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Hanging Mason Jar Vases: What Size to Use

Posted September 18, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!

Are you looking for chic ceremony decor? Just use hanging mason jar vases! But first… you have to admit that mason jars have pretty much taken over the wedding world. We’ve seen our beloved pint-sized jars used as drinking glasses, projects and insanely creative mason jar ideas, and we’ve even seen a plastic version of mason jars for non-glass venues. That’s how much they’re loved. Today we’re answering an Ask Emmaline question from Marie, who asks, “I’m hanging mason jar vases for my ceremony aisle. What size should I use?” Read on to find out…

decorate the ceremony aisle with hanging blue mason jar vases filled with flowers hanging mason jar vases

Hanging Mason Jar Vases

The right size for hanging mason jar vases is 16 oz (1 pint). This is the perfect size mason jar because your flowers and the amount of water you will need won’t make these jars too heavy to hang. We recommend hanging them from the back of each chair along the aisle (use a heavy wire and pliers around the base to create a loop; secure tightly and hang from a chair back).< Note: if you are making mason jar hanging vases, you'll want to make sure you use these. It will keep your flowers looking perfect all day long./p>

blue mason jars filled with white hydrangea flowers and attached to chairs hanging mason jar vases
photos above via classic creations

If you prefer, you can display your chic mason jar hanging vases from shepherd’s hooks along the aisle way. Want to make your own? Here’s an easy tutorial on how to make hanging mason jar flower vases.

via, LTR: we heart photography | chris loh photography via offbeat bride | etsy

Hope it helps, Marie!

Do you have a question? Just Ask Emmaline! Our team is happy to address your wedding issues + save you unnecessary stress. Submit your wedding questions here!

Why Rolled Wedding Programs Are So Much Easier

Posted September 15, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!

When you’re picking out wedding programs, you may not have considered why rolled wedding programs are more useful and sometimes even easier than traditional booklet programs or fan wedding programs. In this post, you’ll find out seven surprising reasons why rolled wedding programs are more useful than other wedding programs of its kind. Plus, take a look at one of the prettiest rolled wedding programs we’ve seen yet in brilliant blue watercolor by Paper Street Press. Enjoy!

Rolled Programs for Your Wedding

We’ve seen plenty of wedding programs come and go, but rolled wedding programs are a style that stick around.

rolled up wedding program with blue watercolor design

paper street press

Roll Up Wedding Programs

1. They’re short + sweet.

A roll up wedding program is one page in length (front-and-back), which means it gets straight to the point. Everything fits all on one sheet.

2. They offer a pop of color.

These rolled wedding programs (by Paper Street Press) are printed on two-sides. This allows for a bright burst of color to show, even when the programs are all rolled up.

rolled up wedding programs

paper street press

3. They’re easier to display.

Since rolled up wedding programs roll up to a nice small size, you can place them upward in a basket and it won’t take up much room at all.

rolled up wedding program in blue watercolor design

paper street press

4. Guests won’t miss them.

As mentioned with the pop of color, these are so striking that guests won’t be able to walk past without grabbing one.


6. They’re lightweight.

It’s one less heavy thing that needs to be transported to the ceremony!

7. They stay put.

Unlike wedding program booklets, rolled wedding programs have a piece of ribbon or twine attached so they won’t be flapping in the wind.

5. They’re usually less expensive.

Since they’re printed on one sheet and tied with baker’s twine, they require less materials to be made. Sometimes this means less money paid by you, which means you can stretch that wedding budget even further.

bottom of blue wedding programs with thank you

paper street press


They’re trending.

Rolled wedding programs are in right now, soaring past wedding fans and wedding booklets, which have been in the forefront in wedding program styles for the past few years. Brides are going back to basics, with rolled up programs being one of the big trends we’re projecting for 2015.

So… will you be using rolled wedding programs? If not, what type of wedding programs are you using instead? Share your wedding details below!


Photo of the Day » Groom Fist Pump

Posted September 12, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 1 Comment

We love the many amazing reactions we see from new couples after the ceremony. Once it’s official, you bet you’ll be ready to celebrate. Today we’re sharing one of our favorite moments, selected as today’s Photo of the Day: the groom fist pump.

groom fist pump

photo: emily blake photography


7 Etsy Rustic Ring Pillow Alternatives

Posted September 11, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!

Planning a rustic wedding? You’ll want to pick decorations that will emphasize your selected theme. For instance, for a handmade touch, select an Etsy rustic ring pillow alternative such as a ring box or wood slice instead of a traditional ring pillow. We’ve rounded up seven rustic ring pillow alternatives we spotted on Etsy — specifically, PNZ Designs — to inspire your themed wedding day. Enjoy!

