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Proposal Idea: The Marry Me Mug

Oh, you’re going to love this adorable idea. Since we just talked about wedding coffee bar ideas, I knew it was the perfect time to tie in this DIY marry me mug. If you’re going to propose soon, and need the best proposal idea ever, this is one of them! Introducing the marry me mug, a mug that has the words, ‘Marry Me’, written in the inside, at the bottom, so it is revealed after she is done drinking her beverage. I think it would go something like this: guy makes girl delicious cup of coffee. Girl sits on couch waiting for said coffee, cuddling up underneath an afghan. Guy brings coffee — one mug for him, the other is the marry me mug for girl — and they converse for a pretty solid amount of time. Girl drinks her coffee too slow, it’s too hot, and boy gets impatient. He’s sweating, nervous, but he also has to drink the hot coffee because otherwise she would wonder what’s up. With each sip, he gets nervous… when will she see it?

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And there it is, ‘Will You Marry Me’ right on the mug. Girl sees it and suddenly realizes what is going on. She looks over at boy, kneeling, ring box in hand, telling her how awesome she is and why he wants her to be his wife and that everyone she loves is in the other room waiting to run out and surprise her. Balloons. Candles. Dessert. An impromptu engagement party. She takes photos with her cell phone and uploads them to Facebook. They give coffee favors to guests who attended, as sort of an inside joke. They start planning their wedding and live happily ever after.

See? So easy! ;)

xo
-E.


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Peach and Mint Wedding Inspiration (+ Win!)

Hi, loves! Emma here. I’ve talked about my admiration for mint wedding ideas in the past, but add peach to the color palette and I’m in love! Today we’ve rounded up ten of our favorite peach and mint wedding ideas to inspire your color palette. This color combination is ideal for spring or summer weddings and you can decide to do mostly peach, mostly mint, or a healthy mix of both. They’re beautiful shades that complement each other nicely. Plus, to sweeten the post, we’ve teamed up with the ladies of Rustic Gem Jewelry to offer one of our favorite finds below as our newest wedding giveaway item! What is it? Read on to find out!

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where to buy //

1 – peach and mint wedding bouquet | curious floral
2 – mint bridesmaid dress | lhc couture
3 – peach and mint wedding earrings | rustic gem jewelry (*giveaway item! see below)
4 – peach and mint bridesmaid clutches | juneberry stitches
5 – peach and mint wedding backdrop | handmade by jennifer chase
6 – invitations | diva gone domestic too
7 – heart cupcake toppers | kiwi tini creations
8 – mint save the date | the roche shop
9 – mint teardrop infinity necklace | rustic gem jewelry
10 – peach brooch favor box | glamourwed

Peach and Mint Wedding Giveaway: Win a Pair of Earrings

If you like this color palette, you’ll really love the item up for grabs! Rustic Gem Jewelry is giving away a pair of their peach and mint wedding earrings, one of their best sellers, as seen above (#3) and below.

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Giveaway Details

o Enter between 6/25/14-7/1/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Peach and Mint Earrings by Rustic Gem Jewelry (shown below)
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 7/2; 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 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $34 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

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xo,
-E.

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Are Little Black Bridesmaid Dresses a Good Idea?

YES. A million times YES. Black bridesmaid dresses are ALWAYS a classic choice, especially in the fall and winter months. If you were a bridesmaid and the bride said, “Pick any dress you love in black”, it would be a dream come true. (You probably already even have one in your closet!) A black dress is always in style and your bridesmaids will actually wear their dress again. Black bridesmaid dresses are easy to buy off of the rack, they’re wildly affordable, and even mismatched bridesmaid dresses in black look tailored and chic. (Blue or green boast millions of shades, but black is black.) So, if you’re ready to give bridesmaids the go-ahead on The Little Black Dress (LBD, or LBBD in today’s post), read on to be inspired by some of our favorites, along with accessories she’ll love. Enjoy!

