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Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Day 2, Headpieces and Veils (1 of 3)

Welcome to the Second Annual Etsy Virtual Bridal Show! Over the coming weeks, the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team will present the best of their handmade and vintage wares that are sure to give your wedding a unique and personal touch. Today’s shops feature gorgeous veils, headpieces, and even hair options for your special day. Here is part one of three posts that the show will have for today.

I began the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show last year to support individual artisans and vendors and to provide couples with alternatives to the mass produced wedding finds out there is traditional stores. The bridal world is evolving and growing away from the expected and moving toward individual craftsmanship and DIY touches. What’s great about Etsy is that you too can have a handmade look to your wedding without sacrificing your fingerprints to your hot glue gun.

In addition to helping individually owned shops, I wanted to bring awareness to my chosen charity: Wish Upon A Wedding. “Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.” -www.wishuponawedding.org

Please note that donations are not required to view or for vendors participate in the show. This is my labor of love to bring awareness to Wish Upon A Wedding and my belief in supporting small businesses and individual artisans. If you feel led to help Wish Upon A Wedding accomplish their mission, please see Wish Upon A Wedding’s donation page.

Legal Mumbo Jumbo:
While I am a volunteer with Wish Upon a Wedding, Belle Memorie is not an official representative of Wish Upon a Wedding. In addition, Belle Memorie is not an official representative of Etsy or the vendors featured in the show. I have sought permission from each and every vendor featured to use their products and their photos. Please do not use these photos for personal gain or copy the designs presented. These products are the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of each artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both illegal and unethical.

Don’t forget to look at yesterday’s posts for a giveaway from C. R. Boggs Designs!

Alisa Brides

Art Willeau

Be Something New

Brenda’s Bridal Veils

Bridal Wear

Bride’s Touch Vintage

Chloe & Maddie

Clay Bouquet Shop

C. R. Boggs Designs

DeLoop

Dream Catcher Studio

Elnara Niall Inspired Bridal Jewelry

Erica Elizabeth Designs

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Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Day 1, Bridal Gowns! (1 of 3)

Welcome to the Second Annual Etsy Virtual Bridal Show! Over the coming weeks, the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team will present the best of their handmade and vintage wares that are sure to give your wedding a unique and personal touch. The first section of our show is the one thing most brides think of immediately after their proposal: Bridal Gowns! Here is part one of three posts that the show will have for today.

I began the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show last year to support individual artisans and vendors and to provide couples with alternatives to the mass produced wedding finds out there is traditional stores. The bridal world is evolving and growing away from the expected and moving toward individual craftsmanship and DIY touches. What’s great about Etsy is that you too can have a handmade look to your wedding without sacrificing your fingerprints to your hot glue gun.

In addition to helping individually owned shops, I wanted to bring awareness to my chosen charity: Wish Upon A Wedding. “Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.” -www.wishuponawedding.org

Please note that donations are not required to view or for vendors participate in the show. This is my labor of love to bring awareness to Wish Upon A Wedding and my belief in supporting small businesses and individual artisans. If you feel led to help Wish Upon A Wedding accomplish their mission, please see Wish Upon A Wedding’s donation page.

Legal Mumbo Jumbo:
While I am a volunteer with Wish Upon a Wedding, Belle Memorie is not an official representative of Wish Upon a Wedding. In addition, Belle Memorie is not an official representative of Etsy or the vendors featured in the show. I have sought permission from each and every vendor featured to use their products and their photos. Please do not use these photos for personal gain or copy the designs presented. These products are the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of each artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both illegal and unethical.

Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3! Really, you’ll want to as part three reveals today’s giveaway!

Amanda Archer Collection

Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal

AvailCo

Bound by Obsession

C. R. Boggs Designs

Cupid’s Arrow

Dainty Rascal

D’Marie Couture

Elegance 50s by L. Aitken

Ellana Couture

Fab Gabs

Ieie’s Dress Boutique

Joan Shum Brides

Kambriel

Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Cake

Welcome to the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show with links for readers to donate to Wish Upon a Wedding.

Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.” -www.wishuponawedding.org

Legalities:
While I am a volunteer with Wish Upon a Wedding, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Wish Upon a Wedding in any other capacity and is not an official representative of Wish Upon a Wedding. In addition, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Etsy or the vendors featured and is not an official representative of Etsy or of each of these vendors. I am simply a fan of these artists/vendors and a volunteer with a passion for what I do and for organizations I have chosen to donate my time and finances to. I have sought permission from each and every vendor featured to use their products and their photos. Please do not use these photos for personal gain or copy the designs presented. These products are the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of each artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both illegal and unethical.

Our first shop in this category is the husband and wife team of Star House, Jeremy and Heather. “At Star House, we strive to make wooden folks that are simple and super cute! These are folks ready for celebration and decoration. Each item is designed and hand crafted by Star House (Heather and Jeremy) in our home studio.” “We love our cake topper! It arrived exactly on time, and we look forward not just to having it at our wedding, but having it in our home forever! Thank you, thank you, thank you!” I adore these toppers and I hope you will too.

