Posted February 21, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 3 Comments
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.
Posted February 11, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 17 Comments
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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Posted January 16, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!
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.
Posted December 19, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 1 Comment
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?
Posted November 18, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 10 Comments
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!
Posted October 7, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 1 Comment
Hello, loves! Happy Monday! We hope you had a wonderful weekend. We’re kicking off the brand new week with DIY wedding ideas using custom stamps. If you love do-it-yourself projects but you need a professional touch, consider adding a custom stamp to your supply list. These custom stamps by Paper Sushi, for example, can help you make save the date cards or wedding favors with ease. Read on to find out more…
A wood slice wedding favor attached to a formal card becomes a keepsake save the date magnet for a rustic wedding.
Here’s a close-up of the custom stamp:
Making a favor in a jar? Don’t forget to attach a custom ‘from the kitchen of’ stamp on a tag.
Place candies inside a muslin favor bag, stamped with your initials.
Want to make your own save the date cards? A custom stamp can be made to personalize simple kraft cards with the pertinent information.
Using custom stamps for your DIY projects is easy and the possibilities are endless! Check out Paper Sushi to see any of the stamps you see here + more in the shop.
Paper Sushi is a Featured Artisan in The Marketplace at Emmaline Bride.
There’s more coming up next! Stay tuned. :)
Tell us: are you using custom stamps in your wedding decor?
P.S. Enter for a chance to win in our current giveaways going on now!
Posted September 23, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 3 Comments
You’ve seen paper flowers for weddings, but you’ve never seen them actually used in a Real Wedding… until now! We’re pleased to share an exclusive first look of Sami & Isaac’s Real Wedding which features paper flowers throughout. Get inspired for your wedding with five tips to achieve a chic, tailored look with paper flowers, all (except poms, made by Sami herself) handmade by Chantal of Dragonfly Expression. Photographs (except photos in #5) courtesy of De Nueva Photography. The best part of paper flowers in weddings? You get to keep the beautiful bouquets forever! No tearful toss-away for you! Get inspired in 3…2…1…
Paper Flowers for Weddings
Sami & Isaac are one of the cutest couples ever, don’t you think?
A paper flower boutonniere won’t wilt in high humidity or heat. Plus, it requires no water or care, so you can order one now and store until your wedding.
2. Paper Bouquet
Paper bouquets are one of my favorite handmade wedding ideas. I love flowers, but paper flowers also look pretty and will never, ever wilt. Carry your paper flower bouquet down the aisle and place in a decorative vase in your home. Talk about one fantastic way to save money and accentuate to your home!
These simple paper flower centerpieces are easy to pull together yourself. Order a bunch of paper flowers in mix-and-match colors and styles. Pick a bunch and place in a mason jar or vase atop your reception tables.
4. Decorate the Cake Table / Wall Backdrop
Sami did a beautiful job decorating the reception space. She taped paper poms – another form of paper flower – as a creative backdrop for the cake table and around the dance floor. Check out more by Sami in her blog (she even provides a tutorial on how to make the paper poms!)
5. Paper Flower Backdrop
This paper flower backdrop wasn’t from Sami and Isaac’s wedding, but it is another idea worth the mention. Dragonfly Expression makes these amazing photo walls, ideal for photo booths. I’m swooning over one for our office.
Where to Buy Paper Flowers for Weddings
You’ve seen Sami & Isaac’s wedding for yourself and, if you’re like me, you swooned over each delicately crafted petal. If you want a bouquet, boutonniere, or paper flower centerpiece unlike anyone else’s, Chantal can make your dream a reality! We’ve had the pleasure of getting acquainted with Chantal of Dragonfly Expression over the last few years (she’s a Featured Artisan in The Marketplace, too!) and she is one amazing paper flower designer. Start here to kick-start the process for your wedding!
Posted August 7, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 34 Comments
Brides: love the style of a birdcage veil but have no idea how to wear it? You’ve come to the right place! In this post, we’ll tell you how to wear a birdcage veil with short hair, long hair, hair worn up, or hair worn down. Get inspired with the hottest handmade birdcage veils of the season PLUS enter for a chance to win a beautiful birdcage veil of your very own! Let’s get started…
How to Wear a Birdcage Veil
First things first: what is a birdcage veil? A birdcage veil is a wedding veil style that is worn close to one’s face. It is typically made of French netting or tulle attached to a hair comb to accommodate any hairstyle.
