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How to Plan a Honeymoon: 8 Months – 1 Year Before
(+ Giveaway!)

Posted July 2, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 10 Comments

Hi, loves! This post is an important one: pin it, tweet it, facebook it (however you’d like to share it) because you’ll want it for later! Today we’re sharing part one (of four) on How to Plan a Honeymoon. In this post, we’ll cover what you need to do to plan a honeymoon eight months to one year before your trip. (Did you know you needed to start planning that early? It was news to me when I planned my honeymoon, too.) We’ll be doing one post a week, so by the end of July you’ll be on your way to planning the perfect honeymoon vacation. Now, some of these may seem obvious, but it helps to have them all in one (easy-to-reference) place. Let’s get started, shall we? Oh, and I wanted to mention that there is an awesome giveaway happening inside this post by ArenLace… so don’t miss it!

How to Plan a Honeymoon

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How to Plan a Honeymoon – Part 1

Eight Months to One Year Before the Trip

1. Set your budget.

Set your budget right off the bat. This will also help determine where you’d like to go, based on what you can (comfortably) afford. Don’t forget to allocate funds for activities, food, and incidentals while you’re there. It’s always better to have more than enough money than to be worried about every penny while on your honeymoon. Need help setting a budget? Read how to plan your honeymoon on a budget.

2. Call a travel agent (if you plan to use one).

If you want to take the guesswork out of planning your honeymoon, a travel agent can be an invaluable resource. A good travel agent will know the best locations, deals, and places to visit while you’re there. Most times, the fees that travel agents charge is nominal.

3. Pick a place.

Narrow it down and pick your perfect honeymoon destination. We’ve showed some amazing destinations in the past here.

4. Make travel arrangements (flight + hotel).

Once you’ve picked the place, book it! Book your flight and hotel accommodations as soon as possible. Read this excellent post about the best time to book airline tickets before you buy — it could save you a bundle. Look up ticket prices on Kayak — I’ve always saved the most money on my own trips using that service. Don’t forget to pick the best seats on the plane before you book by using this. It will actually look up the type of plane being used on your flight and then give you a breakdown of the best seats on the flight. I used to book corporate travel for a past employer and I always picked the best seats (most legroom, away from the lavatory and galley, largest armrest).

5. Get a passport or renew yours (if you need one).

Since a passport lasts four years, you can renew or get yours now and save yourself the headache closer to the wedding.

Giveaway: Win a honeymoon dress!

Now that you know the first steps on how to plan a honeymoon, it’s time to win a little something to take with you! We’ve teamed up with ArenLace to offer a ‘Bride’ honeymoon maxi dress to one lucky reader! It is black and white with ‘Bride’ on the front in rhinestones. Dress is long-length and has a strapless top. So cute! Perfect for wearing on the beach.

Win a Bride Maxi Dress via How to Plan a Honeymoon (Part 1 of 4)

Giveaway Details

o Enter between 7/2/14-7/9/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize: Bride maxi dress by ArenLace

• 95% rayon 5% spandex
• Machine wash cold, gentle cycle, hang dry

o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 7/10; 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 has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $35.00
o Shipping included to U.S. only
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter
o No cash value

Good Luck!

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Look for part two on How to Plan a Honeymoon coming next Wednesday! Better yet, subscribe for FREE so you don’t miss it!

Have any tips to add?

Leave your comments below!

xo
-E.

Want more? Check out these 50 best honeymoon tips!





How to Save Time Booking Wedding Appointments

Posted May 20, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!

While planning your wedding, you may have noticed how many vendors require an appointment before your consultation. Many bridal gown shops, for instance, require an appointment before they’ll allow you to browse their wedding dress collection. An appointment is also required before you can meet with wedding venues, florists, photographers, disc jockeys, and hair or makeup artists, just to name a few. Booking wedding appointments requires time and energy, both of which you’ll need more of during the planning process. But now there’s a way you can save time booking wedding appointments (and make your life easier). Read on to find out more about Voncierge, a startup proving that appointments can be easier to make – and keep – than ever before…

How to Save Time Booking Wedding Appointments


Save Time Booking Wedding Appointments with Voncierge

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When you’re ready to start booking wedding appointments, look to Voncierge. What is Voncierge? Voncierge is a virtual concierge – your new wedding planning assistant. On Voncierge, you can easily book your wedding appointments online 24/7 with just a few clicks. Plus, it’s totally free to join.

