Happy Tuesday, loves! Emma here. We’ve been receiving your wonderful Ask Emmaline questions, so keep ’em coming! (I honestly read every single one!) If we haven’t posted yours yet, we will soon… promise! Today we’re answering Samantha’s question about what kind of favors to give to kids attending her wedding. She asks…
Hi, loves! Today we’re fielding a new Ask Emmaline question from Jen who wants to know about decorating her wedding with burlap and lace — a popular combination. She asks a question we know other brides are probably wondering, too! ↓
Hi Emmaline! My wedding is rustic and shabby chic. I want to use burlap and lace as decor but I’m not sure where to start. Do I buy a roll from the store and make everything myself? What do you recommend? I am trying mostly DIY projects and need advice. Thank you!
Hi, Jen! Great question. Burlap is a tricky material to work with, even though everywhere you look you see perfectly executed runners, wraps, favors, bouquets, and more. While you certainly can give burlap a solid go with a roll from a craft store (I’ve grabbed some from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon online for a little savings), I generally don’t recommend it unless you’ve worked with it before. Here’s why: burlap is a tough, strong-smelling fabric that sheds everywhere. And while I love it, your best bet is to use imitation burlap (especially on tables because the smell really is that strong!) OR buy your supplies from a pro burlap designer (who uses both real and faux burlap). For accents like table runners with lace, for example, getting one pre-made is the best route because the designer has worked with it before and will have a custom table runner made to fit your specifications (and table sizes)…
Hi, loves! It’s the weekend, but we know that doesn’t mean your wedding planning comes to a halt. That’s why we wanted to keep the fun going with this inspiring feature on wedding silhouettes. But first, what is a silhouette? A silhouette is “the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background, especially in dim light”, according to the dictionary. In wedding decor, a silhouette (also referred to as a cameo) is essentially an outline of your profile and your significant other’s profile.
Here’s an example…
I love to discover new and creative ways to personalize your wedding space. One of my favorite ideas is to include a small table at your reception with a few must-haves: a guest book, a card box, a photo collage, and an “Our Love Story” chalkboard, which divulges important dates as a couple (i.e. first date, first kiss, proposal, etc.) to guests. One charming example of this comes to us from The Craft and Cupboard, who has created a charming decor setup which pulls the pieces together with beauty and ease. See how it’s done…
Whether you are newly engaged or about to cross the finish line with wedding planning, you absolutely need to see this post! One of the easiest ways you can personalize your ceremony and reception comes down to one thing: signage. Today we’re talking about personalized, beautiful, one-of-a-kind signage that guests will not only notice but remember for years to come. There are a handful of unexpected places where signage can be added and many of these might surprise you. Read on to find out more to beautify your space…
Hi, lovelies! Emma here and it’s time to get down to business! Wake up, grab a cup of coffee, and get ready to cross “guest book” off your seemingly long list of wedding to-do’s. Today, you’re going to pick a guest book. That’s all there is to it! And since we’ve shared so many alternative guest books in the past, there’s really no reason you can’t find one you love in the archives, in The Marketplace, or right here in this carefully curated list. But first, let me get something off my chest. When did a simple guest book become boring? While lovely, not everyone envisions globes or maps or creative wall prints or large monogram letters as guest books. Some of us love a traditional, classic book! A guest book will never let you down; there are no accessories like batteries for a camera or special markers or photo paper required (even though you know I love these). There is just simple paper, a pen, and a line for guests to write their heartfelt wishes. So, we’re helping you out: we’re sharing twenty-five guest books with a little something for everyone! Just wait until you see the list! Read on for more…
Hello, lovelies! These glitter place card holders we spotted over at Kara’s Vineyard Wedding are incredible! They’re ideal for a fall or winter wedding that could use a little sparkle & shine. They also work beautifully for a holiday party. Take a look — they’re available in gold, silver, rose gold, purple, or blue glitter and they are made from re-purposed cork.
Place Card Holders with Glitter
Hi, lovelies! Emma here. When real bride, Cady, emailed us with a wedding decor question, we couldn’t wait to swoop in to help. She writes,
[su_quote cite=”Cady”]”There is a white wall behind my head table and it looks so bare. I know we’ll want photos taken of us during dinner, speeches, etc. Do you have any suggestions for what I can do to decorate it easily? I’m not very skilled at DIYs. Thank you!”[/su_quote]
Great question, Cady! There are many backdrops which come to mind, but my favorite and the easiest suggestion is a paper flower backdrop. Paper flowers are incredibly versatile. They can…
1) be customized in size: either big enough to cover a giant wall, such as a head table
2) tie into any wedding theme from vintage to modern (based on type of paper used, i.e. newspaper or book pages for vintage; brightly-colored or patterned paper for modern weddings)
3) incorporate your color palette with ease
4) be used as a chic photo booth backdrop
5) be re-used after the big day as home or office decor
And since you mentioned that you’re not a huge DIY fan, you’ll be relieved to know that THESE paper flowers are handmade for you by PaperFlora, so you can let Natalie take care of the beautiful flower-making! All you have to do is order your custom colors, styles, and sizes; and then assemble them on your wall! It’s the easiest way to get a chic and stylish backdrop which will make your wedding reception pop.
Check out my favorites from PaperFlora:
Wait until you see this adorable engagement gift idea! The front side of this sign has a chalkboard countdown for the number of days until you’re married; the reverse side is a painted sign with a sweet love quote on it. Use it as a countdown at your bridal shower and the reverse as decor at your reception (and at home). This sign is completely hand-painted and hand-lettered — no vinyl or stencils used here! That means each piece is completely one-of-a-kind… and we love that. By Prairie Boutique.
Wedding Countdown Sign
How many days until you’re married? One of my friends is getting married in thirty-seven short days! And I can’t wait to celebrate!
This is such a brilliant idea. Find out more here and tell us what you think in the comment box below!
Hi, Emma here! If I could fill my kitchen with one thing (other than insanely adorable coffee mugs from here and endless bags of coffee, obviously) it would be one of each color in Jeanette Zeis‘ incredible cake stands collection.
Cake Stands for Weddings
Jeanette creates pottery and some of the most beautiful clay stands we’ve ever seen.