Posted February 27, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 7 Comments
We received an Ask Emmaline question from Melanie, a bride-to-be who is confused about wedding favors. Melanie asks, “My fiance and I are planning our wedding and we’re trying to pick wedding favors, but we’re on a tight budget. Are wedding favors necessary? Do you think we really need them?” Great question! After all, who wants to spend their wedding budget on an item guests may never use or appreciate? So, today we’re posing the question: are wedding favors necessary? Do you really need to give wedding favors to guests? We’ll tell you what we think and provide a few pointers. And… we want to hear from YOU! What do you think about wedding favors? Do you think they’re necessary? Read on to get the full scoop and join the discussion! (P.S. We know you love Facebook, so now you can comment on our site using Facebook! So. much. easier.)
Posted February 20, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 5 Comments
Are feeling a bit disorganized while planning your wedding? Having trouble getting plans in place because you can’t seem to get motivated? We’re here to help! Emma here… and, guess what? A + I are having a baby boy (!!!!) in a little over a month! We couldn’t be more excited… and we couldn’t have found a better reason to get organized, clean everything, and get rid of a bunch of useless stuff we don’t need in preparation for little one’s arrival. When I was going though boxes of stuff, I remembered the last time I was doing this overhaul was while planning our wedding. Needless to say, I knew a post about getting totally organized for your wedding would be a fantastic way to share some of my favorite ideas + inspire you, too. Read on to uncover six surefire ways to get (+ stay!) organized for your wedding…
6 Ways to Get Organized for your Wedding
1. Start with a Planner.
I’ll admit it: I’m a total list-making nut. I love carrying a planner, making notes, and crossing off to-do lists. Having a planner that’s as functional as it is portable is key. And, look for one that has a calendar view AND a weekly view, since you’ll have more space for writing.
Posted February 17, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 1 Comment
Happy Monday! It’s early in the year, which means bridal shows are in full swing for the wedding season ahead. If you’re wondering if you should attend a bridal show, or you want to know more about what a bridal show entails, you’ve come to the right place. Find out three reasons why you should attend a bridal show…
Posted February 6, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 44 Comments
We received an Ask Emmaline question recently and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Bride-to-be, Meghan, asks us, “I want guests to sit anywhere they want at my ceremony, rather than traditionally on the right or left depending on whose family they are from. Any tips?” Great question, Meghan! A new-ish trend that we’ve seen (last year in its peak and continuing through this season) is the idea of ‘Pick a Seat Not a Side‘. Easily conveyed to guests in a sign form, this ensures guests mingle and sit together rather than moving from one side to another. Read on to see an example of this idea in action and enter for a chance to win one by the lovely Citrus Press Co.!
Posted February 5, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 86 Comments
Hello, loves! Whether your wedding is fast-approaching or in the distance, be sure to bookmark this post (press CTRL + D or pin it)! Today we’re revealing five tips for the morning of the wedding to ensure it goes off without a hitch. Getting ready for your wedding is memorable because it is filled with excitement and anticipation for the day ahead. Plus, it’s a great chance to chill with your best girlfriends to relax, get pampered, and primp to look your best. Read on to see the five essential tips… plus, a little birdie told us there’s a special giveaway happening, too! Check it out below…
Posted January 22, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 64 Comments
Even when wedding planning is over, there’s still one important task on your to-do list: sending thank you cards. If you’re wondering when to send thank you cards after the wedding, we’re here to help! Read on to find out more, get a few thank you card writing tips, and enter for a chance to win FREE thank you cards from Grand Designs by Joanna to get you started!
Posted January 10, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 62 Comments
Hi, loves! Happy Friday! Question: what’s the number one thing that every couple needs after the wedding but many don’t ever “get around to” doing? Putting together a photo album! We love ourselves some technology, but technology makes it SO easy to be lazy. I mean, having photos on flash drives or stored on your computer (instead of actual prints) makes it easier than ever to leave them as-is. You may think you’ll get to it someday, but someday is today. We’re showing you how to take charge of your wedding album whether you’ve been married for a few years, you’re just returning from your honeymoon, or you’re planning your wedding (and thinking ahead). We want you to show off those gorgeous photos, place them in a custom photo album with stunning designs, and turn it into a masterpiece you’ll love to revisit for years to come. To see what we mean, all you have to do is take a peek at the handmade wedding albums over at Indigo Album Design. Talk about gorgeous. And, they’re being oh-so-gracious and have offered to give away two giveaway prizes! What’s up for grabs? You’ll have to read on to find out…
Posted January 2, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 1 Comment
Are you newly engaged? Congratulations! Today we’re talking about eight things you NEED to do right now. But first… welcome back! We’re happy to be back in the Emmaline Bride corporate office today after the long (and relaxing and supremely awesome) holiday break. Since December and January are prime-time for proposals, we know there’s a bunch of newly engaged brides out there… and, if you’re one of them, you’ve come to the right place! If you’re new to Emmaline Bride, we’re the ultimate handmade wedding guide — but that’s not all! We’ll be bringing you the best handmade wedding finds, wedding giveaways, DIY ideas, free wedding printables, Real Weddings, how-to‘s, and more each and every day. No matter where you are in the planning process, you’ll find something new to inspire you. So, grab a cup of coffee or a cuppa tea (make mine a peppermint!), show off that brand new sparkler, and read on to see what to do now that you’re newly engaged… (P.S. Have a friend who’s newly engaged? Check out 12 Useful Gift Ideas for Newly Engaged).
