Planning A Wedding On Etsy: Unique Ideas Under $50

A lot goes into planning a wedding. On top of finding a dress, the music, and the invitations, you probably haven’t even thought about table numbers, party favors, ring cushions and the multitude of decorations that will make the reception look pretty. We all know the price mark-up on wedding products is ridiculous. This is why we’re grateful to have online stores like ebay and Etsy, where you can find these less-necessary accessories on a budget. Etsy is also great for sourcing vintage, handmade or themed items for a unique wedding experience.

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Because wading through the internet to find exactly what you want can be a difficult and time-consuming task, we have collated a small list of some cute and affordable ideas to inspire your wedding.

Guest book

There is no reason a book – bound paper! – should cost more than $50. Sure, there are fancy prints and adornments, but there are plenty of these available online within a reasonable budget. For example, this ivory book from Emerson Bindery ($42+ USD).

etsy guest book

Hair accessories

For those who don’t want to have a traditional veil (although there are plenty of those available online too) there are beautiful, quirky and elegant hair adornments for you to peruse online. To make it easy, try this rhinestone headband ($44 USD).

etsy hair


At some point during the night, you throw this away anyway, right? Who wants to spend a fortune on something that gets flung through the air and clawed at by bridesmaids? Some brides opt to have two bouquets: one to accompany them down the aisle, and a backup to throw to the next bride. Try these hand-dyed, silk red roses ($39.99 USD).

etsy roses

Party favors

It is custom to offer token gifts to your wedding guests. You can go the traditional route of candied almonds or chocolates, or you could try bags of popcorn or personalized water bottle labels! These fortune cookies are fun and only 85 cents each.

etsy fortune cookie

Something blue

Many women choose accessories as their something blue. Etsy is full of these treasures, like this cute feather comb ($18 USD) or custom, handmade garters ($25 USD).

etsy featheretsy garter


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October 17, 2014

Birdcage Veils

Wedding veils date back to ancient times when the Greeks wore them to protect the bride from evil spirits while in medieval times they were worn to symbolise chastity. Nowadays they are worn purely for fashion and rightly so.  But deciding whether you’re going to wear a veil or not can be difficult enough, let alone having to choose which type you’re going to wear.  Blusher?  Elbow?  Flyaway?  Cathedral?  The possibilities are endless.

Many brides decide against wearing a veil, perhaps because they see them as old fashioned.  But as we all know, certain styles quite often come back into fashion and that is particularly true for the birdcage veil, first gaining popularity in the 1940’s.  They’re popular because they don’t cover up your hairstyle, they are simple yet elegant and they can be very cost effective.

So here we take a look at some of the best birdcage veils in fashion at the moment.:

For a slight twist on the traditional birdcage veil, team it with a small cap and some dainty feathers for this exquisite full face veil which can be completely removed for the reception if need be.

Birdcage Veils

If you don’t want the trouble of fiddling around with your veil when it comes to kissing your  husband, consider a birdcage veil that covers half the face only.  This veil is neatly attached to the headband so it’s easily removed after the ceremony, leaving the bridal headband perfectly in place.

Birdcage Veils

This veil covers just the eyes and is gathered at the back underneath the bun.  Just a few diamantes dotted around the base, matching the earrings, make this veil incredibly simple, yet stunning.

Birdcage Veils

The combination of a small cap, flowers and feathers make this veil rather extravagant and it could easily double as a fascinator if you’re attending the races some time after your wedding.  Most brides don’t get to wear their bridal attire more than once, but this type of veil would be suitable for many occasions.

Birdcage Veils

This modest birdcage veil is attached to the bridal clip and once again the netting can be removed for the reception, leaving the hairpiece still in place.  It’s a simple touch but distinguishes the bride from the other guests.

Birdcage Veils

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August 25, 2014