Vendor Spotlight: CUTEnCRAFTY

We are excited to begin a new series on our blog spotlighting wedding vendors and their businesses.  Today’s featured vendor is Kendra Barnes of CUTEnCRAFTY.  Kendra’s mission of ensuring that groomsmen don’t show up wearing gym socks to the wedding has turned into a complete online store that now offers products for both bridesmaids and groomsmen.  As a thank you, Kendra is offering a 10% discount to our clients and readers using the discount code “DIAMOND” enjoy!

Kendra Barnes

Tell me more about Cute n Crafty? How did you get started? What is your mission & vision for your company?

 CUTEnCRAFTY specializes in wedding gifts for the groom, bride and bridal party. My main product is the “Cold Feet” label, which is a cute gift that is usually delivered to the groom by the Maid of Honor on the morning of the wedding. It can really put a smile on a groom’s face – which is great to ease those pre-wedding jitters.

I started this business on a whim! I made my first “Cold Feet” label for my husband for our wedding in April 2013. The morning of, I took my husband’s wedding socks and I made a label for them that read: “Just to make sure you don’t get Cold Feet. With love, from your bride”. I had the “Cold Feet” socks delivered to him by the Maid of Honor. It made for a great photo opportunity, put a smile on his face, AND ensured that he didn’t wear a pair of his holey socks to our wedding!

That fall, after our wedding, my husband was wrapped up in fantasy football three days per week. I started to get bored and wanted a hobby of my own. I had been encouraging my cousin to get on Etsy and sell her products and it hit me – now was the time to act on my craftiness and my desire to pursue my entrepreneurial spirit! I spent an entire week getting my Etsy shop up and running… and the rest is history! Since then I have sold over 4,000 pairs of “Cold Feet” socks and other items online and in three brick and mortar stores in D.C. and Pennsylvania.

Several months after I opened my shop, I decided to create my own line of socks so that I could offer my customers consistency in quality and availability. The argyle socks seen here are exclusive to CUTEnCRAFTY. I designed them from start to finish and I am proud to say that we are one of the few places you can find yellow and gray argyle socks! How cool is that?!

Our mission at CUTEnCRAFTY is to provide high quality, unique wedding gifts for the bride, groom and bridal party (but most importantly to make sure the groom doesn’t get cold feet and groomsmen don’t show up in gym socks).

Groomsmen Socks

What is your favorite product on the Cute n Crafty website… Go!

The “Cold Feet” socks are my favorite! Hand’s down! They were my very first product and they are such a cute, inexpensive “day-of” gift!

CutenCraftySocks

Where do you see your business going next?

I would like to see my business continue it’s growth, without sacrificing quality and customer service. I am working on partnerships with retailers and wedding planners. My goal is to make CUTEnCRAFTY an integral part of the wedding planning process. I want brides and grooms to say “Okay, we’ve got the dress and the tux picked out, now lets go to CUTEnCRAFTY for the socks.”  I would also LOVE to make it into Oprah’s magazine! That would be awesome!!!

What advice would you give your clients?

Dream big. Be grateful. Give Love. Laugh Lots…and make sure your groomsmen don’t show up in gym socks!

xxoo

Stephanie

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Nannette & Charles

It was such a pleasure working with Nannette and Charles to create their dream wedding weekend in Blacksburg, Virginia. Every aspect of the wedding was filled with personal touches from the moment that guests arrived at the hotel until they they left on Sunday after breakfast. A fun color scheme of pink and orange was carried throughout the wedding. Hanging from the doors of the Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel were two large letters, “N” and “C” and a custom aisle runner with the couples monogram dressed up the aisle. After the ceremony guests travelled by bus to the German Club Manor for the cocktail hour and recpeiton. Hanging from the beams in the foyer of the German Club were orange and pink lanterns and custom pillows on the couches. The guest tables had white floor length linens with orange and pink criss-crossing runners and white chair covers with pink and orange organza sashes. All deocr and floral element designs were created by Diamond Events.

