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Handmade Weddings: The Dramatic Dress

From simple to colorful, here are some ideas from the Etsy Wedding Team to add more drama to your wedding dress:

Simple Drama

Yes, drama can also be simple. The trick is having very few yet dramatic details. Here beautiful layers and subtle color transform a simple dress into a very fun and flirty wedding gown. {handmade by Loveybyisha}

Dramatic Movement

Are you getting married outside? Play up the natural breezes with a wispy dress that moves. Here a long flowing dress is just made to sway gently in the breeze. {handmade by amandaarcher}

Colorful Drama

Add a splash of excitement to your wedding gown with a splash of color. If this sounds like you, consider bold colors for a bridal sash or your shoes. Here a vibrant shrug instantly makes this dress more alive.  {handmade by Countessa}

Natural Drama

Sometimes simply adding some natural texture and handmade details is enough to dress up your dress. Here a hand knit shrug is the perfect accent to a simple dress at an intimate country or farm wedding. {handmade by TickledPinkKnits}

Dramatic Bridal Party

Ok, so all the drama doesn’t have to be reserved for the bride. Adding drama to your bridesmaid dresses and even the groomsmen helps the heighten the overall wedding look. Here there’s unexpected drama in a dress for a flower girl. Simply beautiful. {handmade by beaneandco}

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Unique Cootie Catcher Designs: An Interview with Darling Girl Paper

This weeks interview features Sarah from Darling Girl Paper. Sarah is located in Toronto, Ontatio.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m an *almost* 26 year old, still-feel-like-a-newly-wed, font nutty Etsy-er. My husband, kitty and I live in Toronto, ON, and are currently renovating our 88 year old darling of a house. Though I went to school to be a teacher (alas it was not meant to be) I am a theatre stagehand as my ‘real job’ and a cootie catcher enthusiast the other 128 hours a week 🙂

What special things do you create for weddings?
I create custom cootie catcher designs, which can be used for all different purposes at your wedding. The most popular idea is to use them for your wedding programme, it’s an unexpected surprise for your guests and something different than the traditional folded programme! Other popular uses are for your menu, as an introduction to your bridal party, place cards, as a fun wedding advice MadLib and so much more. I love coming up with new designs for each bride, whether it’s something fun and quirky, soft and romantic or follows the theme of your other wedding stationary.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I’ve always been a big DIYer and my own wedding was no different. I really wanted to engage my guests throughout the night (without spending a fortune on entertainment) and I figured what better way to get them talking than through old school cootie catchers. For our wedding I designed 5 different versions (each version had 8 questions about us) and the menu was in the middle. So our guests had to discover 8 facts about my hubby and I before they could figure out just what the heck they were eating for dinner! I got so many compliments on them during and after the wedding that I decided I had to offer my services to other brides out there. I decided to only offer my design services to brides because as a DIY bride I liked doing things myself and figured others out there were the same. I create the design and you can choose your own paper and print them yourself. It’s quicker and cheaper than having me print them all out and ship them to you. And who doesn’t like saving money?

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
I do it all the time!!! The first thing I do when I wake up is check my email and answer anything I got through the night. My blackberry is always on my hip and I pride myself on answering most emails I receive within 2 hours. When I’m not at my ‘real job’ I am finding new fonts, creating new colours, working on new designs or finalizing clients requests. From the moment I wake up to when I go to sleep, cootie catchers are all that is on my mind. It’s an obsession! I guess you could say I have 2 full time jobs 🙂

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
A better photographer! I worked so hard on all the details of my wedding and our photographer was terrible. We caught him drinking at the reception and he left an hour early! Luckily, we salvaged most of the pictures and our family and friends were very generous with the shots they took. My number one advice is to fully research your wedding vendors, communicate with them and trust them! If you don’t trust them, listen to that instinct and find someone else.

What is your favorite wedding song?
I have never been a Black Eyed Peas fan, but our DJ started the dancing with “I Gotta Feeling”; all our friends and family rushed the dance floor and I remember jumping around with everyone in my big white dress and being so deliriously happy. Now every time I hear that song I can’t help but get a little misty eyed and grin like an idiot.

What trends do you see happening in your specialty at the moment?
I’ve been noticing more muted colours are being requested…blush pink, butter yellow, soft grey, robin’s egg blue. Maybe the colours are hinting to the coming spring *fingers crossed*

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
Creating our ceremony was so special for my husband and I. We had a non-religious ceremony and a very flexible officiant who let us choose our songs, alter the structure of the ceremony and create our own vows. We asked a friend to do a reading for us, but we told him it had to be a complete surprise to us. We didn’t want to know anything about it beforehand. When he was called up for his reading he had chosen “Oh The Places You’ll Go” by Dr Seuss. It was so lovely, so perfect for us and we couldn’t have been happier with how it went.

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
“*just breathe* Your wedding is a momentous occasion in your life, but it is only one day in your entire lives together. Some things will go right, some things will go wrong and there will be happy accidents along the way. Don’t forget why you’re getting married…because that is the thing that will guide you along your wedding planning journey. Your love for each other is more important than cake, flowers or a crappy photographer. AND hold each others hand all day…people will try to drag you all over the place, but it’s much harder when you’ve got a hunky husband attached to you!

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
We spent 2 weeks in Hawaii and it was nothing short of perfect. We hiked, we ziplined, we surfed, we went horseback riding, we laid on the beach, went snorkelling and saw volcanoes. We hope to go back in 5 years for a vow renewal.

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
Hmmm…I think it would have been pretty neat to have cootie catchers at the Katy Perry/Russel Brand wedding!

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
Every bride deserves something just for them and because all my designs are totally custom they fit the bill perfectly.

What are some of your favorite shops on Etsy, wedding or otherwise?
The following are shops I purchased from for my own wedding and they were all fantastic:
Veil – MarlaJDesigns
Hairpiece – CrepePaperCreations
Customized Hanger for my Dress – lilafrances
Bridesmaids Gift – Boojiboo
Bridesmaids Gift – downstairsDesigns
Groomsmen Gift – GrouseandBadger

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Wedding Wear: Wrap Yourself in Style

One of the biggest trends in fashion right now, wedding or not, is the shrug. Amazing how these beautiful pieces of fabric can completely transform an outfit.

Here’s a mini guide to make your and your bridesmaids’ walk down the aisle even more fabulous with handmade wraps, shrugs and coats found on Etsy. And happily, there’s a look for almost every bridal party.

Delicate. See-through or very light fabric adds an extra detail without overshadowing your dress. And adding a brooch or jewels can match details in your dress or jewelry. {Handmade by}

Knit. There’s so much texture, color and options with knitwear, not to mention warmth. And with the right design, it can be formal enough, and fabulous enough, for weddings. {Handmade by}

Detailed. Beading and embroidery in your wrap can complement your dress details, or make a simple dress shine. {Handmade by}

Textured. When your dress is mostly smooth or uniform in texture, adding a different texture can make the entire look pop. {Handmade by}

Bold. Why stop at the shoulders? For a truly bold, unexpected look try an overcoat in a complementary color, or one of your wedding colors. {Handmade by}

For more bridal fashion, browse the Etsy Wedding Team artisans at the left.

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