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 beautiful pieces of bridal jewellery to make any bride look amazing.
A necklace worn on your wedding day can be not just a great accessory, it can become a keepsake you will love to wear forever after. Look for something personal that will have sentimental value. This 9ct initial necklace for you and your grooms name is so pretty and you can wear it forever.
A stunning headpiece made with Swarovski crystal diamante, crystals and pearls will be a standout piece of your wedding ensemble. Like all pieces from Rosie Willett Designs, the comb is individually handmade by the designer, using intricate hand beading techniques. Just beautiful.
If you are wearing you hair up, earrings can be a key look to your wedding jewellery. Go for something that is simple yet will stand out like these gorgeous teardrop fire opal glass cabochons earrings.
For your ‘something old’, Go vintage with a fabulous designer brooch. This vintage 1960’s Christian Dior brooch in the shape of a flower with ultra sparkly facetted teardrop rhinestone ‘petals’ would look fabulous on a wedding suit or day dress.
For a modern bride its handy to still carry a few things with you on your wedding day, whether it be perfume, a mirror and lipstick or even your phone. There are some gorgeous vintage ones to choose from – find one with a chain handle like this stunning 1950’s one and you’ll be set!
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? Need some vintage wedding ideas? 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 – http://www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk.
Written by Sarah Gorlov
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