When to Say No to the Dress (+ Real Bride Tips!)

You always hear about people saying yes to the dress, but what about saying no? It’s tough to say no sometimes, but it’s so essential to one’s happiness. Why say yes to a dress you’re not totally, 100% in love with? After all, you get to pick one dress… so make it a good one. Today we’re sharing three tips on when to say no to the dress, along with an exciting Real Bride update with EB Bride Blogger, Vanessa. Hint: She said yes to her dress– and she’s got some tips to help you do the same! Enjoy!

When to Say No to the Dress (+ Real Bride Tips!)

When to Say No to the Dress

Say NO to the Dress If… it doesn’t make you feel absolutely beautiful.

If the dress doesn’t make you feel totally gorgeous, guess what? It’s NOT the one! Simple as that.

Say NO to the Dress If… it’s only because of a style you always wanted

Don’t fall into the trap of shopping only for the dress style you THINK you want. Be sure to try on styles even if you don’t think they’d look good on you. You might be surprised! Vanessa, one of our EB Real Bride Bloggers, gives this advice to brides after she tried on her dresses. “My advice is to try on as many styles as possible at your first stop. I found that styles I originally loved were not really for me after all, and by your second stop you will have a better idea of what you want!”

Say NO to the Dress If… you have doubts.

If you really like a dress, but you’re not 100% sure it’s The One, sleep on it. Walk away and think it over. If you find yourself dreaming about it days later, go back and try it on again. Then you’ll know for sure.

EB TIP: How do you know when it’s the perfect dress? Well, you won’t want to take it off. :)

Real Bride Update: Vanessa Finds Her Dress!

We’re happy to report that EB Bride Blogger, Vanessa, has found her wedding dress!


Vanessa gives us some tips + an update:

“I found my dress! That was really exciting because I thought that process might be really time-consuming, but the fourth dress I tried on at the second store was The One. Also, don’t forget to look online ahead of time and bookmark photos of the styles you want. My mom printed photos of every dress I wanted to try on and placed them in the order of what I liked best — this saved so much time, since bridal appointments fly by!”

Great tips, Vanessa!

Well, what does it look like?!?

I know, we’re dying to know, too! However, Vanessa is keeping her dress a secret, and we don’t blame her– we wouldn’t want her groom to see it before the wedding! We even know where she bought it, but we think that might give it away so our lips are sealed!

Have you found your dress yet?

Tell us your successes (and failures!) of wedding dress shopping so far. We’d love to hear from you!


Napa Private Estate Wedding: Christine + Mitch

Today we’re featuring this Napa private estate wedding photographed by White Ivory Photography. Christine and Mitch’s wedding in Napa Valley, California has plenty of beautiful details!

Their photographer Sandra tells us, “It’s a classic wedding with a slight rustic flair, influenced by the Tuscan style architecture of the winery with hints of Tiffany blue, black and burlap. The couple, Christine and Mitch, traveled from Vancouver, B.C with their closest of friends and family to celebrate their sweet union.”

bride and groom in front of wedding party, bridesmaids wearing one-shoulder black dresses

Napa Private Estate Wedding

The bride wore a beautiful strapless lace wedding gown with a sweetheart neckline. She completed her look with an elegant wedding dress sash, a beautiful pearl necklace, pearl drop earrings, and a classic wedding veil.

bride wearing a lace strapless gown; being zipped up while she gets ready before the ceremony

the bride and groom's wedding rings on a tiffany blue background

the bride's pearl earrings with a tiffany and co. box

personalized bride wedding hanger

on left, the groomsmen shoes are lined up in a row featuring a lace-up style; on right, the groom puts his shoes on

the bridesmaids received customized clutch purses in black.  their bridesmaid dresses were black with a one shoulder style neckline


the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids behind her helping her tie her dress sash onto her gown

the beautiful bride in strapless style sweetheart lace wedding dress and an ivory dress sash

the groom looks on as he waits for his bride before the first look

the bride surprises the groom behind him before the first look

the bride and groom share a special kiss before the ceremony

The elegant winery ceremony was set outside, with wood chairs and baby’s breath bouquets as aisle decor.

the baby's breath bouquets were tied to the aisle way with ribbon as simple, yet elegant ceremony decor

winery wedding ceremony with deep brown wood chairs

wine barrels work great as makeshift flower holders for a winery wedding

the bouquets and boutonnieres were filled with white roses; the bride's bouquet also featured white gerbera daisies

the bride's bouquet was wrapped in a piece of burlap with lace around it; it contained white roses and some white gerbera daisies

the bride walks down the aisle

the bridesmaids holding their bouquets; the bridesmaids wore black one shoulder style dresses

the groom puts the ring on his bride

the bride and groom's first kiss-- married!

