Category Archives: offbeat etsy weddings
Over the summer the Artisan Maskers collaborated with a whole team of amazing artists to put together a fantasy Circus-themed wedding shoot. Here’s a quick spread of the carnival madness that ensued!
First, we have our Tightrope Walker bride. She preps for the big day with a gorgeously bizarre assemblage of bridesmaids (below): a Clownette, a Lion Tamer, a Fortune Teller, and even a mustachioed Ringmaster!
Next up, our Clown of a Groom and his fabulous Groomsmen: the Magician, the Roustabout, and, okay, the “Lion”, too…
A few choice shots of the Bride and Groom…
And, then, the gang’s all here! Time for the party to START!
So, what do YOU think? Could a Circus be in your marital future? ;D
Please, have a look at all of the incredible artists that made this shoot possible!
Mini Top Hats, Clownette Ruff, Dog Ruff, Feather Bouquet – Because It Sparkles
Crystal Bridal Headband and Belt – Clay Bouquet Shop
Bustle Skirt and Groom/Best Man Jackets – DAS
Little Miss Muffett Garter – Never A Plain Jane Designs
Corsets and Petticoat – Period Corsets
(Not pictured: Wedding Streamers – Extravagant Exits )
Welcome to the WedEclectic Offbeat Interview Series! Here, we invite you to absolutely pay attention to (wo)man behind the curtain. And lucky you because they are all amazing artisans making amazing things in their fabulous shops.
Today, we’re chatting with Krissy Cartwright, Atlanta based owner of Make Believe’N Alternative Weddings LLC and captain of the wonderfully offbeat WedEclectic team on Etsy.
How did you come up with your shop name?
My shop name came from my theory that we should be the most authentic people we can be. No make believin’ to fit someone else’s ideal version of you or your wedding. Being able to fill my days designing and daydreaming about ways to buck wedding traditions is awesome!
And what exactly are these tradition-bucking designs?
I take high quality fabrics and embellishments and transform them into personalized keepsake bouquets and accessories. Each flower is individually handcrafted out of satin, chiffon, organza, crepe, and tulle, and centered with any embellishment that can be imagined. My desire to create non-traditional wedding bouquets and accessories has enriched and fulfilled my life in ways I never could have imagined. My “art” allows me to focus on the style and personality of my clients. Every custom order is a window into a life I never would have known otherwise.
How’d you get started?
A few years ago I started making hair doodads for a friend and the business snowballed from there.
Who would you say has had the most influence over your craft?
Etsy has influenced my work profoundly. Finding the right niche, and building my shop all came from learning from Etsy admins and my fellow Etsians.
What is your favorite wedding trend (now or past)?
Unique and quirky wedding details that represent the couple instead of the masses.
What would you like to see at more weddings?
I would love to see more programs that give additional background on the couple…how they met, favorite foods/songs, etc.
Which celebrity would you like to see sporting your designs?
If I had to choose a celebrity to work with it would be someone eclectic…a Katy Perry maybe.
A woman should always carry…?
Women should always carry a cell phone. Keeps you safe and connected with those you love.
What is your unicorn – that is, what is an object or skill that has eluded you so far?
My unicorn…so many things, but the biggest is web/graphic design. Just ticks me off that I don’t have a clue how to do this!!!
If you are interested in bucking a few traditions of your own, Krissy is at your service. Feel free to browse her shop on Etsy for a gallery of her offbeat designs, ready to purchase or to serve as inspiration for your custom order. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.
Interview by Janice J. Bear of Never a Plain Jane Designs
- They don’t have to be kept in water (or cooled), and will not wilt
- You can keep them forever
- Many look so realistic, nobody would ever know (unless you wanted them to)
- All the stress of working with a florist is completely gone- you can have full control over how it looks, and availability
- You’re no longer limited to the range of typical flower colors
- You don’t have to worry about your favorite flower being in season, or the prices for them!
This Pink Swan bouquet is lively and bright- just the thing for a summer bride, or your bridesmaids!
>Historically, candles have always played an important role in wedding ceremonies and their celebrations afterward.
Whether today’s wedding couples want to use candles for meaningful cultural rituals, personal symbolism, or simply to create an enchanting and romantic atmosphere, the desire for their use remains strong.
As a candle artist who provides candles for weddings all over the country, here’s some critical planning advice: Ask the venue if they allow “open flame” candles! If they do, be sure to ask: Are there any restrictions on types of candles or how many are on each table? Is a city fire permit required and who is responsible for applying for it?
Because of the risk of fire with open flames amongst lots of people partying, many cities require venues to comply with local fire dept regulations about candle use in public gatherings. You don’t want to buy 5o pillar candles, only to find out as they’re being placed on the reception tables that they have to be in hurricane holders or you can’t light them!
Many locations allow any type of candles as long as they are in glass or other type holders that completely shield the flame from coming into contact with flammable items (the holder usually needs to extend 1-2″ above the flame).
Shown throughout this post are some excellent candle holder choices from artists on Etsy. Just click on a photo (linked to their shop) to see the variety each artist offers.
In future posts I’ll give more wedding candle tips and advice.
I’ll share info on candles for your ceremony, reception, gifts to your attendants and family, and in decorating your new home.
Help me plan my articles to readers’ needs! Please tell me your personal experiences or send me questions you’d like answers to. You can do that by commenting here, via convo to ForestCandleStudio on Etsy, or via email to ForestCandleStudio [!at] gmail.com
Best Wedding Wishes!
Want to have a warm natural glow on your wedding day but don’t want to expose yourself to the harmful rays of the sun/tanning bed or get that fake sprayed look….. Then here is your Eco/Green Tip of the Day, Eat your YELLOWS, ORANGEs, and REDS.
It is a best to get a rainbow of colors in your diet but foods that NATURALLY have yellow, orange, and red (no M&Ms don’t count) will add a great warm color to your skin. You will not only look healthy for your special day, but also, these veggies have beta-carotene which is a type of pigment found in plants, especially carrots and colorful vegetables.
Here are some more great benefits you will get from beta carotene: