Category: ceremony

Here Comes the Bride Sign → Giveaway!

Instead of a traditional basket or ring pillow, why not have your flower girl or ring bearer carry something different? One of our favorite ideas is this Here Comes the Bride sign from The Ritzy Rose. It’s handmade and features a flag design with ‘Here Comes the Bride’ printed on both sides. It’s so much easier than tossing petals, I say! And there’s no clean-up, so your venue will love it. You can get yours here. And, if you’re feeling lucky, you can enter for a chance to win one this week at EB! Get the details below + see some inspiration of this sign from Real Weddings.

Here Comes the Bride Sign

Here are a few (sweet!) examples from Real Weddings:

here comes the bride pennant
by the ritzy rose, photo: joseph mark photography

here comes the bride sign big
by the ritzy rose

by the ritzy rose, photo: amalie orrange photography

Here Comes the Bride Sign

o Enter between 5/21/15-5/27/15 (11:59pm EST)…

Ribbon Wands with Bells → Ceremony Toss Alternative

[A]fter the ceremony, guests like to toss something at the newlyweds as they make their grand exit. We’ve shared some of our favorite ceremony tossing ideas in the past, but happens when your venue says you can’t toss anything? Some venues are doing so, since rice and petals require too much cleanup afterward. So, we recommend these ribbon wands with bells instead. We love them because they’re colorful (and custom to coordinate with your palette), they are lovely noisemakers, which makes them festive; and they’re mess-free! You can’t get much better than that! Check out a few of our favorite ribbon wands below, all handpicked from the lovely Kate Kate NYC, ribbon wand extraordinaire!

Ribbon Wands with Bells

by kate kate nyc

ribbon wands with bells

by kate kate nyc

orange pink ribbon wands with bells

by kate kate nyc

This next one is my favorite…

How to Pick a Rustic Flower Girl Basket

[H]appy Friday, loves! Do you have any big plans this weekend? Maybe crossing off some to-do’s from your wedding list? My weekend involves crossing things off of my to-do list, mostly home projects. Then maybe some extra sleep. Ah, one can dream! Today we’re sharing rustic flower girl baskets from the oh-so-lovely Michele’s Cottage. Maybe you’re hoping to cross off flower girl basket from your list… or maybe you’re not sure what to look for when it comes to picking the perfect rustically-inspired one. Either way, we’ll show you which details to look for and share some handpicked finds. Which of these baskets is your favorite?

Rustic Flower Girl Baskets – Round-Up

So, what makes these flower girl baskets rustic? For this theme, you’ll want to look for details like wood, birch bark, grapevine, moss, and wood-carved initials, just to name a few. Take a look at these baskets — you’ll find something rustic-inspired about each of them.

basket with burlap flower girl | Rustic Flower Girl Baskets

by michele’s cottage

by michele’s cottage

rustic birch flower girl basket | Rustic Flower Girl Baskets

by michele’s cottage

by michele’s cottage

shabby chic rustic flower girl basket | Rustic Flower Girl Baskets

by michele’s cottage

moss and branch flower girl basket | Rustic Flower Girl Baskets

by michele’s cottage

by michele’s cottage

moss basket | Rustic Flower Girl Baskets
by michele’s cottage

here comes the bride birch basket | Rustic Flower Girl Baskets

by michele’s cottage

My favorite flower girl basket is the grapevine with moss! Although, to be honest, they are all pretty amazing! You can find even more rustic wedding finds right here.


“Alternative to Throwing Rice?” – Ask Emmaline (Giveaway!)

*Giveaway inside!

Searching for an alternative to throwing rice? We’ve found the perfect, number-one answer for you. Be sure to subscribe or you’ll miss out on future posts like this one!

[W]ant to make a grand exit at your ceremony, but your venue doesn’t allow you to throw rice or confetti? You’re not alone. Many venues are saying no to messy or potentially hazardous ceremony tosses. But that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck! See Jessica’s Ask Emmaline question about an alternative to throwing rice:

Hi Emmaline! I had my heart set on our guests tossing rice in the air as we exited the ceremony, but our venue forbids it. My mom suggested we do something different. Is there an alternative to throwing rice?

Jessica, throwing rice is so last year. ;) Kidding. But we have the perfect alternative to throwing rice: ribbon wands! We love these ribbon wands because they make NO MESS. Plus, your ribbon wands can include a bell so you hear wedding bells ringing as guests wave them in the air. Instead of a quick toss of rice with cleanup and hassle, these ribbon wands from Kate Kate NYC are customized in your colors. You can even reuse them as you make your reception grand entrance! Here, take a look at some of the colors available (there are TONS of color combinations):

Alternative to Throwing Rice: Ribbon Wands

navy and pink ribbon wands


We’ve teamed up with Kate Kate NYC to offer 100 ribbon wands to one lucky reader! This is a alternative to tossing rice and we love the pretty colors available.

o Enter between 3/17/15-3/23/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: 100 Send Off Wedding Wands
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping included anywhere!
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 1 year to claim prize
o Prize value: $100 | 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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Good Luck!