Etsy Rustic Ring Pillow Alternatives

1. Rustic Wood Slice Ring Pillow Alternative

One of my favorite alternatives? A rustic wood slice! I love this one.

wood slice ring pillow with monogramed names burned on top

2. Round Ring Box with ‘Love Never Fails’

ring box round with love never fails on top

3. Ring Bearer Box with ‘Love’

rustic ring box with love heart on top

4. Wood Ring Box with Monogram

wood ring box with monogram on top

5. Rustic Ring Boxes: ‘Bride’ and ‘Groom’

bride groom ring boxes rustic painted

6. Antler Ring Box

rustic ring box antlers wood painted gray

7. Rustic Jewelry Box

rustic jewelry box ring pillow alternative with monogram on top

You can find more Etsy ring pillow alternatives in our very own handmade wedding Marketplace! We’re the handmade wedding blog and we love, love, loooove handmade everything.


Photo of the Day » Pink Peony Aisle Decor

Posted September 9, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!

It’s time for Photo of the Day! Today we’re showcasing this pink peony aisle decor. The light green chair sashes complement this hot pink peony color beautifully, wouldn’t you say?

aisle decor with pink peonies

spotted via a low country wed | photo: sean money + elizabeth fay

Ribbons on the Backs of Chairs: Do This, Not That

Posted August 20, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments

Do you love the look of ribbons on the backs of chairs, but you a) don’t want to spend hours doing it, and you b) don’t want to spend gobs of money on ribbon that will, essentially, be used for mere minutes? You’ve come to the right place! I love the look myself, but you won’t catch me cutting, knotting, and tying ribbons to the backs of over fifty-some backs of chairs. As Sweet Brown would say, Ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead, try this easy wedding hack: tie ribbons on the backs of chairs IN THE LAST ROW ONLY. Makes sense, no?

ribbons on the backs of chairs

ribbons on backs of chairs

photos: love is a big deal | via green wedding shoes

Just cut your ribbon the length from chair back to slightly-longer-than-the-ground; knot the top. Add several ribbon strands to the back of each chair all along the last row. Now all you have to do is pick out the perfect colors. These are pretty amazing, but I’m quite partial to light pink, peach, and mint. Feel free to mix + match textures such as satin ribbon and this or your favorite white lace fabric trim.

Like this idea? Check out even more creative wedding ideas and diy wedding ideas.


Shortest Wedding Program Ever (+ FREE Printable)

Posted August 11, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!

Sometimes it’s better to be short, sweet + totally to the point. For instance, this ceremony program tells guests pretty much what they already expect… but in a fun, celebratory, let’s-get-this-party-started sort of way. “Music starts. We get married. Everyone parties.” We love little details like these. Take a closer look and get a FREE printable sign for your ceremony!

short wedding ceremony program

photo: the becker

Free Printable – Short Wedding Ceremony Program

We made this 4 x 6″ free printable for your ceremony table. You can use it in lieu of a ceremony program or as a fun accent. Download the file, print it, and place in a frame. Enjoy! (For personal use only.)

short wedding ceremony program

There’s more coming up next. Stay tuned! xo


9 Utterly Romantic Wedding Readings from Books

Posted August 8, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments

Bride-to-be, Anna, wrote to us asking about wedding readings from books. She says, “What are your favorite wedding readings from books? We’re planning a book-themed wedding so we’d love to pick a few from the classics.” Great question, Anna, and a fantastic way to plan a themed wedding! Read on to see which readings from books made our must-have list for your wedding…

romantic wedding readings from books

hemingway house wedding — how fitting! | photo: filda konec photography

Wedding Readings from Books

1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

“Once for all, I knew to my sorrow, often and often, if not always, that I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. Once for all; I loved her none the less because I knew it, and it had no more influence in restraining me, than if I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection.”

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2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”

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3. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

“The future belongs to hearts even more than it does to minds. Love, that is the only thing that can occupy and fill eternity. In the infinite, the inexhaustible is requisite.

Love participates of the soul itself. It is of the same nature. Like it, it is the divine spark; like it, it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable. It is a point of fire that exists within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can confine, and which nothing can extinguish. We feel it burning even to the very marrow of our bones, and we see it beaming in the very depths of heaven…

What a grand thing it is to be loved! What a far grander thing it is to love! The heart becomes heroic, by dint of passion. It is no longer composed of anything but what is pure; it no longer rests on anything that is not elevated and great. An unworthy thought can no more germinate in it, than a nettle on a glacier. The serene and lofty soul, inaccessible to vulgar passions and emotions, dominating the clouds and the shades of this world, its follies, its lies, its hatreds, its vanities, its miseries, inhabits the blue of heaven, and no longer feels anything but profound and subterranean shocks of destiny, as the crests of mountains feel the shocks of earthquake.

If there did not exist some one who loved, the sun would become extinct.”

