**Okay, all you Etsy artisans, no darning egg throwing, just hear me out. I think it is wonderful you provide these items for those that are needle and thread challenged. You are worth every penny! **
With that said, all the small items you don't necessarily think about can add more $$$ to the wedding spreadsheet (if you're even keeping track).
Item 1 - Purses for the bridal attendants, bride and moms: I have seen these going for around $70 as the median price. But let's just use $65.00 each as the cost (shipping 12.50);
Item 2 - Bridal hanger : $38 (shipping $6.50) A nice thing to have for wedding pictures of the dress hanging before the bride gets dressed; and
Item 3 - Ring pillow: another cute item from Etsy $35 (shipping $5). The one on Etsy was only 6" square.
These three items add $484 to the budget (considering six purses are purchased). Whew.
Thank goodness I have a daughter who allows me to fiddle around in the sewing room to come up with some economical solutions.
Let's start with the wedding ring pillow. I believe this was less than 50 cents to make. The big cost was for the coconut button that was on a card of two buttons on the discount rack at the store. The fabric was muslin from an old sugar sack. It measures 6" square like the pillow offered on Etsy. I embroidered the bride and groom's name the way they have it on their stationery; a touch I thought was important to make it special.
|A coconut button seems appropriate since the bride and groom are going to Hawaii for their honeymoon.|
This is the prototype for the attendant's clutch. The grey is a Dear Stella cotton. The purse frames were the biggest expense and they were ordered online at a fraction at what some of the craft stores are charging. Purchase the frames well in advance of the event because these took almost 8 weeks to arrive.
|The red polka dot lining fabric really packs a punch when you open up the clutch!|
|I found a padded hanger I had in my closet and covered it with an off-white cotton. I made a ruffled tube and slipped it over the hanger.|
|I added some vintage mother of pearl pearl shank buttons to help hold the dress.|
|So the total cost? I'm thinking less than $50 for everything. The major expense was purchasing the purse frames. That's approximately 1/10th of the cost of retail. Not bad for nickle and diming it!|