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Etsy Wedding Team Weekend of Savings!!

The Etsy Wedding Team members have teamed up to bring you amazing savings this Holiday weekend at over 20 Etsy shops.  Whether it’s Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday, we have you covered and are helping you to get a head start on the 2014 wedding season.  To view the shops offering discounts, please click on the shop banner below.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Etsy Wedding Team!


Go Against The Grain
Coupon Code: TGdeal15
15% off an order of $20 or more, minimum order of $20 required.
Valid Dates: 11/29-12/02
Coupon Code: Holiday15
15% off
Valid Dates: 11/29-12/03

Appleberry Ink
10% off entire order, must spend over $100
Valid Dates: 11/29-12/03

Green Quince
13% off any sample purchase or full invitation order (minimum $350 purchase on full invitation order). Can’t be combined with any other offer. Please contact if you would like to place a full invitation order for a reserved listing.
Valid Dates: 11/29-12/02

Glitzy Events
Coupon Code: Cyber13
15% off any full invitation order
Valid Dates: 11/28-12/03



Barbara Michelle Jacobs Jewelry
Coupon Code: FREESHIP
Free Domestic Shipping on any order shipping within the US
Valid Dates: 11/29-12/02

Mikiye Creations
Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAY25
25% OFF with minimum $30 purchase
Valid Dates: 11/29-11/30

Coupon Code: CYBERMONDAY25
25% OFF with minimum $30 purchase
Valid Dates: 12/2-12/3

Thyme 2 Dream Weddings
Coupon Code: T2DFREESHIP13
Free Shipping Worldwide, for orders $50+
Valid Dates: 11/28-12/18

One World Designs Bridal Jewelry
Coupon Code: 10Percent2013
10% Off
Valid Dates: 11/28-12/02



My Dream Wedding
Free shipping on any purchase of $300+
Valid Dates: 11/19-12/31

Paper Flora
Free shipping, cannot be combined with any other discount
Valid Dates: 11/29-12/3

The Social Seam
Coupon Code: celebrate2013
25% off
Valid Dates: 11/29-12/3

Fancie Strands
Coupon Code: Holiday10off
10% off
Valid Dates: 11/29-12/02

Elegant Monograms
Coupon Code: Thanks2013
10% off
Valid Dates 11/22-12/03

Southern Ever After
Coupon Code: blackfriday
15% off
Valid Dates:11/29



Coupon Code: No coupon Necessary
20% off automatically applied to all orders
Valid Dates:11/29 – 12/2


Over The Moon
Coupon Code: Holiday13
15% off
Valid Dates: 11/29-12/2



Blue Orchid Creations
Coupon Code: GiveThanks13
20% OFF
Valid Dates: 11/28-12/3

Bride In Bloom
Coupon Code: SALE10
10% off, not valid for custom orders
Valid Dates: 11/29-12/02



Veris Candles and Bath
Coupon Code: EWT15
15% off any purchase of $75+. May not be combined with any other discount or offer.
Valid Dates: 11/24-12/31



Lacey Claire Designs
Coupon Code: TURKEY2013
Free domestic shipping. Applies to orders $50+. Can’t be combined with any other offer.
Valid Dates: 11/28-12/02

Happy Shopping!


Friday Inspiration Board: Burlap and Lace

Burlap, Lace and Rustic Natural Weddings are huge this year.  Karen of ItTopsTheCake put together this inspiration board to help you get started in planning your Rustic Wedding.


1.  Bride in Bloom:  Burlap Wrapped Succulents Bouquet

2. Shellscapes:  Burlap and Lace Starfish Bobby Pin

3.  ANGEEW:  White Lace Bridal Clutch in Brown


4.  Lavender Paperie:  Lace Wrapped Wedding Menues

5.  Kate Said Yes:  Burlap Wrapped Pink Rose Wedding Bouquet

6.  Mavora Arts:  Lace Decorated Brown Paper Thank You Bags


7.  AbbeyandIzzieDesigns:  Lace Country Fans

8.  HairBowsWonderWorld:  Burlap Wrapped Yellow Brooch Bouquet

9.  Natalie Briggs:  Ivory lace Wedding Garter

Do You Need a Wedding Planner?

