Since Etsy.com launched in 2005, the online marketplace featuring over 800,00 vendors selling their handmade wares has become a go-to resource for couples looking to elevate their nuptials with one-of-kind, DIY touches (there's even a dedicated section of the site just for weddings).
Below, we present a curated selection of our favorite wedding objects from Etsy sellers. We'll be bringing you a new object, and its unique story, every week, so check back frequently.
Wedding Invitation Stamp Set
These handmade stamps by nativebear are perfect for the DIY bride who wants to stamp her own wedding stationary. Says the designer, "Since I hand carve my stamps (rather than have a machine laser cut them) the image that prints has a much more organic and personal feel, which is perfect for a wedding. Also, after the big day comes and goes, I love that my customers are able to hold on to the stamps as a beautiful keepsake of their big day."
Dog Tuxedo Cuffs
What could be cuter than a pup in tuxedo cuffs?! These adorable accessories from Furkids Closet are just the thing your dapper doggie needs for the Big Day. Says the designer, "I've had a bride who told me that she was jealous of her dog as he has actually drawn more attention on her wedding. All eyes were on her dog!"
This handmade basswood guestbook by Quotes & Notes lends a warm, woodsy feel to your wedding decor. Says the designer: "I had a customer who asked to have a poem added to the inside of the front cover of the guest book, asking guests to take a photo of themselves using a polaroid camera, post the photo onto a page of the guest book, and write down a piece of advice, memory, or well-wishes next to it. I thought that was quite cute!"
These custom-made 'reserved' signs will make your VIP wedding guests feel extra special. Says designer Christine Srivongse Collins, "My husband and I created these reserved signs for our own handmade wedding and decided to share this design for others to use in their weddings. My grandma was so honored that she had her own seat and loved it so much that she stashed it in her purse when "no one" was looking ... Buyers have become creative with these signs and we've customized them to use for food/drink signs, guestbook signs and other fun signs to use as decorations in their weddings."
Custom Map Flasks
Etsy sellers Whimsy and Ink custom make each map flask sold, which means brides and grooms can tailor these gifts for each recipient. "So many of our fondest memories are associated with specific locations, so we thought it would be really neat to create a series of flasks that celebrates old towns, distant states and far away countries," say founders Lisa Rios and Jon Cherry. "One of our favorite projects came from a couple who ordered a set of custom map flasks to give to their wedding party. Each flask featured a different map, each reflecting a location that held a very dear meaning between the couple and the recipient."
Wedding Poster With Your Fingerprints
Etsy seller Flutterbye Notes uses a newlywed couple's own thumb prints to create personalized, one-of-a-kind anniversary posters. "The heart design [is] unique and also symbolic of joining two individuals together," says designer Amie Jones. "I have a weak spot for personalized things, and love to fill my house with art that has a special meaning."
Keepsake Cake Topper
This "love is patient, love is kind" keepsake cake topper by FigsAndGinger is a wonderful alternative to the traditional bride and groom figures that often top wedding cakes. Says the seller, "We love the fact that it's all sustainably harvested woods from a family in the midwest, and despite using a laser cutter for parts of the process, there is still lots of hand work and love involved in making each piece."