Little Black Bridesmaid Dresses (photo: a bryan photo)

photo: a bryan photo

Black Bridesmaid Dresses

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1 – one-shoulder black bridesmaid dress | renz
2 – convertible bridesmaid dress | the daintyard
3 – long ‘octopus’ infinity dress | coralie beatrix, photo: maile photography
4 – “million-way” dress | 3rd floor studio co.
5 – strapless sweetheart dress | dessy
6 – convertible bridesmaid dresses | the jersey maid

Little Black Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories (via EmmalineBride.com)

Check out these flats! Stylish + wildly comfortable. (Fibi and Clo sent me a pair of these to try and I wholeheartedly love ‘em! I wear them entirely too much.)

Little Black Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories (via EmmalineBride.com) - flats by fibi and cloLittle Black Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories (via EmmalineBride.com) - black brooch bouquet by the ritzy roseLittle Black Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories (via EmmalineBride.com) - black and champagne pearl necklace by sukran kirtis

7 – black pashmina | kuldip
8 – earrings | veryell jewellery
9, 10, 11 – black purse, polka dot purse & black headband | davie & chiyo
12 – black flats | fibi & clo
13 – black and white brooch bouquet | the ritzy rose
14 – black, champagne & ivory pearl necklace | sukran kirtis

Happy Planning!


-E.

Tell us: what do you think of black bridesmaid dresses? What shade are your girls wearing?


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Get Inspired: Vintage Bridal Hairstyles

Vintage-loving brides: we have a treat for you! Today we’re sharing vintage bridal hairstyles, gowns, and decor in an inspirational shoot. The hair stylist, Jennifer Grace, designed these gorgeous hairstyles with a vintage twist, while photographer Amy Carroll captured the images beautifully. The hairstyles, the gowns, and even the setting fit the theme perfectly. Read on to be inspired…

Vintage Bridal Hairstyles (hair: jennifer grace; photography: amy carroll photography)

Vintage Bridal Hairstyles

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If you liked what you’ve seen here, be sure to check out Jennifer Grace for your upcoming wedding! Jennifer Grace is a Featured Hair Stylist in The Bridal Book at Emmaline Bride and was voted the Best Bridal Hair Stylist in Grand Rapids, Michigan. View her listing here. Thank you to Amy Carroll Photography for the beautiful images.

Happy Planning!


-E.


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6 Creative Save the Date Ideas

Hello, loves! Have you shared the exciting news of your wedding with friends and family yet? A fun way to do so is with a save the date. You may have see traditional save the date ideas in the past, but today’s round-up of creative save the date ideas are anything but boring! Read on to see which new ideas made the list and tell us how you’ll ‘save the date’. Enjoy!

Creative Save the Date Ideas

1. Scratch Off

I love this new scratch off save the date! Guests receive the card in the mail and use a coin to reveal the wedding date.

6 Creative Save the Date Ideas - scratch off save the date by cricket printing

cricket printing

P.S. You can save 15% through the month of September with code: Emmaline2013 at Cricket Printing

2. Coasters

These coasters share the exciting news and function as a drink coaster. Cute!

6 Creative Save the Date Ideas - coaster save the date by the blush market

the blush market

3. Wood Magnet

Rustic wedding? Take a peek at these woodland inspired wood magnets, perfect for the fridge so it’s always in view.

6 Creative Save the Date Ideas - wood magnet by wedding save the dates

wedding save the dates

4. Tile Magnet

This tile magnet incorporates your state (and you know how much we love state themed wedding ideas!)

6 Creative Save the Date Ideas - state outline tile magnet by my little chickadee creations

my little chickadee creations

5. Word Search Puzzle

Make it interactive with a word search save the date.

6 Creative Save the Date Ideas - word search by suite paper

suite paper

6. Mini Polaroid Magnet

Last but not least, check out these mini polaroid magnets, a fantastic way to showcase a favorite photo.

6 Creative Save the Date Ideas - mini polaroid magnet by mini polaroid magnets

mini polaroid magnets

How will you save the date?

