Wedding Planning

Wedding News: Etsy.com Goes Mainstream

Huff Post Weddings shares the announcement popular Etsy.com sellers are going mainstream.  In Tuesday’s post, “Etsy, Nordstrom Wedding Collaboration Brings Handmade Goods to Major Retailer”, Huff post reports “some of online retailer Etsy’s handmade wedding crafts — beloved by indie brides — have gone mainstream in a big, big way.”

Etsy.com is an online marketplace to sell and buy items online, with the catch everything is either handmade or vintage.  Etsy.com’s popularity has soared in recent years within many different categories from jewelry, children’s ware to wedding accessories and decor.

Brides looking for something unique, trendy and personalized for their wedding day flock to etsy.com. Not a brave DIYer or lacking the time to commit to a wedding project, etsy.com is a favorite for handmade, personal touches to customize your wedding theme.  And the best part you are supporting individual artists and small business owners.

Huff post weddings gives us the scoop, “On Monday, Etsy and Nordstrom announced that they’ve partnered up: The major retailer is now selling wedding goods (think bridal accessories, decor and wedding party gifts) from a selection of Etsy vendors.”

Etsy.com Goes Mainstream with Nordstroms
Etsy.com Goes Mainstream with Nordstrom; via Huff post wedings select pieces of the collection; rose bud head band- seller Which goose; flower hair piece- seller Serephine; Service ware- seller Milk and Honey

Etsy.com items to be featured range from accessories, bridal party gifts, cake topper to personalized service ware.  The current collaboration with Nordstrom features 6 etsy.com sellers in an 80 piece collection.  This premier collection holds a vintage, rustic with whimsical touches feel, all which are popular wedding trends right now.

Which goose’s pink bud headband and Serephine’s ‘renee’ bridal hair flower piece are soft whimsical wedding accessories for the bride or bridesmaids.  Either is a beautiful handmade touch for a soft, romantic wedding look.  Milk and Honey’s ‘Spread Love’ butter knife along with the vintage stamped wedding forks are another example of quirky, fun personalized touches.  A special touch that can make an appearance on the bridal party reception table or make for a fun wedding keepsake.

Today brides and grooms aren’t looking for a cookie cutter wedding.  With countless resources and inspiration available to couples they are looking to make customized and personalized touches to their wedding day.  Etsy.com is the perfect avenue to pump some handmade, creative touches into decor and fashion.  Half of the fun is searching through wedding categories and seller’s marketplaces.  Can the thrill and popularity of shopping the online marketplace transfer into a retail setting?  We’ll just have to wait and see.

Charitable Wedding Planning

With the amount of time, energy and money you put into your wedding day don’t you wish you could pass on some of the fruits of your labor?  Perhaps pay it forward a bit and let someone else enjoy the bliss of your special day?

Today.com reports,”With the hefty cost of wedding flowers, food, décor, and a gown, more couples are opting to extend the life of their investment by donating their leftovers to hospitals and nursing homes that can continue to enjoy them long past last call at a reception.”

Planning a charitable wedding that works to recycle post wedding items takes a little extra planning itself.  Conscious couples can research, with a quick google search, what charities and organizations are available in their area to receive or even help with distributing donations.  In addition to post wedding donations couples can also find many ways to give back to charities throughout their wedding planning.

Recycled Wedding Items

A great deal of planning, resources and money goes into making everything just right for your special day, from wedding food, flowers, decor to attire.  After all that hard work why not “extend your investment” or do a good deed and allow for others to enjoy something from your special day.

Laresen Jay from Random Acts of Flowers in Knoxville, Tenn. shares, “flowers from one medium-sized wedding can go on to serve 30-50 people who are sick in local hospitals.”  See if there is a non-profit group like Jay’s in your area or make contacts with local community agencies like nursing homes, hospice facilities or hospitals to drop off wedding flower arrangements post wedding.  Volunteers or patients can enjoy distributing them throughout the facility giving them purpose and brightening someone’s day with flowers.

Charitable Wedding;
Charitable Wedding; bridesagainstbreastcancer.org; feedingamerica.org; donation invite-google.com; giving bands- charitycharms.com


A tip for charitable conscious couples is to work with vendors, local community agencies and online resources to find the best options to recycle your wedding items.  Today.com reports“the practice of couples donating their wedding items has grown exponentially in the past five years and that more companies are now equipped to either handle the donation or provide local resources that can.”

Caterers may have a relationship established with  local soup kitchens or shelters to distribute leftovers.  They will also be able to give you the right guidelines to follow for safe food donations.  Today.com gives a warning to keep in mind with food donations hot or cold food needs to be kept at a certain temperature for a certain amount of time.