Should you wear a birdcage veil throughout your entire day? That’s entirely up to you. Some brides opt to wear a traditional long veil for the ceremony and wear a birdcage veil for the reception. Others wear a birdcage veil for the ceremony and remove the piece for the reception. And, of course, many brides wear the birdcage veil from the walk down the aisle to the last dance. It’s entirely up to you!
How to Wear a Birdcage Veil
A birdcage veil can be worn in a variety of ways, depending on what feels most comfortable to you. If you’re wearing your hair down, simply slide the hair comb to position on the side of your head for an asymmetrical look. Or, slide the comb onto the top of your head for a fuller look.
Wear a Birdcage Veil with your Hair Down
Wearing your hair down for your wedding? Here are a few ways to wear a birdcage veil with those lovely locks.
Short hair? It’s easy to rock your sexy short ‘do with a birdcage veil.
Wear a Birdcage Veil with your Hair Up
Wearing your hair up? Here are a few examples to inspire your look.
Giveaway – Win a Birdcage Veil!
Now that you know how to wear a birdcage veil, it’s time to try it out for yourself! We’ve teamed up with the lovely January of January Rose Bridal to offer one lucky Emmaline Bride reader a FREE birdcage veil. This beautiful blusher veil features polka dots and is made of flocked tulle. It can be made in white, ivory, champagne, or black, as well as any length to suit your needs.
Enter for a chance to win this birdcage veil below using the entry form. Giveaway dates: 8/7/13 and 8/13/13 (11:59pm EST). Choose any color, any length. Prize value: $48. No cash value. Open to US residents. Free shipping included. Good luck!
Now it’s YOUR turn! Are you wearing a birdcage veil for your wedding?
Posted August 6, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!
Brides: wondering how to wear a garter? You’ve come to the right place! In this post, we’ll talk about how to wear a garter, how to measure for a wedding garter, and tell you which leg the garter should be worn. Plus, we’ll talk about that blush-worthy garter toss and tell you whether it’s required. And, in true fashion, we’ll inspire you with the hottest handmade wedding garters for 2013. It’s all inside…
How to Wear a Garter
When you’re wearing a garter, you’ll want to wear it approximately 3-6″ above the knee. Traditionally, the wedding garter is worn on the left leg while the toss garter is worn on the right leg; however, you can wear the two together on one leg (left, traditionally) if you prefer.
How to Measure for a Garter
Use fabric measuring tape wrapped snug around your thigh and measure the circumference. Don’t measure too tight or too loose; the garter will have elastic to fit snugly. Give this measurement to your garter designer for a custom fit. Use a bit of this so it stays in place.
Is The Garter Removal and Toss Required?
No, the tradition of a garter removal and toss is not required. Since it’s your wedding, you get to decide whether or not to follow this tradition at your wedding. If you’re unfamiliar with the tradition, it is when the groom removes the garter from the bride’s leg and tosses it to a crowd of bachelors. Traditionally, the bachelor who catches the garter would then put it onto the leg of the bachelorette who caught the bride’s bouquet. However, a more PG approach (and less embarrassing for guests) would be for the two to share a dance together when the bridal party begins dancing. If the whole idea of the garter removal makes you cringe, skip it.
Handmade Wedding Garters
Need a wedding garter? Buy handmade! You’ll support small business and you’ll have the opportunity to work one-on-one with your garter designer. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Now it’s your turn: are you wearing a garter for your wedding?
Posted July 24, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 42 Comments
One of my favorite wedding day hair accessories is the hair comb. A hair comb is a subtle, simple, and elegant way to dress up your ‘do, whether worn up or down. If you’re wondering how to wear a hair comb, which hairstyle works best with hair combs, or how to keep it secure, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll uncover hair comb secrets, show you eight hair comb hairstyles to inspire your look, and we’ll share some vintage-inspired hair combs. And, once you know how to wear one, you’ll want to try it out… right? We’re also giving away a FREE hair comb to one lucky reader by the always-inspiring Marolsha. Let’s get started…
A hair comb typically has metal prongs to secure into one’s hairstyle. A hair comb can be used to attach to a larger hair accessory (as seen above) or as a stand-alone hair accessory. Hair combs are often vintage-inspired and feature elements such as rhinestones, pearls, crystals, feathers, or floral embellishments.
