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Add Flair to Your Hair: Handmade Bridal Fashion

There are so many ways that weddings transport you and your guests beyond the everyday…even beyond the typical social occasion. And one of the most fun opportunities to do that (at least for the bride!) is with hair accessories.

Let’s face it. With our normal hectic schedules and typical places to go, there’s rarely a chance to do something truly spectacular with your hair. Well, here are 5 ways to go luxe with handmade bridal hair accessories from the Etsy Wedding Team.

Flexible Glamour. Consider jeweled hairpins and snaps for an “all over” glamour look or more flexibility with where hair pieces are placed. Smaller pieces such as these can also work well with a great variety of hair types and styles. {handmade by http://www.ArtisticEdition.etsy.com}

Vintage Charm. Headbands and vintage touches provide timeless elegance to your look. Great for both bride and bridesmaids. {handmade by http://www.BeSomethingNew.etsy.com}

Unique. For show-stopping aisle flair, look for a one-of-a-kind or unusual piece. Sculptural hair pieces dress up a simple gown or turn a detailed dress into a stunning ensemble. {handmade by http://www.PinkTigersDen.etsy.com}

Regal. Be a princess or queen for a day with a tiara or jeweled hair piece. There are many wonderful handmade styles, from jeweled combs to full tiaras. So you can find just the right amount of dazzle. {handmade by http://www.Mikiye.etsy.com}

Classic. For that “I’m a bride” feeling nothing beats a veil. Long, short, attached to hats or combs, veils may be classic but they are far from uniform. You can define your own bridal look. {handmade by http://www.veiledbeauty.etsy.com}

Browse the shops on the left for even more hair and veil inspiration. What are your favorite bridal hair looks?

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Stunning Custom Bridal Jewelry: An Interview with blithebride

This weeks interview features Anne Charboneau from blithebride. Anne is located in Alexandria, VA.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m in my late 20s and have lived in the DC area for five years. I was born in the Midwest, where I met my husband, Ben. I used to be a managing editor at a publishing company in DC, but am now a stay-at-home-mom to my silly four-month-old baby boy, Cole.

What special things do you create for weddings?
I make bridal and bridal party jewelry and hair accessories.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
My sister-in-law, Laurie, taught me how to make basic beaded jewelry many years ago. It was strictly a hobby then, and I primarily made jewelry for myself and for gifts. As I began planning my 2007 wedding, I noticed that wedding jewelry was either extremely cheap (and looked like it), or extraordinarily expensive and not something you’d want to wear again. I wanted to find a balance between affordable, high-quality, and reusable jewelry, and I think I was successful with my own bridal jewelry. Once I found that niche, I discovered Etsy and began selling my wares in early February 2007 in another Etsy store. I opened blithebride in February 2008. That month, I also started my wedding coordinating business with a dear friend. Much of my life is centered around other people’s weddings!

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
Despite that I have a “crafts area” set up in my house, I have rarely sat down at my desk to make anything! I always load up my big bead board and head to my living room couch, where I sit cross-legged to make most everything I sell!

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
A band. We DIYed our music with a rented speaker and lights system, and my former DJ husband created massive iTunes playlists. It worked out great, and people had a blast dancing, but I would have loved to hire a band that could do awesome covers.

What is your favorite wedding song?
I’m not a fan of traditional wedding music. My bridal party and I walked down the aisle to a Bach piano piece I played as a child, and our first dance song was “Be Here Now” by Mason Jennings.

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
It sounds cliché, but my favorite part of the wedding journey is the day of the wedding. I can say this especially after witnessing so many wedding days as a coordinator. All of your hard work in planning finally comes together and, God willing, everything goes off without a hitch. You marry the person you want to grow old with; your family and friends enjoy wonderful company, food, and entertainment; and you have year upon year of happy memories on which to reflect.

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Don’t get caught up in what you’re “supposed” to do! It’s your day, and you can do whatever you want! Can you have white linens even though your dress is ivory? Yes! Can you have sunflowers in your bouquet even if you’re being married in December? Why not?! There are no rules when it comes to wedding planning. Take your creative ideas and run with them.

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Anywhere with beautiful scenery. Beauty is romantic!

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
Famous people don’t interest me much. I couldn’t even tell you a famous person who is engaged to be married right now!

