reception Archive

Every Wedding Should Have These Coasters

When I went to a wedding last summer, the funniest thing happened. Every time I went to dance, I came back and my drink was gone. Poof. Not empty… missing. Does this happen to you, too? It’s a common occurrence at wedding receptions where the tables are constantly cleared of glasses and silverware in an attempt to keep things neat and tidy.

I get it, I really do. But honestly. I was only gone a minute!

Anyways, that’s why after I found these, I had to let you in on the secret. Every wedding should have these coasters.

wedding coasters im dancing dont take my drink

The coasters read—quite brilliantly, might I add—“Please don’t take my drink. I’m dancing”.

Smart. Simple. I like.

Love These Wedding Coasters?

I found them at Evermine where you can order yours in a plethora of pretty colors.

xo
Emma

DIY Mojito in a Jar for your Wedding

We’re always looking for cute, inspiring ways to make your wedding reception awesome. Case in point? This diy mojito in a jar we spotted over at Company Forty Two. I loved these right away, so I knew you’d probably want to see them, too. I always see the traditional mason jars, but rarely do people use these quilted jelly jars nearly enough. And I don’t know why because they’re so insanely cute.

DIY Mojito in a Jar for your Wedding

Plus, they’re a smaller size which makes it easier for filling at drink dispensers.

DIY Mojito in a Jar for your Wedding

These custom drink stirrers from Company Forty Two are the finishing touch to a perfect mojito in a jar. And don’t forget those mint leaves + lime wedges as garnish.

DIY Mojito in a Jar for your Wedding

Pin this for summer, lovelies: this is one cold drink that will be hot in the spring and summer wedding season.

DIY Mojito in a Jar for your Wedding

Mojito in a Jar » Recipe

Here’s an excellent big-batch mojito recipe we found for you from Chow. It yields 20 servings, which is perfect for putting in one of these.

yields 20 servings

You’ll need…

♥ 8 oz. jelly jars

For the base:

♥ 1 cup granulated sugar
♥ 1 cup water
♥ 1 (4-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater (about 1/3 cup packed)
♥ 2 cups tightly packed fresh mint leaves (from about 2 bunches)
♥ 1 (750-milliliter) bottle white rum
♥ 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 18 medium limes)

To serve:

♥ Ice
♥ 2 1/4 cups club soda, chilled
♥ 12 fresh mint sprigs

Make up a batch!

For the base:

1. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water, and ginger to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the mint leaves, stir to combine, and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.

2. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a 1-1/2- to 2-quart container and strain the syrup, discarding the solids. Add the rum and lime juice and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.

To serve:

1. For 1 drink, fill an 8-oz jar with ice. Add 1/2 cup of the Mojito base, top with 3 tablespoons of the club soda, and stir to combine. Garnish with a mint sprig.

YUM.

♥ | ♥ | ♥

If you’re a mojito maven + plan to whip up these for dinner parties on the regular, add this to your registry. It even comes with a muddler!

(Don’t forget to grab the drink stirrers here!)

xo
Emma

Poster Style Wedding Menu + Program + Guest Book

Hi there. It’s Monday already, can you believe it? We’re excited to kick off a brand new week of wedding inspiration with you, starting with this unique poster style wedding menu, program, and guest book. Have you seen the poster style collection over at B is for Brown? It’s basically for fun couples, those who aren’t afraid to mix it up a bit + make the ceremony and reception more exciting for guests.

Poster Style Wedding Menu, Program + Guest Book

Here’s the wedding menu… I love the part about ‘rabbit food’ aka salad. It reminds me of Ron Swanson from Parks & Rec: “There’s been a mistake: you’ve accidentally given me the food that my food eats,” followed by, “… is a rabbit marrying a gerbil?” Ha. Classic RonSwan.

Anyways. This poster menu is personalized + customizable in your choice of colors. I think the black and white is elegant and sophisticated, and very easy to read.