How to Wear a Hair Comb
Updo’s or thick hair
Hair down hairstyles
Prefer loose curls? Wearing your hair down? Have fine or thin hair? Wearing a braid? You can still wear a hair comb: just add a few accessories to keep it in place. Gather a section of your hair in one of these elastics and push the hair comb prongs into the ‘ponytail’ above the elastic. Or, use bobby pins or snap clips to keep the comb in place. (Make sure any clips or pins are the color of your hair and well-hidden.) If using bobby pins, place them in an ‘X’ shape for extra security. And, make sure your hair comb isn’t too heavy. Always consult your hairstylist to see if he or she can accommodate your hairstyle with your selected hair comb. Always do a run-through first to make sure you love the hairstyle before the big day.
Hair Comb Hairstyles
To inspire your perfect hair comb infused look, consider one of these gorgeous hairstyles.
1 | by gertie baxter
2, 5 & 6 | by tessa kim; photos by candice benjamin
3 | via anne barge from the knot
4 | hair comb by jennifer behr via pinterest
7 | by sibo designs
8 | comb by erica koesler via the knot
Vintage-Inspired Hair Combs
Win a Hair Comb
Now that you have an idea of how to wear a hair comb (+ hair comb hairstyles), enter for a chance to win one! You could win the gorgeous antiqued rose hair comb (shown in the image below) by Marolsha. Enter between 7.24 and 7.30.13 (11:59pm EST) for your chance to win. Use entry form below.
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Now it’s your turn: what type of hair accessory will you wear?
Posted July 18, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 4 Comments
Brides: are you planning a destination wedding but you don’t know where to start? Start here! We’re pleased to introduce you to Apple Vacations, ready to help you plan the destination wedding of your dreams. Whether you’re a worldly traveler or taking the first big trip of your life, Apple Vacations gives you everything you need to get started. Find out how to pick a perfect wedding location and get inspired with videos from the most popular destination wedding locations. Enjoy!
Planning a Destination Wedding
Pick Your Perfect Wedding Destination
Apple Vacations makes planning a destination wedding easy by matching you with the best resorts according to your needs. You’ll also be set up with a professional wedding coordinator to help you plan your entire wedding from start to finish with travel, your ceremony, reception, and honeymoon. So, where do you want to go? First, let’s travel to a few hand-picked locations, beginning with Hawaii.
Aloha, paradise! Hawaii is a wonderful place to exchange vows in the sand, whether it’s just the two of you or a gathering of your closest family and friends. Have a budget? Apple Vacations makes planning a destination wedding easy by helping you stay on budget with a customized “boutique” approach to help you stay on track. Choose from a luxury wedding package, or pick your own ‘must-haves’ for a custom travel package to suit your needs. You can also try Apply Vacations’ unique “Group-Ease” package which helps to lower costs when guests book individually.
What can you expect? Check out this video:
Want romantic views of the Pacific to the west, and a taste of nature, and white sand beaches with turquoise waters? Planning a destination wedding Mexico has never been easier. Set your sights on Vallarta, Amber Puerto, or Riviera Maya, just a few locations that Apple Vacationers frequently select. This is a coastal paradise stretching over 112 miles of resorts, indulgent spas, and rich historical locations.
Get a sneak peek of your destination wedding in Mexico with the video below:
Consider planning a destination wedding in the Caribbean, where you’ll explore lofty Blue Mountains, verdant plains, shimmering sands, and turquoise seas. According to Apple Vacations, “You will be more than pampered; you will be enchanted.” Get a glimpse of your Jamaica destination wedding below:
Ready to get started? Visit Apple Vacations, your one-stop shop for planning a destination wedding of your dreams! Apple Vacations will…
– Take care of your travel arrangements
– Put you in touch with an experienced wedding planner
– Show you how to save money with promo codes in their “Group-Ease” program
– Find out legal requirements you need for travel
– And More!
Visit Apple Vacations today!
This is a sponsored post by Apple Vacations.
Now it’s your turn: are you planning a destination wedding? What is your dream wedding location?