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How to Plan a Themed Wedding (BOOK)

Posted September 12, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!

Hi, loves! Emma here! Are you wondering how to plan a themed wedding from start to finish? Are you newly engaged and have no idea which theme is best for you? Or, perhaps you are deep in the thick of planning and need some fresh inspiration? This is the ultimate themed wedding book for you! It is with great excitement that I announce the launch of my new book, “The Inspired Wedding“, in bookstores nationwide! This book has been a labor of love and I’ve poured my whole heart into it. It has been a joy to work on: I’ve had the privilege to work with the best publishing company, Sellers Publishing, Inc., along with top wedding photographers and handmade wedding vendors in the industry. I have carefully chosen each of the seven themes outlined in the book, filling each with eye candy — you’ll find fresh ideas for your ceremony and reception, what to wear, what type of invitations to send, favor ideas for your guests, unique wedding venues, gorgeous photography, and handmade items for every theme. Read on to find out more…

how to plan a themed wedding // the inspired wedding book by emma arendoski of emmaline bride

How to Plan a Themed Wedding

The Inspired Wedding is an idea book. It includes seven wonderful chapters including Romantically Vintage, Farmhouse Rustic, Beach Bliss, Urban Chic, Free Spirit, Traditional, and Boho Style. In the introduction, I share some reasons why picking the wedding theme will help bring your perfect day to fruition, along with ‘Good Things to Know’ with essentials every bride should know. With the turn of each page, you’ll be taken away to the breathtaking venues, dazzled by the elegant wedding gowns and accessories, energized to decorate your ceremony and reception with personal touches, and exhilarated to finally pick the perfect wedding theme for you and run with it.

Excerpt Preview from “The Inspired Wedding”

excerpts from the inspired wedding // how to plan a themed wedding

You’ll learn how to plan a themed wedding from start to finish. In each chapter, I include what the wedding theme entails, explain how certain decorations and invitations work best for that particular style, and share my favorite ideas on the wedding ceremony (including details such as traditions, venue ideas, ceremony programs, etc.); the attire; the flowers; the reception (the venue, escort cards, table numbers, signage, entertainment, etc) and more. If you are planning a themed wedding, this is the ultimate guide for you.

the inspired wedding planning book

I’m honored to have the privilege to share my ideas in this wonderful book, officially out in bookstores today. You can find it at your local Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, or independent bookstores in your area. Some locations have the book today; others are currently accepting pre-order for books arriving next week. You can also find the book online at multiple retailers including Amazon.com. To see excerpts from the book, click here.

I wanted to take a moment to thank you, dear readers of Emmaline Bride. Without you, none of this would be possible! Thank you for being such a wonderful community and for inspiring me to write this book. I hope you like it as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together.

P.S. Thank you to my wonderful husband, Andrew. He has been an endless support.

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Maid of Honor Duties: 12 Mistakes to Avoid

Posted September 10, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 1 Comment

Maid of Honor: this post’s for you! You were selected as the bride’s right-hand lady and there are a handful of maid of honor duties she’ll need you to tackle on the wedding day. The last thing you want to do is forget to do these important tasks, so listen up as we present the twelve maid of honor mistakes to avoid on the wedding day. You are totally going to win at this MOH thing; here are just a few things to keep in mind…

maid of honor and bridesmaids at ceremony // maid of honor duties

butler photography | see the real wedding

Maid of Honor Duties

12 Mistakes to Avoid

MOH Mistake #1. Forgetting to be her BFF.

She picked you because you’re her bestie. Her rock. Be there for her. In a sea full of craziness and stress, be the anchor. Make her laugh. Tell her how awesome she is and how much she rocks that wedding gown. And remind her to enjoy the day, because it really does go way too fast.

MOH Mistake #2. Forgetting two rules of the dress.

If her dress has a train, make sure it stays fluffed out throughout the ceremony. Also, learn how her dress bustles in the back to help her at the reception. You might also need to hold her dress when she goes to the restroom.

maid of honor duties: bustling gown for bride

butler photography | see the real wedding

MOH Mistake #3. Not being on lipstick / food-in-teeth / underwear showing / hair flyaways / garlic breath patrol.

Lipstick on the teeth? Food in the teeth? Mint required? Be that spot checker she needs because she’ll be talking to a LOT of people. Spinach looks good in no one’s mouth. Also, if not you, who?

MOH Mistake #4. Not reminding the bride about the marriage license.

For real. You’d be surprised how many people forget to get one three days in advance.

MOH Mistake #5. Falling behind schedule.

Keep the crew on schedule, especially in the morning when getting ready. You don’t want the bride hurrying to get to the ceremony on time, with her hair half-done.

MOH Mistake #6. Not keeping a list of important numbers.

Have important numbers on hand for wedding vendors and anyone else you may need to contact. This is just in case something happens (flowers don’t show, DJ is late, etc.) It helps to be on it before the bride even notices.

MOH Mistake #7. Forgetting to drop off decor or items to the ceremony and/or reception, if needed.

This might include aisle decor setup for the ceremony, the aisle runner, signage, or reception decor like escort cards, place cards, card box, etc. This is typically required if the bride does not have a wedding planner. And, this is really only if the bride asks you to do so.

