Is it still considered ‘shopping local’ if you use a national website to do so? Eh, close enough. We’ve rounded up ten of our top Rhode Island-based (or adjacent) Etsy vendors that are known for creating and selling nautical themed wedding favors, mementos, decorations and just about anything else you can think of to help you not only pull off an awesome Ocean State wedding but also support local businesses and artists.
By Makaela Smith
Gifts and Mementos:
These personalized wedding gifts are the perfect present for the bride and groom to remember their special day. These gifts include plates, platters, ornaments, guest books and wall hanging décor. Just check out this adorable plate that connects the couple’s childhood homes:
Find the perfect keepsake for a beach themed wedding! PaintedbytheShore has unique coastal party favors for anyone who loves the ocean. Everything is hand painted and designed specifically for the couple in question. This shop has all different sayings on the bottles including ,“the day we said I do,” or “our wedding day”. They can also paint custom coordinates if you have a special location that means something to you (or for destination weddings!).
This artistic shop has coastal décor and wedding favors for any Rhode Islander planning to host their wedding on the shore. Some of their items include mermaid bottle openers, nautical pillows and home décor, decorative starfish, nautical coasters and more.
This Etsy vendor sells reclaimed wooden signs that are hand painted by request. They can either be a wedding decoration as part of your Lil’ Rhody theme or part of the newlyweds home décor. These signs can be requested for custom order as an inspirational quote or a placement for the newlywed “Mr. & Mrs.” table at the reception.
This vendor offers a different style to the traditional floral boutonniere with a more nautical theme, along with the exquisite oyster place cards that can double as wedding favors. This vendor takes custom orders and they would be perfect for any beach wedding!
This shop has an overwhelming amount of wedding cake toppers, décor and favors that can be made to your liking. This vendor even sells lobster traps (what’s more ‘Rhody’ than that?!) which can be used for card boxes and beach décor. Anything you like is custom ordered and can be matched with the theme of your wedding.
Invitations and Paper:
Don’t want to spend all of your money on a photo booth? But you want your guests to make some memorable moments at your wedding? Try this Etsy vendor who creates wedding photo booth backdrops at less than half the cost of renting a booth and you get to keep it. Not only do they have unique wedding banners but they also create non-traditional guest books as well as other prints which can be custom ordered.
ShirleyBell has the ideal invitations for a clambake, nautical, coastal or a Block Island destination wedding. Her cards include save-the-dates, wedding invitations, and rehearsal invitations that are customized and painted delicately by her. This vendor also allows requests for custom orders.
This vendor has an array of invitations and save-the-dates to choose from! They also have wedding coasters which can be offered as wedding favors. You can chose anything from watercolor starfish to anchors or just a simple blue color to decorate the invitations for your Rhody wedding.
Geofilters on photos and apps such as Snapchat are a great way to include your guests because you already know they will be taking snapshots all day. This small customized edition to your photos will be a big hit on your special day! This Coventry-based Etsy vendor creates geofilters that get sent to Snapchat and will available the day of your wedding; they also have a nautical wedding filter that will fit your wedding theme perfectly!