Looking For Unique and Budget Friendly Wedding Ideas? Etsy Is Where It’s At.

Are you in a wedding planning rut and everything is starting to look the same? Maybe you are starting to feel the weight of a tight budget?

Don’t hit the panic button just yet and check out these super hip wedding ideas. From “Save The Date” cards to a groomsman gift….Etsy has it all. Even a wedding dress.

Here are some of my personal favorites:

Wedding Guestbook by lorgieandme:

Groomsman Shaving Bag by Felix Street Studio:

Invitations by MinkCards:

Save The Date Handkerchiefs by BenignObjects:

Photo Booth Prop by Creative Butterfly XOX:

Wedding Dress Hanger by lettres:

Headpieces by Gilded Shadows:

Veil by Panda and Shamrock:

Vera Wang Inspired Wedding Dress by Belle Couture:

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And The Bride Wore…Whaaaaat?!?!

If white weren’t an option (or any close variation), what color of wedding dress would you choose? There will be some brides that think this sounds ridiculous and downright blasphemous. But, colored wedding dresses are a huge trend right now and it doesn’t look like they are going anywhere.

Designer Vera Wang recently released her Fall 2012 line. The line did not include one white or ivory dress. With dramatic designs in rose and black, there was no white in sight. The soft colored wedding dresses were stunning, beautiful, and turned heads on the runway. Retailer J. Crew is launching a line of colored wedding dresses for the bride that wants to stand out and David’s Bridal is followed suit by stocking wedding gowns in blush pinks and grays.

Not ready to give up the traditional white just yet? Choose two dresses…one for the ceremony and one for the reception in COLOR! According to two fashion studies done by TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, most brides described their dresses as “elegant, romantic, feminine or classic” but more often than not, they’re looking for something “flirty and fun” to wear at the reception.

Personally, I am really torn on this question (and this comes from someone who wears head-to-toe black everyday). Part of me loves the purity and elegance of white, but I cannot deny how AMAZING some of these wedding dresses look in color. Check out these images of women who took the fashion-forward plunge and decide for yourself.

photos courtesy of by Harpers Bazaar Australia, via The Senses Five

photo courtesy of Caught the Light, via 100LayerCake

photo courtesy of  Jose Villa, via OnceWed

photo courtesy of  Christine Pobke, via Green Wedding Shoes

photo courtesy of  Bayly & Moore

photo courtesy of Christie Conyer Photography