How to Save Time Booking Wedding Appointments

So, how does it work? To start, engaged couples browse vendor listings based on location and vendor type. Each vendor profile includes a calendar with available appointment times to make booking a breeze. Pick a time and day that works with your schedule – not the other way around. Confirm your appointment with just one click – that easy! Plus, you can view beautiful wedding galleries from vendors – like bridal gown shops or florists – near you to see examples of their work. This is so much easier than calling around to different shops and attempting to make an appointment during the work day. Instead, go online at a time that works with you and find an appointment that works with your busy schedule.

Try it for yourself and enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a $1000 shopping spree at Saks Fifth Avenue! To enter, register at Voncierge.com/registration. You can get multiple entries by booking appointments with vendors with promo code VONCIERGEBRIDE. Each appointment enters you for an additional chance to win!

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Voncierge has vendors in over 20 cities but is primarily focused on Dallas, New York and Boston. To begin browsing near you, visit Voncierge and find out more. To find out more about how it works, visit Voncierge.com.

This is a sponsored post by Voncierge.





7 Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding
(+ Giveaway!)

Posted May 15, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 17 Comments

It’s time for another Ask Emmaline question! We received this question from bride-to-be, Lana, who asks, “Dear Emmaline, I’m planning my wedding and my parents have been so helpful, especially my mom. She has been helping with every DIY detail, even taking some of the bigger projects (my centerpieces) to eliminate my stress. I want to thank my parents for all they’ve done for our wedding; any advice?” Fantastic question! You can never thank your parents enough for all of the wonderful things they’ve done for you, and your wedding is no exception. Whether they are contributing their time, money, support, or they’re just being totally awesome per usual, it’s important to thank your parents at your wedding. In this post, we’re sharing some of our favorites ways to thank your parents at your wedding PLUS we’re giving away one of our favorite finds by Paper Street Press!

P.S. This is a must-have photo! Pin this for later! (Hover mouse over photo and click ‘pin it’.)

must-have photo for your wedding! bride and groom kissing, parents kissing. photo by jessie alexis via Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding

photo: jessie alexis photography

Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding

1. Present Them with a Heartfelt Art Print

Give them a personalized gift at the wedding, like this custom thank you art print by Paper Street Press.

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It will be a memorable gift they’ll display at home and cherish for years to come.

2. Include a Note in the Ceremony Program

If you’re having a ceremony program, include a note inside it thanking your parents for their love and support.

3. Recreate One of Their Wedding Photos

Flip through their wedding photos and ask them about their day. Find a photo that includes your parents and your grandparents from their wedding; have it recreated at your own wedding.

Recreate a photo from your parents' wedding day! (via Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding)

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4. Include a Thank You in your Menu

Include a note in your menu at your reception showing your gratitude.

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5. Handwritten Thanks

Present your parents with a card or letter as a thank you. For a card, write a few lines inside with specifics of why you’d like to say thanks at your wedding. If you’d like to include a longer letter, consider something along the lines of “remember when” where you write things you’re thankful for, whether before or during the wedding planning process.

6. Thank You Gifts

Present your parents with gifts of thanks. A few examples include jewelry…

mother bangle bracelet gift idea (via Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding)

georgie designs

… these mugs…

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… or a handkerchief.

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7. Enjoy the Day

And, last but not least, enjoy your wedding day. Your parents want you to be happy and savor every moment of your wedding day. You (and presumably they) have put lots of time and energy into this day, so make sure you show your appreciation by enjoying it. Practice these wedding acts of kindness and be gracious to all who help you make your day wonderful. Oh, and it goes without saying: never be a bridezilla. It doesn’t look good on anyone. And, be sure to say thank you during the planning process.

