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Etsy Wedding Fair exhibitors share their top-notch advice

Apr 22, 2015

by Alice Young

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The Etsy Wedding Fair is so close now that we can almost hear the clink of cocktail glasses (but don’t get your bunting in a twist, there’s still time to buy tickets right here). We had a chin-wag with five of the Etsy sellers who’ll be exhibiting their wedding-y goodness. Read on to learn their wedding trend predictions, fave DIY wedding ideas, and answer to the ultimate question: what’s your idea of the perfect wedding?

Can you share some wedding trends with us?

Kate Temple
Relaxed bohemian: ‘Florals are currently incredibly popular, as are natural fabrics like cottons and linens.’
Pops of colour: ‘Lots of grooms have been requesting ties and pocket squares with a pop of colour to lift navy and charcoal suits.’
Individual flair: ‘I’ve had lots of request for groom’s party ties which are non-matching or which match but have different linings. Individuality and the personal, bespoke touch are definitely on trend.’

Arrow Jewellery
Out with the traditional: ‘People are stepping away from what couples have done for decades and putting their own personal touch on the tradition.’

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We Are Arrow

Debbie Carlisle
Relaxed elegance: ‘Brides still want to look special, but there’s a more dreamy, ethereal and unstructured feel than in previous years – both in terms of décor and bridal style. The New York Bridal Week catwalks have just been full of amazing gowns for next year that are all about delicate dreaminess with lots of sheer fabrics and luxurious tulles.’
Botanical: ‘A floral hair vine is the ideal choice and most vines can be worn in many different ways, which means brides can choose a look that is unique to them, and even change up their look from day to night with the same headpiece.’

Comeuppance
Pastels meet metallics: ‘Coral, peach and mint mixed with metallic gold will be a big colour palette for this year- mixed in with succulents and 1970s homespun crafts.’

The Lovely Drawer
Brush lettering: ‘In 2014 we saw a modern calligraphy overload for wedding stationery and details on the big day. I think this will transition into couples favouring brush lettering instead. It’s looser, whilst still elegant.’
Bold and beautiful: ‘We’ve all been loving pretty pastels, peaches, pinks, creams and even monochrome for a while now but I think it might be time for colour pops to make a comeback. After all weddings don’t have to be subtle and muted to be be beautiful.’
Cocktail o’clock: ‘I’ve been seeing cocktail bars pop up over and over on wedding blogs recently. Potentially couples will replace the typical glass of Prosecco on arrival with a cocktail that adds a bit of fun and suits summer weddings down to the ground.’

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Debbie Carlisle

What DIY wedding tips do you have up your sleeve?

Kate Temple
‘Jam jars wrapped with ribbon or lace and filled with wild flowers create beautiful table decorations, or they look lovely filled with tealights which can be hung outdoors on trees- they can create a really special atmosphere.’

Arrow Jewellery
‘Choose one larger feature to make the space special. Maybe some simple but elegant gauzy white bunting, or string dried flowers to hang everywhere, or spray paint some white feathers with gold paint so they look dip dyed.’

Debbie Carlisle
‘I made a wedding bouquet for myself entirely from vintage jewellery, buttons and crystals, and it was a real case of trial and error as I tried to come up with the best technique and materials. The finished piece went through about four different incarnations before I was happy with it (about 11 months after I started making it) and I had a florist on standby in case of disaster.’

Comeuppance
‘My advice for every DIY bride would be to get as much help as possible, maybe getting the hens over for a crafternoon. Having your friends and family involved is a really lovely way of making them feel like an important part of your big day.’

The Lovely Drawer
‘You could go DIY crazy for the big day but from experience I know it’s often necessary to reign in those ambitious maker plans so you don’t have a total nervous break down! Get your hands on some metallic spray paint; there are so many lovely shades of gold, rose gold, silver, copper and chrome. Head to your local charity shops and pick up a variety of old glasses, vases, bowls etc (cut glass works particularly well) and get ‘spray-happy’, creating perfect vessels for flower table centres and general decoration.’

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Kate Temple

Tell us about your dream wedding, please!

Kate Temple
‘I got married seven years ago and we had a very personal ceremony surrounded by great friends and close family, and then a big party in a country house. There was lots of dancing, plus great food and drink. I’ll definitely get in trouble with my husband if I don’t say that is my ideal wedding!’

Arrow Jewellery
‘Any time you can create a dreamy little bubble for people to celebrate and feel the love in the room is pretty great. Lots of little lights, flowers, and outdoors on a warm night sounds near perfect!’

Debbie Carlisle
‘We both love cocktails so I think maybe we’d serve some special cocktails on the day that we could recreate at home afterwards too! Simple décor that mixed vintage and antique finds with contemporary pieces – just like our own personal style. I’d probably include lots of our own home décor to add to the personal feel of the wedding – I love the idea of having things in your home that were used for your wedding as it’s a lovely reminder of your special day.’

Comeuppance
‘I’d want a bit of a festival feel, so maybe I’d have it in a field, it definitely wouldn’t be too formal or planned. I wouldn’t want a formal sit down dinner so maybe just an epic buffet with the guests sitting around on hay bales soaking up the sun. I’d have paper flowers hanging from the trees and a massive bonfire at the end of the day.’

The Lovely Drawer
‘My wedding was lovely and such a happy day, but ironically I think I’m much more into wedding style and decor now than I was back then. My husband and I talk about our ideal reception venue being a slightly run down loft or warehouse, softened by pretty decor details inside. My husband is obsessed with coffee and so cold brew coffee cocktails would make for something a little different after dinner. We’d probably go for a monochrome theme with pops of colour and I love to have gorgeous floral wreaths hanging from the ceiling.’

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The Lovely Drawer

All these wonderful sellers will be at the Wedding Fair, too:

Sepia Smiles | Hello Pops of Colour | Wolf and Ink | Mustard and Peaches | Miss Sarah Cake | Curiousme Design | Hetty Rose | Gilly Gray | Gibson Bespoke | Matchimony | Linden Flowers | Ivy Nixon Jewellery

The Etsy Wedding Fair takes place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May at Oui 2 Rooms, 89 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1. Tickets are available for £7.50 each here.

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