Happy Planning!


-E.


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Help for your DIY Photo Project

Hi, loves! There’s DIY… and then there’s professional DIY. Sometimes, you need a little assistance at the helm of your DIY photo project, especially when it comes to your wedding. You want your photo save the dates, wedding scrapbook pages, and thank you cards — not to mention albums — to look their very best. Mixbook is here to help! This printing service is a great asset to have, especially when you’re ready to try your hand at a little at-home DIY. Read on to find out more…

DIY Photo Project

Mixbook

After your wedding, you still have a few last 'to-do's to tackle. First, you'll want to properly thank your guests for sharing in your special day. One product that Mixbook offers as its specialty is the customizable thank you card. You can create custom thank you cards using photos from your own wedding and your choice of different designs and styles. Friends and family go above and beyond to add to your special day, and so it's incredibly important that you send out hand-written notes that express your gratitude.

Here are a few styles that caught our eye:

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After your thank you cards are signed, sealed, and delivered, you'll want to commemorate your wedding photos in a special way. You can make your own custom collage pages, arrange photos where you'd like them to appear -- even put a favorite wedding photo right on the cover. Whether you're making a custom wedding album for yourself, your parents, or another family member, Mixbook can help your project look its very best.

DIY Photo Project

DIY Photo Project

Ready to get started with your DIY photo project? Visit Mixbook today! And, don't forget to use the exclusive Emmaline Bride code to get 50% off all cards! Use code SUMRWED50 at checkout. *This offer is only valid with coupon code SUMRWED50. This offer cannot be combined with other coupons, vouchers, Groupons, or applied after an order has been placed. Discount applies only to completed projects. No adjustments on previous purchases. Shipping and taxes will apply. This offer does not apply to Mosaic. Offer expires 2013-10-01 (11:59 pm PDT).

This is a sponsored post by Mixbook.

Happy Planning!


-E.


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Bachelorette Spa Party (+ Win a Gift!)

If the bride-to-be isn’t into the club scene – or she needs a serious night of relaxation with her girls – plan a bachelorette spa party instead! A spa party for the bachelorette is a fun way to get the bridal party together for a day of pampering and relaxation. Read on to get inspired with ideas for your own spa party… and win a little something for yourself! Enjoy!

Bachelorette Spa Party (by sara mackenzie, photo by studio carre)

by sara mackenzie, photo by studio carre via exquisite weddings magazine

Bachelorette Spa Party

When planning a bachelorette spa party, consider these planning tips:

o Plan the spa party at a home or head to your favorite salon
o If planning at home, set up ‘DIY’ stations for manicures, pedicures, and facials
o Serve yummy mixed drinks, champagne, or a fruit juice bar (and sparkling water)
o Decorate the space to create an “spa”-like atmosphere. Think soy candles, orchids, light snacks, bottled water, and comfortable seating.
o Create gift bags for guests to take home with a favorite nail polish, artisan soap, nail file, pedicure kits, lip balm, and a sleep mask
o Spa robes for the girls is another favor idea, which can be re-worn on the wedding day
o After the spa portion, get dressed up and head out to dinner

Check out this bachelorette spa party inspiration board:

Bachelorette Spa Party Ideas via EmmalineBride.com

vendors

o bachelorette spa party invitation by sweet wishes stationery
o embroidered spa robes by embroidery by melissa
o spa basket (with fiji water + pouf) by bailey’s basket shop
o essie (aqua), color: where’s my chauffeur nail polish
o essie (pink), color: boom boom room nail polish
o spa services sign, aqua and pink tablescape, edible ‘polish bottle’ treats via parties for pennies
o foot spa by conair
o coconut lip balm by comfort and joy soap co.
o brush roll by crafty stitches
o bars of handmade soap by comfort and joy soap co.
o soy candle by theme fragrance
o spa mask by goia boutique

P.S. Those ‘edible nail polish bottles’ are made out of food-colored marshmallows and topped with tootsie rolls. So cute! Find out more about them here.

