty guidelines: no see through, elbows covered, no collarbone showing, and full lengths. I hope that some of my finds help you in your search for a gown that not only fits closely held modesty standards, but also inspires the dress of your dreams!

Modest 1

Modest 2

Modest 3

$669 –

Prom dress
$230 –

Wedding dress


Dream Finds Friday: I Am My Beloved: Ketubahs

I adore Jewish weddings and in my time as an event planner for two Jewish organizations, I have been witness to some amazing Jewish traditions that just touch me. In addition to tzedakah (the act of charity in deed and in coin), my next favorite tradition is the Ketubah. has a great info piece on the origin of the ketubah: “The traditional or historical ketubah is a binding legal document, one which catalogs a husband’s obligations to his wife, and makes provisions for her protection in the event of divorce or her husband’s death. It is a religious analogue to the contemporary pre-nuptial agreement of secular civil law…The earliest extant ketubah dates from circa 440 B.C.E…The ketubah text was first formalized about three hundred years later, in the 1st century B.C.E., by the Sanhedrin (the presiding Judiac legislative body at the time); it’s authorship is attributed in the main to Rabbi Simeon ben Shetach.”

From The New York Public Library's interfaith exhibit; Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In this 18th-century contract, the groom's name, Abraham Jacob, is alluded to by two vignettes featuring his biblical namesakes, the Patriarchs Abraham and Jacob. The scene on the left depicts Abraham and the Binding of Isaac, the climactic and most dramatic episode in the entire Abrahamic story-cycle. Called upon by God to sacrifice his beloved son, Abraham demonstrates his willingness to accede even to this, before God dispatches an angel to stay Abraham’s hand, revealing the entire episode to have been a test of faith. Source:

There are a myriad of choices when it comes to purchasing your ketubah and since I prefer to support individual artisans, I have chosen some very beautiful ketubahs available through Etsy. Click on the thumbnails and you will be taken directly to the respective page of each ketubah that will provide you with multiple views of the ketubah as well as ordering information. I hope you enjoy the examples I have picked and when you are finished here, please follow this link to Pocketful Of Dreams to find out what other dream finds are out there awaiting you this week.

‘I Am My Beloved: Ketubahs’ by ravengrrl

A selection of some of my favorite Ketubahs (Jewish wedding contract) available on Etsy.

Blessings Ketubah with Gold …




Elegant Peacock Ketubah – Je…


Papercut Ketubah – Peonies


Blue Magel ketubah


Custom Ketubah – SEASONS OF …


Photo Chuppah Modern Ketubah…


And My Beloved Is Mine II Ke…


Hamsa Ketubah


Wedding Vows with handpainte…


Modern Hand-painted Ketubah/…


Ketubah Marriage Certificate


Magen David




Cool Ketubah – 101 Read Betw…


Ketubah – White Wedding


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Saturday Surprise: Most Expensive Weddings

“On average, US couples spend $24,066 for their wedding. However, the majority of couples spend between $18,050 and $30,083. This does not include cost for a honeymoon or engagement ring.” -

Wow, that sort of makes my wedding budget look teeny weeny. Mr. Wondermous and I are looking to come in under $5,000 sans honeymoon (doing a CO mountain overnight or two and save for a trip for our 1st anniversary). Granted, I do have a few advantages considering I am a planner/designer, but when it comes to weddings, you can have a beautiful wedding on any budget. I’ve done events from $2,000 on up to $500,000 and both events were just as memorable for the clients as a million dollar event.

Speaking of million dollar events, I thought I would share a few of the most expensive weddings on record. Let’s start at the bottom with Donald Trump and Melania Knauss’ million dollar fete. Melania’s dress was 20% of the budget and the Grand Mariner cake weight over 200 pounds.

Next, we inch a little bit higher towards the most expensive wedding ever. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ $2 million wedding took place in Italy at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle. An interesting side note: the family of my former supervisor (Vice Chancellor of Advancement) at the University of Denver, owns Odescalchi Castle. No, she did not secure an invitation to the wedding. Anyhoo, the bridesmaids’ attire was designed by Giorgio Armani (as was the bride’s) and Andrea Bocelli sang during the ceremony.

Here we have a mere $5 million wedding: Chelsea Clinton to Marc Mezvinsky. Chelsea followed the growing “two dresses” trend: one more formal dress for the ceremony and a more casual dress for the party afterward. Chelsea’s dresses and those of her bridesmaids were designed by Vera Wang.

In February 2006, hotelier Vikran Chatwal and model Priya Sachdev married in a $15 million affair that was spread out over 10 events and three Indian Cities: Mumbai to Udaipur and Delhi. “Fifty thousand kilos of flowers were shipped in from Holland, Bangkok, and Calcutta, and 3,000 candles were burned. They went through 65,000 meters of fabric.” -

Finally, I present to you the most expensive wedding on record at $78 million, the wedding of Vanisha Mittal (daughter of billionaire Lakshmi Mittal) and investment banker Amit Bhatia. This wedding took place at Vaux le Vicomte, a 17th-century chateau in France, in 2004.

While us mere mortals may not be able to spend $1 million plus for our weddings, our weddings will be just as beautiful and our memories just as cherished.

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