Next we have Sweet Petal Bakery. “My only work experience in gum paste is making roses and basic drop flower cake decorations. Everything else you see in my shop is a result of reading books and taking apart real flowers and developing a technique. After I left the bakery, I started Sweet Petal Flowers to showcase a broader spectrum of gum paste and fondant work. I enjoy making these flowers as I enjoy making wedding cakes. If you want me to make anything custom for you, it would be my pleasure!” “Where do I begin to tell you how lovely these sails were for our nautical themed engagement party for our daughter and future son in-law.. Each sail was so detailed! What an amazing artist this baker is! I will be forwarding her some photo’s that the photographer’s took soon. I couldn’t wait to post positive feedback. Even the photographer’s couldn’t stay away from snapping numerous photo’s! She also made some adorable anchors. The colors were vibrant. The packing was perfect! This shop is the greatest! Thank you so much. The Wedding will be next year, we will return!”

Here we have Dandelionland. “Custom wedding cake toppers hand painted with love by Dandelionland. Carefully made with lots of detail for your special day and they make a wonderful keepsake for years to come. The cake toppers are made out of wood and the style of doll is a Kokeshi doll.” “I cannot say enough good things about these cake toppers. Everyone loved them at the wedding. They are the cutest detail we had! Thank you!”

Sweet Deja Vu says, “All FLOWERS in my store are HANDMADE and are the result of schooling and lots of experience practicing different techniques. All items are EDIBLE (unless noted in the description) and are made from ingredients such as Gum Paste, Royal Icing, Chocolate Dough, Color Flow, Gelatin, Sugar itself, and other edible embellishments.” “Thank you for my butterflies, they are going to be perfect for the glasses at my wedding!!! They are just the perfect size to accent anything, and I think it will make my wedding guests feel special when they see they have a little butterfly on their glass, just makes the attention to detail so much more special. Also thanks for the extra few big butterflies!!”

Here we have Sugar Robot. “Behind every sugar robot there’s a sweet chick. That would be me, Lisa. I live and create out of Ventura, Ca. I’m an aspiring Chemist who has a passion for baked goods. I took my first decorating class over 8 years ago and have been hooked ever since.” “Just received the feathers! THEY LOOK AMAZING!!! I can’t believe how detailed they are! I thought they look so pretty in photos, but in person they look even better! And delivery was on a timely manner. I’m super HAPPY I went with these for my wedding! Can’t wait till everyone sees them!!! THANK U! THANK U! THANK U! =)”

Our next shop is Death by Cupcake. “I specialize in whimsical sweets. I do custom orders all the time. Anything you can think of I can put on a cupcake. I never use cookie cutters. Everything I do is hand cut and hand painted. My work is not churned out by using cutters or printers. Each piece is a labor of love.” “We had a custom order made for our son’s first birthday. They were fantastic and looked just as great as the picture, arrived in perfect condition, on time, and they even tasted good. They were a huge hit and helped to make the party incredibly fun, unique, and personal. THANK YOU!!”

As seen in the April 2011 issue of BRIDES magazine, Burlap and Blue makes lovely cake and dessert stands. “Absolutely love all the cake plates I bought. I gave them as gifts to my sisters, best friend and sister in law. All very very impressed and happy with the gift. Shipping was quick and safe. Can’t wait to use the plate I kept for myself.”

Next we have Creative Butterfly XOX. “My name is Charlene, I’m British born and bred, but I now live in America, and I’m very happy here :D. I hope you like what you see…” “You can’t imagine how quickly the little sewing fingers put these owls together for me!!! So, so special!!! I actually hung my fabulous owls on a small “birthday tree” for my daughter’s 20th birthday – she loved the surprise!!! Your workmanship and skill is so wonderful! I can’t thank you enough! Then…..this marvelous vendor shipped them super, super fast! Well, a blue ribbon is the prize for this vendor! I can’t wait to shop again with you! The cutest little owls ever! Again, thank you!!!!”

Here are some beautiful cake stands from Tiers of Joy to add a bit of flash to your day. “So awesome to work with. Had a special order got right back to me each time I asked a question. The cake stand is Beautiful! It will accent the cake beautifully!”

Next we have Grand Stands Patisserie. “We specialize in the design of hand crafted elegant dessert pedestals. Purchase our products for your wedding, bridal shower, birthday party, holidays or special event.”” Claudia27 was so helpful in helping me with my order! What beautiful cake stands to use in my wedding!!”

Finally, we have Shabulous Creations (who you may remember from the Decor section of the show). “Shabulous Creations, also known as Shabulous Chandeliers, consists of various unique lighting options with a shabby but glamorous twist. As an Atlanta born artist, I redefine unwanted cast-offs as well as unusual household items and turn them into vibrant illuminations! I have refurbished and restored several chandeliers and lamps and have given them a funky chic face-lift. These items include electric chandeliers, candle chandeliers, candle holders, pendent lamps, teeny chandeliers, table lamps, and even night lights.” “THE CUTEST CAKE TOPPER EVER MADE!!! PERFECT FOR WEDDINGS OR SHOWER OR A SPECIAL CELEBRATION!!!!”

Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Paperie

Welcome to the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show with links for readers to donate to Wish Upon a Wedding.

Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.” -www.wishuponawedding.org

Legalities:
While I am a volunteer with Wish Upon a Wedding, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Wish Upon a Wedding in any other capacity and is not an official representative of Wish Upon a Wedding. In addition, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Etsy or the vendors featured and is not an official representative of Etsy or of each of these vendors. I am simply a fan of these artists/vendors and a volunteer with a passion for what I do and for organizations I have chosen to donate my time and finances to. I have sought permission from each and every vendor featured to use their products and their photos. Please do not use these photos for personal gain or copy the designs presented. These products are the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of each artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both illegal and unethical.