P.S. I love this cute photo of the bride’s parents!

cute photo of brides parents (via Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding)

photo: samm blake via style me pretty

Giveaway: Thank You Print for Parents

Now that you have some ideas on how to thank parents at your wedding, it’s time to win a lovely gift! We’ve teamed up with Paper Street Press to offer a custom art print to one lucky reader (as seen below and above in #1).

About the Prize

Kleenex not included! Bring your mama to tears with these personalized, sentimental wedding-day gifts. You will receive a unique pair of fully-customized 8″ x 10″ prints; one for each set of parents. Additional prints are available for just $10 each.

o Enter between 5/15/14-5/21/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Personalized Pair of Parents Thank You Prints
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 5/22; 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 to U.S. and Canada
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 1 year to claim prize
o Prize value: $40 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good Luck!

xo,
-E.





4 Ways to Protect Wedding Cake

Posted May 14, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments

Brides: are you having an outdoor wedding? Do you need to protect your wedding cake from the elements (and worst of all… bugs)? You’ve come to the right place. We received this recent Ask Emmaline question from bride-to-be, Sara, who says, “Hi, Emmaline. I am getting married outdoors this summer and will have my wedding cake on display. How do I protect it from the elements (like dirt, bugs, and leaves) without it looking tacky?” Great question! After spending money on your gorgeous cake (and having it made to perfection), the last thing you want to do is have to cover it up. For outdoor weddings, though, it’s important to protect wedding cake from the elements. Read on to see four surefire ways to protect wedding cake outdoors without stripping it of its loveliness…

Protect Wedding Cake: 4 Easy Tips

There are a few steps you can take to protect your wedding cake outdoors. Here are a few of our favorites.

1. Put a Lid on It.

How to Protect Wedding Cake: Place your wedding cake under a cake dome to protect it from leaves and bugs.

photo: catherine guidry via style me pretty

Place your cake under a cake dome. This works best if you have a small one-tier cake. If you’re having multiple one-tier cakes (or pies), place on cake stands and place a dome on top of each one. See above image as an example.

2. Place Under a Pavilion or Tent.

Placing your cake under a pavilion or tent will keep it mostly clear of the elements, though bugs may still land on it and fly away. Also, be sure it’s always in the shade. You can also protect your cake from pests by placing citronella candles in luminary bags (or mason jar lanterns) along the pathway and near your tent entrance (not too close to the cake). This will deter most of the pests.

3. Create a Canopy.

You can create a canopy over your cake with netting. Attach netting to a canopy loop and hang above the cake from a hook or ceiling beams above.

You can protect wedding cake with a canopy, made from netting and a canopy loop.  Hang from the ceiling with a hook or beams.

photo: waldorf photographic art

4. Ice, Ice, Baby.

Keep it on dry ice and avoid placing your cake outdoors until it’s closer to the reception time. And, be sure to avoid a filling that won’t spoil easily (buttercream if great). Once the pieces are cut and served, bring the rest indoors.

Hope it helps! Have a wedding question of your own? Just Ask Emmaline!

xo,
-E.





How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet (+ Giveaway!)

Posted May 5, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 1 Comment

Brides: want to preserve your wedding bouquet? We’ve found a way to keep your blooms lasting forever in a keepsake format thanks to the lovely Papertini. This wedding floral designer (and bouquet preservation expert) can turn your bouquet into a lasting work of art. Read on to see some of Tanti’s work and enter for a chance to win a custom bouquet preservation of your very own!

How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet

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How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet

Papertini does an amazing job preserving your wedding bouquet to create a lasting keepsake. The bouquet is dried and some of the flowers are used to be altered, painted, and assembled to create a one-of-a-kind artwork piece. Custom embellishments are also added. Each bouquet preservation is custom and unique, designed to tie into your wedding theme and look.

How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet

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How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet

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How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet

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How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet

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How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet

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Before + After

Here are a few examples of bouquets before and after:

How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet

How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet

Giveaway: Bouquet Preservation

Want to win a keepsake of your very own? Now’s your chance to win a gift certificate to preserve your wedding bouquet by Papertini! The full details are below.

o Enter between 5/5/14-5/11/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: custom bouquet preservation (10×10)
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 5/12; 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 to U.S. only
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $325 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

xo,
-E.





