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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


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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


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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.


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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

Which one is your favorite? I like the ‘Better Together’, and the ‘Est.’ one is cute, too. These look incredibly well-made. These cute chair signs are from Susabellas, in case you want to grab a set of your own. Love handmade finds like these? You’ll adore the Handmade Wedding Shop! ♥

What will your chair signs say?

xo
-E.


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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.)

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2. Married couples in your family that have meaning to you
3. First date locations
4. Different types of wine (merlot, chardonnay, etc.)

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5. Movies you’ve seen together or favorite movie couples

rose and jack from titanic

i’ll never let go, jack

6. If you went to college together, names of buildings on campus
7. Capitals
8. Places you’d like to travel together in your future
9. Photos of you at particular ages corresponding to that table number (Age 1 = Table 1)

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10. Book titles
11. Favorite Married TV Show Couples


that cory + topanga tho

12. Names of favorite poems
13. The word Love translated in different languages
14. Map coordinates of significant places
15. Places where family members have traveled from to attend
16. Cities you’ve traveled together

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17. Sports teams or names of athletes
18. Streets you’ve lived on
19. Sporting venues or sporting events
20. Types of flowers

poppy watercolor wedding table names

orange illustration

21. Famous landmarks
22. Rivers
23. Names of parks
24. Types of botanical plants
25. Spices (ideal if you’re a couple who loves to cook together)
26. Cheeses (goes well with a wine themed wedding)
27. Favorite romantic comedies
28. Best romantic moments in film
29. Seasons
30. Favorite song titles

i-think-we-re-alone-now-wedding-table-names

31. Song titles from one central band (i.e. The Beatles)
32. Butterflies
33. Trees
34. Plants
35. Kings and Queens
36. Presidents
37. Names of favorite albums
38. Names of favorite rock bands
39. Favorite board game titles
40. Favorite movie titles
41. Names of famous monuments
42. Favorite poets
43. Superheroes
44. TV or book characters
45. Favorite authors
46. Famous places you’d like to visit
47. Favorite classical music piece
48. Desserts
49. Cocktails
50. Colors
51. Favorite tv shows

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this might be my favorite of the wedding table names! don’t seat me at gunther.

52. Beers or breweries
(*EB TIP: if you’ve visited breweries, save a coaster and incorporate it into your table number design)

53. Transportation
54. Restaurants
55. Favorite foods
56. Sports
57. Cocktails
58. Animals
59. Slang from a particular era (rad, retro, right on, etc.)
60. Subjects in school
61. Nicknames you have for each other
62. Cake icing flavors (salted caramel, buttercream, etc.)
63. Candy Bars
64. Cookies
65. Video Game Characters
66. Coffee blends
67. Types of Tea
68. Patterns (Quatrefoil, Chevron, Plaid, etc.)
69. Bond movies
70. Pies
71. Favorite actors or actresses
72. Safari animals
73. Names of Pets
74. Fish
75. Instruments
76. Names of wineries
77. Cartoon characters
78. Gemstones
79. Real (or Fictional) Places on TV (Pawnee, Indiana, anyone?)

+ literally hundreds more. Pick something that has significant meaning to you as a couple. Once you find it, you’ll know!

What wedding table names would you add to the list?


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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

photo: stacy cross

Confetti for Wedding Grand Exit

When we featured a wedding sparkler send off in our Photo of the Day yesterday, we received a question from bride-to-be, Casey, on the Emmaline Bride Facebook page. She loves wedding sparklers for wedding grand exits, but her venue prohibits them. She asked us, “Do you have any ideas on how to do an Eco friendly send off? I love the sparklers but our outdoor venue does not allow them. Nor can we through anything not biodegradable.” Here’s the perfect solution!

Introducing Flutter Fetti, the most amazing alternative to sparklers we’ve seen yet! What makes this confetti better than the others?

o It’s biodegradable, so your outdoor venues won’t mind your hundred-plus guests tossing thousands of paper strips in the air.

o It is available in all-white or colorful options, so you can pick the one that suits your style best.

o It is extra lightweight, which means it will stay in the air longer so your photographer can capture that perfect moment!

o No risk of fire hazard. Score.

Here are a few Real Wedding examples of the white confetti:

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

photo: daniel taylor

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

photo: jonathan ivy

Colorful confetti is another fantastic option!

