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Vintage style wedding-on-a-budget. – 11 cool Etsy ideas from rings to wedding programmes

By Debs Cass on March 7th, 2013

When planning your ‘big day’, anyone in the know or who has done it before, will tell you that choosing a theme which means something to you and your life-partner-to-be is a key first step into creating the most memorable day. The rest is detail – but boy – these dastardly details can rapidly fill up the rest of your planning time (- even if it’s years!) as it’s these little touches which will make up the fabric of your meticulously planned day and will be what makes your wedding day truly yours.

Etsy is a great place to explore for all things wedding related – particularly if you are looking for unique and vintage ideas, or are stuck with a limited budget. With particular emphasis on hand-made and creating an individual look, Etsy can inspire you or help realise your dream theme. Or for those who have done it before – make you wish you could do it all over again with some of the most beautiful hand-crafted and imaginative touches your heart could ever desire!

Art Deco Diamond Daisy Ring £408

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Ok, so maybe the engagement ring comes first.. and if I was proposed to with this ring, there could only be one possible answer! This beautiful art deco ring is c.1920's, with flower shaped design, 18 carat gold, in a platinum setting. The flower is set with a central diamond (approx. 2.5mm or .06pts), surrounded by six diamonds (approx. 1.5mm or .015pts each), with a diamond on each shoulder (approx. 1.8mm or .025pts each). Approximate Size US 7.5 Luxedeluxe

Stationery, Wedding Trends

Wedding stationery 2013: A return to personalised elegance

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 10th, 2013

Your wedding stationery is an important element of your wedding: it sets the tone and theme of your wedding and is a glimpse of what is to come for your guests. 2012 was a year where retro, vintage and shabby chic were among the most popular designs. But for 2013 we’ll see more elegant, personalised invitations and thank you cards.

According to wedding stationery expert, Gemma Milly, couples are looking for something memorable for their invitations, orders of service and place names, so bespoke stationery that reflect the personality of the couple is back in vogue.

Design Trends for 2013 Wedding Stationery:

Lace: always a popular choice for weddings – it’s timeless and beautiful, and the Royal wedding had a bit impact on its popularity.  It is so intricate and detailed that it lends itself to wedding stationery, and with the latest printing techniques, it can be given a modern twist. Think laser cut designs based on the lace in a bride’s dress, or letterpress lace patterns.

Painterly prints: this is where painting and printing techniques are combined; think rich ombré and hand painting, giving water-colour a romantic yet modern twist. We’ve seen this on the Spring/Summer 2013 catwalks, from designers such as Marc Jacobs and Hollt Fulton. Geometric pattern will be big, but inky watercolour patterns will be popular too.

Foiling was a big hit in 2012 and the 2013 catwalks have seen lots of sheen and metallic hues.  In stationery this translates into foil and varnish, to lend that extra sparkle to a design. There’s nothing quite as gorgeous as gold foil-edged invitations, printed onto thick paper and stacked up so you can see the edges shine!

Have you decided on the design for your wedding stationery?

Gallery, Stationery

10 unique wedding invitations from Etsy

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 21st, 2012

Whether you want it to be Art Deco inspired, written glamorous calligraphy or just plain kooky (an origami fortune teller or a vintage record anyone?), we’re certain you want your wedding invitations to be one thing: unique. If this is your mission, there’s really no better place to start looking for your wedding stationery than the holy grail of unique, handmade and quirky things. To cheer us up from the dreary autumn rain outside, we’ve had a little browse at the current wedding invites floating around on the Esty market. Here are our top ten picks.

Art Deco wedding invite

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If you're a fan of the golden era of Art Deco and the glitz and glamour of the roaring Twenties and are planning a razzle-dazzle wedding, then these deco inspired invites will be just the thing! Available from Pinch of Spice via Etsy.


Etsy finds: Wedding Thank You cards

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 13th, 2011

You’ve said your vows, spent a wonderful time on your honeymoon de-stressing from the wedding planning, and now you’re back looking through the wedding photos. Having captured the people, the smiles, the laughter and the dancing of your wedding day – which wouldn’t have been as special had all your nearest and dearest not been there – now comes the question: How do you thank them for attending? You could of course send out little gifts to everyone, but usually a Thank You card will suffice.

But what design to go with? Here are our ten picks from Etsy.

Wedding Thank You cards

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Magnet or cards, personalise it with a heart thumbprint. By 2 Be U Design

Feature, Stationery

Bridalwave loves: Viewmaster wedding invitation

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 11th, 2011

The sky is the limit for weddings (well money has something to do with it as well but…), and we love seeing couples getting creative to get the perfect wedding. One area where it is fun to be different is wedding stationary and invites so when we came across this Viewmaster Wedding Invitation we had to share!

Wonderfully retro, the invitation by Mélangerie Inc. integrates a couple’s engagement photos for a special touch ahead of any wedding. Get your custom invite made via Etsy.


Gallery, Stationery

Pink wedding invitations for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 28th, 2011

It might be a bit late to order your wedding invitations for October – besides if you’re getting married next month we hope you’ve sent out invitations ages ago!

October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month we thought it would be nice to do a round-up of some pink wedding invitations that will hopefully inspire you.

Fun and retro wedding invite by Vincentine via Etsy

Accessories, Gallery, Stationery

Gallery: Travel inspired wedding invites

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on August 22nd, 2011

If you and your husband-t0-be met overseas, have a shared passion for travelling or are heading abroad to tie the knot, then why not get the theme right with these cool travel inspired wedding invites.

