Spring is king when it comes to weddings. The warmer weather and soft color palette displayed in lovely floral blooms make this the perfect time of year to tie the knot. 

Truth be told, we’re feeling a little twitterpated ourselves. In fact, we decided to devote this week’s post to all things weddings. We’ll chat about this year’s wedding trends, help you decorate your wedding venue for less, and even share our favorite wedding cake toppers from Etsy. 

So, sit back, pour yourself a glass of champagne, and let’s start planning your big day!

Budget Matters

For most couples the scariest part about the wedding day isn’t saying “I do”, it’s staying on budget. Even if budget isn’t an issue (we kinda hate you) who wouldn’t want to pull off a posh wedding for less? 

A large part of the wedding budget is usually spent on venue decorations (those wedding favors, cake toppers, and centerpieces can add up quickly!). We know you have enough to do, so we set out to find the best budget-friendly wedding decorations

Can it be done? Oh, yes! In fact, I had a difficult time trimming down the final cut in our featured collection. Check out these pastel colored pinwheels (perfect for a statement backdrop), this fun gold, glitter garland, and crazy inexpensive cake topper. Is there a lesson to be learned here? Yes, chic can be cheap.


Rustic Chic is Here to Stay

Wedding trend alert: the rustic wedding fad is here to stay! However, this year you can expect to see the rustic wedding theme glammed up (think woodland wedding with a bit more luxe).  

Truth: if I could have a wedding decor do-over I would totally cash in on the rustic woodland trend. How can you not fall in love with with a wedding theme that lets you incorporate gorgeous green moss in your wedding decor, rock a boho wedding crown, or that gives you a reason to have a birch bark guest book

If you love this wedding trend as much as I do, you’re going to want to check out the complete woodland wedding collection


Beach Wedding = Budget Wedding

I’m going to continue the discussion of wedding themes by sharing one close to my heart: beach weddings. My husband proposed to me on the beach and the seaside is where we chose to exchange our vows. It’s safe to say that I’m a sucker for a beach wedding. 

One of the great things about a beach wedding is the venue can be one of the easiest to plan. Since you already have a beautiful backdrop (who can improve on the ocean?) wedding decor can be kept to a minimum. I found 12 Dreamy Beach Essentials I wish I had known about 15 years ago. My personal favorite? This beach inspired shell bouquet


Etsy: The Budget Bride’s Go-To Site

When it comes to planning a one-of-a-kind, budget-friendly wedding, you can count on Etsy to have your back. We were blown away by the beautiful, affordable wedding cake toppers Etsy had to offer. From gilded chic, to rustic charm we guarantee you can find a wedding cake topper in this collection that’s perfect for your big day. Want more good news? All the cake toppers are under $50!


Bold is Better

This wedding season color is in, and the bolder the better. If you’re a modern bride looking to break tradition, this wedding trend has fun written all over it. Work color into your bridal attire by choosing bold colored sandals like these lovelies from J. Crew, or add a splash of pizazz with a fun wedding sash. Want more non-traditional winners? We are totally crushing on this collection of bold colored wedding accessories


Looking for more wedding inspiration this year? Follow us on Pinterest for the latest in wedding trends, shared by the Shopswell community. 


Cheers!