BridesAgainstBreastCancer.org is an organization that utilizes bridal dress donations to help support breast cancer research.  Brides traditionally hold on to their wedding dress for sentimental reasons, if you are able to part with your dress it can go on to serve another bride and benefit a great cause.

Charitable Planning

Charitable conscious couples can help out their favorite charities in many other ways than just post wedding donations.  With a little bit of extra planning and resources the right decisions can have a big impact.  Bridalguide.com highlights several great charitable options in their post “25 Ways to Create a Charitable Wedding”.

Couples can incorporate charitable donations onto their wedding registry or a charitable gift in lieu of reception favors, consider a non-profit venue for your wedding like a museum or historic site your venue fees will help benefit the site.

Smart shopping.  When making purchases for your wedding day from invitations or gifts for bridesmaids, consider companies that give back.  Bridalguide.com gives several great sites like idofoundation.org and charitycharms.com that you can make wedding purchases with while giving back.  Another fabulous idea, donating frequent flier miles from your honeymoon trip to a cause like hero miles for injured soldiers.

Unplugged Vs. Social Media Friendly Wedding

Nowadays everything and anything is available at the tips of our fingertips anytime of the day.  Social media is huge.  Facebook, twitter, pinterest have influenced this trend not to mention the mobile devices we’re attached to that access instant updates and news.

With the growing popularity  of social media another trend has emerged and that is going unplugged.  Unplugged is removing yourself from all mobile devices, txting and pesky social media.  Many people have been declaring specific time set aside to be unplugged, whether it be the weekend or an extended vacation.

Taking into account both the popularity of social media and the growing unplugged trend how will either of these trends influence your wedding planning?

A wedding might not seem the place these two trends would come to a crossroad.  However it is the perfect place to bring up a very good debate:

Unplugged Ceremony and/or Reception.  Do you ask guests to set down their camera phones and forget status updates, allowing them to truly be present in your special day?


Social Media Friendly Affair.  Do you embrace what social media has to offer and for the reasons we love it, allowing guests to enjoy the day and have a good time?

Unplugged vs. Social Media Wedding
Unplugged vs. Social Media Wedding; smart phone aisle- hermonsainn.wordpress.com; flash wash out- Corey Ann photography huffpostwedding.com; hashtag screen- postano.com; ipad photo- eventexperts.com

Unplugged: Backing our first argument is Huffpost Wedding’s recent post Why You Might Want to Consider an Unplugged Wedding” by professional photographer Corey Ann.  Ann brings up many distractions from a photographer’s perspective of why mobile devices with cameras are a nuisance.  Guests with cameras and camera phones often influence the professional photographer’s images that the couple has hired them to capture.

Smart phones pose another issue and that is social media apps.  Wedding images may be leaked through guests’ social media posts before the approval of the newly wed couple.  Also be cautious not to slip any sneak peaks of the bride or groom before the ceremony.

Ann touches on the most important argument to go unplugged during your wedding ceremony, she shares “it’s also been sad to watch the progression from seeing smiling, encouraging and happy faces as the bride is escorted up the aisle to faces hidden behind the backs of cameras and cell phones that line the aisle.”

Social Media Friendly:  The other argument is to embrace technology and encourage guests to interact with the wedding planning process and during the actual wedding day via social media apps.  There are several apps, free or paid, that guests and wedding party members can download and interact with together from the wedding announcement right up until the actual wedding day.

Apps like Wedding Snap, Wedding Party, Wed Social (see bridalguide.com’s app post or more) let you build your own profile and share photos.  Some apps allow the bride and groom to share their story along with introducing members of their bridal party.  The most popular feature of these specific apps is the ability for guests to take and share photos the day of the wedding.  Gone are the days of leaving out disposable cameras!

The supporting points to a social media friendly wedding are guests can be encouraged to utilize and have fun with technology trends  in the right ways.  Using a customized wedding app guests and the wedding party can become members of a group capturing and sharing images of the newly weds’ special day from multiple perspectives.  Something the couple can enjoy the day of and many days after the wedding.

Which argument wins?  Both have strong points and supporting factors, but the verdict truly lines in what is best for the engaged couple planning their wedding.  Perhaps even both win.  An unplugged ceremony focusing on the intimacy of the couple’s vows and a reception that lets loose and allows everyone to connect and share virally.

