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It’s All in the Details: Etsy Wedding Trends for 2014

Jun 4, 2014

by Mary Andrews handmade and vintage goods

You’re engaged: congratulations! Planning a wedding is an exercise in creativity, and once the location and dress are nailed down, it’s all about the look and feel of the big day. As part of Etsy’s Merch team, I love observing how Etsy shops put their own spin on the traditional elements of the big day. From alternative guestbooks to fanciful piñatas and localized favors, here are a few inspiring wedding decor trends we’ve noticed in the Etsy marketplace.

Shop more trends at Etsy Weddings.

Local Favors


Elsie J Prints


Clarke Woodworks

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Turtle and Pig

Share what you love about your hometown or wedding destination with local favors like a regional honey, coffee or plant variety. Package and pair a local gift with a clever turn of phrase such as “meant to bee,” “the perfect blend,” or “let love grow” as a play off the new union.

Take advantage of Etsy’s Shop Local feature to find favor ideas in your area. You can also find creative custom packaging ideas from Etsy graphic designers. Print your own favor packaging and assemble it as a DIY shower activity.


Whimsical Cake Toppers


Better Off Wed


By Madeline Trait

Wedding cake toppers are getting taller, graphic and more personalized. Modern lines and bold, expressive shapes provide added interest, allowing the couple to show off their unique personalities and style.

Piñatas and Backdrops


French Knot Studios


Katie K Franklin


Party Pony Pinata

Sparkling piñatas make for bold focal pieces and hanging backdrops add dimension, inviting guests to let loose and capture photos of the big day.

Creative Guest Book Alternatives


Somebody Loved


Totally Salinda


Weddings by Jamie

The days of taking attendance and shelving your wedding guest book are a thing of the past. Nowadays, couples are getting creative and inviting attendees to make their proverbial mark. Be it a fingerprint to initiate the start of a new family tree or a lighthearted approach at words of advice and wisdom to the happy couple, thinking “outside the book” is quickly becoming the new norm.

Succulent Accents

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Oak and Orchid


Terra By Terri


Irwin Family


Cocoro Clothes

These sculptural wonders add a modern architectural appeal to every element they touch. We’re seeing succulents clustered in everything from the bouquet to reception decor, and doubling as take-home favors.

Make It Social


Moulage Collection


Short and Sweetheart


Johnston Chalk Type


Bella Bride Creations

If you’re on Instagram, you may have noticed couples encouraging the use of a custom hashtag to create a virtual photo album of the day with their devices; enjoy scrolling through these in-the-moment candids as you head out for the honeymoon!

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