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9 Wood Bow Ties That Actually Look Pretty Cool for Weddings

Hi, loves! Since Emmaline Bride is the Handmade Wedding Blog, we have come across some pretty interesting and unique finds for weddings. There’s always something new and trend-worthy to share, all made from the hands of talented independent artists. Today’s wood bow ties, shared today in honor of #NationalBowTieDay, are no exception! They are one of the most creative ideas we’ve seen for the groom, groomsmen, and ring bearer. These bow ties are made of exotic hardwood and fashioned into a unique shape and style. Its silk centerpiece makes this a complementing piece to wear with a button-down shirt or blazer. I wasn’t sold on the idea of a wood bow tie initially, but once I saw these styles from Two Guys Bowties, I could see why they’re so insanely popular right now on Etsy. These bow ties are especially fitting for an offbeat, unique, nerdy, or hipster inspired wedding. If your groom has an quirky style and craves something way less traditional, these wood bow ties are worth a look! See which nine handpicked ties we’ve discovered below. Enjoy!

P.S. There are more styles to see right here!

Wooden Bow Ties for Weddings

1. The Doc

black bow tie

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Maid of Honor: 15+ Duties You Absolutely Need to Do (Please!)

Brides: this post is for your Maid of Honor! Share this post so she knows what is expected in her role!

Hey, beautiful Maid of Honor! This is your BFF (The Bride) and I wanted to let you know something: you’re really awesome. So awesome, in fact, that I chose you as my leading lady on my wedding day. And with that comes a few duties, but I have total confidence you’ll be great at it. Here’s the low-down on the Maid of Honor duties I’d really, really appreciate if you could tackle for me.

The Bride and Her Bridesmaids | Photo: Erich McVey

photo: erich mcvey

Maid of Honor Duties

Dear Maid of Honor,

When Should You Order Thank You Cards for Weddings?

When Should You Order Thank You Cards for Weddings? We will tell you! → | design: basic invite

via basic invite

Writing thank you cards for every wedding event, shower, party, and your reception is a must. But when should thank you cards be ordered? Should you cross thank you’s off the list now, or wait until a specific event or after your honeymoon? We’ll tell you! Plus, we’re showing you three different types of cards to consider AND sharing a really awesome custom-design tool we spotted over at Basic Invite. It’s all inside…

This Innovative Registry is the New Big Thing in Weddings

You’ve heard of a wedding registry before, and you’ve probably tried navigating a store with scanning gun in hand down endless aisles of products. It can be frustrating to find exactly what you’re looking for and figure out what you really need. But there’s good news: this wedding registry concept is going to change the way you think about registries forever. For starters, you can register anywhere, from home. In your pajamas, with coffee in hand. I know, pretty amazing, right? Read on to find out why Zola is the new big thing when it comes to wedding registries…

Wedding Registry

If you’re having trouble choosing which store is best for your wedding registry, that’s totally understandable. One store can’t possibly meet all of your needs, especially when you are blending together two unique styles into one new home. That’s why Zola is changing the way you register for your wedding. With Zola, you can register for anything from anywhere, all in one place.

This Innovative Registry Is the New Big Thing in Weddings | Registry Weddings Zola

Laser Cut Place Cards

It’s time for the #HANDMADEADAY find! These laser cut place cards are a unique and elegant twist to the traditional place card. Why are place cards used? To make guests feel welcomed and right at home. I can imagine how lovely it would be to find your seat with one of these custom name cards atop your place setting! It’s handmade with love by Maria Allen Boutique. Take a closer look below!

Laser Cut Place Cards

laset cut place card names

by maria allen boutique

by maria allen boutique

Find out more about these right here.


This Popcorn Favor is Quick and Easy to Make for Weddings

Learn how to make the popcorn favor weddings love! This popcorn favor bag is today’s handmade find. Find out more below and subscribe so you stay in the loop!

