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Two to Four Months Before the Wedding (Part 3)

Part 3: Favors

by ForestCandleStudio

Your wedding day will be here sooner than you think! Plan your favors as early as possible, especially if you want to DIY or to order handmade &/or personalized items. Leave some room open for unexpected last minute things by getting items on your checklist completed ahead of schedule!

In Part 3 of this four-part series, here are some unique handmade wedding favors from Etsy shops. Some inspiration to help you find what will be just right for you! Click photos to go to the shop listing for each item.

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Two to Four Months Before the Wedding

Part 1: Cake Toppers

by ForestCandleStudio

Your wedding day is approaching fast! Are you using a monthly checklist to carry out your plans? If you buy your wedding cake topper, decorations, favors, and attendant gifts as early as possible, you’ll be able to relax a lot more the month before the wedding and enjoy everything you’ve put together. Plus it gives you a little room to take care of any last minute things that come up unexpectedly without the added stress.

In Part 1 of this four-part series, here are some unique handmade and vintage wedding cake toppers from Etsy shops to help you find what will be just right for you! Click photos to go to the shop listing for each item.


Comic Book Rose Wedding Cake Topper by A Bridal Touch


Tree Stump Sculpture Wedding Cake Topper by Sweet Pixie Pie


Nautical Wedding Cake Topper by Wyale Designs


Vintage Bride & Groom Wedding Cake Toppers by Under The Sycamores


Musical Birds Wedding Cake Topper by Weddings of Design


Robot Secret Agent Wedding Cake Topper by Builders Studio


Tropical Beach Flower Wedding Cake Topper by The Wedding Petal


Personalized Tandem Bike Wedding Cake Topper by Heather Boyd Wire


Vintage Porcelain Figurines Wedding Cake Topper by Red Truck Designs


Wedding Cupcake Toppers by The Perfect Party Shop

Happy Wedding Wishes,
Marcie Forest

The Vintage Wedding Trend for 2013

By A Bridal Touch

One of the trendy weddings for 2013 goes back to the wedding dress styles of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.  This post will focus on the 1930s wedding styles(my parents were married in 1936).

A. The bridal dresses in the 1930s were influenced by the royal weddings at the time(Princess Marina of Greece) and by old Hollywood glam.  The fabrics used were tight fitting, slippery and high sheen fabrics such as satin, silk and rayon with the colors being ivory, cream, a blue white or a pink white.
The styles could have cowl necklines, curved trains and long medieval sleeves with the bridesmaids wearing similar styles with Juliet caps.
B. The bouquets were varied ranging from posys to arm bouquets…usually roses as well as Madonna lilies.
C. The Groom’s attire depended on how formal the wedding was to be and from the semi formal dark suit to the formal tuxedo or tailcoat.  Buttonholes were stephanotis or lily of the valley.  The best man wore gardenias and the fathers and the ushers wore carnations. If you need to visualize the well dressed male of the time, think Cary Grant or Fred Astaire.

D. The  Color schemes of the 1930s were:
Cocoa brown with hyacinth blue
Prune with turquoise
Mustard Yellow with Gray

E. White vintage cars such as the 1934 Auburn 851.

F. Wedding cakes were multi tiered and used fondant and buttercream icing and topped with a wedding topper.

G. At the reception, cocktails from the time were …Sidecar, whisky sour, mint julep.
The dances of the time were Lindy Hop dances(like swing dancing), foxtrot, rumba and the congo lines.

The vintage weddings of the 1930s included many exciting touches for today’s weddings…take as little or as much as you desire in the authenticity….

Art Deco Done Richly

Art Deco (1920’s) style is a favorite of many Wed Eclectic team members.  Here are a few rich visuals to get you in the loving mood too! Art Deco Bezel Set Old European Cut Diamond Engagement  Ring 2.01 Carats Circa 1930's

1920's Flapper inspired Wedding Gown

Art Deco Antique Bracelet 1920s, High Art Deco JewelryAntique Vintage 20s Ivory-Creme Silk Scalloped Floral Net Lace Flapper Wedding Dress, Silk Rosettes, Old Hollywood Art Deco, WOW

GLAMOUR AMORE Deco gown REDUCEDCirca 1920's Pendant Earrings









>Meet Clay Bouquet Shop


Michelle - Large Vintage style Jeweled Ribbon Headband - Gothic - Black and Purple
Michelle Large Vintage Inspired Jeweled Ribbon Headband

ClaybouquetShop is your one stop shop for amazing clay bouquets, jeweled ribbon headbands, bespoke brooch bouquets, and one of a kind clay accessories.  
I asked Jennifer of ClayBouquetShop to tell me a little about herself.  Here is her charming description:

    I started crafting for my own wedding, as I didn’t want to spend a trillion dollars (okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration), and I’ve always loved “creating.” I was encouraged by family, friends, and wedding vendors to continue making bridal items, and here I am. 
    I’m a data analyst by day, working for a health insurance company. So I really enjoy coming home and creating beautiful things after running code and reports all day. 
    My husband and I live with our three cats, and hope to move to a sustainable home in the next year or so, with a solar/wind hybrid system, a fruit orchard and an organic garden in the plans. (If I can sneak a few alpacas, goats and chickens into the barn while my husband is sleeping, all will be right with the world.   That’s when I’ll replace my VW, whichs run on either diesel or vegetable oil, with an EV (electric vehicle). Yep, I am pretty passionate about this.     
You go girl!

