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Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team: 2/2/13

‘Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team: Latest and Greatest 2/2/12… 1 of 2’ by ravengrrl


Stretchy Lace Bridal Wrist C…

$25.00

Unique wedding favors – BBQ …

$3.25

Wedding bridal crown wreath …

$85.00

Eggplant and Turquoise Weddi…

$175.00

Red, White, Black, Bridal Br…

$75.00

Bridal fascinator, Birdcage …

$68.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…

$40.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…

$40.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…

$46.50

Gates – Romantic Wedding Inv…

$7.99

Love Story Tree – Unique Wed…

$6.49

Gates – Romantic Wedding Inv…

$7.99

Lace – Unique Wedding Invita…

$4.99

Beach Wedding Barefoot Sanda…

$18.00

Wedding Barefoot Sandals Bri…

$16.00

Wedding Barefoot Sandals Sta…

$15.00

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‘Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team: Latest and Greatest 2/2/13 2 of 2’ by ravengrrl


Wedding Barefoot Sandals Mal…

$14.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…

$41.00

Black Handmade Tulle Lace C…

$35.00

Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…

$46.50

pearl leaves tiara – freshwa…

$50.00

large circle tiara of mixed …

$100.00

steampunk pearl comb – vint…

$50.00

Lace Pocket – Simple Wedding…

$4.99

Gates – Romantic Wedding Inv…

$7.99

Gates – Romantic Wedding Inv…

$7.99

Lace – Unique Wedding Invita…

$6.99

Flower Girl, Baptism, Commun…

$90.00

Ring Bearer Bowl Wedding Rin…

$30.00

Seashell Shell Ring Bearer H…

$30.00

Personalized Ring Bearer Bow…

$25.00

Starfish Ring Bearer Ring Pi…

$29.00

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Saturday’s Latest: Welcome Sarafina Dreams and Team Roundup

Today, I’d like to welcome Sarafina Dreams to the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team! I adore Janie’s classic lingerie designs in beautiful flowy fabrics. I have to say that my favorite piece is the oversized men’s shirt romper. I hope you enjoy Saragina Dreams and the latest from the team. 🙂

“Sarafina Dreams is the manifestation of all the lingerie designs constantly dancing through my mind. I love lingerie and have been in the business for years. It was my dream to have my own line and it’s so much fun to watch as each piece becomes a reality. I adore full sweeping gowns, silky nylon, silk knits and cotton. A lot of my inspiration comes from vintage 30’s and 40’s silhouettes and my love of global textiles. Fabric is always an inspiration. Besides my gowns and robes I also do custom and altered couture bridal petticoats. Etsy is a great place for me to be able to flourish as an artist and designer.” -Sarafina Dreams’ Etsy profile

‘Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 1/19/13’ by ravengrrl


Wedding bridal crown wreath …

$75.00

Wedding bridal crown wreath …

$59.95

Wedding bouquet photo charm….

$7.99

Handmade Boutonniere, Rustic…

$10.00

Plantable Wedding Seed Favor…

$0.20

Vineyard Wedding Invite Temp…

$75.00

Blue Turquoise Purple Weddin…

$98.35

Burlap Lantern Glass Jars …

$65.00

MC wedding bouquet – the ROY…

$650.00

Wedding Pillow Hand embroide…

$80.00

Purple and Silver Filigree F…

$17.00

Wedding Jewelry, Full Set, E…

$75.00

Invitation Pocketfold Letter…

$4.40

SALE LARGE Rainforest 8 Pinw…

$30.00

STEFANA Wedding Crowns-Ortho…

$85.00

Brown feather fascinator lea…

$66.00

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Friday’s Favorites: Bridal Bow Trend, Beyond the Ordinary Escort Cards, and Blush Pink

Well, we’ve made it another week. Here at Belle Memorie headquarters it’s been a doozy: I’ve had a flare up in my Fibromyalgia and our building is getting a new roof. It looks like my body is going to cooperate with my weekend plans, which is definitely a blessing. As for the roof, crossing my fingers that it will be done today…please…pretty please let it be done today. Thankfully, I don’t have to pay for it…lol.

This week’s Friday’s Favorites features lots of beautiful bow detailed wedding dresses and gorgeous blush pink dresses for your maids, uniting two of the biggest trends in bridal. In addition, some great unique escort cards and escort card displays and blush/antique pink wedding accessories that you won’t find in an ordinary bridal shop.

There are a lot of folks committing to purchase handmade artisan gifts for their loved ones this year and as a bridal expert, blogger, and bride, I can’t say enough good things about taking that same commitment with your wedding. As I have said time and time again, buy handmade, there’s nothing like it!

‘Escort Cards and Holders’ by ravengrrl


Unique Wedding Escort Card F…

$4.50

Vintage Tag Escort Cards in …

$315.00

Wedding Escort Card Holder F…

$75.00

Message in a bottle Escort C…

$145.00

CUSTOM PRINTED Raffle Ticket…

$1.25

Place Cards, Cream Sola Flow…

$2.00

ESCORT CARD Vintage Printabl…

$15.00

Escort Cards – Wedding

$50.00

Rosette D’Or – 50 Custom…

$80.00

76 Place Card / Name Card / …

$76.00

Escort Card Holders – SET OF…

$20.00

Vintage Style Heart shaped S…

$31.75

Beach Wedding Escort Cards o…

$50.00

Wedding Escort card holders …

$123.00

Pinwheel Wedding Escort Card…

$100.00

Escort Cards Wedding Recepti…

$40.00

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‘Bridal Bow Fashion’ by ravengrrl


70% Off – 22″ READY TO …

$463.79

Plus Size 1950s ‘Elise&#…

$325.00

Custom Made Wedding Dress –…

$745.00

Sweet Romance Wedding Gown

$350.00

melody/wedding gown/women cl…

$410.00

Balloon Back Bow Wedding Dre…

$800.00

Beach Wedding Dress with Swe…

$395.00

Vintage Lace Wedding Dress B…

$379.00

Satin side bow ” clip o…

$129.00

Bridal Sash, Wedding Belt, W…

$110.00

Bowed sash, rhinestone bow w…

$85.00

12 Colors Choices Huge Overs…

$60.00

Wedding Bolero, Shrug, Jacke…

$220.00

Audrey Silk Ruffle Wedding B…

$179.00

Noble -White Wedding Capalet…

$38.00

BRIDAL SHRUG wedding bolero …

$75.00

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‘Blush: Antique Pink Wedding Accessories’ by ravengrrl


Cyber Monday Etsy Water Lil…

$99.00

Pink sash, Pink bridal belt,…

$40.00

Wedding Shoes — Antique Pin…

$175.00

Bridal Pearls Necklace,Fresh…

$150.00

Bridesmaid Jewelry, Blush Pi…

$14.00

Custom Fabric Flower Bouquet…

$125.00

Pink and Grey Vintage Rose B…

$5.50

Antique Locket, Wedding Lock…

$172.00

Shabby Chic Wedding Invitati…

$50.00

ELLA- Blush Pink and Grey Cu…

$30.00

Engagement Sale Antique Whit…

$216.75

Wedding Place Cards, The Ver…

$1.50

groomsmen boutonniere, embel…

$15.00

Wedding Garter set: Pink Ruf…

$32.95

Pink Sugar Bridal Ballet Fla…

$195.00

Antique Pink & Ivory feather…

$400.00

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‘Blushing Bridesmaids’ by ravengrrl

Blush bridesmaid dresses and necklaces


Sweet Pink SILK Ruffles dres…

$193.00

Angel Peach Alice in Wonderl…

$46.80

Dress Romantic Bridesmaids …

$99.99

Vintage Chiffon Dress One Si…

$59.99

Light Pink Blush Petal Hem A…

$248.00

mismatched bridesmaid dresse…

$99.99

Vintage Wedding Dress One Si…

$159.00

complete set hippie wedding …

$450.00

Pink Blush Maxi Dress With B…

$129.00

Custom Bridesmaids Dresses

$150.00

Bridesmaid Dress Wedding Gue…

$89.00

Pretty Pink Halter Dress

$155.00

Champagne, Blush, Rose Pearl…

$34.00

Clover Necklace : Blush

$21.00

Beaded Flower Necklace – Blu…

$40.00

Feather Necklace – Real Feat…

$19.95

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Monday’s Finding: Winter Save the Dates and Invites

This week the blog is all about Winter weddings. I thought I’d start the week off with some of my favorite Winter save the dates and invitations. Seriously, how cute are those snow dome save the dates?