MOH Mistake #8. Not helping with the dress.

Getting the dress on is not an easy task, especially for a nervous bride. Make sure she has the essentials on hand before you begin (hosiery, accessories, undergarments).

maid of honor helping bride get wedding dress on // maid of honor duties

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MOH Mistake #9. Not being her gatekeeper.

Be true to the bride’s wishes: if she doesn’t want someone to see her before the wedding (like the groom), make sure he sure as heck doesn’t.

MOH Mistake #10. Forgetting to write + rehearse your speech.

During the reception, it’s customary for the Best Man speech and Maid of Honor speech to take place. Make sure you have yours written out on paper (at least jot a few notes if you have it memorized) and don’t wing it.

maid of honor hugging bride at reception // maid of honor duties

butler photography | see the real wedding

MOH Mistake #11. Not going with the flow.

There are few times in life where you really, really need to keep your you-know-what together and this is one of those times. If the cake falls apart, figure out how to get a sheet cake delivered from the grocery store stat, etc.

MOH Mistake #12. Not dropping it like it’s hot.

Not a good dancer? Turns out today’s the day to prove yourself wrong because she’ll need you out there to help her get her dance on! Hey, the fast songs are easy, just keep moving. That’s what I do.

bride dancing at reception // maid of honor duties: get out there and dance with her

butler photography | see the real wedding

What maid of honor duties would you add to our list? Have you been a maid of honor in the past? If so, which duties were the most important in your opinion?


What’s Your Dream Wedding Location? Win It!

Posted September 9, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!

Brides: what’s your dream wedding location? Do you have one in mind, or are you still looking for the perfect place to say I Do? We’re excited to introduce you to Ever After, a company that will help you find your dream wedding location depending on your particular style, budget, and needs. Find out how it works PLUS enter for a chance to win $5000 cash towards your dream wedding location!

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Dream Wedding Location Finder: Ever After

Ever After has a team of Experts matching engaged couples to venues in Southern California, Mexico, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Since their experts have visited all of the locations in their exclusive database, they know the ins and outs of finding the perfect wedding venue, and offer this service for FREE. It works just like a real estate agent. At no obligation or cost to you, an Ever After team member will work with you on finding a venue that fits your criteria, wedding guest list and budget. Their extensive list of services include guest travel, so you don’t need to worry about booking hotel blocks for your guests. To sweeten the deal further, Ever After also helps you book activities for your guests during your wedding festivities.


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32 Little Known Ideas for Your Something Blue

Posted September 8, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!

Hi, lovelies! Emma here. If you follow the old custom of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and this for your shoe, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve gathered up the best, most modern something blue ideas — thirty-two in all — to tie into your ceremony. We begin with one of the loveliest clutch purses ever…

Something Blue Ideas

1. Clutch Purse

Carry a clutch purse in your favorite shade of blue. Or, pick a purse with a beautiful blue brooch or floral clip attached to the outside; an inner liner of blue is another fantastic something blue idea.

blue clutch purse

davie & chiyo

#2 + #3: Blue Bouquet and Blue Ribbon

A bouquet of blue flowers (think: hydrangeas) is one of our favorite something blue ideas. We love the ribbon wrapped around the handle, too, for an extra dose of crave-worthy color. (Want a different color bouquet? Go for it and simply wrap your blue ribbon around the handle. Easy!)

blue wedding bouquet hydrangeas

photo: anastasiya belik via burnett’s boards

4. Shoes

Um, a pair of these sky blue pretties from Badgley Mishka? Yes, please!

blue badgley mishka heels randall d'orsay style

badgley mischka

5. Nails

One of the easiest something blue ideas is often overlooked: nail polish! Paint your fingernails or toenails a soft, pretty shade of blue, like this, appropriately named, no?

6. Dress Label

Have a small dress label with blue embroidery sewn into the back inside of your dress.

7. Handkerchief

Carry a handkerchief wrapped around your bouquet in a soft shade of blue. Or, have a white handkerchief made with your initials embroidered with blue thread. Happy tears only.


linen whites

8. Earrings

Go gorgeous with a pair of blue earrings that will make a bold statement.

blue dangling earrings

ava hope designs

9. Necklace

A pretty necklace is something you can wear again and again.

blue topaz necklace


10. Wedding Band

For a something blue forever + ever, pick a wedding band with tiny sapphires in it.

something blue wedding band

kristin coffin

11. Ring

Instead of integrating into your wedding ring set, you can wear a something blue ring just for the occasion.

blue topaz ring for something blue

house on hudson

12. Bridesmaid Dresses

Select a bridesmaid dress in your favorite shade of blue.


into the light via one fab day

13. Undergarments

A light blue undergarment (so long as it doesn’t show through, of course) is an exceptionally secret something blue.

14. Hair Pin

It doesn’t have to be extravagant: a simple, elegant hair pin with a bit of blue is all you need.


eden’s wake

15. Hem

One of my favorite something blue ideas: the blue hem.

16. Garter

One of the most beloved something blues: a garter. This something blue garter has feathers for a fanciful touch.


tessa kim

17. Cardigan

While a more modern idea, a blue cardigan or bolero is perfect for those non-conventional brides (especially in cooler weather).

