Category: planning

8 Something Blue Ideas for the Bride (+ Win One!)

You’ve probably heard it before: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence for your shoe“. It’s said to be good luck if the bride has each of these on her wedding day… and who doesn’t love a little extra good luck? Now, this tradition is supposed to be fun, not stressful — so don’t sweat it. To help, we’ve rounded up something blue ideas to share PLUS we’re giving away one of these finds! Read on to find out more…

Something Blue Ideas for Bride

To start, take a peek at this gorgeous pair of navy blue heels with lace. I love these oh-so-much. By Walkin on Air.

navy bridal shoes | something blue ideas for bride - http://emmalinebride.com/planning/something-blue-ideas-for-bride/

walkin on air

A navy blue and pink robe in sumptuous fabric is a great gift for you and your bridesmaids (by Doie); a set of ‘I Do’ shoe stickers in blue are another popular something blue option (by Your Happily Ever After).

left: doie | right: your happily ever after

5 Most Important Tips to Protect Your Engagement Ring

I was browsing serious prettiness a la Kristin Coffin recently and realized something about engagement rings that doesn’t get the attention it should: how to protect your engagement ring. There has never been a more gorgeous array of handmade, totally-custom engagement rings to choose from… and learning how to protect your engagement ring will keep it looking its best forever.

While protecting your engagement ring may not be today’s sexiest topic, it is crucial. At the heart of the matter, your engagement ring is more than jewelry: your engagement ring symbolizes the moment in time when you said ‘yes’ and vowed to marry. And since we’re here to navigate you through the crazy, unpredictable, inspiring and interesting maze known as wedding planning, we just have to talk about what YOU can do to protect your engagement ring.

i said yes

by dallins paperie

Read on to find out the most important tips to protect your engagement ring. And tell us: what are you doing to keep yours looking its best?

minimalvs

by minimalvs

Tips to Protect Your Engagement Ring

1. A safe place to store it.

I never take my ring off. When I first wore my engagement ring, I was nervous about it getting scratched or the diamond falling out. As in, just deciding to, whoops, slip right out. I eventually got used to it on my finger, and the idea of totally losing a diamond eventually faded. The more I wore it, the less I worried about something happening to it. And it was always on my finger, so I’d always know where it was. And I realize I’m probably in the minority because I know lots of people take their ring off for all sorts of reasons.

the best is yet to come by magic markings art

by magic markings art

This article over at Brides recommends taking off your engagement ring for these five things: working out, moisturizing, primping, swimming, and cleaning. And if you plan to take it off for any of these things (come to think of it, I might take it off if I’m using really harsh cleansers or painting, but that’s not very often), you’ll NEED a safe place to store your ring, like this…

hexagon ring dish

by pottery lodge

27 Inspiring Rose Gold Wedding Ideas

Hi, Emma here and if you love gold as I do, you’ll really enjoy these rose gold wedding ideas! You see, rose gold is my latest favorite; it’s been popping up in wedding rings, bridesmaid jewelry, decor, and even wedding gowns (remember these?) Today we’re sharing twenty-seven rose gold wedding ideas to inspire you from engagement rings and wedding dresses to cake stands and decor. There’s a little something here for everyone to love.

Oh, and just wait until you see the dress. It’s one of my favorite bridal gowns to date. Enjoy!

Rose Gold Wedding Ideas

rose gold sequin bridesmaid dress by nula bridal | Rose Gold Wedding Ideas via http://emmalinebride.com/planning/rose-gold-wedding-ideas/

by nula bridal

by sukran kirtis jewelry

rose gold engagement ring by kristin coffin | Rose Gold Wedding Ideas via http://emmalinebride.com/planning/rose-gold-wedding-ideas/

by kristin coffin

invites: jade forest design | save the dates: love verity | tassels: mod party | wedding cake stand: eisabella design | ampersand: designs by embellish

10 Things Every Wedding Welcome Bag Needs

Wondering what to put in wedding welcome bags? You’re not alone! Find out below. And, before you jump in, be sure to add your name to our list for the latest. It’s FREE + you’ll never miss a post.