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4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

“I have for the first time found what I can truly love – I have found you. You are my sympathy – my better self – my good angel; I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and spring of life, wraps my existence about you – and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”

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5. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

“At night, there was the feeling that we had come home, feeling no longer alone, waking in the night to find the other one there, and not gone away; all other things were unreal. We slept when we were tired and if we woke the other one woke too so one was not alone. Often a man wishes to be alone and a woman wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others. We were never lonely and never afraid when we were together.”

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6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same… my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger. I should not seem a part of it.”

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7. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

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8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“‘I am,’ he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. ‘I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.’”

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9. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

“Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches… I have stayed these years in my hovel because of you. I have taught myself languages because of you. I have made my body strong because I thought you might be pleased by a strong body. I have lived my life with only the prayer that some sudden dawn you might glance in my direction. I have not known a moment in years when the sight of you did not send my heart careening against my rib cage. I have not known a night when your visage did not accompany me to sleep. There has not been a morning when you did not flutter behind my waking eyelids…

I love you. Okay? Want it louder? I love you. Spell it out, should I? I ell-oh-vee-ee why-oh-you. Want it backward? You love I.”

(I adore this one!)

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10. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Oh, how can you forget about one of the most beloved stories, The Notebook?

“I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.”

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P.S. I use the Kindle app, and I noticed you can read many of these for free!

What do you think of these wedding readings? Are you using book inspired readings at your wedding?

Tell us below!


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8 Wedding Vow Mistakes to Avoid (+ Giveaway #8!)

Posted August 7, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 15 Comments

Vows, vows, vows. They’re one of the most important parts of the wedding ceremony and for good reason: your wedding vows are the promises you make from your wedding day to eternity. You make them publicly, which makes them 100x sweeter (and nerve-wrecking). And, you don’t want to mess them up. That’s why we’ve put together a list of eight most important wedding vow mistakes to avoid so yours go off without a hitch. We’re covering some things you’ve never thought of before, along with some tricks you won’t want to miss. Plus, we’ve teamed up with Carryn of Golden Silhouette to offer a beautiful vow keepsake you will want NEED to own. It’s all here and it’s #8 in our fabulous 31 Wedding Giveaways series! Enjoy!

wedding vows

see the real wedding | photo: leah marie landers photography

Wedding Vow Mistakes to Avoid

Mistake #1 – Winging it.

For the love of all things wedding, don’t wing it. Winging it is for acceptance speeches at awards shows, toasts at dinners with friends, or karaoke night at your Bachelorette party. Winging it on your vows is not something you want to do. This is because, even if you’re the world’s best public speaker, you’ll be more nervous since it’s your wedding and you don’t want to trip up. Memorizing it? AWESOME. Winging it without anything thought out ahead of time? NOT AWESOME. If you’re reciting traditional vows, read them over several times before the big day so you’ll be more prepared when it comes to reading them.

church wedding vows

see the real wedding | photo: lacoursiere photo

Mistake #2 – Copying it.

Don’t copy someone else’s vows, aka don’t search for wedding vows online written for someone else from their significant other and copy them down on paper and say that they are your own. Not only will it feel unauthentic, you run the risk of someone else thinking, “Wait a minute… I read that somewhere…” Write from the heart! Your words = all he / she wants to hear. On the other hand, if you need some help writing them, looking at examples doesn’t hurt (but the words should come from the heart).

Mistake #3 – Forgetting to bringing them with you.

Funny as it sounds, the rings AND the vows are commonly forgotten on the wedding day. Even if you memorized it, be sure to bring a copy just in case. You might want to put someone (trustworthy) in charge of the vows so they can bring them to the ceremony and you’ll have one less thing to worry about. For instance, you can keep them in a vow book, like this by Made Divine and you’ll be sure to bring it with you.

wedding vow book personalized via 8 Wedding Vow Mistakes to Avoid

wedding vow book via 8 Wedding Vow Mistakes to Avoid

Or, have your best man take the rings AND the vows at the same time (or have the Maid of Honor handle the vows) so you don’t forget either of them. You have a lot on your mind. It’s only a good idea to delegate some tasks to your most trusted wedding party attendants.

Mistake #4: Guests can’t hear the vows.

If you’re getting married outdoors, you’ll want a great sound system with a microphone in place. If the wedding is held indoors and space is very small (as in, a microphone would be sort of unnecessary), make sure you speak clearly and loudly. Guests want to hear ‘em.

Mistake #5: Not getting a photo taken of the moment.

Be sure to put ‘reciting of vows’ on your must-have wedding photos list. It’s a moment you’ll want captured on film.

Wedding of Caitlin & Ben at The Villa

see the real wedding | photo: reiman photography

Wedding of Caitlin & Ben at The Villa

see the real wedding | photo: reiman photography

Mistake #6: Not making them personal enough.

