Using local artisans for your wedding
Abi Calligraphy—Click here to see Abi McGinnis' calligraphy work on etsy. After learning traditional bookbinding techniques in Cortona, Italy, Katie Gonzalez became interested in making books specifically for weddings while planning her own! Aside from making her own guest book, she also designed and bound hundreds of little booklets to use as invitations. Her online shop showcases handbound journals, photo albums, and wedding guest books. But Gonzalez loves taking inspiration from her clients wedding colors and the overall style to make one-of-a-kind books that coordinate with their event. Check out the Linen Laid Felt Esty shop or Katie's blog, linenlaidfelt.blogspot.com Local self-taught designer, Maren Linn, is an avid period piece watcher and has developed nostalgia for a time when hats were more important than shoes when it came to fashion statements. She creates her line of hair art in the hopes that those who wear them feel that immediate sense of beauty, elegance, or silliness that popping on a hat can give.Sai Sai on Etsy or blogging at mdoodles.blogspot.com Whether it's an old fashioned lemonade stand for refreshments, a new way of showing your guests where to put their gifts, a monogram letter with moss borrowed from nature, or a little blue clutch for a shower, Sisters of Nature has unique items for your wedding. Sisters of Nature has a rustic, vintage feel for the wedding that needs some natural elements. Click here to visit the Sister of Nature Etsy shop. for your nature inspired wedding needs. Milkglass Creative offers wedding weekend flipbooks which are not only great for guests, but become a perfect keepsake after the wedding. More info from Milkglass. Handmade Pies from Kt & Ro's Pie Co—the new trend in wedding desserts. KTandRO.com Groom's Gift Package full of local love. Includes: Nashville Toffee, Loveless Cafe Smoky Habañero hot sauce, Nashville Roast gourmet coffee, Corsair barrel aged gin, Spirit of Nashville postcards, Dozen chocolate chip cookies, a Billy Reid Bow Tie, Dos Perros Yazoo Beer and a Pool Ball Wine Stopper from Knobstoppers.com.
Because not every gifted artisan in the city has a storefront or an independent web address, a voyage to Etsy and other local artistans may truly be worth your while. Filled with creative, original pieces—some of which are as clever as anything Martha Stewart ever dreamed up—Etsy can be a go-to resource for any bride looking for interesting and innovative elements to add to her decor, give as bridesmaids’ gifts or even finishing touches for her own ensemble. So if you don’t find exactly what you want in the store, give Esty a look. Lest you think it all comes from artisans halfway across the country, we found plenty of Nashville-based crafters with creative ideas. Here are a few we’d like to recommend.