18. Groom’s Tie

Your groom’s tie is one of the easiest something blue ideas…

19. Pocket Square

… and so is a blue pocket square!

20. Tie Patch

Have a little something embroidered on the back of his tie as a secret something blue he’ll notice before the ceremony.


the merriweather council

21. Locket

Wrap a blue locket around the handle of your ribbon and pin securely. After the wedding, you can wear it as a keepsake.

something blue ideas:  blue locket to wrap around your bouquet

the blooming thread

22. Petals

Toss blue flower petals down the aisle instead of the traditional white or pink.

23. Aisle Runner

A blue aisle runner, constructed from simple blue fabric, is one way to accent your ceremony space.

24. Aisle Decor

Use shepherd’s hooks to hang mason jars filled with blue hydrangeas as decor that looks lovely and doubles as your something blue.

25. Ring Pillow

Have your ring bearer carry a pillow with blue stitching or made of blue fabric. The ribbon that holds the rings can even be the smallest something blue (still counts!)

26. Ring Bearer’s Suit

The ring bearer can be your good luck charm, donning a blue suit or blue necktie and vest.

27. Flower Girl’s Dress

Or, ask the flower girl to wear a soft blue dress instead of traditional colors such as white or pink.

28. Boutonniere

A boutonniere can be wrapped in dark blue ribbon. You’ll notice in the image below that this groom also has a light blue checkered shirt, a dark blue necktie, and a pocket square with a tiny blue checkered pattern, all of which fit into something blue ideas mentioned above. It’s always good to have a visual.


studio stems

29. Cuff Links

His cuff links can count as your something blue. Gift them in a box before the ceremony as a wedding day surprise.

These are pretty awesome.

vinyl blue cufflinks

asgard designs

30. Programs

Who says your wedding programs can’t don a bluish hue?

32. Flower Girl Baskets

Have the flower girl carry a basket painted with your favorite shade of blue.


rustic blend

I know there are even more little known something blue ideas. What’s your favorite? For my something blue, I wore a garter. What will you wear (or, what did you wear) for something blue? Comment below + let’s chat about it.


32 Secrets Wedding Photographers Wish You Knew

Posted September 2, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments

You want perfect wedding photos and your photographer wants to capture those special, ever-so-fleeting emotional moments you’ll remember forever. So, what is the key to more amazing photos? Communication. And, since not all wedding photographers might not want to tell you what they really think, we’re here to do it. Here’s the ultimate list of thirty-two things wedding photographers wish you knew…

beautiful light groom kissing bride via 32 Secrets Wedding Photographers Wish You Knew

photo: rachael grace photography | colorado ranch wedding

32 Secrets Wedding Photographers Wish You Knew

1. Wedding photographers are not mind-readers.

Although they, like everyone else in the world, wish they could read minds, wedding photographers cannot read your mind and anticipate what you want. Therefore, be upfront: tell them what you want, what you don’t want, and provide a small list of must-have photos you’d like from your wedding. If they can do it, they will; if they can’t, they’ll tell you.

2. Don’t expect wedding photographers to copy.

Let’s say you were an amazing painter with a style all your own. People loved your work, and you were priced right. Another painter is more experienced than you: he has a few paintings that are most notable in his portfolio and a style all his own. Now suppose someone asked you, “Hey, I’d like you to paint a picture for me that looks like THIS,” referencing the other painter’s work. “I can’t afford them, so can you make it look like theirs?” What would you think?

Take it away, Tina!

rude tina fey gif via 32 Secrets Wedding Photographers Wish You Knew

Yup. I’ll say.

Photographers are artists, with a unique style. They will not, nor do they want to, copy someone else’s work or style. They have their own! Either hire them to do their work or find someone else that better suits your style. You’ll both be 1000x happier.

3. Photographers are also not miracle-workers. Or magicians.

A photographer will do their very best, but they can’t necessarily make your wedding look like a movie or like something specific you found on Pinterest. Besides, who wants a copy of someone else’s wedding? See #2 in case you were still wondering about this one.

4. Give your photographer plenty of time.

Timelines = wonderful. However, please be flexible: sometimes (actually, most times) it takes longer than you would think. The photographs will be better if no hurrying is required.

gorgeous light wedding photograph via 32 Secrets Wedding Photographers Wish You Knew

kimanne photography | see the real wedding

5. Don’t be late.

Being late throws off the schedule. This means less time for your photographer to take your photos, which means less optimally-awesome photos for you.

6. Encourage the groom to get camera-confident before the wedding.

If he’s shy in front of the camera, get him more comfortable before the wedding. Same goes for the bride.

7. Cool it on the booze.

You look different when you take photos, um, toasted. Have your wedding party take it easy until the photographer can at least get the must-have photos, so they don’t look like this…

ready to party bridesmaids gif via 32 Secrets Wedding Photographers Wish You Knew

8. Tidy up a bit.

When your photographer is coming in to take getting ready photos, don’t forget to clean up your space. Wrappers from breakfast muffins, half-eaten powdered donut rings, empty cups from mimosas, and your clothing strewn about the room doesn’t make for nice photos.

