Diamonds in the Rough

I realize that I have been away for a while.  Life sometimes just piles a lot on you all at once, and I had to take care of some things.  🙂  Life is really good right now, so, no complaints.

While browsing wedding stuff to post about, I found a few rings I wanted to share.

These are raw diamonds.  They are unique and totally different than anything I have ever seen before.  What are your thoughts on these rings?  Would you wear them?

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Unique Wedding Shopping: Etsy

**Note that I am not doing this post as a review and am not getting paid in any way for doing this post.  This is purely my opinion.  I really do love etsy this much.  So much that I have the etsy app on my phone and browse in my free time.**

So, in planning a wedding, I am sure all brides want something a bit different that will set their wedding apart.  I went on a search for places to find unique items for your wedding, whether its decorations, accessories, even the dress.

Etsy is the only place I have been able to find anything remotely “unique”, as in…something I’d never seen before, or things I never thought I’d see.

The good thing about etsy.com is not just that pretty much everything is handmade (and there are lots of vegan and organic choices, too!), but there is a “wedding” section that narrows down your search right off the bat.  No browsing through iPad covers while trying to look for invitations, etc.  It’s all in one place.  And of course, you can search for primarily what you are looking for.

The main etsy weddings page is laid out in categories:  dresses, rings, decor, paper goods, bridal accessories, and wedding party.  There is also a “trends” section where you can see whats popular in the wedding department from etsy, and a “real weddings” section, which is pretty cool because you can see real couples who used custom, hand made, and etsy-found items in their weddings.

Let’s explore!  First, I clicked on the “dresses” category.  I am then presented with different options.  Vintage, Handmade, Reception, and Alternative.  Let’s go with Handmade, shall we?

I found this gorgeous handmade dress from pandaandshamrock.

pandaandshamrockYou can view this beauty and buy it here.  This is one of the most gorgeous gowns I have laid eyes on…and trust me, I have browsed quite a few.  And the price is very reasonable.  IF I had a wedding to plan, I might consider buying this beauty.

Let’s look for a reception dress.  I might not want to go to the reception in my full on wedding gown…so, let’s just look for options.

Now, this dress from CallMeChula is perfection.  For me, anyways.

receptiondressYou can view and buy it here.

What’s next?  Hm…how about some decor?  Let’s say you’re having a nice vintage-themed wedding.  Etsy has literally TONS of options.

I found a mason jar light arrangement that would be absolutely perfect, as well as this antique book bundle that would be perfect for a large centerpiece for the head table at the reception.  That’s just two of the many things I found that would work perfectly.  I strongly suggest just taking the time to look around.

What if I need a vintage cake topper?

toppersThis one could be just what you’re looking for.

Those are just three items from the many categories in the “decorations” category.  You could seriously browse all day, though I wouldn’t recommend it…considering the fact you’d end up with way too many options for decorations.

Then, you have the paper good category, where you can get invitations, guest book, thank you cards, escort cards…everything paper related.

For example, these invitations from nmiphotocreations:

nmiphotocreationsGiving tree invitations!?  Why, of course!!  (And if you haven’t read that book, please do!!)

Now let’s take a look at bridal accessories!

A garter, a veil, a bouquet, and even the shoes!

AND…we can’t forget the wedding party!

I love these custom-made bridesmaids dresses from LvsFashion.  Especially the blue-ish one in the middle.

bridesmaidsAvailable here.

I won’t go into it, but you can find some amazing bridesmaids gifts on etsy, too!

I fell in love with this flower girl dress from FrillsandFireflies.

flowergirlAvailable here.

And of course, it all starts with an ENGAGEMENT RING….like this one from kristincoffin.

engagementringPurchase here.

AND the wedding bands for you and your guy.

These from bmjnyc are incredible (and were featured in Huffington Post Weddings!).

twigbandsPurchase here.

So, there you have it, pretty much everything you could think of in one place, and it’s all unique!

I hope this helped in your search for unique wedding items.