The wedding reception featured elegant round tables with the wedding party seated at a rectangular head table. To ‘reserve’ the seats, small bouquets of baby’s breath wrapped in burlap ribbon were tied to the chair backs.

the reception had beautiful round tables with a rectangular head table

The couple had sweet bursts of Tiffany blue everywhere — even in these elegant cupcakes that were designed like miniature Tiffany & Co. boxes.

tiffany blue cupcakes

The bride and groom chose to have a small cake for the cake cutting along with cupcakes for guests. Their cake was square shaped and featured Tiffany blue icing with a white ribbon on top in place of a cake topper.

tiffany blue cupcakes #wedding

Other details included custom wedding programs in a basket for guests to pick up, along with handfuls of white and Tiffany-blue M&Ms that featured ‘LOVE’ on the front.

winery wedding reception












Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Napa Private Estate
Getting Ready Venue: Westin Verasa – Napa
Hair and Make-Up: Betten Chaston
Videographer: Thomas Hughes Films
Florist: Garden Party Napa
Cake: Supreme Sweets
Transportation: Elite Limo Services
Caterer: Alex’s
DJ: Love in the Mix
Musician: Daniel Moir
Officiant: Evan Kavanaugh

Are you planning your California wedding? Need a photographer? Then you have to visit White Ivory Photography. You can easily contact Sandra by her business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

Gown Alert: Petal Wedding Dress

I spotted this gorgeous petal wedding dress over at BHLDN and it caught my eye immediately (and not just because it’s named The Emma, which I admit is pretty awesome.) What really got my attention was its petal-like design which was made to resemble cherry blossoms. The petals are created with glass beading and airy tulle, then hand-appliqued to the dress. You can get this dress in shades of pink–almost an ombre effect, I’d say–or pure ivory. It’s even on sale now! Here, take a look:

petal wedding dress in ivory

Emma Gown

Petal Wedding Dress

Here’s the beauty in blush…

Emma Gown

Emma Gown

… and ivory…

Emma Gown

Emma Gown

All together now!

Go + Get It!

Want this dress? Check out the Emma Gown! You’ll also find more dresses including Bridesmaid Dresses she’ll wear again! Explore BHLDN >


Iconic Detroit Engagement Shoot: Melissa + Hayes

Beautiful, uplifting, and iconic are a few of the words we would use to describe this Detroit engagement shoot. Meet Melissa and Hayes! Their engagement session this past fall was in and around Corktown, Detroit. The architecture, waterfront, and urban setting made for some amazing photos. Not to mention, I don’t think we’ve ever seen a happier couple! Check out the work of our newest Michigan wedding photographer, Chelsea Brown Photography

Detroit engagement shoot

Detroit Engagement Shoot

Chelsea tells us, “Melissa and Hayes currently live in Colorado but wanted an engagement session that featured some iconic Detroit locations. The couple will be getting married in Detroit on July 25th, 2015.”

Detroit engagement shoot

Detroit engagement shoot

Detroit engagement shoot

Detroit engagement shoot

Detroit engagement shoot

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Detroit engagement session in Corktown

Planning your Michigan wedding and need a photographer? Then you have to check out Chelsea Brown Photography. You can easily contact Chelsea by her business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

Twig Princess Cut Moissanite Ring

We’ve noticed some new readers in the audience (hello!) like Kate who tells us that she’s “not even engaged yet but hoping” and has been hooked on handmade finds for awhile now! (We love that.) Welcome, welcome! We’re happy to see you here. From time to time, we showcase our favorite engagement rings so you can hint at your favorite style. Here are some ways to do it: pin this find to your Pinterest board, leave this window open on your partner’s computer, or, you know, casually mention how much you happen to love a particular style. See? So easy. ;)

Today we’re sharing a brand new find: a princess cut moissanite ring. Moissanite is an alternative to a diamond and we think it’s gorgeous! This handmade princess cut moissanite ring features an elegant twig-like band (perfect for rustic-loving brides!) and is crafted with love by Efrat Deutsch. And this, love, is just one of many gorgeous rings from within her shop, so be sure to pop in for a visit to see more.

Princess Cut Moissanite Ring

This engagement ring features a classic four-prong basket setting in solid 14k rose gold. The moissanite stone is 6mm in size (the equivalent to a 1.25 carat diamond).

Twig Princess Cut Moissanite Ring

Twig Princess Cut Moissanite Ring

As always, there’s more inspiration coming up next! Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it. And, if you have a minute, pop in to see what wedding giveaways are happening now!


Need Wedding Invitations Fast? Here’s the Quick Solution!