Wedding Patterns in Decor

A pattern is defined as “a manmade design. As such, the elements of a pattern repeat in a predictable manner.” (Wikipedia)  Patterns can be found repeated throughout our everyday.  Used in many ways on textiles, home decor, fashion, these patterns whether they are subtle or loud have an impact on their audience.

Zazzleblog.com’s Wedding Trends post gives us the run down on five top patterns to look for in wedding decor.  Their bloggers boast to look out for gingham, chevron, paisley, polka dots and stripes in hot wedding patterns for this year.

  • Gingham: “picnic blanket / Italian restaurant tablecloth pattern of overlaying stripes is “in” this year.”
  • Chevron: “A zigzag pattern has sharp repeated peaks and valleys. A chevron has one peak repeated downward. This creates a column of peaks – a stack of upside down V’s on top of one another.”
  • Paisley: “A paisley pattern is made up of varying size decorative comma-shaped designs that range from simple outlines to those with elaborate, intricate details.”
  • Polka dots: “A polka dot design is a simple uniform pattern of dots placed over a solid background color.”
  • Stripes:”they can actually be extremely intricate depending on the color, number, thickness and placement of the individual stripes.”

After some education on types of patterns and what Zazzleblog.com feels is hot for 2013, the question lies how can you incorporate pattern into your wedding decor?  Patterns can break up traditional solid color schemes when planning your wedding palette giving you a unique and custom look.

Wedding Theme Patterns; bridesmaids- weddinghigh.com; bouquet- venuesafari.com; tie- marthastewart.com; chevron- societybride.com; bunting- etsy.com seller vintagegreenlimited; stripe table stylemepretty.com; cake- 100layercake.com
Wedding Theme Patterns; bridesmaids- weddinghigh.com; bouquet- venuesafari.com; tie- marthastewart.com; chevron- societybride.com; bunting- etsy.com seller vintagegreenlimited; stripe table stylemepretty.com; cake- 100layercake.com

Break with tradition and throw some pattern into your bridal party’s wardrobe.  Looking for some pattern, bridesmaids can go for stripes or polka dots in their dresses.  Or worked into the groom and groomsmen’s ties add a subtle touch of pattern with a paisley print or a bolder pop with the popular chevron pattern.

Little touches of pattern can be mixed into wedding decor without a loud presence.  100layercake.com‘s soft polka dot cake takes a second glance to pick up on the pattern.  And Venuesafari.com‘s wedding flower bouquet wraps stripe pattern ribbon around the base of floral stems for a slight accent.

The reception tablescape is an obvious place to add a touch of pattern, stripe, chevron or polka dot table clothes and runners are popular decor trends.  Mix and match patterns and prints for a real statement piece with a personalized touch.

Looking for more 2013 trend ideas when planning your wedding decor and palette?  Don’t forget to check out our Color Combination post for some inspiration.

Around the World with 30 Wedding Ceremonies

Destination weddings can be the perfect way to celebrate your special day.  For a bride and groom looking to get away with a small group of close family and friends destination weddings can provide a beautiful backdrop for your wedding day.

Planning your wedding day using vendors and resources thousands of miles away can prove to add a new challenge to your wedding planning.  Can you imagine having to do it more than once?  One couple has made it their mission to travel around the world with 30 weddings.  Featured in a post on bridalguide.com, the site shares some beautiful photographs of just some of the couple’s 23 wedding ceremonies in different countries and explains the inspiration that started their journey.

Bridalguide.com introduces us to the couple,“Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant have made it their mission to not only travel the world together, but to throw a wedding in each country that they visit.  By the end of the trip, they will select one destination to throw a final hurrah with loved ones present and make their marriage legal.”

Around the World Weddings; 2people1life.com/blog

Setting out in their camper the couple finds more meaning in their goal to travel the world than seeing the common tourist destinations.  “The point of our journey is to experience the way other cultures celebrate marriage. It is one thing the whole world has in common—unity.”

Planning a destination wedding can take into account a lot of details, how to you plan for 30 wedding ceremonies all in different locales?  “They use word-of-mouth and social media to contact vendors and loved ones who would be interested in providing their services for free or at minimal cost.”

Are you inspired by Pelling and Gant’s ambition to reach 30 destination wedding ceremonies as they see the world, their beautiful wedding locations or their romantic love story to follow their dreams together?

While they might make a few of us jealous just looking at those gorgeous wedding photos in multiple destination locations, Pelling and Gant do teach any engage couple an important lesson.  Be true to yourselves, share and experience the regular everyday together.  Important things to live by and build your marriage by.

see more pictures on the couple’s blog: 2people1life.com/blog