9. You probably won’t get to see every photo taken.

And no, your photographs aren’t being held hostage. When our readers are looking for a photographer in our Bridal Book, they commonly request the following: “I want a photographer who lives in _____ and costs under _____ and will give me every single photo on a disc.”


you probably don’t want every. single. photo. that. was. ever. taken. all. day. long. Wedding photographers go through your photographs after the big day, pull out the very best ones, painstakingly edit them, edit them again, and edit them once more so they are a reflection of their best work. Editing 1000+ sort-of-decent images is just not going to happen.

EB TIP: Typically, photo amounts vary greatly from photographer to photographer. Be sure to ask ahead of time just so you’re on the same page!

10. Tell me about the family drama before the big day.

Sibling rivalry? Divorced parents can’t stand the sight of each other? Before the wedding, jot down a few things your photographer ought to know ahead of time. It will prevent any unnecessary awkwardness.

11. Please do an engagement session.

Wedding photographers would love, really, really love if you did an engagement session with them before the wedding. It’s a fantastic way to get to know each other before the big day.

engagement photo of couple laughing via 32 Secrets Wedding Photographers Wish You Knew

photo: becoming images | see the engagement session

Your photographer will get a great idea of how to work with you best, see what kind of poses work, and see how comfortable you are in front of the camera (and give you pointers). The couple will get an idea of the photographer’s mannerisms, style, and whether you all work together well. Plus, you can see the photos and decide if it’s the right fit for you. They’d much rather you change your mind before the wedding than to decide they don’t like your style AFTER the wedding is over.

12. Consider a no-camera zone for your ceremony.

In a perfect world, guests would leave cell phones and cameras at home or in their car during the wedding ceremony. This way, the photographer can do THE JOB THEY WERE HIRED TO DO. Instead, they have to battle flashes that happen sporadically, look down the aisle at people’s devices blocking their faces, and see people’s photos uploaded to Insta-whatevers during the wedding. Wedding photographers wish you knew, hey, guys, please: let me do my thing. You can go hog-wild at the reception, I promise (right after the formalities are finished).

13. “Can We Have the Raw Photos on a Disc to Edit Ourselves?”

ryan gosling hands to face via 32 Secrets Wedding Photographers Wish You Knew

No. Just no.

14. Be nice.

Being nice doesn’t cost a thing. Also, for some reason, Bridezillas look really AWFUL on camera, just sayin’.

Plus, keep in mind that shooting a wedding in the middle of July outside in the humid sun is painstakingly hot. So be extra nice. Wedding photographers may look chill on the outside, but inside they’re sweating bullets. And, they really wish it was socially acceptable to do this:

dwight too hot drops pants via 32 Secrets Wedding Photographers Wish You Knew

15. Smile like you mean it.

Audrey Hepburn once said, “Happy girls are the prettiest.” Everyone looks better when they smile. So smile as much as you can, even when you’re nervous. You got this.

16. Be flexible.

Photographers understand that you don’t want to spend your entire wedding day taking photos. They get it, they really do. But if there’s a moment that presents itself — like an unbelievable sunset or especially gorgeous night sky — go with it. You never know: =the quick five-minute impromptu snow fall shot might end up being your favorite. Talented photographers have an eye for these sorts of things, so trust them on this one.

17. Don’t rush.

Wedding photographers want to get the perfect shot, so don’t rush! Walk slowly down the aisle. Make your first official kiss really last.

bride and groom first kiss via 32 Secrets Wedding Photographers Wish You Knew

photo: tate tullier | see the real wedding

Dance slowly. Savor the moments. You’ll feel more relaxed and your photographer will have more time to capture those perfect, fleeting moments as they happen.

P.S. Have a bridesmaid help the ring bearer and flower girl to s l o w d o w n, too.

ring bearer throws pillow funny

18. Stand up straight and don’t slouch.

Just like your momma told ya.

19. Consider a first look.

A first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. It’s an excellent way for the photographer to get some one-on-one time with the couple for photographs (and those first looks are some of the most AMAZING moments!)

20. Leave a spot at the table.

Brides: be sure to leave a seat at dinner for the photographer. It’s tiring being on your feet all day and a few minutes for dinner is most appreciated.

21. Get formal shots early on.

Your hair, makeup, and dress will look perfect the earlier we do the bridal shoot. Plus, hate to break it to you, but your dress will get dirty, so the earlier the better.

22. Let wedding photographers do their job.

Trust them. They’re professionals. Also, it’s not as easy as it looks.

23. Be kind to others around you.

It’s awkward for a photographer to work with a bride who is rude to their family, friends, or other wedding vendors. For tension’s sake, let’s take it down a notch.

24. Light is everything.

When it comes to the timing on when to photograph outdoors, let us give you pointers. Proper light is essential, and photographer want to capture you looking your very best.


photo: rachael grace photography | colorado ranch wedding

25. “Why are you so expensive? Can I get a discount?”


are you kidding me gif via 32 Secrets Wedding Photographers Wish You Knew

Wedding photographers do a LOT of work, and it doesn’t mean just snapping a few photos. There’s pre-planning, making lists, getting the right equipment for the job, travel, editing, re-editing, and editing some more. Then add in the actual wedding photography itself, and that’s a hefty workload. A photographer costs the price they’ve set, and unfortunately if it doesn’t fit your budget you might need to find another who does.

