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How to Plan a Themed Wedding (BOOK)

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.

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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

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

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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

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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

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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!

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

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

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!

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5 Things Every Bride Needs: Morning of the Wedding

Hi, loves! Today we’re talking about what the bride needs for her wedding. More importantly, though, five things every bride needs for the morning of the wedding. There are things every bride needs for those endearing getting-ready photos, hair and makeup, and those excited, holy-cow-this-is-happening-today part of your big day. The Best Morning Ever. Read on to see the five things you won’t want to leave home without. :) Enjoy!

5 Things Every Bride Needs: Morning of the Wedding

So, what does the bride really need? In short, these five things:

1. A Beverage

Whether she’s a coffee drinker, prefers tea, or wants mimosas on her big day, make sure they’re readily available. Some people swear by no coffee on the bride’s wedding day (making one jittery), but I have to disagree.

things every bride needs morning of the wedding

However, if you’re a regular coffee drinker, you’ll want to drink the same amount as usual; otherwise, you’ll get one of those terrible caffeine headaches. If you don’t usually drink coffee because it makes you jittery, then obviously pass. And, as it goes with beverages, moderation is key: you won’t want to slam mimosas (for obvious reasons) just as you won’t want to drink too many caffeinated beverages without incorporating water to stay hydrated. And, don’t drink too many beverages right before that gown goes on. Once that is on, it’s pretty much on… and bathroom breaks in a gown are a pain in the you-know-what.

Don’t forget these! They’ll prevent your lipstick from coming off AND will keep those tea + coffee stains at bay.

2. Food

It’s easy for brides to forget about, you know, EATING, while busy getting dolled up. It’s so important to eat a well-balanced meal to keep energized and happy. Make sure you have food on hand and eat a good breakfast. You don’t want to get hangry, not on your wedding day. (MOHs: pack a granola bar in her purse as an extra snack just in case!)

3. A Robe

Getting ready for your wedding means you should lounge in total comfort. What it doesn’t mean, though, is lounging in an old tee shirt from college and a pair of frayed shorts. If your getting ready outfit doesn’t make you feel totally gorgeous, it’s not the right one for your wedding day. Enter: the bridal robe, probably one of my favorite things every bride needs. A robe will tie at your waist which means it’s easy to get on and off; when you’re getting hair and makeup done, it won’t rub off onto your shirt when you need to change into your gown. It’s okay to splurge on something totally gorgeous that you’ll love to wear on the wedding day and beyond. Plus, your new hubby will be all, damn, girl, lookin’ good when you’re at home on the couch, even when it feels like you’re just lounging. A bridal robe is like the yoga pants of the pajama world.

Here an example of a robe that’s so luxuriously soft you won’t want to take it off (by Doie):

willa bridal robe

It’s made with jersey material and has a 100% silk trim.

back of bridal robe

4. A Tote Bag

best day ever tote

dream state

5. An Awesome Playlist

A favorite music playlist is the perfect way to set the mood while getting ready. Include some throwback jams to dance with your girls, as well as some of your favorite tunes that make you happy (+ stress-free).

What would you add to the list?

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4 Books Every Bride Should Read Before the Wedding

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

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

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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).


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