Hi, loves! Today we’re sharing a really fun and colorful popcorn wedding favor you can make in a weekend thanks to some clever styling from Mavora Art and Design. And this isn’t just any popcorn… this is the colorful popcorn, the kind that reminds you of the carnival and tastes just a little sweeter. And it’s packaged in a beautifully-designed popcorn bag! If the colorful popcorn isn’t your thing, feel free to switch it up with caramel popcorn, kettle corn, cheddar cheese, or regular ol’ popcorn, which is always a classic. Guests of all ages love popcorn, so this is one favor you know they’ll enjoy.

Colorful Popcorn Wedding Favor Bags by Mavora Art and Design | via popcorn favor weddings

popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

Popcorn Wedding Favors

First, you’ll need to order your popcorn favor bags here. Since these are so popular, we recommend ordering ASAP — their schedule fills up quickly, especially for the busy wedding season. Here are some of the designs you can choose from…

popcorn favors weddings

popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

All of these popcorn favor bags are made of white, unlined, food safe paper.

popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

popcorn favors weddings - bags by Mavora Art and Design | via

thank you popcorn favor weddings

popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

How to Make the Popcorn Favor Weddings L O V E

1. Pick your favorite design from their shop & place your order.

It can even be customized with your names and wedding date! *Note: This also makes a cute bridal shower favor, too. Take care of it all right here.

You’ll also want to order some colorful washi tape for sealing the bags. It really adds a fun pop of color to your favors. Any color which coordinates with your wedding will do! These are also from Mavora:

colorful washi tape

popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

2. Order your popcorn in bulk — or make your own.


Each favor bag can hold up to 2 cups of popcorn, so keep that in mind when ordering. Here are some helpful links:

Buy Online

o Pre-popped rainbow popcorn in bulk

Note: Rainbow popcorn has a very sweet and distinct taste. Try some before you commit just to be sure.

Or, try…

o this delicious caramel popcorn I’ve tried myself from Costco. So good!

o this kettle cooked popcorn that has great reviews (and is available in an 18 gal/180 cup bag — awesome!)

o this popcorn site has a ton of different flavors you can order, or you can shop by color here

o or this buttery popcorn that has great reviews and is also available in a gigantic bag

Buy In-Store

o Head over to your local Costco or Sam’s Club and buy their varieties of popcorn in bulk

o Find a bulk food store near you and ask about large orders

Make Your Own

Here’s a recipe for how to make colorful popcorn at home. It looks so good and makes me want to make my own! You’ll want to use a bulk jug of plain kernels (like this) and an air popper. And that means you’ll have an excuse to have a popcorn maker in your cabinet, which will get plenty of use on movie nights.

To save you even more time, just pop these rainbow kernels or this option in your air popper. Full disclosure: I’m not sure how colorful these kernels are, so you might want to give it a go before you decide to make 100+ favors. Or, try the do-it-yourself recipe so you can really customize the colors.

3. Assemble the bags.

Use a handy-dandy scoop to fill your popcorn bags. Seal with your washi tape — and make sure you seal them tight. Air can cause the popcorn to get stale. Place bags in a sealed box away from heat and light.

rustic and gold popcorn favor bags by Mavora Art and Design | via popcorn favor weddings

popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

sweet love caramel popcorn bags by Mavora Art and Design | via popcorn favor weddings

popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

4. Relax.

Cross “wedding favors” off of your to-do list and celebrate, preferrably with some leftover popcorn you stole from the bulk bag you ordered and a tv marathon on Netflix. Andrew and I have been into The Amazing Race reruns lately. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it. It’s a fun way to travel the world from your comfy couch — and root for your favorite teams!

5. Present to guests.

Place your popcorn favors on a table where guests can easily see them. (Want them to stand flat? Mavora Art and Design has a tutorial for diy favor closures). A ‘please take one’ sign displayed on the table will encourage guests to take the bags to-go or enjoy at the reception.

popcorn favor bags in box by Mavora Art and Design | via popcorn favor weddings

popcorn favor wedding bags by mavora

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What do you think about popcorn favors for weddings?

