This weeks interview features Lacey from Lacey Claire Designs. Lacey is located in Cleveland, Ohio.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Cleveland, Ohio with my fantastically awesome husband, and two crazy cats. My husband and I got married in June 2010 and I started my Etsy business in September that same year. I run it out of the basement of our house, but we technically have two houses as we are still trying to sell mine since I owned a house before we got married. I think he worries the fabric and boxes will one day take over the house, so it’s nice we have a back-up plan in the other house.
What special things do you create for weddings?
I create wedding card money boxes, program/amenities boxes, guest books, table number signs, menus, programs, and hospitality bags. I’m hoping to add matching ring pillows to my shop soon.
Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I created many of my own decor items at my wedding: menus, placecards, hospitality bags, centerpieces, programs, etc. I had actually ordered a card box but the vendor fell through at the last minute and I was left making one on my own days before my wedding, and miraculously pulled it off. It wasn’t until after my wedding that a few guests who were also soon to be married inquired about the vendors that I told them that I was the one who had made everything. I volunteered to help them and from there, my business was born.
What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
Even though my shop focuses on wedding items, I get many requests for items outside of weddings and I still do my best to fill them. I made a cowgirl themed card box for a bat mitzvah, a super hero themed card box for a little boys birthday party, and I’m working on an Alice in Wonderland themed card box for a brides upcoming wedding. I do a lot of research on these card boxes and try to buy all of my supplies from other Etsy shops.
If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
A pudding fountain. I’m not a huge cake fan, and in the end, I did love our cake, but I’m a bigger pudding fan. Do they even make pudding fountains?
What is your favorite wedding song?
Our wedding song was “Light Therapy” by Joshua Rouse. It’s not a typical wedding song in that it’s sort of loungy, bluesy and ‘come hither’, but we liked the fact that it was different and gor the crowd riled up a little. Tonight, I was listening to Sade, and I think some of her songs are beautiful for a wedding song.
What trends do you see happening in your specialty at the moment?
Color Color Color – It seems everyday I have a bride requesting a shade of deep purple or steel gray.
What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
There are so many favorite parts, but for me, the most memorable part was the look on my husbands face as we were getting ready to say our vows. Our officiate was getting ready to say something and my husband shouted out “I DO!”. He was a little ahead of the game and everyone laughed, but it was just so fun to see how excited and nervous he was.
What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Everyone ALWAYS says this, but try not to stress over the little details. Things that seem like such a big deal before the wedding really are the furthest thing from your mind on the big day, I promise. I remember completely overreacting to the decor at my reception (I hated the window treatments) that I spent so much time trying to come up with prettier decor to take everyones attention off the window treatments. In the end, it didn’t matter because no one noticed and I completely wasted my time and energy. At the end of the day, your wedding day is about the love that you and your fiancee share and you should focus your energy on that, and not on tiny little details beyond your control.
What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
A quiet romantic spot you can afford. 🙂 Or . . . . Tulum, Mexico or Qaipos, Costa Rica.
If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
I’m not sure . . . while I want people to be married to one person forever, maybe a star who gets married a lot so they buy lots of stuff from me. 🙂
If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
I wish every bride would have a simple one tier card box, even if it’s for their bridal shower.
What are some of your favorite shops on Etsy, wedding or otherwise?
I LOVE Tiffany Saxton Designs – so elegant and fun! I also love SomethingJeweled – Sarah is fantastic to work with and I used her jewelry for my own wedding. Stephanie at ClarkandDiversey is one of the sweetest Etsy sellers there is. When you are done talking to her, you feel like you are done talking to your best friend.
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