We love hearing from our readers, so when Meghan wrote us with this Ask Emmaline question we swooped in to help. She is planning a wedding in her hometown of Wilmington, NC, but a handful of guests are coming from out of town (she currently lives in Chicago). She says,

Hi Emmaline! Many guests are flying in for my beach wedding in North Carolina and I want them to feel comfortable in the area. I’ve heard of wedding welcome bags, but I have no idea what to put in them. Any advice?

Great question, Meghan! A wedding welcome bag is a nice way to greet guests upon arrival. It’s also a sweet gesture, since your guests have traveled to be a part of your day. Say thank you by leaving a welcome bag in their hotel room (this can be coordinated with the hotel — just be sure to tip extra generously). We’ve compiled a list of top 10 things every wedding welcome bag needs to help. You can make them yourself with just a few, easy-to-find things! Read on for the list!

What to Put in Wedding Welcome Bags

Start with a bag:

We love a bag that can be re-used, and something like this is deep enough to be filled to the brim.

best day ever – by kaspi party | and so the adventure begins – by cotton and birch co | perfect day to drink champagne – by the yellow note | love bag – by wink events

Or something that is totally custom, like this illustrated tote…

Tote Bag | What to Put in Wedding Welcome Bags | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/wedding-welcome-bags/
by hollydoodles

Or say welcome to New York (um, it’s been waitin’ for you — I couldn’t resist a little TSwift) or any location with a map tote a la the lovely LH Calligraphy (left) or a state shape with heart on your location…

50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas

Mountain wedding ideas await you in this post! But first, do you crave daily wedding inspiration like this? Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a post!

If you’re looking for the best mountain wedding ideas, look no further! Whether you’re planning a small intimate wedding near the Smokey Mountains or a huge soiree with stunning Rocky Mountain views, you’ll find some of the most creative ceremony spaces, reception decor, favors, gifts ideas, and more right here. We’ve rounded up over fifty amazing mountain wedding ideas to inspire the Best Day Ever, all mountainside! So, grab a cup of coffee and prepare to be inspired…

happily ever after starts here | 50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

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Note: if you’re reading this on the homepage, it’s a VERY image-intensive post, so we’ve split it in two. You’ll want to click ‘keep reading’ to see the full article.

Mountain Wedding Ideas

First, let’s dream up a breathtaking ceremony space, like this:

mountain wedding ceremony | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

photo: bwright photovia style me pretty

Ahhh, so pretty.

You can plan a mountain wedding in any season. In the spring or summer, deck out your ceremony space with an arch, like this:

mountain wedding ceremony arch | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/
photo: christina kiffney photography

Or plan an elegant fall or winter wedding:

left: venue, via harpers bazaar | right: via style me pretty, photo: cory ryan, venue: stein lodge

Imagine a nighttime reception with mountain views and pretty lights…

mountain wedding | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

photo: bwright photo, via style me pretty

… or a see-through tent at night so you don’t miss the views, even when it’s chilly outside.

elegant tent for mountain wedding |  http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

via style me pretty
, photo: allyson wiley

Here’s a sweetheart table that’s pure perfection…

sweetheart table mountain wedding | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

photo: boonetown story via ruffled

And this reception setup is gorgeous:

mountain wedding reception | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

photo: logan walker via fab you bliss

If possible, travel by ski lift…

bride groom on ski lift | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

photo: allyson wiley via style me pretty

… wedding party included!

groomsmen ski lift wedding | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

photo: inphotography

bridesmaids ski lift | 50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/
photo: our labor of love

Now, before you get started, you’ll want to tie in your wedding theme with a perfect invitation. It will set the tone for your entire event and tie it all together. Here are some we love, including save the date cards:

mountain save the date | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

by starboard press

And these!

mountainous save the date | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

by starboard press

Or these cute hang tags:

mountain save the date tags marova | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

by mavora art and design

And some invitations…

mountain wedding invitations sparkvites | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

by sparkvites

by starboard press

Have guests find their seats in a really creative way, like these ‘lift ticket’ cards…

lift ticket escort cards | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

by four13designs

See the full post here.


