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I enjoy arts and crafts and dabble in just about anything. I've been doing so since childhood. My Etsy shop consists mainly of decoupage light switch and outlet covers. I also paint (mainly with acrylics), do mosaics, and draw with charcoal and other mediums.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

My Handmade Wedding

Once again with everything going on, I really hadn't had much time to write on here.  Now that the wedding is done, I have a bit more free time.  My shop is still on vacation for a couple more weeks so I can unwind and settle into the married life.  However, I thought I would share some pictures and moments on here.  The majority of the wedding was handmade.  Whatever I was unable to make myself (or didn't feel like making myself) I ordered from Etsy.  I felt very strongly about supporting my fellow Etsy shops, so I bought from them when I could.  I thought I would share on here some pictures of the items I made for the wedding as well as some wedding photos. I figured this would be the best way to share it all with my fellow Etsy friends.

I started out with something I knew I could make.  Bouquets.  I've made wedding bouquets before, so I started out relaxing on a blanket in the back yard and made my bridesmaids bouquets.  I wrapped the stems in camo duct tape, because I love my camo.

Here is one of the two flower girl baskets I made.

 A closeup of the front:

This is what the sides looked like:

 The back:

The top:

Here is what it looked like with the leaves in it.  Yes they threw leaves instead of rose petals.  I love Fall.  It is my favorite season, so I went with a Fall theme for the wedding.

Here is the guest book I made:

The guest book pen:

It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

What was once my favorite pair of "combat boots" to wear back in the day was transformed into my lovely pair of wedding boots.  All they needed was some white spray paint, red spray glitter, hot glue, sparklies, and a little love.
One of the boutonnieres I made.  Yes that's camo duct tape around the stem.  :)

One of the flower girl hair wreaths.  This was the first one I ever made.  I like how it turned out.

 The back of the hair wreath:

 Another flower girl hair wreath:

Here's the back:
 The second flower girl basket.  Very similar to the first, but with a few variations.

These are the hair clips I made for my bridesmaids.  Another thing I was nervous about, because I had never made these before.

I almost forgot to make my own bouquet!

The centerpieces made from real pumpkins.  By the way, it is a little hard to see, but the favors were the chocolate kisses with stickers that had our names on them.  Those came from:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/NecessiTees

The card box I ended up throwing together at the last minute, because I forgot to buy one to decorate.  Thankfully the office I work for gets deliveries in these perfect sized boxes.  lol
One of the purses I made for the flower girls.

Kind of hard to see in this photo, but our garters were made by one of my talented bridesmaids.  She has an Etsy shop too as a matter of fact.  http://www.etsy.com/people/Homesteadpatch

These lovely hair flowers came from: http://www.etsy.com/shop/theraggedyrose

My beautiful sash with rusty red flowers and burnt orange peacock feather was the perfect addition to my dress for a Fall wedding!  I ordered that from this Etsy shop:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/GJBoyles

This awesome cake topper was also an Etsy find from : http://www.etsy.com/shop/MomoRadRose
It looks even better in person.  Yes the cake was camo.  Like I said, I love my camo.  The cake was amazing!  It was chocolate with Bavarian filling and it came from Susie's Cuties Custom Cakes.  You can find her here on facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Susies-Cuties-Custom-Cakes/233378633426702

Even my gorgeous wedding ring came from Etsy!  That came from this seller here.  http://www.etsy.com/people/irisinfinity

 I ordered these adorable little pocket mirrors for the flower girls from this shop:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/HoneyBunnyPaperie

Well, I think that's it for all the handmade wedding goodies.  I personally think handmade is always more special and I strongly believe in supporting local and small businesses such as Etsy shops rather than chain stores.  Not to mention, once you add the word "wedding" or "bridal" to something in a chain store, it seems the price goes up 10X.  Same goes for whatever you seem to find in a bridal shop.  I think we need to get the word out for those planning upcoming weddings that there are other options out there.  Absolutely nothing in this wedding came from a bridal shop.  The guys' clothes all came from JC Penney, but I think that's all that came from a chain store.  The bridesmaids dresses were from Amazon.com, my dress and the flower girl dresses came from ebay.  It can be done beautifully without forking out thousands of dollars.  We need to let our fellow women know!  lol  So, anyone want to see some wedding photos?

Here is the wedding party in front of the house.  (No this is not our house)  lol

 The bridesmaids on the front steps.

All the girls.

All the guys.

Exchanging the rings.


I love this picture!

Goofing off with "war paint" after cutting the cake.

With my girlfriends from high school.  We've stayed in touch all these years.  I love this photo.

Woohoo!  It's all done!  Let's get ready to party!

I hope you all enjoyed this handmade wedding album.  Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Loved it! And enjoyed the Handmade show, everything was just wonderful... You looked so very happy in all of the pictures and that is what counts! Every happiness in your future marriage.... Marge:))

  2. Melissa, you look beautiful and very happy! Congratulations on the wedding! Everything was perfect and most important it was full of love and joy, I can fill it in the pictures.
    I wish you and your husband endless happiness to the rest of your lives!

  3. What a gorgeous wedding! I love how everything was either made by you or from other Etsy shops!! The cake was awesome and so were your boots!! Amazing!
    I wish you both many, many years of happiness and joy!

  4. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful personal details that made your wedding so special.

  5. What you did was amazing! Congratulations!!