Posted September 16, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!
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 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:
Colorful confetti is another fantastic option!
Posted August 28, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 15 Comments
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…
Damask Guest Book
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
Posted August 25, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!
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:
2. Coffee. And a lot of it!
Keep coffee hot in these, which also doubles as a dispenser.
3. All the Fixin’s
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.
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.
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…
… which you can also away as favors…
… 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):
7. A Chalkboard or Sign
Tie it all together with a sign…
… or a chalkboard, for a coffeehouse feel. Add these as a definite crowd-pleaser!
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!
Are you having a coffee bar at your wedding?
Posted August 22, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!
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!
The mad libs are placed face-down at each guest’s seat so no one peeks. This makes for more authentic (aka hilarious) answers.
Wedding Advice Mad Libs
There are many designs available — all custom! — and there’s no waiting for them to arrive, since they’re a printable! Just get the digital file and print. It’s so easy, you can have these ready for your wedding in a few minutes!
More coming up next!
Posted August 20, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 2 Comments
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
2. Mod Arrows
3. Just Beachy
5. I Do, We Did
6. Mutual Weirdness Forever
7. Happily Ever After
8. Best Day Ever
So, which of these signs is your favorite? Will you be having a welcome sign at your wedding, or wedding direction signs? Why or why not?
Posted August 18, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!
Good morning and happy, happy Monday to you! We’re so excited to kick off a brand new week of handmade wedding inspiration with you. We’re kicking it off, in fact, with one of the latest Ask Emmaline questions. It came to us from Michele who asks, “I’m having a large wedding party and need a head table idea on how to arrange everyone. I don’t want to split the group, but I have no idea how to make it work. I’d rather not have a separate sweetheart table, since we want to sit with our wedding party. Any idea on a head table for large wedding party? Thanks!” Great question, Michele! And, it couldn’t have come at a better time. We recently saw this Real Wedding where the couple had a beautiful head table, ideal for a large wedding party. The couple was able to be surrounded by the entire party without splitting the group. Take a look!
Head Table Idea for Large Wedding Party
In this photo, you would think the couple is sitting at their own table…
… but they’re actually sitting at a huge head table! With their special leather chairs sitting in the center, it stands out as the bride and groom’s seating; the long rectangular tables allow for a large wedding party to sit on either side of the bride and groom, along with guests sitting on the opposite side of the table. This head table would work well for a large wedding party or as a very small wedding (with just a few guests).
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Posted July 29, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 4 Comments
Want to setup a margarita bar and totally impress your guests? You’ve come to the right place! A margarita bar wedding setup is pretty easy to do, really, which makes us wonder why everyone isn’t doing it. Oh, and by the by, you can do this without alcohol and it will be just as delectable (and kid-friendly). Read on to find out more… PLUS, enter for a chance to win something that will be essential in making your margarita bar a success!
How to: Margarita Bar Wedding Setup
There are basically two different kinds of margarita bar setups: make it yourself or serve it yourself. One is easier than the other, both are totally delicious. Make It Yourself is recommended for small weddings; Serve It Yourself is suitable for larger weddings. Both, however, require rimming salts and sugars for a festive touch. Colorful rimming salts and sugars are a plus!
Version #1. Make It Yourself
The make it yourself margarita bar is for the DIY bride who wants crushed ice margaritas that guests can make themselves (or are made by a bartender on a small scale). I say this because this yields two or three drinks at maximum, and takes a few minutes. It also requires a TON of ice, but that’s okay if this is for a bridal shower or bachelorette party or small wedding. Just thought I’d guide you on the practicality of it!
What You’ll Need
o a margarita maker (or rent one)
#2. Serve It Yourself
The serve it yourself margarita bar is ideal for large parties. Margaritas are made ahead of time and presented in large apothecary jars — with plenty of ice added to keep them icy-cold — so guests can help themselves. Guests use a ladle to serve drinks, like a modern-day punchbowl. This is a great idea if you want multiple flavors, too.
What You’ll Need
Colorful Rimming Sugars + Salts
For either margarita display, you’ll want to save time and rim the glasses before guests arrive. There are either rimming salts or rimming sugars you can use to embellish the glasses with a pop of color (and infuse it with yummy flavor).
To rim a glass (even plastic!), you’ll want to pour rimming salt or sugar on a paper plate. Fill a bowl with lime juice and place the top of the glass to coat it. Then, dip the top of the glass in the rimming salt, coating just the top outer section. The result? Something like this…
See? These are way more fun than traditional clear salt or sugar. You can find all of these at Dell Cove Spices.
You know what else is a fun idea? Giving margarita salts or sugars as favors for guests! Take this, for example:
Margarita Salt Giveaway!
Now that you have some inspiration on how to setup a margarita bar, it’s time to win something to help you get started. We’ve teamed up with the lovely folks of Dell Cove Spices to offer a margarita salt gift pack to one lucky reader! Get the full scoop below.
Win a set of margarita rimming salts!
Prize From Dell Cove Spices: “This is for eight food-grade tins margarita salt. We start with a Sicilian flake salt and use rich food coloring to bring a soft hue of color to the salt. It’s tasty and fun.”