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
My freshwater pearl and crystal hair pins match just about any bridal ensemble, and look great in short, long, textured, and/or straight hair.

Links where we can find out more about your work:
http://blithebride.etsy.com
http://twitter.com/blithebride
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alexandria-VA/blithebride/61114672196?ref=mf

Bridal Fascination: An Interview with PinkTigersDen

This week’s interview features Nicola of PinkTigerDesigns, the proud sponsor of our March/April Wedding Team Giveaway which is still open for a few more days so be sure to stop by and enter!

Nicola hails from

a little town in south Birmingham, UK, where she creates amazing and detailed hair accessories for brides all over the world.



Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m 34 (and I can’t believe it), with long blonde hair (which I’m desperate to have cut short but too chicken), with an overactive imagination! Most importantly I’m a mommy to my 5 year old daughter, Poppy which takes up a lot of my time, but since she started school full time in January I decided to release some of my pent up creativity and sell more of my products on a more professional basis. I run my business making tiaras, fascinators, hair accessories and jewelry through Etsy and my own website (http://www.tiarasandfascinators.com) and am constantly making thing from wire, beads, crystals, felt and ribbon.

I get such a kick from making something from scratch and seeing it at the end made into something beautiful, and when someone buys something to wear for something as important as their wedding day it makes me feel really excited that I am able to help them and they trust me to make a professional job to make them feel really special.

Oh, and I’m a work from home nail technician too which was my full time job until I had my daughter and I do that to fit around everything else now!



What special things do you create for weddings?

I create bespoke tiaras, fascinators and hair accessories where the bride, bridesmaids, mother of the bride and any female guests can choose their design from my range and co ordinate colors of fabric and jewels to match their outfit so they have a unique headpiece to wear on their special day.



Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?

I have had a passion for wedding related items since my own wedding in 2001 and love the romance and meticulous preparation that goes into a wedding. I understand how important it is to have things perfect and as a perfectionist myself, I make sure that I create and supply high quality products that will compliment my client’s outfits for their occasion.



What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?

I sew with pliers. I sounds ridiculous when you look at the femininity of the products that I create, but there’s no easier way to get your needle into tiny spaces and save on fingers (and blood) than using a pair of pliers to hoik up that thread or wire from a tight spot!



If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?

I wish I’d have made my own tiara and jewelry but at the time I didn’t have the skills. My sister got married on 18th October this year so I was able to create her a bespoke tiara. We both worked on the design together and incorporated her butterfly theme into the crystals and I’ve just seen her wedding photos and it looks amazing, (if I do say so myself!), and I was so proud to have created something so important for her on her special day.



What is your favorite wedding song?

Harry Connick Jr, It Had To Be You. So romantic, easy to dance to, but not too slushy.



What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?

I strongly believe that the wedding is different from the marriage, so I’d have to say the theme for the wedding is one of my favorite parts. I love it when a bride has a theme for her day and wants to tie in everything tastefully with this. For example, my sister’s theme was butterflies. She had us wear tiny crystal butterflies in our hair as bridesmaids, I created her tiara with matching butterfly crystals, the table names were after butterflies, and the table plan, and the stationery had little butterflies on them. It was enough to be subtle but noticeable yet not over the top, and created a really nice flow between everything. I love it when everything ties in and you get to the day and think… “yes, this works” and people comment on their surroundings and acknowledge your hard work.



What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?

Be unique but be yourself. Do what makes you happy, and not what you think will make other people happy. This is your day, so make the most of it because it’s over in a flash.



What is your perfect honeymoon spot?

I went to Thailand, which was unbelievable. The culture is so different there and there is so much to see and do, but for a full on chill out after all the anxiety and adrenaline rush, it has to be the Maldives for a total get away from it all experience.



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

Jennifer Aniston. I love her femininity and subtle style, and on a totally selfish level, let’s face it, the press would have a field day if she got married again and my headpiece would be front page on magazines all over the world. You couldn’t pray for better advertising!



If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?

My Swarovski Crystal and Pearl Double Band Tiara. It’s really popular, yet so simple, feminine and stylish. Perfect for any bride and any dress, dressed up or down, and totally customizable to fit in with the bride’s color scheme.



Links where we can find out more about your work:

http://www.pinktigersden.etsy.com

http://www.tiarasandfascinators.com

http://www.pinktigersden.blogspot.com