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Guest Curator: The Natural Wedding Company

May 6, 2013

by TheNaturalWeddingCo

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Charlie Burton is the owner of The Natural Wedding Company, a top UK online directory and blog for planning an eco-friendly, seasonal, vintage and handmade wedding. Listing over 300 wedding suppliers, the directory includes eco-chic venues, seasonal flowers, handcrafted stationery, ethical rings, and vintage hire. As well as running the directory and blog, Charlie is a features writer for Unique Bride magazine and recently had her own natural wedding featured in Country Living magazine.
 

A Natural Wedding

As a supporter of small, independent and creative British businesses, I was delighted that Etsy asked me to share my favourite wedding finds from some of their most talented sellers. With my business I advocate a more natural approach to weddings and wanted to reflect this in the inspiration boards I created, so many of the items I have chosen use vintage or recycled materials.
I wanted to showcase how natural weddings can be incredibly beautiful whilst being a little more earth-friendly, and so I’ve dreamt up themes for each collection from pretty florals to vintage travel, colourful folk patterns to a modern twist on the woodland wedding. For more ideas and inspiration for a natural wedding take a look at my blog.

Beautiful Botanical

I love those hand painted botanical prints you find in old books, and with their elegant country house feel think they provide beautiful inspiration for a twist on the vintage wedding.  I chose products that reflected or picked out botanical influences such as the floral felt brooch and dragonfly print bag.

1 Collage - Beautiful Botanical

[1. Poppy felt brooch by Roltinica 2. Dragonflies clutch bag by redrubyrose 3. Wedding confetti by lucysaysido 4. Paper bunting by peonyandthistle]

Whimsical Woodland

Woodland inspired weddings are incredibly popular at the moment, so I wanted to create a quirky and contemporary take with this whimsical woodland collection.  The neon colours of the stag brooch with its geometric design would make an unusual alternative to buttonholes, and the handmade clay fox cake toppers are a sweet but subtle nod to the woodland theme.

2 Collage - Whimsical Woodland

[1. Fox cake topper by iislands 2. Rustic wedding guestbook by TotallySalinda 3. Geometric deer brooch by SketchInc 4. Woodland magnets by WeddingSavetheDates 5. Silver fern necklace by Joannarutter]

Floral Fete

The quintessential British afternoon tea party will remain a firm favourite of mine (and many others) as inspiration for a summer wedding. With this collection I wanted to inspire with florals that echo the English garden setting alongside the celebratory feel of a village fete. Focus your floral fete theme into your wedding details, such as these pretty flag place names or the decorative border on your save the dates.

3 Collage - Floral Fete

[1. Floral necktie by RhianEleri 2. Summer garden save the date by lucysaysido 3. English rose floral dress by jenniferlillydesigns 4. Floral place cards by RebeccaLDesigns]

 Modern Folk

I love folk patterns and art and would love to see more couples inspired by its vibrant colours and quirky designs. Rather than creating this collection around traditional folk ideas, I was inspired by the modern design and colours of these folk style wedding invitations. The mustard coloured tie complements the colour palette perfectly, the vintage button bouquet reflects the intricate detail of folk patterns, and the crochet garland is a modern take on a traditional craft.

4 Collage - Modern Folk

[1. Crochet flower garland by emmalamb 2. Letterpress wedding invitations by Artcadia 3. Vintage button bouquet by Beaubuttons 4. Yellow knit tie by vKnit]

Vintage Travel

A key way to make your wedding more eco-friendly is to source genuine vintage items or new pieces upcycled from old finds. Incorporate the vintage travel theme into your wedding with these cufflinks made from genuine vintage maps and this heart garland made from re-purposed atlas pages, or for a more subtle look choose these luggage tag place names. It doesn’t just have to be about your wedding day – why not commission a map of your wedding location as an anniversary gift with your initials embroidered onto it?

5 Collage - VintageTravel

[1. Map cufflinks by PaperArcadia 2. Vintage tag place settings by vintagetwee 3. Map heart garland by Bookity 4. Map sticker seals by HappyAugust 5. Vintage map anniversary gift by HouseofWhatnot]

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Want more wedding inspiration? Etsy is holding its first ever UK wedding event on the 11th of May in London. Come along for an opportunity to view some of the best and brightest wedding items available on Etsy in the UK, plus try your hand at creating a selection of wedding decorations in DIY tutorials held on the day, all whilst enjoying delicious cocktails provided by St. Germain. Tickets are £5, click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Get involved and tweet hashtag #EtsyWed.

58 comments

  • MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful collections! I love the vintage travel and the woodlands!

  • calistagraaff said 6 years ago

    Great ideas - love the Whimsical Woodland theme - very cute!

  • renphotographycouk said 6 years ago

    unique

  • mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    It seems to me that if you market your items towards weddings, you can charge at least double. Just put "wedding" in the title & work less for more money... perfect!

  • materialrat said 6 years ago

    Wow, this is seriously beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • vintagejane said 6 years ago

    Love all the natural details in a rustic outdoor wedding. Great picks! Would love to do my wedding all over again! So inspiring!