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

photo: fred marcus

You can find it in specific colors, too, like blue, purple, or orange — just to name a few — to coordinate with your decor.

BUY NOW

Happy Planning!

xo
-E.


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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

Damask Guest Book

damask guest book

damask wedding guest book satin ribbon

Enter for a chance to win a damask guest book!

About the Prize:

From RedOtter: “This guest book is covered in a stunning raised white damask design over natural lokta paper–the effect is truly breathtaking. The damask design has a soft feel to it and complements the natural fibers of the lokta paper. I’ve tied the book together with a white satin ribbon. I can easily change the ribbon to better suit your color theme. Please choose your ribbon from these options. This book is filled with 20 pages (40 front and back) 62lb white cover weight paper. This paper is heavy enough for photographs and other multi-media. I would recommend using photo corners or a glue stick to adhere the photographs on this paper. The pages are blank. I can easily customize this book to include black pages or lined pages for additional $5 per 20 pages (40 front and back). Also, I can add additional pages to your book for $5 per 10 pages (20 front and back). Just convo me with your needs!

PLEASE NOTE: this book is made to order and will take anywhere from 4-8 weeks to finish and ship. Please contact me right away if you need the book sooner. I will do my best to work within your time frame.

o Enter between 8/28/14-9/3/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize: Damask Guest Book by Red Otter Creative. Measurements: 8×8 finished covers, interior pages are 7×7″.
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 9/4; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to use prize
o Prize value: $40; no cash value
o Free shipping included to U.S. + Canada only
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

xo
-E.


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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

photo kristyn hogan via style me pretty

2. Coffee. And a lot of it!

Keep coffee hot in these, which also doubles as a dispenser.

coffee bar wedding perfect blend banner via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

photo: bellapop

3. All the Fixin’s

Cream? Sugar? Stirrers? Make sure you’ve got ‘em! (Pssst. Include a small basket for discards.)

coffee bar wedding via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

photo: bellapop

4. Coffee Sleeves

While not totally necessary, coffee sleeves are an insanely creative touch, especially when they’re personalized! You can make your own for SUPER CHEAP.

custom coffee sleeves wedding via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

DIY Coffee Sleeves

Want to make your own wedding coffee sleeves? DO IT. I saw these and was ready to get my Sharpie marker reader to make ‘em myself. At home. Just for fun.

diy coffee sleeves wedding via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

photo of wedding coffee cups: robin proctor photography

o Paper Coffee Sleeves (um, 50 of them for like $2? Sweet.)
o Markers
o Pretty Penmanship + Patience to Write 100+ of Them

Write a custom message (your names, wedding date, or guests’ names and table assignments as makeshift escort cards!) on the sleeve; place over disposable coffee cups (like these). Easy!

5. Coffee Cups

Whether you use mugs…

coffee mug tree wedding coffee bar inspiration via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

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… which you can also away as favors…

wedding mug coffee favors via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

photo: benjamin photos via bridalhood

… or you use disposable cups (go eco-friendly! use these instead of the others)…

eco friendly disposable coffee cups via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

… guests obviously need something to hold their cup of joe.

6. Fun Decor

Add a few decorative touches to draw attention to your coffee bar! Some of my favorites? Apothecary jars filled with whole coffee beans, ‘love is brewing’ or ‘the perfect blend’ banners, or vintage inspired tin coffee signs (like this one and that one, shown below):

coffee bar wedding ideas via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

via style me pretty, photo: kate webber

7. A Chalkboard or Sign

Tie it all together with a sign…

love you like coffee in the morning via 7 Things Every Wedding Coffee Bar Needs to Have

via style me pretty, photo: jennifer bergman weddings

… or a chalkboard, for a coffeehouse feel. Add these as a definite crowd-pleaser!

espresso bar chalkboard sign

photo: brianna wilbur via rustic wedding chic

BONUS: Take-home Coffee Bean Favors

And, last but not least, a fun idea we love (whether or not you do a wedding coffee bar) is to have take home coffee favors for guests. These adorable handmade bags by Mavora are perfect!

coffee favor bags

mavora

thank you wedding coffee bag

mavora

Are you having a coffee bar at your wedding?

Enjoy!

xo
-E.


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