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Elegant & Whimsical Wedding Accessories: An Interview with KateSaidYes

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.

You can learn more about KateSaidYes by following the links below:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/katesaidyes
http://twitter.com/katesaidyes
http://www.facebook.com/KateSaidYes

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Handmade Bridal Butterfly

It’s the little touches here and there that pull a theme together and the same is true for a butterfly theme. Here from the Etsy Wedding Team are some ideas for using beautiful butterflies in your wedding.

Stationery. Your butterfly motif can be used as an icon, an overall pattern or in a monogram repeated throughout your stationery. For a more varied look, use butterflies in new ways. These butterflies fluttering in flight offer a different view. {handmade by http://www.anaderoux.etsy.com}

Jewelry. Wear your theme in jewelry with earrings, bracelets and necklaces that feature butterflies. With many options you can find designs to match your style, from classic to bold. {handmade by http://www.MGMart.etsy.com}

Hair. With color and stylish accessories, such as crystals and feathers, a butterfly hair accessory can become a statement piece in your bridal look. {handmade by http://www.Mikiye.etsy.com}

Flower Girls and Bridesmaids. Distribute your theme to your wedding party. Shoe clips, cufflinks and headbands are wonderful places to add butterflies. {handmade by http://www.luly612.etsy.com}

Ceremony. You don’t have to wait until the reception to use your design motif. Ceremony program, ring pillow and petal cones can all include your butterfly theme. {handmade by http://www.YANDEBRIDAL.etsy.com}

For more beautiful handmade wedding accessories browse the Etsy Wedding Team members on the left.

Jewelry for your wedding day and beyond: An Interview with Bridal Bling

This weeks interview features Debi Chopp from Bridal Bling. Debi is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been involved in crafts almost as long as I’ve been alive, and fell in love with creating beautiful wedding items while planning my own wedding in August of 2008.

What special things do you create for weddings?
Jewelry, hair accessories

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
First, my amazing Grandmother, then later, my own wedding

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
I’m currently learning to solder, without destroying items! I’ve seriously depleted my inventory of useable products while learning!!

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
One? I have too many to list! I wish I had found etsy prior to my own wedding! I’d have had customized ring bearer bowls, clutches for my bridesmaids, and a handmade veil…just to name a few.

What is your favorite wedding song?
So Amazing, by Luther Vandross (yes, I’m old!)

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
The little, necessary things that cracked my (now) husband up…a dining room table covered with a tower of partially-made favors, the room filled with handmade centerpieces, running around the house in my veil, the constant deliveries to the front door, …every day was like Christmas! He told me at one point that I needed professional help in order to stop the DIY projects. Now that I’ve started selling on Etsy, the DIY just keeps on going!

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Let It Go. Something (if you’re lucky, only ONE thing) WILL go wrong. Your guests will NOT notice. More importantly, find a moment during your reception to hide with your now husband, and sneak a moment and a kiss with nobody looking.

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Jamaica, mon!

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
Jennifer Aniston, if she ever decided to take the plunge again.

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
The Annetta Bracelet. It’s just perfect!

Links where we can find out more about your work:
http://bridalbling.etsy.com