7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

Want to get to your wedding on time? Follow these tips and you’ll be good as gold. Oh, and be sure to follow along or you might miss other helpful tips like this.

One of the biggest things to avoid on your wedding day is being late, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re the bride, the groom, father, mother, best man, maid of honor, bridesmaid or groomsman; being late is stressful. Even guests and wedding vendors worry about being on time for the ceremony. There’s a reason why this song from My Fair Lady was such a hit. It’s not just about being punctual, either; being on time for your wedding will give you peace of mind all day and keep you stress-free. We want you to be a happy bride, not one who is stressed out, sweating, and freaking out as she’s traveling to her ceremony site. And that’s why we’re here to help you out.

See? You can spend less time stressing + more time snapping photos that are happy & carefree, like this (if you’re doing a first look):

carefree bride and groom | via 7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

photo: kristyn hogan via cedarwood weddings

Today we’re sharing seven helpful tips to be on time for your wedding. And hey, it may not be the sexiest or the most exciting topic, but it certainly is important. We’ll even let you in on the number one time-waster that happens to nearly every bride — but you can totally avoid it. Read on to get started…

Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

1. Don’t leave any projects or last-minute tasks for the day before or day of the wedding.

As tempting as it sounds to say, oh I’ll get to that tomorrow, you don’t want to be running around to finish a project or deliver favors to the reception site or do anything but be pampered on the day of the wedding. I recommend avoiding anything non-pamper-y the week of the wedding, simply because you’ll be busy enough as it is with the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, and packing for your honeymoon. Oh, and you know, BEING EXCITED FOR THE BEST DAY EVER. You don’t have time to worry about to-dos at this point! It’s time to relax.

2. Set two alarms for yourself.

Make sure you’re up way ahead of schedule, too. Get up earlier than you think you would need to. And set two alarms in case one fails (or, you’re like me, and in your sleep still manage to hit ‘snooze’.) It also helps to have someone make sure you’re up by coming over or a simple phone call.

And it never hurts to have an actual watch. We rely so much on technology and, if you’re like me, you lose your phone every two minutes.


left: girls love like | right: lillyanlou

Oh, and a gift for the groom? Definitely a watch. And a cute note to tell him to meet you there with the time.

cute gift idea for the groom | via 7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding
photo: leoni bolt photography

3. Pack your bag the week before.

Gather up all of those things you’ll need the day of the wedding the week before. (Pssst… here are some tips on what to pack in your bag.) You’ll want to include what you’ll wear while getting ready, your wedding photo list, your makeup, touch-up lipstick, wedding emergency kit, nylons, lingerie, heels, etc. If you have everything ready to go one week ahead of time, you’ll still be able to add to it when you inevitably think of things you forgot (like these for the reception, or your checklist of things not to forget at your wedding). Other things to remember are tip money for vendors, gifts for your wedding party, and a small notebook with the numbers of all of your vendors in case you need to reach them. Also, a spare phone charger is absolutely necessary.

4. Have a back-up plan.

What’s your plan B if your hairstylist doesn’t show? Or if your car breaks down? Or if your gown is wrinkled? Have someone reliable you can count on who may be able to help, just in case. Elect one of your bridesmaids to help you style your hair. And, bring a travel garment steamer — for SURE. You’ll need it for eliminating wrinkles on your gown and bridesmaid dresses.

5. Provide a itinerary for your entire wedding party, parents, and vendors.

An itinerary is crucial to keep everyone on schedule. And plan the times a little earlier than you would think: it’s surprising how fast time goes by and you’ll want to allow plenty of extra time for getting ready and travel.

