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Monday’s Finding: Tablescape Inspiration

Today I thought I would post some of my favorite tablescapes I have pinned as of late. I’ve got just about every style of wedding represented: glam, classic, goth, shabby chic, vintage, modern, etc. We are talking some major inspiration for your own reception decor. For those of us (like myself) on a tight budget, you can use these ideas and pick one or two details to focus on, find ways to DIY, substitute more expensive materials with budget friendly ones, or borrow the color scheme and still come off with a gorgeous tablescape your guests will love. So without further ado…EYE CANDY!

Tablescapes 1

Tablescapes 2

Tablescapes 3

Tablescapes 4

Wedding Wednesday: Boho Beach Inspiration and Some Great Beachy DIYs

Happy Wedding Wednesday! I’m curious as to what you are all working on for your wedding today? Me, I’m making flowers from pages of Pride and Prejudice to go in bouquets and decor. It’s always fun to learn a new crafty skill!

Today’s post is for those planning a beach/destination wedding with boho flair. If you have been coveting all of those beautiful beachy waves for your wedding day tresses, try putting together your own sea salt spray (courtesy of Organic Authority)rather than spending top dollar for the same thing at a much greater salon product price. This will also give you a chance to try out the look prior to your hair trial, just to be sure it’s exactly what you want.

Looking for a unique sweetheart table design for your reception on the sand? Apartment Therapy has a great little tutorial that’s perfect for you and your love to have a bit of you time, while still enjoying the company of your guests.

I’ve also included a gorgeous DIY pebble necklace kit from the Etsy shop, “What the Funk?“, a tutorial for some fun sandy shadowbox table numbers by ChillyBear on Wedding Bee’s DIY forum and DIY beach terrarium kit from Theresa’s Plants & More Store.

I hope you enjoy today’s post! Let me know what you think or if you have any personal inspiration board request.

DIY Sea Salt Spray for boho beach tresses

How to pitch a Boho Beach tent, perfect for use as a sweetheart table.

DIY beach pebble necklace kit. A great gift for your maids!

A DIY beach terrarium kit to set off your table decor.

Beachy shadowbox table number DIY.

Boho Beach Style Wedding

Friday’s Favorites: Etsy treasuries: from fireside to gorgeous gowns

This week’s Friday’s Favorites takes us from fabulous fireside garland decor to some of my handpicked bridal gown favorites. As always, it’s coordinating Etsy treasuries based on this past week’s posts. Support individual artisans and vintage sellers, especially as the holiday season grows close. I hope you all have a great weekend!

‘Fireside Wedding: Garlands’ by ravengrrl

Garlands perfect for your fireside wedding decor


Black & Caramel LACE Gothic …

$9.99

9 Foot 26 Tassel Garland for…

$34.00

Red Garland Wedding ( woodla…

$30.00

White wedding garland. weddi…

$40.00

All You Need Is Love – Handm…

$32.00

Fairy Princess … diy tissu…

$20.00

Two Garlands Of Purple Heart…

$36.00

HAPPiLY EVER AFTER Wedding B…

$25.75

Wedding garland,floral garla…

$89.50

CUSTOM Wedding Banner / Shab…

$70.00

Fall Flowers Autumn Decor Fa…

$12.95

Wedding Garland Upcycled Pap…

$34.00

Vintage Hankie Garland Bunti…

$50.00

40% Off SALE – LIMITED TIME …

$16.50

Rainbow-Colorful-Felt heart …

$13.00

WEDDING Pinwheel Pennant Gar…

$35.00

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‘Fruity Wedding Accessories’ by ravengrrl


Bridal Bouquet – Faux Fruit …

$100.00

6 Fruit Basket favors with r…

$9.90

Summer Fruit Wedding favours…

$3.25

Blackberry Merlot Mulled Win…

$10.00

FALL HARVEST Wedding Card M…

$80.00

12 FARM FRESH BERRY Baskets-…

$5.00

Personalized ring bearer rin…

$22.00

Wedding Bouquet – Sun-Kissed…

$95.00

Chuppah/Wall Hanging: Sukkah…

$600.00

Washington Apple Save the Da…

$40.00

Unique Wedding Favor, Peach …

$7.50

Fruit of the Vine Papercut K…

$200.00

25 Strawberry Favor Boxes. …

$39.00

A Perfect Pair wedding cake …

$50.00

Glitter Keylime Cufflinks :F…

$35.00

Pomegranate Table Numbers -…

$22.50

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‘Springtime Palette: Mint and Pink’ by ravengrrl


