There’s nothing simple about planning a wedding, but we’re here to take hours of research off your plate (with great results to boot) by introducing you to this talented bunch of vendors.
The seller: After an image of one of Kate Gabrielle’s casual doodles got lots of attention on Flickr, the self-taught illustrator and painter opened shop selling pen and ink drawings.
What they offer: Personalized cards that brides can use to help pop “the question” to their bridesmaids. Each card features a customized drawing of your bridal party—you choose the wording and even the hair color and style, skin color, and dress color and style for up to 15 bridesmaids.
To buy: $4 per card (four card minimum), etsy.com.
The seller: When Virginia Sauder was a child, her mother would ask the postmaster to set aside newly released stamps until Sauder could save up enough allowance to buy them. Soon after Sauder began crafting postage stamps into pendants, a blogger asked her to pair similarly themed vintage stamps for wedding invitations—and a shop was born!
What they offer: Curated arrangements of uncancelled (still valid!) postage to give your envelopes an extra-special vintage vibe.
To buy: From $7 for five letters, etsy.com.
Sweet Carolina Collective
The seller: Meg Lane started selling rustic table numbers and signage (bar menus, welcome messages, and more) to other brides after a friend asked for help crafting signs for her wedding. Just a year later, she was selling enough to quit her full-time job—and even had to hire a neighbor to help with orders. Now, Lane has a staff of full-time employees to process orders quickly.
What they offer: Table numbers and signs for nearly any element of the wedding (guest book, welcome, menus). In addition to items already listed in the Etsy shop, Lane and her staff can create custom orders.
To buy: From $20, etsy.com.
Ink and Water Designs
The seller: To save her sister from having to handwrite all of the envelopes for her wedding invitations, Linsey Rampello created a return-address stamp that matched the design, streamlining the process. When three friends who were also planning weddings asked for personalized stamps, Rampello’s business was born.
What they offer: Handcrafted stamps for save the dates, monograms, thank-you notes, and more. Choose from pre-existing designs or ask for something custom (including non-wedding related items).
To buy: From $30, etsy.com.
Pink Owl Gifts
The seller: When planning her own wedding in 2004, Cristin Kirkland struggled to find high-quality personalized items. She decided to try to fill that gap in the marketplace by making monogrammed cake toppers with her mother. What was once “an eBay store and a dream” has evolved into a robust Etsy shop that the entire Kirkland family is involved in.
What they offer: More than a hundred custom cake toppers featuring short phrases, names, or dates.
To buy: From $28, etsy.com.
Picture Perfect Papier
The seller: A small group of designers in Chicago, Illinois, work together to bring shoppers a beautifully curated collection of personalized products—napkins, coasters, matches—that add the finishing touch to any wedding or event.
What to look for: Custom foil-stamped products—from envelope liners to custom coasters, napkins, and matches. Coming soon: an array of letterpress items.
To buy: From $1, etsy.com.
The seller: A young Anna Hartshorn would twist anything (bendable pipe cleaners, found pieces of telephone wire) into little trinkets (faces, cats) for her mom, who always encouraged her to turn the hobby into a business. As the saying goes, Mom knows best: Hartshorn started the first Etsy shop to design custom wire hangers.
What they offer: Personalized wire hangers (in natural or glittered wood) with your wedding date, name, or a short phrase. Wire cake toppers and accessories are also available.
To buy: From $10, etsy.com.
The seller: Owner and designer Stefanie Lynton turned her passion for typography, design, and all things weddings into a booming business over the course of 5 years.
What they offer: Wedding cards given by the bride and groom to those who mean the most to them (bridal party, family, readers), menus, programs, escort cards, tags, and more.
To buy: From $4, etsy.com.
Mint Tea Calligraphy
The seller: After starting calligraphy as a hobby a few years ago, Elsa Duncan left her job in finance to make her newfound passion a career: “Making beautiful letters and helping brides create personal, memorable touches beats crunching numbers any day of the week.”
What they offer: Fresh, modern calligraphy fonts for envelopes, place cards, signage, vows, and more.
To buy: From $1.50, etsy.com.
The seller: Georgia-based owner, Nancy Jensen, says she combines two passions—helping others and being creative—to craft embroidered handkerchiefs.
What they offer: Delicate handkerchiefs embroidered with the text (select shapes are also available) of your choice, in a variety of fonts, colors, and styles. We recommend adding your wedding date and wrapping it around a bouquet, or writing a message as a gift for a parent.
To buy: $24, inspiredstitches.etsy.com.
The seller: This husband and wife team handcrafts neckties and bowties for adults and children.
What they offer: Handmade textured ties in a variety of colors with bulk discounts, perfect for outfitting the groom and his wedding party.
To buy: For a similar product: holmesties.etsy.com.
Please + Thanks
The seller: A graphic designer from Kansas who designs a wide range of goods, some of which are perfect for those planning a wedding.
What they offer: In addition to custom guest books (both blank and photo books), you’ll find invitations, thank-you cards, and other paper goods. Once the wedding is over, newlyweds will also enjoy the other merchandises—mugs, notebooks, and more.
To buy: $45, pleaseandthankscards.etsy.com.