DIY Inept, or Why My Love for Etsy Knows No Bounds

So, I’m pretty hopeless when it comes to arts & crafts. I had a 50/50 success rate of coloring inside the lines as a kid, and the best things I could draw were stick figures and boxy houses. I can’t sew very well or make jewelry. BUT I have vision. I know exactly what it is that I want when it comes to certain design elements. I guess that’s why the only “DIY” thing I can really do well is interior design. Maybe not as a profession, but the rooms in my apartment have a color-coordinated theme with some nice decor pieces (thank you, TJ Maxx and Home Goods!).


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But interior decorating aside, I had certain visions for my wedding design and decor as I started getting deeper into planning. And that’s when I decided to turn to Etsy…a magical place where many incredibly skilled DIY’ers live. The first thing I ordered on Etsy were these “Be My Bridesmaid” keepsake boxes for my girls. I knew in my head exactly what I wanted them to look like, so it was just a matter of finding someone to create them, and they came out gorgeous! I included things in the box like a picture of the bridesmaids’ dress, the wedding color scheme, a peacock feather (this is the wedding theme), information on the big day, and a personalized note to each girl as to why I couldn’t imagine saying “I do” without them by my side. And the nice thing about the boxes was that they have each girl’s name on the cover and can be used as keepsake boxes.


Created for one of my bridesmaids by Brynlee Designs on Etsy


Created for one of my bridesmaids by Brynlee Designs on Etsy

After doing searches for “peacock feather invitations” I also ordered my save the dates off Etsy. I worked with Lindsey, owner of the shop Yours Truly Invitations. When this save the date came up in my search, I knew immediately that I would have her create mine. Here’s the sample I first saw:


I’m also in the process of ordering the actual wedding invitations and am working with Megan, owner of the shop One of a Kind Custom Design, another shop specializing in peacock feather wedding invites. Here’s the one I’m basing our invites on (ours will be champagne gold on the outside, not beige):


Image via It’s a Bride’s Life


Image via It’s a Bride’s Life

And the other day, I also ordered my hair fascinator and veil from shops on Etsy.


Lola Bridal Hair Piece Feathers and Frills shop on Etsy


Cathedral Length Veil (108″) Diamond Wedding Veil shop on Etsy

It seems to me that Etsy is more affordable for things like invitations and bridal accessories. (For example, the bridal salon where I got my dress sold veils from $200–$1,000—outrageous considering it’s a piece of tulle I’ll be wearing for an hour! The veil I ordered on Etsy? Forty dollars. Boom.) There are a few more items I’ve favorited on Etsy for purchase within the next few months including jewelry and other wedding accessories. Check Etsy out for wedding items before you make some major purchases—you may just end up being surprised by what you find on there. 🙂


Mrs. Mongoose

New Haven, CT
Wedding Date:
May 2013
A Foxy Fête: Bubbles and Bustles and Beverages, Oh My!
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  1. bat Bee
    bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 7:49 am

    I love browsing Etsy: there are truly some talented people on there!! I love crafting, but I stick to simple projects. All of your Etsy details are going to make your wedding look great!!

  2. mswallaby Bee
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:04 am

    I ordered a $20 veil from Etsy. Gotta love it!

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    Ms_Maple 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:11 am

    If you have an iPhone the Etsy app is great. I mark all my favorite things then can show it to family and friends for opinions when I see them.

  4. panda Bee
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:50 pm

    Etsy is such a trap for me. You can’t ever just find one thing… I always end up spending way too many hours on there, spending way too much money…

  5. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:04 pm

    I love Etsy, although I have trouble narrowing down my favorites 🙂

  6. mstreasure Bee
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:12 pm

    Etsy is probably the greatest wedding tool out there.

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    jilleeann 409 posts, Helper bee @ 9:58 pm

    Etsy is my go to when I need inspiration, and pretty things. Love that place.

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    cicijapan 263 posts, Helper bee @ 4:53 am

    Woohoo! Thanks for posting the veil shop. I have been looking for an inexpensive veil.

  9. msmongoose Bee
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 12:56 pm

    @CiciJapan: No problem! The veil is plain but all I really cared about was having a super long one. Plus I have enough going on with my dress so I didn’t want a fancier veil to upstage it.

  10. graywolf Bee
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 3:20 pm

    etsy is the best! that’s where i ended up getting The Dress…

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