Pink Wedding Dress with High…

$749.00

pale pink flower head wreath…

$140.00

Bridal Necklace, Wedding Nec…

$55.00

Wedding bridesmaid dress in …

$250.00

Marie Antoinette Mint and Pi…

$75.00

shabby chic wedding bag/wris…

$37.00

Shabby Chic Lace Cottage Wed…

$189.00

Mint Tie Dye Groomsmen Tie- …

$55.00

Shabby Chic Wall Backdrop (P…

$160.00

200 Silk Rose Petals MINT IV…

$7.95

Vintage pink blush bow clip …

$15.00

7 Pom Poms – Pure & Sweet Ti…

$25.50

Garden Flower Tea Length Wed…

$39.20

ribbon wrapped glittered pos…

$4.50

Printable Minty Script Invit…

$30.00

Bridal Garter Set- MissBetti…

$85.00

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‘Hand Picked: A few of my favorite bridal gowns’ by ravengrrl


CUSTOM COLOR Go Ask Alice Co…

$455.00

Custom Made Slant Asymmetric…

$178.00

The Rebellion and Decorum We…

$375.00

Haute Couture Corset Gown -R…

$1575.95

Wedding dress

$450.00

Handmade Wedding Dress Mini …

$899.99

Strapless Vintage Style Silk…

$650.00

Romantic White Lace and Tull…

$498.00

Ivory Annie Wedding Gown Sil…

$995.00

Custom size black and white …

$285.00

ONE OF A KIND ivory wedding …

$299.90

SALE Hunger Games Wedding Dr…

$750.00

Champagne Lace Wedding Dress…

$775.00

Poppy

$1400.00

Vintage floral COTTON two-to…

$487.00

Bohemian Ecru Wedding Gown B…

$600.00

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Friday’s Favorites: Braided Dos, Oh My Goth, and Berrylicious Treasuries

WOOT! Happy Friday everyone!

On today’s Friday’s Favorites, I have some really cool Etsy finds for you base on this week’s posts. If you are wanting a fabulously braided hairdo for your wedding, but don’t want to deal with the hassle of growing your hair out or paying big bucks at a salon, there are several shops that specialize in braided hair pieces and extensions. Puppy Cat Meow (an Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team member) in addition to their stock pieces, also does custom orders. Tuesday was World Goth Day and there were a lot of posts dedicated to those of us with a goth aesthetic (start here). I’ve pulled some gorgeous gothic and gothic inspired bridal gowns and some classic red, black, and white goth wedding bits and bobs for you. Finally, some berrylicious wedding items sure to set off your summer fete.

Tomorrow, I will be introducing you to one of our latest Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team members, Samantha Sultana. Here’s a preview for you:

Enjoy your weekend and for us Americans, don’t forget to honor our fallen military folk and their families.

‘Braided Dos’ by ravengrrl


Hair extension hair accessor…

$86.00

medieval renaissance wedding…

$40.00

Tribal Fusion Belly Dance be…

$165.00

wedding bridal hairpiece hai…

$68.00

F E A T H E R braid /synth…

$6.00

R A I N B O W large fishtai…

$85.00

F I S H T A I L braid synth…

$19.00

F I S H T A I L braid/ lawl…

$19.00

CUSTOM-MADE PLAIT hair fille…

$22.00

PEACOCK HAIR FALLS faery tri…

$48.00

GOTH steampunk HAIR FALLS Tr…

$95.00

Double PLAIT coroner crown t…

$40.00

Number 25/27 Handmade Custom…

$55.00

Handmade Number 50 Custom Bl…

$55.00

Custom Fairy Tale Pigtail Br…

$48.00

Raven Hair Braid- sold indi…

$24.00

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‘World Goth Day: Here Comes the Bride’ by ravengrrl

World Goth Day was May 22nd.


Black Wedding Dress Gothic W…

$1650.00

Magical Corseted Fantasy Fai…

$1800.00

Camellia Bustle Gown in Velv…

$209.00

Steampunk Bustle Wedding Dre…

$850.00

Red Chiffon Dracula’s Br…

$300.00

Custom made Chrisst hand mad…

$1250.00

Dance all night gown corset …

$410.00

The “Fleur De Lis”…

$2195.95

Gothic victorian wedding dre…

$599.00

Gothic Fairy Medieval or Ren…

$1450.00

Cara Mia

$204.00

waist corset skirt Golden Me…

$95.00

wearydreary mummy ragdoll dr…

$219.00

Wedding Dress Designer Inspi…

$995.00

Custom Size plum and black b…

$325.00

Bellatrix – Bridal Custom Go…

$1450.00

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‘Word Goth Day: Classic Red and Black Nuptials’ by ravengrrl


