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 over-sized 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…
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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!
How to Create a Unique Wedding Video
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!
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.
Here, take a peek for yourself:
- 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
*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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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
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…
The pedestals don’t have to be the same, either. Mix and match colors or look for unique styles on the stands themselves:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
4. Make Them Look Cloudy
Make mason jars look old with paint on the outside, giving it a ‘cloudy’ look. Try the tutorial.
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.)
Now you can have the aged look of mason jars without the hefty price! Enjoy!
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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
In winter, there are three key places where your engagement ring can get misplaced. Be careful when handling the following:
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.
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.
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.
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This is a sponsored post by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.
Have you thought about a destination wedding but want something a bit closer to home? Las Vegas makes a beautiful destination spot and we have a spectacular recommendation for you today! Have you heard of ARIA Resort & Casino? It is a luxurious, stylish venue created to express your individual style and preferences. Read on to find out more about this resort and how to plan a Las Vegas wedding of your dreams…
Plan a Las Vegas Wedding
Whether you dream of a traditional chapel service, an intimate fireside affair or a festive outdoor celebration, ARIA Resort & Casino has a wedding package for you! Here are some images from this venue:
When you plan a wedding with ARIA, you’ll have a team of experts who will turn your vision into a celebration of your dreams. We love the idea of a Las Vegas wedding because you (and guests) can travel without a passport AND you can extend your stay with a Las Vegas honeymoon!
Rooms and suites inside the AAA Five Diamond Award-winning ARIA offer spectacular views from floor-to-ceiling windows, distinctive décor and advanced guestroom technology. Upgrade your stay to the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star ARIA Sky Suites for even more indulgence, including a private porte-cochère, personal concierge services, private limousine service to and from McCarran International Airport, and more.
ARIA also boasts an impressive collection of 16 restaurants from award-winning chefs and restaurateurs, each with their own unique ambiance, offering innovative cuisine and extensive wine collections. You’ll also find some of the hottest nightlife on The Strip to help celebrate your joyous occasion.
Learn more by visiting www.Aria.com/Weddings or contact one of their Wedding Chapel Planners at 877.371.2742.
This is a sponsored post by ARIA Resort & Casino.
Hi, loves! Are you planning a wedding with a blue color palette? Wondering how to style bridesmaids in blue? Just take five! In this post, we’ll show you five accessories to style your bridesmaids for spring or summer weddings which are right around the corner. We’ve found a blue bridesmaid dress, a pair of stylish flip flops (she’ll love to wear again), a colorful clutch purse, a hair accessory, and a pair of gorgeous earrings. Plus, one of these accessories is being given away to a lucky reader! What is it? Read on to find out more…
How to Style Bridesmaids: Blue
The first step to styling bridesmaids? Pick the perfect dress!
1. The Dress
For this inspiration board, we’ve selected a short bridesmaid dress in navy blue by Columbia. We love this dress because it it short (perfect for spring or summer weddings), wicks away sweat (especially perfect for humid weddings), and it is re-wearable. We also like the feminine sash tie and neckline detail.
2. Chevron Clutch Purse
We paired the navy blue dress with a statement clutch in a fun, colorful pattern: chevron! This clutch purse by Good Marvin will hold all of her essentials.
3. Blue Earrings
We spotted these beautiful earrings at Rustic Gem Jewelry. They’re lovely yet simple, which means they’ll become her favorite everyday earrings after the big day.
4. Studded Flip Flop
Since the bridesmaid dress is more casual, we wanted to keep with the look for footwear. We spotted these leather flip flops with white detail by American Eagle Outfitters and they’re perfect.
5. Blue Feather Hair Accessory
And, last but not least, we wanted to add a hair accessory to pull the look together. We spotted this feather hair accessory at Jewelsalem.