Our first shop in this category is Cute Maps. Why put some boring old directions and print outs from those map sites in with your beautiful invitations when you can have an adorable way to make sure your guests get where they are going? “Cute Maps can be sent as Save the Date postcards, invitation inserts or even the invitation itself. We work closely with our clients to achieve an accurate depiction of the venues and attractions in your area. We are also able to tie in colours and fonts to match your design schemes.” “Sheree is so talented! Our map came out better than we could have imagined. She was very patient with us as we wanted very specific items on our map. She also helped us coordinate to have our map printed on canvas bags. I highly recommend her work!”

Brandilyn of The Extra Detail says, “My goal is to satisfy all brides in order to lessen the stress of their upcoming event. My invitations can be altered in every aspect. You may also choose to create your own invitation design based on ideas you may have. I will help you create a one of a kind invitation for your special day.” “What a DELIGHT to do business with~and on such a special occasion~This seller puts in the EXTRA effort in all she produces. Our wedding invitations & programs were received in a timely manner, and packaged with EXTRA care. Brandilyn took EXTRA time & energy to see that all finishing touches were just as we wanted, and she does so with a positive, friendly attitude~A+ Etsian!”

Next we have Whimsical Prints. “Text on all designs is available in any color(s) you would like, and the majority of the designs offered are available in multiple image color options (see specific item listing for available colors). A variety of font options are also available.” They are gorgeous! I can’t believe how quick and easy it was to order. I think it took a total of 4 days from the time I contacted them with the design I wanted till they were at my door! Thanks so much!”

Here we have JK Designs. “Wow and just all around amazing! Fantastic quality for a great price. I was actually looking at some Vera Wang Save the dates before I came across Jamie’s shop, and when she sent me a sample her product knocked Vera out of the water. Jamie always responded to my questions quickly. Jamie also created, printed, and delivered my save the dates in record time. I would highly recommend her! She is fantastic and I loved working with her.”

Next on the show is Jennifer Raichman of Jennifer Raichman Ketubot and Invitations. “I print with a pigment ink called UltraChrome, which produces vibrant, fade-resistant colors. Ketubah designs are printed on acid-free 100% cotton rag paper designed specifically for fine art digital printmaking by Moab Paper Company. This paper has a soft matte finish, with a slight texture and produces bright natural-looking colors.” “Seller is an absolute pleasure to deal with Her constant attention to detail and professionalism was felt throughout the entire process. I purchased my Ketubah and two wedding blocks from her. She took my wedding theme and was able to incorporate it into both of these items amazingly I recommend her 110% and cannot wait to display my items on my wedding day I LOVE LOVE LOVE my items.”

Christa from Anista Designs says, “I complete each handmade item as though I would be giving it to someone myself. (I guess indirectly, I am!!)…Invitations are the first piece your guests receive and they set the tone for your event. People want something unique and original to set themselves apart and to entice their guests as to what is upcoming…sort of like the “first impression.” “These are even more beautiful in person than you can see in the pictures. I’ve been showing them off to everyone since I’ve gotten them and they love them! Such a beautiful design. Thanks for being so quick and responsive!!”

Next we have Citlali Creativo Invitations and More. “I love to make custom invitations, announcements, programs, menu and place cards, favor tags, or other custom projects for your special day. I offer a variety of designs that are CUSTOMIZABLE to match your theme and event colors.” “I never in my wildest dreams would have expected my invitations to bring tears to my eyes!!! The owner of Citlali is not only fabulously creative she gives new meaning to the word “professional”… I will use this shop again & again for events in my life! If you want to “wow” your guest work with this shop & it’s owner… you WILL NOT be disappointed, I promise! She will make your dreams a reality.”

Here is Just Click Print. “Specializing in all kinds of cards and printables for every occasion. Invitations, announcements, thank you cards, cupcake circles, favor tags, banners and much more! I welcome custom orders, so if you are looking for the perfect card, or need a matching printable that you don’t see in my shop, send me a convo to get started.” “TERRIFIC!! Speedy process, wonderful communication, and adjusted the document with every change I made! I will DEFINITELY shop here again. HIGH RECOMMEND!!!!”

Next we have Artful Beginnings who make,”fabric wedding invitations, scroll event invitations, handkerchief invitations and save the dates, plantable paper invitations, eco-friendly invitations, scroll wedding invitations, bridesmaid handkerchiefs, seeded paper wish tags, all custom made by hand.” “I LOVE these invitations! They are on beautiful paper and are beautifully printed! Kati was SO WONDERFUL to work with and handled all my questions patiently and efficiently. This company offers such wonderful services, such as designs printed on envelopes, addresses printed on envelopes, seeded paper, etc. Truly, I love this company and I love the products! I can’t say enough good things about them!”

Asa of Inky Livie was “born and raised in the Philippines with a background in Architecture, Asa combines her designer’s eye with her love for art to come up with one of a kind invitations, announcements and stationery for paper goodie freaks drawn to the not-so-conventional (just like herself).” “Simply gorgeous! If I thought the invitations were great, the envelopes are even better… very high end card stock and paper, beautifully done, and exceptional service. Thank you!”

