Finally… REAL Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

Hi, brides! Emma here. I’m pretty obsessed with the latest wedding and décor craze: gold foil pressed everything. In fact, last week we even decked out the corporate office with gold foil feather decals. This style is becoming so popular that we’ve seen gold foil chair signs, favor boxes, cake toppers, and wedding paper goods, just to name a few, with wedding invitations leading the trend. While most gold foil is purely in design, it’s refreshing to see REAL gold foil wedding invitations that are made using authentic foil. This isn’t just a gold-inspired design; instead, it is actual foil that has been hand-pressed onto the cards for an elegant gold (or silver) leaf finish. Where did we find these REAL gold foil wedding invitations? Over at Minted.com! They offer quite an extensive collection of Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitations and Foil-Pressed Save the Dates. Read on to see a few of our favorites… you can even see ’em move below to get the full effect!

Minted.com offers 51 wedding invitation suites and 54 save the date styles available, all designed by a community of independent designers. Here are a few of the top designs:

Real Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

1. Gold Rush by Annie Clark

REAL Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

2. Majestic by Oscar & Emma

REAL Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

3. Floral Canopy by Griffenbell Paper Co.

REAL Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

Save the Dates

1. Gold Rush by Annie Clark

REAL Gold Foil Save the Date Cards

2. Boutique by Laura Condouris

REAL Gold Foil Save the Date Cards

3. Photogenic by Hooray Creative

REAL Gold Foil Save the Date Cards

Want to see more? Head over to Minted.com to find real gold foil wedding invites and save the date cards for your big day!

Happy Planning!

xo
-E.

This is a sponsored post by Minted.com.

Fun Idea: Throw a Be My Bridesmaid Party

Sometimes I find ideas for weddings where I stop and think: why didn’t I do this for my own wedding? One of those ideas is a Be My Bridesmaid party where you throw a soiree and formally ask your best gal pals to be bridesmaids. The trick is to send an invitation that doesn’t reveal the ‘surprise’. See a glimpse of how Chrissy planned a chic + swanky Be My Bridesmaid party and took it to the next level in black and white with gold and hot pink sequins…

Be My Bridesmaid Party

Fun Idea:  Throw a Be My Bridesmaid Party

Fun Idea:  Throw a Be My Bridesmaid Party (via The Perfect Palette, photo: Lauren Rae Photography

See the full party here. Photos by Lauren Rae Photography.

I love this idea! It could also be co-ed, with a elegant black-and-white and gold color palette, a formal sit-down dinner, and cocktails. The wedding party — bridesmaids AND groomsmen — could mix + mingle before the official wedding festivities begin. What do you think?

xo
-E.

“The Inspired Wedding” Book

Emma here and I have some exciting news to share: my second book, The Inspired Wedding, hits bookstores on September 12, 2014! This book is a genuine labor of love, its pages filled with my favorite handcrafted details, most beloved creative ideas, and over 500 (gorgeous) hand-picked images. I hope you’ll enjoy this book as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. It is written for couples who want to plan a personal wedding celebration to reflect their unique story. I wrote The Inspired Wedding as an idea book with seven handcrafted themes including vintage, modern and rustic, just to name a few. I’ll be sharing some previews in the upcoming month, but today we’re offering the change to win a signed copy when it is released! This is #10 in our 31 Wedding Giveaways series. Enjoy!

Giveaway: Win a signed copy of The Inspired Wedding

o Enter between 8/11/14-8/17/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 8/18; 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 will receive one (1) copy of The Inspired Wedding, signed by author Emma Arendoski. Book will be mailed after it is released (September 12, 2014).
o Winner has 6 months to use prize
o Prize value: $29.95; no cash value
o Free shipping included anywhere!
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good Luck!

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More details on the book to come. On behalf of the Emmaline Bride team, thanks so much for your support! xoxo


-E.

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Shortest Wedding Program Ever (+ FREE Printable)

Sometimes it’s better to be short, sweet + totally to the point. For instance, this ceremony program tells guests pretty much what they already expect… but in a fun, celebratory, let’s-get-this-party-started sort of way. “Music starts. We get married. Everyone parties.” We love little details like these. Take a closer look and get a FREE printable sign for your ceremony!

short wedding ceremony program

photo: the becker

Free Printable – Short Wedding Ceremony Program

We made this 4 x 6″ free printable for your ceremony table. You can use it in lieu of a ceremony program or as a fun accent. Download the file, print it, and place in a frame. Enjoy! (For personal use only.)

short wedding ceremony program

There’s more coming up next. Stay tuned! xo


-E.