25. Be clear about how long you need to book us.

They’re cool with it, they just want to know so we can plan accordingly; they have busy lives, too.

26. Let me know where I can go.

Did your church say no wedding photographers in a certain area? Am I okay to walk right in front, or do I need to stay near the back? Find out and let me know so we both don’t get in trouble.

27. Book ‘em in advance.

Want to hire a photographer? Make sure you book them and place a deposit on the date to set it. Many wedding photographers book up quickly and/or only accept a limited number of weddings per season.

28. Get professional hair and makeup done.

You want to look your best and wedding photographers want to capture you at your best. Make that appointment (and do a trial run beforehand, just in case). The way you look will reflect largely on how you like your photos, so make sure you look like the best version of yourself (don’t go overboard with the hair and makeup if it’s not your thing, either.)

29. Don’t constantly hound your photographer via email or phone.

They’ll get back to you — really! — but they’re probably working with other couples, too. Give them a little space and time to get back in touch with you with any questions so they can provide excellent service to all of their wonderful couples.

30. A strapless dress might not be your best friend.

Not everyone looks rockin’ in a strapless dress. Also, some strapless dresses are known to be annoying because brides are ALWAYS pulling them back up in place. You don’t want to see yourself always adjusting the girls in photos, do you?

31. This is real life.

Not Pinterest.

32. Please leave a review.

Reviews are the lifeblood of the wedding service industry. Brides love to hear from other real brides who have hired a particular vendor or service. And, wedding photographers rely on these reviews to build credibility. Consider leaving an honest review on their website or Facebook page to give them the kudos they deserve. (If you didn’t like their work, consider talking with them first rather than trolling their Facebook page. Most times, things can be worked out. And, of course, if the photographer was awful and never showed up or lost all of your photos and never called you back or hit on your bridesmaids and got drunk at the bar, warn the others! But we’ve never heard of such things from our wedding photographers. We love ‘em!)

What ‘things wedding photographers wish you knew’ would YOU add to the list?

Comment below!

BRIDES! GROOMS! Do you need a wedding photographer? You’ll find A M A Z I N G wedding photographers, planners, and more in our Preferred Wedding Guide! We love ‘em — I’m not lying when I say our wedding professionals are THE BEST in the biz.


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4 Books Every Bride Should Read Before the Wedding

Posted August 30, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments

Before you tie the knot, you want to know your partner really well, right? We’ve rounded up four top books every bride should read before the wedding to focus on what really matters: a long and happy marriage. We’ve included one on love, one on happiness, a book on inspiring yourself, and a fun book you can work on together. Find out what made our list…

Books Every Bride Should Read Before the Wedding

1. The 5 Love Languages by Gary D. Chapman

This book covers the languages of love, pretty appropriate for a couple getting married, no? As the book states, “By learning the five love languages, you and your spouse will discover your unique love languages and learn practical steps in truly loving each other. Chapters are categorized by love language for easy reference, and each one ends with specific, simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction.”

the 5 love languages book via 4 Books Every Bride Should Read

2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

How to focus on things that really matter and find your happiness.

the happiness project book via 4 Books Every Bride Should Read

3. The Newlywed’s Instruction Manual by Caroline Tiger

This is an essential guide for every couple just starting their new life together.

newlywed instruction manual via 4 Books Every Bride Should Read

4. What I Love About You by Kate Marshall and David Marshall

This is a fun book you fill in together: you’ll discover and remember reasons why you love one another.

what i love about you book

Looking for wedding planning books, I recommend The Handcrafted Wedding and The Inspired Wedding.


30+ Incredible Gold Sequin Wedding Ideas

Posted August 29, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 1 Comment

Hi, guys! Emma here, and I have a problem: I’m obsessed with sequins — gold, silver, hot pink, black — you name it, I would embellish with it. Maybe I just like sparkly, shiny things… Glitter. Diamonds. Druzy. Gold foil. (Then again, who doesn’t?) It turns out that sequins — you know, disc-shaped beads used for decoration purposes — originated in France and are used in a wide variety of accessories today including clothing, handbags, hair accessories, and more. What’s even more fascinating, though, is how they’re taking the wedding world by storm. It seems gold sequin wedding ideas are trending the most, with rose gold just one step behind. And, like its trending counterpart — gold foil everything — we know this is one trend that will be sticking around for awhile. Here’s how it starts: you don’t even think you like sequins, but then you discover a tutu-like wedding dress with a gold sequin bodice and think, holy cow, that’s gorgeous. Then you find a few gold sequin garlands, headbands, sashes, sequin trim wrapped invitations… and before you know it, you’re sequining ALL OF THE THINGS. So, take a look at the thirty-plus gold sequin wedding finds we’ve gathered (don’t worry, we’ll do silver, pink, and black in the future, I’m sure), and tell us know what you think of this trend. Sidebar: if you’re planning to incorporate some gold sequin wedding ideas into your Best Day Ever, I recommend moderation — it’s always key, you know. Enjoy!

