Planning a wedding often gets wayyyyyy out of hand. And pocket!
It's easy to get reeled into the buy-now-pay-later "dream wedding", and not easy to have family members chiming in on everything from traditions to toenail polish. No wonder indie weddings have become a popular option.
Weddings should reflect the spirit and quirks of the bride and groom, so here are eight handmade, personalized and non-traditional elements for the big day.
1. Lovebird placecards perched on wine glasses make a beautiful addition to the table. Timeless Paper has created them in various shapes, including butterflies, dragonflies, and – for those jetting off on their honeymoons – airplanes.
2. These wooden cake toppers from Dandelionland can be personalized with features like those of the bride and groom: eye colour, hair color, and glasses are just some of the elements that can be customized.
3. This cake serving set, decorated with pearl, crystal and other white beads, makes a classic wedding gift. If you prefer something funkier, Jbox also makes these sets with different-colored beads.
4. For couples that like the vintage look, these "Save the date" wedding cards save the day. Letterpunch Design also offers the option of DIY printing – if you're on a tight budget, you can buy the design and take care of printing yourself.
5. These bud vase/thank-you cards make a great little take-away for wedding guests. Plus, 10 per cent of LamaWorks's proceeds go toward supporting the American Cancer Society.
6. Gold is boring. Platinum is expensive. So, instead of going blah or broke, go for titanium wedding bands, with a beautiful wood inlay. The wood in these wedding bands, designed by Minter and Richter, is made of Hawaiian Koa wood.
7. With its blue dupioni silk bow, this clutch from Davie and Chiyo makes a glamorous finishing touch for the bride. Cross "something blue" off the list.
8. This one goes out to all those guys who would be happier getting married in a Star Wars T-shirt than in a boxy tux. We found a great compromise: Yoda cuff links from BellaModaArtist. May the force be with you!
Hope these give you some great ideas and inspire more handmade wedding products...what are your favorite handmade wedding products?