PERSONALIZED Gothic Wedding …

$2.55

Vintage Wedding Invitation S…

$2.75

Necklace Gothic dreams

$99.00

SALE Ooak Art Sculptures – M…

$70.00

Gothic Diva Armwarmers, Blac…

$30.00

Black Lace Garter and Lace C…

$89.00

Dramatic bolero high collar …

$35.00

Gothic Black Cathedral weddi…

$29.99

Eternal Dreams – gothic Taxi…

$275.00

Swarovski Crystal Bridal Bou…

$350.00

Raven Black Bird Boutonniere…

$16.95

Brooch, Pearl, Feather, or C…

$75.00

Feather Fascinator Black Bir…

$64.99

Dark Tree Wedding Invitation…

$6.00

Gothic wedding bouquet red b…

$150.00

Wedding Guest Book Gothic vi…

$79.00

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‘Berry Good Wedding’ by ravengrrl


Strawberry wedding-Bridal bo…

$44.00

DEPOSIT for nickname custom …

$20.00

Boutonniere, organic element…

$15.00

Summer Strawberries. Red Vin…

$198.00

8 Berry Baskets – Teacher Gi…

$5.00

Mixed Berry Pie in a Jar, Un…

$7.50

Dinah Invitation, RSVP Card …

$5.00

Vintage Wood Farm Berry Boxe…

$12.00

Blackberry Merlot Mulled Win…

$10.00

SANGRIA DANCE Set of Two Han…

$45.00

Gumpaste berries with wires …

$9.99

Paper bouquet Bridal flowers…

$152.25

STRAWBERRY FIELDS Banner Bun…

$22.00

Handmade Linen Handkerchief …

$34.00

Red Silk Wedding Garter, Yel…

$24.00

Summer Strawberries: 12 Dai…

$30.00

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Slight Change of Plans: Marriage Equality and a Sunshine Filled Shabby Chic Board

Last night as I stayed up awaiting the results of Colorado’s Senate Bill 2 aka Civil Union Act, I tried to maintain a glimmer of hope that it would pass. However, conservative members of the House did their best to filibuster the bill and unfortunately at 11:00 pm both parties announced that the bill was dead and they had reached an impasse. I’m angry and heartbroken all at the same time. Angry that “the Republican leadership called the recess after Democrats and two members of the Republican caucus formed an effective majority, and offered a motion to halt a Republican filibuster in order to force a debate on the bill.” -http://outfrontcolorado.com/ofcblog/news/dead-civil-union-act-dies-after-it-fails-to-have-debate/. Brokenhearted for my friends and loved ones who are unable to declare their love and commitment in an equal fashion as a heterosexual couple.

In this country, we have a constitutional separation of church and state. Unfortunately, there are many in our government and our country who choose to ignore it and force their religious definitions of marriage on the rest of us. In my opinion, when governments started charging to marry, the religious notion of marriage no longer applied. However, we have many in this country who ignore equal protection under the law and the separation of church and state. Why should you care who someone marries?

My disappointment and anger over this issue almost prompted me to make the blog black today and not post the board I worked on last week. It just so happens that my inspiration board, has a picture of two gorgeous brides. I had not planned on making an issue of it, just publishing a yellow shabby chic wedding inspiration board that just happened to have a same sex couple in it. However, I realized that today I could stand in support of the GLBTIQ community and demand EQUALITY!

Here is a link to prior posts on marriage equality, which include links to marriage equality statements that you can include in your programs or have read at your own wedding.

Today I stand with my GLBTIQ community and demand equality! Demand the separation of church and state! Demand that our government provide equal protection under the law!

With that said, here is the inspiration board I planned for today. It’s not a political statement and was never intended to be so. In my opinion, marriage is marriage and there wasn’t a need to make a special point that instead of one bride and a groom, I chose to include a pic of two brides. LOVE IS LOVE!

Wedding Wednesday Yellow Shabby Chic

Wedding Wednesday: Bold and Vivid Country Inspiration

Today’s Wedding Wednesday is inspired by a pic I came across of wildflowers in Glacier National Park. The combination of hot pink and yellow set against a beautiful mountain backdrop got my gears turning and the bold color palette combined with it’s rustic setting made it a perfect choice for a bold color challenge for me. I don’t typically post such vivid color combinations, but today I present to you a combination fit for the color loving couple who wishes to evoke the wild beauty of untouched nature.

Hot Pink and Yellow Country Wedding

Have a great day all!

Wedding Wednesday: Request- Summer Country Wedding

Today’s Wedding Wednesday comes from a request for an inspiration board for a summer country wedding. Country, when done the right way, can certainly be very chic and beautiful. Here is a bit of country for you using sunflowers and peach roses.