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Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer sales from the Etsy Wedding Team

10% off custom orders from Bellina Bridal

Special markdowns on Ready to Ship items! Come browse!

Free shipping on any new custom wedding shawls & wraps orders.
Enter code "EWT FREESHIP" in 'note to seller' at checkout.
5% off your order of $300+
use code "SUMMER10" at
expires 06/27/10 @ midnight

Sale on custom drinking straw flags. Regularly $12 for a set now $10.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Results of our #HaitiRelief fundraising efforts

As many of you know on January 12, 2010 Haiti was devastated by an Earthquake. The Etsy Wedding Team came together to raise money to help the people of Haiti. The members of this team generously donated items, and shipping costs; and these items were sold in our Team Store on Etsy.

As a result of those wonderful donations we were able to raise $564.85!  These funds have been donated to the American Red Cross's Haiti Relif and Development.  Although this is no longer a main stream media topic, Haiti still needs our help.  If at all possible donate to the American Red Cross, Unicef, or any other established reputable charity organization that will get the money to where it is needed ASAP.  The American Red Cross has a minimum donation amount of $10.00, and Unicef is $50.00. 

Every dollar counts;  If every reader of our blog donates $10.00 we can raise $4,000.00 in minutes!

I would like to give a special thanks to Melissa of Design Circus.  She created all of the artwork for the team shop, (as well as all of our giveaway artwork) and helped me to list the 50+ items that were donated by our team members.  Also a big thanks to Shelli of Monde Design, and the Garter Maker.  Her wedding dress labels were our biggest seller, and she kept allowing me to relist them which was extremely generous of her.  Last but not least, a huge thanks to the entire Etsy Wedding Team for making this all possible.

Etsy Wedding Team Leader

Friday, June 18, 2010

Handmade Bridal Butterfly

It’s the little touches here and there that pull a theme together and the same is true for a butterfly theme. Here from the Etsy Wedding Team are some ideas for using beautiful butterflies in your wedding.

Stationery. Your butterfly motif can be used as an icon, an overall pattern or in a monogram repeated throughout your stationery. For a more varied look, use butterflies in new ways. These butterflies fluttering in flight offer a different view. {handmade by}

Jewelry. Wear your theme in jewelry with earrings, bracelets and necklaces that feature butterflies. With many options you can find designs to match your style, from classic to bold. {handmade by}

Hair. With color and stylish accessories, such as crystals and feathers, a butterfly hair accessory can become a statement piece in your bridal look. {handmade by}

Flower Girls and Bridesmaids. Distribute your theme to your wedding party. Shoe clips, cufflinks and headbands are wonderful places to add butterflies. {handmade by}

Ceremony. You don’t have to wait until the reception to use your design motif. Ceremony program, ring pillow and petal cones can all include your butterfly theme. {handmade by}

For more beautiful handmade wedding accessories browse the Etsy Wedding Team members on the left.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Women's wear clothing: An Interview with Amanda Archer

This weeks interview features Amanda Archer from Amanda Archer Collection. Amanda is located in Chicago.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a California beach girl at heart, moved to San Francisco to pursue my lifelong dream to become a fashion designer, graduated in 2003 from FIDM, spent 5+ years working in the industry as a designer before launching my own label: Amanda Archer Collection. I met my husband in San Francisco, he is a fabulous chef, we recently relocated to Chicago for my husbands work where we live with my 11 year old baby kitty.

What special things do you create for weddings?
I create non-traditional wedding dresses and custom dresses for bridesmaids, I'm also known to make matching ties and flower girl dresses from time to time.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
My background is in evening wear, special occasion women's wear dresses. My passion is designing dresses for all sorts of occasions, (I also love designing coats:) But what really got me into weddings was designing my own wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses, it was such a wonderful experience, I wanted to relive it over again many times.

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
My dresses are so wearable even for non-wedding related events, Some of my cotton wedding and/or reception dresses can be dyed afterwards to be worn again, which is great because I believe in being able to wear a dress for more than one event.

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
Etsy! I did a lot of my own DIY wedding details, but I didn't know much about Etsy at the time, it would have been fun to explore different ideas.

What is your favorite wedding song?
The Luckiest by Ben Folds

What trends do you see happening in your specialty at the moment?
People are thinking more modern, simplistic and unique, getting away from the satin polyester "traditional" wedding stuff you see everywhere.

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
Picking out the fabric and designing of course, but I loved our reception which was held at Aureole, Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It was sooo beautiful, we had swans in this pretty outdoor pond, even a view of fireworks during our champagne toast, and the dinner was AMAZING too:)

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Have FUN!! Don't let the pressure of the "perfect" wedding get to your head, your memories will be of all your friends, family and the laughter and tears of happiness you all share.

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Paris, France

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
Zooey Deschanel, although she is already married... so I would need to go back in time.

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
A LWD (little white dress) perfect for the reception, rehearsal dinner or honeymoon

What are some of your favorite shops on Etsy, wedding or otherwise?
I have so many favorites, but to name a few I've had a wonderful experience with: luxedeluxe, charmdesign, and tinatarnoff.

Do you have a website, blog, where we can read more about you and your work?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Pretty in Pearls Treasury!

Curated by TickledPinkKnits, click the photo to access.

Dreaming of a Pink Wedding Treasury!

Curated by MGMart, click the photo to access.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Beautiful Bridal Headbands

Handmade headbands can be a simply elegant way to complete your bridal hair look. And with so many lovely choices headbands can be at home in weddings of all types, from vintage to glamorous and from day to evening.

From the Etsy Wedding Team, here’s a collection of beautiful handmade bridal headbands. Which do you love?

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For more handmade bridal fashion, please browse the Etsy Wedding Team members on the left.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Coordinating Printables, & Gift Certificate Giveaway!

After a brief hiatus we are back to kick off our Summer of Giveaways!

First up from Print Your Party,
A gift certificate for 3 coordinating printables

And from Parsi,
$50.00 credit toward a wedding bouquet or boutineer.

To enter the giveaway you can complete any of the following tasks. Please leave your contact email address in your comment(s) so that we can notify you if you are a winner. Completing multiple tasks will get you multiple entries into the giveaway.

Each task must be added as separate comment in order to count as an additional entry. If you do not leave an email address your entry will be disqualified.

1. Follow the Etsy Wedding Team Blog by using the google friend connect tool.
2. Follow us on twitter
3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the link to your tweet
4. "Like" Print your Party on Facebook

5. Post our giveaway button located on the right sidebar of this blog on your blog and leave your blog address for verification.
6. Tell us your favorite item from Print Your Party's Etsy shop.
7. Tell us your favorite item from Parsi's Etsy Shop.
8. Add us as a friend on myspace
9. Become a fan of the EWT on facebook

Hurry and enter, This giveaway will expire 06/14/10 @ 9:00am EST.

good luck!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Beautiful Bridal Clutches

Clutches are a stylish finishing touch to your bridal look. From classic to whimsical, your bridal purse can say a lot about your personal style. From the Etsy Wedding Team here are 4 looks for handmade bridal clutches.

Feminine Whimsy. Purses with lovely fabric folds and dangles can work well with similar elements in your dress or just the opposite, such as a whimsical clutch with a sleek dress. {handmade by}

Pattern and Color. For something a little different try colorful patterns. These are also great for bridesmaid purses and gifts. {handmade by}

Classic Elegance. For classic grace that never goes out of style, you can't go wrong with black and white with lace. {handmade by}

Sleek and Stylish. For modern and evening weddings, consider sleek clutches with a touch of drama. {handmade by}

For more handmade bridal style, browse the Etsy Wedding Team members on the left.