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Giveaway: Win a Set of Bridesmaid Cosmetic Bags

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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It’s Friday! *throws glitter* What do you say to a brand new giveaway? We think that sounds like a good idea, too. We’ve teamed up with the lovely Sandra of Sandra Smith to offer a set of 3 bridesmaid cosmetic bags to one lucky reader. Turn these bags into the perfect bridesmaid gift: fill each bag with your favorite lip gloss, mascara, a small piece of jewelry, and toss in a couple of these in your favorite shades for each bridesmaid. It’s the perfect gift! Read on to find out more…

Bridesmaid Cosmetic Bags

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

Here’s the giveaway form! Good luck + be sure to tell your friends.

o Enter between 11/14-11/20/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Set of 3 Bridesmaid Cosmetic Bags by Sandra Smith

Accent your wedding with this set of personalized bags. Handcrafted in NYC with love and detail, these make the perfect gift for a bridesmaid, loved one or even to yourself! Opt for the colors shown or personalize with custom colors.

PRODUCT DETAILS

• Measures 6 x 4 x 1.5 inches
• Outer fabric: 100% cotton slub
• Lining: 100% cotton
• Wool felt detail, ribbon pull

o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping to U.S. only
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $84 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

How to Make Bridesmaid Clutches (or Christmas Gifts!)

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Want to get crafty + make your own clutch purses (for bridesmaids or Christmas gifts)? Now’s your chance to do it in style. The lovely Allisa Jacobs—an expert in cute bridesmaid clutches and accessories—is now offering a sewing pattern of one of her best-selling styles so you can make your own DIY bridesmaid clutches at home. With a little sewing knowledge (designed for BEGINNER sewing levels, YAY!), all you need is her downloadable pattern; then, just pick out your favorite fabric at your local craft store, roll up your sleeves, and get crafting! Delicious coffee + Christmas music optional (but totally encouraged).

DIY Bridesmaid Clutch + Matching Card Case via EmmalineBride.com

DIY Bridesmaid Clutch

Here’s an example of one she made with a striped black-and-white fabric. We love that matching card case. Cute, right?

DIY Bridesmaid Clutch + Matching Card Case via EmmalineBride.com

Find out more here where you can order your PDF file + get crafting. Enjoy!

DIY Bridesmaid Clutch + Matching Card Case via EmmalineBride.com

xo
-E.

Newly Engaged? Here’s a Cute Gift Idea

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Remember when we talked about what to do after getting engaged? Well, one of the things I said you would need was a solid notebook. A 5 x 8″ notebook like this will do just fine; it’s simple, easy-to-carry anywhere, and contains plenty of pages to last a long time. You never know when creativity or wedding planning ideas will strike, so you’ll want to be ready with a pen and a pad of paper. Another thing you’ll want to have is a portfolio organizer, which will keep business cards (from wedding pros you meet), address labels (with your address to stick on giveaway forms at wedding shows), color swatches, a pen, and said notebook (mentioned above) all in one place. And I’ll bet you’ve never seen a portfolio organizer as cute as these by Allisa Jacobs.

Oh, and she’s having an awesome giveaway right now but I’ll get to that in a minute.

yellow polka dot portfolio organizer via newly engaged gift idea at EmmalineBride.com

Newly Engaged Gift Idea: Portfolio Organizer

This chic portfolio organizer is one of our favorite items by Allisa Jacobs. Could these be any cuter? They’re pretty much 10/10 on the cuteness scale.

portfolio organizer polka dots via newly engaged gift idea at EmmalineBride.com

Each portfolio organizer features two interior pockets and a panel made of the highest quality designer print fabric. Your favorite pen (we all have one; this is mine!) tucks into its own spot, so you’ll never be all, “Um, can I borrow your pen?” No one wants to be that person. And then you never return the pen…

portfolio organizer via newly engaged gift idea at EmmalineBride.com

It is made with heavy natural cotton and has an elastic to keep everything all pulled together.

elastic on back of portfolio via newly engaged gift idea at EmmalineBride.com

Plus, they’re covered in the sweetest patterned fabric. I’m having trouble picking a favorite, can you tell?

However, I do looooove this Southwestern design.

southwestern porfolio organizer design via newly engaged gift idea at EmmalineBride.com

Give me ALL OF THE COLORS.

lotsa colors portfolio via newly engaged gift idea at EmmalineBride.com

notepad organizer floral via newly engaged gift idea at EmmalineBride.com

And you’ll definitely be using this long after the wedding planning is over. I need a notebook with me at all times. Grocery lists in my head? Forget about it. I always forget the eggs. Somehow I never forget the ice cream. But that’s another story for another day.

♥ | ♥ | ♥

Get These + Enter a Giveaway

You can find these + equally adorable clutches (and more) at Allisa Jacobs. As I mentioned, she is offering a giveaway right now for a copy of my book + a $50 gift card to her shop! Get to it!

xo
Emma

P.S. Are you having wedding planning woes? Shout out and we’ll help you out. It’s just one of the ways we’re the #1 blog for wedding planning.

She Stole His Last Name – Wedding Gift Idea

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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We love popping in to Geezees to see what’s new. One of our favorite new canvases just released is this one that features different dates to tell your story. For instance, it features the date he stole her heart, popped the question, and she stole his last name. Cute idea for a wedding present!

she stole last name

She Stole His Last Name Canvas

Want to grab one of your own? Head over to Geezees! There are so many lovely canvases to see!

xo
Emma

Getting Ready Robe – Doie

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Getting Ready Robe - Doie

Doie. If you’re not familiar yet, listen up because these getting ready robes from Doie are taking the wedding world by storm! You’ve probably heard of a getting ready robe in the past, you know, the kind you wear the morning of the wedding, while you’re filling out one of these.