gold sequin tutu dress

laura stark gold sequin dress sashsequin wrapped bouquetgold chevron table runnergold sequin necklace

Oh, and because I simply can’t help myself… check out this INSANELY gorgeous rose gold sequin wedding dress.

rose gold sequin wedding dress

rose gold sequin strap

And this! Told you I was obsessed.

sequin wedding gown

sources //

gold sequin tutu dress | ouma
sequin bridesmaid dresses | dahl nyc
star sequin hair pin | ordinary mommy
gold sequin wedding wrap clutch | ao3designs
black and gold sequin wedding fringe garland | oh my charley
invitations with sequin trim and black-and-white striping | diva gone domestic too
sequin zip clutch bag | eclu
gold sequin wedding photo hanger | ruth eileen photo
sequin hair accessory | jill’s boutique
gold sequin wedding bolero | kulayan
green flower girl dress with gold sequin bodice | kutie tuties
sequin flower girl wands | larkspur and linen
gold sequin wedding bunting | le petite mariage
sash | love like style
gold sequin wedding confetti bags | modern tape
round gold sequin wedding dress sash | laura stark
sequin tablecloth | sparkle pony shop
gold sequin heart brooch / boutonniere | splendid supply co
wedding ring pillow | stitch and snow pillows
sequin napkin ring | the sweet hostess
gold sequin sneakers | princess pumps
invitation with gold sequin trim | twig and juniper
gold sequin throw pillow | sparkle pony shop
sequin chair cover | sparkle pony shop
gold sequin wedding bouquet wrap | photo: birds of a feathervia style me pretty
flower girl dress | little dreamers inc
gold sequin wedding tablecloth | luxe linens
sequin heart decor | via project wedding, photo: max wanger
gold sequin wedding dress hanger | pearls and pastries
gold sequin shoes | yes style
large circle gold ‘sequin’ backdrop | oh happy day
gold sequin chevron table runner | laura gordon photography
gold sequin necklace | kealoha jewelry
gold sequin arrow | via 100 layer cake, photo: joielala
cake | baked by the art of cake, photo: env photography via wedding chicks
rose gold sequin wedding dress, sequin dress underneath it | truvelle

What do you think of these gold sequin wedding ideas?

Tell us with a comment below! Even if, you know, you can’t stand sequins and you hope to never see another one for your entire life (we still want to hear from you).


7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

Posted August 25, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!

Hi, loves! Emma here. I’m not lying when I say that coffee ranks pretty high up there in my list of my favorite things. From espresso to cappuccino to Keurig blends (like this, my latest obsession) to pumpkin-spice fall flavors coming out next month, I’d say that coffee is a fascination. Earlier I told our Twitter followers about the funny thing I almost did this morning so you can imagine that coffee is a pretty wonderful start to my everydays. It wakes me up, smells heavenly, and it’s the juice that keeps me going, going, going. So when I saw wedding coffee bar ideas popping up on our Pinterest boards, I knew I had to turn this into an inspiration post. Because, when you get down to it, coffee and weddings are both pretty amazing; add in a few handcrafted touches and the result is awe-inspiring. If you’re a coffee-addict like me, you’ll love these seven things every wedding coffee bar NEEDS to have. Enjoy!

7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs

1. A Stunning Display

First, you need a central table where guests can help themselves to coffee. This is one of my most favorite setups to date:

wedding coffee bar via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

photo kristyn hogan via style me pretty

2. Coffee. And a lot of it!

Keep coffee hot in these, which also doubles as a dispenser.

coffee bar wedding perfect blend banner via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

photo: bellapop

3. All the Fixin’s

Cream? Sugar? Stirrers? Make sure you’ve got ‘em! (Pssst. Include a small basket for discards.)

coffee bar wedding via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

photo: bellapop

4. Coffee Sleeves

While not totally necessary, coffee sleeves are an insanely creative touch, especially when they’re personalized! You can make your own for SUPER CHEAP.

custom coffee sleeves wedding via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

DIY Coffee Sleeves

Want to make your own wedding coffee sleeves? DO IT. I saw these and was ready to get my Sharpie marker reader to make ‘em myself. At home. Just for fun.

diy coffee sleeves wedding via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

photo of wedding coffee cups: robin proctor photography

o Paper Coffee Sleeves (um, 50 of them for like $2? Sweet.)
o Markers
o Pretty Penmanship + Patience to Write 100+ of Them

Write a custom message (your names, wedding date, or guests’ names and table assignments as makeshift escort cards!) on the sleeve; place over disposable coffee cups (like these). Easy!

5. Coffee Cups

Whether you use mugs…

coffee mug tree wedding coffee bar inspiration via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have


… which you can also away as favors…

wedding mug coffee favors via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

photo: benjamin photos via bridalhood

… or you use disposable cups (go eco-friendly! use these instead of the others)…

eco friendly disposable coffee cups via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

… guests obviously need something to hold their cup of joe.

