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To Have & To Hold: A Weddings Event

Mar 21, 2012

by Sara Cohen

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

The story of your love is anything but generic — so why settle for a wedding that falls short? Plan a celebration that’s personal and meaningful with the help of Etsy’s creative community.

Join us in New York City on Saturday, April 28 for To Have & To Hold, our first Etsy-hosted and produced weddings event, featuring one-of-a-kind items and inspiration for brides and grooms, wedding parties, family and friends.

To Have & To Hold will showcase a wide variety of Etsy vendors, bringing ceremony and celebration styles to life with Etsy items that are made or selected with love. An Etsy wedding is not about how much you spend, but how you spend it, and the independent, creative businesses you’re supporting along the way.

If you’re planning a wedding or in the wedding-planning business, find pieces that work for your personality and budget, including bridal dresses, groomswear, wedding party attire, accessories, decor and paper goods. If your heart’s desire is a custom-made dress, an antique ring, a hand-cut paper banner, or a carved cake-topper, this is the place to find talented and trusted vendors who can help you express your impeccable style. Leave with a list of vendors you can visit on Etsy.com and a guide to finding more items made for you in our marketplace.

We hope we can share in your nuptial glow. See you there!

The Details:

What: To Have & To Hold: A Weddings Event by Etsy
When: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: 91 Horatio Street, New York, NY 10014
Who: Brides and grooms, wedding parties, family and friends, and wedding planners
How: Click here for more information about how to buy tickets ($20)

custom : bridesmaids gifts, personalized clutches
custom : bridesmaids gifts, personalized clutches
$50.00 USD
Custom Order for Cassie
Custom Order for Cassie
Sold
Wedding Bridesmaid Dress Reversible Convertible Dress
Wedding Bridesmaid Dress Reversible Convertible Dress
Sold
5 dozen Lemon Cookie Nibbles
5 dozen Lemon Cookie Nibbles
$40.00 USD
pretty little thing/mini wedding dress
pretty little thing/mini wedding dress
Sold

1 Featured Comment

  • eventsysara Admin

    Sara Cohen from eventsysara said 4 years ago Featured

    Thank you everyone for your kind words! To answer a few questions: You can register for tickets here: etsy.com/wedding-event. The vendor list for many of our hosted events is hand-selected by Etsy Admin who consider seasonal, cultural and lifestyle trends that fit within our theme. As always, the team looks for ingenuity, well-made items, interesting descriptions, and top-notch photos. Limited space and time at our events means we can't include everyone, every time, but we always make sure we are highlighting a range of sellers across categories, regions and price points.

100 comments

  • kh1467

    Kelly from KikuPaper said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful opportunity for sellers and brides-to-be....

  • PoPkO

    popko from PoPkO said 4 years ago

    Hi- How can etsy wedding vendors be a part of this event? Thank you.

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Awesome! What an amazing opportunity!

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    Judith and Raymond from AnnaOliveDesigns said 4 years ago

    Great idea. I am sure that many brides and grooms will benefit from seeing so many talented Etsy wedding professionals in one place!

  • dottywalker

    Dotty Walker from SewThoughtfulBlanket said 4 years ago

    Will we be able to watch a video when this is over? Would love to see it!

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 4 years ago

    Awesome idea!

  • Cheerupcherup

    Alaina Cherup from CheerUpCherup said 4 years ago

    yes, how can etsy wedding vendors be apart of this event? I assume they've already been hand selected....

  • AtomicAttic

    Miles and Aimee Harrison from AtomicAttic said 4 years ago

    Wonderful idea!

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv said 4 years ago

    Sweet thanks!

  • styleforlife

    Emily from styleforlife said 4 years ago

    Such a delightful post....love this! XXXXX EL Vintage

  • metalicious

    Stephanie Maslow Blackman from metalicious said 4 years ago

    Congratulations to all the couples, may you have a lifetime of love an laughter together!

  • VincentVdesigns

    Jaime Diehl from VincentVdesigns said 4 years ago

    LOVE THIS!!!! I would love to know how vendors were chosen. Did I miss a posted opportunity to participate?

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 4 years ago

    Ah man, if only I was in New York.

  • wreathartist

    wreathartist from wreathartist said 4 years ago

    Never saw or heard anything about opportunities and I am one of the top 20 wedding stores in volume. So I am assuming it must be some of their local employees that also have wedding shops

  • everythingok

    everythingok from everythingok said 4 years ago

    Aww, and it's on my girlfriend's birthday too! I'd be there, but that's when my new baby nephew's due, so I'll be far too busy for a trip down to the city!

