If you are currently planning a vintage wedding, or looking for wedding inspiration we suspect you will be quite familiar with handmade and vintage marketplace Etsy. Selling products from around the world it is a wonderful collection of bespoke items you just won’t find anywhere else, the hardest part is making a choice! Todays Etsy selection is five wedding cards from you to the bride and groom.
Go for an original and unique personalised 3D wedding card – when the card is opened two paper love birds take shape – one representing the Bride and the other the Groom. Just add the personalised text for the love birds when ordering.
This lovely Sixpence Card is the perfect keepsake card to give to the Bride on her wedding day as tradition has it that the sixpence is given as a symbol of good luck. The sixpence can be removed from the card to be carried by the bride and replaced and kept as a keepsake and the card and sixpence can be framed and displayed after the wedding.
Send all your love and wedding day congratulations to the happy couple with this cute bunting card. Handmade in Scotland using recycled card, it features hand drawn plastic bunting and a printed ‘Wedding Day’ greeting.
Feeling cheeky? Hate flowery wedding cards? If your bride and groom are straight-talking and don’t take themselves too seriously, this funny little card should make them laugh out loud. Buy it at your own risk though!!!
Choose a personalised surname card with not only the newly-wed couple’s surname on the front, but also the date of their marriage on the reverse. Printed using a font which was hand drawn by the artist using a dip pen and ink and then digitally manipulated and coloured to create the finished design. Super cute.
Our 5 Etsy buying tips –
- Be clever with your search options. Use specific colour and shape descriptions as keywords. So instead of just searching for ‘pink dress’, search for cerise dress, fuchsia dress, pastel dress, blush dress, coral dress etc. Search every day as people list all the time and you don’t want to miss out on the perfect item because you didn’t find it in time.
- Consider the location of your seller. You can buy globally on Etsy but factor in timescales, postage costs, customs charges and language differences.
- Use Paypal. This will protect both you and the seller and provide you with extra protection in case of a problem.
- Request samples. This one is particularly key if you’re thinking about co-ordinating lots of different products together, as colours can vary widely and photographs aren’t always accurate. Most sellers should be open to sending you small samples, especially if you’re willing to pay postage or a small fee.
- Read the feedback and askabout the return policy. Check out what other shoppers have said as comments and reviews are a great sources of information. When you’re buying products sight unseen, there should always be an easy return or exchange option. Check out the seller’s return policy, and if it’s not on the site, feel free to ask about it.
Are you going to be a vintage bride soon? Come visit one of our upcoming vintage wedding fairs in Cambridge on 14th September, Harrogate on 21st September, or in Stoke Newington, London on 12th October or Chiswick, London on 9th November and find everything you need for your big day. For more details check the website – www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk.
Written by Sarah Gorlov.