6. Fun Decor

Add a few decorative touches to draw attention to your coffee bar! Some of my favorites? Apothecary jars filled with whole coffee beans, ‘love is brewing’ or ‘the perfect blend’ banners, or vintage inspired tin coffee signs (like this one and that one, shown below):

coffee bar wedding ideas via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

via style me pretty, photo: kate webber

7. A Chalkboard or Sign

Tie it all together with a sign…

love you like coffee in the morning via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

via style me pretty, photo: jennifer bergman weddings

… or a chalkboard, for a coffeehouse feel. Add these as a definite crowd-pleaser!

espresso bar chalkboard sign

photo: brianna wilbur via rustic wedding chic

BONUS: Take-home Coffee Bean Favors

And, last but not least, a fun idea we love (whether or not you do a wedding coffee bar) is to have take home coffee favors for guests. These adorable handmade bags by Mavora are perfect!

coffee favor bags


thank you wedding coffee bag


Are you having a coffee bar at your wedding?



21 Most Creative Heart Wedding Ideas
(+ Giveaway #19)

Posted August 19, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 5 Comments

There are so many amazing wedding themes out there (speaking of, have you seen this yet?) but heart wedding ideas are often overlooked. Maybe it’s because some of the heart decor you see out there is overly Valentine-y, or maybe it’s because you didn’t know just how gorgeous modern heart decor can be. Whatever the reason, today we’re inspiring you to get creative with your heart-adoring self and steal these twenty-one heart themed wedding ideas. Read on for more… plus, you could win won of these heart themed wedding ideas from Harvest Gold Gallery, Giveaway #19 in our 31 Giveaways Series! Enjoy!

Heart Themed Wedding Ideas

1. Heart Wedding Chair Decor

Up first, take a look at these adorable heart chair backs! Oh, and I may or may not be partial to this as the first selection because of the huge E & A (you know, me + hubby) on the back wall. Where was this for my own wedding?

heart chair signs

Let’s take a closer look…

heart wedding ideas chair decor

via bridal musings, photos: dasha caffrey

2. Metallic heart pillows at your sweetheart table.

Up next, let’s incorporate some cute, modern, totally-comfy metallic heart pillows into the mix. How do they fit, you ask? On your chairs at the sweetheart table, of course! It’s another way to identify your chairs as ‘reserved’ and will make for a comfortable dining experience.

metallic heart pillows

sukan pillow

P.S. You guys, I’m obsessed with this one. Maybe I’ll grab a few for the couch at home?

navy blue gold heart wedding pillow

sukan pillow

3. Heart Wedding Rings

Each ring has a special indent that, when brought together, makes a heart.

heart wedding rings

cadi jewelry

4. Heart Clutch

Heart clutch + covered in pearls + ultra compact size = perfect bridal purse.

Effervescence Clutch

5. Drop Top Guest Book

This unique concept — the “drop top guest book” — is one of favorite heart wedding ideas! Guests write their names on wood hearts and drop them into this guest book display. Looks like fun for guests to do, too. Does this remind anyone of Plinko?

drop top guestbook
acf customs

5. Heart Wedding Invitations

If you are planning a heart themed wedding, kick off the theme with invitations to set the tone right off the bat.

heart wedding invitations (2)

birdhouse stationery

7. Heart Barn Decor

This heart decor is simple, understated, and yet so perfectly elegant for a wedding.

heart barn decor

bridal musings, photo: live view studios

8. Cute Heart Photo with Groom’s Hands

Add this must-have photo to your list. So cute!

cute heart photo grooms hands
photo: ashfall mixed media

9. Heart Wedding Fans

Cool off your guests or incorporate your ceremony program onto these chic heart wedding fans.

heart wedding fans

via love my dress, photo: claudia rose carter, made by berinmade

10. Heart Marquee Light

Light up the night with a giant heart marquee light! You can find a vintage heart marquee light right here.

heart light marquee wedding

via style me pretty, photo: annie mcelwain

11. Lovestruck Heart Cake Topper

This heart topper is simple, sweet, and perfect for a heart wedding theme.

Lovestruck Cake Topper

12. Here Comes the Bride Wood Heart Sign

Have the ring bearer carry a here comes the bride heart sign made on wood and hand-painted with love.

here  comes the bride wood heart sign

pnz designs

13. Line Aisle with Hearts on a Stick

Make your aisle way pop with colorful hearts on sticks — a totally modern twist to traditional petals.

lace hearts  down the aisle

photo: mark brooke

14. Petals in a Heart

Or, if petals are your thing, arrange them in a non-conventional way — like this heart design.

petal heart decor
via french wedding style

15. Heart Ring Bowl

Instead of a ring pillow, have your ring bearer carry a ring bowl, which can be used to hold your rings at home when you’re washing your hands or cleaning. (Check out these ring holders, too.)

heart ring bowl


16. Hearts on the Backs of Chairs

Of all the heart wedding ideas shown here, this is one of my favorites. It’s simple and easy to DIY. Plus, it dresses up your ceremony space in a snap.

hearts on backs of chairs wedding ceremony

photo: haywood jones photography via whimsical wonderland weddings

17. Heart Charm for Bouquet

Wrap the bouquet in a heart charm to tie in your theme. This one is made of real gold and can be added to a necklace as a keepsake after the wedding.

gold heart charm

harvest gold jewelry

18. Birch Bark Heart Aisle Decor

This heart is hidden as a carving on birch bark and can be used as rustic aisle decor. Add a mason jar chock full of baby’s breath and a votive candle and you have an entirely easy diy decoration that looks amazing.

