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Want to get the most out of Etsy (and save your wedding budget)? Read on

On Etsy, innocent browsing for personal wedding touches (à la Pinterest) can devolve into a rabbit hole that can deplete a wedding budget with a few too many clicks. Here’s how to narrow your searches 

and find Etsy’s best Charleston-area makers for your Big Day.
 
Localize Your Search
Type “weddings” into the search box on Etsy’s home page. The next screen offers a refined search column on the left side. Select “Choose a custom location.” At the next prompt, enter “Charleston, South Carolina” and you’ll get some 3,600 items from a cadre of area shop owners. To browse by Lowcountry boutique, scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on “Teams.” Enter “Lowcountry” or “Charleston, South Carolina” in the search and you’ll see multiple groups of Etsyers. Click on these to see team members and what they offer in their boutiques.
 
Ship or Stop By?
Opting for local vendors can be a money- and time-saver thanks to reduced shipping rates and distances. Many local vendors also have studios you can drop by to pick up your goods. Shopping here in town can save you rush fees, too, and allows for easier collaboration on custom orders.
 
Register!
Aside from dressing your reception, outfitting your gals in thank-you robes, and finding the bejeweled hair comb of your dreams, Etsy’s tops for building your wedding registry. Visit Etsy.com/registry to set one up then share the link with invited friends and family.