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Rustic Ring Pillows or Alternatives? – Ask Emmaline
(*Giveaway Inside!)

Looking for rustic ring pillows? You’ve come to the right place! Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss future posts like this. Also, there’s a giveaway inside!

[I]t’s time for another Ask Emmaline question! This one comes from Melissa who wants to know about a ring pillow for her ceremony. She asks,

Hi Emmaline! I’m planning my wedding ceremony and need rustic ring pillow ideas. Any suggestions?

Great question, Melissa! There are plenty of ring pillow alternatives and rustic ring pillows from which to choose, but we’ll show you some of our favorites in today’s post. You can pick a traditional ring pillow, where the rings are tied to the top by a ribbon; a box, where the rings are placed inside; or an alternative, whether that means no ring pillow at all (see the banner below) or a fun twist, like a canoe for couples who love the outdoors. Take a look at the boards below to be inspired! PLUS, you can win one of these rustic ring pillows this week! See the giveaway details below…

Rustic Ring Pillows or Alternatives


burlap ring pillow with lace and C♥R on top | montana snow
love is sweet ring pillow | twining vines
ivory ring pillow with ivory flowers on top | paperflora
burlap ring pillow with crochet doily | juneberry stitches
burlap ‘J+M’ ring pillow with ribbon | be timeless
burlap ring pillow with pink ribbon bow and embroidered flowers | made to marry – giveaway item!


yellow soul mates ring bearer box | montana snow
blue ring box with monogram | montana snow
his hers wood box with hinge | country barn babe
ring box with ‘i do’ ribbon on top | michele’s cottage
round ring box | red heart creations
‘we do’ ring box | michele’s cottage
his hers ring box made with wood slab rounds | end grain wood shoppe


ring bearer banner | the hipster housewife
to have and to hold ring dish | orly design
ring bearer nest | michele’s cottage
ring bearer canoe | white tulip boutique
ring bearer bowl | elycia camille

You can see even more ring pillows in The Marketplace.

We hope this helped to inspire you! Now, on to the giveaway!


You can win a ring pillow from Made to Marry, as shown below:

win a burlap ring pillow

About the prize:

This ring bearer pillow is hand-embroidered with pink shades and is perfect for a rustic wedding. It also has adorned sides with small glass pearls in white and gold. This pillow is hand sewn and handmade with natural colored fine quality linen and luxury satin backing. Measures 8in x 8in.

o Enter between 3/11/15-3/17/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: One (1) ring pillow from Made to Marry
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning 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: $50 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good Luck!

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P.S. Have a question for us? Just Ask Emmaline! We’d love to hear from you + we’re here to help!


7 Wedding Toss Mistakes to Avoid

Planning a wedding ceremony toss? You’ve come to the right place! A ceremony toss is where guests toss something at the newlyweds in celebration as they exit the space (immediately after the ceremony). It is sometimes referred to as a ceremony exit. If you like posts like these, be sure to keep ’em coming right to your inbox!

[A]re you planning a wedding toss after your ceremony? Don’t miss this post! Emma here and I’m so excited that you’ve stopped in today: we’ve rounded up seven wedding toss mistakes to avoid so your hooray’s go off without a hitch. We’ve also included some suggestions for what to toss, what to avoid, I’ll pass on some wisdom I learned from my 7th grade teacher, and we’ll even tie an unlikely connection between the B-52’s and your ceremony exit.

Oh, it’s bound to be a good time. Enjoy!

Wedding Toss | via 7 Wedding Ceremony Toss Mistakes to Avoid via

photo: brett symes photography via want that wedding; confetti cones by flowerfetti

Wedding Ceremony Toss Tips

Mistake #1: Not asking permission first.

Always ask your venue before planning a wedding ceremony toss. Don’t assume it’s accepted, because many venues won’t let you toss anything anymore, especially indoors, simply because it’s a pain to clean up. So, ask first — and don’t assume anything. (P.S. My seventh grade teacher told us to never assume anything because it makes an ASS out of U and ME. Pretty good rule of thumb for life, yes?)

Mistake #2: Rice. Or glitter. Or anything that’s impossible to clean.

In case you haven’t heard yet, rice is terrible for tossing. Why? There was a big hubbub caused by Ann Landers that basically told brides that rice will cause birds to, you know, explode if they ingested rice. (In case you were wondering, this is a myth, thank goodness.) Rice is still frowned upon, though; it can be more of a tripping hazard than anything. Plus, it’s a waste of perfectly good food.

Now, as far as glitter is concerned, that’s a tough one: we would pretty much advise against it, especially if the ceremony is not on your own property. I mean, the B-52’s wouldn’t have elaborated so much about glitter on the highway, on the front porch, or on the hallway just because it’s festive. They were trying to tell us how glitter is THE WORST to clean up. And does it even really go away? Also, glitter would be a nightmare to get on your beautiful dress, not to mention in your hair or eyes.

