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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

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!”

-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:)”