Next is Mélangerie Inc. which you may recognize from our Guest Book posting. “At Mélangerie Inc. we celebrate festivity. We design bespoke paperie, gifts, memorabilia and event details for all occasions, big and small. From weddings and corporate functions, to a special birthday gift for a friend, we are happy to help you shape every design, packaging and presentation detail. Mélangerie Inc. works collaboratively with you, drawing inspiration from your aesthetic and intentions. We pay special attention to every detail and create genuine design by incorporating the handmade, the unusual and the specific.” “Fantastic product. I love this company!”

Finally, we have Grey Dog Designs who was also featured in the Guest Book posting of the show. “Trust Grey Dog Designs for your stationery needs including affordable funky wedding invitations, custom stickers, programs, wedding tree guestbook alternatives, and any stationery item you can dream up! I’m a mixed media artist and graphic designer and this shop is my outlet for my digital creativity. All the fine stationery you see here is designed, printed, cut and shipped by yours truly.”…I have to say LOOK NO FURTHER than this printer. She has very unique and creative ideas. I had a time limit of when I needed these invitations for my wedding and she rose to the occasion of taking on the task. Her prices are the most reasonable on etsy and the product you receive looks twice as expensive. Whenever I had a question or problem she was there to help and solve it. She surpassed all expectations I had and I will be using her, and only her, for all my printing needs. I was unsure about using someone online or out of state, but I believe shes better than any printer I dealt with in person, and even contacted me by phone when I asked her to. She is fantastic!”

Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Decor

Welcome to the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show with links for readers to donate to Wish Upon a Wedding.

Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.” -www.wishuponawedding.org

Legalities:
While I am a volunteer with Wish Upon a Wedding, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Wish Upon a Wedding in any other capacity and is not an official representative of Wish Upon a Wedding. In addition, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Etsy or the vendors featured and is not an official representative of Etsy or of each of these vendors. I am simply a fan of these artists/vendors and a volunteer with a passion for what I do and for organizations I have chosen to donate my time and finances to. I have sought permission from each and every vendor featured to use their products and their photos. Please do not use these photos for personal gain or copy the designs presented. These products are the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of each artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both illegal and unethical.

The first shop in this category is Floratouch. Floratouch makes beautiful table runners and overlays to spice up your tables. “This seller was super quick, and the table runners were gorgeous. I was looking for the perfect design for my cousin’s french-themed bridal shower…these table runners are definitely it! The craftsmanship is wonderful. My husband saw me open them, and he begged me to not give them away to the bride!! Thank you!”

Next we have Inspirational Elegance. “I love designing and creating so in between the school pick-ups, voice and dance lessons, birthday parties, homework, school pick-ups. . . ad infinitum…I have reached past the Cheerios, Captain Crunch and movie-theater popcorn, wiped off the 12” layer of dust on the now barely-recognizable box . . . taken out one or two dreams and . . . am now creating things of beauty…” “I received my fans and bouquet today and they are amazing!!! I love them and am so excited about using them for my wedding in July. Ivyndell has truly been a pleasure to work with and has been very professional, I appreciate it so very much and will definitely order from her again!”

Our next shop is Henna Swirls, “a shop devoted to unique and one of a kind designs hand painted freehand with HENNA. Custom orders are welcome.” “WOW!!! I don’t even know what to say – first of all, I was contacted by the seller immediately after making the purchase, she offered to customize the candle set, made it promptly, and shipped it super quick. She emailed me along the way so I knew the status. When I received it, we were TRULY blown away. Amazing and artistic and beautiful. I am certain this will be a conversation piece at our wedding!”

You may recognize Bragging Bags from the Littlest Attendants section of the show. Bragging Bags has so many great rustic chic decor items, that I had to feature the shop here as well. “I love love love everything!!!! Everything is made perfectly! It was a pleasure dealing with you! Thank you!!”

Our next shop, Ay Mujer (featured in April’s BRIDE magazine), brings me back to my childhood growing up in San Diego and going to Old Town for Dia de los Muertos. The bright colors, the beauty of hand cut papel picado always brings a smile to my face. Yreina’s designs and skill with the delicate tissue paper are some of the best I have ever seen. “The first paper cuttings I made were illustrations for a hand-bound photography book. Soon after, I taught myself how to cut papel picado. It has taken me years to learn how to design my beautiful patterns. It is a challenge to create & cut an image that will be graceful, strong and readable when hung. Tissue paper is so delicate; if the image isn’t strong enough it will flop and droop when the flags are mid-air. And yet if I don’t cut enough detail, the flag’s design will be clunky and hard to read.” “Incredible seller (artist). The papels are so delicate – and they obviously took an incredible amount of skill and talent to make! Great friendly communication. Thank you so much, we’ll send pictures of the wedding!”

Shabulous Creations says, “As an Atlanta born artist, I redefine unwanted cast-offs as well as unusual household items and turn them into vibrant illuminations! I have refurbished and restored several chandeliers and lamps and have given them a funky chic face-lift. These items include electric chandeliers, candle chandeliers, candle holders, pendent lamps, teeny chandeliers, table lamps, and even night lights. I am also a master at turning ordinary items into the ultra extraordinary. The end result is always 100% shabulous!” “Really loved the crystal wall sconce she custom made for my daughters room! It was more than what I expected. They are beautiful! Also, great customer service and always replied at a timely manner. Thanks! I will keep her in my favorites!” What a great way to decorate your reception venue (especially the hanging chandeliers from inside a tent)!

