One of my favorite resources for weddings (even more than Pinterest!) is Etsy. I discovered Etsy (an online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods) while planning my own wedding a few years ago. I found it to be a treasure-trove of wedding related ideas that were either hard to find (where do you actually BUY those ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ chair signs?) or really expensive elsewhere (try buying a headpiece at the salon where you bought your dress!). Plus, most of the Etsy stores are small businesses and I love supporting small businesses wherever I can (being a small business myself).
I thought I’d put together a quick list of some items that can be purchased through Etsy. This list is definitely not exhaustive and I’m only including one vendor for each category, but a simple search yields hundreds (if not thousands) of results for most of these categories.
This is the one thing I think brides still don’t think of Etsy for, but I purchased almost all of my wedding jewelry from various Etsy stores, and I didn’t pay more than $45 for any particular piece. The jewelry store I am featuring here is where I bought my earrings. A few months ago I was in the process of cleaning and accidentally knocked one of the earrings under a floorboard and couldn’t retrieve it. It looked like she wasn’t selling the same pair anymore, but I contacted the seller and she was able to send me another pair. That’s one of things I love about Etsy – you’re working with actual people! Etsy seller: Something Jeweled.
I don’t actually know where else to find as creative guest book ideas as you can find on Etsy and there are all different price ranges. From puzzles, to thumb print trees, to wine bottles, to actual BOOKS (if you want to go that route) the possibilities are endless. Read my post on unique guest book ideas, which features several Etsy products. I love this map idea, from HereAndThereShop.
I didn’t actually get my bridesmaid gifts (nor did my husband get his groomsmen gifts) on Etsy, but it was great for ideas. For example, if mason jars are your thing, you might be inclined to purchase these for your groomsmen, from UrbanFarmhouseTampa.
I’m including this because they can be difficult to find. You can often rent them from your florist or DIY them, but there are plenty of cute, affordable options, such as this suitcase card holder from SgtPeppersHeartsClub.
You can also find favors of all kinds on Etsy, but I needed favor tags and I didn’t have time to design and print them myself. There are lots of different options and designs. I like these from MoreAndMoreOriginals:
What have you purchased on Etsy for your wedding or event?
Top photo – Lace Just Married Sign by RusticBeachChic