9 Utterly Romantic Wedding Readings from Books

Bride-to-be, Anna, wrote to us asking about wedding readings from books. She says, “What are your favorite wedding readings from books? We’re planning a book-themed wedding so we’d love to pick a few from the classics.” Great question, Anna, and a fantastic way to plan a themed wedding! Read on to see which readings from books made our must-have list for your wedding…

romantic wedding readings from books

hemingway house wedding — how fitting! | photo: filda konec photography

Wedding Readings from Books

1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

“Once for all, I knew to my sorrow, often and often, if not always, that I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. Once for all; I loved her none the less because I knew it, and it had no more influence in restraining me, than if I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection.”

see the book

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”

see the book

3. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

“The future belongs to hearts even more than it does to minds. Love, that is the only thing that can occupy and fill eternity. In the infinite, the inexhaustible is requisite.

Love participates of the soul itself. It is of the same nature. Like it, it is the divine spark; like it, it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable. It is a point of fire that exists within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can confine, and which nothing can extinguish. We feel it burning even to the very marrow of our bones, and we see it beaming in the very depths of heaven…

What a grand thing it is to be loved! What a far grander thing it is to love! The heart becomes heroic, by dint of passion. It is no longer composed of anything but what is pure; it no longer rests on anything that is not elevated and great. An unworthy thought can no more germinate in it, than a nettle on a glacier. The serene and lofty soul, inaccessible to vulgar passions and emotions, dominating the clouds and the shades of this world, its follies, its lies, its hatreds, its vanities, its miseries, inhabits the blue of heaven, and no longer feels anything but profound and subterranean shocks of destiny, as the crests of mountains feel the shocks of earthquake.

If there did not exist some one who loved, the sun would become extinct.”

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4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

“I have for the first time found what I can truly love – I have found you. You are my sympathy – my better self – my good angel; I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and spring of life, wraps my existence about you – and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”

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5. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

“At night, there was the feeling that we had come home, feeling no longer alone, waking in the night to find the other one there, and not gone away; all other things were unreal. We slept when we were tired and if we woke the other one woke too so one was not alone. Often a man wishes to be alone and a woman wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others. We were never lonely and never afraid when we were together.”

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6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same… my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger. I should not seem a part of it.”

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7. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

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8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“‘I am,’ he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. ‘I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.’”

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9. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

“Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches… I have stayed these years in my hovel because of you. I have taught myself languages because of you. I have made my body strong because I thought you might be pleased by a strong body. I have lived my life with only the prayer that some sudden dawn you might glance in my direction. I have not known a moment in years when the sight of you did not send my heart careening against my rib cage. I have not known a night when your visage did not accompany me to sleep. There has not been a morning when you did not flutter behind my waking eyelids…

I love you. Okay? Want it louder? I love you. Spell it out, should I? I ell-oh-vee-ee why-oh-you. Want it backward? You love I.”

(I adore this one!)

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10. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Oh, how can you forget about one of the most beloved stories, The Notebook?

“I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.”

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P.S. I use the Kindle app, and I noticed you can read many of these for free!

What do you think of these wedding readings? Are you using book inspired readings at your wedding?

Tell us below!

xo
-E.

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Fingerprint Heart Art Made from YOUR Fingerprints

Happy Friday! Our giveaway series this month has been pretty awesome so far! I mean, at any given moment there are five or more items being given away to the coolest people on the planet (our dear readers) + handmade by the best artists in the biz! Does it get any better than that? Anddd…. we have another wonderful giveaway up our sleeve! Have you seen this unique fingerprint heart art made from your fingerprints? It’s a pretty neat idea by Flutterbye Prints that can be used as a wedding gift and/or a guest book alternative. This isn’t any fingerprint art, though: unlike others, this is made from your ACTUAL fingerprints. You send ’em in and Amie turns them into beautiful works of art! Read on to see some examples and enter for a chance to win one of your very own!

