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Why a Wedding Video Booth is a Brilliant Idea

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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You’ve probably heard of a guest book, where guests sign their names along with a short celebratory message for you. But have you heard of a wedding video? A wedding video booth is where guests go to record a short video with words of wisdom, memories, a message about how fun the wedding was, or well wishes for the couple’s future. The result is a fun, interactive video you get to listen to and watch after the honeymoon (and anytime you want)! Signatures are great, but seeing a guest on film is priceless. I’ve been to a wedding with one of these and it was a really fun idea. It’s fun for guests to do, and even more amazing for the couple to watch at home after the big day.

Wedding Video Booth

Here is one example of a guest video booth, named a ‘Guest Box’ in this example. Basically, you just need to set up a small covered area that is preferably a small distance from music (so you can hear the messages clearly). You can use a photo booth setup for this and we recommend hiring someone to record messages for guests. This will ensure you won’t run into any problems (dead battery, operating issues, lighting, sound, etc.)

Wedding Video Booth
via buzzycraftery

Don’t forget to include a sign to let guests know what to do (i.e. give advice, make us laugh, etc.) You can make an inexpensive sign with a chalkboard, some chalk, and an easel, like this:

wedding video booth sign
photo: brooke courtney

Would you have a wedding video booth instead of a traditional guest book? Tell us why or why not!

xo
-E.

The Easy Trick for Wedding Meal Options – Ask Emmaline

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Holy smokes, you guys: keep the wedding advice questions coming! We’re loving ‘em! Today we’re sharing a question we received from Leah. She is getting married this spring but has a question on what to do about wedding meal options. Here’s her question:

The Easy Trick for Wedding Meal Options - Ask Emmaline

Wedding Meal Options

“I’m getting married in May and I’m worried about our reception dinner. Some of our guests have dietary restrictions and we’re having a family style dinner instead of a buffet. Our wedding meal options are chicken, fish, beef, or vegetarian. I don’t want anything to get mixed up with the meals, but I’m not sure how to go about labeling the place settings. Any ideas?”

Great question, and it couldn’t have come at a better time! We were just speaking with Tiffany of TiffZippy and she told us about her meal choice place cards. When you have a meal option place card at each place setting, you’ll eliminate confusion and ensure guests are given the proper meal. Plus, staff are really busy getting all the meals prepared and delivered to guests; an easy-to-see place card really saves them time.

Here are the meal choice place cards we talked about:

Go + Get ‘Em!

You can get these meal choice place cards here. After you receive guest RSVPs back with their wedding meal options, just write out the place cards with the appropriate meal choice. See? It’s easy! And now you have one less thing to worry about!

Happy Planning!


-E.

P.S. Have a question? Submit it to us! We’d love to hear from you + help eliminate any wedding planning stress!

Sweetheart Table Idea: Purple & Gold, X’s and O’s

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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We love a classic sweetheart tableyou know, a table with two chairs for the newlyweds instead of a head table–especially when it is beautifully decked out and paired with a gorgeous color palette. If you want a more intimate seating arrangement, consider a sweetheart table: here’s one sweetheart table idea we spotted that we know you’ll love. It features purple, gold, and adorable floral x and o chair signs. What do you think?

Sweetheart Table Idea

Sweetheart Table Idea:  Purple & Gold, X's and O'sSweetheart Table Idea:  Purple & Gold, X's and O's

via every last detail, spotted here | photos: bumby photography + design by l.i.f.e. events

A sweetheart table doesn’t have to be complicated to be elegant. Take this one for example: it has a pretty color palette of purple with a splash of metallic gold, along with white flower X and O chair signs to soften the look. The incredible tablecloth pulls this look together and adds texture, while the mercury glass votive candles and stemware draw in rich, earthy tones. A simple low profile centerpiece finishes the look with simple white rose blooms inside a vintage-inspired vase.

What do you think of this look?

xo
-E.

Every Wedding Should Have These Coasters

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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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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