We've said it before and we'll say it again: Etsy is amazing. If you haven't already found yourself down the rabbit hole of an epic Etsy search, then get yourself to etsy.com right now to check out the amazing collection of hand made items (especially their wedding section!) We'll wait.
That was fun, wasn't it? Now that we have your attention again, browse this list of our 10 favorite outside the box Etsy finds. Items range from a fun new way to ask "will you be my bridesmaid?," a totally different wedding band for you groom, and possibly the coolest wedding anniversary gift we've seen. Of course, this list isn't conclusive and only includes things available in the shops today. If you have a fun or unique Etsy find, let us know and don't forget to post it in our Share Your Etsy Finds thread!
10. Customized Light Up Centerpiece/Table Number
This one does triple duty as mood lighting at the reception, table number (just swap out the monogram for a number) and centerpiece. It would look amazing with a few tea lights and maybe flower petals scattered near the base, or on top of bright table linens in your wedding colors. Click here for more info from the Etsy seller or to purchase.
9. Compass Escort Cards
Help guests find their way (literally!) with these adorable compass escort cards. We think these are perfect for the destination wedding theme, and we love that they are a fun, functional keepsake guests can have forever. Click here for more info from the Etsy seller or to purchase.
8. Garter Flask
For the bride who likes to indulge in a cocktail or two. How cute is this garter (which can also double as your something blue!) that features a miniature bottle of your favorite liquor? Click here for more info from the Etsy seller or to purchase.
7. Cootie Catcher Programs
A fun throwback to our youth, these "cootie catcher" programs add a playful touch to any wedding. Just choose the paper pattern, colors, and text that suit you best and you have a unique and fun program for guests. Click here for more info from the Etsy seller or to purchase.
6. Wood Groom's Ring
Is your hubby-to-be not a ring kind of guy? If so, consider getting him one of these gorgeous sustainable wood rings. There's still a bit of silver in there so it feels like a wedding band, but so little that this won't feel like jewelry and your non-traditional guy can wear it with pride. Plus, it's so different that he'll feel like
5. Will You Be My Bridesmaid Fortune Cookie
Share your good fortune with your best girlfriends by asking them to join you on your wedding journey with these adorable felt fortune cookies. You can customize the felt and ribbon colors, as well as the "fortune" inside. Go the extra mile and present these to your maids after a delicious dinner out. But make sure there's an edible dessert available too. It's just rude to taunt people with fake food. Click here for more info from the Etsy seller or to purchase.
4. Scalloped Garland
Here's a fun way to add some sparkle to your big day! (For more ideas on this topic, head here.) This whimsical garland can be used in a bunch of different ways: lining the aisle, attached to your chuppah/altar, or as a pop of color on your sweetheart table. As with most Etsy items, you can work with the seller to customize this in the colors you'd like. Click here for more info from the Etsy seller or to purchase.
3. Personalized Bridesmaid Bracelets
These personalized bracelets are a perfect thank you for your maids on the big day. They are simple enough that they can serve as jewelry on your wedding day, and can also be worn everyday. Note: after 5 letters this seller charges a bit more to make these, so a good response to any friend who feels left out of the bridal party is to tell them their name wouldn't fit on a bracelet. Blame Etsy! It wasn't your fault! Click here for more info from the Etsy seller or to purchase.
2. Mexican Themed Glitter Favor Boxes
For all our Mexico brides! These little favor boxes are adorned with an image from an authentic Mexican Loteria game and can be filled with candies, gum, or matches. Click here for more info from the Etsy seller or to purchase.
1. Wedding Anniversary Gift
The first anniversary gift is traditionally paper. There are only so many things you can do with paper: a card, a framed letter or poster, etc. That's why we love this idea so much. This Etsy seller creates 3D books that you can put on a bookshelf next to other important mementos. Personalize this with your wedding date, your initials or a short word that has meaning to you. Bonus: if you go for the date option your spouse has no excuse to ever forget your anniversary! Click here for more info from the Etsy seller or to purchase.