Bachelorette Spa Flip Flop DIY

Try out this fun spa flip flops DIY spotted at One Charming Party. Easy — and affordable, too! Snag some cheap flips flops (in a variety of colors) at Old Navy for around $2.50 each.

Bachelorette Spa Party Flip Flops DIY (via One Charming Party)

Enter the Giveaway!

Want to win a little pampering gift for yourself? Enter for a chance to win a bar of luxurious handcrafted soap and a lip balm by Comfort and Joy Soap Co.! Enter between 7/12/13 – 7/18/13 (11:59pm EST). Use the entry form below to enter!

Bachelorette Spa Party - Giveaway! (by Comfort and Joy Soap Co.)

Good Luck!

Happy Planning!


-E.

Now It’s Your Turn! Would you want a bachelorette spa party? What would you add to the list? Have any tips to share?


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8 DIY Wedding Ideas You’ll Want to Steal

Hello, loves! If you’re a fan of DIY wedding ideas, you are going to LOVE this post! Meet Margaux and Chad – now newlyweds! – a charming couple who combined their love for handmade, vintage, and DIY details to create one truly memorable day. The bride, Margaux (of the oh-so-chic Harmony Creative Studio), styled and created nearly everything you see here from start to finish. Today, you get a front-row seat at Margaux and Chad’s wedding where you’ll see eight hand-picked DIY wedding ideas (like stationery, vintage bottle centerpieces, a candy buffet, escort cards, and more), you’ll find out how Margaux tackled these DIY ideas, and you’ll get a glimpse into their incredible wedding venue. Ready to get started? Read on to begin! (Also, a special thank you to Meghan Christine Photography for all of the images you see below, except where noted. Beautiful work!)

P.S. Check out this amazing backdrop! It’s an succulent-lover’s dream come true!

DIY Wedding Ideas - Succulent Backdrop

When I saw this, I pretty much couldn’t believe my eyes, so I did more research. The venue – called Smog Shoppe – is chock-full of walls like these!

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photos via smogshoppe

And, here’s a group photo of the wedding party. I love those mis-matched (but still color-coordinated) bridesmaid dresses.

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Wedding Party | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Now, onto the handmade wedding ideas!

DIY Wedding Ideas

DIY Wedding Ideas: #1 – The Stationery

First, let’s take a moment to admire the wedding invitations Margaux and Chad sent to guests. These were recently featured on Invitation Crush and we think they’re absolutely lovely. The invitation concept was by Margaux on behalf of Harmony Creative Studio, created by Shayna of Steel Petal Press, and the postcard save the dates were by Ginger of Serendipity Beyond Design. Talk about one amazing artisan trio!

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photos via invitation crush

Margaux designed these kraft paper ceremony programs herself. I love the lace ribbon and the kraft paper. (You can buy your own customized programs in her shop!)

DIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Paper Ceremony Programs (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine PhotographyDIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Ceremony Programs (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

This kraft menu wrap is another brilliant idea!

DIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Menu Wrap (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #2 – The Bouquet

Margaux captured all elements of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue’ in her heirloom brooch bouquet which she handmade herself. It took her nearly 4 months to create and hand-wire the brooch bouquet. She included a light blue pin from her maternal grandmother in the bulk of the bouquet making this a true heirloom.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Brooch Bouquet (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Margaux not only carried her ultra-gorgeous brooch bouquet; she also incorporated two lovely sentiments. The first sentiment was ‘MH’ initial hat pins which belonged to her paternal grandmother, who coincidentally shared the same initials as Margaux. She attached the hat pins to her bouquet handle.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Monogrammed Hat Pins in Bouquet Handle | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

She also borrowed a locket which opened to reveal a photo of her grandfather; she wrapped the locket around the bouquet.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Locket wrapped around bouquet handle | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #3 – The Wine Box Ceremony

