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Stylish Favor Packaging & More: An Interview with Little Birdie Boutique

This week’s interview features Ashley Dernick and Patty DePierri of Little Birdie Boutique located in Houston, Texas.

Tell us a little about yourself:
We are a mother-daughter creative team with a main focus of providing unique event favors and gifts. We truly believe that thoughtful details can make a wedding a memorable event for all!

What special things do you create for weddings?
We try to create shop items that will appeal to brides with a variety of styles as well as fit into today’s trends. This includes favor boxes, eco friendly favors, modern favors and favors with a vintage flair.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
We realized our love for favors when we were planning my older sister’s wedding a few years ago. We had so much fun coming up with a favor for her wedding that we started offering to make favors for all the weddings and showers of our family and friends!

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
Something fun about our designs is that when we are working on a new item we have to run it by my other sister to make sure we get another opinion! She has the final say so! It is her way of being involved with the shop 🙂

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
The on thing I wish I had for my wedding was a professional photographer! I had a college friend take the pictures and she did a nice job but nothing beats an experienced professional.

What is your favorite wedding song?
My favorite wedding song is Keith Urban “Memories of Us”

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
My favorite part of the wedding journey is the look on the groom’s face when he sees his beautiful Bride walking down the aisle!

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
My advice for brides is to have a wedding coordinator!

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
We went to London on our honeymoon and it was fantastic! It was my first time out the states and so it was extra special!

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
Martha Stewart 🙂

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
Probably the vintage-inspired swizzle stick favor. It is so pretty!

Links where we can find out more about your work:
Shop: http://littlebirdieboutique.etsy.com
Blog: http://sosnweddingdesigns.blogspot.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


Accessorize with Petals – An Interview with MGMart

Today’s interview is with one of our newest Etsy Wedding Team members, Marianna of MGMart. She makes beautiful accessories and jewelry with sheer fabric “petals”.

Where are you located?
Hungary

Tell us a little about yourself.
I love designing and creating jewelry. If I have some time, I usually paint and draw too. Every day I create something new, art is my life. I can’t live without it. I am Hungarian, married to an English man and have two small children. We use to live in London/UK, but a couple of years ago we moved to Hungary.

What special things do you create for weddings?
My signature work: Petals Hair accessories, Petals rings, Petals earrings, Petals bracelets, Petals necklaces and Petals brooches.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I love making accessories for weddings, because it is a happy and really special occasion in everybody’s life. And I like making people happy with my work.

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
Every piece I have created over the years are a piece of wearable art. When I create a piece, I always look at the materials I am using and just go with the feeling of that item. I making them from my heart and I let my feelings do the work.

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
To look like a princess.

What is your favorite wedding song?
“A Time For Us” (Romeo and Juliet 1968 film)

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
When the bride and the groom say “I do” to each other.

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
To be happy, because when the happiness come from inside, the brides are even more beautiful. Don’t worry about anything, everything will be just right. Enjoy your day!!!

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Florida

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham, Princess Zara Phillips, Kate Middleton …the list is so long.

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
My Signature work: one of my Petals piece. They are romantic and feminine.

Links where we can find out more about your work:
Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6059271
Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marica_art
Blog:
http://www.mgmart.blogspot.com