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I ♥ Etsy. For those of you who don’t know what Etsy is, it’s an online marketplace of handmade items where creative-types can hock their wares.

When I got married, I used Etsy to buy gifts for everyone who helped me with my wedding. It just felt right to buy them something not only beautiful, but handmade, and in some cases, custom-made.

These beautiful clutches are by the Etsy seller EmmaGordonLondon. They are so girly and I ♥ their playfulness! I bought the purple clutch for my mother-in-law because she is a Betty Boop enthusiast, and it looks like something Betty Boop would love!

Georgia purple and polka dot

Georgia purple and polka dot

Dewie Peach

Dewie Peach

Jessica pink trim spotty clutch

Jessica pink trim spotty clutch

These pieces are from Etsy seller Foundling. Betsy of Foundling uses recycled metals and vintage, found, or repurposed materials into her jewelry.

Maize Ring

Maize Ring

Lucille Drops

Lucille Drops

My husband told me how much he wished our kitty could be with us at our wedding, so Betsy custom-made these cufflinks using a photo of her. My husband absolutely loved them and wore them on our wedding day!

Kitty Links

Kitty Links

My stepdad flies planes as a hobby. Betsy custom-made these cufflinks for me using vintage flight charts. Cool, right? Betsy was super-accommodating and great to work with!

Vintage Flight Chart Links

Vintage Flight Chart Links

5eizen is another Etsy seller. I bought this ring pillow for my wedding and it was one of my favorite details of the day. It was SO beautiful! I originally didn’t want a ring pillow, but when I saw this one, I fell in love.

Elle Ring Pillow

Elle Ring Pillow

I love the way Irene of 5eizen incorporates color, texture and flowers. It’s perfectly simple and beautiful!

Sessa Sash

Sessa Sash

Gabi Hair Clip

Gabi Hair Clip

These clutches are from Etsy seller ViaBella. I bought one for my husband’s grandmother as a thank you for everything she did for me during my wedding planning process. I ♥ the way that Jane at ViaBella incorporates beautiful fabrics and unexpected details like flowers and bows!

Purple Peacock

Purple Peacock

Big Bow Silk Clutch

Big Bow Silk Clutch

Luxury White Silk Bridal Clutch

White Silk Bridal Clutch

Are you inspired to shop on Etsy yet?

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Who decided that all dresses have to be sleeveless or strapless? I know very few people who look good in sleeveless dresses, and even fewer who look good in strapless dresses. I, for one, have really heavy upper arms and elbows, and therefore avoid any tops or dresses that don’t cover them. If I do wear a sleeveless top or dress, I always pair it with a cardigan.

When it came time for me to find a wedding dress, my options were severely limited. I went to the type of bridal shop that lets you select your own dresses from the rack (as opposed to the bridal consultant selecting dresses for you). I pulled every dress in the store that had a sleeve and ended up with about 5 gowns in the dressing room. The pickings were THAT slim.

Luckily, this story has a happy ending! I found my wedding dress that day and absolutely love it. It accentuated all of my good bits (my waist and shoulders) and de-emphasized my not-so-good bits (my hips and thighs).

Me and my two dads

Photo credit: Andrea O'Grady

For some super-great advice on selecting a flattering wedding gown, read this post from my all-time favorite blog, Pursuing the Picture Perfect Wedding.

But let’s get back to gowns and sleeves.

There are loads of options out there for wedding dresses with sleeves, you just have to look. At the end of the day, I find dresses with sleeves to be elegant, sophisticated, and beautiful as the necklines almost always draw the eye up to your face, which, on your wedding day, is the most beautiful part of you!

This gown is by designer Adele Wechsler, who is an eco-friendly designer. Doesn’t it look like something your grandmother might have worn on her wedding day (in a good way)?

Adele Wechsler - Style: Juniper - $$$$

Adele Wechsler - Style: Juniper - $$$$

Here are a couple of vintage-inspired gowns by Alita Graham. Isn’t the lace romantic?

Alita Graham - Style: 31702897 - $$

Alita Graham - Style: 31702897 - $$

Alita Graham - Style: 31622244 - $$

Alita Graham - Style: 31622244 - $$

These poofy princess gowns, by Demetrios Young Sophisticates, will let you live out your Cinderella fantasy!

Demetrios Young Sophisticates - Style: 2804 - $$$

Demetrios Young Sophisticates - Style: 2804 - $$$

Demetrios Young Sophisticates - Style: 2813 - $$$

Demetrios Young Sophisticates - Style: 2813 - $$$

If your shoulders and collarbones are rockin’, accentuate them with this gown from Jacquelin Bridal.

Jacquelin Bridal - Style: 9501 - $$

Jacquelin Bridal - Style: 9501 - $$

These lovely gowns from Italian designer Le Spose di Giò, made me absolutely swoon with delight when I saw them! I ♥ the way they marry romantic organza with modern high-fashion. Any bride would be utterly memorable on her wedding day in one of these beautiful designs.

Le Spose di Gio - Style: N1 - $$$$$

Le Spose di Gio - Style: N1 - $$$$$

Le Spose di Gio - Style: N5 - $$$$$

Le Spose di Gio - Style: N5 - $$$$$

Le Spose di Gio - Style: N29 - $$$$$

Le Spose di Gio - Style: N29 - $$$$$

Le Spose di Gio - Style: N32 - $$$$$

Le Spose di Gio - Style: N32 - $$$$$

If I had chosen to get married at city hall, I would definitely have opted for something like one of these more simple, yet equally stunning Le Spose di Giò looks.

Le Spose di Gio - Style: N19 - $$$$$

Le Spose di Gio - Style: N19 - $$$$$

Le Spose di Gio - Style: N18 - $$$$$

Le Spose di Gio - Style: N18 - $$$$$

I adore the unique neckline and 3/4 length sleeves on this gown from Mon Cheri Bridals.

Mon Cheri - Style: 19223S Kimberly - $$

Mon Cheri - Style: 19223S Kimberly - $$

Either of these two gowns, from Rina di Montella, would be perfect for a winter wedding.

Rina di Montella - Style: RB2812S - $$$

Rina di Montella - Style: RB2812S - $$$

Doesn’t this one look like it’s covered in snow flakes?

Rina di Montella - Style: RB2818 - $$$

Rina di Montella - Style: RB2818 - $$$

Don’t forget about your ‘maids! Matchy matchy bridesmaids are a thing of the past! Why not let your girls choose their style and you pick the color? If everyone looks their best on your wedding day, it will show in the photos.

These sweet dresses from Siri come in a variety of colors, fabrics and styles. They are also available in white or ivory, which is perfect if you are looking for a dress for your low-key wedding or elopement.

Siri - Style: Loretta Young

Siri - Style: Loretta Young

Siri - Style: June Carter

Siri - Style: June Carter

Siri - Style: Fontainebleau

Siri - Style: Fontainebleau

Siri - Style: Thalia

Siri - Style: Thalia

You can see that I have a penchant for sleeves. What’s your favorite wedding dress style?

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