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

Thanks for coming back! 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 three of three posts that the show will have for today.

Don’t forget about yesterday’s giveaway!

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.




Simple Beauty Veils


The Red Magnolia

Veiled Beauty


Woodland Bridal

Woomi Pyo

Yesteryear Glam

Tips or Trends Tuesday: Fascinating

From elegant parties to weddings, fascinators are all the rage. Fascinators were on trend prior to the Royal Wedding and since then their popularity has exploded. If you are sitting there wondering what in the world I am talking about, let Her Immanence, Martha Stewart, explain, “Bigger than a barrette, a fascinator is a hair accessory that’s worn to the side and is often made of feathers, flowers, or wisps of fabric. The fun, fanciful ornament is often embellished with crystals, beads, or loops of ribbon, and attaches via a comb or headband; some have a small, stiff, flat base that can be secured with bobby pins.” –http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/article/what-is-fascinator

Where did fascinators come from? For that answer, we go to Everything But the Dress. “By original definition, a fascinator, originating in the 1750s, refers to a fine head covering, usually a scarf made of crochet or lace. Although the term fell into disuse almost entirely by the 1970s, it has come back into vogue.” –http://everythingbutthedress.blogspot.com/2009/10/what-is-fascinator.html. ‘There appears to be no definitive explanation as to the origin of the name ‘fascinator’, however it’s a popularly held opinion that it came about due to the ‘fascinating’ qualities of these headbands in their ability to mesmerize the beholder with their elegant and elaborate nature.” –http://www.headstronghats.co.uk/couture.html Here are some great examples of fascinators you can find on Etsy:

‘Fascinating’ by ravengrrl

Bold fascinators for the bride, her court, and guests.

The Byrone – Pleate…


Hot Pink Cocteau Co…


Purple Flight A Cou…


For Fashionable Bri…


Art Deco Dame Emera…




1930s Inspired Feat…


Lilac Birdcage Veil…


NEW Handmade Floral…


Andalusia – Red Ros…




Le Voyage D’or …


Green And Turquoise…


Marie Antoinette Pi…


Cluster of Feathers…


Whimsical YELLOW FE…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

In my opinion the reining king of amazing millinery (hat making) and wondrous fascinators is no other than Philip Treacy. If you watched the Royal Wedding, you heard his name mentioned repeatedly as ladies began to arrive at Westminster Abbey. He was also featured on season 8 of Project Runway as part of a contestant challenge. He won his first British Fashion Council Award in 1991 and designed hats for Chanel and Lagerfield. I leave you with a few examples of his genius: