Howdy, everyone! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying this warmer weather as spring nears. Since it's warming up, you might as well get ready for wedding season. It's already starting, and if your big day is far away or you're not engaged yet this will still be good for ideas. We can dream, right? Yes, yes we can--plus we'll be better prepared for when that time rolls around. I'll probably do another edition later on because I'll keep seeing new stuff on etsy, and you all will need more than just one edition of ideas, right? For this edition, I'm going to include a variety of items that you see in a big day, which can be huge if you think about it.
I hear wedding bells! Let's get started!
Item #1 is from EmmaAndTheBean
I seen things similar to this, but this one had something unique about it. I love the burlap because its textire gives so much visual interest to the piece. It would be something sentimental to the couple as it tells the journey from the first day of dating to the wedding day. It's something different and a very nice keepsake to display at the big event or as a gift to a couple!
Item #2 is from ChampaignPaper
If I haven't mentioned is before, I'm an absolute freak for paper products! And when I say "freak" I do mean FREAK! Send me into a stationery store, and my eyes dilate--it's like crack. I even like the smell of paper. Let me get back on track here...At some point in the wedding process, you're going to have to write thank you cards. It's not something you can get out of--sorry. Since you have to write them, why not get some pretty ones that the recipient might actually want to keep? The design is hand-drawn and then uploaded and printed onto a nice card stock. These come in a set of 10, so if your budget is tight I'd get something like these for the special people in your life because they are the ones most likely to keep them. The makers of the cards have a lot of different options, so make sure to check them out!
Item #3 is from CharlieChalkDesigns
First, let me say that this is absolutely gorgeous! I like how rustic it is with the bark. Each piece will be unique because the bark on trees is never the same! The metal is waterproof metal with the bark attached to the outside. You will get a heart and an arrow through it and two initials burned into the bark--Think carving your initials in a tree. So sweet. (I personally have one of these that my boyfriend gave me on our first Valentine's day together, and it is a gorgeous piece to have).
Item #4 is from PaperStreetPress
Guest books. People may not do these as much as they use to, but what if you put a twist on the traditional name signing and asked guests to write a little note and sign instead? That's an idea isn't it? I've seen couple's have guest books as people enter and an advice box at the reception. I think that's too much to try to keep up with, so why not do something different and kill two birds with one stone? I've never seen a book quite like this one, and I truly fancy it. You get printing on the front, spine, and back of the book, which is awesome and you get all the details on there as well. You get 100 blank pages 70# white text weight paper stock in an 8x10 inch book. Definitely something to consider.
Item #5 is from Megmichelle
Something else to think about for the big day is favors. I've seen a variety of favors at weddings I've attended and one that I handmade everything at. I've seen candles, fudge, cake slices, etc. The possibilities are really endless. I was really taken with the idea of seed favors. I've never seen these before..well, maybe in magazines, but not in real life. I think that these are something very unique and very eco-conscious. Flowers always lighten everyone's spirits. The makers of this product make everything from start to finish. They print, cut, score, fold, and glue each individual seed packet. I've done stuff like this before, and believe me when I say it takes a lot of patience when you have a large number to make. If you want something truly handmade, this is it. The maker also has a variety of different seed packets and other packaging, so make sure you check the shop out.
Item #6 is from WestaireBridal
Depending on the dress you've chosen, you might want something that adds a little bit of bling to your attire. I really love these because of the detail on them, and you really don't get to wear something like this more than once or twice in your life (maybe more depending on your work if it requires gala events). This particular piece is 2 inches wide x 8 inches long and is detailed with pearls and high quality glass crystals. The piece is attached to a double-faced satin sash to go with your dress. If this one isn't your style, the maker has other gorgeous designs as well!
Item #7 is from WeddingAffections
As I was browsing through the wedding section on Etsy, I came across this and thought, "that would really be useful since almost everyone has a smartphone and is usually taking pictures." You never know what a guest might catch on camera that the photographer missed. It's like having more than one photographer if you decide something like this would be a neat idea. Just come up with your hashtag and you're ready to go--just make sure your guests see it! (P.S. The sign isn't included, but it's a great idea of one to look for!)
Item #8 is from SeasonalBounty
I was originally going to feature a fabric bouquet with jeweled brooches (and I may later on), but I saw this and loved it. I don't think that a bride's bouquet has to be big and ornate. I think it can be simple and still be absolutely gorgeous. You don't want too much going on otherwise it's going to look gaudy (i.e., highly detailed dress, massive bouquet, detailed veil, tiara). This bouquet is quite simple with dried baby's breath and summer wheat wrapped in burlap and twine. There are other options but I love this! Since it is dried you can order this 6-8 months out and stored in a cool dark area, and it will still look beautiful on your big day.
Item #9 is from GildedShadows
This is something I've been seeing more and more of lately--hair accessories with or without the veil. I think this would be stunning without the veil and a moderately detailed dress. It something that's different from having roses bobby pinned in (we all know those things hurt because you have to have a ton to get the things to stay in place). This piece is actually a set of two hair combs. The flowers and leaves have hand-twisted stems of crystals, enameled flowers, glass beads, and freshwater pearls. These combs are very unique and I would say statement makers because of their simplicity and yet stunning detail.
Item #10 is from BellaFleurBridal
Usually when I think of garters, it's not something with rhinestones and pearls--it's something very plain (especially the toss garter). This garter and toss garter set is really pretty--the main garter is breathtaking. The attention to detail is exquisite. As for the toss garter, it has more detail than most, but is still simple and pretty. Both pieces are attached to ivory lace, but the maker as a white lace and white ribbon available. When you think of wedding attire, the garter really doesn't come to mind because it isn't that pretty. The dress is always beautiful, but why not have something pretty underneath as well?
That's all for this week, everyone. I'll continue the wedding series on different weeks, so there is definitely more to look forward to, and I'll probably theme it (think wedding attire essentials, bachelorette party, bridal shower, reception, etc). Like I mentioned at the beginning, it's time to start prepping or finishing up for ladies everywhere. Make sure you've thought of everything!
Please feel free to share, link, or tag this post for all ladies with a wedding coming up, the newly engaged, or just for fun :) Also, head over to your favorite handmade sites and show some artists/makers some love!
Until next time,
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.