If you are writing your own vows, make them personal. Your vows can be any style as long as they reflect your personality, whether that means short and sweet, sentimental and sniffle-worthy, or hilarious and witty. There’s no right or wrong way, as long as you own it. Also, if you’re opting for funny, steer clear of anything that might cross the line or offend anyone (or saying something that might make the bride uncomfortable). Some things you can include in your vows are how you met, when you knew you were in love with him/her, what makes them special to you, why you can’t wait to spend forever together, etc.

Mistake #7: Being so serious.

Hey, if something goes awry, IT’S OKAY! Laugh it off and learn not to take it too seriously. Weddings with little hiccups make them more memorable anyway, right? :)

Hey, at least the couple was able to laugh it off! No harm done.

Mistake #8: Forgetting to turn written vows into a lasting keepsake.

Make sure you turn those written vows into a lasting keepsake to read, re-read, and remember forever. We’ve teamed up with Carryn of Golden Silhouette to do exactly that! One lucky EB winner will receive their vows turned into a lasting keepsake to frame and display in your home forever. Here is an example:

wedding vow art via 8 Wedding Vow Mistakes to Avoid

Giveaway: Win a wedding vow keepsake!

Now that you know which wedding vow mistakes to avoid, it’s time to enter to win a vow keepsake of your very own! We’ve teamed up with Golden Silhouette to offer one wedding vow art to a lucky reader. Carry of Golden Silhouette tells us more. She says, “For years I kept our hand-written wedding vows tucked away in our wedding guest book, often trying to remember exactly what we said to each other. Now I see them everyday, beautifully interwoven and displayed in a frame that matches our modern aesthetic.

Just snap a pic of your vows (if hand-written) and email them to us. We’ll create something beautiful based on your wedding colors and/or home decor. You can choose the font styles or leave it to us to make a recommendation. We’ll create a mock-up and allow you to request up to two rounds of revisions.

This print makes a wonderful Anniversary gift, Christmas gift or Birthday gift. In fact, PAPER is the traditional one-year anniversary gift! (Frame is not included).” Get the full details on the giveaway below.

wedding vow art via 8 Wedding Vow Mistakes to Avoid

golden silhouette

o Enter between 8/7/14-8/13/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 8/14; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner will receive one (1) wedding vow art print by Golden Silhouette, custom-made from your own vows
o Winner has 6 months to use prize
o Prize value: $55; no cash value
o Free shipping included anywhere!
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good Luck!


VW Bug + Surfboard Ring Pillow

Posted June 5, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 1 Comment

Hi, lovelies! If you’re planning a beach wedding, hold on to your hats: we’ve found a ring pillow you won’t want to miss! This surfboard ring pillow is one of our favorite beach ideas to date! It features a vintage-inspired Volkswagen bug with a surfboard on top of the roof where the rings are secured with a ribbon. We spotted this awesome find over at By The Seashore, a shop with an endless array of beach wedding accents and home decor with a seaside vibe. (You may recall these beach wedding centerpieces… and who could forget these seashell covered letters?) Read on to see the surfboard ring pillow up close…

Surfboard Ring Pillow

Here is the ring pillow in ivory…

Surfboard Ring Pillow

Surfboard Ring Pillow

In blue…

Surfboard Ring Pillow

You can have the back of the car personalized with ‘Just Married’ and your wedding date, too!

Surfboard Ring Pillow

… and pink! (Have a custom color request? Just ask!)

Surfboard Ring Pillow

vintage vw ring bearer pillow

Wouldn’t your ring bearer look so cute carrying this down the aisle? We think so, too.

Surfboard Ring Pillow

Surfboard Ring Pillow

To grab yours, view more beach wedding decor, or to find out more, stop over at By The Seashore and tell ‘em Emmaline Bride sent you! You can also see their work in The Marketplace as a Featured Artist at Emmaline Bride.

There’s more coming up next! In the meantime, check out these amazing ideas!


Custom Ring Dish: Giveaway!

Posted May 19, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 23 Comments

Happy Monday, loves! We’re kicking off a brand new week of handmade wedding inspiration with a new giveaway. We’ve teamed up with Elycia Camille to offer a custom ring dish, one of our favorite ring pillow alternatives, to one lucky reader. The ring dish is handmade with durable earthenware clay and customized with text and dates of your choosing. A ring dish is used instead of a ring pillow at your ceremony; then, it is reused at home as a creative place to hold your ring. Want a chance to win one? Read on to get started!

i do ring dish

Custom Ring Dish

What would your ring dish read? You can have your wedding date, names, “I Do”, “Happily Ever After”, or another custom message.

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Giveaway: Win a Custom Ring Dish!

o Enter between 5/19/14-5/25/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: custom ring dish by Elycia Camille
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 5/26; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included anywhere
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $18 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter


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