The wine ceremony was an important part of their day. Margaux tells us, “The highlight of our ceremony was a ‘Wine Box Sealing’. We placed a bottle of Champagne and letters to each other in a wine box and nailed it shut, to be opened on our first anniversary. We will then place another bottle and letters in, open it in on the next anniversary and have a mini tradition each year. Leave it to my handy husband – when we couldn’t find the exact box we were looking for, he made and stained this one himself.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: Wine Box Sealing at Ceremony | photo by Meghan Christine PhotographyDIY Wedding Ideas: Wine Box Sealing at Ceremony | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #4 – The Escort Cards

The escort cards were made of kraft tags and displayed on jute twine using clothespins. Margaux adds, “On each table were bowls with over 1000 1″ buttons we made with 10 different custom designs, and one special button for each guest with nicknames, inside jokes or other fun info. The DJ announced for our guests to search their tables and try to find the buttons made just for them, and they ended up being great ice breakers.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Tag Escort Cards with Buttons (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine PhotographyDIY Wedding Ideas: Wedding Buttons (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #5 – The Sweetheart Table

Margaux and Chad chose a sweetheart table rather than a head table for their reception. I love the lace table runners and the ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ kraft signs on the chairs.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Sweetheart Table with Lace Runners | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #6 – The Candy Buffet

Margaux tells us, “The backdrop for the candy buffet was quite a DIY project, and large scale projects like this are something Harmony Creative Studio specializes in due to my extensive Retail Store & Fixture Design background. I loved making this piece out of individual strips of lace used
elsewhere in the wedding, and the geometric layout was a way to keep it modern and fresh.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: wedding candy buffet | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Favorite candies were housed inside vintage-inspired apothecary jars, which featured labels made of kraft paper and ribbon.

DIY Wedding Ideas: wedding candy buffet apothecary jars and tags | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Guests filled their custom-made kraft paper candy bags as their take-home wedding favor.

DIY Wedding Ideas: wedding candy buffet custom candy bags | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #7 – The Centerpieces

In true vintage wedding fashion, Margaux used mason jars, vintage glass bottles, vases, baby’s breath, succulents, lace table runners, and kraft table numbers in her centerpiece design.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Centerpieces | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #8 – The Welcome Bags

Margaux tells us, ” My husband is originally from Iowa, but we met a year after he moved to Los Angeles. LA is our home and we wanted to show it off, as our celebration quickly became a destination wedding for the more than 60 out of town guests. We put together Welcome Bags that were based on our home city of Santa Monica, where our guests were staying. We included our favorite local snacks, custom 1″ buttons and an 8-page booklet that included all the wedding info and highlighted our favorite spots to eat, shop and sightsee.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: Wedding Welcome Bags | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Additional Details

Here are a few more shots we wanted to share from the wedding. Here’s the beautiful bride, Margaux…

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Bride | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

… and holy smokes, check out these heels! (They’re appropriately named ‘Hottness’ by Steve Madden.)

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Bride's Heels (Hottness by Steve Madden)

And these from TOMS? Awesome.

DIY Wedding Ideas: TOMS Gold Glitter Shoes | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

We think Margaux and Chad did an awesome job with their handmade wedding. We wish them a very happy marriage ahead!

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Happy Bride and Groom, Margaux and Chad | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

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Vendors

Event Design & Styling, Day-of Papergoods, Candy Buffet, Florals, Brooch Bouquet & Coordination | Harmony Creative Studio

Photography | Meghan Christine Photography

Venue | The Smog Shoppe

Stationery | Invitation concept by Harmony Creative Studio + created by Shayna of Steel Petal Press | save the date postcard by Ginger of Serendipity Beyond Design

Makeup & Hair | Monique Powers

Bride’s Dress | White by Vera Wang

Bride’s Shoes | Gold Glitter Slip-Ons by TOMS, ‘Hottness’ by Steve Madden heels

Bridesmaids Dresses | H&M (one shoulder), LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls (ruffles), Francesca’s Boutique (lace maternity dress)

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Happy Planning!


-E.

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