  • SewnNatural said 6 years ago

    ahh, the beautiful afternoon tea wedding. these are truly lovely picks - thank you!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous finds!!!

  • EderaJewelry said 6 years ago

    Very cute finds! I love the crochet flower garland.

  • PeachesandPebbles said 6 years ago

    I love the woodland lot ♥ I'm not even engaged but I'm still toying with the idea of just getting those fox cake toppers. I'm of a mind that if I buy these things now, it'll make my wedding cheaper at the time! :D I promise I'm not lonely!

  • leahleaf said 6 years ago

    so gorgeous!! great inspiration.

  • CottonRevival said 6 years ago

    So beautiful! I love the vintage button bouquet : )

  • magsbeadscreation said 6 years ago

    Lovely finds! I really love the beautiful botanical theme<3

  • JosieMaeArt said 6 years ago

    Lovely ideas!

  • RenataandJonathan said 6 years ago

    Charming collection !

  • LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Wonderful. Love the English florals!

  • fromLUCYwithLOVEwed said 6 years ago

    Beatiful pics. Love the Modern Folk! Specially that fun nd sweet yellow tie : )

  • johntasto said 6 years ago

    The Travel collection is really unique.

  • CafePrimrose said 6 years ago

    Wonderful! Great ideas!

  • ikabags said 6 years ago

    How lovely !

  • TheNaturalWeddingCo said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much to everyone who's left a lovely comment about my collections, it's a delight to be featured here as a guest curator for Etsy. I'm so pleased you all seem to like my choices and a wonderful opportunity to promote some of you fab Etsy businesses, especially those in the UK xXx

  • WoodlandCottage said 6 years ago

    ALMOST makes me want to get married...

  • agebo said 6 years ago

    All so wonderful! Love the whimsical woodland picks - especially that deer brooch!

  • sarahmoon503 said 6 years ago

    There are so many beautiful creations out there! Nice collection, love the button bouquet!

  • caronmcnally1 said 6 years ago

    Lovely ideas, some great little quirky ones!! :))

  • auntjanecan said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous selections! So charming!

  • caitlinborck said 6 years ago

    Great ideas! Thanks

  • cottonbirddesigns said 6 years ago

    Great article, love your blog!

  • lucysaysido said 6 years ago

    So many beautiful items, and fun ideas, I'm so proud some of my work is part of your collections Charlie. Thank you xx

  • NirvanaRoad said 6 years ago

    Beautiful finds!

  • TheNaturalWeddingCo said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much Angela at @cottonbirddesigns :)

  • WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    That floral dress is lovely

  • KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Awesome idea! Very charming!

  • knitsbycaitlin said 6 years ago

    Lovely! I'm planning my wedding as we speak - this has been helpful.

  • TheGlowingSkin said 6 years ago

    Love the woodland whimsy style. The stag pin is impressive.

  • Nemki said 6 years ago

    Going to bookmark this for when my big day comes!

  • BemusingBaubles said 6 years ago

    Really great picks - love them!

  • skyvalleyjewelry said 6 years ago

    Wonderful collection.

  • Aristocrafts said 6 years ago

    Exquisite collections! I love the Vintage Travel and Floral Fete (I even love the name of this one :)!) picks! Thank you for sharing!

  • TheNauticalOwl said 6 years ago

    Woodland is my favorite! I love making wedding items!

  • jess2712 said 6 years ago

    A lovely blog post Charlie, thank you so much for including my 'woodland' save the date magnets

  • EmmaLamb said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous picks and I love your themes! So thrilled to be included in 'Modern Folk' with my crochet flower garlands... thank you so much! It also wonderful to see so many great UK Etsy shops featured here too, great job :) xx

  • ThreeBarDGifts said 6 years ago

    Cute ideas! Thanks!

  • 777carolala said 6 years ago

    I love the wood magnet save the date!! Lovely.

  • Iammie said 6 years ago

    Great finds!

  • inspiredartprints said 6 years ago

    So many great ideas!

  • WeddingLab said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! :)

  • GennaByrne said 6 years ago

    Wonderful ideas!! I have to say I love The Natural Wedding company website. I am having a woodland wedding in July and it has been a very useful and inspirational source for me from invite ideas down to booking one of your suggested photographers! Thank you again, Charlie, for yet more inspiration! :)

  • jbeaudet said 6 years ago

    I love all of the floral trends right now! Thanks for sharing this website with us!:)

  • LDOM65 said 6 years ago

    Beautiful items, love the floral prints.

  • anichka04 said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous ♥

  • ASParkerJewellery said 6 years ago

    Beautiful collection! :D x

  • sheilamcbryde said 6 years ago

    Good stuff, thanks for sharing!

  • xutian1 said 6 years ago

    great inspiration.

  • ErikaPrice said 6 years ago

    Love the floral prints!

  • AntonellaMia said 6 years ago

    Love Whimsical Theme!

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    Natalya Kobeleva from Acuteaccessories said 6 years ago

    amazing

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    Audrey from MoonStrengthCrafts said 6 years ago

    Wow seriously amazing ! I guess I know where I'll be getting my wedding supplies from :)

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