Fingerprint Heart Art

fingerprint heart art

fingerprint heart art

Giveaway: Fingerprint Heart Art

o Enter between 8/8/14-8/14/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 8/15; 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 will receive one (1) custom fingerprint art print made from your fingerprints by Flutterbye Prints. The winner will receive directions about taking and sending their fingerprints.

fingerprint heart art poster

About the Prize from Flutterbye Prints: “This custom print is a perfect detail for your wedding. It can be used as a wedding guest book alternative or for a beautiful keepsake of your important day. I use your own prints to create a custom fingerprint portrait customized with your details and colors. The size of the print is 11×14 inches. *Frame not included.”

o Winner has 6 months to use prize
o Prize value: $62; no cash value
o Free shipping included to U.S. and Canada
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good Luck!

xo
-E.

Ask Emmaline: “Groom Attire for Barn Wedding?”

One of the most asked questions we get — especially at this time of year — pertains to wedding attire. Couples are gearing up for late-summer and early fall barn weddings and so many brides are wondering the same thing: what should the groom wear for a barn wedding? How dressed up does he need to be? We received a question from bride-to-be, Jessica, who writes, “My fiancé and I went to look at suits for the first time ever yesterday and we were overwhelmed. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, let alone that there are so many options! We are getting married in a barn so he doesn’t want anything over the top fancy. We really like how some barn relaxed weddings don’t always go the suit route, but that makes it a lot more difficult on our part because we need to use more imagination than just picking out the nicest of the black suits! Thanks so so much in advance!” Great question, Jessica! Read on to see what we recommend for barn wedding groom attire…

groom attire for barn wedding

via, photo: dasha caffrey

Barn Wedding Groom Attire

For a barn wedding, the most popular attire we see for the groom is a light colored suit (either gray or beige) paired with a dress shirt, tie, and dress pants. Some grooms opt for a vest, too.

groom attire for barn wedding

photo: leslee mitchell

We would recommend that grooms skip the tuxedo for a barn wedding. Instead, consider one of these options.

barn wedding groom suit

via, photo: dasha caffrey

vest and dress pants groom attire for barn wedding

photo: renaissance studios

groom attire for barn wedding

via, photo: kerry ann duffy

groom attire for barn wedding

via, photo: kerry ann duffy

We almost always see the groom wearing a suit coat for formality (and to set himself apart), even if just for the ceremony and photographs.

groom attire for barn wedding

via, photo: sbp photography

But you don’t have to wear a jacket either. We love this jeans and vest groom attire for barn weddings…

groom attire barn wedding

photo: justin battenfield

We hope these looks helped on your quest for the groom’s attire!

If you need advice on where to shop, we’ve had great luck with Jos A. Bank and Dessy (check out their suits collection under Mens Formal Wear).

Have an Ask Emmaline question?

Listening! Send it in here.

xo
-E.

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DIY Ring for a Kiss Cowbell

When it comes to getting the bride and groom to kiss, nothing is more adorable (and thematically fitting for a rustic, western themed wedding) than the ring for a kiss cowbell. When we spotted it and saw just how easy it was to DIY, we couldn’t wait to share it with you. If you are a bride who prefers a cowbell to clanking of wine glasses, you’re in luck with this feature! Read on to see what you need to make the must-have wedding decor for summer + fall rustic weddings (and how it’s made in under 5 minutes). Enjoy!

Here’s the inspiration…

ring for a kiss cowbell

photo: jillian tree

DIY Ring for a Kiss Cowbell

diy ring for a kiss cowbell

Here’s the how-to!

You’ll Need…

o cowbell, the kind with a handle (I have this one and it does the job)
o burlap twine (something like this)
o scissors
o oil paint marker in white (you’ll want something like this that writes on metal)

How-To
This could honestly not be any easier.

1. Use paint pen to write “Ring for a Kiss” on both sides of cowbell.
2. Cut a piece of twine with scissors, long enough to create a loop for hanging.
3. Knot twine; tie in a bow. Hang from a hook at your wedding.

Guests ring it; you kiss. So sweet + easy + fun + creative + something you can hang up in your backyard after the wedding. What do you think of this cowbell idea? Will you be using it for your own wedding?


PIN IT!


Hover your mouse over the image below and click ‘Pin It’.

ring for a kiss cowbell

Oh, and pssst. If you make this ring for a kiss cowbell, do send us photos! We would love to share ’em here! Email them to info[at]emmalinebride[dot]com.

xo
-E.