Chapel doors at Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel in Blacksburg Virginia
Ceremony at Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel
Altar at Virginia Tech VT War Memorial Chapel
Ceremony Programs Pink and Orange
Ceremony at Virginia Tech VT War Memorial Chapel
Bridesmaid bouquet pink gerbera and orange roses
Bridal Bouquet of White gerberas, David Austin roses, ranunculus and stephanotis
Lanterns hung in the foyer of the German Club for a wedding
Memorial Flowers at entrance to German Club ballroom
Small arranagments for mantle of German Club by Diamond Events
Head Table of the German Club set for a wedding
Table centerpieces by Diamond Events with limes
Seating Chart poster for wedding at the German Club by Diamond Events
Tablescape at the German Club by Diamond Events in pink and orange
Table centerpieces at the German Club by Diamond Events in pink and orange
Diamond Events
Coordination, Decor & Floral Design
www.WeddingsbyDE.com
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Erin & Brett

Being involved with Erin & Brett’s wedding from the very beginning, looking for venues, working with vendors and putting together a complete decor and floral package that was exactly what she envisioned, was such a pleasure and so rewarding to see it all come together. After a thorough search throughout Loudoun County and the Hunt Country area, the couple chose Rose Hill Manor to host their wedding. The ceremony was held on the back patio with bright red rose petals lining the aisle and a custom chuppah made by a family friend. The bridesmaids carried white calla lilys and Erin’s bouquet of red roses and mini white calla lilies popped in front her white wedding dress. For the reception the tables were dressed in black linens with a white embroidered overlay and red satin napkins, the chairs had a black chair cover and white satin sash. The centerpieces were groupings of white hydrangeas and submerged in the water were red LED lights which created a glow on the table during dinner. Congratulations Erin & Brett, I hope your marriage is as beautiful as your wedding!

Wedding Ceremony at Rose Hill Manor Leesburg VA
Calla Lilly boutonniere
Red Rose Bridal Bouquet
Rose Hill Manor Ceremony by Diamond Events
Table setting at Rose Hill Manor
Reception Ballroom at Rose Hill Manor in Leesburg, Virgnia
Crystals on Tree
Crystal on Wedding Tree at Rose Hill Manor Leesburg Viginia
Wedding Flowers
Guestbook Frame
Wedding Rings in Rose

Tori & Roberto

Tori and Roberto had a beautiful pink and silver wedding at the stately Rose Hill Manor in Leesburg Virginia. Their ceremony and cocktail hour took place on the back patio so that guests were able to enjoy the fall temperatures outside. Afterwards guests made their way into the ballroom. The tables were dressed in light pink pintuck linens, silver satin napkins and silver chiavari chairs. The centerpieces were bright pink hydrangeas and roses in a square vase wrapped with a silver ribbon. The evening was full of fun and dancing to a wide variety of music but often times salsa, which got everyone on the dance floor and looked like so much fun! Congratulations to Tori and Roberto!

Rose Hill Manor Wedding Venue Leesburg Virginia
Wedding Ceremony Aisle with Pink Pomander Balls
Pink Pomander Ball
Ceremony Flowers on Arbor
Rose Hill Manor Wedding Ceremony
Rose Hill Manor Wedding Ceremony
Bridal Bouquet by Diamond Events
Cocktail Table Flower Arrangements by Diamond Events
Flower wrapped in wire for cocktail table arrangments
Wedding Reception at Rose Hill Manor
Wedding Reception at Rose Hill Manor
Wedding at Rose Hill Manor
Dark Pink Wedding Centerpieces
Wedding Cake
Fireplace Mantle at Rose Hill Manor with Flower Arrangments

Wedding Coordination, Decor and Flowers were provided by Diamond Events
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Ashley & Jeremy

Recent Radford University graduates, the cute duo chose to host their nuptials at the Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church located in Vinton, Virginia, a small town on the northeastern outskirts of the City of Roanoke. Immediately following the ceremony, the guests made their way across the street to the elegant Vinton War Memorial. The grand ballroom was decorated in colors of periwinkle, yellow and white and was matched by the simple yet tasteful glowing floral centerpieces that were created by Jim Taetz of Crystal Orchard. Ashley’s sorority sang their traditional song to her followed by Jeremy’s fraternity serenading Ashley in beautiful harmony. The mouthwatering dinner was catered by Blue Ridge Catering and the beautiful cake was created by Lisa Link. Matt and Matt of RSP Entertainment played great tunes that had everyone up on their feet. As the evening came to a close the guests formed a line outside of the front entrance and blew bubbles as Jeremy escorted Ashley to their get-away-car.
Vinton War Memorial
Vinton War Memorial Ballroom
Vinton War Memorial Ballroom
Vinton War Memorial Ballroom set for a wedding
Centerpiece at Vinton War Memorial
Centerpiece for a wedding at Vinton War Memorial
Wedding cake at Vinton War Memorial
Michael Keyes photographing Ashley as she walks down the aisle
Ceremony at Thrasher Church in Vinton Virginia