I happen to adore glass and Sea of Glass‘ wares are perfect to use for centerpieces for a rustic, vintage, or beach themed wedding. “Antique Bottles … Home Decor … Hand-Made Jewelry … Wedding Centerpieces … Sea Glass …Where does our glass come from? Read our Glass-hunting BLOG: http://www.glasstracker.blogspot.com. “These jars were gorgeous; the seafoam colour of the glass is wonderful, shipping was fast, and the seller was extremely helpful.”

Shabby McFabby says, “I use only the very highest quality restaurant grade chalkboard vinyl available on the market. Each piece is hand applied to a brand new piece of masonite board and/or sheet metal or back of mirrors. All chalkboards and memo boards are hand-finished.” “I absolutely love my shabby black board! It’s simply lovely, and just what I was seeking as a menu board for my upcoming shabby chic vintage wedding. Excellent customer service, delivered on time, beautiful packaging and even personal touches of a Rachel Ashwell hand written card, pink tulle and a ‘Congratulations’ bow. Thanks Kimber! :)”

Next we have Theresa’s Plants and More. “So many things are missed by many when they walk in the woods. Many can not even go to the woods to see things like this. That is why I LOVE to be able to share this bit of paradise with others via the web. I love to share my nature creations in the terrariums and selling the moss allows others to start their own mossy yard or make their own terrariums.” “Obviously, I can’t get enough of this. Thank you, Teresa. You’re the best! Everyone comments on my beautiful terrariums!” I agree, I just can’t get enough of Teresa’s amazing work. I definitely plan to use some of these items for my own wedding.

Ad a bit of whimsy to your special day with Pickled Parlor. “Your one stop AFFORDABLE shop for Pinwheels, hand crafted mobiles, Heart Garlands, hand held pinwheels, cupcake toppers, photo props, embellishments, gift bags, bows, and the cutest party favors you will find. All of my items are hand crafted by me using only top quality designer card stock.” “It was WONDERFUL to work with Kelli! She was super responsive, and finished a very large order of pinwheels for me quickly! Her pinwheels arrived yesterday perfectly packed and in great shape. They are better then I could have imagined!”

Next is Pom Love. “I try to incorporate my love of design and color into everything that I make and I hope that is evident as you become familiar with PomLove. I find inspiration daily. I’m so lucky to live in a city that is a constant source of inspiration. In a nutshell: I love what I do.” “These are the CUTEST! I am love with the Stemmed mini poms & will be doing these more often for centerpieces – replacing flowers, they are GREAT!! Thank you POM LOVE! you are my fave!”

Here we have CBC Designs, “I love everything about weddings. The love, the food, but especially the decor. I love helping brides create the perfect wedding.” “Love my bird cage. Thanks so much!”

Next we have Cow Country Creations who make beautiful signs in custom colors to coordinate with your color scheme. “Love this banner- can’t wait to use it at my wedding! Great communication with seller and fast shipping!” “It was exactly what I wanted and more! The colors for the ribbons are perfect! Thanks so much! :)”

Our next vendor might be a little familiar as she was featured in the Littlest Attendant section of the show, Floral Accents. “Floral designer and independent business owner for 15 years specializing in the design of custom floral arrangements. The real touch and silk flowers are of excellent quality and very beautiful.” “I absolutely LOVED my vases and can’t wait to see them on the tables at my reception 🙂 I will send you a picture. Thanks so much, it was wonderful to work with you.”

Next we have Lazy Caterpillar. “Designed to celebrate every season of your life with bunting, banners, garland, signs, streamers, and gifts for your wedding, shower, party, nursery, home decor and more.” “This banner was so sweet and personal and made my best friend’s bachelorette and bridal shower weekend beautiful. You could tell the handmade love that went into making it. It arrived quickly and on time. It was the special little touch that this special weekend needed. Everyone ooed and ahhed when they saw it!”

Another shop previously featured (Bouquets) is New Hampshire Woods Creations. “NH Woods Creation started as a part time business for me. Over the past few years it has grown to a full time occupation for both my husband and I. We work as a team, he spends most of his time riding around the back roads of NH looking for birch bark and moss. My experience as a floral designer and his as a carpenter works beautifully together. I design the piece and he figures out a way to construct it better and faster.” “Once again my entire order is PERFECT! Everything is BEAUTIFUL and smells SO GOOD! I have special ordered dried arrangements from Allison before and I have never been disappointed. The quality and uniqueness of her work is exceptional! She is the best and sweetest person to work with. I highly recommend her! I’ve given many of her items as gifts and everyone loves them:-)”

Simple Block Sayings has a unique and beautiful approach to wedding signs. “Thank you so much they are even cuter than the photos! You did a wonderful job on them! Thank you so so much! I really really appreciate you changing the design for me and being so wonderful during the whole process!”

Our next shop is Nancy by Kate Greiner. “Quickly created me a custom listing and shipped right away. Wonderful quality. Love the shop and the decorations.”

Here we have Madam Manzanita. “They are beautiful! Amazing! I love them all. Secure package and fast shipment. Great communication. Thank you so much.”