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Now it’s time to reveal the secret giveaway prize! One lucky reader will win… a chevron clutch purse as seen above in #2! This clutch purse by Good Marvin features the following:
o 100% cotton exterior in a white, navy, and turquoise mini chevron stripes print
o 100% cotton interior in solid navy blue
o one satin and lace ribbon flower with bar pin so it can be detached from purse and worn as a brooch
o magnetic metal snap closure
o heavy interfacing to give the clutch shape
o seams have been reinforced at stress points
o measures about 7 3/4″ wide and 4 1/4″ deep.
Enter between 2/11-2/17/14 (11:59pm EST) for your chance to win. Use entry form below. No purchase necessary. Prize value: $36. No cash value. Winner randomly selected on 2/18 and announced on this blog post. Winner will be emailed. Winner has 72 hours to respond or new winner will be selected. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Free shipping to U.S. and Canada. Available in your choice of colors — not just blue! Good luck!
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The wedding registry is an exciting – and fun – part of planning your wedding. A wedding registry is a gift list curated by the couple and given to guests (typically as a mention in your bridal shower invitation) as potential gift ideas. From a gift-givers point of view, a wedding registry is a brilliant idea: why guess when you can buy gifts you know the couple will love? A wedding registry removes all doubt and identifies specific gifts the couple has carefully selected together.
In the past, wedding registries were limited to select big box chains only. You had to pick a store that offered a registry service and limit your gift choices on items they carried. But now, the wedding registry is different thanks to the folks at SimpleRegistry! They have created a new, modern alternative to the traditional wedding registry that allows couples register for anything they want! Read on to find out how you can register for anything online (and in-store)…
How to Register for Anything Online and In-Store
You’ve heard of wedding registries in-store, but SimpleRegistry is different. Instead of limiting a couple’s selection to products at a big box retail store, SimpleRegistry lets you register for gifts from any store (even online). You can even register for non-tangible stuff like season tickets, indoor skydiving sessions, or a donation to a favorite charity. Get creative with it: literally anything that can be thought up can be added to a registry.
We love how easy it is to use SimpleRegistry. To get started, all you have to do is sign up here. Everything is online-based, which means you’ll spend more time adding items to your registry and less time driving around and scanning items in-store. Once you’re logged in, you can use their special built-in tool called SimpleAdder, a bookmarklet designed to add any item to your registry online in one click. You can also access your registry with your mobile phone on-the-go using their free mobile app. The app allows you to view your registry and add to it instantly by scanning barcodes or uploading photos of products you find.
What Can You Register For?
What can you register for at SimpleRegistry? In a word: anything! Do you want kitchen gadgets, handmade items, linens, annual museum passes, and home décor? Add it to your SimpleRegistry. For example, if you’re a wine connoisseur, add specialty wines, glassware, or even wine tasting tours to your wedding registry.
Did you find the perfect dining table (and accoutrements) at a local boutique? Add it to your registry.
Crave adventure (like a bike-riding tour or hot air balloon ride)? Those can be added, too!
If you can dream it, you can add it to your registry.
Practical tools like cooking classes can also be added to your registry. Pair your favorite kitchen gadgets and cooking tools with a cooking class for the ultimate post-wedding gift package.
Another feature that SimpleRegistry offers is the ability to split pricier items. This means that your more expensive items can be split into smaller portions for guests to give as a group with ease. You can even allow guests to suggest cool items to add to your list (with your final approval of each item). Gifts are redeemed as cash so the couple can purchase the items themselves from the list.
SimpleRegistry will help you after the wedding, too. SimpleRegistry generates a list of your guests, the gift(s) they provided, amounts, and their full contact information to make thank you note writing a breeze. Your thank you notes will be accurate, personal, and completed in record time.
If you’re a modern couple and you’re looking for a revolutionary way to create a wedding registry, SimpleRegistry is it! Give it a try today and see how easy it is to get started! (You can also read Real Member stories from couples who have used the service themselves.)
Click on the logo below to get started:
This is a sponsored post by SimpleRegistry.
