Specializing in custom designed & personalized bridal accessories & wedding day gifts. Including wedding dress labels, garters, hankies, ring pillows, & more.
What is your name?Monde Design Where do you call home?Kansas City How old is your business? Since 2006 What’s your speciality?Custom embroidery wedding accessories Location or coverage of your service / products?Worldwide How I got into weddings: I was a floral designer for many years, so I have long had a love for weddings. I began my business in sewing and embroidery as a result of sewing for my children. However, I still keep involved with floral design working freelance with a local wedding floral designer. So it was an easy transition to go back to my love of weddings with Monde Design, and weddings are now my main focus (although I do still love sewing for my children, and costuming for local dance studios). What is your favourite part of a wedding day?When the bride and groom see each other for the first time. Best piece of advice you’d give to brides and grooms? Remember to breathe, and take it all in. It will be over so fast, try to be in the moment. One of my favorite things I have seen couples do in all my years of working weddings, is when they get a small side ballroom, or dining room, all to themselves and enjoy their wedding dinner and some time alone before going to the reception. It is a great way to slow down and to enjoy each other and the first moments of being husband and wife. What is your dream travel destination? Europe Any new year resolutions? Be creative and try new things! Silver or Rose Gold?Silver Peonies or Succulent? Peonies
It’s been a few weeks since we’ve last posted any Etsy Wedding Team Inspiration. It’s getting colder out there and as the winter wedding season is upon us we thought we would put together a bold winter wedding theme post.
Burgundy is bold, glamorous and when paired with a combination of colours it can give you the perfect vintage inspired wedding. (Think: Gold, Black, White, Sparkle or even coral)
It’s really up to you how you want to play up the colour. Whether it’s with a simple bouquet, your shoes, boutonniere’s or even in your wedding cake. A simple touch of that dark red can make any fall/winter wedding theme come to life.
If you are a pink kind of girl try an array or lighter pinks and possibly even gray. If you want to keep it sultry or very vintage-esk try gold, black, dark green or possibly even white. Or, if you want to ensure that the burgundy pops why not try lighter colours. Try adding a light coral coloured flower to your wedding bouquet to make that dark red pop! We’ve made an Etsy Wedding Inpsiration Board with the best Burgundy wedding essentials below:
Lacey the creator of Lacey Claire Designs based out of Cleveland, Ohio has been designing and making wedding card boxes for 3 years.
Describe your workspace and/or tools or machinery you use.
I’m lucky in that my workspace is huge. My husband and I bought a larger historic home last year where the third floor was originally a ballroom. The previous owners put in a kitchen and refinished the entire third floor which is now dedicated solely to my business. I have a room to make and produce my items, a supply storage room, and a room for shipping (as shipping can take up a ton of space). My main work area is where I spend all of my time – I have a table for sewing, a large table for cutting all the fabric and organizing orders, shelves of fabric, flowers, and a huge custom made shelf of ribbon.
What inspires you or compels you to stay creative?
I try to stay on top of the bridal trends by following designers and planners on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, however, my biggest inspiration is my brides! Often, many come to me with an element of their dress or decor that they want incorporated into their wedding card box, and it inspires me to create a new piece. I’m grateful for all of their ideas.
Tell us about your most recent project
I had a customer who bought their card box, program box, guest book, ring pillow and flower girl basket from me, and after she received all the items, she came back to see if I could help carry the look of my items into other decor she was looking at. She asked for my help in decorating three escort card trays. These trays were huge – about 3 feet by 2 feet. It was a time consuming project but worth her positive reaction.
What is your typical day like from the time you wake up until you go to bed?
I usually wake up around 7-7:30 am but get ‘caught up’ on my email in bed until 8am on my I-Phone. At 8, I get up, feed my two cats, Lucy and Elle, then I grab one, two or three cups of coffee. My husband is wonderful in that he makes the best coffee in the world and makes it every day. From 8-10, I am usually responding to all the emails I reviewed earlier that day, relisting sold items or adding new items to my Etsy shop.
From 10-4, I work exclusively on making products and answering emergency emails in between. I have to work hard at not responding to emails at times just so I can get work done. From 4-5, I become frantic as it’s shipping time and it always takes me longer than what I think it will. I usually have to rush to have it all finished by 5:00 and in time for FedEx to pick up. All of my friends and family know not to bother me during this timeframe as I am usually stressed out.
After FedEx picks up my packages, I usually work for about 2-3 more hours either responding to emails, scheduling/confirming orders, or making items. At about 8:00, I have dinner and spend time with my husband and cats.
It’s pretty chaotic most days, but I am working hard at trying to achieve a work/life balance and hope to be there soon.