Also… delegate someone to be in charge of the schedule. Pick someone who is incessantly punctual, whether that is your Maid of Honor, bridesmaid, or mom. And make sure it’s someone who takes charge and speaks up, so they can keep everyone in line and on schedule.

groom wearing watch | via 7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

photo: matt ramos photography

Also, you’ll want to elect one of the groomsmen — like the Best Man — to be in charge of keeping the gentlemen on time while they are getting ready.

wedding itinerary | via 7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

via splash of silver

6. Schedule your hair appointment at least one hour earlier than you would think.

It goes by too fast — and you can always use a little extra time, just in case.

And the number-one time waster…

7. Don’t schedule everyone’s hair and makeup at the same time and location.

This is a big one! As tempting as it is to have your entire crew get their hair and makeup and nails done at the same time and location, it can really put you behind schedule. Here’s what we recommend instead:

o get ready at a salon with a team of dedicated stylists (plural), hired for the whole crew

Or, if you’d prefer to get ready at your hotel, resort, or somewhere else…

o have bridesmaids arrive with hair and makeup done

They can still join in on the getting-ready festivities (and photo-ops) and put on their dress, shoes, and accessories then, without the added stress of getting everyone’s hair and makeup completed while the clock is ticking.

bridesmaids helping bride get ready | photo: milk photography | via 7 Helpful Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding

photo: milk photography via style me pretty

It’s also worth noting that you should ALWAYS…

o get ready as EARLY AS POSSIBLE

Nothing is worse than running late AND hurrying on your hair and makeup.

♥ | ♥ | ♥

And, keep in mind… sometimes it happens. Being late won’t ruin your wedding! Being on time makes it less stressful, but don’t let something small irk or get in the way of your perfect day. These things happen.

xo
-E.

Now it’s your turn…

What tips to be on time would you add to the list?

Tell us below!

The #1 Mistake Most Brides Make (and How to Avoid It)

*Giveaway inside!

There is one huge mistake most brides make after the wedding, and it’s totally avoidable. So, what is it? It’s more about what brides aren’t doing that is the mistake. Brides are letting their wedding photos go by the wayside, sitting on a hard drive or flash drive, never to be looked at again. Waiting to print out your photos and assemble them in an album is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. And it’s scary because you could lose those memories forever, if something were to happen to your hard drive, flash drive, or your computer gets a virus. I (Emma here!) know first-hand because something similar almost happened to me. I had a bunch of photos on a hard drive for years, photos of Andrew and I dating, photos of us in college, engaged, newly married… you know, just a TON of photo files sitting on a hard drive. Then one day, Andrew wanted to grab a few photos from a trip we took and print them out. But when he went to download them, the hard drive no longer worked; it was corrupted. It appeared as though no images existed. Just like that.

Yikes.

We searched on Google and found, to our dismay, that a corrupted hard drive could need to be reformatted, as in ERASED. Gone. No more. Memories erased in a heartbeat. And, luckily our wedding photos weren’t on there, but can you imagine? Well, we took our hard drive to a computer expert (shout-out to our local computer shop, Tech City Electronics who SAVED OUR HARD DRIVE!) and we got ALL of those photos back. Can you imagine if you weren’t so lucky? After that day, I learned an important lesson and I back up EVERYTHING. And I print those photos now. Every sweet Baby Andrew smile and video moment (there are thousands, and he’s just under a year!), every cat photo of them sleeping in boxes or drawers or on top of laundry heaps (again, thousands), every home project, family vacation, DIY project, holiday, birthday, and everything else. I mean, why risk it?

Anyways, we would hate for your wedding photos to go missing. So we’re here to help you with a discount and a giveaway so you can print out those photos and put them in a beautiful keepsake photo album. But first… check out some of the new photo album designs we spotted over at Indigo Album Design, one of our go-to sources for professional handmade (+ high quality) photo albums. These albums are incredible!