Getting Ready Robe – Doie

Getting Ready Robe - Doie

Now, if I was planning my wedding, as I did a few years back, I’d be wondering the same thing you probably are. “Cute,”but, “is it comfy? Does it cover me? Will it fit? Is it soft? Should I really get one? Can I fit it into my budget?” We ask so many questions, no? With these robes, though, I have to say… the answer is yes all around. The only problem you’ll have is trying to pick a favorite design and color combination from their gorgeous choices.

Getting Ready Robe - Doie

I actually have a getting ready robe from Doie and it is LUXURIOUSLY soft. I’ve had robes in the past, but this? This one is my favorite. It’s honestly the first thing I look forward to putting on when I’ve had a long day and need to relax and want to curl up with a book and a cup of coffee. To paint my nails. To put on makeup. To snuggle Baby Andrew, who loves the satin trim so much that he’s always grabbing and pulling at it while I try to change him. I grab my Doie robe to make cocoa at night. To watch Netflix reruns. Speaking of, did you know Gilmore Girls is on reruns? I’m on Season Two and Lorelai is being proposed to by Max and there are so many funny and cute things that happen. The 1000 yellow daisies? I die. And could they drink any more coffee? Every five minutes it’s coffee this, coffee that. And I thought I was a coffee addict. How amazing is Melissa McCarthy, all the way back then? She is. Oh, and Luke & Loreai? I hope that happens. Sorry, Max. But I digress.

Getting Ready Robe - Doie

So, anyways, stop wondering about whether or not you really need one and head over to Doie. Pick out a favorite style. It’s one wedding thing you’ll be able to reuse and enjoy for a long, long time. Oh, and might I add: they wash up really nicely. You’ll want to wash on the delicate cycle, cold water, and hang dry. That’s what I did for mine and it came out just as lovely as it did when it arrived after ordering.

xo
Emma

credits //

styled shoot: Valorie Darling Photography | makeup by Artistry by Danika, hair by Trace Henningsen

bridesmaids photo: Maggie Thalheimer of Gerber and Scarpelli

Moroccan Wedding Jewelry by Marolsha

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Do you remember when we talked about moroccan wedding inspiration? Well, we were browsing over at Marolsha recently and spotted Maddy’s ethereal collection of moroccan wedding jewelry and it brought us right back to that awe-inspiring theme. So, we decided to gather up all the pretty moroccan wedding jewelry we could find in her shop and put it into a post for you. And here it is! Give a pair of these ornate earrings to your bridesmaids or Maid of Honor as a keepsake from your day. Oh, and fair warning: it will be very difficult to pick a favorite!

Moroccan Wedding Jewelry

gold filigree earrings - Moroccan Wedding Jewelry by Marolsha

So, what do you think? Are you planning a moroccan wedding? Tell us about it or about which of these pieces is your favorite. I’m really digging those cobalt and gold ones…

Moroccan Wedding Jewelry

Like what you see here? Head over to Marolsha for more, including moroccan wedding jewelry (and other beautiful finds).

xo
Emma

Bridesmaid Clutch Sets with Secret Message Inside

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Hi, loves! Okay, so I spotted these bridesmaid clutch sets over at Davie & Chiyo and holy wow, talk about gorgeous! But first, let’s just swoon for a moment at this pretty little number. Blush pink = my favorite color. That bow? The perfect girly detail. Essentially this is my dream clutch purse…

blush classic bow clutch - bridesmaid clutch sets

And, this navy blue and white polka dot liner? Perfection.

bridesmaid clutch sets

The whole package is gorgeous, right? I know. And then this happened.

I dug a little deeper and saw these these bridesmaid clutch sets can be MISMATCHED, which makes total sense because each girl is unique with a style all her own. Why buy the same style purse for each bridesmaid?

bridesmaid clutch sets

Yet, they all go together beautifully, since the bridesmaid clutch sets are designed with a similar color palette in mind.

bridesmaid clutches

blush classic bow clutch - bridesmaid clutches

But the icing on the cake with these clutches is the special message tag on the inside.

message in bridesmaid clutch - bridesmaid clutch sets

Love it? Head over to Davie & Chiyo because there’s so much more to see!

Wear Again Bridesmaid Necklaces by Ava Hope Designs

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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While any necklace could technically be considered ‘wear-again’ after the wedding, today we set out on a mission to find wear again bridesmaid necklaces they’ll actually want to wear again — and not just for elegant occasions.

wear again bridesmaid necklaces

These bridesmaid necklaces from Ava Hope Designs are designed for everyday wear, which means your bridesmaid gift to her will become her favorite new daily accessory. Take a peek at the handpicked necklaces that struck a chord with my little handmade heart…

You Had Me At… Card

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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You Had Me At Card - fill it in with your custom answer

We spotted this adorable you had me at card and just had to share! It features a speech bubble that is customized with the thing that made you fall in love with your future spouse. Mine? It would read, “You had me at

8 Remarkably Unique Wedding Prints by Theme

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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When people ask us about the best engagement gift ideas, I can’t help but mention wedding prints as one of them. Customization is at the heart of a wedding — particularly handmade weddings — and personalized wedding art prints makes perfect sense. Artwork is a functional gift, which can be framed and displayed in the home of the newlyweds for years to come. A personalized wedding print can also be used as a makeshift guest book, onto which guests sign around the edges at the reception. (A guest book on the wall? You’ll definitely look at it more than a closed book on your shelf!) Today we are introducing eight of our favorite new wedding prints by theme by the talented Michael Dexter Design. But we want to know: which one is perfect for your big day?

yes engagement print with birds | via wedding prints personalized by theme