The Etsy London Wedding Fair is the first in this format and what a gorgeous intimate and delightfully hands-on affair it was. Chic, quaint, elegant with some pretty cool workshops and live demonstrations, all intimate enough to see what was happening and get involved fully. And Ps. Hurrah, no pushy sales!
If you haven’t already discovered Etsy, you are seriously missing out. I love it! I first discovered the magic that is Etsy when I was searching for unique and personalised wedding inspiration for my own wedding. The choices on Etsy are endless, to suit eclectic tastes and price points. Essentially, Etsy is an online marketplace which connects buyers to sellers, offering something chic and unique, all over the world. The wedding section is of course, one of their top five sellers, so it was great to see a hub of inspiration in real live format. The fair had considered cute coves of creative visual ideas, designed and styled to give you snippets of the full scope of styling possibilities.
One of the things I adored as a bride-to-be and also as a blogger searching for wedding inspiration; is discovering something slightly different, something fresh and something that is just, well, ‘me’.
Part of this process and probably most importantly, is getting to meet the creators behind the magic.
People, buy people. Fact.
All of the vendors that I had the pleasure of speaking with at Etsy Wedding Fair London, had developed their London-based business via the online marketplace and have now changed careers to suit their lifestyle or personal choice. As a result, are living a pretty fulfilled life, doing what they love and that is reflected in how passionate they are about your wedding and their work in abundance.
Here are a few of my favourites
Illustrator Valeria is just as cute as her cheerful bespoke cartoon illustrations. Cheeky Toons offers couples the chance to add some cartoon fun by creating caricatures, which can be incorporated into your wedding stationery, or portraits.
Here’s a cheeky one she made earlier of Mr Nu Bride and I
Over to hand drawn wedding stationery…..Curious Me Design founded by the lovely Pinar and her infectious smile. Inspired to start her own business after styling and ‘DIY-ing’ her own wedding. It just so happens that she is an illustrator by trade, which helps. Pinar is as passionate as they come, I particularly loved her brilliant personalised map illustrations featuring gold foilage, with every detail carefully considered and solely about her gorgeous couples. We use maps in our wedding invites all the time, so here’s a practical and creative solution to a google map print out! Etsy Shop
Miss Sarah Cake
I loved meeting clever creator Sarah and hearing about her career journey before she discovered Miss Sarah Cake, which, much like Nu Bride, was kind of by accident! lol! Sarah creates the most super cake toppers, both ready to order and personalised delights. Love them!
Harriet Parry Flowers
A highlight of the show for me was getting to hang out with one of the coolest florists I have met in her ‘make your own fresh flower head-piece’ workshop. Et- voila!
Harriet Parry is a London based florist, artist and illustrator (too talented) whose gorgeous and innovative designs also formed the beautiful floral backdrops for the entire Etsy Wedding Fair.
It was so much fun talking with and learning from Harriet, she has such a warm and friendly nature. It was also great to have an impromptu catch up with wedding industry chum and brilliant wedding planner, Always Andri – Another creative innovator. Ps. Andri – was SO much better at this than me! Butter fingers! But I got there in the end!
Hello Pops of Colour
Exactly what it says on the tin. Hello Pops of Colour offer some great inspiration for various finishing touches on your wedding day. Owner Louise’s confetti designs are inspired by celebration and colour, that just scream joy! From cards, picture frames, toppers and of course, confetti!
A favourite of mine were these brilliant confetti poppers!
We Are Arrow
We Are Arrow offer the most beautiful and unique concept to jewellery design that I have discovered. Each piece is inspired by nature, created in wax first and then cast in metal. With Tatiana the founders latest collection: Gatherer, inspired by plants!
Each piece is unique and one of a kind, using a wax casting process which is designed to embrace the ‘natural imperfections of the hand at work’
All jewellery is designed and handmade by Tatiana, based in East London.
There really is nothing I’ve seen quite like it. So if you’re like me and enjoy seeing jewellery in the flesh, she is based in Netil Market East London market too.
My visit was rounded off by some cheeky gin cocktails and some refreshing raspberry fizz from the Travelling Gin Co, headed by instant charmers Ed and Joe.
There were many others equally deserving of praise at the Etsy Wedding Fair London, a room full of talent and visual inspiration galore!
I can’t wait for their next instalment. For now we can continue to explore and enjoy the endless delights that Etsy have to offer online !
Get personal, get creative!