It should come as no surprise that I love sourcing unique wedding items from Etsy - I did use to work there as an event planner after all. I also personally purchased countless items for my own wedding from Etsy shops, the most special being my wedding belt. With winter weddings in full swing, I wanted to find and share some fun and festive winter wedding items created by talented Etsy shop owners.
Winter is the perfect time to amp up the sparkle and infuse some drama into your wedding ensemble. This 1920s inspired headpiece was created as homage to Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby's famous heroine. Paired with a faux fur stole, low backed silk gown and red lips, this tiara would be the perfect compliment for a black tie New Years reception.
I'm over strapless gowns, at least for the time being. No offense intended (I myself wore a strapless A-line) but especially when it's freezing cold, I love seeing a sleeve on a lovely silhouetted gown. This dress manages to feel modern with the low cut neckline and and flowing chiffon but exudes a feeling of vintage elegance
When it comes to event decor, everything is fair game and when planning a budget wedding, fresh flowers can really start to add up. I love these terrariums which can be filled with seasonal foliage like evergreen branches and pine cones for a festive yet frugal centerpiece. For an elegant, minimalist look, opt instead for a few small candles or succulents. Terrariums can be used long after the wedding is over as decor inside or out of the home and office.
If anyone out there is planning a whimsical, woodland creature themed wedding - well, I want in. I had the pleasure of working with Vicki when planning the Etsy Weddings event in New York a few months ago. Her masks were a hit at the photo booth and a refreshing break from the usual mustaches and big glasses.
Eco-friendly brides rejoice at this stunningly simple but lovely gifts for your guest. Laid across a plate or charge, they double as decor. Added bonus? Evergreen smells AMAZING.
This eco-friendly confetti looks just like fake snow! Provide "snow cones" for guests to throw as you're leaving your ceremony or scatter around the reception for a cabin in the woods feel to your event. Won't dampen your perfectly styled do like the wet stuff.
Sure, you could always make your own rustic pine cone place card holders but come on, you've got other things to do! This shop has some truly lovely nature-inspired wedding decor that is seasonal and unique.
Wearing a burgundy velvet suit on your wedding day sure makes a statement, but maybe forego the bowler hat to tone it down a bit. This look isn't for the feint of heart but a winter groom with a big personality and style shouldn't have any trouble pulling it off.
It's not unusual for vendors to charge more for wedding items than similar items for different events. By sourcing wedding decor, apparel and other items from everyday vendors, you can save significant funds over the course of your planning. This holiday menu is adorable for a wedding menu and it's an affordable template you can print yourself.
Perfect for a yurt ceremony or to adorn the ceiling of the head table, this chandelier boasts so many winter elements. The lights are battery powered so it's a perfect way to add a soft glow to an otherwise dark area. The raw crystals resemble icicles hanging from branches. Also, if you are planning a yurt wedding, give me a call.
Lauren Hoban is the owner of Cypress Road Events in Wilmington, DE. An event planner for 9 years, Lauren worked for Etsy prior to starting her own business focused on helping couples plan memorable, unique and most of all affordable weddings. Information about her services can be found at www.CypressRoadEvents.com