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading from newhopebeading said 4 years ago

    oh wish I was getting married again

  • rbgcolor

    Rebecca Bird Grigsby from ColorBirdStudio said 4 years ago

    This is such a great idea for an event as so many couples are coming to Etsy to plan their weddings. And while I'm not in the NY area and appreciate the fact that Etsy wants to ensure a high-quality event, I think it's unfortunate that the vendors have been hand-selected. I hope you consider an application process for wedding vendors here on Etsy in the future and consider expanding the event to other cities.

  • VintageMarketPlace
  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 4 years ago

    I wish I lived in NY.

  • OhMyLuckyStar

    Samantha Hughes from OhMyLuckyStar said 4 years ago

    I'm not getting married, yet I still wish I could be there. :P Hope everyone who is going and participating all the best fun and luck!

  • flintandspark

    Amy from flintandspark said 4 years ago

    Sounds like a great event!

  • BossStudios

    BossStudios from BossStudios said 4 years ago

    Wish I could be in New York then!

  • lovesexton

    Tokara from lovesexton said 4 years ago

    VERY cool!!

  • debbyhillberg

    Debby from DebbysHandmadeGoods said 4 years ago

    Great story. Interesting items.

  • janicewd

    janicewd from janicewd said 4 years ago

    How fun for those that are engaged as well as wedding gurus on Etsy.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    Good Luck! Sounds interesting!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections from KettleConfections said 4 years ago

    This is a wonderful idea, bringing buyers and sellers together in person! Not planning a wedding at the moment, but I'm looking forward to more Etsy shopping events in the future.

  • adrianaallenllc

    Adriana Allen from adrianaallenllc said 4 years ago

    There are some great wedding sellers and wedding-inspired items on Etsy. It is always a joy to browse this when one has time. I am sure this event will be very succesful. Best of luck! (I wish I could be there too).

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 4 years ago

    Not happy about the ethics of hand selection of vendors without even an opportunity to apply... who exactly do you have to bribe or be related to in order to participate?

  • lamixx

    Jacqueline from lamixx said 4 years ago

    How fun, wish I was there!!

  • BiomedDesign

    BioMed DB Design LLC from BiomedDesign said 4 years ago

    Don't forget about the trips. You may need a travel pillow.

  • BreakTheRecord

    Stacey Iden from BreakTheRecord said 4 years ago

    Like others posted above, I too am curious as to how vendors are selected. And most importantly, how to get on the list of vendors that the article states you can leave the event with.

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts said 4 years ago

    Awesome

  • BridalSashesOnly

    Kathy Johnson from BridalSashesOnly said 4 years ago

    Oh how I wish I was in NYC for this event!!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry from jammerjewelry said 4 years ago

    Looks like a wonderful place to be. Thanks for the article.

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful opportunity, where do we sign up?

  • perebags

    Sarah from perebags said 4 years ago

    How to Etsy Sellers sign up to show their work at the event??

  • eventsysara Admin

    Sara Cohen from eventsysara said 4 years ago Featured

    Thank you everyone for your kind words! To answer a few questions: You can register for tickets here: etsy.com/wedding-event. The vendor list for many of our hosted events is hand-selected by Etsy Admin who consider seasonal, cultural and lifestyle trends that fit within our theme. As always, the team looks for ingenuity, well-made items, interesting descriptions, and top-notch photos. Limited space and time at our events means we can't include everyone, every time, but we always make sure we are highlighting a range of sellers across categories, regions and price points.

  • Chrisl228

    Christina from LWThings said 4 years ago

    Is there any type of advertising available (e.g. printed materials that will be given to the attendees) for those vendors who will not be featured? Thanks!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin from Jusadreamin said 4 years ago

    AWSOME IDEAL sounds great hope you post pictures

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 4 years ago

    How fun! Handmade weddings are beautiful!

  • perebags

    Sarah from perebags said 4 years ago

    How do sellers participate?

  • perebags

    Sarah from perebags said 4 years ago

    Would have been great if sellers were given the oppportunity to apply.

  • crystalpeacestudio

    Gina M from crystalpeacestudio said 4 years ago

    We should have one out here in Los Angeles too :) We love handmade! <3

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 4 years ago

    That's so fantastic!!! I SOOOOOO wish I could be there and have my etsy bridal boutique represented, but I am on the opposite coast. I've always loved the bridal shows I've participated in. It's such a great chance to meet the brides and grooms in person and make great connections that you don't get to make through emails. If it goes well maybe there will be a plan one for a San Francisco event. (A girl can hope.) Wouldn't that be awesome! I would be there with bells on to meet all those brides and grooms in person. Congrats on making this happen! I look forward to hearing how it went. I hope you'll come back and tell us all about it.