(Umm why yes, yes you do!).

We asked former wedding planner, turned talented EtsyWeddingTeam member, Shelly of CompanyFortyTwo for her advice on if brides need a wedding planner.  Read on to hear what she says.  Be sure to visit her Etsy store for chic rustic table decor, custom rustic wedding menus, unique rustic escort cards and place cards and more!

 Do you need a wedding planner?  This is just one of the many questions you will ask yourself once you get engaged.  For most brides the one single deciding factor for all of their wedding decisions is their budget.  Whether it is a shoe-string budget or a budget that would make David Tutera jump up and down with glee, most brides have to decide what is most important to spend their money on.

When I got married my top three must-haves were great photography, amazing reception decor and tasty food.  Even though a wedding planner was not on the top of my list I knew it was a must. Having been a planner myself I would recommend every bride have one.  Try not to think of wedding planners or wedding coordinators as another nail in your budget coffin.  Try to think of them as a gift you are giving yourself.  Weddings are stressful, tiring, and can drain you of every emotion you have! Brides put a large amount of pressure on themselves trying to plan the perfect day and if you can eliminate a huge portion of that stress then by all means you should.


Second Photo Credit:  FancieStrands

So why do you need a planner?  Here are some of the reasons:

1.  Just say no to STRESS ~ They help elevate stress and take the burdens of planning off your shoulders.

 2.  Professional Connections ~ They have access to fabulous vendors and can help negotiate pricing and discounts for you to help you save money in the long run.


Photo Credits:  Left – SiboDesigns  Middle – AngeeW   Right- NatalieBriggs

3. Knowledge ~They are in the know about the latest industry trends and can offer expert advice.

4. Peace of mind ~  Planners are excellent at fixing “day-of-disasters” and most likely you will not even know something went wrong on your big day.

5.  Your time is precious ~  Most brides-to-be work and have other facets of their lives that keep them very busy.  A planner can help you nail down the best of the best in your area and within your budget. So instead of interviewing  ten bakery’s you only have to interview the top three in your area.

6. Your wedding is out of town ~  A planner is practically a must in this situation.  Having no prior knowledge of the area or local wedding vendors, a planner can guide you through this uncharted territory.

 7.  All the right things ~  Planners can help you with all your etiquette questions regarding save the dates, invitations and any possible etiquette issue you may be having.


Photo Credits:  Left – YellowBrickGraphis  Right – CompanyFortyTwo

8.  All about you ~ Most importantly, the day of your wedding is just that…YOUR day!  The planner takes care of all details concerning your wedding day so you can relax, sit back, look beautiful and ENJOY your day!


Photo Credit:  PowderBlueBijoux

Ways to fit a planner in your budget:

Having been a wedding planner myself, I think every bride should have a planner for her own peace of mind but I am not unsympathetic to budget woes.  Here are some ways you can still have a planner but not break the bank.

1.  Hiring someone who is new to the wedding scene.  This is a little risky because the planner may not have a lot of experience under their belt but he/she will most likely be offering their services at a discounted rate until they are established.

2.  Hire a company that offers wedding coordination and day-of-services only.  This helps eliminate the more expensive “planning” service and the coordinator will only be responsible for day-of-services.

3. Enlist a friend.  If you absolutely have no money in your budget for a planner then I would suggest asking a friend to help you.  This should be someone who you trust to help make decisions for you (on the day-of) and who has a “take-charge” attitude.

I hope this helps anyone who has been sitting on the fence about hiring a wedding planner. One final tip:  Make sure you interview several planners before you make your decision.  You want to work with someone that you can trust and connect with. Go with your gut, if the chemistry seems a little off keep interviewing potential planners until you find someone you “click” with.

Happy Planning! – Shelly Nakabayashi of CompanyFortyTwo