But I get it, I really do: it’s insanely sparkly + festive. But we’re not here to boss you around — just gently advise. ;)

tossing glitter | photo: angie capri | via 7 Ceremony Wedding Toss Mistakes to Avoid via

photo: angie capri via the perfect palette

Now, colorful sprinkle tosses look amazing in photos. However, I’ve heard conflicting things that the dyed sugar can stain your dress, and we think you’d need a decent size tub of sprinkles and still, that’s a lot of perfectly delicious sprinkles to go to waste. But, hey, to each her own.

toss sprinkles instead of rice | photo: jessica fike | via 7 Wedding Ceremony Toss Mistakes to Avoid via

photo: jessica fike photography

What to toss instead?

There are several things you can use instead of rice for a confetti toss. Here are some ideas for inspiration:

Ribbon Wands

You technically don’t toss a ribbon wand, but you twirl it which looks really pretty and leaves zero cleanup.

ribbon wands instead of rice by decadent designs | via 7 Wedding Ceremony Toss Mistakes to Avoid via

decadent designs


Toss an eco-friendly option like dried flower petals or herbs. You can get a bunch of beautiful, fragrant flower confetti from places like Flowerfetti, who offers a ton of lovely eco-friendly tossing ideas, like these.



I love lavender: it’s calming, smells amazing, is eco-friendly, and fits in small favor bags for tossing.

lavenderfetti tossing bags for wedding ceremony toss by lavenderfetti via



Another favorite for outdoor confetti tosses? Birdseed. Those birds will love you for it.

bird seed toss bags for wedding ceremony toss by mother and daughter creations | via 7 Wedding Ceremony Toss Mistakes to Avoid via

mother and daughter creations


Poms are so much easier to clean up! No small particles, just fluffy, fuzzy poms that guests can toss in a big basket afterward. Plus, it’s super cheap and colorful, too.

poms for tossing | photo: wayne yuan | via 7 Wedding Ceremony Toss Mistakes to Avoid via

photo: wayne yuan via style me pretty


Blowing bubbles is fun for all ages — especially the kiddos! Plus, you can get easy bubble favors, like these.

Mistake #3: No confetti containers.

To make sure your confetti toss is perfect, a little preparation is key: place confetti in paper cones or small glassine bags and pre-pack them for guests to grab after the ceremony.

flower confetti cone for wedding ceremony toss


Make sure the toss bags are easily accessible, too. One suggestion is to have a ribbon strung through a petal cone to attach to ceremony chair backs. This way, guests are prepared long before you recite your vows.

petal cone hanging from ceremony chair | photo: yvonne wang | via 7 Wedding Ceremony Toss Mistakes to Avoid via

photo: yvonne wong via style me pretty

Mistake #4: Leaving a mess.

Clean up after yourself. This one’s obvious, but worth noting. It’s also a great idea to have a waste basket somewhere on the premises (obviously not in view, but accessible for after the ceremony) and a small broom and dustpan for easy cleanup.

Mistake #5: Not establishing a tossing space.

If you want to have a wedding toss after the ceremony, make sure you have a specific space in mind. Usually it happens outside of your ceremony venue, but the location is really up to you. Pick your space and coordinate with your photographer to ensure that’s where it happens. Besides, this way you can work together to ensure there’s enough light and room to really capture the perfect moment.

petal toss from stairs | photo: jj chen photography | via 7 Wedding Ceremony Toss Mistakes to Avoid via

photo: jj chen photography

Mistake #6: Forgetting to ask guests what to do.

Guests won’t necessarily know what to do unless you request it. Include a line in your program that says something like, “Please take a bag of confetti as you exit the ceremony & toss as the newlyweds exit.” Also, make sure the bags are in plain view, and easy to grab as guests exit. You can even give to guests with their programs as they enter the ceremony space, which works well, too.

Mistake #7: Not assigning someone in charge.

If you don’t have a wedding coordinator, ask a friend to do a huge favor and help you with the toss. This friend can be responsible for getting the toss bags passed out to guests, or having them placed in a basket after the ceremony, or having your guests form two lines so you have an aisle way to walk through. This friend can also make sure stuff gets cleaned up, so you’re not in trouble with your venue. This friend should also be given a nice gift and a big thank you and you should totally owe them one giant favor for helping you out in this way.

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So, are you planning a wedding ceremony toss? If so, what are you going to offer to guests for tossing?


Paper Flower Chair Decoration

[A]re you looking for wedding chair decorations? We’ve shared some amazing finds in the past (like these, those, and who could forget these?) and we’re sharing a new one today! Have you seen this huge paper flower chair decoration over at Dragonfly Expression? We love the look!

Paper Flower Chair Decoration

So, how can you use this?

How to Use This Decoration

For your ceremony…

– adorn reserved chairs
– use as aisle decor on chairs
– embellish your aisle runner

For your reception…

– as decoration on your cake table or guest book table
– as chair decor for your sweetheart table or head table

You can see more + buy yours here.

bottom image via netmartin wedding couture