If you haven't already noticed, I'm a bit of a control freak. I wouldn't say it's my downfall, per se, but I definitely need to learn to let some things go. As much as I want to be involved with every little project that goes into my wedding, I simply don't have the time (or, in some cases, the skill) to do it all. Cue my newfound love for Etsy. I love handmade projects, so at first, the idea of passing these little projects onto someone else . . . someone who I have never met and without a reputable brick and mortar storefront . . . scared me a little. But then I started perusing. And I. Couldn't. Stop.
My first purchase was bags for my bridesmaids. (If any of you are reading this, stop now, or your surprise will be ruined.) I cannot sew for the life of me, so the thought of making one wasn't even an option. However, I wanted soemthing a little more unique than the offerings at LL Bean or theknot.com, and everything at I found that was fashionable and fun was simply too expensive. So I started searching Etsy. I won't lie, there are a few serious misses on that site; some looked too crafty and handmade, but when I stumbled on the French Market Bag by Bayou Salvage, I never looked back. It was everything I wanted: fun, fashionable, unique, could be made in my wedding colors, and a bulk order was well within my budget. It was perfect! But the best part about this find was how easy it was to work with the vendor. We exchanged probably 20 e-mails about the different color variations, the monograms, the size . . . she eased my every concern, and she even threw in cost of shipping! I have yet to receive them, but I cannot wait to see the final product. I'm hopeful that my girls love them as much as I do. As I've mentioned before, I'm a big fan of getting things done ahead of time, so one big project that I've been working on is flip flops to offer the guests on the dance floor. I started searching around Thanksgiving, so I could take advantage of the Black Friday sales. I ordered about 70 pairs of flip flops from oldnavy.com in varying sizes. (Our wedding planner advised that we account for no more than 1/3 of our guests using flip flops.) I wanted to have a cute tag on each flip flop indicating the size, and I was sure this was something that I could do myself, but as I started to budget the time and money it would take for me to design them, print them, and cut them out . . . I thought I'd better just check Etsy to make sure someone isn't already doing this on the cheap. Lo and behold! WeddingsBySusan could make personalized tags for all 70 of my flip flops for $20. As I started to think about the expenses that I would incur if I tried to make them, this seemed like a much better option (and, truth be told, as crafty as I like to think I am, I'm pretty sure she would do it better.)
So I contacted her, and once again . . . received the nicest, most accommodating response ever! Even though her workload was completely full, she made time to mock-up my order and promised a finished product within a month. With any luck, my collection of flip flops will be ready to go two months before the wedding (just about when panic mode hits, I'm sure).
My most recent purchase from Etsy (and this just may be the one I am most excited about) is actually not for me, but for my best friend who is getting married this weekend. (Planning a wedding at the same time is your best friend is a fantastic idea if it's possible . . . we've been able to complain, vent, share ideas, everything . . . I highly suggest it.) Nonetheless, I found these forks last week (see above), and thought they would make an adorable day of surprise. On one vintage fork it says "I Do" with the wedding date, and on the other it says "Me Too." In my mind, I just kept picturing a perfect photo opp with the cake cutting!
I was a little worried about the timing, because I only had a week and they needed to be delivered to Seattle. I contacted ForSuchATimeDesigns on Etsy and within five minutes (no joke), the designer responded saying she could do an order and have it to Seattle within five days. Glorious. I fully plan to order this little token for The Fiance and I, too. I'll let you know how they go this weekend.
So far, that's been the extent of my Etsy purchases (with the exception of a hanger that says Mrs. Sefton that I purchased right after we were engaged). Nonetheless, I'm sure as more pops up, I'll be turning to this sight for handmade goodies galore. What have you purchased on Etsy for your wedding?? Have you scored any great savings? What are your favorite sights? Share with us on in the comments below or on our Facebook page!