What do you think of popcorn favors? Will you be making your own? If so, what kind of popcorn are you using? I love the colorful kind, but I’m really into kettle cooked lately. There’s this popcorn from Costco called Angie’s Kettle Corn and I love it. But every time I go to get it, it’s gone. And then when I don’t feel like it, it’s there. Costco is great but I swear, sometimes they get you hooked on something and then it’s gone! So keep those eyes open if you head over and see it. That kettle corn is the best I’ve ever had.


3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date (Giveaway!)

Should you send a save the date? Wondering what is a save the date and when it should be sent? A save the date is generally a card sent in the mail to guests six to eight months before the ceremony. It tells guests when and where the wedding will take place.

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date |

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A save the date is less formal than an invitation and does not need to coordinate directly with your theme (since you probably haven’t ironed out those details this far in advance quite yet). Now, should you send them or do you even need to? You might — here are three reasons when a save the date card is an absolute must. Plus, read on to see some handpicked save-the-date cards from Fifth Vintage and enter for a chance to win 100 save the dates for your big day!

When to Send a Save the Date

You should absolutely send a save the date if any of the following apply:

1. If you are planning a destination wedding

2. If your wedding is held on a holiday weekend or during a busy time of year

3. If guests will be traveling many miles to join in festivities

If your wedding applies to any of these, sending save the dates will ensure more guests have the ability to attend. Since the goal is to have as many friends and family present on your big day, sending a save the date increases the chance they’ll be able to attend. This will give guests time to make travel arrangements, save some extra cash, and plan accordingly.

Don’t Forget — You should only send save the date cards to people who will definitely be invited to your wedding. Once you send it, there’s really no going back.

Save the Date Cards

Here are some examples of save the date cards we spotted over at Fifth Vintage. These save the dates are unique because they utilize your engagement photos (or favorite photo) and gives it a vintage-inspired look. Plus, they’re in postcard form — and you already know how we feel about that!

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date |

by fifth vintage

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date |

by fifth vintage

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date |

by fifth vintage

I especially love this calendar style save the date:

cute calendar via 3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date |

by fifth vintage

And these cute polaroid style save the date magnets:

polaroid style save the date magnets - 3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date |

by fifth vintage

Save the Date Giveaway

Ready to enter for a chance to win save the date cards of your own? The lovely Fifth Vintage is graciously offering 100 save the date cards to one lucky reader in the style shown below:

3 Reasons to Absolutely Send a Save the Date |

o Giveaway dates: 7/17/15-7/24/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Win a set of 100 save the date cards by Fifth Vintage
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping included to U.S.
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $126 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter…

How Save the Date Postcards Save You Time and Money

Could you use more time and money right now? Everyone can agree that time and money are two things that are regularly in high demand, not to mention sleep (I’m going on my third cup of coffee and for some reason, it’s not working today). These beautiful save the date postcards won’t make you sleep better, but they will save you time and money. And since we never leave you without some handmade inspiration, you’ll find a few handpicked save the date postcards below by the always lovely Starboard Press. Enjoy!

Save the Date Postcards

Rustic Save the Date

by starboard press

There are three key reasons why save the date postcards will save you time and money versus other save the date concepts:

1. Save the date postcards require less postage.

According to, the new postage rate increase means your standard stamp will cost $0.49, while a postcard stamp is only $0.35. It’s not a ton of savings, but every cent adds up when you factor in how many save the date cards you’ll be sending.

Autumn Leaves | Save the Date Postcards

by starboard press

Watercolor | Save the Date Postcards

by starboard press

2. Save the date postcards require no envelope.

A save the date postcard requires no additional inserts or envelopes, which means you won’t spend any time assembling them.

Save the Date Postcard Mountain Wedding | Save the Date Postcards

by starboard press

Rustic | Save the Date Postcards

by starboard press

3. Save the date postcards require less writing.

Less writing means you’ll free up some valuable time. With postcards, you only need to write (or print) the address, put a stamp on it, and mail! You’ll save even more time with one of these.

Chalkboard | Save the Date Postcards

by starboard press

brooklyn new york | Save the Date Postcards

by starboard press

Get Inspired by More Save the Date Postcards

To see more save the date postcards like these, visit Starboard Press here.

Happy Planning!