In the day of emails and Tweets we simply love these Vintage Airmail Wedding Invites. Available from Artcadia via for £7.50.

This must be the cheapest passport ever! Send each of your wedding guest a UK passport that looks just like the real deal. Just don’t try to travel with it. Available from  The Wedding Parcel for £6.00 per invite.

‘Ticket to Paradise’ looks and feels like a boarding card, making your guests wishing the wedding was sooner when they get it. And the end of the ticket can be torn off to RSVP – how clever is that! Available from The Wedding Parcel for £3.00 per ticket.

Nothing says overseas like a traditional postcard. Fair enough these are ‘Save the Date’ cards, but there is no reason why this idea can’t be used for your wedding invites. Choose a photo of your chosen wedding ceremony destination and send to your lucky quests – they can even put them on the fridge. Available from Wedding Invitation Designer, price upon request.

Bridalwave Loves, Stationery

Bridalwave Loves: Five Dollar Shake handmade cards

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on July 22nd, 2011

I am a self-confessed stationery nut. I just love pretty cards. And even with all the social media around, it is still so much fun to receive a beautifully made card every now and then.

One of my favourite finds are the designs by Five Dollar Shake. Each design is uniquely made in it’s entirety in the UK, and most of them feature little sparkly details that just add to the dazzle. And all cards are made by hand! That means each crystal stone, sequin, bow, trinket and whatnot is carefully placed on the cards – which are made from sustainable and renewable forests!

As weddings are special occasions, why not invest in a gorgeous Five Dollar Shake card either as your invite or for the happy couple?

Bridalwave Loves, Stationery

Bridalwave Loves: Will you be my bridesmaid card

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on July 19th, 2011

Isn’t this just adorable?! When you’ve picked your line up for your wedding, then comes the time to actually ask the people you are now depending on to say yes. If anyone dare say no then everything will be wrong and the whole wedding will be ruined! OK perhaps not so dramatic, but you get it.

These days everyone can pick up the phone, send a tweet or post on Facebook, but how often do you send a postcard to someone? For something as special as your wedding, we love the idea of asking your bridesmaids and Maid of Honour to be in your wedding party using more traditional methods – with some added fun!

We found this pretty card on Etsy and it has been made by greencard and can be yours for $4.50 USD / £2.87.

Gallery, Stationery

5 handmade wedding invitations from Etsy

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on May 10th, 2011

If you’re in the process of deciding upon which wedding stationery to order, always offers lots of inspiration for future brides and grooms. Here are some of our favourites this week.

Hugs & Kisses wedding invite

Gallery, Stationery

Etsy finds: wedding invitations [Gallery]

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on March 18th, 2011

We thought we’d send you off to what we hope will be a wonderful weekend with these lovely wedding invitations from Etsy.

Vintage Airmail Wedding Invite by Champagne Sunday


Etsy finds: Save the date cards

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 10th, 2011

I have a serious addiction to stationery: notebooks, invitations, cards you name it. When it something as special and personal as wedding stationery, you know best what you like and which colour scheme it should be. But if it’s unique you’re after, Etsy could be the place to look.

Etsy is the world’s most vibrant handmade marketplace, connecting consumers with independent creators and designers to find the very best in handmade goods.

Take a look at these inspiring ‘save the date’ cards:

Sparrow and Stars Save the Date

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Sparrow and Stars Save the Date by BGDesignstudio Photo:

All images from Etsy


Invites that give us a sweet tooth

By Andrea Petrou on August 24th, 2009

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We all remember the lovely Love Heart sweets, which were a perfect way to tell your playground crush how much you liked them, without, well actually talking to them.

And now you can bring a little bit of childhood kitsch to your wedding with these new designs by Love Hearts.

Retro sweet maker Lovehearts has launched a collection of wedding invitations, which are a quirky way to announce your special day and with prices starting from £9.99, they are great for brides on a budget.

The collection, which has a range of invite designs, including the I Do and True Love Always collections, also comes with RSVP notes and envelopes.

Those of us who are also that little bit indecisive about their wedding plans, can also buy a wedding invite sample pack which includes one of each design, which costs £2.95.

However, if you are thinking of inviting your playground crush we advise you invest in something a little bit different for them. We don’t want to invoke childhood memories, especially if he’s not the guy you’re intending to marry.

Flowers/Decoration, Stationery

Summer themes that will get your heart fluttering

By Andrea Petrou on August 19th, 2009

Confetti birdcages.JPGIf you’re planning a summer theme complete with butterflies and flowers then this new range from Confetti will have you fluttering around with excitement.

The collection, which features bright turquoise and hot pink alongside sparkling metallics, is perfect for a summer wedding or a nice touch for those getting married abroad.

We especially love the mini birdcages, which you can fill with flowers, or coloured paper, as well as the butterfly place cards and paper garlands which will make your wedding a summer special.

The table plan stationary will also give your guests a taste of the summer.


Tins of love: wedding invitation in a can

By AbiSilvester on June 4th, 2009

wedding-invitation-tin.jpgYou know there’s a recession on when fussy, embossed envelopes are replaced by something far more familiar and utilitarian: in this case, tin cans! The thinking behind this fun idea is that guests open the tin to find the invite, then use the piece of twine hidden inside to the can to attach it to the bridal car after the event.

You can find the tin can invites (along with lots of other DIY-style wedding fare) at Lovely Package. [Via Bridal Express]

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