birch heart decor aisle with baby's breath in mason jar

via style me pretty, photo: kate preftakes photography

19. Metallic Heart Garland

Dress up an empty reception wall or jazz up your cake table with this metallic heart garland.

gold heart garland

transparent es decor

20. Heart Patch Sewn in Dress

Get out — this is the ultimate ‘something blue’ AND adorable accent for your heart themed wedding. Love, love, love.

heart wedding dress back patch

photo: fawn christansen photography via burnetts boards

21. Heart Cake Pops

Last but not least, you didn’t think I’d forget something cake-related, did you? These cake pops are one of my newest crushes. Yes, cake pops have been around for awhile now on the trending board but seriously, how cute are these with the pops of hearts?

heart cake pops

via the tomkat studio

Giveaway: Win a heart wedding bouquet charm!

Now that you’re well-versed in amazing heart wedding ideas, it’s time to win one! We’ve teamed up with Lynda from Harvest Gold Jewelry to give away one 14k gold bouquet charm (a $75 value!) in the winner’s choice of color, as shown below. Get the full details!

gold heart charm

Giveaway Details

o Enter between 8/19/14-8/25/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize: one 14k gold bouquet charm (a $75 value!) in the winner’s choice of color (14k rose, 14k white or 14k yellow gold) from Harvest Gold Gallery
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 8/26; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to obtain prize
o Prize value: $75; no cash value
o Free shipping included to U.S. and Canada
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good luck!

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9 Wedding Registry Mistakes to Avoid

Posted August 12, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments

When it comes to your wedding registry, you may be wondering how to get started: where to go, how many items to register for, and when you should have it completed. We’re here to help! In this post, we’ll show you nine wedding registry mistakes to avoid so you can have more fun + skip all the added stress. Enjoy!

wedding registry mistakes to avoid

9 Wedding Registry Mistakes to Avoid

Mistake #1: Registering too late.

You should register for your wedding seven to nine months before your big day. If you register too late, you’ll be rushing yourself to hurry and complete your list. However, if you register early enough, you can always add on items (or remove them, if you change your mind) later. Plus, wedding guests AND shower guests will have access to your wedding registry with plenty of time to spare.

Mistake #2: Forgetting to include your address.

Wherever you register (whether in-store or online), they’ll ask for a shipping address. This is important because many guests will opt to ship directly online and you’ll want to have a specific place where gifts will be delivered (whether it be your place, his place, your shared place, your parent’s address, etc.)

Mistake #3: Registering only at one store.

We recommend registering at more than one store. Typically, two stores is plenty; a third option (like an online registry) can also be added. Why more than one store? Shoppers have their preferences and simply may want to shop at one place over another. Also, if a particular store isn’t near a guest’s home, they have another option. Even if everything is online, many guests like to see the item in person before deciding to buy it.

Mistake #4: Trying to register all at once.

This is probably the most common mistake couples make when registering: they try to do it all at once. Don’t! Registering is fun — it’s one of only two times in life (marriage and having a baby) when you get to go shopping and add things to a list and PEOPLE WANT TO BUY THEM FOR YOU. So, enjoy! Take your time, move a section at a time, and enjoy the time spent together. Also, there should always be this unspoken rule: when one of you starts to get tired / hungry / crabby / tired of scanning stuff / the fun is wearing off, agree to call it a day. You can always add items to your registry later (online or in-person).

Mistake #5: Registering when you’re hungry.

Oh my goodness, be well-rested, full, and hydrated when you go. Believe it or not, it can be quite tiring!

Mistake #6: Not registering at all.

Some couples feel sheepish about registering because they feel like it’s asking guests to buy them stuff. While that seems like a logical explanation, take it from a guest’s point of view: we WANT to buy you stuff. But we want to buy you stuff you ACTUALLY want. And, it totally helps us when you are very specific and give us a list that is basically like, “Here are things we think are cool” it will be 10000x easier on the wedding guests. And, even if all you want is cash, it’s a) impolite to ask for cash, and b) you’ll still get cash from some guests, while others will always prefer to send a tangible item.

Mistake #7: Not registering together.

Don’t register separately or take a friend instead of your spouse-to-be. Even if your hubby-to-be doesn’t think he will have any fun, ask him to go anyway. And, make sure you don’t totally make the registry all about you — it should be a joint effort and make sure his personality is reflected in the items selected, too.

Mistake #8: Registering for only practical items.

Have a little fun with it! We’re not saying to go overboard and ask for things you’ll never use, but if there’s a fun gift that you would love to own and would perhaps never get to buy yourself (like a Margarita maker, a really fancy set of wine glasses, fine china, or one of these), add it to the list! It doesn’t hurt to add it on and, who knows, you might just get it.

Mistake #9: Registering only at big box chains.

Have we taught you nothing at Emmaline Bride? WE LOVE HANDMADE! Don’t forget about the handmade, independent gifts out there, too. You can sign up for an online registry like this one and you’ll be able to add anything from any store to your wedding registry.

What wedding registry mistakes would you add to the list? Comment below. We’d love to hear from you!


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