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Crafting a Handmade Wedding With 100 Layer Cake handmade and vintage goods

100 Layer Cake is a creative collaboration between friends and fellow designers Jillian, Amanda, and Kristina. We are a unique resource for creative, crafty, thoughtful, modern women planning their weddings or just their lives. We love projects, photography, details, and of course everything handmade! Supporting independent designers, artisans and vendors borders on obsession for us, and we’re super excited to share some of our finds here.

100LC_colorboard13_etsy.jpg(Credits: left to right, top to bottom: Ffffound, So*Sage, Scott Clark Photo,, Bella Figura)

One of our very favorite features of our blog is our inspiration binder. We’re so into creating color boards based on unexpected palettes and interesting moods and themes. They’ve become so popular with our readers we thought we’d share a new one here, and then search for things we’d use if we were planning a wedding (or party) based on this board.

We love the bright, vintagey colors of this palette and the modern French sensibility that it evokes.

Carnival Party

First we start with the dress. We love this one by Ouma. Sometimes the bride needs to totally toss tradition and just wear what she wants. If she’s the right kind of girl, stripes and tulle would be perfect! Plus she could probably wear it again. Maybe. Which would be nice. $168.

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Happiness Headband

You’d think we’d have tired of the headband craze and this point, but no: we still love them. This one by ciaraobscura (in its aqua and poppy glory) caught our eye. It’s probably not for the bride in her black dress, but possibly perfect for a bevy of maids or a pair of flower girls. $36.

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Paris Birdcage Tags in Blush Pink and Black

Perhaps for escort cards? These could be pretty cute hung from a line through a garden. Digitalpaperie has TONS of cute tags and graphics to mix and match. $4.75.

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Coral Fan Pattern – 4 Mini Pillow Boxes

Fieldandsea has a great shop with tons of pretty paper products. Fill these guys with something tasty and decorate your place settings, or even add a handmade label and use them for seating assignments. $5.

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Bianco e Rosso Twine

…Or even tie up the little boxes with red and white twine: pattern on pattern is always fun! We love Etsy for its handmade market, but it’s also such a good resource for craft supplies. Angelaliguori has some good stuff. $16.

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Calligraphy Envelope Addressing

We are always in awe of really good calligraphy, and we love that Etsy has become a place for brides to find so many talented artists. You can find every single style in the marketplace, but for this particular theme, we’d go for this classic look form Della Carta Studio. By dellacarta, $4.50.

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VINTAGE Hand Crocheted Trim with Vintage Key

We can’t resist posting a few vintage finds as well. There are so many carefully curated shops on Etsy that it’s impossible not to find yourself lost among the vases, jars and linens (as well as the supplies). We’d wrap the bride’s bouquet in a pretty length of this handmade vintage lace. It almost has an heirloom quality about it — it’s so hard to resist. From VintageMarketPlace, $5.

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Paper Garland – 5′

Garlands add a bit of festive whimsy to any party. These paper garlands from artbynaomi would be sweet hung from an arch marking the ceremony space. $6.

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Large Vintage number 9 or 6

Big bold table numbers: pretty much a must. From bluebellbazaar, $48.

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1950s drinking glasses colorful 8 in an original basket

Thoughtful details like interesting cake stands, serving pieces, linens and glassware really make a theme come together beautifully (especially if your party is small). How perfect would a tray of old fashioned cocktails be in these glasses from bendiga? $29.

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HEMP LINEN roll upholstery fabric slipcover 14.76y Curtain RED elegant

Even if you can’t bring yourself to buy tablecloths for every table, maybe a few key tables around the party could be dressed with linens made from this antique hemp fabric from grainsack. $297.

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Vintage Aluminum Floral Two Tiered Cake Stand

And then there’s dessert: cupcakes, of course, with patterned paper, all stacked perfectly on a vintage cake stand. From jenscloset, $12.50.

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50 Black Striped Cupcake Liners-Vintage Inspired

The perfect cupcake liners! From HeyYoYo, $3.50.

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Thanks so much to 100 Layer Cake!

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