Poster Style Wedding Menu + Program

Poster Style Wedding Menu + Program

There’s also a poster style wedding program that I wanted to show you, which has some laid-back lines like, “Here’s how it’s going to go” and “guests make faces at the groom” and “ring bearers process [if we are lucky]” and “bride’s processional [stare please]“. See? It’s more fun when you don’t take yourself too seriously.

Poster Style Wedding Menu + Program

And the guest book, my FAVORITE PART! Check this one out.

poster style guest book

You can see these and more at B is for Brown, Featured Artist in The Marketplace.

xo
-E.

Custom Wedding Chair Signs from Susabellas

One easy way to save your space at your wedding reception is with a pair of custom wedding chair signs. It’s more of a formality, really, since no one is going to steal the bride and groom’s seats. But, it is a cute idea nonetheless that can eliminate any chair confusion and add a decorative touch that will look great in your wedding photos. Check out a few custom wedding chair signs we spotted over at Susabellas, with one that has me humming a little Jack Johnson on this beautiful Wednesday morning…

custom wedding chair signs

75+ Creative Wedding Table Names

We get it, wedding table numbers might not be your thing. You crave different. You’re searching for something unique. Well, darling, you’ve come to the right place! Wedding table names are more interactive; guests will spark conversation immediately upon entering your reception. In this post, you’ll find the ultimate list of wedding table names so you can incorporate your own personal, heartfelt touches into your handcrafted wedding. Which wedding table names are your favorite? Which ones would you absolutely never pick? What would you add to the list?

Wedding Table Names

1. Significant dates (when you met, when you got engaged, etc.)

wedding table names day in may we met

Best Alternative to Sparklers for Wedding Grand Exit

Do you need an alternative to sparklers for your wedding’s grand exit? Does your venue prohibit the use of sparklers but you still want to do something fun + interesting for your wedding photos? You’ve come to the right place! Find out why this confetti is the best alternative to sparklers for weddings. It’s not just any confetti… we’ve found a specific type of confetti you will want to use. Find out what it is and find out where you can find some of your very own…

Best Alternative to Sparklers

Confetti, Flutter Fetti // Alternative to Sparklers for Wedding Grand Exits

White Damask Guest Book — Giveaway #28

We’ve talked about chalkboard, wood grain guest books, metallic guest books, and a unique rustic guest book idea. However, it’s been awhile since we’ve shown a traditional guest book, no? For our classic, elegant brides-to-be, this damask guest book is made for you! It’s handmade. Beautifully crafted. Made with love. Made to order. It is covered in a stunning raised (textured) white damask design atop natural lokta paper for an organic look and feel. It is tied together with a white satin ribbon, which can be customized in your choice of color. I guess the question on our minds is, why wouldn’t you want to win this? It’s Giveaway #28 and it’s gorgeous with a capital G. Read on to find out how you can get your hands on this damask guest book by the sweet, always-inspiring Red Otter Creative

white damask guest book

7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

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

Fun Idea: Wedding Advice Mad Libs

If your guests are a fun group of partygoers (like ours were), they will certainly appreciate this interactive idea! We spotted these wedding advice mad libs over at Cami’s Paperie and love the creativity behind it. Instead of a traditional guest book (where guests write their names and a short ‘congrats!’, guests fill out the mad libs card — WITHOUT PEEKING! — and the result is hilarious memories and priceless sentiments from your most favorite people. You can then hole-punch the sides and arrange in a binder or place in a scrapbook to re-read the hilarity for years to come. Check them out!

Fun Idea:  Wedding Advice Mad Libs

8 Most Creative Wood Wedding Signs

It’s time for another Ask Emmaline question, this time from bride-to-be, Sarah. She says, “I am having a rustic outdoor wedding and love the idea of a welcome sign or direction signs for our ceremony and reception. Do you have any ideas for unique wood wedding signs that might work?” Actually, we happen to have a whole lotta love for wood wedding signs — the shabbier + more rustic, the better! To keep it simple (and not overwhelm you), we’ve hand-picked eight wedding signs to share today. Which one is your favorite?

Wood Wedding Signs

1. This Way, That Way

this way, that way via 7 Wood Wedding Signs You'll Want to Steal