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

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

How to Save Time Booking Wedding Appointments

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


7 Ways to Thank Parents at Your Wedding
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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

4 Ways to Protect Wedding Cake

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.

How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet (+ Giveaway!)

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

How to Write a Thank You for Cash Gift

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)

How to Keep Drinks Cold at a Wedding

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

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 Display Multiple Wedding Cakes

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 Make Mason Jars Look Old

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…

how to make mason jars look old