Etsy recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and in the past decade, it's become a phenomenal resource for couples looking to add a personal, handmade touch to their weddings, all without the “Y” in DIY! Etsy's artisans come from around the globe, and they can provide endless possibilities for unique, one-of-a-kind additions to your wedding celebration. Join me as I share some of my favorite finds from A to Z!
A comprehensive shopping guide for planning an Etsy wedding
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A – Aisle Decor
If you search Etsy for aisle decor, you'll find everything from flower petal aisle runners to chair decorations. I saw a great variety of rustic options featuring burlap, as well as nautical and beach decorations.
B – Boutonniere
If you're not interested in fresh flowers for the groom's boutonniere, there are plenty of other options on Etsy, such as dried flowers, feathers, paper flowers, succulents, buttons, sea shells, etc.
C – Cake Topper
Now that laser cutting is so popular and accessible, it's easier than ever to get a custom cake topper featuring your names, or whatever else you please! Of course, there are myriad other choices, ranging from matching pairs of animals to geeky toppers for virtually any fandom.
D – Dessert Table
Dessert tables are pretty commonplace at weddings now, but if you want to kick up your selection beyond just monochromatic candies, Etsy has a slew of delicious baked goods like traditional macarons in every color imaginable!
E – Emergency Kit
You can't plan for everything, so a Plan B is always helpful amidst the stress of your wedding day. Emergency kits include tons of little things you'd never think of or remember that can help your celebration go as smoothly as possible.
F – Favors
Personally, I'm a fan of edible favors. I think guests enjoy them far more than items like personalized drink koozies. Luckily, much like with the dessert table, you can find a ton of edible goodies to treat your guests. Some of my favorite ideas include artisanal chocolates, s'mores kits and mini jars of honey or preserves.
G – Garland
Garlands are a relatively inexpensive way to decorate your bridal shower or reception. Etsy has a range of paper garlands, as well as shabby chic fabric garlands and even wool felt garlands!
H – Headpiece
I love the look of bridal headpieces, whether they're halos, hair vines, flower crowns, hair chains, fascinators or combs. There's something for every taste: gold, silver, pearls, crystals, etc.
I – Invitations
I can't even begin to tell you how many invitation options there are on Etsy. You can find letterpress, foil embossed, printable… And so many designers are brilliantly talented artists, you can truly get a one-of-a-kind design if that's what you want!
J – Jewelry
Much like with the invitations, the selection of wedding jewelry on Etsy is impressive. You can find everything you need, from engagement rings to wedding bands to bridesmaid jewelry. Plenty of choices are very affordable, but there are also high-end bespoke pieces.
K – Kids' Table
When you have little ones at your wedding, it's always nice to have something to keep them busy, whether with games or activities like coloring books!
L – Lights
Marquee lights are another popular trend in weddings, and you can get them to spell out your initials, “love” or pretty much anything else. Etsy is also a great source for things like hanging mason jar lanterns, fairy lights and more.
M – Monogram
Custom monograms are a great way to “brand” your wedding, and if you get a personalized rubber stamp made, you can add your own special touch to everything from place cards to favor bags for a fraction of the price of custom printed items.
N – Nosegay
Again, if fresh flowers aren't what you're looking for, Etsy is a great place to go for nosegays (small bunches of flowers) for your bridal party. I think the paper flowers are especially pretty!
O – Open Bar
If you're having an open bar, it's only fair to warn your guests that any shenanigans they get up to will be thoroughly documented! There are a bunch of really cute signs like this for open bars. You can also get printable illustrated signs or hand-lettered chalkboard signs to display signature drinks.
P – Place Cards
Of course, you can find plenty of paper place card options on Etsy, many of which feature custom calligraphy, but I'm a fan of unique place cards like these agate slices!
Q – Quirky
Every couple has its quirks, so why not embrace them on the day you become united in marriage? Even if you don't wish to have a themed wedding, you can find any number of ways to incorporate something quirky and fun that means something to you personally. Star Wars fan? No problem. Love of dinosaurs? Go for it!
R – Ring Box
Ring boxes don't have to be boring and blasé. I love these geometric terrariums that double as ring boxes because they can be used again after the wedding.
S – Social Media
Social media is becoming more and more a part of wedding celebrations, so if you want to make guests aware of your very own Instagram hashtag, or you'd rather everyone remain unplugged throughout the ceremony, Etsy has a variety of clever signs for you to use.
T – Table Decor
Table decorations come in many forms, and you can search for anything from table numbers to centerpieces to runners.
U – Underwear
What goes under the dress is just as important as the dress itself, but that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with your undies. How cute are these Wifey boyshorts?
V – Veil
Etsy has veils of every length and style: bird cage veils, cathedral veils, Chantilly lace, tulle… And all at a wide variety of price points!
W – Wine
As a fan of winery weddings in particular, I love seeing unique ways of incorporating wine into wedding celebrations. I've seen wine pouring ceremonies, customized wine bottles and even anniversary wine boxes that make a really great gift for celebrating milestones in your marriage with your favorite vintage!
X – XL
You know the saying, “Go big or go home”? You can, quite literally, go XL with some of your wedding decorations! I love the jumbo round balloons with tassels, as well as the giant paper flowers I've seen popping up in weddings.
Y – Young Attendants
Don't forget about the little ones in our bridal party! Etsy has some truly adorable flower girl dresses and ring bearer outfits, and because many of them are custom made, you don't have to worry about getting them to the tailor.
Z – Zoo
I'll admit, this is a little bit of a stretch, but I was struggling for a Z word, and the “A to Y Guide” just doesn't have the same appeal! However, I frequently refer to my 4 cats and 2 dogs as my zoo, so I thought, why not include wedding accessories for the pets? A lot of couples are choosing to include their furry loved ones in the festivities, and you can find everything from doggy tuxedos to flower collars.
Will you be using Etsy to help plan your wedding?