This weeks interview features Kate from KateSaidYes. Kate is located in Boston, MA.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a 20-something newlywed who produces videos for a non-profit by day, and creates wedding accessories by night. I love both of my professions, and I wish I had more time to do both!
What special things do you create for weddings?
I started out just making boutonnieres, but then I branched out to corsages, then bouquets, and now hair accessories and DIY centerpieces. I love using silk and real-touch flowers, and I think I have an addiction to collecting pretty satin ribbon. I have a dedicated ribbon drawer that is organized by color!
Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I created most of the accessories for my own wedding last year, except for the flowers. Our boutonnieres were SO BAD that I just needed to see if I could make them better myself. And my business was born!
What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
I never make anything that I wouldn’t use in my own wedding. If I make a product that I don’t love, I completely destroy it and start from scratch.
If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
A gospel choir! We hired a quartet to play The Beatles and other various oldies during our ceremony, and our recessional was “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night. I wish we had a choir to sing it!
What is your favorite wedding song?
“Here Comes the Sun.”
What trends do you see happening in your specialty at the moment?
Lots of bling, lots of bold colors, and lots of feathers. I thought the feather trend was going away, but I was wrong!
What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
Making something that a bride will hopefully keep for her entire life. Every piece of your wedding is a keepsake.
What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Relax, and get a wedding coordinator if you can to take care of the stressful details. And if you can’t afford one, enlist your family and friends to help you. Don’t take everything on yourself.
What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Anywhere tropical and remote!
If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
I don’t know of anyone famous, but I love when bloggers buy my items and write about them! That’s better than any celebrity.
If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
It would have to be the Ivory Rose Peony and Ranunculus Bridal Bouquet with Rhinestone Handle and Crystal Accents. It’s such a classic bridal bouquet.
What are some of your favorite shops on Etsy, wedding or otherwise?
I love NutfieldWeaver, because all of her products are so rustic and homey, and I also love RenaissanceJewelry, where we bought our wedding bands.
Do you have a website, blog, where we can read more about you and your work?
I blog about the newlywed life at http://citylifecitywife.blogspot.com.
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