Posted December 19, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 1 Comment
Brides: have you thought about how to preserve your wedding invitation after the big day? If you’re still in the midst of planning, the thought probably hasn’t crossed your mind. (It didn’t cross mine while planning, and thankfully my mom made a custom paperweight mere days afterward so I’d never forget how beautiful the invitations were!) When you order your wedding invitations, be sure to order one or two as extra-’extras’ for preserving (they always tell you to order extras anyway, but you’ll want to set one or two aside.) Then, check out these three ways we’ve rounded up to preserve your wedding invitation to ensure your pretty, hand-picked paper will stand the test of time. Read on to find out more, including a special DIY idea in time for Christmas!
How to Preserve Your Wedding Invitation
1. Have your wedding invitation framed.
The most popular way to preserve your wedding invitation is with a frame. You can place your invitation in a simple frame yourself… or, you can check out the beautiful work by Golden Silhouette, an invitation and keepsake framing expert, who can create a themed masterpiece from your invitation paper.
Posted December 10, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments
Hi, lovelies! Back in the day, newlyweds had wedding illustrations painted for them because film was not yet invented. Then, as photography became available, it wasn’t quite modernized yet… so couples had to stand still without smiling so their photograph would not be blurry. My, how far we’ve come: today, brides are hiding cameras in their wedding bouquets, couples are urging guests to turn off their camera phones, and guests are sneaking some secret photo booth shots with one of these. And, just as hipsters brought back these the minute MP3s became available, we’re seeing a resurgence of old-fashioned wedding ideas — like wedding illustrations, one of our favorite gift-giving ideas. Whether you’re looking to turn an illustration into an alternative guest book, as an art print for your home, or to commemorate your upcoming nuptials, this, ladies and gentlemen, is how it’s done. Wedding illustrations are handmade, personal, and completely unlike anyone else’s — the recipe for a perfect handcrafted wedding. In this post, you’ll find twenty-two of the loveliest watercolor paintings, drawings, sketches, cariacatures, animals, silhouettes, and more to commemorate your day. This isn’t your great-great-great-great-granddad’s wedding illustration… take a look…
This top one – by B is for Brown – is one of my favorites. It can be used as a save the date postcard.
Posted November 27, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!
Before the turkey goes in the oven, we have some wedding inspiration to share! To kick off the upcoming holiday season — a popular time to get engaged — we’ve rounded up some tips for popping the question. Whether you bookmark this post and refer to it later, share it with a friend who wants to pop the question, or you plan on getting engaged soon, this is the post for you! Read on to find out more…
Posted November 25, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!
Need printable table numbers in an instant? When bride-to-be, Allisa, wrote us a few weeks ago, she was panicked when she forgot to order table numbers for her wedding, just a few days before the big day. Instead of DIYing them herself, she wanted a professional look – but there was no time! However, we knew of a special trick that helped her in an instant… and it can help you, too! Read on to find out how to get printable wedding table numbers whether you have six months of planning left… or you’re down to the wire…
Posted November 25, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments
Hi, loves! Holy smokes, we’re so excited to kick off this brand new week. Not only is this the official start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving on Thursday, but we have some seriously awesome posts lined up for you! Let’s begin, shall we? When we spotted Weddings Etc‘s collection of cake charms for bridesmaids (not to mention this adorable ‘I Love My Bridesmaids’ cake banner), we knew we had to share them in the form of a giveaway! Thanks to Melissa, owner and designer, one lucky winner will receive a set of six cake charms for bridesmaids to pull and reveal their fortune. Find out how these cake charms work, see how lovely they look, and toss your name in the hat for a chance to win! Enjoy!
Posted November 15, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments
Wondering what to do with wedding photos after the wedding? Bookmark this post! We’ve gathered up some helpful tips to share, relive, and celebrate memories of the big day! Read on to find out more…
Posted November 1, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 14 Comments
Hi, loves! Have you thought about your escort card display yet? If you are assigning seats to guests, an escort card display (or seating chart) is essential. Escort cards can be displayed using tented cards — or try your hand at a creative twist! We’ve found ways to use chalkboards, ladders, trees, pinwheels, vintage doors, weathered windowpanes, and even an old library card catalog to display your escort cards. Read on to see our hand-picked finds and tell us your favorite! PLUS, enter for a chance to win a wooden holder to display your escort cards. Enjoy!
Escort Card Displays
Posted October 31, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments
Brides: your wedding day allows for plenty of sweet, thoughtful ways to surprise the groom. To inspire you, we’ve hand-picked ten of our favorite surprises for before the ceremony and during the reception. Plus, you can win one of these sweet finds to help you get started. Which surprise do you think the groom will love most?
1. Surprise the Groom with… a First Look
Posted October 24, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!
Is a stress free wedding really possible? YES. Oh, a million times yes. Planning a wedding is one of life’s biggest moments, but there’s no excuse for you to morph into some crazy girl running from bridal store to craft store with a cell phone on one ear in total freak-out mode. That whole bridezilla thing doesn’t look good on anyone. Yes, plan and prepare, but don’t go crazy. Breathe. Relax. Browse your favorite wedding blogs. Enter wedding giveaways. Have fun with it. To keep you on the right track, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite stress free wedding pointers below. PLUS, we’re giving away a wedding planning book so you (or your daughter, sister, or best friend) can plan with inspiration! Read on to find out more…