The colors included in the kit are:
Each tin is 2.8 inches wide and .875 inches high, and holds approximately 2.5 ounces of the margarita salt. Altogether, the kit has enough salt to rim at least 100 margarita glasses (or more, depending on how thick of a salt rim you like).
These tins are smaller than the diameter of a standard margarita glass. Please note: These tins are not margarita rimmer tins. But we give you instructions on how to use the salts to rim your glass, along with margarita recipes. The kit comes in a white gift box, tied close with an elegant ribbon.
o Enter between 7/29/14-8/4/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 8/5; 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 6 months to use prize
o Prize value: $33; no cash value
o Free shipping included to U.S. only
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter
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Posted July 20, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!
Happy Weekend, loves! We always love to find helpful infographics that can help you plan. If you’re wondering how much alcohol you’ll need (and how to stock the bar), this wedding alcohol calculator will help! This infographic will tell you how much you’ll need to buy for 25, 50, or 100 guests at a wedding. More guests? Just multiply. Take a look…
Wedding Alcohol Calculator
If you plan to serve alcohol at your wedding, what kind? Are you going to have a bartender or will guests serve themselves?
Posted June 29, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 1 Comment
Grooms: now this is how to toss the garter at a wedding! Place it over a football and have the gentlemen go long. Now, obviously, you won’t want to toss the garter like this indoors (I can only imagine the accidents that would occur if someone misses), but outdoors? Tent wedding with nearby grassy open field? Game on. This idea is especially perfect if hubby-to-be is a football fan. Or, feels sheepish about flinging lingerie across a formal room to male friends, family, and coworkers.
How to Toss the Garter
Happy Weekend. See you bright + early + bushy-tailed + coffee-in-hand, ready to plan your wedding all week long! Can’t wait. xoxo
Posted June 13, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!
It’s Friday, the sun is shining, and we bet you just can’t wait to kick off the weekend. So, what better way to do so than with a fun post about our favorite lawn game! Life size Jenga (also known as a Tumble Tower) is a fun way to pass the time between cocktail hour and dinner. This life size tumbling tower — a shockingly 4ft tall version of the tabletop wood block game — will be the topic of conversation because something this ridiculously awesome can’t help but make a statement. And, who doesn’t love Jenga? (I think Jenga is fun for all ages, except this version… which I bought and surprisingly hated it. It literally explodes at random intervals and you spend most of the time just re-stacking the darn thing.) Find out where you can buy this huge tumbling tower and take a peek at one in action!
Life Size Jenga: Where to Buy Yours
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Posted June 3, 2014 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 4 Comments
Hi, loves! Emma here. I’ve been admiring night wedding ideas lately and each one I stumble upon is lovelier than the last. So, I decided, enough is enough: time to share ‘em! If you’re planning an outdoor nighttime wedding or night wedding ceremony this summer, you need to add these ideas to your list and put them to good use. Bookmark this post (CTRL+D), tweet it, and pin it for later. It’s packed to the gills with awesome. Ready to be inspired? Let’s go!
Night Wedding Ideas
1. A Candlelit Sweetheart Table.
Ah, so romantic…
2. Send lanterns into the sky.
Releasing sky lanterns are a beautiful way to kick off the start of the reception… or right before your grand exit at the end of the night. You can find white sky lanterns here.
3. Luminaries along the aisle.
4. A glowing arbor. Oceanfront view. First kiss.
Or an arbor with flowers and lights, like this:
5. Twinkle lights wrapped around trees.
Now, this is a good idea for EVERY backyard and outdoor nighttime setting, wouldn’t you agree? Stealing this and putting twinkle lights on all the things.
6. Candles surrounding forefront of ceremony.
Obviously, yikes, you’d want to use these instead of actual candles. Anything else would be too dangerous (and nerve-wrecking).
7. Chandeliers. And table lanterns. And that gorgeous tide.
And, I couldn’t help tossing this one in, too. How the lighting is devised to look so effortless, I’ll never know; but this must take a lot of work to bring to fruition. At any rate, it’s gorgeous, don’t you think?
Note: Hay bales make excellent seating (and cozy blankets in baskets are a nice touch for guests in the fall).
9. Lanterns as Aisle Decor (on Hooks)
I love everything about this! To recreate this look, you’ll want moroccan style lanterns (like these) and shepherds hooks (like these). Don’t forget to line a pathway for guests on the way to the ceremony.
10. Bridesmaids Carry Lanterns Down the Aisle
For a night wedding, you’ll want to ditch the bouquets and opt for something guests can actually see! A candle lantern with handle is a lovely way to make a grand entrance.
11. Sparklers + a Grand Exit
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I love sparkler grand exits! They’re especially fitting for a night wedding. (Don’t forget to read this!)
A ‘love’ sparkler photo like this with bridesmaids is another cute idea.
12. Hanging Glass Orbs with Candles
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Now that you’ve seen some awesome night wedding ideas, it’s time to add to our list (or tell us which ones you love most). Leave a comment below! We’d love to hear from you. Baby Andrew especially loves your comments, so send ‘em in. ;)
About the Author
Emma Arendoski is the author of The Handcrafted Wedding. Her new book, The Inspired Wedding, is now available for pre-order. Emma is the founder and editor of EmmalineBride.com. Follow her on Twitter @EmmalineBride and Instagram.
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