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Feathers in Your Hair: Peacock Bridal Accessories

Colorful, wispy and fun, peacocks are so elegant, so beautiful and so perfect for weddings. One wonderful way to incorporate them in your wedding is through your hair accessories. From the Etsy Wedding Team, here are peacock inspired hair designs done 5 ways:

With Sparkle

For an extra luxe look, pair peacock feathers with interesting and detailed jewelry pieces. The more layers and different items added to your fascinator, the richer the overall affect. {handmade by hairbowswonderworld}

As a statement

Peacock feathers also make a great finishing details to larger statement designs. Here a single wispy feather completes the handmade floral hair piece, and makes it that much more special.  {handmade by MGMart}

In Different Colors

Love the texture, but need different colors? Peacock feathers can be dyed and bleached to more closely match other wedding palettes. {handmade by TessaKim}

With Just Color

Or you can simply capture the beautiful colors of peacock feathers in your hair style, as seen in these beads found at an estate sale. {handmade by LoveHonorUpcycle}

In New Shapes

Peacock feathers are versatile and can be pulled together to create new shapes and styles. {handmade by luly612}

Find more handmade inspiration by searching “etsyweddingteam” on Etsy.

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Gorgeous Bridal Accessories: An interview with One Little Dove

Today’s interview features Melanie from One Little Dove.  Melanie is located in New York, NY.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a freshly-married lady from NYC, where i live with my dreamboat husband, David. by day, I’m a senior producer of websites for luxury brands, and by night, i get my craft on, making veils and fascinators. (you can blame my day job for my love of fancy things and obsession with getting the details right.)

What special things do you create for weddings?
i create veils & fascinators with clean lines and a vintage touch. i love that coco channel quote about taking one thing off before you leave the house; i think about that a lot when I’m creating new pieces.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?

i taught myself to make veils as a joke for my best friend’s bachelorette party–i made her an insane veil with rhinestones & feather crown. i thought it was ridiculous, but a few people at the party insisted that i should explore selling them. once i had some practice playing with different birdcage veil styles in preparation for my own wedding, i decided that those folks were on to something, and i opened up shop on etsy in 2009.

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?

i feel strongly about maxing luxury-quality pieces, and am crazy about proper finishing. i always think about whether or not i would be happy wearing the piece for my own wedding, so if it takes an extra hour to finish an edging just so or get the positioning just right, to me, it’s worth the time.
If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
i wish i hadn’t waited to make my veil until the last minute! it was a bit of a “the cobbler’s children have no shoes” situation–i spent so long trying to decide what i wanted to make for myself, that i ended up whipping up my veil an hour before the wedding. it came out well enough, but i would have liked to develop the idea a little better.

What is your favorite wedding song?
i love Ingrid Michelson’s “the way i am.” i am a sap.

What trends do you see happening in your specialty at the moment?
i see a lot of double-layer tulle & Russian net veils happening now, but it’s a difficult look to pull off. I’m also seeing more traditional-style veils cropping up, like the mantilla. I’ve begun to play around with some nontraditional variations on it, like my feather trim mantilla veil, which has been a whole lot of fun:
What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
i really value the experience of wedding planning (i think it’s excellent practice for marriage), but my very favorite part was the vows. seeing my strong-guy husband well up while we read them was like no other moment.
What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
when things get stressful, breathe and remember the light at the end of the tunnel. the day will be transcendental if you let it be.
What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
we went to greece… santorini is gorgeous!
If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they
be?
hands-down, Dita Von Teese. she’s got the perfect vintage luxury vibe.
If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
that would be my modern classic birdcage veil. it’s a classic design, and the magic of it is that it can be positioned in different ways, so it works with every face shape:
What are some of your favorite shops on Etsy, wedding or
otherwise?
I’m obsessed with afavorite (http://www.etsy.com/shop/afavorite). they make the funniest thank-you cards… i will never stop buying the “you’re f@!%ing amazing” pack, it’s always gets a laugh.
Do you have a website, blog, where we can read more about you and your work?

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photos by kellan studios: http://kellanstudios.com/


Personalize Your Bridal Accessories: An Interview with Monde Design

This week’s interview features Shelli Moon of MondeDesign. Shelli is located in the Kansas City, MO area.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a wife and mother to a wonderful family. I have a boy and a girl, 9 and 5, who are just amazing (but of course every mother thinks that). I grew up in small towns, and now love living by a larger city. I was a florist for a number of years before getting married and becoming a stay at home mom. I occasionally get to still do high-end weddings and social events with the business of a good friend of mine, which gives me just enough of an outlet for my floral creativity. When I’m not working, I spend my time taking care of my family, and researching new ideas.>

What special things do you create for weddings?
I create custom wedding accessories with machine embroidery including garters, dress labels, ring pillows, hankies, and bouquet sashes among other things.
My most popular item is the dress labels…I do hundreds of those.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
Actually, wedding work came to me. When I first started, I was making more women and children’s everyday accessories. I put up the dress labels just because I thought they were so interesting, and wanted to see what happened with them. They completely took off, and I got into other wedding accessories as well. Partly due to natural progression, and partly due to customers wanting things that matched their labels and other wedding items. It has turned into a wonderful opportunity for me, especially since taking over a second website http://www.thegartermaker.net.

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
Each item is completely made per order. From the design, to the sewing, to the finishing. I have tens of thousands of designs that can be used to add personality to the items, and in most cases I can create an embroidery design to match a couple’s wedding design/monogram exactly.

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
I loved our wedding. It was simple, and everyone had a wonderful time. But I wish that I had had the little details. Surprisingly, I didn’t have a garter, or dress label, or any of that. If I did it over, I would add more details to the day.
The invitations that are out there today are amazing; I would love to have done something like that.

What is your favorite wedding song?
At Last. I attended a wedding where the bride surprised the groom by singing that to him at the reception, and it was so touching. She was not a professional singer, and worked so hard to be able to do that for him that day. It was very touching.

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
As a non-business aspect, I actually love seeing the end of the wedding journey. When everyone relaxes, and all the stress is done, and they can just enjoy the day. As far as business goes, I love having brides email me when they receive their item and say that it is just what they were looking for. It’s not something that they need to do, and it means a lot that they take the time to do that, since the items can be so personal.

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
To make it personal—make it about you, and enjoy the moments.
And let go when you get to that day. As a florist, I’ve seen weddings from the very small budget; to the very large high six figure budgets. Sometimes, it’s the small weddings that make the bigger impact. The ones where you can see the love in the eyes of the couple. Where the wedding is more about them, rather than the guests, and its about the marriage, rather than just the wedding itself.

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Europe. My husband spent much of his life growing up in Europe, so I love for him to show me all the places he has been.

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
That is a really hard question! As a business owner, I’d love to have anyone purchase something that will get a picture out there! But personally, I don’t know…that’s much harder.

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
Definitely the Dress label. It is such a personal item, and even though not many people will see it, it’s my favorite item. Even though the dress is not always passed down anymore, if it is kept, the label is a wonderful reminder of the person that wore it. And if the dress is sold, the label can be removed, and it’s like still having a piece of the dress as a memento.

Links where we can find out more about your work:
Monde Design’s Website
Monde Design’s Etsy Shop
The Garter Maker Website