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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)

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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!


How to Keep Drinks Cold at Your Wedding


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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…

How to Create a Unique Wedding Video

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


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


*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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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 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…

How to Display Multiple Wedding CakesHow to Display Multiple Wedding Cakes

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.


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

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

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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


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.

How to Make Mason Jars Look Old - distressed mason jars

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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

jars: ball

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

Happy Planning!


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How to Protect an Engagement Ring in Winter

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

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Plan a Las Vegas Wedding: ARIA

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

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:

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Plan a Las Vegas Wedding - Ceremony

Plan a Las Vegas Wedding - Bride and Groom

Plan a Las Vegas Wedding - Waterfall

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 or contact one of their Wedding Chapel Planners at 877.371.2742.

This is a sponsored post by ARIA Resort & Casino.

How to Style Bridesmaids in Blue

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 in Blue (via
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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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Happy Planning!


How to Register for Anything Online and In-Store

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)…

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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.

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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.

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Did you find the perfect dining table (and accoutrements) at a local boutique? Add it to your registry.

Register for Anything Online - Dining Furniture

Crave adventure (like a bike-riding tour or hot air balloon ride)? Those can be added, too!

Register for Anything Online - Mountain Biking Tours

If you can dream it, you can add it to your registry.

Register for Anything Online - Hot Air Balloon Rides

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.

Register for Anything Online - Cooking Classes

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.

Register for Anything Online -- Thank You Writing Made Easy, Too

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:

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This is a sponsored post by SimpleRegistry.

Happy Planning!


3 Ways to Preserve Your Wedding Invitation

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.

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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.

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indigo album design

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!

diy wedding invitation ornament

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So, what do you think of these ideas? How will you preserve your wedding invitation?

Happy Planning!