How to Write a Thank You for Cash Gift

Posted April 29, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 31 Comments

It’s time for another Ask Emmaline question! We received this message from Anna who asks, “I’m writing thank you cards as I receive wedding gifts. I received a gift of cash and I don’t know what to say in the card. Any advice?” Writing a proper thank you for cash gift is easy to do and requires just a few tips. Read on to see a sample thank you for cash gift, see a few thank you cards, and enter for a chance to win a set of forty thank you cards for your big day!

How to Write a Thank You for Cash Gift (cards: ponto mountain paper)

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How to Write a Thank You for Cash Gift

If you receive a cash gift, the number one rule is to write how you plan to use it. Guests like to know that their gift of money will be enjoyed. For example, you can say something like, “Thank you for the gift of money. We plan to use it as part of our down payment on a house.” Or, “Thank you for the generous check. We are saving for a new car and this will help us reach our goal.” Most importantly? Be honest and sincere. Here’s an example:

Example Thank You for Cash Gift

Dear Aunt Louise and Uncle Fran,

Thank you for your generous gift of money. We are saving for a new home and we will be able to use it towards our down payment. Thank for you thinking of us and sharing our special day. Love, Mary and Tom

Example Thank You (If They Couldn’t Attend)

Dear Aunt Louise and Uncle Fran,

Thank you for your generous gift of money. We are saving for a new home and we will be able to use it towards our down payment. Thank for you thinking of us. We are sorry you could not attend our wedding but we hope to see you soon. Love, Mary and Tom

Hope it helps!

Have a question for us? Just Ask Emmaline! It’s free and your question could appear in an upcoming post.

If you’re looking for thank you cards, we spotted these over at Ponto Mountain Paper (we’re giving away a set!) and love ‘em. Pick a design you love that coordinates with your wedding theme.

How to Write a Thank You for Cash Gift (cards: ponto mountain paper)

ponto mountain paper

Giveaway: Thank You Cards

Now that you have an idea of how to write them, it’s time to win them! We’ve teamed up with Ponto Mountain Paper to give away a set of 40 thank you cards (and envelopes) to one lucky reader. The design is shown below:

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ponto mountain paper

o Enter between 4/29/14-5/5/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: 40 Thank You Cards and Envelopes by Ponto Mountain Paper. Design shown above. Not customizable.
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 5/6; 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 to U.S.
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $60 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good Luck!

-E.





How to Keep Drinks Cold at a Wedding

Posted April 23, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 38 Comments

Our latest Ask Emmaline question couldn’t have come at a better time! With spring in full swing and summer right around the corner, bride-to-be Ashlee writes us with this question. “I’m having an outdoor wedding and I want to know how to keep drinks cold. I’m serving wine and would like guests to help themselves. Any tips?” Absolutely — our favorite way to keep drinks cold at wedding receptions is with oversized galvanized tubs and tons of ice. Whether you’re chilling wine, champagne, beer, or soda bottles, a tub is the way to go — plus, guests can help themselves. Read on to find out more PLUS win a galvanized drink tub for your wedding from The Lovely Glass Jar! It’s all inside…

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photo: jenna marie photo via wedding chicks

How to Keep Drinks Cold at a Wedding

At your wedding, display drinks in galvanized tubs with tons of ice in shade or away from direct sunlight. If you are hiring a bartender to serve other drinks, ask him or her to keep an eye on the ice levels and replenish as needed. It’s always a good idea to label the tubs with a sign if you’re planning multiple types of drinks so guests know what’s what. Keep plenty of glasses, bottle openers (especially wine bottle openers if you’re offering wine) nearby so guests can serve themselves. Be sure to take a peek at these mason jar drinking glasses for added inspiration.

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photo: katie neal photo via wedding chicks

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photo: jenna marie photo via wedding chicks

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left: via hwtm, right: via intimate weddings

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Giveaway!

