8th Annual Holiday Card Swap

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It’s finally here you guys!  In all honesty, I wasn’t sure if I was going to do it this year, but after getting tweets and emails asking when the swap was happening, I knew I had to keep the tradition alive, so time to get those creative juices flowing!

In true card swap tradition, I asked a talented designer to design the logo for this years card swap, so a HUGE thank you to the lovely Erica Loesing of Yes Ma’am!  We’ve never done a calligraphed logo before for the swap, so it was a great opportunity to start now!

Here are the rules:

Send an email to me at brooklynbride [at] gmail [dot] com with Holiday Card Swap in the subject line by November 26 [you’ve only got a week and a half to enter!]. Include your name, address, email address, website/blog address and twitter handle [if you have these].  Please send your email in this format…

Jane Smith
123 Main St. #25
Anytown NY 12345
jane.smith@google.com
www.janesmith.com
www.janesmith.com/blog
@janesmith

– By December 1, I will have emailed you the names and addresses of up to 5 people to send cards to.
– Your cards should be handmade or self-designed [think Gocco, glitter, Photoshop, cut + paste, sewing, etc….] Make something that’s easy to do multiples of.  You’ll be sending 1 card to each person on your list, and add in a special holiday greeting!
– Send out your cards by December 15 at the latest.

Then you just wait patiently by your mailbox!  The swap is open to our international audience, so pay special attention to postage [letters to any country in the world including Canada are now all the same price].  Please don’t disappoint your partners if you know you won’t be able to send out cards on time, or at all.

Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

[graphic by Yes Ma’am]

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eBay guides & collections

ebay guides and collections

I think its safe to say that all of us have scoured eBay at some point in our lives looking for the perfect thing, whether it be for our wedding, a baby shower, a gift, or that obscure collectable you can’t find anywhere else.  I was just pleased as punch to be invited by eBay to create a bunch of collections and guides on their site, and even better is that I can write about whatever I want!  So in an effect to expand my topical horizons, I’ve got a few guides and collections up already on essentials I like to keep on hand for different aspects of my life.  Because hey, I’m not “all wedding” all the time!  I’ve started this week off with a few of my craftier hobbies, like sewing and crafting essentials, and guides that correspond with them for further detail.  Don’t worry, I’ll pop in a few wedding themed ones over the next few weeks, but it was definitely nice to take a break and find some things outside the wedding sphere.

Here they are if you want to check them out!  I’ll be adding to them as the weeks go by and I find more goodies to source.  If there are any topics you’d like to see me cover over there, feel free to let me know!

Guides: Sewing essentials | Crafting essentials
Collections: Sewing essentials | Crafting essentials

[In partnership with Ebay, but all comments are my own]

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We’ve got a new look!

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Welcome back from the long holiday weekend!  In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve got a new look that soft-launched on Friday.  If you’re reading through Blog’Lovin or Feedly, pop over to check it out.  There’s still lots to do on the back end with re-tagging images, getting the Shop up and running, reformatting vendor listings to the new template, but after over a year of work, we had to get it up.  So take a look around, and please let us know if anything is running wonky…I’m sure there are some kinks hiding out in the woodwork!  Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

Huge thanks to Breanna Rose of Rowan Made who designed the new look for the site, and Zoe Rooney and Jonathan Poole for their coding expertise.

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reBar closure

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After being offline in a sense for most of the day, I was shocked to see the news of reBar’s abrupt closing, leaving many couples stranded without a venue for their weddings this weekend and throughout the year.  Gothamist broke the news today, citing that employees were blindsided as well with a brief text saying that the space was closed and bankrupt, and for employee’s to not enter the premises.

I don’t know much about the situation other than what I’ve read, but its heartbreaking to think that all these couples and employees are left scrambling (the employees were supposed to be paid today!).  reBar had just started advertising with Brooklyn Bride, but in light of the circumstances, I’ll be pulling their ad and vendor listing.  So many venues and vendors in the area are pulling together to aid the couples left in a lurch, so in an effort to help, I’ll be listing as many as I can find here.  If you’re a vendor I missed, leave a comment below with your info.

Brooklyn Winery: events@bkwinery.com or call them at 347-889-7100

Tuffet: contact Alicia at contact@tuffetnyc.com  – 30% off buy-out rates for affected couples

3 West Club: veronica@3westclub.com

Fornino at Pier 6: denise@fornino.com

The Counting Room: info@countingroom.com or at 917-519-4181

The Green Building & 501 Unionbrooke@thegreenbuildingnyc.com or at 718.522.3363

Powerhouse Arena: Craig@POWERHOUSEArena.com, or 718-666-3049

home/made brooklyn: info@homemadebklyn.com

Galapagos Art Space: 718-222-8500

Deity: info@deitynyc.com

Verbotten: darrin@verbotennewyork.com or at 347.223.4732

Stanton Social: Anthony@thestantonsocial.com  20% off discount for reBar victims

The Royal Palms Shufflboard Club: Party@royalpalmsshuffle.com

There’s also an IndieGogo campaign started to help cover the money lost in deposits to reBar that will be distributed to couples.  To contribute, head over here.  There’s also a funding site setup to help the employees of reBar who are left unpaid.  To contribute to that, head over here.

[image via Gothamist]