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Etsy expanded on their new Weddings section by adding a Registry. Department store registries can be limited in their wares and one store may not fit all of your tastes. What are you and your sweetie to do? You could register at multiple stores, but trust me, it’s a hassle. On the other hand, Etsy’s Registry is anything but!
So how easy is it really?
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 fiance
Same answer as above.
Start shopping!
It’s just like adding to favorites, but click the Add to Registry button instead!
If both of you know exactly what you want, that’s perfect! However, some couples need a little guidance. Etsy suggests six categories to look at: Dining & EntertainingKitchenHousewares & DecorFurnitureElectronics and Lifestyle. Each gallery is stocked with interesting and popular items that are perfect for newlyweds. Browse to your heart’s content to figure out what you and your sweetie want in your new life.
Additionally, there’s an Other category for everything else! You can ask for items that are practical for you that may be atypical for a traditional registry. Let’s face it, the friends and family attending your wedding won’t be too surprised by the requests!
When you’re all done, sharing with your guests is as simple as filling in your full names and choosing the shipping address. Etsy gives you the option of copying the URL, embedding a link, printing off an announcement card or sharing over social media. Additionally, if you missed some guests, they can simply search by your names and wedding date to find your registry!
See? Easy peasy. And you didn’t even have to put shoes on.
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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 GoodsBridal AccessoriesDecorDressesRings 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 guess it’s a little unfair that all this time we’ve been favouring the girls – clutches, hairpins, veils… but what about the boys?!?!

As much as I’d like to see a groom and his groomsmen walking down the aisle with matching clutches, I’m not so sure that too many guys would have Terrence Howard’s confidence.

So to avoid the wrath of grooms and groomsmen the world over, we’ve come up with something to satisfy the more masculine taste…

INTRODUCING: DAVIE & CHIYO SILK NECKTIES!

Each tie is made with Dupioni silk and is lovingly hand-stitched to perfection. Like our clutches, a luxurious tie would make a wonderful gift for your groomsmen. And by that I mean ties for your groomsmen, like clutches for your bridesmaids… although if you think your groomsmen could rock a clutch like Terrence Howard, by all means!

We’ve also made things easy by taking care of the colour-matching. It’s always such a headache matching swatches and finding out that the perfect accessory just isn’t the perfect shade but since both our ties and clutches are customizable, you can be sure that they’ll be perfectly matched.

Click here to see our new tie collection and message us for custom colours!

After weeks of gloom and grey, Spring is in the air! Okay, so we’re not quite out of the dark yet but a week of glorious Vancouver sun has wiped any memory of our rainy winter. (A beautiful Vancouver day can do that to you. Why do you think Vancouverites continue to live here through the rain and exorbitantly high cost of living? We’re not stupid, just forgiving…)

So what if it’s still below 5 degrees, I’m wearing a winter wool coat and can sometimes see my breath on my post-workday walk home…? The sun and Robson street store displays are telling me otherwise. I’m heading into spring and I’m not looking back!

And all of us on team D&C can say the same. Thoughts of summer blooms, garden parties and beach-side picnics have got our creative juices flowing…

Introducing the NEW Summer Garden Clutch!

The fresh new design features beautiful pleats that converge at the kiss-lock closure in a petal-inspired pattern. Vibrant prints bring this little clutch to life in colours like bright fuchsia, black and white. The smaller, circular shape makes for a more compact clutch that is perfect for a lipstick, compact and all the essentials, and to make this clutch even better is the adjustable chain that takes you from wristlet to over-the-shoulder.

Happy (garden) partying!


Thanks to 4leafclover we have our first Etsy frontpage of 2011!

And as promised, we’re giving away a clutch to celebrate. 4leafclover chose the oh so luxurious Tiered Rose Clutch in Creme Brulee:

A free clutch!?!?

Yes! For every treasury with a Davie & Chiyo clutch that makes it to the Etsy frontpage, we’ll reward that Etsy-er with a Davie & Chiyo clutch of their choice. It really doesn’t get any sweeter than that! So include us in as many treasuries as frequently as you’d like.

We also have a few tips to get you to that frontpage a little faster:

  • Good photography is essential. Clear, well-lit and color-balanced photos with compelling compositions are more apt to garner clicks from shoppers.
  • A consistent color palette can serve to tie the pieces together.
  • Provide a range of price points
  • Use alternates! When a Treasury List is promoted to the homepage, it includes the four hidden alternate items. On the homepage, items are removed when they sell and the alternate are moved up into view.
  • Provide a varied collection of items. We rarely promote all-one-type-of-product Treasury Lists to the frontpage.  That said, if you’re using the Treasury Lists to promote your Team’s art form, or you’re just plain interested in only earrings, go for it! Not all Treasury Lists are made with the homepage in mind, and this is a good thing.
  • Double check that everything is handmade or properly categorized as vintage or supplies.
  • Double check that sellers you’re featuring have good feedback.
  • Themes and puns are a fun and creative way to organize a list.
  • Give a boost to interesting items from new sellers or items with low views from the back pages of the categories.
  • Make sure no artist is represented more then once on a given Treasury List. (We avoid featuring the same seller twice on a single homepage.)

I first introduced you to i heart vanilla bean back in August when Jinnger featured our Tiffany Bow Clutch as her “#2 Wedding Inspiration”. We managed to inspire her again but this time with her latest “Thursday Purse Day” feature.

Clearly, Jinnger is hooked on Davie & Chiyo!

Click here to see the full post.

I know the holidays are over and everyone is glum and feeling sorry for themselves with the post-holiday blues but it’s time to snap out of it!

Spring is on the way and we have our first Spring 2011 preview – something blue! (Think crisp spring blue, and not that gloomy blue cloud that you’ve been living under for the past week.) This spread does a fresh take on the traditional “something blue” (no more Grandma’s blue hanky) and opts for more glittery, lush and scandalously sexy options. (Think “something blue” that only your husband-to-be will get to see… *wink*)

Our luxurious Dreams Clutch is set to be featured in the pages of Today’s Bride, Canada’s top selling bridal magazine, in a dreamy shade of baby blue. The chiffon clutch, reminiscent of clouds on a blue bird day, is so light and airy it could almost float away. Uuuhhhh, I can almost smell the spring breeze now…

Pick up your copy on newsstands now or click here to get your very own Dreams Clutch.

Hello and happy BLACK FRIDAY!

For those of you who are still full from turkey and are dreading the thought of going outside to fight the crowds for those door-crasher deals, I think I may have a solution…

25% off all items in the Davie & Chiyo shop!

So sit back, let the turkey-induced coma set in and let you fingers (and mouse) do the shopping.

For those of you who don’t have the luxury of taking Black Friday off, the sale will last until Friday, December 3rd. So check-off all those special ladies off your list and have their gifts shipped right to your door!

Use the discount code BLACKFRIDAY25 at our website and Etsy shop:

www.davieandchiyo.com
www.davieandchiyo.etsy.com

Happy shopping!

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