RESERVED for the Offbeat Etsy Wedding Treasury Giveaway...A 25 dollar Gift Certificate to my shop
Crystal Brooch Bouquet

RESERVED for the Offbeat Etsy Wedding Treasury Giveaway...A 25 dollar Gift Certificate to my shop
Crystal and Ethical Feather Bouquet

How to find ClayBouquetShop:

Don’t you just love her????  

Krissy Cartwright
Make Believe’N Wedding Alternatives LLC

>Dress Up Your Sexy Shoes!…and Hair…and Belts…and…


Back in the 1950’s and 60’s shoe clips were a popular accessory for spiffing up a regular ol’ pair of shoes. Today shoe clips are enjoying a revival of sorts and being enjoyed from weddings to daily wear.

As hemlines become shorter or as the bride daintily, or daringly, lifts up her dress to have her shoes poke coquettishly from beneath, her shoes are on display for all to see.

Accessories can make or break an outfit and oftentimes are the focal point for what the outfit is built around.

Thrifty brides will love that after the wedding their shoe clips can also be worn as lapel brooches or hair accessories. The creative bride will discover that the clips can pretty much be worn anywhere from boot toppers, to belts, pant tops, etc.

Check out these wonderful selections from fellow Etsy sellers and remember…just because an item is being sold as one thing, it doesn’t mean it can’t be worn as something else!

Stephanie Farley
La Coco Rouge, LLC

>Meet The Edens


Meet Deanna and Jon Eden of Eden Gallery!  This husband and wife team create amazing Steampunk wedding accessories, vintage styled head wear, and Surrealist original artwork.  
Steampunk Brooch Boutonniere or Pin
Steampunk Gear Boutonniere

If Steampunk is not your thing these sweet and romantic Art Deco/1930s style head pieces surely are.

Vintage Style Beaded Headpiece
Beaded Headband

Not in the market for wearable awesomeness?  Buy your wall something to show off.

Surrealistic Oil Painting - The Philosopher
Surrealistic Oil Painting – The Philosopher

>Prying through the veil


The history of the veil stretches back many years and it is used to symbolise many things.
In the Roman times, the bride would wear a brightly colourful veil to ward off evil spirits whereas nowadays it is used to show modesty especially in religious ceremony.
Whatever are your reasons for wearing one, just make sure it reflects your personality.
For those of you who want a long flowing veil clearly you are after something dramatic. This beautiful veil by delightworthyn is full of theatrical styling.

However maybe you are a bride who is looking for something mysterious? What about this masquerade inspired veil by SEAMS.

And finally, for those of you who just want a hint of veil then this birdcage veil by rtisan will add a touch of glamour effortlessly.

>1930’s Vintage Fashion

>Okay if you have been reading this blog for a little while you already know that I don’t really do a ton of fashion. Definitely a pony tail and jeans kind of gal.  But…and it is a big but (kind of like mine) I am really loving the 1930’s styles that are becoming more popular!!!  Remember we here at Offbeat Etsy Weddings are the enforcers of being true to yourself, so if you hate the 1930’s resurgence Do Not add these touches to your wedding.  If on the other hand, you find you like these as much as I do well, then keep reading and get ready to oooohhh and ahhhhhh.

Deco Wedding Dress
Metal Garters
1930’s Engagement Ring

Michelle - Petite Vintage style Jeweled Ribbon Headband
Petite Vintage inspired jeweled headband by ClayBouquetShop
The Mini Alana Headdress- LIAISON by KAT Swank. Custom Made LUXE Headband with Vintage Beading, Multiple Feathers and Appliques, Hand Beaded and Hand Sewn- You choose the color scheme- A Headpiece fit for a queen
Headdress by Liaison
Busby Berkeley - Silver Lace Bejeweled Flapper Headband - Winter Bride SALE - by Moonshine Baby
Headband by MoonshineBaby
Illa Crin and Satin Wedding Hat by Love Charlie with hand beaded edge and lace details
Cocktail hat by LoveCharlie

>Hen Night fun!


You spent so much time on your actual wedding day so why not have a break and indulge yourself on your Hen/Bachelorette Party. I mean you are about to get married and leaving your single life days behind you.
Now you could just go out and dance the night away but we at offbeat like to think differently so why not have a vintage slumber party?
Bring out the cupcakes and your china tea service and celebrate your life in style!

And no slumber party would be complete unless the girls are playing with their hair and makeup so why not hire a vintage stylist to give all you girls a vintage look.
If you are a UK readers then one such stylists are Lipstick & Curls.
Based in London, these lovely ladies specialises in vintage hair and make up and regularly hold workshops around London to show you that the vintage look is for everyone. They are also available for Hen parties where you can try out some vintage hairstyles for your wedding day.