You didn’t think we’d share all this great advice without giving something awesome away, did you? ;) We’ve teamed up with The Lovely Glass Jar to help kick off your wedding drink bar. Stephanie is giving away a gorgeous rustic champagne tub to one lucky reader customized with a monogram on the front. Tub is complete with handles and a bottle opener on the back. Makes a great housewarming gift, too. Tub measures 16 x 15.5 x 10. Monogram measures 8″ high.

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o Enter between 4/23/14-4/29/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Champagne Tub with Monogram by The Lovely Glass Jar
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 4/30; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Shipping cost to be paid by winner ($15)
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $58 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good Luck!


-E.





How to Create a Unique Wedding Video (+ Giveaway!)

Posted April 22, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!

Brides: you can’t be everywhere at once on your wedding day, but you certainly wish you could see it all. And, now you can thanks to WeddingMix. We’ve found a new and fun way to obtain every photo and video memory from wedding guests in one spot. Read on to find out more… including a giveaway that you won’t want to miss!

Create a Unique Wedding Video

How to Create a Unique Wedding Video

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While getting ready, bridesmaids and groomsmen will be snapping photos. You want to see it all, but you can’t access everyone’s cell phone camera. What to do? Use WeddingMix instead!

Create a Unique Wedding Video

WeddingMix is an easy, fun and affordable way to capture all of your wedding guests’ photos and videos in an organized spot. The best video clips are turned into a custom edited wedding video for you to re-watch for years to come. There’s no need to use multiple services or apps - every video and photo taken by every single person will be in your account. Their convenient HD cameras, rental cams and mobile app make capturing the special memories fun and easy for everyone.

Create a Unique Wedding Video

Here, take a peek for yourself:

Sylvia + Ryan | Bowling Bride at Carnivale Wedding

Molly + Jamie | Warm and Whimsical Winter Wedding

Create a Unique Wedding Video

Packages include:

- WeddingMix app and HD camera rental to capture up to 2 hours of video per camera
- Unlimited number of guests can send unlimited number of photos and videos to be included in your final video
- Instagram feed. Capture your guests’ Instagram and have them automatically sent into your project.
- HD Online Gallery. Easily share up to a 60 minute final edited video.
- iPhone and Android version of the app

Giveaway!

*Note: They're having a special giveaway going on now! You could win a $300 package. Every entrant receives a 10% discount. Contest runs from 4/22/14 until 5/10/14 at midnight. ** Hosted by WeddingMix, not Emmaline Bride

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Find out more about WeddingMix

For more details (and to see how it works), visit WeddingMix.

This is a sponsored post by WeddingMix.





How to Display Multiple Wedding Cakes

Posted March 27, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!

Hi, loves! It’s time for another Ask Emmaline question. This one comes from bride-to-be, Angela, who says, “I am planning a cake bar at my wedding with multiple wedding cakes instead of one cake. I plan to have different flavors for each cake but I have no idea how to display them. Any tips?” Great question! Read on to find out how to display multiple wedding cakes at your reception with one simple idea…

How to Display Multiple Wedding Cakes

How to Display Multiple Wedding Cakes

The answer? Pedestal stands! Cake pedestals (also known as cake stands) can be used to display multiple wedding cakes or desserts with ease. When displaying multiple wedding cakes (or desserts), use pedestals at varying heights. This will draw visual interest to your table. Here are a few beautiful (+ handmade!) cake pedestals by Roxy Heart Vintage to inspire you…

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The pedestals don’t have to be the same, either. Mix and match colors or look for unique styles on the stands themselves:

How to Display Multiple Wedding Cakes

Presumably, you’ll probably still want a ‘wedding’ cake that is for you and the groom to cut. Make sure it stands out from the rest by placing on its own unique pedestal. This lace-inspired design is one such example.

How to Display Multiple Wedding Cakes

To see these pedestal cake stands (and more!), visit Roxy Heart Vintage, Featured Artist in The Marketplace.

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We hope this advice helps! Brides: if you have any questions or comments, leave them below. We’re always happy to help! If you have wedding advice questions of your own, just Ask Emmaline! Your question may appear in an upcoming post.


-E.

P.S. Did you enter this week’s giveaways yet? They’re amazing. Get to it!





How to Make Mason Jars Look Old

Posted February 28, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!

Ok — so you’re planning a vintage country wedding, rustic wedding, or western themed wedding and you love the look of mason jars. Problem is, you want those vintage mason jars that everyone oohs and aahs over but you can’t get your hands on any. Or, you’re like me and you just can’t justify paying $10 per jar at your local antique store for 100+ guests. Fear not, lovely brides, we’ve got the solution for you today. Read on to find out how to make mason jars look old with five creative ideas…

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How to Make Mason Jars Look Old

When you can’t get the real deal, just fake it ’til you make it! That’s what we always say. And, you’re going to love these practical ideas! Let’s begin, shall we?

1. Paint ‘em

The easiest way to spot an old mason jar is with it’s color: blue! Instead of scouring for blue vintage mason jars, just buy clear jars and paint ‘em. Grab a tutorial here.

How to Make Mason Jars Look Old

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2. Use Rustic Lids

Another way to make mason jars look old is with aged or rustic lids. You can buy a pack of twelve rustic mason jar lids that fit right on your existing mason jars to give them a more rustic look.

How to Make Mason Jars Look Old - rustic lids

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3. Distress ‘Em

You can make mason jars look old by distressing them with paint. Here’s a tutorial to learn how to distress mason jars for a vintage-y look.

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4. Make Them Look Cloudy

Make mason jars look old with paint on the outside, giving it a ‘cloudy’ look. Try the tutorial.

How to Make Mason Jars Look Old - cloudy / paint

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5. Buy the Heritage Jars

Ball, most notable for its mason jars, launched a collection of ‘Heritage’ jars last year in blue (with some in green this year). If you don’t want to paint mason jars to make them look aged, you can buy these pint sized jars from this limited collection. (You can grab ‘em here or at your local grocery store.)

How to Make Mason Jars Look Old - blue mason jars

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Now you can have the aged look of mason jars without the hefty price! Enjoy!

Happy Planning!


-E.

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How to Protect an Engagement Ring in Winter

Posted February 24, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 3 Comments

You have the ring, but what happens if it gets lost? Yikes – losing that cherished accessory is something every bride-to-be worries about at one time or another. In today’s post, we’re sharing three tips to protect your engagement ring, especially in these cold winter months. You may be surprised at the unexpected ways your ring can get damaged or lost… and we’re here to help! Read on to find out how to protect an engagement ring in winter…

How to Protect an Engagement Ring in Winter

How to Protect an Engagement Ring in Winter

In winter, there are three key places where your engagement ring can get misplaced. Be careful when handling the following:

1. Gloves

Gloves are a necessary accessory in the elements, but did you know that glove interiors can snag your ring prongs? It’s true. This means your new ring could become loose and subsequently get lost. To eliminate the risk, simply be mindful when removing gloves.

How to Protect an Engagement Ring in Winter

2. Cold Temperatures

When it gets cold outside, your fingers shrink which means your ring can slip off more easily than in the summer months. Consider having a sizing bump added by a jeweler if your ring is able to twist around your finger easily, even if it’s just for the winter months.

3. Fitness

Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, as well as indoor fitness can put your jewelry at increased risk for chips, breaks and accidental loss. Consider removing your jewelry when you're most-active.

These are just a few tips for protecting your engagement ring, but the most important is be sure it’s insured! While you can protect your ring through a warranty or homeowners insurance consider a jewelry-specific insurance like Jewelers Mutual® Insurance Company offers. Jewelers Mutual's Perfect Circle® Jewelry Insurance provides world-wide coverage against loss, theft, damage, and even mysterious disappearance. They work to replace your ring with the same kind and quality ring you had (especially important if your ring is a certain brand) and they encourage you to work with the jeweler of your choice, two pluses when it comes to work with the jeweler of your choice, two pluses when it comes to making the claims process as painless as possible.

To find out more about jewelry insurance, get a free quote, or to even apply check out PerfectCircleInsurance.com

This is a sponsored post by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.







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