Everything Etsy! Five cool cufflinks

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 types of cufflinks for your gorgeous groom or any other man that’s part of your wedding day.  Cufflinks are a gift that he can wear forever and each time be reminded of the wedding.  Perfect.

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All You Need is Love Cufflinks.  Call us romantic but we believe this totally at National Vintage Wedding Fair.  Glass cabochon cufflinks in black and white look so stylish and would work with pretty much any groom or groomsmen’s outfit choice..

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Love the steampunk side of vintage?  These amazingly detailed vintage watch cufflinks have been created using two vintage broken wrist watch movements which retain all their original gems, gears, and regulator etc. These are attached to brass cufflink shanks which have been oxidised to perfectly complement the antiqued golden tones of the gears within.

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Go natural with these wooden cufflinks with custom engraved name tag and wedding date. Pick from Groom, Best Man, Usher….and any other wedding party members you’d like.

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Why not buy some original vintage cufflinks?  These 1960′s diamond cut gilt cufflinks with a bar back are presented in their original hinged presentation box and represent a time gone by, when men always dressed to impress.

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5An original pair of 1938 British farthing cufflinks have a great vintage look to them. The farthing was legal tender between 1672 and 1956 so this is a chance to own a slice of history and each pair of cufflinks comes with a small fact card that fits in the box. This gives a few facts from the year the coins are dated and can be personalised on the front with a name and date. 

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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.

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Our Timeless Ten: Sweet & Dessert Tables

Want to know a secret?  One of the favourite bits for guests at any wedding reception is the dessert table.  Now a staple of most wedding days the sweet bar or cake table is opened after the reception meal for guests to gorge themselves in sugary delights all through the evening.  Originally an American idea it is a ways to create total treat indulgence for your guests and provide a wonderful visual treat too!

Layers and layers of cake and pastel colours will look amazing in a Marie Antoinette themed cake table.  Macaroons, cupcakes and cake pops mixed with layers of ribbon and organza look just amazing.  Add lots of cake stands in different heights, apothecary jars and coloured platters for an opulent feel.  Let them eat cake, indeed!

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For a more country feel, create a small area with homemade cakes, mini milk bottles and punnets of scones and jam.  Dress a vintage table with a lace table cloth and co-ordinating pretty accessories.

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We all love retro sweets.  A sweet bar filled with favourites from childhood cannot fail to make your guests smile.  Add to the retro feel with bright colours, bunting and loose sweets with scoops that can be piled into paper bags.  We feel a sugar rush coming on…

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A dessert or sweet table doesn’t have to be bright, in fact it can look incredibly elegant.  By keeping to white using cake, white chocolate, bonbons, marshmallows and coconuts treats, an amazing look is created that would work at the simplest of wedding days.

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Think about what you’re putting your treats on.  A beautiful vintage table can work, as can a basic table covered in an amazing fabric.  Using a cart, stack of crate or cases or even a back of a vintage vehicle or similar can look amazing.

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For a more rustic feel keep your colour palette of your sweet treats brown…so basically chocolate themed!   Add different ideas like popcorn or sugared nuts and co-ordinate with bark and grass accessories.  Wrap treats in brown paper packages and buy personalised chocolate bars for a fairy tale look.

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Black and white never fails to look striking.  Display the simplest of sweet treats but make the area look premium by adding black dishes, paper rosettes and a contrasting runner.

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Cant get through the day without a Krispy Kreme fix?  Let be honest, they are so addictive.  Keep your cakes to one theme and offer your guests a selection of doughnuts (donuts to our American followers).  Pile them high, add flags to show the different types and get ready for your table to get emptied in minutes!  So yummy.

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If doughnuts aren’t your thing how about milk and cookies?  Great if you’ve got a reception that’s running late into the evening, bring out nearer the end of the night for a treat your guests will love before bedtime.  Extremely cheap to do and with its iconic Oreo cookie tower, it looks amazing.

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And finally, if you want something with a bit of a sense of humour go for a themed table.  We’ve seen Alice in Wonderland, carnival, the seaside and Christmas amongst others, but this garden version with edible dirt and trowels to help you get your sweets is just adorable and would work so well at an outdoors Summer Wedding.

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After all that we’ve got a massive craving for something sugary!  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, 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.

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Wedding Memories: Sending Cake in the Post

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These days it has become traditional to cut the cake at your wedding reception following the meal, speeches and gift giving. It is the last formal part of the wedding and marks the end of the reception – although, these days, the reception will very often carry on unbroken into the evening party.  The bride and groom make the first cut of the cake together, after which it is taken away by the staff at the reception venue and divided into portions which are then served to the guests at the reception. In days gone by it was common to keep a number of portions back for people who were unable to attend the wedding and send them out at a later date as a keepsake.

In the past, most wedding cakes were made from fruitcake and its robust longevity made it last for many weeks after the wedding without going stale and made it easy to be sent by post as a token to those who were unable to attend or who were not quite important enough to receive an invitation. This ‘after the wedding’ cake-posting is a long-standing tradition, as seen by this New York Times report on a disturbing spate of lost cake boxes back in 1894:

“Complaints have recently been made that when wedding cake is sent by mail it rarely reaches its destination, and it is generally supposed that it is appropriated and eaten by the Post Office clerks. Whether the latter accusation be true or not, it is certainly true that when a piece of wedding cake is intrusted to the English Post Office the chances are that it will never reach its destination.”

These days with cakes made with tiers of sponge and chocolate cake plus the rising costs of postage, sending cake slices out has become a thing of the past.  However, recently The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall sent out slices from their eight tier cake after their wedding in a pretty presentation tin as stunning mementos of their day.

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This was also done for the wedding of Prince Williams parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981, his grandparents Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip in 1947 and has been being done for all the main royal weddings including Queen Victorias in 1840.

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These days there are lots of pretty cake boxes and tins to choose from if you do what to buck the trend and send out your cake, but do note, if you are planning to send a piece of cake abroad by post, make sure the country to which you are sending it allows foodstuffs to be sent through the mail as not all do.  We at National Vintage Wedding Fair think cake boxes should be used anyway at any great vintage wedding - who wants the worry of it getting squashed and ruined in your guests bags or pockets on their way home?

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What do you remember from weddings of the past that we don’t see so often now? Share one of your wedding memories with us and we’ll feature it in an upcoming blog at National Vintage Wedding Fair.

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, 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.

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