  • ezliving

    ezliving from ezliving said 4 years ago

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing!!

  • CaughtMyEyeCandy

    CaughtMyEyeCandy from CaughtMyEyeCandy said 4 years ago

    When will this be happening in Los Angeles?! My sister is getting married in a couple of years and we'd love to patronize Etsy vendors and we'd LOVE even more to see some of the goods in person.

  • TheEverlastingPosy

    TheEverlastingPosy from TheEverlastingPosy said 4 years ago

    Sounds like a fun event!

  • BirdEnergy

    Genise Park from GeniseParkArts said 4 years ago

    Refreshing info....beautiful picks

  • threecuteflowers

    Nata from threecuteflowers said 4 years ago

    so romantic!

  • jbeaudet

    Jennifer Beaudet from JBeaudetStudios said 4 years ago

    Love your pics! I wish I were planning something so special. I love weddings!

  • LoveNaturally

    Leah from LoveNaturally said 4 years ago

    This sounds wonderful!

  • sabrielx

    sabrielx said 4 years ago

    Awesome! You know what would be more awesome: Having one of these in Ohio! :)

  • Cheerupcherup

    Alaina Cherup from CheerUpCherup said 4 years ago

    I'd be really interested to know who these hand-selected vendors are.

  • misspoppys1

    Marie Allen from misspoppys1 said 4 years ago

    How lovely, almost makes me want to get married again but I dont think my husband would be too chuffed.

  • PopLoveCouture

    Shai Wallach from PopLoveCouture said 4 years ago

    I love the balloons idea, I think it would be so beautiful to have hundreds of bouquets of helium-filled balloons everywhere instead of flowers!

  • BeatriceCLaNore

    Brittany Hodgson from BeatriceCLaNore said 4 years ago

    I love searching Etsy for wedding items. What a great idea!

  • Cance

    Kelly McCollum from Cance said 4 years ago

    this is such a great idea. etsy has really changed the wedding landscape in the past few years... and having a renewed DIY spirit emerge this generation doesn't hurt ;D best wishes for a successful event, and for anyone tying the knot!

  • loralyn1

    Laura King from LoralynDesigns said 4 years ago

    Thanks Sara! I'm looking forward to the show!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin said 4 years ago

    fantastic ideas ~ beautiful trends!

  • suzanneartist

    Suzanne Urban from SmirkingGoddess said 4 years ago

    Etsy is the BEST for weddings!

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    Carolyn S. Miller from AutumnLeavesJewelry said 4 years ago

    Great finds, I have always loved ArtisanImpact's hand made jewelry! :-)

  • priya123

    Priya from amuandpri said 4 years ago

    great story !

  • artisanimpact

    Ev from artisanimpact said 4 years ago

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

  • MelissaKojima

    Melissa Kojima from ArtistInLALALand said 4 years ago

    Wish I could be there. What a fun event.

  • NicoleNicoletta2

    Nicole Nicoletta from MintMarbles said 4 years ago

    such pretty photos and great picks

  • TheScarletSageTree

    Suzanne Furtado from TheScarletSageTree said 4 years ago

    This is going to be a fabulous event, wow! As an international seller & wedding vendor, I must take this moment to say that I am constantly amazed at the sheer abundance of beautiful and affordable wedding items here. Not only is Etsy a one-stop shop but you can be sure an Etsy Wedding will be the perfect mix of beauty, unusual ideas and a couple's very own personalized style. I do wish I'd known about Etsy when I was getting married! All the best to The Have & To Hold Team :)

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew from felicitycrew said 4 years ago

    Sounds like a great event, wish I could be there...

  • CirclesOfLife

    anna aizic from CirclesOfLife said 4 years ago

    gtreat even, wish to attend

  • shilene

    Shilene Johnson from shilene said 4 years ago

    This is awesome. I wish all chosen vendors ths best. Good Luck!

  • studiolara316

    Lara Harris from studiolara316 said 4 years ago

    Wish I lived in NY..

  • PlumetotheWind

    Maria Ballestrino from PlumetotheWind said 4 years ago

    I think this is a wonderful opportunity for birdes and vendors alike! I am almost positive there will be no other bridal show like it!

  • eclu

    Jami from eclu said 4 years ago

    so much fun to see all the truly unique weddings !

  • junghwa

    Amy Stewart from junghwa said 4 years ago

    I am so excited for this!!! Thank you Etsy!!