Bride’s Best Friend is the online store for South Carolina Wedding Co. “South Carolina Wedding Co has been awarded the 2011 Bride’s Choice award by Wedding Wire. Thank you to all my brides! It is a honor to be a part of your special day!! Check it out we have been featured in Desi Bride Magazine: http://desibridemagazine.com/group/sabndiybrides/forum/topics/diy-mandaps.” “I am so very happy that I found this seller on ETSY to help make my future daughter in law’s wedding a beautiful and memorable one, from the Canopy I had purchased previously which was awesome, to the floral items purchased afterwards that were everything promised. This seller demonstrates integrity, creativity, competence and absolute pursuit of making the buyer happy. I am a very happy buyer. Thank you!”

Finally we have Succulent Designs. Succulents are a major wedding trend that I believe will become a wedding design staple as we all gravitate towards being more eco friendly. When I came across this shop, I just had to put it in the show as the designs are very well done. “I have been an avid container gardener for over 35 years, with a particular passion for designing with succulents. Now that I am retired and our children are grown and out of the nest, I’m blessed to be with my husband of 30 years and our beloved dogs on a stunning piece of acreage in the mountain foothills in our great southwest. I grow hundreds of succulent plants, sedum, cacti, and herbs here, and have been designing and creating succulent wreaths for a number of years. It is such a joy to be able to supplement our retirement income with something that brings me joy and fulfillment, and to bring beauty to others as well.” “I love these cute little plants! I plan on purchasing more as wedding favors!”

Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Guest Books

Welcome to the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show with links for readers to donate to Wish Upon a Wedding.

Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.” -www.wishuponawedding.org

Legalities:
While I am a volunteer with Wish Upon a Wedding, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Wish Upon a Wedding in any other capacity and is not an official representative of Wish Upon a Wedding. In addition, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Etsy or the vendors featured and is not an official representative of Etsy or of each of these vendors. I am simply a fan of these artists/vendors and a volunteer with a passion for what I do and for organizations I have chosen to donate my time and finances to. I have sought permission from each and every vendor featured to use their products and their photos. Please do not use these photos for personal gain or copy the designs presented. These products are the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of each artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both illegal and unethical.

Our first artisan in this category is from Sarah of The Papery Nook “I opened The Papery Nook because I felt there was a wonderful need out there for organic earthy natural products for weddings and other special occasions. There is something magical about using elements of the earth to create a beautiful ambiance for your special event. I strive to bring my clients quality handcrafted products while personalizing them and keeping the cost affordable.” “We used table number luminarias, escort stones, and wishing stones for a wedding I planned. Sarah was an absolute pleasure to work with. She helped conceptualize our ideas and was immediately responsive with ideas and follow-up. When the rocks and luminarias arrived, they exceeded my expectations- they were beautiful and impeccably made. The items Sarah made were so unique and special, and added such a special touch to the wedding. I would love to work with Sarah in the future.”

Next, we have Altar Designs “Our “Wedding Wish” Guest Boxes are a one of a kind (OOAK) alternative to the traditional wedding guest book. Each “Wedding Wish” box is CUSTOM and crafted by hand! Currently our living room and dining space is the craft studio! The “Wedding Wish” boxes are crafted in a smoke-free and pet-free environment. A hand crafted 5″ X 7″ acrylic matching instruction sign is available to purchase as well. The sign serves as instructions to your guests to sign-in and leave their information. Additional space is available on each card for your guests to leave a personal wish or advice for the “Bride and Groom.” “Adorable box! Wedding guests loved the creative idea for a guest book and my husband and I loved having their info and wedding wishes.”

EV Creations says, “We custom create wine bottle guest book kits for weddings. It is a unique alternative to the traditional guest book. Your guest will sign your favorite bottles of wine, and we provide you with everything you need to make that happen….all you need to do is add the wine.” “When I saw this kit to be used as a guest book, I knew I had to have it! It is such a great idea and I know all my guests will love it. Vicki was great to work with. She sent me proofs to make sure the copy was right and the colors matched perfectly. She was very prompt in getting the proofs completed and sending out the package. When I received it I was very happy with how it came out! Thank you!”

Here we have Agape Eyes who says, “Regarding my Wish Boxes: They are my specialty, and they are One-of-a-Kind (OOAK). This means that no two are ever exactly the same – due to the variable nature of the upcycled honeycomb cardboard and woods I work with even if you order 2 in the same style they won’t be 100% identical.” “My fiance and I just love this wish box! What an awesome idea for a wedding! It was shipped quickly and perfect on arrival. Very well made and just beautiful! Thank you so much for being a part of our special day!”

Next on the show is Double Trouble Jigsaw Puzzles. “I love giving unique, one-of-a-kind quality gifts for friends and family. While browsing online for an uncommon gift I ran into wooden jigsaw puzzles. I immediately found a photo and ordered the hand cut jigsaw! When I received the intricately hand cut jigsaw puzzle, I was astonished to say the least. I was curious as to how one was made and I immediately began research. I soon saved up enough money to buy my first scroll saw at the age of 17 and I’ve been cutting puzzles ever since!” “I cannot explain enough how absolutely perfect this puzzle is. We used this as our wedding guest book and left a handful of pieces at each table with instructions telling our guests what to do. At the end of the night every piece was marked and all put together by some very curious guests! The quality of this puzzle is outstanding is will surely be around for anniversaries to come! I am so very impressed – the picture quality is as good as original and the precision used to cut each unique piece is clearly no accident but deliberately showcases the important aspects of our image. Amazing!”