Brides: have you thought about how to preserve your wedding invitation after the big day? If you’re still in the midst of planning, the thought probably hasn’t crossed your mind. (It didn’t cross mine while planning, and thankfully my mom made a custom paperweight mere days afterward so I’d never forget how beautiful the invitations were!) When you order your wedding invitations, be sure to order one or two as extra-‘extras’ for preserving (they always tell you to order extras anyway, but you’ll want to set one or two aside.) Then, check out these three ways we’ve rounded up to preserve your wedding invitation to ensure your pretty, hand-picked paper will stand the test of time. Read on to find out more, including a special DIY idea in time for Christmas!
How to Preserve Your Wedding Invitation
1. Have your wedding invitation framed.
The most popular way to preserve your wedding invitation is with a frame. You can place your invitation in a simple frame yourself… or, you can check out the beautiful work by Golden Silhouette, an invitation and keepsake framing expert, who can create a themed masterpiece from your invitation paper.
2. Have it photographed and placed in your wedding album.
Add ‘wedding invitation’ to your list of wedding photo must-haves; have the photo printed in a prominent place in your album.
3. Make a wedding invitation ornament.
Turn the wedding invitation into an ornament (ideal for your one year anniversary, which ‘paper’ is the traditional gift). For this, though, I recommend saving an extra wedding invitation just in case — you don’t want your only invitation cut up into pieces. Use an additional ‘extra’ and cut it up into strips to be placed inside a clear empty ornament. Add a ribbon and voila – you have a beautiful keepsake!
So, what do you think of these ideas? How will you preserve your wedding invitation?
Hi, lovelies! Today we’re sharing some easy wedding DIYs that we’ve spied on Pinterest and they happen to be pretty cheap, too! We’ve rounded up everything from decor to favors to a wedding emergency kit — even our wedding hairstyle of the week! Read on to be inspired PLUS our newest wedding giveaways is revealed at the end of this post! Enjoy!
Easy Wedding DIYs to Try (+ Cheap, Too!)
1. DIY Paint Chip Wedding Garland
First, take a peek at this DIY paint chip wedding garland. I swear, I’ve seen paint chips used in so many projects. I wouldn’t be surprised if hardware stores started charging for them. I love this particular use of paint chips to make a banner… what do you think?
2. DIY Braided Bun / Chignon
Ah, the hairstyle of the week! I love braids and chignons, so naturally this one is a homerun. Love, love, love.
3. DIY Paper Luminaries
Light up the night with DIY paper luminaries! They’re perfect for this time of year and can be customized for any season (+ color palette).
4. DIY Pinecone Firestarter Favors
My aunt used to give away homemade firestarters as Christmas gifts to the adults every year and my parents loved them! Nothing else says wintertime quite like a cozy fire.
5. DIY Mason Jar Photo Frame / Candle Holder
This is a great way to display vintage wedding photographs of your parents (from their wedding day) or display photos for your table numbers. Just place a photo in a mason jar and place one of these behind it for a cozy flickering effect.
6. DIY Mason Jar Wedding Emergency Kit
Great gift idea for the bride-to-be: everything she needs “just in case” on her wedding day! I like how it’s placed in a glass mason jar so it’s easy to find what she needs when she needs it.
6. Printable Whimsical Wedding Invitation
While you don’t have to DIY this invitation, you can print it yourself! It’s personalized for you by Splash of Silver.
And… it’s up for grabs to one lucky winner!
Wedding Invitation Giveaway
Between 11/18-11/24/13 (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win a printable wedding invitation suite (as shown above) by Splash of Silver. This can be used for your wedding or shower. Personalization + custom colors included. Printing not included (you print at home or via a favorite print shop). Winner will receive digital file. Winner randomly selected on 11/25 and announced on this blog post. Winner will also be contacted via email. Winner may redeem this prize for up to one year; however, winner must respond to winning email within 72 hours to ‘claim’ prize. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Prize value: $20. No cash value. No purchase necessary. Use entry form below to enter. Good luck!