  • SucculentsGalore

    Heather from SucculentsGalore said 4 years ago

    We've been invited to feature our succulent boutonnieres...the excitement is overwhelming! Thank you Etsy, we appreciate it so much!! xox~ Heather and Noreen

  • Brydferth

    Hailey Rose from Brydferth said 4 years ago

    I have been invited as well and what an honor it is to be hand selected by Etsy. Thank you Etsy! -Hailey Rose xx

  • mandaleighf

    Amanda Fortier from MandaleighDesigns said 4 years ago

    Ahhhh... the perfect excuse to go to NYC!

  • LoveAndFound

    Veronica Spencer from LoveAndFound said 4 years ago

    I've been invited as well and I couldn't be more excited to take part! Thank you Etsy for the great honour!!! ~ Veronica

  • 26Sorts

    Alexa Sheraton from 26Sorts said 4 years ago

    This is so cool! I wish I could be there, but I am super excited that my invitations will get to make the trip out! :) Thanks Etsy!

  • surfandsand

    Julee Ahlman from SurfAndSand said 4 years ago

    Can a list be posted of the shops that will be there?

  • DancingPen

    Elecia from DancingPenandPress said 4 years ago

    I am so excited to be part of this! I am so honored!! I do agree with the others that it would be interesting (if this one is a success) to do more local shows and allow vendors to apply and exhibit in their hometown!

  • jess2712

    Jessica Harrington from WeddingSavetheDates said 4 years ago

    Would love to go to this

  • artmasters

    artmasters from artmasters said 4 years ago

    Honor to be presented! Thank you Etsy!

  • shorterstory06

    shorterstory06 said 4 years ago

    all the tickets are sold out already! :( is there anyway to get put on a wait list?

  • mariaburgos

    Maria Burgos from mariaburgos said 4 years ago

    Thanks Etsy!! I am SO excited to be featured in this event! This is a dream come true!! Thanks Sarah!!

  • NewZLynn

    Jessica from NewZLynn said 4 years ago

    I am so thankful to have my bouquets included in this amazing event! Thank you Etsy for this opportunity!

  • jessief23

    Jessie Friedman said 4 years ago

    Does anyone have an extra ticket? I would love to go!!

  • redgarage

    redgarage from RedGarage said 4 years ago

    What a great idea,we're so excited to be apart of what we hope to be the first of many more events.

  • eleven18designstudio

    Katie from eleven18designstudio said 4 years ago

    It would be great if we could apply for such events, and hand-select that way....based on an application. Some of us are still building our shops and still nurturing our businesses and this would have been a great opportunity to do so. Many of my clients are NY based and several have asked me if I'm attending because they'd like to meet me face-to-face...disappointing to have to tell them I won't be in attendance.

  • sembei

    sembei from sembeistudio said 4 years ago

    Very excited to be hand-selected for this event! What an honor to be included among all the talent! Thank you Etsy Admin team!

  • kac143

    kac143 said 4 years ago

    Does anyone know of alternate ways to get tickets? Im so bummed that it is sold out. :(

  • SteamBathFactory

    Gin Shakespear from SteamBathFactory said 4 years ago

    Looks amazing!

  • lilinspirations

    Sandra from CoutureWeddingHankie said 4 years ago

    Super honored to have my custom hand made couture wedding handkerchiefs selected to be a part of the event!! Thank you so much!

  • floralnouveau

    Andrea Gillett from floralnouveau said 4 years ago

    I am not able to join your wedding event. However, if there are any fellow etsians who are looking for unique, one-of-a-kind keepsake bouquets and wedding accessories, please visit my shop. I would love to work with you! Best wishes to the artists attending the live event! Andie

  • CodaCreekDesigns

    Coda Creek from CodaCreekDesigns said 4 years ago

    I agree with many posts above- great idea, but I have not received any information about how to take part in this event. How does Etsy hand-pick the shops they choose to feature and therefore give free marketing to?? My shop is only a few months old, I'm based in NY, and I've had hundreds of sales. Kind of frustrating...

  • kirbni01

    kirbni01 said 4 years ago

    If there is any way I can get a few more tickets!?

  • blueenvelope

    AMANDA BRATTON from blueenvelope said 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for featuring our work! It's an honor to be a part of such an amazing event! So glad our programs will be there in attendance :) We are so grateful for this amazing opportunity!!!

  • paperstories

    paperstories from paperstories said 4 years ago

    People should note that there are other shows around the country that have been doing this for a few years and cater to the indie market and feature many Etsy sellers. Some to look up are: Indie Wed (in multiple cities) Hitched (changed name recently to Cream) Not Wedding (Atlanta) Indie I Do (Vancouver) etc

  • autumrhythm

    autumrhythm said 4 years ago

    is there a list of vendors that were there?

  • kscarletbegonia

    Kaitlyn said 3 years ago

    Is this happening again in 2013? Thanks!

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