DIY or Handmade?

If you’re into arts and crafts and creative endeavors in general it’s likely the thought of a DIY wedding has crossed your mind. Projects like this can be so fun and really give you a sense of accomplishment when it comes to planning. Nevertheless, it is easy to get caught up and underestimate what a DIY wedding really entails. But have no fear – you can still have the personal, handmade feel without actually getting down and dirty with your glue gun. Etsy is an engaged girls dreamworld and I know we’ve all been sucked into the black hole that is Etsy shopping. These are just a few of my favorite things from the handmade wedding world that I’ve found during my browse sessions. (all photos courtesy of individual shops on etsy)

il_570xN.689834484_3gk1Bride and Groom Signs

I just used these carved wooden signs at an outdoor wedding and they are just perfection. Perfect size, rustic without being too rough, and so sweet when tied with some satin ribbon. Working with Laura was a breeze as well and she helped easily manage a shipping snafu we had. This might be one of my new favorite shops.


Personalized Tumblers

These little guys caught my eye while flipping through the site recently. You can never have too many tumblers and Vanessa seems to offer a lot of style variations. I personally like them with just the names but there are so many options there is definitely something for everyone!


Custom Wedding Bands

Some gentleman are wary of the wedding band. I’m not talking commitment here, I’m talking style and I can’t help but agree. Etsy is a treasure trove for unique bands for the men in your life. This particular piece highlights meteorite and dinosaur bone. Yes, dinosaur bone. It is just so weird and wonderful I had to share!


Bridal Skirt

Everybody deserves to feel like a princess during their wedding and nothing screams princess more than a tulle skirt! I am obsessed with this knee length blush beauty. I think it would make the perfect piece for a party dress or even a statement during the rehearsal. This shop has numerous styles available along with a lot of other fantastic finds.


Sequin hanger

Last but not least, the perfect accessory for your bridal gown, the sequin hanger. I knew Emily from college and just love what she has done with her shop. This hanger is the perfect compliment for all of those gown pictures while you’re getting ready! If you’re a recent grad the Koozies make a great cocktail hour conversation piece as well!

So, there you have it. A few of my favorite things at the moment. If you’re doubting your DIY prowess go handmade and let someone else sweat it out! I’ll be opening my own Etsy shop soon and will share all of my goodies as soon as its available.

Have you seen an Etsy shop you want to share? How about any projects you’ve tackled that turned out better than you thought? Share the news!



I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the new bridal line from Anthropologie (one of my favorite stores for random home things 🙂 and beautiful clothes of course) and finally – on Valentines no less – it is here! The new line BHLDN, pronounced beholden, is the epitome of what you would expect from a brand like Anthro. A little bit whimsy, a little bit classic, a little be boho chic, it’s beautiful. There is no other word for it. Excect pretty, because I feel prettier just looking at other models in the dresses. Weird I know.

BHLDN also offers bridesmaids dresses, hair fascinators, lingerie, shoes, jewelery – you name it.

I love the detailing and the softness of all the gowns. I also really like they aren’t all your typical white dress. They add a bit of dimension and variety to what is typically available. Want some more eye candy….

I really could go on all day. There isn’t anything about this line that disappoints. Check it out here. Try not to ruin your v-day makeup with the drool. 🙂

They even have a quiz to find out what kind of bride you are and pick one of their dress styles to fit your style best. Just for fun I tested myself. Who am I… neo-sophisticate according to their experts: “something that suits you but not necessarily the ‘typical gown.’ Your dress will be unexpected with structural lines and interesting shape. You’re passionate about entertaining and your wedding will be a reflection of your sensibility, refined and elegant with an acknowledged informality.” I like where this is headed!

I think i’ll make an inspiration board for a wedding designed around one of these lovely gowns … check back tomorrow!