Category Archives: getting ready

Creative Bridesmaid Gifts

How do you choose the perfect gift for these wonderful women that stand up next to you and maybe even put up with you???  Personally I don’t think the price tag makes a difference.  Just like your wedding preferences; a bridesmaid wants fun personalized items.  I’ve picked out a few fun ones that may be perfect for that special someone.

Dandelion, Unique Hand Beaded Pendant, one of a kind necklace

Sample Set Mini Bath Soaks--tea, milk, and salt 2.5 inch bags premium day spa

Faceted Garnet Gemstone Necklace with Custom Photo Pendant - Handmade Photo Tile Jewelry

Mid Century Palette Floral Fascinator

A Little Tease

So I’m a fan of subtle sexy (remember the ponytail jeans gal comments) but I have got to tell you about something new from MoonShineBaby.   Holy SMOKES!!!  These are the hottest night in accessories I have ever seen!!

Art Nouveau Filigree Feather Pasties - Gold w/ Peacock Feathers and Swarovski Crystals - By Organic Armor & Moonshine BabyMwah!  So sexy!!

Krissy Cartwright

www.etsy.com/shop/krissy167

>Eco Love – Think Vintage

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So, you’re engaged. Congrats. You and your partner have decided to have an eco friendly wedding without sacrificing your offbeat style. Think vintage, the ultimate recycling. I know you’re thinking that you don’t want to look old fashioned but modern hip and dripping with stylish originality. And why not!

If you are lucky enough to find a garment that fits and is not damaged then you have scored. Most likely it will need something. Maybe something needs to be removed or added or maybe it is damaged. Perhaps it just doesn’t fit. My advice is to re fashion.
In the hands of a skilled artisan magic can happen. When looking for a seamstress be sure and leave yourself some time to interview prospects. You will be working closely with this person and the chemistry needs to be right. On your first meeting bring all the pictures and pieces of things that you have collected. My favorite clients are the ones who show up with truckloads of stuff. They know what they want and my job is to help them get there. Don’t worry that there seems to be no unifying concept, bring it all.

AllThingsPretty

You are probably wondering how to find this person. Word of mouth is usually your best bet. Ask at local vintage shops since they often have access to people who do repair work for them.
There are many wonderful designer/makers online that may have a style that meshes with your own.Often they are available for custom work or just tweaking a design they are already offering.

SWANclothing

Make sure you ask or read about their policies. You will probably be required to make a non-refundable down payment to start work. I know this can feel a little scary. Do your research. There are many sites with good resource info. Here is a good starting place


>Get Organized!

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Black Bird DayPlanner by doublehappiness

It’s the start of a new year, and this offbeat bride’s resolution:  
 

 Get Organized!!

Planning a wedding is an incredibly exciting and sometimes completely overwhelming undertaking. No matter how large or small, formal or informal, offbeat or traditional, your wedding, there will be more than a handful of decisions to make along the way – not mention numbers to keep track of, appointments to keep, and people to coordinate.

If other offbeat (read “creative and inspired”) brides out there are anything like me, they are masters of scheming, and dreaming, and bookmarking, and “to-do”ing, and sketching and scribbling, and “favoriting” all over the place!

So….

Resolution for the new year: get all those names, and numbers, and ideas in one place!

Bonus: With a little help from other creative people, like the shop owners at Etsy.com, organization doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, your wedding planner, should be the first thing you purchase or create for your wedding that radiates the oh-so-in-love personality you hope to capture on the big day.

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PickMePaperDesigns

Custom Wedding Planner Binder by Pick Me Paper Designs
By far the most comprehensive planner out there – custom-designed to match your wedding colors and motifs; chock-full of check-lists, logs, and organizers; includes pockets for vendor materials and weekly and monthly calendars as well as available customized add-ins.

Custom Weekly Planner and Notebook Set, Handwoven with Satin Ribbons
by PriaVanda 
Great for a bride who wants one place for dates and “to-do” lists and another carry-everywhere notebook for jotting down ideas. Available in all colors!!
Oilcloth 3-ring binders by rbtbags on Etsy
Or for the true DIY-er, there are loads of wedding planning printables available on the web to help you get organized in any beautiful book or binder that you choose!