LOVE IT or HATE IT, We Want You to State It!

We would love your thoughts, whether you think it’s the bee’s knees (or not so much). We ♥ our readers and want to hear from you. Comment below!

Thumbprint Tree Guest Book

If you’re looking for a guest book that is handmade, interactive, and will last forever in your home, look no further! We love this thumbprint tree guest book by The Ink Lab, spotted at a recent Real Wedding shown below (photos by the lovely Diana Daley). What we love most about this thumbprint guest book tree is how colorful it is: the couple chose to use multiple shades of ink for the thumbprints. (P.S. If you’re using ’em, don’t forget these and a wastebasket.) It turned out beautifully! We’ve teamed up with the guest book tree’s designer, Heather, to offer a FREE thumbprint tree guest book to YOU, one of our lucky Emmaline Bride readers. Will it be you? Toss your name in the hat for a chance to win! (It’s #7 in our awesome 31 Wedding Giveaways series all August long!)

Thumbprint Tree Guest Book

Thumbprint Tree Guest Book

Thumbprint Tree Guest Book

Thumbprint Tree Guest Book

Thumbprint Tree Guest Book

photos by the lovely Diana Daley

o Enter between 8/7/14-8/13/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 8/14; 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 gets ONE approval of draft. Be sure it is correct; once you sign off, The Ink Lab is not responsible for any typos.
o Winner has 3 months to use prize
o Prize value: $100; 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

Good Luck!

So, what are your thoughts on this thumbprint guest book tree? Would you use one for your own wedding? If not, what kind of guest book will you be using?

xo,
-E.

Awesome Wedding Invitation + Hooray / Bummer RSVPs

You know that feeling when something totally inspires you and you can’t wait to share it with everyone you know? Yeah, that’s pretty much how I feel about this awesome wedding invitation for a multitude of reasons. Emma here and I love me some paper goods, particularly when it comes to wedding invites with fun, quirky, innovative details. Add pretty colors — like anything pink — and I’m sold! For instance, this awesome wedding invitation (that’s not only what I’m calling it, that’s the actual collection name) features the color pink, but not in an overly-girly, emasculating sort of way. Translation? Your groom may actually be okay with you picking out pink wedding invitations. Second, the pink is paired with the prettiest shades of beige, grey, and also coordinates with ultra-mod patterns, hidden inside the envelope liner and on the reverse side of the map and rsvp cards. Third, it has the coolest hooray / bummer RSVP cards we’ve ever seen, along with the most innovative ‘return this please’ mini-envelope return. Oh, and can we focus on the washi tape? Love. (We have an upcoming DIY featuring the stuff, so I’m pretty much about to explode over here with washi tape. You can never really have enough, no?) I guess all of the above reasons are also why it won this year’s LOUIE award for invitations… and why we’re pretty darn proud of its maker, the awesome duo of Ruff House Art, whom we are happy to have as Featured Artists in The Marketplace. This wedding invitation suite is actually from this husband-and-wife’s own wedding last September and the judges all agreed their invite kicked some serious you-know-what. But, enough talking about it and let’s take a look, shall we?

Awesome Wedding Invitation + Hooray / Bummer RSVPs

Awesome Wedding Invitation + Hooray / Bummer RSVPs

How It Got Its Name: The invitation reads… “The Most Awesome Wedding Ever”.

Awesome Wedding Invitation + Hooray / Bummer RSVPs

Awesome Wedding Invitation + Hooray / Bummer RSVPs

Awesome Wedding Invitation + Hooray / Bummer RSVPs

Awesome Wedding Invitation + Hooray / Bummer RSVPs

If I could have Jill paint something in my house (my kitchen?), I would choose this pink-and-white chevron pattern all over the walls. It’s brilliant!

Awesome Wedding Invitation + Hooray / Bummer RSVPs

All together now…

Awesome Wedding Invitation + Hooray / Bummer RSVPs

So, what do you think? Awesome wedding invitation design, no? Nicely done, RFA! Visit them at RuffHouseArt.com.

xo
-E.

Ruff House Art is a Featured Artist at Emmaline Bride. Want to be featured and show off your awesome swagger, too? Apply here.