You should send your save the dates about six to nine months prior to your wedding just to give guests a heads up. They are especially handy for your out of town guests that will have to make travel arrangements. As for invitations, you should ideally mail them out two months in advance (six weeks is the latest). Enjoy these faves of mine and come back the rest of this week for more winter wedding ideas.

Winter Save the Dates

Winter Wedding Invites

Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team: Yummy Edibles and Roundup

Today’s latest features some yummy stuff from the team. From edible favors to sweets table favorites, our bakers and candy makers have got some great treats that your guests are sure to love. Don’t forget to check out our latest creations and finds featured in the treasury after the slide show. Have a fabulous weekend!

‘Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team: 11/10/2012’ by ravengrrl


Fairytale Wedding Ring Beare…

$25.00

Mossy Driftwood Ring Bearer …

$20.00

Beach Wedding Sand Dollar R…

$12.00

Wedding Ring Bearer, Nest, W…

$35.00

Wedding bouquet photo frame …

$7.99

Wedding Invitations Box Choc…

$16.00

Wedding Invitations Box Blac…

$11.00

6 Bridesmaids Mini Caftan Dr…

$175.00

PetalMetal Memory Magnet Boa…

$12.00

Peach Blush Shabby Chic Back…

$80.00

Bling Bling

$80.00

Fabric Flower Tutorial PLUS …

$9.00

Eco Groom – Mens Gift Set – …

$26.95

Wedding Guest Book Register …

$20.00

Cherry Blossom Double Flower…

$100.00

Monogrammed Mini Sugar Cooki…

$24.00

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Saturday’s Latest: A Fab New Etsy Find For the Stretched Lobed Bride: Arksendeavors and Weekly Team Roundup

I am super duper excited to show you that even us stretched lobed brides can find gorgeous bridal ear wear. I’m currently at 1/2″ and working toward 1″ all due to Arksendeavors. When I first got engaged, I knew that my selection of ear jewelry would be just about nil. I searched high and low for a pair of wedding worthy plugs via my go to shops and none had anything that could stand up to my Mom’s triple strand of pearls. I had resigned myself to naked ears on my wedding day, that is until I came across Arksendeavors.

Arksendeavors is run by Amanda, who started experimenting with resin to create special occasion plugs for those of us with modified lobes. When I took a peek at Amanda’s shop, I was so excited and relieved that someone out there was thinking of us non-conformist brides. In fact, I am actually stretching my ears further, because I now know I can find beautiful plugs that will complement my Mom’s pearls.

From pearls, to crystals and cameos, Arksendeavors has your lobes covered!

Here’s the latest and greatest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team. Enjoy your weekend!

‘Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 10/13/12’ by ravengrrl


Bridal Headband – Shabby chi…

$18.00

Wedding Invitations Black Re…

$7.50

Wedding Invitations Box

$13.50

Wedding table numbers coral …

$4.00

Bling Cake stands

$70.00

Wedding Guest Book Destinati…

$85.00

Beautiful Beige Tulle Autumn…

$459.96

17 pcs Wedding Bridal Bouque…

$209.99

Wedding reception card holde…

$122.00

Bridal Crystal Headband- Vi…

$120.00

Jack O’ Lantern lollipop…

$10.00

Mimosa Fleur- handmade Brooc…

$228.00

Dia de los Muertos Calavera …

$16.99

Handfasting cord in seafoam …

$165.00

Brush embroidered French Mac…

$60.00

Pretty Pink and Peach Leathe…

$60.00

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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 MĂ©langerie Inc. which you may recognize from our Guest Book posting. “At MĂ©langerie 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. MĂ©langerie 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!”