AS SEEN IN:
-VOW Bridal Magazine
-The Knot Bridal Magazine

April from Grey Dog Designs says, “I’m a mixed media artist and graphic designer and this shop is my outlet for my digital creativity. All the fine stationery you see here is designed, printed, cut and shipped by yours truly. My other Etsy shop is http://www.etsy.com/shop/aprilburrisart where you’ll find all kinds of crazy paintings, drawings, photography, and random other stuff I make!” “A-mazing seller and product!!! Love, love, love! Most creative and unique way to document the attendees at our wedding! Thank you for being so great to work with!”

Here we have Gracefully Southern, a husband and wife team who combined “have attended or been in countless weddings. We have gone to every type of rehearsal dinner and shower. And we have watched as our friends have started families just like us.. “With all this fun, we have tucked the details of all of these events away in our memories and used them to create the products of Gracefully Southern Designs. We believe that even the smallest details make your special day memorable. From the little hibiscus flowers floating in champagne glasses to the handpicked guitar player from our local pub for cocktail hour, like at our wedding; each detail needs to come from you and the vision you have for your event.

Next, we have Lazy Lightning Art. “Personalization available on any box…great for weddings, birthdays, babies, anniversaries…To see examples of completed, personalized guest books, go to my Flickr account here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lazylightningart/.” “I love it! The personalization is beautiful, better than I even dared to hope! I know my daughter will love it, and will love storing her treasures inside. This is seriously one of my best Etsy purchases ever! Thanks so much for going the extra mile.”

Here we have Java Jane Designs, “Whimsical but striking architectural photographs resembling the letters of the alphabet. Artfully arranged to spell names and words, Alphabet Photo Art™ is the perfect custom gift for any special occasion! Celebrate any special day with the thoughtful words of guests surrounding the guest of honor’s name. The name will be spelled out in alphabet letter photographs and surrounded by a generous 4″ white signature mat (I recommend using an acid free fine point marker for preservation of signatures).”
“Provided the proofs 2 days after I placed my order, as promised! The art was completed promptly and arrived shortly after shipping. I LOVE IT! This is a very special and unique guest book that we’ll be able to keep in our house. I’m so excited, thank you.”

Next, we have Custom Sepia who says, “I can create a single plate or 100, each with your own slogan, phrase, verse, or sentiment. Use these plates in your own home or give them as gifts. Either way, they’re totally unique and a fun addition to any party.” “Received our platter came yesterday and we love it! Thank you so much… It’s the perfect guest book!”

Inga of Crearting says, “My main profession for around 30 years is leather craft, but I like many other materials too. My wood journals I started to make when I seen these beautiful wood textures. This wood what I use come from my own forest. Long time I liked felted items done by others artists and finally I started to make my own. This process is like painting! Is so great to use many different materials!” “This is more beautiful than I expected! Love it!! Thanks so much, I can’t wait to use this in my wedding and have this as one of my keepsakes!!”

Next we have Mélangerie and their adorable Dirty Laundry Kit. “Mélangerie Inc. works collaboratively with you, drawing inspiration from your aesthetic and intentions. We pay special attention to every detail and create genuine design by incorporating the handmade, the unusual and the specific.”

Finally, we have Sunday Treasures. “I am very proud to say that one of my 4ft Surfboard Wall Decor has been featured in POTTERY BARN KIDS CATALOG 2008 Summer issue on pg 13. & 2009 issue on pg 31. I designed the board for the catalog to their exact specifics and their color requests to match a new line of their bedding.” “Our wedding surfboard is perfect. My fiance loves it too! Can’t wait until everyone sees it at the wedding. Thanks again:)”

Etsy Virtual Bridal Show: Littlest Attendants

Welcome to the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show with links for readers to donate to Wish Upon a Wedding.

Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.” -www.wishuponawedding.org

Legalities:
While I am a volunteer with Wish Upon a Wedding, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Wish Upon a Wedding in any other capacity and is not an official representative of Wish Upon a Wedding. In addition, Parties by Kristen is not affiliated with Etsy or the vendors featured and is not an official representative of Etsy or of each of these vendors. I am simply a fan of these artists/vendors and a volunteer with a passion for what I do and for organizations I have chosen to donate my time and finances to. I have sought permission from each and every vendor featured to use their products and their photos. Please do not use these photos for personal gain or copy the designs presented. These products are the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of each artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both illegal and unethical.

The first artisan in this category for Ring Bearers and Flower Girls is Aphrodite’s Canvas. “With Aphrodite’s Canvas I incorporate romantic images with the beauty of nature. Greens, browns, rust etc. I believe every color ignites emotion, and I appreciate them all.” “The ring disc was perfect for our rings and for our wedding style. Best part is we can use it again in the future as an ornament or simply displayed as a memento of our wedding.”

Next, is Diana from White Thistle Bridal Designs. “I love all fabrics especially silks and anything that sparkles. Sewing has always been where I could bring to life my ideas and thoughts (whether great or not). I love the unusual and unique, so you just might find something in my shop that makes you pause or do a double take. Enjoy!” “I went back and forth looking at different sellers before deciding on this pillow! I’m so glad I did because this pillow is AMAZING! Deana was a pleasure to work with and shipping was very fast! Can’t wait for my nephew to use this pillow at my wedding! You will not regret buying from Deana!”

“Bragging Bags is proud to offer Morgann Hill Designs, specializing in everything fabulous & unique for your upcoming wedding! We offer an array of eclectic collections including woodland, rustic, western, elegance, personalized, DIY, barn CHIC, beach cottage, vintage bride, and more.” “Gorgeous basket, looks just like the picture. It is going to be perfect for our rustic elegant Scottish wedding! Absolutely adorable!”

Next, we have Floral Accents. In addition to Floral Accents, the owner also has the shop Fascinating Creations and was featured in the Veils, Headpieces, and Hair Accessories section of the show. “I have been a floral designer for 15 years and love to create different designs. I look forward to working with you to help with your floral needs.” “Perfect ring bearer pillow for my sister’s wedding. It matched her colors and flowers beautifully. Everyone loved how different it was!”

Here we have Woomi, “I launched my collection on Etsy when I was living in New York, now I moved back to my home country Korea, I promise to continue to develop new styles. This shop is true reflection of my simple yet, whimsical and romantic aesthetic.” “I received my ring bearer pillow and it’s super cute! I’m glad I bought from woomi and I absolutely recommend!”

Next we have Garden Side Studio, “Garden Side Studio specializes in realistic silk bridal bouquets and wedding accessories of all styles and all budgets. Whether it’s bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, cake toppers, pew bows, ceremony arrangements, or ring bearer alternatives, there is something here for everyone.” “I fell in love with GardenSidestudio’s ring bearer bird’s nest and twig flower girl basket! I got to customize the color of the two speckled eggs in the nest and the color of the ribbon. She was happy to match the ribbon with my wedding colors 🙂 I would definitely buy from them again. These were made to order and were carefully packaged. Without my asking, she messaged me a picture of the nest and basket when she was done making them before I bought them to make sure I liked the result. She definitely loves what she does and it shows. Thanks Garden Side Studio!”

Jen of The Ritzy Rose says, “I am a designer from New York now living in Columbus, Ohio. In the spring of 2010, I married the man of my dreams, and I had a blast creating every aspect of our wedding. This process expanded my creativity and took me in many new directions. You can expect many of them to show up here.” Thanks for helping make the flags so personal with extra touches! they are exactly like what I imagined. I cant wait to share some pictures =).”

Modern Victorian was created by Velvet and Corley Hodges, a mother/daughter design team. Velvet is a decorative painter by trade and Corley is a young adult novelist. Their obsession for texture is reflected in their designs. They also share a love of fabric and frills which was bestowed upon them by their late grandmother. Thanks for your interest in their creative design!” “It’s gorgeous! Our flower girl is going to look so pretty carrying this! I didn’t notice in the picture, but there are beautiful burgundy rhinestones lining the top. Love it! Shipping was very quick and great communication. I’ll be sending pics as soon as I can. Thank you again!”

As seen in Martha Stewart Weddings Spring 2011 Magazine, Olive and Fern crafts “lovely handmade Flower girl Dresses, perfect for a casual, destination, rustic…or outdoor Wedding.” “These are even more perfect in person! I have 5 little flower girls and they all love them! Olive and fern was so great to work with, and answered any and all questions so quickly! I highly recommend purchasing if you are interested! I will send pictures from my May wedding of the girls in their dresses. Thank you again…they are so perfect!!!”

Sweet Plume says, “Our Plume Collection dresses are perfect for weddings, special occasions, birthdays and more. I am always creating and if I don’t have a color scheme you are looking for, let me know, I will customize something in order to make you happy! Our Sweet Collection dresses are perfect for everyday wear! Full of ruffles, polka dots, flowers and more for your little girly girl!”

Next we have Beane and Company. “My shop concentrates on special occasion clothes for children. We do vintage inspired and current styles as well as wedding apparel for boys and girls. All items are custom made to suit your needs…Everything is handmade with care from quality materials. A lot of time and craftsmanship is put into each item. Since I do take custom orders, most everything can be done in another color or fabric. If you see a style you like but want to make design changes it is usually possible. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.” “We received the dresses today and could not be more pleased with the final product. They are made with a good quality fabric – fully lined with tulle and even the ribbon is constructed out of a really nice silk fabric. Excellent customer service, beautiful clothing, and would definitely recommend this person to any buyer.”

Bella Bean Couture says, “We specialize in wedding and special occasion designs. Please take a moment to browse our collection and hopefully you will find what you are looking for. Please contact us if you need a special color scheme to coordinate with your wedding. We LOVE special requests.” “I love love my dress for the flower girl! It is amazing and absolutely everything I was looking for!!! Faith you are fantastic! I could not have imagined anything else for my flower girl on my wedding day! I will send a pic soon!”

Finally, we have The Belle and The Beau. “I’m absolutely in love with this time of the year…new life, new growth, and color….If you can’t tell, I am all about color:) Spring is in the air….love too! Our busy wedding season is in full swing and we are accepting custom wedding orders.” “Perfect! Exactly what I was looking for!! Our ring bearer is going to look adorable. Thank you!”