It’s time for another wedding question from our Ask Emmaline inbox! (And, seriously, you guys spoil us with your amazing questions. Keep ’em coming!) Steph wrote to us with an urgent question that we know other brides may be wondering, too. Maybe even YOU! She says,

I’m getting married soon and I need wedding invitations fast. I know there’s usually a deadline for custom invitations but I can’t find anything with rush printing that has a design I like. Any tips? I’m getting really nervous because I read they need to be sent 8-10 weeks before the wedding and we don’t even have them ordered yet. Please help!

need wedding invitations fast? try this printable!

Need Wedding Invitations Fast? Here’s What to Do

Hi, Steph! Don’t fret — I’m sure you’re not the first bride to ask (and you’re certainly not the last). When you need wedding invitations fast, here’s the quick solution: go with printable wedding invitations. But don’t just go with any you find online: do your research and find a reputable online seller who specializes in printable wedding invitations. For instance, we work with many talented designers in The Marketplace that we would recommend in a heartbeat. One in particular is Paper Ink Love, who has a beautiful selection of wedding invitations you can get SUPER FAST. Here’s how it works:

How Printable Wedding Invitations Work

1. Order your invitation.

Pick a design and place your order.

2. Preview the proof. Approve it.

Make sure everything is correct — spelling, time, date, location, etc.

3. Receive your files and take to a printer.

You’ll receive your files online, which you transfer to a flash drive and take to a printer. Go to a print shop locally and tell them you need to print your wedding invitations. They’ll show you special papers, ask questions about printing colors, and more.

That’s it!

Once you have everything printed, you’ll want to get the enclosures (response envelopes, stamps, and a return address stamp) so you can start assembling them. When you’re ready to mail, take to the post office first and have a sample invitation weighed. This way, you’ll know your postage is correct before you begin stamping them. You can ask for them to be hand-cancelled at the post office, too, so they look nicer when they arrive at guests’ mailboxes (without the machine making marks all over the invitation itself).

See Sample Wedding Invitations

Here are some sample designs for printable wedding invitations from Paper Ink Love. Melissa offers print at home invitations as well as print services herself. So, whether you need wedding invitations fast and want to print at home or you have some time and want her to take care of printing, you’ll be able to do either here! Plus, with the many designs available, there’s a little something for everyone! Which style do you love?

need wedding invitations fast? try this printable!

Go + Get ‘Em!

Want to see more? Head over to Paper Ink Love to see the full collection. Tell Melissa that Emmaline Bride sent you — she’s a sweetheart to work with, so we know you’re in good hands. You can also see more wedding invitations in The Marketplace.

P.S. Have a wedding advice question? Just Ask Emmaline! We’re here to help! :)


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Tulle Wedding Veils

We’ve talked about wedding veils and alternatives many times, but when it comes right down to it I am enamored with tulle wedding veils. They’re the most classic veil style and the most elegant (in my opinion). And, unlike many other styles, tulle wedding veils can be worn with any hairstyle you choose from updos to hair down styles. I popped into one of our favorite wedding veil shops, Melinda Rose Design, and I’ve been oohing and aahing over her collection of veils all morning. Here, take a look: this top veil is my favorite.

Tulle Wedding Veils

long tulle veil


tulle wedding veils

tulle wedding veil

Melinda Rose Design bridal veil shoot. Atlas and Elia Photography.


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Melinda Rose Design bridal veil shoot. Atlas and Elia Photography.

Do you love wedding giveaways? Well you’ve come to the right place! We’re downright obsessed with giving away free stuff to our readers. Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a giveaway or post!

Giveaway: $100 for Rhinestone Wedding Brooches & More!

Are you a bride-to-be who loves sparkly, shimmery things? Who doesn’t, am I right? I love sparkly details just like the next girl, so I was so excited when we heard about this amazing giveaway opportunity. Our friends Natalie and Christine over at Totally Dazzled sell the prettiest rhinestone buckles, brooches, and buttons; they know people who love sparkles as much as they do will find exactly what they want at their store. We couldn’t agree more! That’s why they want to give YOU $100 credit towards rhinestone wedding brooches and more from their collection.

Their unique collection of hand-picked rhinestone wedding brooches, clips, buckles, buttons, and more can be used for a ton of wedding DIY projects, from brooch bouquets (incorporate brooches into your fresh flower stems) to place cards (add a rhinestone clip to ordinary place cards for dazzling decor), just to name a few. So, get ready to spoil yourself: read on to be inspired by our favorite finds below and then scroll down for your chance to win!

Rhinestone Wedding Brooches, Clips & More


➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

o Enter between 1/16/15-1/22/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: $100 Shopping Spree towards anything at Totally Dazzled
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Shipping included to U.S. only
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $100 store credit | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

rhinestone wedding brooches giveaway

Good Luck!


The Easy Trick for Wedding Meal Options – Ask Emmaline

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!


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