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Log in with an Etsy account.If you’re familiar with us, chances are you’re already registered.Enter your wedding date.Hopefully you’ve already made the choice.Enter the name of you and your fianceSame answer as above.Start shopping!It’s just like adding to favorites, but click the Add to Registry button instead!
Earlier this spring, Etsy unveiled their new Weddings section. Weddings, while fabulous, can be also be completely overwhelming. Knowing what happens in the time leading up to the wedding, it’s always a relief to see the new couple still smiling on their wedding day.
In the past few years, I have and will play bridesmaid and/or wedding coach to four of my dearest friends. After the engagement celebrations were over, I would be the one to mention actually planning the wedding and booking the venue. Each couple had a different timeline between engagement and ceremony (three months away, three years away, three shrugs away…), but either way someone had to start. I’d go over with a bottle of wine and a sketchbook to let the fun begin. Some fiancés needed no help, as they had every detail of their wedding planned since they were ten. Other people were confused about what you’re supposed to do at a wedding. Some friends were a fountain of questions as they needed to know what’s fashionable now to make sure their wedding was modern yet unique. Other friends answered my questions with panicked cries for pizza, dog walking or anything else that wasn’t wedding planning.
It’s amazing that a query as simple as, “So, what colour do you like?” can be completely overwhelming. Namely because it would so easily segue into other questions.
“Pink! Magenta! Wait, what would go best with magenta? Teal? Blue? Apple Green?
“If I do this will I be too trendy? Too dated? Too obvious?
“No, seriously, where can I find a fascinator in that colour? …Wait, what’s a fascinator?
“What should I wear? No, wait, what do you want to wear? Wait, what do you think I should wear?”
I’ve come to realize that sometimes the best thing you can do as a coach is to let the players learn for themselves.
Now with Etsy wedding planning is simplified. How is Etsy doing it?
To start, they’ve simplified your shopping list into six categories: Paper Goods, Bridal Accessories, Decor, Dresses, Rings and Wedding Party. That way you can attack one question at a time without being overwhelmed by every single option. Subcategories give you guidance, getting you closer and closer to the seller that shares your vision. Each gallery shows several interpretations of the one wedding detail you’re focusing on.
The gallery listing saves plenty of time if you’re already organized and know exactly what you need. If you know you need four Clutches for your bridesmaids, you can quickly compare and contrast all of Etsy’s bridal purse offerings.
For those that are unsure of what you’re supposed to do, just look around. The subcategories can give you some insight on what people typically include in their weddings. When you’re clicking around Paper Goods, by no means should you think you have to send Save the Date Cards and Engagement Notifications. However, it does work as a reminder that you probably should send out Thank You Cards.
The Trend section pulls from what’s hot in weddings, fashion and design today. It’s a great resource to see what other couples have done to embrace their quirky and romantic sides. Alternative Bouquets and Blue Bridal Garters are cute little touches that set your wedding photos apart. Photo booths are such a great idea that now they’re ubiquitous in modern day weddings. You can still personalize them with Photo Booth Props to make the trend your own. Or go back a few decades and modernize the formerly passé tradition of Custom Cake Toppers.
Additionally, they also have a lovely Stories and Advice section to realize you’re not alone. It’s a collection of thoughtful articles and blog posts by people that were once in your shoes that once had the same questions as you did. Whether you need to pick your theme or find your ring or confront your anxiety or learn how-to make one extra detail yourself, someone else has done it before. The article diversity is impressive as it demonstrates that everyone and anyone can still have their dream wedding, regardless of how organized they were when they got engaged.
At the end of the day, all details aside, the only thing that matters is that you’re still smiling.
I finally had a chance to head down to Sephora this weekend. Pantone has been lauding Tangerine Tango as the colour of 2012, and for once I have to agree. Normally I’m a classic red type of gal, but there’s something about a burst of citrus that just screams that winter is over. I definitely am not brave enough to embrace the trend via full-orange body suit, but there are definitely a few things I’ve been doing to make it my own.
Lips. I have been hunting high and low for that perfect saturated orange for the past 6 months. Amber Heard has been an inspiration, effortlessly pulling off shades that range from rust to coral to scarlet. Sephora’s It Girl is a bright orangey tomato cream making it an easy step if, like me, you can’t let go of your red. For a true orange you may want to try Mac’s Morange or Sail La Vie (if you can get your hands on it).
Nails. Refinery 29 put neon nails as one of their top ten summer trends. I have been loyal to Color Club for years for this exact purpose. Their neon collection utilizes pigments that glow in UV light, taking your nails from normal to neon by simply walking out the door. Psychedelic Scene is a vivacious kumquat that will brighten up your whole look. Lava Lamp turns your fingers into glowing pilons that will surely stop traffic.
Accessories. You can easily take one of our Tangerine purses for a spin to embrace this trend. The elegant lines of the Pretty Pleats in fiery orange add a welcome burst of colour to the plainest work wear or LBD. I prefer simplicity, but a bolder shopper may try the Classic Bow. Just remember, all of our Dupioni silk clutches are completely customizable! See a style you like that would be even better in Tangerine? Just write a Note to Seller telling us so on checkout. Why not choose the Twist Bow and select one of our other 35 shades for an extra pop?
Victoria Day is almost over, but don’t let that stop you from treating someone you love (maybe even yourself) like a queen. Champagne lace brings a tinge of vintage sophistication to any object. Our Teatime Clutch and Antoniette Clutch showcase the fabric in two stunning ways. Look through the rest of our store and discover your own way of incorporating this royal fabric into your wardrobe.