Know anybody getting married this summer? Are you stumped on what to do for the special couple? Then, please, read on….
The typical Wedding Registry, where the couple predetermined a list of items you may purchase as gifts, has always left me feeling empty. It feels so impersonal, impairs my creativity, robs me of joy, and removes my ‘warm, fuzzy feeling’ that so often accompanies me when buying a special something for a special someone.
I will admit the wedding registry list provides all the necessary items to run a household and to some degree reflects the decorating taste of the couple as they embark onto their shared housekeeping scenario–on paper. But, for me that registry ends up a mere guideline for making my personal gift selection.
What if you could participate in a wedding registry that hits the mark in handmade weddings? Wouldn’t that put the joy back in shopping for the happy couple?
Handmade Weddings are the trend. And, it’s a trend that keeps on keeping on. Last year, it was all over social media sites like Pinterest and Etsy; handmade items were found and put to work making a ‘Handmade Wedding” theme so much easier to experience. Today, on Etsy you can find a current Wedding Blog with Real Weddings, How-To’s and Products.
One thing to note: to make your wedding entirely handmade will take a lot of commitment and assistance from other crafters. That being said, the blog on Etsy has some wonderful ideas to get you started. Check out this How-to blog for a wedding garland guest book. It encourages you to get shower guests involved in the handmade process, making it very personal—something you will want to hang onto. Get your Bridesmaids to start the project and then finish it with your shower guests getting everyone involved. https://www.etsy.com/blog/weddings/how-tuesday-garland-guest-book/
If any of you Handmade Wedding groupies are going to be in Chattanooga, TN on Saturday, June 14, 2014, come check out our artisan/handmade/vintage wonder booth at the Summer Sunshine Heyday event at the Marriott Hotel, https://www.facebook.com/summersunshineheyday. Becca’s Green Craft Studio will be sharing booth space with Blessed BeeMelisa. Both of us are Etsy shop owners dwelling in Ellijay, Georgia. This year we plan to do something new to attract shoppers. Look for the booth with the Handmade & Vintage Wedding/Honeymoon Vignette and Gift Bag Registry for some lucky couple, see details below with a slideshow of handmade products we’ve collected so far. And if we have a good wi-fi connection at our booth, we will also demonstrate the Wedding Gift Registry available on https://www.etsy.com/registry/manage (see blog update below re: the handmade registry and demonstrations as the Chattanooga show was cancelled by the organizers)
Our booth’s ‘Handsmade & Wedding Vignette’ is in keeping with the Handmade Wedding trend seen all over social media since last wedding season. Within the vignette will be a vintage wedding dress, hat and gloves along with other nostalgic memorabilia and our Handmade Wedding Gift Bag full of hand selected gifts from Etsy shops located in North Georgia—all items are handmade and selected based on a Honeymoon – Wedding theme. Visitors to our booth will be encouraged to register themselves or a couple of their choice who will soon be, or has just been, hitched. It’s all part of a SHOUT OUT to Handmade Etsy Shops all across North Georgia. Tell all your friends to come and check us out during this inside event and register for the Handmade Wedding/Honeymoon Gift Bag giveaway while your there. Slideshow presents what we have collected for the registry so far, but there’s more to come.
Public Announcement re: Handmade Wedding/Honeymoon gift bag registry:
“During the Summer Sunshine Heyday Artisan/Handmade and Vintage Wonder craft show in Chattanooga, TN on the 14th of June, Becca’s Green Craft Studio and Handmade Jewelry by Blessed Bee are Registering New Couples or soon to be Couples for a Honeymoon/Wedding Gift Bag full of goodies from several North Georgia Handmade shops on both the Etsy Ellijay & North Georgia Etsy Teams. To start the collection here’s a Mango candle from https://www.etsy.com/shop/GeorgiaWickedCandles and an aromatherapy compress from https://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenCraftStudio. More items to come from https://www.etsy.com/listing/113255388/sweet-vintage-wreath-bridal-flower-girl and a lovely vintage brooch from https://www.etsy.com/shop/PuddinRidgeCreations?section_id=15178302&ref=shopsection_leftnav_4 and this wonderfully welcoming wreath from https://www.etsy.com/listing/185540897/summer-wreath-rusty-star-pip-berry and a few more not yet confirmed.”
Come by our booth at the show in Chattanooga and check it out. (Re: the honeymoon bag pictured in lavender and greens for the registry will be in this giant ruffled beach bag style but in Creme-on-tan–cottons, muslins, burlaps, & satin ruffles, by Green Craft Studio on Etsy.)
UPDATE TO THE ABOVE…
We are sad to announce we got word from the organizers behind the Chattanooga Summer Sunshine Heyday craft/artisan/vintage wonders event and it is OFFICIALLY CANCELLED.
However, we are still promoting our Handmade Wedding Gift Bag Registry locally in Ellijay, Georgia through the local Farmer’s Market each Saturday beginning on June 21st.
Look for more announcements regarding the travelling registry as it will appear all over the county in different shops throughout the summer. And then a drawing will be held on August 1st, 2014 announcing the happy couple winners!
GLAD TO ANNOUNCE A WINNER!
On Friday, August 2, 2014, Melisa Searcy of https://www.etsy.com/shop/blessedbeemelisa and Becca Shuler of https://www.etsy.com/shop/greencraftstudio held the drawing for the winner of the above described Gift Collection Registry. We are happy to announce that 49 registrants participated via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/etsyellijay and in person at Shear Delite Salon in Ellijay at https://www.facebook.com/sheardelitesalon and the Merle Norman Salon in Ellijay as well as via personal email shouts from Melisa and Becca via contacts and friends lists.
Thank you to all who participated in one way or another and CONGRATULATIONS to our WINNER: SUSAN RADELLE of Ellijay, Georgia. You are the winner of our Handmade in North Georgia and on Etsy Gift Collection handpicked for someone special like you with a theme of Handmade Weddings in Mind.
The participating Etsy shops have decided to make the discount code HANDMADE4U available in their shops during the month of August. Each shop will set its own discount for the promo sale.
SAVE 20% WHEN YOU SPEND $20 @ https://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenCraftStudio
Author: Becca Shuler of Becca’s Green Craft Studio, read the About section of the studio blog to learn more about the author and her craft.